Archive for July, 2011

Fleas and Ticks, Oh My!

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

 

Lions and tigers and bears aren’t the scariest things lurking outdoors for your pets!  Did you know that flea allergies are the number one cause of skin disease in dogs and cats?  And that they can transmit blood parasites and tapeworms?   Have you heard that ticks carry nasty diseases such as Lyme disease?  Have no fear, though!  A little education goes a long way in protecting Fido and Fluffy from these creepy crawly parasites.  For instance, while fleas and ticks are most common during the warmer months of the year, they are a risk throughout.  Also, did you realize that even dogs and cats that stay indoors can be a breeding ground for fleas?  Keeping your pet on year-round preventative can stop an infestation before it starts.  There are a variety of products on the market to protect your pet, which can make it difficult to know which to use.  Your veterinarian can help you to sort through the vast options and select the best product to meet your individual needs.  So follow the yellow brick road to see the wizard, er, your veterinarian to get your pet protected today!

Visit Plum Street Pet Clinic for more information and to schedule an appointment for your pet today.

Summer Fitness for You and Your Pet

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

 

Are you and Fido striving for the perfect bikini body this summer?  Follow these tips to ensure a safe experience for you both!

  • Stay hydrated!  You both should have plenty of fresh water available to keep your body functioning at its peak.  Many pet retailers sell portable dog bowls so you don’t have to share a water bottle.
  • Make sure your pet can keep up with you.  Pets that are not used to heavy activity are going to experience even more difficulties in the heat.  Very young or old dogs may have a harder time in hot weather.  Also, certain breeds with short noses such as Boxers, Boston terriers, Pugs, and Bulldogs are prone to overheating due to their anatomy despite their fitness level.
  • Swimming can be a fun activity but be sure to allow your dog to participate in a safe manner.  Not all dogs are natural swimmers.  They should be supervised at all times when in the water.  If you allow your dog in your swimming pool, teach him where the steps are.  A dog’s natural instinct is to try to get out of the nearest edge, which is usually not the way out.  Never allow your dog to swim in areas where you would not swim.  Pool water and lake/pond water can be irritating to the skin and can cause skin and/or ear infections.   Dogs should be rinsed with clean water and ears cleaned after every swim.

Visit Plum Street Pet Clinic for answers to all your pet care questions.