Archive for August, 2011

Looking Good!

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

 

Now that it’s almost time for back-to-school, make sure Fido doesn’t feel left out. Give him some extra attention and make him look sharp for the first day of school, even if he doesn’t get to attend.

  • Ears: Examine the inside of your pet’s ears frequently to catch symptoms of a problem such as pain, discharge, or redness early on.  Your veterinarian can show you how to gently clean the insides of the ears and recommend a good cleanser.
  • Eyes:  Gently cleaning the corners of the eyes with a damp cloth can prevent buildup.  Products may be recommended for animals with tear-staining.  Also, be sure long hair on the face is not irritating the eyes- if so it may be time for a professional trim.
  • Teeth: Many of our pets have dental problems.  The best way to ward these off is by brushing their teeth regularly.  Veterinary toothpastes and brushes are available- never use human toothpaste!  Your vet can demonstrate how to take care of your pet’s pearly whites.
  • Nails: Too-long nails can cause un-natural stresses on the foot, break or snag, and even grow into the paw pads.  Animals require frequent trimmings to keep their feet healthy.  Trim with clippers made for animals and avoid cutting too much and cutting the blood vessel in the nail.
  • Coat: Depending on your pet’s hair, this may require minimal attention to daily care.  Brushing helps to prevent mats and spreads out natural coat oils.  It can even minimize hairballs.  Most animals require brushing at least once a week, but longer haired critters may need to be brushed daily.

 

Summertime Sizzle

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Keep your pets safe during these hot, hot months.  Watch out for the following summer hazards:

  • Heat stroke: It’s not just for people! Pets, too, can overheat and even die from high temperatures. Never leave an animal in a car, even for a short period. Make sure your pet always has access to shade and fresh water.
  • Sunburn: It may sound like a good idea to shave down your golden retriever, but your pet’s coat provides insulation from the heat and limits sun exposure which can result in sunburn.
  • Heartworms: Mosquitoes are everywhere this time of year and can transmit heartworms, which are just what they sound like- worms that grow in the heart. Not a good thing. Keep your pet on heartworm prevention as recommended by your vet.
  • Fleas: These nasty little buggers are at their peak during the warm months of the year.  Preventatives prescribed by your vet are very effective at keeping fleas at bay.
  • Parties: Fido may want to crash the neighborhood block party, but be sure you limit his consumption of extra treats that may make him sick.  Alcohol is also a big danger as well as garbage cans full of tasty treats like leftover bones.

It’s wonderful to be outside with your pet, but summertime can bring health risks if you’re not careful. Keeping yourself informed and aware of potential dangers can help to make sure your summer is a breeze.

 

Itchy Pets

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

 

Every once in a while pets need to scratch, but sometimes the scratching never seems to end. Why so itchy? Here are a few common causes for itchy pets:

  • Irritation: That shampoo you bathed Spot with or the lavender scented detergent that you washed Daisy’s bed in may smell great to you, but for some pets these things can be very irritating. You are often best off to use fragrance-free products and gentle shampoos.
  • Allergies: Pets can be allergic to anything that people can, and most of the time their allergies rear their ugly head as itchiness. Food, grass, dust, even cat dander can cause your pet to be itchy.  If you suspect your pet may have an allergy, consult with your veterinarian for the best was to relieve the symptoms.
  • Bugs! Fleas are the most common offenders, but other organisms like mites can also cause your pet to scratch.
  • Skin infections: Infections can happen for a variety of reasons, but most skin infections are especially irritating. Often medications are needed to get rid of infection and make your pet comfortable.

If your pet is scratching, it might be time for a check-up. Call 513-961-1110 to schedule an appointment or visit our website for more information.