Archive for the ‘Pet Care’ Category

Baby, it’s cold outside!

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Winter is right around the corner, and that means the mercury is plummeting.  That doesn’t mean that you and your pet have to stop enjoying the outdoors, though!  Follow these tips to keep warm and safe this winter:

  • Wipe off your pet’s paws and underside after coming in from outside.  Salt can be irritating to the skin, as is any ice that might become stuck between the paw pads.
  • Don’t shave your pup!  A longer coat acts as insulation and protection.  If you have a shorter haired breed, consider a coat or sweater if you are going to be out for a prolonged period of time.
  • If your pet is very active and spends a lot of time in the cold, he or she might need some extra calories.  Give us a call to discuss if you are not sure.
  • Never leave your pet unattended or off leash in the cold.  Animals can get frostbite, too, and are more prone to getting lost in snowy weather.
  • The ice and snow can be harsh on tender feet.  Booties are available to help protect your dog’s feet from the elements.
  • Steer clear of antifreeze.  This sweet tasting liquid is lethal even in small amounts.
  • Cats are probably best left indoors.  They may freeze while hiding out from a threat such as a neighborhood dog or take refuge on a warm car engine and be seriously injured.

For more tips on caring for your pet, visit the articles section on our website.

Give Thanks!

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Thanksgiving is a time to remember how important our pets are to us and be thankful that they have Doggie Thanksgiving Dinnertouched our lives.  Here are a few suggestions for how you can let your pet know how much you appreciate them:

Share your feast

Some Thanksgiving Day staples are safe for pets to share, in moderation.   Green beans and sweet potatoes are often well-liked as is a small amount of well done skinless, boneless turkey.  Pumpkin puree is another food many dogs and cats appreciate.

Show them some extra attention

Take some time out of the busy holiday to play fetch, go for a walk, or just snuggle.

Special treats

While some pets can’t tolerate people food, they may like treats such as a new toy or a turkey-flavored chew bone.

Don’t forget your pet this Thanksgiving.  Take a few moments to think about how much they impact our lives and recognize them this holiday season.

Check out our pet care articles for more tips on taking great care of your pet.

 

Pet Cancer Awareness Month

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Cancer is a disease that all too commonly affects our pets.  While no animal is immune from this disease, there are some things that you can to do lessen your pet’s chances of developing cancer.

  • Provide good nutrition and weight management for your pet.  Overweight animals and people are at an increased risk of developing cancer.
  • Know your pet’s risk factors.  If you have a purebred pet, be sure you know what types of cancer are most common in the breed and what signs to watch out for.
  • Spay or neuter your pet.  It is never too late, and spaying/neutering has been shown to prevent or reduce the risk of certain types of cancer including breast cancer.
  • Try to keep your pet “clean.”  Do not expose your animal to pesticides, herbicides, asbestos, or cigarette smoke.  For that matter, don’t expose yourself, either!
  • Keep up on wellness visits.  Make sure your pet comes to see us at least once a year to help catch problems early in process.

 

Are Your Pet’s Vaccinations Up-to-Date?

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

My pet is healthy.  It never leaves the house.  Didn’t my pet just get its shots?  These are all common excuses for not having your pet’s vaccinations current.  Here are a few better reasons, though, to make sure they are.

Rabies is not a matter to be taken lightly

People can get rabies, and the health department takes the matter very seriously.  Pets that are not vaccinated and are exposed or bite may be required to be quarantined or even euthanized.  Bats, which are one of the more common carriers in the Ohio area, can often be found indoors.

Many diseases we vaccinate for can be deadly

Diseases such as parvovirus, panleukopenia, and feline leukemia can be deadly, even with treatment.  Why chance it?

Vaccination can prevent costly illness

Upper respiratory infections and other diseases commonly vaccinated for can be costly and frustrating to treat.  While vaccination does not always proved complete protection (similar to flu shots for people), it often greatly decreases the length and severity of illness.