Pet Allergies

This season is notorious for triggering allergies in humans, and it’s no different for your pets! Here are some common signs of allergies in both dogs and cats:

  • Sneezing
  • Itchy eyes
  • Excessive scratching
  • Red or scabbed skin
  • Paw chewing
  • Constant licking
  • Vomiting

Allergies can be caused by a variety of factors such as food reactions, household dust, mold, fabrics, tree and weed pollen, and dander, so it’s important to figure out what the root of the cause is.

If you suspect your four-legged friend may have allergies, set up an appointment with us so we can determine what the cause of the reaction is and provide a proper treatment route.

For Your Cat:
Fatty acid supplements might help relieve your cat’s itchy skin. There are many shampoos that may help prevent skin infection, which occurs commonly in cats with allergies. Sprays containing oatmeal, aloe and other natural products are also available.

For Your Dog:
Weekly bathing may help relieve itching and remove environmental allergens and pollen from your dog’s skin. Talk to us to see which shampoos are best for your dog. If dust is the problem, be sure to clean your dog’s bedding at least once a week.

National Immunization Awareness Month

Just as we want to protect our family members from diseases, we should do the same for our pets. Vaccinating your pets is the best way to do this, and we’re here to help. August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and although this isn’t exactly a ‘pet holiday’, this is a great conversation starter for the importance of vaccinating pets.

Here are 5 reasons you should have your pets vaccinated:

  1. Vaccinations prevent many pet illnesses
  2. They can help avoid costly treatments for preventable diseases
  3. They prevent diseases that can be passed from animal to animal, and animal to human.
  4. Diseases often seen in wildlife, such as rabies and distemper, can infect unvaccinated pets.
  5. Many areas, local or state, require certain vaccinations.

There are many questions that people have in regards to pet vaccinations. Click here to learn more about the importance of pet vaccinations.

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DIY Summer Dog Treats

Our dogs don’t like being hot just as much as we do. Here are some fun ways to help them enjoy their summer!

  • Peanut butter and fruit ice
  • Yogurt, banana and peanut butter treats
  • Frozen meaty treats
  • Pupsicles

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Old Dog, New Tricks

An old dog can learn new tricks! Beyond the old myth that an older dog cannot be taught, any dog of any age can enroll in an obedience class. The style in which the training is presented will determine how quickly the dog learns the behaviors. Your trainer can advise as to how to advance within your dog’s training program to reach your expectations and set goals. Many times, behaviors form over a longer period. These can be addressed and worked through at any time in a dog’s life.

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Independence Day Pet Safety

The 4th of July is a day where everything in a pet’s world is different from their regular routine. Thankfully, the ASPCA has some pointers for keeping your pets safe during the holiday.

  • Keep your pets on their normal diet
  • Do not apply insect repellent to your pet unless it is specifically for animal use
  • Never use fireworks around pets

For more tips visit the ASPCA’s website.

Dog Tail Communication

Did you know dogs communicate with their tail? A wag can mean many things – an aggressive dog may wag their tail, but it will be held high and moving rapidly. A playful dog will also hold his tail high, but it will be waging in big arches from side to side. Meanwhile, a dog that is afraid will hold his tail low and may wag it stiffly back and forth. Being aware of this can be helpful while walking, in training, and during interactions with other dogs.

Cool Dog Facts

With the countless sizes, colors, and personalities of dogs, there are just as many cool facts to go along with them. Below are a few facts that may catch you by surprise!

  1. “It’s rumored that, at the end of the Beatles song, ‘A Day in the Life’, Paul McCartney recorded an ultrasonic whistle, audible only to dogs, just for his Shetland Sheepdog.”
  2. “Dogs and humans have the same type of slow wave sleep (SWS) and rapid eye movement (REM) and during this REM stage dogs can dream. The twitching and paw movements that occur during their sleep are signs that your pet is dreaming”
  3. “Dogs have three eyelids, an upper lid, a lower lid and the third lid, called a nictitating membrane or “haw,” which helps keep the eye moist and protected.”
  4. “A dog’s normal temperature is between 101 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.”
  5. “There are more than a dozen separate muscles that control a dog’s ear movements.”

For more cool facts check out PetFinder.com‘s list of 25 Cool Dog Facts!

Your Pet’s Wellness

Here a few tips to keep their health in check!

  • Keep up with regular visits to the vet

Take your pet to the veterinarian at least once a year for wellness exams. Regular checkups can ensure your pet is up to date on vaccines and can help detect underlying health problems.

  • Brush your pet’s hair and clip their nails

The brush you need depends on the breed of cat or dog you have. It is also important to remember to clip your pet’s nails. This will prevent injury to their feet and to surfaces in your home. If you can hear your pet’s nails clicking on the floor, it’s a sign they are too long.

  • Brush your pet’s teeth

Keeping your pet’s dental care up to date is one of the most important things you can do for them. A healthy mouth promotes overall wellness. To introduce your pet to brushing their teeth, start slowly and ease your way into it. Stop in and visit us for tips on how to brush their teeth.

  • Provide proper exercise

Exercise is important to maintain a healthy body weight and stay strong. The amount of exercise your pet needs depends on their weight, age, and breed. For dogs, take them along on your favorite outdoor activity. For cats, try testing out a jungle gym or laser pointers.

      • Focus on proper nutrition

Feeding your pet proper nutrition is extremely important. Ask your veterinarian what food is best for their breed, age, and size. Keep your pet’s diet consistent to avoid upsetting their stomach.

 

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Senior Pet Tips

As dogs and cats age into their senior years, it’s important to keep an eye on their evolving health needs. A dog or cat can be considered a senior at the age of  seven (7) years. Some large breed dogs are considered a senior age at six (6) years old. Diet, exercise regime, and energy level are some of the most noticeable things that start to deteriorate as a dog ages. Dental disease can also be a common problem, so it’s important to continue to visit us for yearly dental exams. Dental disease in dogs can start as early as two years old.

Schedule wellness exams: Regular wellness exams should be scheduled for your senior pet once every six (6) months. Wellness exams can help detect any illnesses early on, and promote your pet’s overall health. It is also recommended to conduct a baseline laboratory test that can help monitor any changes in your pet’s health.

Exercise: Even though your pet may seem to have less energy than in their younger years, it’s important to keep them active to prevent obesity. Provide them with the proper exercise needed for their age, breed, and weight. Consult us for recommended exercise.

Keep nutrition in check: Proper nutrition plays an important role in your senior pet’s life. If your pet is suffering from heart disease, kidney disease, or digestive issues, make sure to speak with us to help determine what diet will best suit their needs.

Make senior pets comfortable: While keeping your senior pet comfortable is essential for their happiness and well-being, adjusting your home temperatures can help regulate their internal body temperature. Older pets are more sensitive to changes in heat and extreme temperatures. Be sure to protect them from outdoor temperatures such as overheating and hypothermia.

 

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Rabies Prevention

Rabies is a very serious disease that can have devastating effects on you and your pet. The easiest way to maintain your pet’s safety is to regularly visit your veterinarian and be sure their rabies vaccinations are up-to-date.

Although wild animals are more likely to be rabid than domestic animals, it is still vital to keep a close eye on your pets when they are outdoors. This becomes especially true when you live in or near a wooded area where wildlife is closer.

To learn more about rabies prevention visit CDC.gov.

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