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Feline Fine – 5 habits that positively impact the health of your cat

Feline Fine – 5 habits that positively impact the health of your cat

Cats are wonderful pets; in fact, over 25% of US households share their home with a feline companion, according to the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association). They’re cute, cuddly, comical, and provide delightful companionship! But there are some things you will want to keep in mind to keep your cat’s health in tip-top shape. Since August 22 is National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day, we’re sharing 5 habits that positively impact the health of your cat!

1. Feed them a healthy diet

One of the best things you can do for your cat is to feed them a healthy diet. The diet should be high in quality and be appropriate for their overall health needs. For example, we offer diets that help support dermatologic issues, weight problems, sensitive stomachs, and provide overall support for your pet at whatever life stage they are in. You will want to avoid giving your cat junk food or table scraps, which will lead to an overweight kitty and affect their health.

2. Brush their teeth

Brushing your cat’s teeth is one of the easiest ways to support their health. Not only does brushing their teeth remove plaque buildup, but it also helps support healthy gums. Without brushing, periodontal disease can develop – and left to worsen, this can affect your cat’s internal organs, leading to costly illnesses.

Important tip: NEVER use human toothpaste to brush your cat’s teeth. There are toothpastes specifically for your feline friend, and even in flavors they’ll love!

3. Provide mental stimulation

Cats have active minds and a native instinct to hunt. If these two characteristics are not addressed, you may notice destructive behaviors in your cat, or possibly even boredom or depression. Food puzzles, foraging toys (which hide food inside), scratching posts, and vertical shelving for cats to get a “birds-eye view” can go a long way in keeping their minds engaged and their bodies active and healthy!

4. Be on the lookout for behavioral and health changes

There are some signs that can indicate your cat needs attention or medical care. If your cat is showing any of these signs, bring them to see us right away:

  • Changes in activity level
  • Changes in their appetite
  • Hiding
  • Signs of pain when touched or moved
  • Weight loss

It’s important to note that cats are notoriously good at hiding pain and sickness, so subtle changes can help provide insight into issues that need to be addressed.

5. Remember to schedule their yearly veterinary visit

It is important that you bring your cat in for a yearly veterinarian visit. This ensures that they are up-to-date on their vaccinations and continue to get checkups to ensure that they remain healthy.

As we briefly mentioned before, cats hide illness and pain. Annual veterinary visits provide that nose-to-tail medical insight into changes that may have occurred over the past twelve months. As your cat’s veterinarian, we will check their weight, administer necessary vaccinations, complete any relevant lab work, and check the health of eyes, ears, skin, and teeth.

If your cat is a senior, more frequent visits, such as two times per year, are advised. Generally, cats become seniors around age 10, according to The American Association of Feline Practitioners.

We love seeing your cat!

All in all, there are many habits that will go a long way in keeping your cat healthy. We are here to partner with you in keeping your favorite feline happy, healthy, and part of your family for as long as possible! Give us a call to schedule your cat’s annual visit today!

Often Overlooked Summer Safety Hazards

Often Overlooked Summer Safety Hazards

Pull out the sunglasses, ball caps, and flip-flops! Summer is in full swing. For pet owners, summer offers some of the most exciting activities to keep pets active and elated. Unfortunately, this lovely season also comes along with some less-than-fun hazards that can put a real damper on the joy of summer. While you may know not to leave your pet in the car, there are some other overlooked dangers that arise under the summer sun. Keep your pet safe by avoiding these summertime hazards:

1. The Heat + Fur Coats = Hot Dogs & Grumpy Cats

So, you know not to leave your pet in the car, but did you know that other activities can be equally as dangerous when it comes to the heat? Hikes, backyard time, and even walks can become dangerous if your pet begins to overheat. Even shade can fall short at the peak of summer.

During summer, we see a spike in heatstroke and heat exhaustion in pets. This occurs when a pet’s core body temperature becomes so high, their body’s temperature control mechanisms cannot lower their internal temperature. This can lead to organs shutting down and extreme dehydration.

If your pet begins to pant and does not seem to be able to stop, they could be overheating. If they continue to pant, call us right away.

2. Dehydration Is a Serious Health Hazard

Most pets simply do not drink enough water. This problem is compounded in the summertime when they lose additional moisture from panting. When a pet loses more water than they drink, it can lead to minor or severe dehydration.

Dogs’ and cats’ bodies are 60% water! This is the primary ingredient to cell function, organ function, and overall health.

Keep your pet hydrated on walks and while in the backyard. You can do this by putting out a few extra water bowls. Increase your pet’s overall hydration by adding water or broth to their kibble, introducing a pet water fountain, and even creating pet-friendly popsicles.

3. Standing Water Is a Breeding Ground for Disease

Pets often feel compelled to drink from puddles, lakes, ponds, and containers that collect water. While this may seem natural, these water sources can be fatal or cause severe illness.

Blue-green algae often thrive in warm, standing water. Even small amounts can cause a dog to become extremely ill and possibly die. They can also become ill from licking this substance off their coats.

Leptospirosis is a bacteria that spreads through water sources. It can even be inhaled. These bacteria cause flu-like symptoms, including vomiting and diarrhea.

To discourage your pet from drinking from unknown water sources, always provide clean fresh water outdoors and on walks.

4. Skip the Buzz Cut

Many owners ask us if they should shave their dogs during summer (cat owners tend to know to ask this question for some reason). While having your dog groomed and trimmed is okay, completely shaving your dog is a no-go. Not only can buzzing off all your dog’s fur make them vulnerable to bug bites and sunburn, but it can also prevent them from being able to regulate their body temperature as well.

Instead of shaving your dog, brush them extremely well. Removing loose yet caught fur from their undercoat can increase their natural ventilation.

5. Some Dogs Can’t Swim

Who doesn’t love a cool dip in the pool during summer? Pugs for one. Actually, most brachycephalic dogs are not equipped to swim. Their short snouts make it difficult to breathe and the hazard of inhaling water becomes much more extreme for them.

Brachy breeds, along with many others, do not have the right build to stay afloat. Corgis and bulldogs both tend to struggle to keep their heads above water.

Even dogs that are built to swim may not know how to instinctively. This can lead to panic, anxiety, injury, or worse. If it’s time to teach your dog the doggy paddle, remember to start off slow and never leave your dog unattended.

Have a Sunshine-Filled, Fantastic Summer with Your Pet

As summer presses on, we hope you and your pets will enjoy all the fun in the sun you can handle. Keep in mind that back-to-school is right around the corner, so be mindful of beginning an away-from-home routine to decrease the chances of separation anxiety.

If you have questions regarding your pet’s health or think your pet may be experiencing one of these summer health hazards, do not wait to contact us. Your pet’s health, happiness, and other well-being are our top priority.

Booms, Zooms, and Commotion-Free Rooms

Booms, Zooms, and Commotion-Free Rooms

As summer approaches, so do the booms, blasts, and excitement that come along with this commotion-filled season. From thunderstorms to the Fourth of July, pets experience an array of experiences that can bring out their anxiety. Preparing for the noise, hustle and bustle, and celebrations can reduce your pet’s stress and prevent young pets from trauma that could lead to life-long fears. Unsure how you can prep for booms and blasts? Here are our top tips for helping your pet through the summer celebrations and downpours.

How to Help Your Pet Through Thunderstorms & Fireworks

Spring and Summer showers bring big flowers, but they can also spur thunderstorm anxiety. While anxiety from lightning and thunder mostly affects dogs, many cats also experience stress from the booms, too. If your dog is part of the 30% of dogs that are terrified of thunder or you have a scaredy-cat, you can ease their fear.

Recognizing your pet’s signs of stress and having your pet diagnosed is the first step in helping your pet. Then, prepare supplies that can reduce stress.

Signs of Stress and Anxiety in Cats and Dogs

  • Panting
  • Dilated pupils and wide eyes
  • Pacing
  • Hiding
  • Shivering
  • Excessive grooming
  • Vocalizing
  • Refusal to eat
  • Urination
  • Restlessness

Supplies That Can Aid in Pet Anxiety

Medication and Supplements

Ask us about your pet’s anxiety. During your next appointment, let us know how your pet reacts to storms, and we will decide if your pet is a good candidate for a prescription to help them through the storms. We can also recommend supplements that provide pets with stress relief.

Pheromone Support

Many pets get a lot of relief from pheromone collars and diffusers. These products activate a part of your pet’s brain that induces a comforting sensation. The most common are Adaptil for dogs and Feliway for cats.

Anxiety Vests

When it comes to stress, many pets gain a sense of calm from wearing an anxiety vest. They work by hugging your pet. This pressure causes your pet’s body to release endorphins that create a calming feeling, similar to how a baby feels when swaddled.

Anxiety vests can be compression vests or weighted vests. Just be sure your pet’s vest fits them properly and doesn’t restrict their movement.

How to Calm Your Pet During Booms and Summer Celebrations

Memorial Day and the Fourth of July create the perfect storm of noise, strangers, and dangers. From hot grills to fireworks, it’s best to keep your pet in a room that’s prepped to keep your pet calm.

Create a Commotion-Free Room

  1. Choose a room that is far from the noise.
  2. Prepare the room by closing the blinds and curtains, putting down comfy bedding, playing calming music, and adding a few comfort items. If your pet is going to be in the room for a while, include a water bowl.
  3. Place a sign on the door letting guests know your pet is inside.
  4. Walk your dog or play with your cat a few hours before the excitement of fireworks or guests. This will expend some of their nervous energy and reduce the risk of needing to let your dog out.
  5. Check on your pet from time to time. Remain calm when you enter and exit the room.

For Pets That Do Not Need A Safe Room

If you plan on letting your pet roam the house during your celebrations, be sure you have them microchipped. The blast and chaos of Memorial Day and July Fourth can cause pets to dart off and become disoriented and lost. A microchip can help your pet find their way home should they become lost.

Ask guests to keep the doors closed. This can prevent a great escape. This will reduce the risk of your pet running into your grill and prevent food handouts that could be dangerous.

Celebrate the Beauty of Spring and Summer without Pet Stress

When it comes to keeping your pet calm, safe, and relaxed during summer storms and celebrations, we can certainly help. If you have questions about your pet’s anxiety, please give us a call. We are here to assist you. Whether your pet needs to be microchipped or you’re looking for assistance when it comes to anxiety solutions, your pet’s wellbeing is our top priority. Don’t wait too long. We tend to get an influx of appointments leading up to the Fourth of July.

Why Choose Us For Your Pets Medications

Why Choose Us For Your Pets Medications

You would never take risks when it comes to your pet’s safety, health, and wellbeing. Would you? Well, with the rise of counterfeit prescription drugs and rogue online pharmacies, you may inadvertently be putting your pet at risk [1]. Your pet’s health has always been our top priority which is why you trust us to provide them with the best care.

Why are we the right business to handle your pet’s medications?

1. We Can Help You Save Your Money

We understand that many pet parents turn to big-box retailers or other sources online as a way to save money. Unfortunately, those online retailers with deals that are too good to be true may be cutting corners to turn a profit. Furthermore, you may be paying for those lower prices with a lack of customer care, guidance, and the ability to talk to a real person should you have questions.

Before you place your next order with another pharmacy, give us a call to compare prices. If your pet’s prescriptions are too costly, we can discuss more affordable medications or other money-saving solutions.

2. Your Pet’s Safety Is Our Top Priority

We never cut corners. From the time you order your pet’s prescription to the time you pick it up, we handle the medication with utmost care. We never dispense outdated and expired medications. Additionally, we ensure proper storage at the correct temperature, so your pet’s medications won’t spoil or become ineffective. Furthermore, we only use reputable sources for pet medications.

3. We Offer Service and Insight

We know your pet and are available to answer your questions. Ordering from an online source can be like using an anonymous pharmacist. We understand your pet’s medical history, possible medication interactions, and your pet’s personality and lifestyle. Additionally, we offer unlimited support by answering your questions and providing advice as needed (even for those hard-to-pill pets that can spot their medication from a mile away).

Not all pets react the same way to medications. If you are concerned about how your pet is reacting to their medication. We’re just a phone call away.

4. Using Us for Your Pet’s Medications Supports the Local Economy

When you enter your credit card number into an online pharmacy’s checkout or use a big-box business, you’re sending your money to another city, another state, and possibly another country. When we fill your pet’s prescriptions, you’re keeping money within our community. Not only are you supporting a small business that has been serving our area for years, but we use that money to create jobs.

Your support allows us to keep our hard-working staff employed, even through tough times like those we experienced during the height of the pandemic.

5. We Offer the Latest and Most Effective Medications

As a leader in the veterinary field, we take pride in staying at the forefront of veterinary developments and innovation. When we assess your pet’s needs, we’re able to offer the most up-to-date treatments along with the most effective medications. Why are we so committed to providing pets with better solutions to their medical needs? Prescription innovation can spare your pet unwanted side effects, work more effectively, and provide you more affordable solutions.

Transfer Your Prescription Today to Your Trusted Veterinary Practice

Want a prescription for peace of mind? Choose us for your pet’s medications. Switch your pet’s prescriptions and other monthly needs to the same business you trust with your pet’s health. Transferring your pet’s prescriptions is easy. Just give us a call and we will answer any questions you may have and fill your pet’s prescription ASAP.

Household Pet Poisons Most People Don’t Know About

Household Pet Poisons Most People Don’t Know About

Did you know that March is Pet Poison Prevention Month? This month is dedicated to keeping pets safe from accidental poisonings and educating pet owners on how to do just that. Some curious pets cannot help but get into trouble when it comes to exploring household items that can pose a danger. Others may incidentally walk across the garage floor, garden, or sidewalk and wind up ill. To help you better safeguard your pets, check out these common household pet poisons that most people don’t think about.

1. Fabric Softener Sheets

Some pets feel attracted to these thin and fragrant laundry aids. Whether it’s the texture, the way they resemble toys, stuffing, or the scent, many pets have been known to try them out. Unfortunately, most dryer sheets contain camphor, benzyl acetate, and sometimes chloroform. All of these substances can injure dogs, cats, and other pets. Dryer sheets can cause your pet skin, eye, and nasal irritation, fluid to build in the lungs, and kidney failure.

2. Sugar-Free Gum

While you would never give your dog chewing gum, your dog may happen across a pack within reach or find a piece or two in your purse. While this may not seem like a big deal, if that gum is sugar-free (and its sugar-alternative is xylitol), your dog’s life could be at risk. Xylitol, often listed as “sugar alcohol” is what makes dental gum, toothpaste, some vitamin gummies, and many other products sweet. It can also cause your dog’s body to go into shock and even be fatal.

To keep your dog safe, always keep dental products and sweets in a secure location out of reach of your dog.

3. OTC Pain Relievers

Never give your pets over-the-counter medications without consulting us first. NSAIDs, like ibuprofen and aspirin, can damage your pet’s liver, cause vomiting and diarrhea, and lead to kidney dysfunction. NSAIDs are especially dangerous for cats.

4. Fertilizer

Fertilizers may not come to mind when you think about your pet’s safety, but many contain strongly scented ingredients that can make it appetizing to pets. These ingredients can include fish meal, chicken manure, and other odorous ingredients that dogs and cats love.

When pets eat fertilizers, they wind up with chemical burns to the mouth, skin, and stomach. Fertilizers also cause vomiting and diarrhea, lethargy, stomach pain, tremors, and anxiety.

5. Bar Soap

Soap eating is more common than many pet owners realize. Dogs especially have an affinity for soap. While most soaps are now harmless, your dog may feel pretty awful after munching down on a bar (some dogs may have an allergic reaction to soap fragrances or ingredients, though). They may vomit and have diarrhea–this is often where the danger arises. As your dog’s body tries to clear itself of the soap, they may become dehydrated.

Encourage your dog to drink water and if vomiting and diarrhea persist for more than a day or they seem disoriented or weak, please give us a call. Your dog may need fluids.

Keep Your Pet Safe and Your Home Poison-Proof

Dogs, cats, and other pets have a knack for surprising us with their agility along with their ability to eat the strangest things. Remember to keep anything that may pose a danger out of the reach of your pet. If you believe your pet has consumed something they shouldn’t have, we’re here to help. We can answer your questions and let you know if you should bring your pet in.

12 Tips to Celebrate Pet Dental Health All Year Long!

12 Tips to Celebrate Pet Dental Health All Year Long!

Here is a fact we hope you’ll sink your teeth into: preventing periodontal disease (also known as gum disease). By protecting your pet’s dental health, you can extend their life by three years! Along with obesity, dental disease is a leading (and preventable) illness that takes the lives of far too many pets far too early. To make matters even more pressing, over 80% of dogs and 50% of cats over the age of three will develop periodontal disease.

Here’s another fact: February is National Pet Dental Health Month. But we feel 28 days just isn’t long enough. We want this holiday to last a whole year, so we challenge you to try out all 12 of these dental tips over the course of the next year!

1. Schedule Your Pet’s Dental Cleaning

When your pet comes in for a cleaning, we’ll scrape away those years of tartar and rinse your pet’s teeth for an improved clean you can see (and smell). We will also let you know if your pet has any dental issues that need to be addressed with follow-up care.

2. Follow Up After Your Pet’s Dental Cleaning

Broken, worn away, and damaged teeth can cause your pet extensive pain and discomfort. If we recommend a tooth extraction or another dental operation, be sure to schedule the appointment and ask any questions before you leave our office. Most importantly, be sure to keep your appointment.

3. Make Dental Hygiene Fun with Toys!

There are so many toys available now that support your pet’s dental health while they chew and play. Adding a few of these toys to your pet’s playtime can support better dental health in the long run.

4. Dental Care Can Be Tasty

Along with toys designed to scrape away plaque, dental treats can also assist your pet in their dental health journey. Don’t forget to ask your pet to “sit” and “stay,” so they feel like they’re really earning these fun and tasty treats.

5. Water Additives Work

While your dentist recommends you use mouthwash, we recommend water additives made to loosen plaque and destroy oral bacteria. Most are just a capful per water bowl, and they work by making other dental approaches more effective.

6. Know the Signs of Dental Disease and Discomfort

Pets can speak, but they can tell us when their mouths hurt. If you notice your pet

  • refraining from eating
  • pawing their mouth
  • favoring a side of the mouth while eating
  • whining while eating or playing

your pet may be suffering from oral pain.

You also want to look for signs of dental disease or damage that require a visit to see us including

  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Discoloration along the gumline
  • Bumps or sores around the mouth and jaw
  • Broken teeth
  • Bad breath
  • A tooth disintegrating (in cats)
  • Blood on toys
  • Loose teeth
  • Extra or stringy saliva
  • Avoiding having the mouth being touched
  • A runny nose

7. Switch Your Pet’s Food

Your pet’s diet can benefit their dental health. A high-quality diet or dental food can help clean your pet’s teeth as they eat.

8. Use Dental Wipes

We know that many pets refuse to have their teeth brushed, and it’s easy to give up on the battle when your pet puts up a fight. Dental wipes can be an alternative that may not be 100% as effective as brushing, but they do help.

9. Start Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth

Use a pet-friendly toothpaste and toothbrush and commit to scrubbing those teeth each night. Encourage a positive association by starting slow and using a lot of treats!

10. Avoid Tennis Balls and Bones

While these items can offer a lot of excitement, they can also lead to broken teeth or wear away your pet’s enamel. Tennis balls can also harbor bacteria.

11. Encourage Your Pet to Drink More

Water doesn’t just prevent dehydration–it also improves your pet’s breath and dental health. Every time your pet drinks, it washes away bits of food and debris that can attract bacteria.

12. Treat Your Dog to Carrots and Celery

While you may have trouble convincing a cat to eat raw carrot or celery, your dog will love these as a treat. They’re healthy, low in calories, and you guessed it–good for their dental health.

As for your kitty, we can recommend some supplements that can help.

Don’t Delay Your Pet’s Dental Health

We hope you will dive in and get started this month and continue your pet’s dental journey all year long. Begin by making an appointment to see us now.

Planning Your Pet’s Health This Year: A Month-by-Month Guide for Pet Parents

Planning Your Pet’s Health This Year: A Month-by-Month Guide for Pet Parents

Here’s a tail-wagger for you: 2021 is finally here. We are happy to welcome the new year with smiles and a rejuvenated sense of optimism. As a team, we remain committed to providing pets with the best lives they can experience. We’ve resolved to help pet parents find more ways to keep their pets healthy, happy, and ready to take on this year and beyond. To help you keep better track of your pet’s health and maintenance needs, here is a 12-month plan:

Watch Your Pet’s Weight All Year

We want to encourage you to be vigilant about your pet’s weight. Keeping track of weight gain and loss can help you identify health issues before they worsen. Weigh your pet with your bathroom scale. Weigh yourself. Then pick up your pet. What’s the weight difference?

January

Kick-off the new year on the right paw. Keep your pet active even in cold weather and don’t forget to:

  • Schedule your pet’s annual check-up.
  • Weigh your pet and record their weight: _____
  • Order your pet’s monthly medications & paw balm.
  • Sort through your pet’s prescriptions and toss any expired medications.
  • Consider a prescription subscription service for your pet.
  • Take note of your pet’s meal portions. Are you underfeeding or overfeeding your pet?
  • Beginning writing down any behaviors you want to work on with your pet.

February

Snuggle up on your pet and plan to show your four-legged companion some extra love by:

  • Refill heartworm prevention, and flea & tick prevention
  • Has your pet made it in to see us yet? Don’t forget to schedule an annual exam
  • Refill monthly medications
  • Check your pet’s weight: _____
  • Does your pet need a nail trim? If their nail clack on the floor or their dewclaw looks like a crescent, it’s time for a pet-icure.
  • Look over your list of unwanted pet behaviors. Have you worked on them? If you have questions about pet anxiety or newly developed ‘bad bathroom habits,’ we can help. You may also want to consider hiring a trainer.

March

Your pet is lucky to have you as an owner. Here are somethings you can do to extend your pet’s life and luck:

  • Do not skip heartworm prevention, and flea & tick prevention–the weather is warming up
  • Have you considered monthly prescription refills for your pet?
  • Weigh your pet: _____ . Has your pet lost weight, yet?
  • Consider ordering a new
    Leash
    Harness
    Litter box
    Toys
  • Review your garden safety routines–keep tools out of the grass and off the ground.

April

Spring is here! Warm-up to these pet health ideas:

  • Look for signs that your pet is struggling with spring allergies. If you notice the following, make an appointment to see us:
    Itchy eyes or ears
    Paw licking or chewing
    Constant itchy
    Missing patches of fur
    Watery eyes
    Change in coat health
    Excessive sneezing
  • Empty debris and containers collecting extra water around the yard
  • Did you order your pet’s prescriptions for the month?
  • Consider making a grooming appointment
  • Remember to prevent your pet from lapping up water
  • How much does your pet weigh? _____

May

May your pet’s health be better than ever. Keep up the good work by:

  • Put together a pet first aid kit
  • Add an extra water bowl to your home to encourage hydration
  • Consider ordering pet-safe sunblock
  • Don’t lose track of your pet’s weight
  • Watch for bees, spiders, and other creepy-crawlers–avoid walking where deer or other wildlife tend to pass
  • How much does your pet weigh this month? _____

June

Summer is here, and you’ve done a great job so far this year! Pets and summer are like peas and carrots. Keep your pet safe from the heat and protected from fleas, ticks, and heartworms.

  • Ask us about how you can prevent your pet from leptospirosis
  • Prepare for the 4th of July by scheduling an appointment this month. If your pet is afraid of fireworks–we can help!
  • Check your pet’s microchip and update contact information.
  • Six-month prescriptions from January are likely getting low. Refill your prescriptions soon.
  • Mid-year weigh-in: _____

July

Just in the knick of summer–keep on track when it comes to pet hydration and heat safety.

  • Remember that some people will do fireworks before the Fourth of July and after–be ready with your pet’s anti-anxiety medication.
  • Don’t have a prescription to keep your pet calm during thunderstorms? Make an appointment to find out if your pet is a good candidate for anxiety control medication.
  • Prevent your pet from drinking from outdoor water sources
  • Did your senior pet get to see us last month? Don’t forget to bring them in for their second annual appointment.
  • Is your pet shaping up to a beach bod? _____

August

Back to school time is here. Do you know how to help your pet cope with separation anxiety?

  • Ask us about how we can help your pet handle their separation control.
  • Consider hiring a dog walker, cat sitter, or using doggie daycare to help your pet adjust to back-to-school.
  • Did you refill your pet’s prescriptions this month?
  • Remember to avoid letting your dog swim in water with visible algae. Blue-green algae is deadly for dogs.
  • How’s your pet’s weight?_____

September

Celebrate your pet’s physical health and encourage positive mental health with extra play sessions and outdoor time.

  • Did you know pets can suffer from dementia, depression, and anxiety? Keeping your pet mentally active can stave off worsening dementia and reduce or prevent anxiety and depression. Commit to more walks and feather wands.
  • If you notice any negative changes in behavior since January, give us a call. If your pet has improved–good for you!
  • It’s hot out there–schedule a grooming session.
  • Weigh your pet: _____

October

Fall is here. Keep your pet feeling fantastic by keeping all candy stored where your pet won’t find it.

  • Fall back into a healthy exercise routine with your dog.
  • Don’t forget to check your pet’s medications for refills.
  • Begin planning for holiday travel. Boarding facilities fill up fast and dogs require a bordetella vaccine to stay in boarding facilities.
  • Weigh your pet: _____

November

You’ve done a great job keeping your pet healthy this year–give yourself a round of “thanks!”

  • Book Thanksgiving boarding ASAP if you have not. Book your boarding for the holiday season.
  • Remember to keep Thanksgiving guests informed about your pet’s human-food hand-out policy.
  • Keep walking and playing through the holiday season to help your pet’s mind stay active and his or her body healthy.
  • Even as temperatures cool, continue to provide your pet’s flea and tick prevention.
  • How much does your pet weigh? _____

December

You did a dog-gone great job this year keeping your pet healthy and having a great life. Give yourself a special gift as a reward for being a responsible pet owner.

  • If your pet experiences stiffness, soreness, or chronic pain, please make an appointment to see us.
  • Make your January pet check-up appointment
  • Prepare for your pet’s winter with a new sweater, throw blankets, and a warm bed.
  • Ask us about how you can help control your pet’s arthritis pain during the cold weather months
  • Your pet’s end of year weigh-in: _____

Your Pet’s Health End of Year Review

Print your answers to these questions and bring them with you to your next appointment:

January Weight: ________________

December Weight: ________________

This year my pet began getting treatment for: (ex: anxiety, incontinence, excess weight, allergies) ___________________________

Their treatment is working/still unsure/not working. (ex: anxiety, incontinence, excess weight, allergies) ________________________________

My pet exercises about ____________ hours every week.

I have questions about:

  • Flea & tick control
  • Heartworm prevention
  • Weight loss
  • Pet diabetes
  • Pet cancer
  • Pet arthritis
  • Pet anxiety
  • Pet separation anxiety
  • My pet’s: __ears/hearing, __eyes/sight, __nails, __skin or coat, __ joints
  • Digestion or food allergies
  • Pet dementia or memory loss

Give Your Pet Their Best Year: Healthy, Happy, & Having Fun

Your pet deserves the best health and best life. If you’re ready to provide your pet with a year of wags, purrs, and happy moments, print out this guide and make an appointment to see us soon. Happy New Year! Here’s to the barkingly best year, yet!

The Gift of Health for Your Pet

The Gift of Health for Your Pet

As you’re shopping for the holiday season, you may ask yourself, “What’s the best gift I can give my pet?” While pet sweaters are cute and can make for adorable holiday cards, we believe the best present a pet parent can gift their pet is a healthy, happy life. When you invest in your pet’s wellbeing, you’re giving the most heartfelt gift a pet could ask for (if they knew how to speak). As a pet parent, you are your pet’s advocate for a better life. You’re like Santa but better–you have the opportunity to make your pet merrier every day of the year.

So, think outside of the gift box this year, and provide your pet with more than can fit under the tree.

1. Provide Your Pet with Plenty of Playtime

Pets need exercise–both physical and mental exercise. If your pet passed puppyhood or kittenhood, don’t give up on play sessions and training sessions. For the holidays, consider purchasing some new toys that encourage physical and mental stimulation. Consider a puzzle bowl for your dog or a puzzle feeder for your cat.

Just for cats: Increase the merriment and reignite the kitten within: catnip is where it’s at. Consider a window cat perch, so your cat can watch the birds and other critters. This will surely bring some extra meowiment to winter.

Just for dogs: Take your dog on a special hike or walk. Choose a place you’ve never explored. The new sights and smells are a priceless gift without a large price tag.

2. A Well-Balanced Diet: A Unbeatable Way to Show Your Love

Proper nutrition is a gift that goes a long way. Your pet’s food forms the foundation for their health. Why else does your pet’s diet matter? One of the leading health issues for pets is obesity. A healthy diet can combat obesity and related health issues.

What does your pet need to stay healthy? Choose a food that exceeds the AAFCO guidelines. Look for meat as the top ingredient and be sure the ingredient list is short and simple. Like people, pets often need a diet designed for their needs. We can make finding the best food for your pet as easy as a quick discussion during your pet’s exam.

3. Don’t Skip Regular Checkups & Preventative Medical Care

When you bring your pet in for a regular checkup, you’re giving her the gift that goes beyond the surface. A wellness exam allows us to screen for health issues, provide your pet with vaccines to protect her health after you leave, and help spot potential health issues. Early detection of diseases can save your pet’s life and save you the added cost of more complex treatments. Early diagnosis and prevention are the equivalents of better prognosis and simplified treatment.

Preventing fleas, ticks, intestinal worms, and heartworms is more than just preventing discomfort. Medications that prevent these pests also block the diseases that come along with them like Lyme disease.

Don’t forget the smile. One of the most commonly overlooked preventative health measures for pets is dental checkups. Skipping dental care can lead to pain and periodontal disease for your pet. And while periodontal disease may not seem serious, it has been linked to many other serious health issues for pets.

4. Protect Your Pet & Ensure Her Safe Return

With New Year’s Eve right around the corner, it’s a great time to check your pet’s microchip contact information and ID tag. If your family welcomed a new pet into your home recently, be sure your pet is chipped and has an ID tag with your phone number and any medical concerns. Many pet parents have their pets microchipped but forget to update the information when they move or change numbers. Others never even register their pets’ chips. Don’t let your pet get left out in the cold this year. Give yourself and your pet the gift of peace of mind, safety, and security.

5. Don’t Forget the Love, Affection, & Attention

The holidays can be stressful–especially this year. Don’t forget to take a little extra time to snuggle, pet, and love on your pet. Petting your cat or dog doesn’t cost a cent and the extra cuddles remind your pet of how amazing they are! Not only will your pet benefit from positive endorphins, but this gift comes with the added bonus of reducing your stress and improving your mood–now, isn’t that better than anything that can be bought on Black Friday?

Happy Holidays!

Unwrap a lifetime of good health for your pet. When you gift your pets with a lifetime of feeling great, your pets will repay the kindness in happy memories, fun, and longer lives. Don’t skip the gifts that matter most. Before Santa arrives, make an appointment for your pet’s wellness exam.

Celebrate Thanksgiving with an Attitude of Gratitude

Celebrate Thanksgiving with an Attitude of Gratitude

Despite all that has happened in 2020, this year has its hidden gems. From having more time to snuggle with the cat to greeting neighbors working from home on walks with the dog, there is still so much to be thankful for as we approach Thanksgiving.

While we usually dedicate our November blog post to preventing your pets from gobbling up the turkey, we decided to spread some cheer with the top three reasons we’re thankful this year and how you can share the love with your animal companions.

1. We Are Thankful for Our Pets

Big or small, furry or bald, pets deserve a round of applause for making the hard days easier and the best days better. Our furry friends make us smile and laugh and give us purpose. Pets improve our mental and physical health, and they never expect us to say, “Thank you.” They simply want us to love them back.

Because pets enhance our lives, we are grateful to be entrusted with theirs. Thank you for your confidence in our ability to provide your pet with loving care during their visit and your trust that our guidance improves your pet’s overall health and wellbeing.

2. We Are Thankful for Clients that Support Local Veterinarians

Like other private practice vets, we stayed open as an essential business when coronavirus struck. Veterinary clinics across the U.S. have seen a sharp decline in appointments, forcing many to shut their doors permanently. While we were unsure what to expect in our office, we found that many of you brought your pet in for their regular exams, emerging conditions, and emergencies.

Because of that, we’re able to continue our mission to provide every pet that enters our clinic world-class professional veterinary care. We are grateful for those that continue to make appointments and seek care for their dogs, cats, and other pets from independent practices like ours.

3. We Are Thankful for Our Team

Working at a veterinary clinic can feel like herding cats…and sometimes we quite literally are! Our staff members play a vital role in keeping pets healthy, safe, comfortable, and happy. We are so grateful for a team that puts every ounce of energy, know-how, and love towards helping furry patients and their human parents. There are no words that describe how lucky we are to have such a caring crew.

How to Show Gratitude to Pets for All They Do

Pets are our best friends, our secret keepers, and our guardians. It may seem nearly impossible to repay all they do for us, but here are some ways to show them just how much they’re appreciated.

1) Help Your Pet Live a Long, Healthy Life

Routine exams, preventative care, and early diagnosis provide your pet with their healthiest and happiest life. From preventing parasites to catching cancer before it steals your pet’s health, regular veterinary visits are a valuable tool for repaying your pet’s love and companionship.

2) Spend Quality Time with Your Pet

Your pet loves you and enjoys spending time with you. (Yes, even your cat.) As the chaos of the holidays approaches, carve out time to spend with your pet. If you’re worried about a busy calendar, hire a pet professional for a home visit, or book a stay at a boarding facility to ensure your furry companion receives enough human attention.

3) Provide Your Pet with a Healthy Diet and Exercise

Obesity isn’t a small problem: it’s a fat fact that extra weight shortens a pet’s life. As winter arrives and the novelty of long walks wears off, don’t wane on keeping your pet active. Animals need to keep moving to keep their joints healthy, muscles toned, and minds stimulated. Play indoors by hiding treats around the house or using toys to keep your pet busy.

Feed your pet a well-balanced, high-quality diet and appropriate portions for their ideal size. If you’re unsure about the right food or feeding schedule, contact us for guidance. We’re happy to talk about pet nutrition and find the best food and treats for your companion.

4) Provide Your Pet with a Calm Refuge from Holiday Chaos

If you have a nervous pet, prepare a space for them to relax during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. A room with curtains drawn, a comfortable spot to lie down, and relaxing music will do the trick. You can also help your pet avoid stress caused by visitors by having them boarded.

5) Provide for Your Pet’s Cold Weather Needs

Pets are thankful for warm beds with a few additional blankets during the winter months, particularly if they have a few years under their collar. During walks, avoid icy areas to prevent sprains and strains and consider dressing your dog in a sweater or jacket if they have a thin coat.

We Are Thankful for You and Your Pets

Every wagging tail reminds us of our dedication to providing pets and their owners with quality veterinary care. We are lucky to have incredible clients, particularly during this challenging year, and we thank you for your continued trust, support, and patience. Happy Thanksgiving from your veterinary team!

Have a Not-So-Scary October

Have a Not-So-Scary October

2020 has been scary enough, so there’s no need for any extra worries this year. To help keep your pets safe this October, we’re offering you our top tricks to keeping the treat in this sweet month.

1. Chocolate, Raisins, and Xylitol

When it comes to trick-or-treating goodies, keep them out of paw’s reach. You likely know that chocolate is poisonous to pups, but did you know that raisins and xylitol, a sugar substitute, are too? It’s true.

What else should every pup parent know about these not-so-sweet treats? There’s no way to predict how sensitive a dog will be to grapes and raisins. Some become extremely ill by eating just a couple of small berries, while others don’t react to them at all. If your neighbors insist on giving out those tiny boxes of raisins, don’t risk having them raided by your dog: raisin poisoning can cause liver failure.

Xylitol is a sweetener typically found in gum and gummies. It’s highly toxic to dogs and can cause them to become very ill, very fast. If a canine consumes this sugar replacement, it can cause permanent organ damage and even be fatal.

What about chocolate? The darker, the more dangerous, but any amount of chocolate can be too hazardous for dogs to eat.

What should you do if your dog eats any of these substances? Give us a call and immediately.

2. Keep Your Pets Away from the Door

Why shouldn’t your pets crowd the door as trick-or-treaters come to make their demands? Your dog or cat may be scared of the costumes, and the noise and excitement of visitors can make pets nervous.

When pets are anxious, escaping out of the front door looks awfully appealing. This is why many cats and dogs wind up at the shelter on Halloween night, a very spooky place for any pet.

Did you adopt a COVID puppy or kitty? Be sure your pet has a shiny new ID tag and consider microchipping them if you haven’t yet done so. If your pet already has a chip, make sure it’s up-to-date with your information.

3. Jack-O-Lanterns and Candles Can Be a Spooky Problem

Many newly-adopted dogs and cats are still learning about the human world, and some lessons can get them into trouble. Even pets that have been with you for years can find themselves in precarious situations during this season.

Something as simple as burning candles and displaying a jack-o-lantern can be a Halloween hazard for pets. For example, while cooked pumpkin is beneficial for dogs to eat, your pup won’t know your carved pumpkin isn’t dinner and may take a nibble of a raw one, go overboard, and get sick. Fall is also when we frequently hear about candles causing burns to pets and even starting fires.

To keep your pet safe, choose battery-powered candles, and keep your jack-o-lantern away from curious noses.

4. Planning to Dress Your Pet in a Cute Costume?

We love all the silly and adorable pet costumes that are popular these days. While these get-ups are cute, they can also become dangerous for pets.

Doggie or kitty dress-up is a great activity when the outfit fits appropriately and doesn’t have choking hazards, but even so, never leave your pet unattended while they are wearing a costume. When wrestling to get garments off, pets can get tangled in ties or pull off buttons, which can quickly become a choking hazard.

When dressing your senior pet, be sure to be gentle. Stretching your pet’s limbs can be painful for pups and cats with arthritis or joint pain.

5. Keep Your Pet Safe from Fall Decor and More

Decorating for Halloween is one of the most fun activities this time of year. As much as we love the aesthetic, dried corn, winter gourds, themed wreaths, and spooky webs or ribbons can create intestinal blockages if a pet eats them. Try to keep these decorations up high on walls or doors, so nobody nibbles them.

Electric cords connected to outdoor inflatables and other decorations can cause severe burns if a curious pet bites into one, and are a fire hazard if they get chewed. Keep cords taped down or secured far from your pet.

Have a Not-So-Scary Halloween This Year!

Have a safe, happy Howl-o-ween! We hope your pet has a warm and cozy fall season. If you need a little help keeping the creepy crawling parasites we see this time of year from coming indoors with your companion, make an appointment to see us today. It’s always a treat to see you and your pet!