It’s Dental Health Month and dental health is connected to heart health as well. Ask us for an assessment of your animals teeth. Cleanings and dental products are available during your visit.
Acupuncture for your pets?
YES! Dr. Gutierrez is available to provide acupuncture to your pet to help with a variety of issues. Acupuncture is an option for your cat or dog’s wellness and comfort. It helps treat musculoskeletal, neurological, allergies and metabolic disease.
Acupuncture is the process of inserting needles into body tissues.
To Sweater or Not To Sweater
Sure, it’s cute, but does your pup really need a dress up? Well, January 14th is dress up your pet day, so obviously there are pet owners that take this very seriously. In reality, if you have a thin animal that doesn’t have a lot of body fat, or a short hair that doesn’t have a lot of insulation, then you do need to take precautions to keep them warm when they are out in the elements.
Careful on the Ice
This goes for all of you. Animals can slip and fall on the ice, same as use. If ice exists, try going to the park for your walk instead.
Older animals, short-haired and skinny dogs get cold faster. Be especially careful with puppies.
Leave Animals Home
Treat cold weather the same as you would hot weather. Don’t leave your pets in the car during cold weather.
Keep Them On Leash
Keep your dogs on leash when you are out. Especially in snowy conditions where the animal may not be visible because of snow depth. If you are dealing with a puppy, double up on this rule. An untrained, inexperienced pup can get in more trouble faster than you or they may expect.
Wipe Their Feet
Many of you probably leave your walking shoes by the door. Roads are full of chemicals this time of year. Salts, anti-freeze and de-icers are used everywhere. Remember to wipe down your animals feet to keep those out of your house and out of their mouths.
Cat Gets Cold
Parks it under your vehicle. If you have an indoor/outdoor cat, chances are they have their favorite spots. In the garage may be one of them during the cold winter months. That means your car is a prime target for a snuggle spot.
If your cat frequents the garage make sure to find out where the are before you pull out the car. They may be on top of a tire or perched near a warm part under the vehicle.
Tackling Canine and Feline Frets and Fears During New Year’s Festivities
New Years festivities can be a time of stress for many dogs and cats. From a pet’s perspective, loud, unpredictable noises and celebratory fireworks explosions are threatening and an understandable cause for alarm. Some animals react as if their very lives hang in the balance. For pets whose people are hosting a party, the presence of strangers and the change in environment — decorations, scented candles or potpourri, furniture moved around — can also be distressing. Thankfully it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are some tips to help your dog or cat keep calm and carry on as they join you in welcoming in the New Year. read more →
WE WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY AND TUESDAY DECEMBER 24th – 25th
No Chocolate. Dogs can be made extremely ill by chocolate. Signs may include hyperactivity and vomiting.
Watch Out for Tinsel and String Both Cats and dogs get into wrappings and trimmings for the tree. Do your best to keep these out of animal’s reach.
Holiday Plants can be toxic to pets
The Christmas tree is usually the center piece of most of our homes during the holidays. But, we shouldn’t let their beauty cover up the fact that they are still mildly toxic to our animals. With the many species of trees that we bring into our homes, fir tree oil can irritate our pets mouths and stomachs. Symptoms of consumption include excessive drooling or vomiting. Make sure to also clean up tree needles since they’re not the easiest to digest for anyone.
Too many needles can cause GI irritation, vomiting, gastrointestinal obstruction or punctures. Be aware your animal won’t be drastically affected if they eat a few fallen pieces from the tree but make sure it’s not a regular snack that may eventually cause serious consequences.
Lilies and Daffodils
Aside from the holiday treats and baked goods that you’ll be gifted, be aware that any bouquets or plant kits thatinclude lilies and daffodils are very harmful to cats and dogs. Plants that are in the lily, Narcissus, and daffodil families are very toxic to our pets. Symptoms include gastrointestinal signs, cardiac arrhythmia, kidney failure, convulsions and even death.
There have been talks that these red beauties are extremely toxic, however this assumption has been dubbed an urban legend dating back to 1919. The sap of Poinsettias are known to be mildly toxic and irritating, causing nausea or vomiting when consumed but it does not cause death. So it would still be a good idea to keep your curious four-legged friends away from these holiday bloomers to save them from getting a belly ache.
Mistletoe and Holly
Hanging the mistletoe and holly in your doorway and hard to reach places may not be a bad idea. Even though we adorn both of these holiday trimmings in any spot we need more holiday cheer, both are very toxic for our pets. If you find your fuzzy fellow making these a mid-day snack call your vet or poison control as soon as possible for advice.
So Let’s Not Feed Them The Wrong Things
We are thankful for our pets and all the joy they bring into our lives. This month we celebrate with food and company, but for our pets this can mean anxious and upset feelings as well as access to foods that they may or may not need to be eating.
Animals can over-eat too, so keep the fatty foods to a minimum to avoid an upset tummy.
FALL DATES TO REMBMBER:
Adopt a Senior Pet Month
Diabetes Awareness Month
11/11 Veteran’s Day
11/13 World Kindness Day
11/22 Thanksgiving Day
Know the Signs
- Animal is drinking a ton of water. The process of converting fat into energy requires a ton of water and should be investigated if seen.
- Animal becomes incontinent. When a well behaved dog starts drinking lots of water and having accidents inside, this can be a sign.
- Loss of appetite. Eventually a diabetic animal that is short on insulin will become lethargic and may stop eating all together.
- Vomiting or other digestive issues.