We want to congratulate Cassie Kamps and Linus Lozano, for being the winners of our Crazy Grooming Contest.
You have won a complimentary nail trim (value $14).
Rattlesnake Season is here and we want your pet to be protected…see us or call us for details about vaccinating your dog…should he/she encounter a snake, this will help for a successful outcome in recovery from the bite. You will still need to seek veterinary care for your dog, but the vaccine helps reduce the symptoms and buys you some time to get to the nearest veterinary hospital.
Earth Day—the best, most exciting day of the year is here. You’ve made your volunteering plans, created a resolution list and searched green companies to support. But no holiday is complete unless you share it with your best friend!
Dogs Going Green
– Attend a dog-friendly Earth Day event
– Organize a dog park clean-up
– Take a nature hike on a dog-friendly trail
– Try out a natural or vegetarian diet
– Compost your dog’s waste
– Use natural flea control
Cats Going Green
– Buy organic treats and vittles, or make your own
– Re-purpose household items for cat toys
– Give your cat a scratching post made from sustainable materials
Pocket Pets Going Green
– Use natural products to clean cage
– Adopt a buddy from a rescue organization or shelter
– Make your own organic hamster food
– Compost rabbit poo
These green tips for your pet are perfect for Earth Day—or any day for that matter. Try out a few items; then make a list of others you plan to try later. Soon you and your pet will be celebrating Earth Day everyday!
Back by popular demand! Our February National Pet Dental Health Special really cleaned up some canine and feline smiles…and we will continue the 5% discount through the month of April. If you have also had an annual Wellness Exam within 30 days of scheduling your dental, you can take an additional 5% off. Let’s “Spring into Spring” with healthy, happy pet smiles 🙂
As the old saying goes, you are what you eat. Your dog relies on you to provide proper nutrition and help them maintain an ideal body weight. Obesity is the enemy of a healthy heart, you should pay close attention if your pet needs to lose weight.
Choosing a diet can be overwhelming, as there are numerous choices all claiming to be the best. I look for quality ingredients and reputation. What is the first ingredient, the second, the third? Does the diet contain antioxidants? Does my dog like the taste? Our team at All Creatures Hospital can give you diet recommendations and help you select the best one for your dog.
Regular exercise is important to maintain a healthy body and mind. Walking, running, hiking and swimming are all options. We can help tailor an exercise program that is safe and healthy for your pet.
Remember: Your dog relies on you for proper care and you should have medical checkups done annually or more often if a health condition exists. But why so important you ask? Three out of every four dogs have some form of dental disease (tooth and gum) by the time they reach middle age, generally between 5 and 9 years old. Studies have shown a strong link between gum disease and heart disease in dogs.
Having regular professional dental cleanings as well as brushing your dog’s teeth daily may prevent or delay the onset of heart valve damage. If your dog has a heart condition, early diagnosis offers the best possible outcome. Medications are available to reduce the workload on the heart and improve the quality of your dog’s life.
There are several supplements on the market that have heart healthy benefits. Two of my favorites are Omega 3 fatty acids, such as Nordic naturals Omega-3 Pet, and Coenzyme Q10. There are two forms of Coenzyme Q10. The ubiquinol form offers better absorption than ubiquinone. Numerous scientific studies support the use of these supplements for heart health.
This month we want to encourage pet parents everywhere to prepare pet first aid kits that can be used at home and on the go. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) emphasizes that first aid is not a substitute for veterinary care, but knowing basic first aid helps pet parents deal with an emergency. It’s a good idea to establish a pet safety plan for handling pet-related accidents and emergencies. Knowing how to properly react during an emergency is important to ensure continued safety.
To help pet parents prepare for unexpected emergencies, build your first aid kit in a waterproof container with the following items:
Phone numbers (or business cards) including the one for our office and National Animal Poison Control Center Hotline: 1-800-222-1222
Non-latex gloves to prevent the spread of contaminants.
Gauze in a variety of sizes for wrapping wounds.
Adhesive tape to secure gauze and bandages.
Ice pack to reduce swelling.
Hydrogen peroxide (3%) to induce vomiting.
Antiseptic wipes, topical antibiotic ointment, and rubbing alcohol for cleaning wounds.
Thermometer to check for fever.
Muzzle to prevent biting, only if pet is not vomiting, choking or coughing. Never muzzle an unconscious animal.
We must always remember that accidents and emergencies can happen at any time, but investing in a first aid kit can increase the likelihood of a positive outcome.
The best way for you to determine if a pet is suffering from an injury or needs medical attention is to evaluate and observe its behavior. When in doubt, please contact our office for an expert opinion.
In addition to first aid awareness, use the following tips for practicing pet safety every day:
Create a pet-friendly home – Conduct room-by-room inspections to ensure that dangerous items—including medications, household cleaners, and personal care items—are stored out of your pet’s reach.
Secure human foods – Even small amounts of some human foods can pose a risk for pets, such grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, xylitol (artificial sweetener found in gum and other foods) and chocolate are NOT pet-friendly.
Check the collar – Regularly check your pet’s collar to ensure that it fits properly.
Supervise pets during play and when they’re eating treats– Don’t let pets play with toys that are broken or too small. It’s also important to monitor your pets after rewarding them with treats. Too often pets choke, gag and fight over treats.
Involve the family – Teach your family, especially children, pet safety and first aid tips.
Take a class – American Red Cross offers first aid and pet safety courses. Contact your local office to enroll.
We hope you will never need these tips but better to be prepared. Please let us know if you have any questions, our doctors will be more than happy to assist you.