Bring awareness to World Spay Week – February 2015

World Spay Week is an annual campaign of The HSUS, Humane Society International and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. On the last Tuesday of every February, we shine a spotlight on spay/neuter as a way to save the lives of companion animals, community (feral and stray) cats, and street dogs who might otherwise be put down in shelters or killed on the street. The 21st annual World Spay Day is February 24, 2015. Spread the message!

Make Every Day Spay Day!
Don’t wait for the last Tuesday in February to celebrate World Spay Day! When you spay or neuter your pet, you make your pet healthier and you make life easier for the both of you. You also help solve the tragic problem of pet overpopulation. Start today!


Pardon our dust!


As you may have noticed, there are lots of things going on–plumbing, electrical, lighting, flooring, windows, and exterior work. We have multiple trades here throughout the day and often overnight.

We are doing all that we can to minimize the impact to our daily appointments and procedures. Some days this has been very challenging, and you may have noticed some  parking and lobby inconveniences, construction noise and construction odors.

We apologize for any discomfort that this may cause you or your pet. Please bear with us and know that the end result will be worth it–your comfort and your pet’s medical care will be delivered in a more efficient manner in an updated facility.

Your loyalty and trust in All Creatures Hospital is very important to us. Without it, we cannot do what we love: providing the best quality veterinary care to the patients that we all share our lives with.


Valentine’s Day safety tips

Valentine’s Day can be as much fun for pets as it is for humans if dangerous foods, flora and other items are kept out of paws’ reach. Each year our poison control experts see a rise in cases around February 14, many involving chocolate and lilies, a flower that’s potentially fatal to cats. So please heed our experts’ advice—don’t leave the goodies lying around on Lover’s Day.

Here is ASPCA’s Guide to a Pet-Friendly Valentine’s Day:

Pet-Safe Bouquets 
Many pet owners are still unaware that all species of lily are potentially fatal to cats. When sending a floral arrangement, specify that it contain no lilies if the recipient has a cat—and when receiving an arrangement, sift through and remove all dangerous flora. If your pet is suffering from symptoms such as stomach upset, vomiting or diarrhea, he may have ingested an offending flower or plant.

Forbidden Chocolate 
Seasoned pet lovers know the potentially life-threatening dangers of chocolate, including baker’s, semi sweet, milk and dark. In darker chocolates, methylxanthines—caffeine-like stimulants that affect gastrointestinal, neurologic and cardiac function—can cause vomiting/diarrhea, hyperactivity, seizures and an abnormally elevated heart rate. The high-fat content in lighter chocolates can potentially lead to a life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas. Go ahead and indulge, but don’t leave chocolate out for chowhounds to find.

Careful with Cocktails 
Spilled wine, half a glass of champagne, some leftover liquor are nothing to cry over until a curious pet laps them up. Because animals are smaller than humans, a little bit of alcohol can do a lot of harm, causing vomiting, diarrhea, lack of coordination, central nervous system depression, tremors, difficulty breathing, metabolic disturbances and even coma. Potentially fatal respiratory failure can also occur if a large enough amount is ingested.

Life Is Sweet 
So don’t let pets near treats sweetened with xylitol. If ingested, gum, candy and other treats that include this sweetener can result in a sudden drop in blood sugar known as hypoglycemia. This can cause your pet to suffer depression, loss of coordination and seizures.

Every Rose Has Its Thorn 
Don’t let pets near roses or other thorny stemmed flowers. Biting, stepping on or swallowing their sharp, woody spines can cause serious infection if a puncture occurs. “It’s all too easy for pets to step on thorns that fall to the ground as a flower arrangement is being created,” says Dr. Louise Murray, Vice President of the ASPCA Animal Hospital. De-thorn your roses far away from pets.

Playing with Fire 
It’s nice to set your evening a-glow with candlelight, but put out the fire when you leave the room. Pawing kittens and nosy pooches can burn themselves or cause a fire by knocking over unattended candles.

Wrap it Up 
Gather up tape, ribbons, bows, wrapping paper, cellophane and balloons after presents have been opened—if swallowed, these long, stringy and “fun-to-chew” items can get lodged in your pet’s throat or digestive tract, causing her to choke or vomit.

The Furry Gift of Life? 
Giving a cuddly puppy or kitten may seem a fitting Valentine’s Day gift—however, returning a pet you hadn’t planned on is anything but romantic. Companion animals bring with them a lifelong commitment, and choosing a pet for someone else doesn’t always turn out right.


February is National Pet Dental Health Month

Don’t turn your nose to Fido’s or Fluffy’s bad breath! That odor might signify a serious health risk, with the potential to damage not only your pet’s teeth and gums but its internal organs as well.

To address the significance of oral health care for pets, the AVMA and several veterinary groups are sponsoring National Pet Dental Health Month in February.

 Signs of oral and dental diseases in dogs and cats:

– Bad breath.

– Loose teeth or teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar.

– Your pet shies away from you when you touch the mouth area.

– Drooling or dropping food from the mouth.

– Bleeding from the mouth.

– Loss of appetite or loss of weight (this combination can result from diseases of many organs, and early veterinary examination is important).

If you think your pet needs dental care, the College recommends that you make an appointment with our office.

 Anesthesia Free Dental Cleanings / Non-Anesthetic ‘Dentals

Anesthesia free dental procedures are not able to clean beneath the gumline to prevent periodontal disease, nor are they able to look beneath the gum-line to identify problems before they become painful and expensive to treat. 
When choosing your pet’s dental care, it’s important to learn about a comprehensive veterinary dental cleaning, also known as a professional dental cleaning, and its long term benefits for your pet’s overall health.

 Plaque and Tartar Control

Prevention of the most common oral disease in pets (and in people!) consists of frequent removal of the dental plaque and tartar that forms on teeth that are not kept clean. The Veterinary Oral Health Council awards its Seal of Acceptance to products that successfully meet pre-set criteria for effectiveness in controlling plaque and tartar deposition in dogs and cats.

In honor of National Pet Dental Health Month, bring your pet in for a checkup and don’t forget to schedule the next dental cleaning.