NATIONAL ADOPT A SHELTER PET DAY – April 30

NATIONAL ADOPT A SHELTER PET DAY

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day is celebrated each year on April 30.  This day was created as a way to raise awareness for thousands of pets that are waiting for (and needing) adoption from the shelters.

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Celebrate National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day by sharing pictures of your adopted pet on Social Media using #AdoptAShelterPetDay.

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Celebrate Earth Day with Your Pet

Happy Earth Day! Here are some ideas on how to celebrate with your pet:

1. Scoop the Poop

Dog and cat poop can pollute the environment, so please scoop the poop! Not only is it good for the environment, it’s the responsible thing to do as a pet owner. Keep a roll of biodegradable poop bags on the leash, so you’re always prepared.

2. Spring Clean and Donate to a Shelter

Now is the perfect time to do a little spring cleaning around your home. Create a pile of items you can donate to your local animal shelter. They are always looking for old blankets, sheets, towels, etc. Call your local animal shelter and ask what items they need.

3. Create Recycled Pet Toys

Have some old shirts you want to get rid of? Recycle them to make a fun dog rope toy! Instead of throwing away plastic water bottles, use them to make a dog squeaky toy.

4. Make a Healthy Treat

Pets enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables just as much as we do! Not only is it healthy for them, it helps the planet. If you can, purchase fresh fruit and vegetables from your local farmers market to support your local economy. Try out a healthy green smoothie for dogs to get started!

5. Get Outdoors and Enjoy a Walk with your Dog!

The best way to celebrate Earth Day is to get outdoors with your dog and go for a walk! Head out to your favorite park and enjoy the day with your dog and Mother Nature!

Leave us a comment below and tell us how you are celebrating Earth Day with your pet!

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April is “Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs” Month

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April is Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month. As the weather gets warmer and our canine friends spend more time in beachy and wooded areas, we wanted to answer a few frequently asked questions about Lyme disease. For more information, please contact our office.

What is Lyme disease? Lyme disease is a bacterial disease spread by ticks. It is most prevalent in the Northeast, but it has been discovered in almost all parts of the United States. Lyme disease affects dogs and humans and is rare in other domestic animals.

How is it spread?  A bite from a tick, most commonly the black-legged deer tick, transmits the bacteria to dogs. Wooded, dense areas are common locations for these ticks.  When it’s attached to a host (you or your dog), ticks can spread Lyme disease through their saliva.  It is not spread from person to person or from dog to human.

What are the symptoms?  A rash may appear around the tick bite soon after infection; however, it may not be noticeable if your dog has a lot of fur.  Other symptoms include fever, lethargy, swollen lymph nodes, loss of appetite, and limping.  Some infected dogs don’t show any symptoms, making it difficult to diagnose.  The disease can cause kidney inflammation, and it can damage the heart and nervous system in its later stages.  Blood tests are most commonly used to diagnose the disease.

How is it treated?  Antibiotics like doxycycline can help treat dogs.  Additional medications can help with pain and inflammation.  Treatment can take months or longer, and it’s most successful when it’s started within a few weeks of infection.  It’s possible for the bacteria to remain in the body long-term, leading to periodic flare-ups.

How is it prevented?  It’s best to avoid areas infested with ticks.  Tick repellants are beneficial for people and pets, but be sure to read ALL labels carefully and follow safety precautions.  We recommend using a monthly topical product year-round, and when your dog is going to a tick endemic area, try adding a collar also.  The collar is put on your dog 24 hours before visiting a tick infested area such as the beach or woods.  You can remove the collar from your dog 24 hours after returning to the city.  The collar is reusable for 3 months, and can be stored in an airtight bag in the freezer in between uses.  After leaving a tick endemic area, check your dog – and yourself – thoroughly.  You can remove attached ticks with tweezers or inexpensive tick removal tools, or visit our office to have one of our medical professionals remove the tick.  After the tick is removed, clean the area with antiseptic soap and wash your hands.

How likely is it that my dog will get Lyme disease if I find a tick on him? Studies suggest that while more than 75% of dogs in tick endemic areas will be exposed to infected ticks, only about 5% of of those exposed to infected ticks actually develop clinical signs that might be attributable to Lyme disease.

As always, feel free to call our office. We are able to answer any questions that you might have prior to going to a tick-infested area or after finding a tick on your dog.

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What Can Your Local Animal Hospital Help You with?

Beyond taking your pet for an emergency visit to an animal hospital, which isn’t something anyone really wants to do, what else can you leverage your local animal hospital for? Here are some of the ways this is an excellent resource for every stage of your pet’s life:

Spaying / Neutering

Dogs and cats, in particular, need to be spayed or neutered early so that you can ensure that your pet doesn’t become pregnant. When you bring in a new puppy or kitten for a well-check, your veterinarian will make recommendations for the spaying or neutering, which generally occurs around six months of age.

Animal Dentistry

Animal dentistry is an important area. Some pets have dental problems and this can lead to pain, behavioral problems, and dental infections are linked to systemic health as well so oral health is something that you should keep in mind. Not all animal hospitals offer dentistry for pets but those that do can offer check-ups, procedures, and can be a resource for you for animal dental products.

Pet Wellness Exams

An annual wellness exam is a great way to be preventative about pet health. You can’t 100% eliminate all veterinary visits of an emergency nature but you can certainly minimize them by being proactive about your pet’s health. An annual wellness exam will help you ensure your pet stays up to date on vaccinations and that any changes to his or her health can be addressed by the veterinarian swiftly.
Information to Help You be a Good & Informed Pet Parent

Our animal hospital site has a blog with a regular stream of useful articles designed for animal lovers. You can use it to get tips and information about being a great pet parent.

Quality Pet Products

Many animal hospitals will also sell products that can help you take care of your pet year round. High quality pet food, pet vitamins, grooming products, and other such items that you can’t typically find in a supermarket or department store can be available at your veterinarian’s office.

When you use a local animal hospital for the first time it can be advantageous to can talk to the staff at the clinic about the services offered that could benefit your pet on a long term basis.

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Tips for a Pet-Safe Easter!

With Easter right around the corner, the experts at ASPCA want to remind you of a few holiday dangers:
Beware of Easter lilies. These toxic plants can be fatal if ingested by our furry friends.
Keep candy bunnies in check—chocolate goodies are toxic to cats, dogs and ferrets. And any treats containing xylitol an artificial sweetener used in many candies, chewing gum and baked goods—may be toxic too!
Decorations can be dangerous, especially Easter tinsel. Kitties love to nibble colorful plastic grass, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting and dehydration.
Baby chicks and rabbits are not Easter gifts. While these festive babies are adorable, resist the urge to buy; they grow up fast and often require specialized care! Thousands of ex-Easter bunnies and chicks are abandoned each year when their novelty wears off.

Happy Easter and always remember to keep your pets safe.

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