|Posted on June 29, 2018 at 1:55 PM||comments (0)|
We all love bringing our dog for a ride in the car and they love it too! However, during the long, humid, and hot summer days, sometimes it's best to leave them at home where it's nice and cool. Just like humans, dogs can also suffer from hyperthermia (Heat Stroke). There are several causes for hyperthermia. Some, for instance, may consist of but aren't limited to, obesity, poisonings, brachycephalic breeds (Pugs, Boston Terrier, Bulldog, Pekingese), certain diseases such as epilepsy, eclampsia (milk fever), and many more. Fortunately, the most common cause can be prevented by not leaving your dog in a hot vehicle with inadequate ventilation.
A normal temperature for a dog is 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit, plus or minus a degree. If your dog's temperature is above 105 degrees Fahrenheit, a true emergency is at hand. There are many symptoms to look for when your dog begins to go in hyperthermia. Initially, excessive panting will begin and your dog may become restless. Symptoms of hyperthermia progression are excessive drooling, runny nose, and a discoloration of the gums. Generally, the gums will turn purplish/blue due to lack of oxygen. There are steps you can take in order to care for your dog during hyperthermia. You can begin by removing him/her from the hazardous environment and placing him/her into the shade or a cooler area. You may also want to keep record of the rectal temperature. While contacting the closest veterinary facility, cool your dog down with wet towels and fans. Remember, its very important to not cool your dog down to rapidly!
|Posted on February 13, 2018 at 11:15 AM|
National Pet Dental Month
10% Discount on Dentals and Dental Products!
Did you know that February is national pet dental health month? This is the time where we recognize our four legged loved ones oral hygiene. While we go to the dentist on a yearly basis, our pets don’t get so much attention. This tartar build up can do more damage than just bad breath. In fact, when you see that plaque, that is a build up that aids in the decay of teeth and it is also a good home to harmful bacteria. This bacteria is being ingested by your pets constantly and settling around the valves of their heart, liver, and kidneys. This is a result of periodontal disease, which, also, causes the gums to become very inflamed and potentially cause abscesses. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to prevent periodontal disease.
Some simple things you can do to prevent this is to, first, feed them dry food rather than canned food. This will help break down some of the build up. Another is to go out and get a toothbrush from the dollar store and dog/cat friendly toothpaste. Do not use human toothpaste, as it contains fluoride, which is toxic to your pets. Remember, we brush our teeth on a daily basis, and they should, as well. In many cases, this is not possible. What do you do if you have a crazy cat that refuses to let you brush their teeth? There are certain treats that you can give both cats and dogs that are clinically proven as to reduce the bad breath and tartar. If you are to go this route, a good brand you may want to try is C.E.T.
C.E.T. is a brand of prescription treats made by Virbac Animal Health. They offer drinking water additives, oral hygiene rinse, mini toothbrush kits, oral hygiene kits, and toothpaste. Even with these, your pet may need a dental prophylaxis, which is when your veterinarian would put them under anesthesia and clean their teeth. This normally includes scraping, cleaning, and polishing the teeth, just like humans get. If their disease has progressed, chances are they will need extractions.
This February, take a moment and check your pet’s mouth to ensure a healthy, happy pet.
You dont want to see or smell this ... do you??
We don't want the cat to laugh at us!!
|Posted on December 6, 2017 at 12:45 AM||comments (1)|
Winter Holiday Pet Hazards
Here are some tips for keeping your furry loved ones safe during the festive season!
* Alcoholic beverages * Chocolate
* Coffee (any kind) * Moldy or spoiled food
* Onions, Onion powder * Fatty foods
* Salt * Yeast dough
* Lilies - Tiger, Asian, Japanese Show, East, Stargazer, Casa Blanca - Kidney failure in cats
* Poinsettias - Irritating to the mouth and stomach - mild vomiting or nausea
* Mistletoe - Gastrointestinal upset; may cause cardiovascular problems
* Holly - Vomiting, nausea, diarrhea and lethargy
* Christmas tree water - may have fertilizers or bacteria which can cause stomach issues.
* Electric Cords - pet may get electrocuted if chewed enough.
* Ribbons/Tinsel - these bunch in the intestinal tract.
* Batteries - Corrosive - if ingested can ulcerate the mouth, tongue and rest of GI tract
* Glass ornaments - Sharp ends will cut the GI tract and cause bleeding
* Potpourris - liquid potpourris can result in severe oral, dermal or ocular damage
* All OTC and prescription meds need to be stored in safe place where pets cannot reach. Most
human medications will harm your pet - not help.
Ex: One regular strength Ibuprofen will cause stomach ulcers and damage the liver in a 10
Ex: One tylenol will kill most cats.
* During the holidays most veterinarians have limited hours, but please never try to medicate your
pet without advice from your veterinarian.
* Antifreeze - extremely lethal and tastes very sweet to pets
* Ice Melting Products - Depends on product but can be irritating to skin and mouth.
|Posted on August 17, 2016 at 3:00 PM||comments (0)|
We have been receiving nurmerous questions regarding the Rabies Vaccine and why or why not they can be a 1 year vaccine or 3 year vaccine. This post is to help all of our readers to understand this better. The Pennsylvania Rabies Law has recently changed and most owners are unaware of this. Before we get into all of that lets take a step back and remember what exactly Rabies is.
The Rabies Virus is a virus that attacks the Central Nervous System, also know as the Spinal Cord and Brain. Once an animal is infected with Rabies the disease is FATAL. There is NO treatment, only prevention. Most people associate Rabies with Stephen King and 'Cujo' - while we absolutely love him, that is not the only way Rabies is presented! Rabies is grouped into two catagories:
- "Furious" Group - which is that of 'Cujo'. The animal may become aggressive, noctornal animals may be present during the day, excessive vocalization, dilated pupils, biting at people or other animals, loss of appetite and difficulty swallowing. Some animals will drool excessively and others will not drool at all.
- "Paralytic" Group - Also known as the 'dumb' form. Many people associate with the equivalence of a human being drunk. They suffer from lack of coordination, hind end weakness, and decreased activity. Again, the animal may or may not drool. As the disease progresses the animal may end up being unable to swallow, drool and eventually die.
Most animals will fall into one of these two groups. There have been cases where the animal showed NO signs and just die. Also, you have to remember the only way to test for rabies is through a sample of tissue from the brain- which can only be done after the animal is deceased.
The NEW Law of Rabies Vaccine
The law states that all owners of dogs or cats 3 months or older must have a current rabies vaccination. The first time a pet gets a Rabies vaccination it is only good for 1 year.
Now this is where the law changed - So make sure to pay attention and read carefully!
This is taken directly from the Pennsylvania Code!
§ 16.43. Revaccination.
A dog or cat over 3 months of age shall be vaccinated to maintain immunity against rabies by the administration of a USDA licensed vaccine, including vaccines producing immunity lasting 3 years, in accordance with instructions prescribed by the manufacturer.
(1) A dog or cat vaccinated when under 1 year of age shall be revaccinated no later than 1 year later.
(2) A dog or cat vaccinated when over 1 year of age with a vaccine producing immunity lasting 3 years shall be revaccinated no later than 3 years later and at least every 3 years thereafter.
(3) A dog or cat vaccinated with a vaccine producing immunity lasting less than 3 years shall be revaccinated no later than 1 year later.
Ok.. so what does this mean?? It means... Any Rabies vaccine that is overdue from the due date is automatically a ONE YEAR rabies booster! This is due to the increase of Rabies in the state of PA, and for you and your furry loved ones protection! So in other words- If you do not want a one year rabies - DON'T BE LATE! There are absolutely no exceptions to this- it is the LAW. So we beg of you, please don't ask us to break the law!