February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Pet dental care is important to the overall health and wellbeing of your dog or cat. Dental problems can be painful for your pet. If it has been over a year since one of our veterinarians has examined your dog or cat’s teeth, please give us a call to set up an appointment during January or February. We are offering 10% off dental related services during January and February. Your pet will appreciate it!
Winter is a difficult time for pets. Special attention should also be paid to older animals, young puppies and animals with short coats. Pets require adequate shelter and warmth during the cold weather.
Antifreeze and windshield washer fluids contain a product called ethylene glycol, which tastes sweet and has a taste that is attractive to both dogs and cats. Just a small amount of antifreeze consumed by a pet can cause irreversible kidney damage, leading to coma and death. Animals are often poisoned by licking up spills in the garage, on the driveway, or on the street. Ingestion of ethylene glycol causes central nervous system depression. Animals appear to be disoriented and in a stupor. Eventually a pet becomes comatose and unresponsive. Death results from kidney failure.
If you suspect that your pet consumed even the smallest amount of antifreeze, don't wait for symptoms to appear. This is an emergency and you should call us immediately. If it is not possible to obtain immediate veterinary care, induce vomiting and administer activated charcoal. This will reduce the amount of toxin that your pet's body absorbs.
Keep your pet healthy and safe this winter. Please give us a call if you have any questions or concerns about your pet, and please remember these important tips:
As the New Year begins and we make our new year’s resolution to lose weight, let’s not forget to add our overweight pets into the plan. As reward-based training becomes more popular, so does pet obesity. This is a serious issue and obesity is a leading contributor to diabetes in pets. Overeating, a predisposition for obesity, lack of exercise and eating the wrong types of food are the most likely causes of your pet’s weight gain. Overweight pets may be suffering physically as a result of carrying the extra weight, and obese pets, like obese humans, do not live as long as their more active and weight appropriate counterparts. Obesity in pets is a condition over which the owner has significant control.
Although some dogs are prone to overeating, there are still steps you can take to minimalize the weight gain. Feed your pet less food (try 3 small meals per day instead of one large one) and increase your pet’s physical exercise. Call us today for more weight loss techniques and to discuss your pet’s nutritional health needs. We will partner with you to design a program to help your pet lose weight (and maybe feel better!).