Archive for November, 2015

Why an Emergency Vet Clinic is Important

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Emergency Vet Clinic

We all love our furry family members and we treat them as such.  Unfortunately, just like our human family members, cats and dogs can get sick. They may even break bones, and get into all sorts of trouble that pet owners don’t want to think about. Knowing where your nearest emergency vet clinic is, and what they can do for you and your pet is important in emergency and non-emergency situations alike.

What are the Benefits of an Emergency Vet Clinic?

Nights and Weekends

Normal vets have office hours, which may not fit your emergency needs.  While those vets still care about your pets, an emergency vet is always there 24/7 when it is a matter of life and death.  With emergency veterinary assistance you will no longer feel helpless when your pet needs you the most.

Advanced Equipment

An emergency vet clinic isn’t just for midnight mishaps, they are also set up with some of the most advanced technical equipment available.  This means that they will able to detect and fix ailments that a traditional vet clinic could miss which makes them better prepared to save the life of a pet who is in dire need.

Trained Professionals

Of course every veterinary office has trained professionals, but an emergency vet clinic has professionals who are trained for emergency situations.  Think of it like an emergency room nurse versus a pediatric nurse; both do very important jobs, but their skill sets are different.

An emergency vet is not necessary in every situation, but it is better to know where we are and not need our services than the other way around.  If it is an emergency, we promise to do everything we can to keep your pet safe and comfortable. Even if it is just a regular check up, we look forward to seeing you and your pet.  For more information on our services and to find out what we can do for you and your four-legged family member, please contact us today.

Emergency Vet Care for Dogs and Cats

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Emergency Vet care

We never know when our dog or cat might need help, and since our pets may not have an emergency during business hours, it’s good to know quality emergency vet care is available at St. Francis, 24 hours a day.

Our dogs and cats frequently and unexpectedly have emergency at all hours of the day and night. It is scary to imagine our companion animal becoming suddenly ill or a victim of an accident after business hours. The peace of mind of having St. Francis 24 Hour Emergency Vet Care in your phone, and directions in your GPS, is an invaluable tool for you and your companion animals.

Preparation for an Unexpected Emergency Vet Care Trip

  • Have a clean blanket, leash and carrier easily accessible by the door closest to your car. Tape a spare car key to the carrier so that finding your set of keys does not create any delays.
  • Make sure there is dry or canned food and water for your dog or cat to eat and drink. Keep it in a bag in or next to the carrier mentioned above. If your companion animal has special medications, keep a supply in the same bag and make sure you use and replace these pills periodically.
  • It is also helpful to the emergency vet that you have contact information from your regular daytime vet. Fortunately, St Francis 24 Hour Animal Hospital also offers daytime vet care so you can meet all your needs at one location.
  • Have the emergency vet number in your phone, and directions stored in GPS. You may have committed this information to memory, but under the stress of an emergency anyone can draw a blank.

Simple ways to prevent emergencies For Dogs and Cats

  • Take a CPR class for Cat and Dogs through your local red cross
  • Keep all hazardous substances that your pet might ingest in a safe place. Chocolate, for example, is toxic to both dogs and cats.
  • Before an accident happens, carefully assess places your dog or cat is able to access, and be aware not underestimate how clever they are! Make sure that any dangers are out of their reach.

If your dog or cat constantly chews, it is important to cover electrical cords. You can also redirect this destructive behavior with safe chew toys and treats.

Feel free to Contact us with any questions regarding our dog and cat veterinary services.

Stop, Drop, and Heel: Training Your Dog to Avoid Car Accidents

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

Dog training

Tyson, a one-year-old schnauzer mix, is an adept escape artist. Unfortunately, he recently slipped through his fence and was hit by a car, causing a broken leg and other (minor) injuries to Tyson. A compassionate police officer rushed him to an animal hospital, where he was treated for his wounds and was later reunited with his distressed, searching family (KXII). Tragically, Tyson’s story is all too common, with around 1.2 million dogs involved in car accidents every year (PetsTech). Animal hospitals like ours are especially well-equipped to treat these types of emergencies, with life-saving surgeries and round-the-clock care. However, our hope is that your dog will never need these types of services.

It’s very easy to decrease the likelihood of your dog being involved in a car accident; you can begin training your dog for road safety today! Here are a few good habits you can start practicing with your dog:

  • One of the most important commands for your dog to know is “come.” Work with them diligently to be sure they come when called, without fail.

 

  • Teach them to stop, sit, and wait for a command before crossing the street. This is very easy to do! Just incorporate it into your daily walk routine and repeat it every time you cross a street. Be sure to have a unique command for permitting them to cross the street, and be sure your dog knows that they must wait to hear it before crossing.

 

  • If your dog has a flawless response to the “down” command, then an excellent safety tool is the “drop on recall” in which the dog immediately drops into the “down” position on command, particularly while they are running. This will ensure that if they do decide to bolt towards traffic, a quick command from you will stop them in their tracks. Janice Gunn shows some great ideas for teaching this command in her video, which features her dog, Raisin.

 

Using these safety ideas, you can rest easy knowing that even if your dog escapes from your yard like Tyson did, they will have strong habits in place to help keep them safe while they roam the streets until you bring them back home.

For more tips on dog safety, or for any care your dog might need, be sure to contact us today. We’d love to hear from you and your pooch!