Archive for February, 2016

A Vet Explains Four Ways to Entertain Your Dog During Inclement Weather

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Ways to Entertain Your Dog

Some days the weather doesn’t allow for outdoor play which can leave dog owners scrambling to figure out how to entertain their canine companion inside. Below is a list of fun activities for you to try the next time rain pelts your windows.

Hide and Seek

This is a great way to exercise your dog’s body and mind at the same time. Unless your dog is well-trained with a “stay” command, the game works best if you have a helper to keep your dog in place while you find a hiding spot (place a healthy treat in your pocket before starting). Then, call out “come” and wait for your furry friend to find you. When he does, reward him with the treat while the next family member finds a place to hide. Repeat the process.

Treat Ball

Pushing a treat ball from room to room is a fun way for your dog to challenge his nose and get exercise at the same time. Just don’t make the treats too easy or hard to come out or chances are he’ll quickly lose interest.

Fetch 

If you have steps with carpet or a runner to prevent slipping, toss a soft toy up the steps. This makes for a more challenging workout. Consider buying a few new toys to put aside for inclement weather days, so he isn’t always playing with the same ones over and over.

Treadmill

It’s best if you use one designed just for dogs, but a human treadmill will also work. No matter which type you have, start by using the slowest speed and stand in front of the machine with a treat. Slowly increase the speed and the length of time your dog spends on the treadmill over several days.

If you would like to learn more about exercising your dog, or would like to schedule your dog’s annual exam, please contact us. Our veterinarians are here to help.

Halloween and Avoiding an Unplanned Trip to the Veterinarian

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Unplanned Trip to the Veterinarian

Halloween! A favorite time of the year for many people, kids and adults alike. With all of the festivities, dressing up, and goodies, who would not love this time of year? With all holidays though, it can bring unexpected accidents and added stress to your household. If you have pets, this is especially true, and there are some special things to consider if you do not want to take an unplanned trip to your veterinarian.

Foods That are Toxic to Your Cat or Dog

1. One of the most popular treats for Halloween, and a commonly known toxin to keep clear from your pet: Chocolate (specifically the ingredient theobromine). It can cause heart arrhythmias, hyperthermia, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, comas, and even death in large enough amounts. Please make sure your children are aware to not give their furry friends any of this treat.

2. Xylitol – An artificial sweetener that is in many candies, baked goods, and some chewing gum. It causes hypoglycemia, a drop in blood sugar levels. This can be life threatening if left untreated. Some signs of xylitol toxicity can include vomiting, weakness, seizures, acting uncoordinated, coma, and death. Beware that some new peanut butter brands may contain this!!!

3. Other foods to be watchful for when you’re preparing and cooking this Halloween: Grapes, raisins, garlic, onion (or chives), avocado, cooking grease, raw meats, bones, alcohol, drinks with caffeine or artificial sweeteners, and macadamia nuts.

Other Things to Consider

Other things besides food can potentially cause harm to your pets. Small pieces and string from costumes can be ingested and cause blockages or perforation (tearing or holes) in the stomach or intestines. Small pieces of toys also may pose this same threat. Be watchful of this if you have smaller children in the house.

Lastly, try to remember how stressful the holidays can be for you. Your pets can feel this same stress. Try to keep routines as regular as possible, and set time aside for your pet. If you’re planning to have parties or guests, designate an area or room for your pet to escape the commotion and relax. Along with your pets, relax and enjoy your Halloween as well Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions or concerns.

Ask Your Veterinarian About Compounding Pharmacy Options

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Compounding Pharmacy Options

Have you thought about asking your veterinarian about compounding pharmacy options? These feature modern medical combinations to provide your animals with one of a kind, correct medical treatment. Focus on your pet’s nutritional needs while integrating them with medical compounding to make their medication more appealing.

Catering to Canines and Felines

You shouldn’t have to wrap your dog’s pills in bacon to get them to eat them. Dog medication often comes with fillers and additives that, to a sensitive canine pallet, tastes like dirt. People have compounded medication since the first pharmacy. Towards the end of the 1980’s, the market turned to advocating for specific pharmaceuticals. There is no such thing as a one size fits all pills for animals. Some canine breeds have extremely sensitive stomachs or smaller throats that are not capable of swallowing or digesting pills regular pharmacies make. At our apothecary shop, we can take human dosages and make them into a topical ointment, making a safer and more effective medication.

Cats are notoriously hard to medicate.  If you have ever tried, you might have been scratched, or bitten, or injured your cat in the process. Unfortunately, the bacon trick is not as effective with cats. Additionally, cats have tiny throats, which can cause the medicine to go down their windpipe instead of their stomach. Instead of offering pills, like most pharmacies, ask your vet to grind the medication into a powder that is easily mixed into milk or tuna juice, making it easier on both of you.

Birds are Easily Treated

“Polly want a cracker,” is more like “Polly want a finger” when you are trying to give your bird a medication. Although some vets recommend trying to give birds their medication in their water, this can reduce your control over the dosage. Most medications will change the taste of the water, which creates a disincentive to drinking it. As a result, your bird doesn’t get their medication and you waste money and time.  Instead, offer them a natural version with the same ingredients in it.

Let us Care for Your Furry Family

Our staff understands that your beloved pets are an important part of your family and need as much care as the human members. We are efficient, quick and offer same day delivery to treat your pet as quickly as possible. We also offer nutritional advisement to make sure your pet is leading a longer, healthier life. Take away your stress and your pets’ stress of having to take a medication or supplement by contacting us today.