Archive for March, 2016

Grooming Your Feline Friend

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Grooming Your Feline

Cats don’t like to be filthy, so it depends on you to make certain that kitty remains tidy. Grooming is very important, as it helps your feline stay clean, healthy and balanced. Grooming begins with cleaning, as brushing aids to keep the cats hair from ending up being hairballs. Brushing will help get rid of loosened hair, and also protect against the risk of hairballs. Cats often have problems displacing hairballs. If your pet cat isn’t really able to eliminate a hairball, it can cause a clog of the intestines. Obstructions are extremely major, and could promptly end up being life threatening for your pet.

How you Should Brush Your Cat

Pet cats that have lengthy hair need to be brushed daily, while cats with short hair have to be groomed on a fairly regular basis. When you comb your cat, you ought to consistently expect clumps in the coat as well as skin irritations. You must start cleaning along the cats back, going from his head to his tail. Do this a couple of times on one side, and afterwards switch over to the other. Each location must be brushed a couple of times going with the direction of the growth of the hair.

When you comb your feline, you need to consistently stay clear of his face and paws. If a cat doesn’t prefer to be combed, you could still brush him utilizing one more device. The brushing glove is an outstanding choice to the brush, as the majority of felines don’t mind it whatsoever. Starting out young is the key to cleaning, as it will enable your cat to get used to brushing and grooming. Some pet cats that have started brushing when they were kittens grow to enjoy it, many of which usually anticipate their grooming time.

Other Things to Look for

When cleaning your feline, ensure that you check his eyes, as well as the ears, teeth, and nails. His eyes need to be intense and also clear and without any residue built up in the corners. His ears shouldn’t be dirty, but rather they should look pinkish colored, and be free from any mites in the ears. These mites result from dust developing in a feline’s ear, and may cause the ears to shrink and also cause your feline to have a reduction in hearing. These pests are really frustrating for the feline, and hard for you as an owner to be rid of. The most effective means to eliminate them– is to make certain that your feline’s ears remain clean and healthy.

Each time you brush your feline, you should consistently do a check of these things. When your cat remains still, you need to consistently commend him as well as provide him a reward. If your cat does not comply and begins to struggle, you should not fight with him, yet rather allow him to go and try the following day. As soon as your feline gets use to grooming, he will begin to anticipate it every single day. If you would prefer a professional grooming, give us a call today and we’ll take care of it for you.

Vancouver WA Veterinarian Spring Check up for Dogs

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Vancouver WA Veterinarian

So, better weather is almost here. The rainy season will die down, the sun will come out from behind the clouds, and we and our pets will come outside as well. And just like we do, dogs need to visit the doctor every so often to make sure that everything is functioning properly. Considering the change in routine when better weather arrives, it’s probably time to take your dog to a Vancouver WA veterinarian. We want our dogs to be full of energy when playtime shifts back to the outdoors.

How is Your Dog Doing Physically?

Just like we often do as people, dogs can easily put on some extra pounds during the cold and wet months. We don’t take them on a walk, or to play in the park during bad weather, which means that they too, lead a much more inactive lifestyle during this time. So, ask your doctor how your pets’ weight is doing, and if there is any adjustments necessary to provide your dog with the proper nutrition in order to keep, or boost their health.

Another important thing to keep in mind is your dogs teeth. Just like we do, though not quite as frequently, dogs need their teeth cleaned as well. There are products on the market to help with this, including tooth brushes and even dog toothpaste. With a little practice, you can take care of much of this yourself, and your pet will eventually grow accustomed to the taste.

Vaccinations should be kept up to date as well. Be sure to ask the vet at your animal clinic Vancouver WA about staying current, especially if you’ve changed veterinarians recently.

Protect Pets From Parasites

Alas, despite the joy of the warmer days returning, fleas and ticks also return to the fold at the same time. There are thankfully a wide variety of ways to help keep your dog safe from these pests. One of the current favorites which seems to have a pretty positive success rate is topical drops applied to your dog. Of course there are many other methods that can be used as well, with varying degrees of effectiveness. And just remember, if you go out into the brush or woods with your pets, take a little time to check their fur to make sure no potential disease carrying parasites are trying to make you and your pets miserable.

Spring is a wonderful season, with mild temperatures that make outdoor life possible again for many of us in the Northwest. With a little preventative medicine, you and your dog can make the most of this coming spring by enjoying a healthy and happy outdoor life. Just one simple visit to your Vancouver WA veterinarian can make all the difference in making sure that happens.

An Orchards Vet Explains Christmas Dangers to Dogs

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Christmas Dangers to Dogs

When Christmas rolls around, it’s important for all dog owners to remember the holiday can pose dangers to their canine companion.

The Christmas Tree

Dogs may chew the wires from the lights which can cause electrocution or shock. If you use preservatives in your tree’s water, your dog may be drawn to drink it due to the sugar. The preservatives can cause an upset stomach.

Turkey Bones

While it’s okay to give your dog a few bites of skinless turkey, it’s not okay to give him the bones. They can splinter causing internal organs to puncture.

Wrappings

Ribbons, string, or yarn may cause intestinal obstruction or bunching of the intestine along the string’s length. Both of these conditions require surgery.

Candles

Don’t leave lit candles unattended as your dog may knock them over causing injury to the animal or property damage.

Holiday Plants

Holly can cause intense vomiting as can mistletoe (this can also cause breathing problems and erratic behavior), while poinsettias can cause vomiting and mouth irritation.

Unbaked Dough

If a dog ingests unbaked dough, it can expand in his stomach causing it to twist. Another danger can come from the yeast which will convert to alcohol in his stomach. It will quickly absorb into the bloodstream likely causing alcohol poisoning.

Chocolate

Remember to keep chocolate out of your dog’s reach. It can cause seizures, vomiting, muscle tremors, and an irregular heartbeat.

For more tips on how to keep you dog safe during the holidays, or to schedule an appointment with a veterinarian, please contact us. We’re open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and provide both emergency and general care for all small animals.