Archive for April, 2016

4 Foods That Could Send Your Dog To The Animal Hospital

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016


It might be a corny sentiment, but the thought of a dog being a member of the family is completely serious to many pet owners. Our dogs mean the world to us, and the thought of them having to go to the animal hospital, or anything unfortunate happening to them is gut wrenching. Unfortunately, something as mundane as your dog eating a raisin or grape could send your best friend to the animal hospital.

Four Hazardous Foods to Avoid a Trip to the Animal Hospital:

  1. Bread Dough – Raw bread dough containing live yeast can be very dangerous to dogs. In extreme cases, coma, seizures and even death may occur in dogs that have ingested raw bread dough.
  2. Grapes / Raisins – Grapes and raisins have recently been linked with kidney failure in dogs. Negative effects could take 12 hours to show up in some cases.
  3. Avocado – Avocados often contain a toxic principle known as persin. Guatemalan avocados, a common one found in stores, appear to be the most dangerous. Other varieties of avocado can have different degrees of toxic potential. Avocados aren’t very dangerous to dogs, but they can greatly upset their stomachs.
  4. Hops – Home brewers beware, cultivated hops used for brewing beer have been associated with potentially life threatening signs in dogs who have ingested them. Both fresh and cooked hops have been implicated in poisoning dogs.

These are just a few of the dog unfriendly foods that you need to be aware of. While the list is greater than this as a whole, these are some that you likely weren’t aware of. We all care tremendously for our pets and don’t want anything bad to happen to them at any point. So keep these bad foods in mind the next time you choose to drop a treat under the table.

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4 Ways To Prevent Dental Disease In Cats

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016


You might not be expecting your cat’s veterinarian to tell you that your cat has issues with oral health, but it could very well happen. Dental disease in cats is among the most common health issues found.

Here are some ways to handle Dental Disease in Cats

1. Brush Your Cat’s Teeth

Does it sound a bit silly? Yes. Does it actually help? Yes! Brushing your cat’s teeth, even just with water, removes food and bacteria from the surface of the teeth, preventing the spread of decay. Bacteria also gets to the gums, causing painful infection and inflammation. As bacteria eats away at the area under the gums, tooth loss and abscesses frequently occur.

2. Talk To Your Cat’s Veterinarian About Extraction

Some cats are more prone to painful decay than others. Talk to the vet about anesthetic procedures that can remove troublesome teeth causing inflammation. In extreme cases, veterinarians will consider full mouth extractions.

3. Seek Regular Vaccinations

Experts believe that stomatitis, a severe dental disease, is linked to the feline leukemia virus or feline immunodeficiency virus. Vaccines may help prevent these conditions, in turn reducing the cat’s likelihood to experience stomatitis.

4. Look For Early Signs

Has your usually pleasant cat suddenly taken on a terribly vicious attitude? Do you notice a terrible odor coming from your cat’s mouth? What about swelling of the gums or a reluctance to eat crunchy foods? These are common signs of a cat in pain due to poor dental health.

Are you worried about your cat’s dental health? Contact us to learn more about your veterinary options.

Introducing Your Cat to a New One

Friday, April 1st, 2016


So, you already have one cat at home, but you’ve been thinking about bringing another one home. However, you’re worried about how your existing car will react to a new family member. Before you bring the new cat home, there are some veterinarian-recommended tips that you’ll want to keep in mind to make introducing your cat go as smoothly as possible.

Introduce Them Through a Barrier

Rather than throwing the cats in the same room together and hoping they’ll get along, consider introducing them through a barrier at first, such as a kitty gate with one cat on each side. This will allow the cats to approach the gate and become familiar with one another’s scent, without the risk of getting into a fight. If you don’t have a kitty gate, you might even consider keeping the new cat in its carrier for a few minutes once you bring it home, allowing your existing cat to investigate for itself.

Take it Slow and Don’t Force Anything

Understand that your cats probably aren’t going to become instant buddies. Your existing cat is used to having the house to itself, so it will take some time to adjust to the idea of sharing the space (and attention) with another feline. The worst thing you can do is to force the cats to be together in one room or push them too hard to be around each other; let them come around to one another naturally and you’ll have much better results.

Let Them Have Separate Spaces

Finally, be prepared to provide each of your cats with separate spaces. This includes spaces where each of them can be on their own if they so desire, in addition to a separate litter box, food bowl, and water dish. Many cats have no problem sharing a litter box or food/water with one another, but this isn’t always the case, so it’s best to be prepared.

Looking for more tips on ensuring a healthy and happy life for both of your cats? Need to schedule a wellness exam for your new kitty? Whatever your needs may be, feel free to contact us today!