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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Are pets a good gift?

Is someone asking for a furry friend as a present?  Holidays are a busy time, leaving little extra time or energy for a new pet.   If and when you are really ready for a new pet, please consider the animal shelter and rescue groups. 
Cats and dogs of all sizes, ages, and breeds go through the shelters and rescue groups.  They also can help you determine the best pet for your family and its needs.  Here are some things to look for that can help you find the perfect pet:
Ø  Clear eyes; runny or matted eyes can be symptoms of illness.
Ø  Cheerful disposition
Ø  Likes being handled
Ø  Shows interest in you
Ø  Good reaction to children and other animals

We would be more than happy to do a new pet exam, even if the animal is current on vaccinations.
If you aren’t quite ready to adopt an animal, there are plenty of ways you can help those that are homeless.  You can make a monetary donation to the rescue or shelter.  They also may have a wish list of supplies they need.  If you would like to help in other ways, a few hours of your time volunteering would also be appreciated!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Traveling for the holidays?

Be honest about your pet’s ability to travel.  If your pet is very young or old, is ill, pregnant, or recovering from surgery, it may be better for all concerned to look into a pet sitter or kennel.  There is no need to risk injuring your pet by taking him/her with you.
Ask us about any medical risks for areas you will be visiting, as well as any medications needed for carsickness.  Pets can be separated from their owners while traveling and often collars are not on pets recovered at the shelters.  Seriously consider having your pet microchipped, because facilities nationwide are using scanners that will read these implanted chips.  This allows you to be reunited with your lost pet! 
Make certain that all vaccinations are current and obtain a copy of the records to carry with you, as you may need to board your pet unexpectedly.  Also, if your pet requires emergency medical attention, these will allow this to take place much more quickly.  If your plans include air travel, you need to check with the airline carrier regarding their requirements.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Keeping your Christmas tree standing...

If you have dogs and cats, and have Christmas know the challenge of keeping the pets safe and your tree in its original spot. You can try using clear fishing line to tie the tree to an eye hook in the ceiling, a wall stud or the windowsill so it won't be knocked down. Tying the tree to a heavy piece of furniture works, too. Sometimes stability can be added by attaching the tree stand to a large piece of wood, and then cover the large base with a pretty tree skirt.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas Tree Safety

The beautiful Christmas Tree you decorated could potentially contain fertilizers, preservatives or even pesticides that can get into the water supply of the tree. Most preservatives used to keep Christmas trees green and fresh are generally not poisonous, but can lead to an upset stomach if ingested.

When the tree is placed in the base, the water can become stagnant, which may develop bacteria cultures. The preservatives and stagnant water could potentially result in nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. The National Christmas Tree Association (yes, there is an organization for this) advises the use of just water in the Christmas Tree stand in order to protect small children and animals from the preservatives. Also, cover the base of the tree to minimize the chance for exposure.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Turkey bones, “special treats”, and pets do not mix well.  Please have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and keep your pets safe by taking the bones directly to the outside garbage.  Also, inform your guests that your best friend doesn’t need anything from the table.  Then make sure you have plenty of safe treats for him!

Lastly, please make sure your pets have collars and identification tags on in case of an escape.  You may also consider having them microchipped, as a permanent pet identification.  With all of the company coming and going, an open door makes an easy target.

The best way for our pets to enjoy the holidays is to have a safe retreat available.  A little precaution and prevention will make this a very happy time for everyone. 

Turkey bones

with or without meat on them, are very dangerous.  They may get stuck in part of the digestive tract and cause a blockage that does not allow anything else to pass.  The bones may splinter; causing a
sharp point that can scrape, cut, or perforate the animal’s gastrointestinal tract.  This can cause damage from the esophagus down to the rectum.

A blockage that is left untreated can lead to further complications such as tissue death, shock, or eventually death.  Even if the bone doesn’t result in a blockage, there is still the possibility for an internal abrasion.  Symptoms for the above problems may include vomiting most of what they eat or drink, depression, weight loss, diarrhea, sore abdomen, and dehydration.  If you know your pet has gotten into bones, please let us know as soon as possible.  We may need to see your pet for an exam and x-rays.