Archive for March, 2013

Children and Dog Safety!

March 29, 2013

Speaking to your children about Dog Safety is very important.  This way, your children are prepared when a situation arises.   A few simple rules will ensure fun and safety for your child when they are around pets.

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Do you have a cat?

March 28, 2013

Do you have a cat?  Has your cat been seen by a veterinarian in the past year?  Annual examinations are a must for keeping your pet healthy.  Chronic illness can go undetected by owners for years before their pet is brought to the veterinarian.  Cats in particular, seem to have mastered the ability to hide their ailments. This ability helped to ensure survival in the wild, but in the domestic setting early detection is key to longevity and saving pet owners money.  In addition, regular visits to your veterinarian help your pet feel comfortable and familiar with your veterinarian’s office in the event that they do need to be hospitalized or have surgery.  For more information visit this website!

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Storing Pet Food

March 26, 2013

I would wager to say many of you have not given much thought about HOW you store your pet’s food.  Yet, HOW we store their food is very important for preserving the taste, the nutritional value, and ensuring the health of your pet.  Here are a few tips to think about when storing your pet’s food:

  1. Only buy enough food to last your pet one month after you open the bag, especially if your pet is on a prescription diet.  The nutritional content and taste will begin to deteriorate after that time.
  2. Store your pet’s food in a cool dry place out of direct light and extreme temperatures.
  3. Keep your pet’s food in its original packaging.  Many companies have researched how to keep their food fresher longer.  Their solution is your solution, use it.      
  4. Lastly and probably the one most of us are guilty of doing, if you are using a plastic container month after month to store food in, STOP! Oils in the food will absorb into the container, even if you wash it.  These oils will go rancid over time contaminating the new food you are pouring into the container.  If your adamant about keeping the food in a plastic container, then keep the food in its original bag and put the entire bag in the container.  That way the oils are kept within the bag and thrown away each month.     

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How dogs understand the word “ball”!

March 22, 2013

How dogs understand the word “ball”!  A new study has concluded that dogs learn differently from humans.  “Where shape matters for us, size or texture matters more to your dog.  This study shows for the first time that there is a qualitative difference in the word comprehension in the dog compared to word comprehension in humans.”  Very young children, 2-3 years old, associate words for objects, like “ball”, with the object’s shape rather than size or texture.  This is an interesting concept to keep in mind when training your pet.  Happy Friday!

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Domestic Violence Shelters in America

March 21, 2013

This is something VERY interesting that many of us may not have thought about and we wanted to share with you to raise awareness about this growing issue.  There are many domestic violence shelters in America, however, there are just a few that allow pets.  This often leads to pets being abandoned or potentially individuals who are reluctant to leave an abusive situation for fear of what will happen to their pet.  Check out Rose Brooks Shelter in Kansas City, it is the only domestic violence shelter in the region to have a stand-alone pet shelter!  Check out this site to learn more and see what you can do to help out this amazing facility! 

 

Cat owners this is for you!

March 19, 2013

Cat owners this is for you! The $15 dollar Rabies vaccination vs. the $22 dollar vaccination, and what it means for your cat! Cats are not best served by a low-cost one-size-fits-all shot. Traditionally, dogs and cats have been given the same Rabies vaccination. However, vaccine induced sarcomas have been noted in feline patients receiving these vaccines due to adjuvants in the vaccination. This is why our clinic only uses Merial adjuvant free feline specific vaccinations labeled only for use in cats. Due to the research behind the product and superior medical care, it does cost a few more dollars; however, it is the safest vaccine available for cats and provides the highest standard of care. Prevention of Rabies and the potential reactions to the non-specific feline vaccinations, is the best care for your cat! The science behind the wellness is just as important as the wellness itself!

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Got Pain?

March 18, 2013

Got Pain?  Looking for a natural way to tackle you or your pet’s pain.   Take the “morphine bomb” to quickly reduce pain!  Note: amount of drops required varies based on pet’s weight.  This recipe is the dose appropriate for a human.  Happy Monday!

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Quote of the month!

March 15, 2013

Quote of the month!  “…As dogs and cats have moved from the barn, to the house, to the bedroom, the potential for disease spread to humans increases.  Getting control of diseases among dogs and cats is a good way to prevent the spread to humans.” The first person to list 5 zoonotic diseases that pets can spread to their humans wins a prize!

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March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month!

March 7, 2013

Did you know that March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month?  Many common household items are toxic to pets.  Some of the most common toxins that we see pets ingest are: rat poison, human medications, toxic plants and toxic foods.  Be very careful where you place or store these substances. You never plan for your pet to get on the counter or to slip out the door and into the garage but it obviously can happen.  Prevention is the best way to ensure your pet is safe.  For more information, check out the Pet Poison Helpline!

 

Wellness screenings for your pet!

March 5, 2013

Many pets appear normal upon a physical exam, and their abnormalities would go undetected without a wellness screen—a blood test designed to detect these silent problems. We recommend wellness screenings annually starting at the age of 7 when your pet is officially considered a senior.  What questions do you have about wellness screenings?