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It’s Spring! Time to Start Thinking About Fleas and Ticks…

Happy Spring! Can you believe that spring has officially begun? Time for spring cleaning, changing the batteries in the smoke alarms, and time to start thinking about spending some more time outdoors. Depending on where you live, this means that our furry family members will be outside more and will be exposed to those pesky fleas and ticks. Fortunately, as a responsible pet parent, you are going to be proactive about their protection.

As you may know, there are A LOT of flea and tick products out there. Your veterinarian and the veterinary team are your best resource in determining which product is the best for your particular needs. They can also help you make sure that the product is labeled for use in dogs or cats and that it is the right strength based on your pets weight and age.

If you are going to use a topical product, be sure to follow the label directions carefully. Your veterinary team can also help show you how to apply these if you’ve never used them before. Be sure to wash your hands after applying and don’t let children or other pets play with the pet until the product has been completely absorbed and the area is dry. If you have multiple pets in the house, it may be easiest to treat them all at once and then put them all is separate rooms until the medication is absorbed into the skin.

If you live in a house with both dogs and cats, you may think that you can use the same flea and tick products for both. DON’T! Cats are actually very sensitive to many of the medications that are used in dog flea and tick products so if you use a dog product on a cat, you can make them VERY sick (these intoxications can sometimes even be fatal).

The flea and tick products that are prescribed by a veterinarian have been extensively tested for safety and efficacy. Sometimes however, an individual animal can have an unexpected response. If you are using a flea and tick product for the first time on your pet, be sure to keep an eye on them for a few hours following application. If you see any vomiting, lethargy, difficulty walking, etc., call your veterinarian right away for advice and bathe your pet with warm water and soap to remove any residual product.

Using flea and tick preventives not only protects our pets against rashes, itching, and hair loss but they are also critical in protecting our furry family members against life-threatening infections that are transmitted by these pests. Be sure to talk to your veterinarian today to ensure that your pet is protected.

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Tags: Ask the Vet, Cats, Dog safety, Dogs, Health, Pet advice, Pet behavior, Pet health, Pet info, Pets, Tips, Vet

Hero Dog Saves Puppies from Forest Fire

It’s not quite Mother’s Day yet, but after hearing this story and watching the video, we wanted to honor one very special mother.

This story comes out of Valpairaso, Chile where firefighters were battling a raging forest fire last week. Thousands of people evacuated their homes and amongst the chaos… a miracle took place.

In one section of town, the firefighters were trying to put out the flames from a pile of tires that had caught fire. A bystander then informed them that he had seen a dog digging a large hole in the same area. The firefighters used this information to locate the hole where they found nine little puppies buried inside.

The mother of these pups must have sensed the impending danger and took action. She dug a deep burrow where she buried the puppies in order to protect them from the deadly blaze and suffocating smoke. After the puppies were tucked away she ran from the scene and sought safety for herself.

Thanks to this courageous dog mother, the caring community and the firefighters, all nine pups made it out of the blaze alive and well and were reunited with their mom!

You can see the puppies and the incredible rescue in the video below.

 

To read more about this story click here.

Are you prepared to protect your pets in case of emergency or natural disaster? Click here to learn more.

Tags: Dog safety, Dog stories, Dogs, Pet health, Pet info, Pet videos, Pets, Safety

Thanksgiving Do’s & Don’ts for Your Pets

Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude and sharing food and fun with our family and friends. Of course we would want to include our furry family members in the merriment! When it comes to enjoying this Thanksgiving with our pets though, we have to be very careful to not accidentally make them ill.

The Turkey

If you are having turkey this Thanksgiving, it is ok to give your pets a small amount but be sure to stick to the lean (white) meat only. Do not give them any of the skin (too fatty) and definitely, no bones! Also, just like it is a bad idea for us to eat undercooked poultry, raw or undercooked turkey can make your pets ill too.

Be aware of the seasoning you use on the turkey as well. Sage and other herbs that are commonly used this time of year contain oils that can cause gastrointestinal upset and neurologic signs if ingested in large quantities. Large amounts of garlic and onions can cause problems too so be sure to stick to just small amounts of white meat, no skin, no dressing, no gravy.

The kitchen will be a busy place for the next few weeks and trash cans will be a particular concern for curious pets. Be sure to keep trash cans in a place that is inaccessible to your pet. If they do get into the trash and eat too much, they are at risk of developing a condition called pancreatitis, or they may ingest something that causes a blockage in their intestines that may require surgery.

Baked Goods and Sweets

As holiday baking kicks into full swing, there will likely be lots of sweets and baked goods around. These treats are typically high in fat and sugar (which is why they taste so good!) and will likely cause some intestinal distress if given to your dog or cat. If these are made with artificial sweeteners however, especially xylitol, they should be kept away from pets at all costs. Xylitol can be deadly to dogs. And of course, anything containing chocolate is also off-limits.

Alcohol

Of course YOU know that alcohol is bad for pets, but be sure that well-meaning friends and family know this too. It is NOT okay to give ANY alcohol to pets.

Holiday Decor

Be aware of the kinds of floral arrangements you use as well. Specifically if you have kitties, avoid any plants or flowers in the lily family. Ingestion of any part of these plants can cause kidney failure so it is best to keep these out of the house all together. Also watch for curious pets that like to chew on ribbon or other decorative items you may have out this time of year.

So What CAN You Do?

While the humans are feasting, make sure your furry family has a feast of their own. A new food puzzle for the cat or a Kong® filled with little bits of turkey meat or veggies for the dog. A new chew toy or cat nip toy will also be a good source of entertainment for them and allow everyone to enjoy their time together.

Don’t forget about quiet time. If you have friends or family staying at the house, your pets may need a place where they can go to get away from all the activity. For some pets, a change in their routine can cause anxiety so be sure to watch for signs of any distress.

If your pet acts ill in any way (e.g., loss of appetite, vomiting, or diarrhea) or you note any change in behavior, be sure to call your family veterinarian. They are more than happy help make sure you and your pets have a safe and festive Thanksgiving holiday!

 

Tags: Ask the Vet, Cats, Dog safety, Dogs, Health, Holidays, Pet advice, Pet health, Pet info, Pets
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