The Pet Doctor

July Special: Boarding packages!!!

Hey guys It’s that time again! Yup you guessed it we’re running a special for our Doggie Daycare and Boarding Facility! Its time you booked your stay with us and we have packages that makes it easier than ever!

For the Month of July:

10 Day Packages:
Book a 10 day overnight stay and you will get 3 nights free! Or Book a 10 Days of Daycare package and get 3 days free!
14 Day Packages:
Book a 14 Day Overnight stay and get 3 nights free! Or Book a 14 Days of Daycare package and get 3 days of Daycare free

It’s Christmas In July!!!

Guess what next month is!? I’m willing to bet you just screamed the 4th of July didn’t you. Well that’s not what we’re talking about here in Frederick’s Findings. Today we’re talking about Christmas in July! Here at the Pet Doctor we’re celebrating by helping you get your pet’s teeth Frosty white in the spirit of Christmas.

Come take part of our Dental special running all next month and get a dental for $100, the regular price is $130. Take advantage of the special while we still have spots, we’re booking up fast! Call us today 843-650-1555

Merry Christmas in July!!!!!

Come Board With Us!!!

Hey guys It’s that time again! Yup you guessed it we’re running a special for our Doggie Daycare and Boarding Facility! Its time you booked your stay with us and we have packages that makes it easier than ever!

10 Day Packages:

Book a 10 day overnight stay and you will get 3 nights free!

Or

Book a 10 Days of Daycare package and get 3 days free!

 

14 Day Packages:

Book a 14 Day Overnight stay and get 3 nights free!

Or

Book a 14 Days of Daycare package and get 3 days of Daycare free!

 

Can you believe that? We’re giving away 3 days or nights free when you book a 10 or 14 day stay with us! That’s just service you can’t beat!!! Call us now for booking (843)-349-1333

Protect your loved ones from ticks!!!

 

 

Hey world!

The handsome Spokesperson of The Pet Doctor here, Sir Frederick, and I have to step in and drop some knowledge about flea and tick prevention. I know the next post was to be about allergies, but with all the news of Tick borne diseases on the rise I have to make sure that all my friends and family are safe!

Just like the name implies Tick Borne diseases are disease that you or your pet can get from a tick’s bite. Ticks are small arachnid ectoparasites that feed on the blood other mammals, reptiles and birds. Now that we know thy enemy, we need to know how to protect against them. A monthly flea and tick preventative is going to be your weapon of choice. First and foremost you need to pick up the kind of flea and heartworm preventative that best fits you and your pet.

Topical products:

You can apply topical products like K9 Advantix, or Frontline Gold. These two products are applied by parting the fur and applying directing to the skin. It travels around the skin via the oil on their skin. So the trick is not to wash it off once you apply it. Give your pet a bath before their next application time which should be monthly on the same day. If you need some or are running low you should contact The Pet Doctor today!

Chewable Treat/Pill:

You can use a chewable treat such as Nexgard or Bravecto. These are flavored tablets that are palatable and encourage your pet to be eager to eat them. They work to prevent/kill fleas and ticks from the inside out. Nexgard needs to be given every month for continued protection against fleas and ticks. Bravecto on the other hand is a product that works for 12 weeks. It’s a convenient product as long as you remember every 3 months to give the tablet. REMEMBER these are not flea and tick repellants, the parasite must bite the pet and then it will be killed.

Environmental treatment:

Treating your yard against parasites is a good defense against fleas and ticks as well. It provides another advantage for your loved one in this war against these disgusting parasites. Have your yard treated periodically to eliminate the threat.

 

That’s what I got for you right now, I assure you my diligent and brilliant staff at The Pet Doctor has more information for you. Just call for an appointment today 843-650-1555

 

Achooo! it’s allergy season!

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Sorry guys and gals, the blog has been dry because of allergies galore! That’s right ladies and gentlemen Allergy season is upon us and wreaking havoc among our communities and dog parks. I, the gallant Sir Frederick, shall enlighten you from the pollen induced fog with some info on Allergies in animals. There are a plethora of symptoms that you need to look for that are both obvious and not so obvious in your pet when they are being accosted by allergies.

Symptoms:

  • Increased scratching
  • Itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin
  • Itchy, runny eyes
  • Itchy back or base of tail (Common with Flea Allergy Dermatitis)
  • Itchy ears/ear infections
  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Snoring from an inflamed throat
  • Paw chewing/swollen paws
  • Constant licking

Due to a lot of those symptoms, such as the licking, paw chewing, and scratching pets can often develop a secondary bacterial or yeast infection on their skins. Armed with that information you also need to know that any dog can develop allergies in their life. Some dog breeds do have allergic reactions more commonly such as terriers, setters, retrievers, flat faced breeds, and bulldogs.

Allergens:

Dogs are just like people in more ways than one, allergies are no different. Dogs can have environmental allergies as well as food allergies. Both types induced many of the same symptoms so one can know which is affecting them without testing, food trials, or good old process of elimination.

Food allergies can be induced by any ingredients in the food a pet eats i.e. chicken, pork, corn, rice, grains, or peas. Anything can induce these symptoms. A food trial can be performed by changing your pet to a recommend diet with limited protein and vegetable sources and seeing if the symptoms are eliminated. This can take up to two months to perform and get real results. A more immediate answer can be achieved by doing a food allergy test on the pet by sending a blood sample to a lab via your veterinary clinic. The lab will send you back a very detailed report of every single thing that your pet is allergic to and you and the veterinarian can work out a treatment plan and diet.

Environmental allergies are what plague a lot of people right now. The same goes for pets right now. This can of allergy can be caused by pollen, dust, feathers, certain fabrics, insecticidal shampoos, dander, dust, and mold just to name a few things. Interestingly enough some pets even suffer from an allergy to humans. These symptoms can be regulated by antihistamines, and other medications from the veterinarian.

In the next blog post We’ll further discuss treatment, and medications that help alleviate the pets agony from allergies.

March Madness

So guys and gals, I Sir Frederick is back to let you know what’s going on with the Doggie daycare. We can proudly say that business is booming and we want you guys to come in as often as you want to join in on the fun. I mean who doesn’t want to come to this amazing pet resort on the beach? I’ll tell you who doesn’t, crazy people or Ocelots. Ocelots are insane. (Don’t tell Clemson and Hokie I said that hahaha)

Anyway back to business! During the Month of March we’re running a special. If you buy a 10 or 14 day package of Half or full day daycare you will get a 3 Day or Night package free! That’s right we said it, it’s our own March Madness lol you will get a 3 Day or Night Package free if you book a 10 or 14 day package of half or full day daycare. It’s just late February, you can go ahead and call now to set up the appointment!

Go ahead and call us, (843) 349-1333. We can’t wait to see you there!

American Heart Month

Hey guys did you know that February is American Heart Month? What better time than the month of love to raise awareness about heart health? Well the same can be said about pet health. We’re going to bring you some facts about Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) in dogs.

Congestive Heart Failure can be congenital, meaning your pet was born with heart defects. Things like old age, infection, and injury can make the condition worse. Also, as with humans diet and exercise play are a factor in heart health.

Symptoms:

  • Coughing (More than usual, during exercise or before bedtime)
  • Trouble breathing during Exercise
  • Tiring easily
  • Having a hard time settling down
  • Swollen belly from fluid buildup
  • Fainting because of blocked blood flow to the brain
  • Gum color turning from pink to bluish gray from lack of oxygen
  • Weight loss

When you bring your little one to the vet they will want to know all the symptoms that they are experiencing, and any medications you have been giving them. This also includes supplements that they may be taking. Very importantly they need to know if they are current on Heartworm prevention. The doctor will run a host of test on your pet to correctly diagnose the condition in your pet. Blood tests, urine tests. The doctor will take radiographs and ultrasounds to see the condition of the heart, and taking an EKG measure your pet’s heartbeat and rhythm.

Treatment:

The doctor may recommend various things depending on the individual dog’s needs. They may start them on a medication to help correct the pet’s irregular heartbeats, and help their heart work. Also a medication to slow the fluid buildup in the lungs. In extreme cases there may be the recommendation of surgery to correct a torn valve or to insert a pacemaker to help correct the heartbeat. A diet change will be recommended, whether it’s a switch to a low salt diet, or a prescription diet meant for dogs with a heart condition. Of course trying some careful exercise to help manage your pet’s weight without putting too much strain on your pets heart is recommended.

If your pet is diagnosed with CHF, you need to make sure to bring them in for regular visits to the vet for exams and blood work. Make not of any changes and how they feel during their treatments. This condition is never fully corrected, but can be managed and help your pet live a long healthy life as comfortably as possible by your side.

It’s February, American Heart Month, maybe you should schedule a visit with your vet and have their heart evaluated asap!

The Chocolate is coming!

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We’re here and we’re going to remind you early on about February 14th. Chocolate sales are on the rise and so are chocolate toxicity cases in vet clinics nationwide. So we’re just going to leave this nifty little link below to a chocolate toxicity calculator on PetMD so you can see just how dangerous chocolate can be for your pet. We know that most times a pet gets chocolate is an accident, but even still knowledge is power. We’ll have more on chocolate in a coming blog post

Link to Toxicity calculator:

http://www.petmd.com/dog/chocolate-toxicity

Squirrel Appreciation Day!

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Hey it’s Frederick here with breaking news about an upcoming pet holiday! January 21, 2017 is Squirrel Appreciation Day! That’s right you heard it here first it’s a holiday dedicated to our favorite woodland creature, that we as canines love to chase. It’s a holiday started in North Carolina by Christy McKeown in 2001. Originally it was introduced as a way to encourage people to put out seeds and nuts to help feed the little guys. Kudos to Christy for that by the way, because those little guys need help sometimes. Plus, without food they won’t have the energy to run from us. That makes for a dull chase.

For the sake of the squirrel holiday I, Sir Frederick, shall spread some knowledge about them. Squirrels can be found almost everywhere on the Earth. They are native to Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia. Also, they’ve been introduced into Australia as well. The Western and Eastern grey squirrels are very common in North America. The red squirrel is more popular in Europe, but in Great Britain and Ireland the numbers are decreasing. They can range in size from a few inches to as long as three feet long. The smallest known squirrel is the African Pygmy, being about 3 inches on average. The largest is the Indian giant squirrel being close to three feet. Lastly, just so you have the proper term a group of squirrels is called a scurry.

So now you have the knowledge of the holiday and of the squirrel, make sure to go out and leave some seeds and nuts out for the little guys. Once they are sufficiently fed take out your furry friends on a walk and lets us chase the furry rodents until our hearts are content. Long live the squirrel, and long live the chase!!!

See you all on January 21 for Squirrel appreciation day.

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(P.S. Have you booked your Doggie Daycare stay with us yet? If you have a holiday or trip coming up book with us and we’ll take care of your furry family while you take care of business! Call us today (843) 349-1333)

New Year, New Exercise Routine!

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It’s the New Year, which means it’s time to focus on starting trends that will last throughout the New Year. I’m sure you know that this is the time that people choose to start their fitness journey towards better health. Well the same thing can happen for your favorite furry family member. A good physical fitness routine will help prolong your pet’s health and stave off illness and future aches and pains. Here are some tips for adding exercise to your pet’s life.

Let Your Pup Take The Lead

                You walk your dog multiple times a day, but that has sadly become a routine thing. At this point it’s almost robotic in motion. Walk fifteen steps, sniff rock then bush. Circle said bush tangling leash. Then ignore bush entirely and mark the same tree, again. See, doesn’t that sound boring. It is at this point, but if you let your pet take lead for a while they will have increased stimulation and eagerly walk. Of course use common sense, but let them walk their hearts out. It’s simple, but effective in increasing your pet’s exercise level.

Running

This is a two for one special right here. Your fitness as well as your pet’s fitness. When you are out running with your pet you need to remember that this isn’t your workout alone. If your dog wants to stop more than you, let them do so. If they are taking a break to great new friends, you take a breather and let your dog do so. The goal here is fitness not to strain your dog to the point of pure exhaustion.

Agility

Finding an Agility course or class for your pet is also a great thing to do as well. This will help them burn energy and pounds as they conquer obstacles. An added perk to all of this is that your pet will build confidence and a new skill set that will only strengthen your bond with each other.

Fetch

A game of fetch can work wonders for your pet. All you need is time and their favorite object to retrieve. Take them outside and throw their stick or ball around and have fun for a while. You’re making them happy and they are working off the pounds and/or staying lean.

Let Your Dogs Be Dogs

This is the simplest thing possible to do. Let your dog play with other dogs/housemates and they will exercise for hours. They will do what comes natural to them and in the process of making up their own games they will be exercising and having fun.

Work Their Mental Muscle

Exercise isn’t all brawn, there is brains involved in every aspect of life. There is no exception for your pet. After your dogs have grown up and they have learned all their commands, and we as owners sometimes don’t bother with teaching anymore tricks. In actuality this is the perfect time to teach them new tricks and stimulate their mind. Teach them silly things like high fives and bowing just to give them new skills to master, all the while exercising their mind.

There you have it, just a few tips for making your pet more fit in the New Year. Get out and get fit with your furry friends guys and gals!