3 07, 2017

We “Welcome” Fletcher to the Family

By |2017-11-09T21:33:39-05:00July 3rd, 2017|

The Pet Doctor Doggie Daycare & Boarding

First of all I want to say that I, Sir Frederick, the CEO of The Pet Doctor thank you for attending this press conference that I’m holding in regards to the photos leaked to the media by certain members of my core staff. Punishments will be doled out as I see fit. But to get ahead of the media explosion that is now being called by our shareholders the “Fletcher Effect”, we’d like to say “Welcome” to the family.

As a good, loyal, and amazingly handsome and divine big brother I’ll take young Fletcher under my wing and teach him the finer things about life here running the best vet clinic and doggie daycare in Myrtle Beach. Just some of the things I will teach him are:

  • I get all cheesy puffs, the aren’t for Fletchers
  • Only I am handsome, after a trial period he may be dubbed with the title cute
  • I approve of all mommy love cuddle sessions, that he won’t be part of
  • I’ll be part of all press releases as I am the face of the business, he will remain in the back
  • NEVER. TOUCH. MY. BED…… YOUR BED IS ALSO MINE.
  • Until your trial period is over, you must pay 15-20% of your food portions to Me as a boarding fee

Of course there will be other things about the business that I will teach him, but those are the most important.

The guilty party who leaked the info about our new team member will be dealt with swiftly I assure you. The cheesy puff tax has risen considerably here to meet the new needs. We are saddened by the addition, I mean overjoyed that he has joined the team and is eager to put his best paw forward towards our continued success. Per the request of many of you out there we will leave the rest of this conference with pictures of the accused, I mean our new employee.

Thank you,

Sir Frederick

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29 06, 2017

***ALERT*** Canine Influenza and the Bivalent Vaccine

By |2017-11-09T22:04:32-05:00June 29th, 2017|

Canine Influenza and the Bivalent Vaccine

Hey guys, Sir Frederick is here with another Fabulous Frederick Finding! It’s a serious one guys, a virus that has been affecting the canine community recently. I’m talking about the Canine Influenza (CI), It’s the highly contagious viral infection that has been affecting dogs and also cats in some cases.

The Facts on The Beast

Influenza viruses belong to the family Othomyxviridae, and Canine Influenza is a Type A influenza virus. It can be further identified based on the composition of two specific proteins in the lipid outer layer of the capsid: Hemagglutinin (HA) and Neuraminidase (NA). Currently there are two strains of CI virus that have been identified in the United States, H3N8 and H3N2.

Influenza viruses in general have the ability to quickly change and give rise to new strains. These new strains could possibly infect other species. Both strains of CI can be traced back to strains that were infecting other species at some point. H3N2 was first identified back in Florida in 2004. It was cycling through racing greyhounds. Many schools of thought think this strain was developed from the Equine H2N8. Since 2004 this strain has been identified in most U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

H3N2 was first identified in March of 2015 after there was an outbreak of respiratory illness in dogs of the Chicago area. Previously the H3N2 was restricted to South Korea, China and Thailand. This strain is thought to have been a direct transfer from the Avian Influenza and was first discovered 2006-2007. After the initial diagnosis in Chicago H3N2 was reported in a number of states. In early 2016 a host of shelter cats in Indiana were diagnosed with H3N2. It was most likely transmitted to them from infected dogs.

Recently, in May of 2017 canine H3N2  was diagnosed in dogs in the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Louisiana, and Illinois,

Currently there is no evidence of either strain being able to be transmitted to humans.

Transmission of Canine Influenza

CI is transmitted through droplets or aerosols containing respiratory secretions from coughing, barking, and sneezing. Just like with kennel cough, dogs in places such as kennels, groomers, daycare facilities and shelters are at a higher risk for infection if a dog with the strain has been there. CI can be spread indirectly through objects such as the kennels, food/water bowls, collars and leashes. People who have been in contact with infected dogs can also spread the virus. It’s of the utmost importance to clean and disinfect objects that have been in contact with an infected dog to avoid further exposure.

The virus can remain viable on surfaces for up to 48 hours, and on clothing for 24 hours. On a person’s hands it can last up to 12 hours. So proper disinfection is key. H3N8 has an incubation period of 1-5 days and in most cases clinical signs show up 2-3 days after exposure. Dogs with H3N2 my start showing respiratory signs between 2 and 8 days after infection. Ironically, dogs are most contagious during the incubation period and they shed the virus even though they are not showing any clinical signs.

Clinical Signs

CI Virus infects and replicates inside cells in the respiratory tract from the nasal lining to the terminal airways. The inflammatory response to the infection can cause rhinitis, tracheitis, bronchitis, and bronchiolitis. CI results in the death of the epithelial cells lining the respiratory tract, this in turn exposes the underling membranes. This predisposes the respiratory tract to secondary bacterial infections that contribute to nasal discharge and coughing.

Virtually all dogs exposed to CI become infected with approximately 80% developing clinical signs of disease. The approximately 20% of infected dogs that don’t exhibit clinical signs of the disease can still shed the virus and spread the infection. This virus causes an acute respiratory infection in dogs. THERE IS NO SEASON FOR CANINE INFLUENZA, the infection can happen at any time of the year. This infection can resemble kennel cough.

The most common sign is a cough that persists for 10-21 days despite of treatment with antibiotics and cough suppressants. Dogs can either have soft, moist coughs or dry coughs similar to those induced by kennel cough. There can be Nasal and/or ocular discharge, sneezing, lethargy and anorexia may be observed. Many dogs develop purulent nasal discharge and fever. Some dogs exhibit the signs of pneumonia and increased respiratory rate/effort. Most dogs recover without incident, but there have been deaths reported from H3N2.

Cats infected with H3N2 display signs of upper respiratory disease: Nasal discharge, congestion, malaise, lip smacking, and excessive salivation.

Diagosis of the disease can’t be done from clinical signs alone. Test such as virus isolation, immunoassays to detect virus antigens, PCR to detect virus Nucleic acid, and serology for antibodies specific to the virus. PCR is likely the most reliable test for diagnosis.

 

Treatment

Treatment is best decided by your veterinarian. Treatment for most viral infections are largely supportive. Good nutrition will help your dog’s immune response. In most dogs it takes 2-3 weeks to recover from the disease. Your veterinarian will employ antimicrobials for known or secondary bacterial infections, anti-inflammatory medications to reduce fever and inflammation, and fluids to help correct dehydration/maintain hydration. To prevent transmission of the virus, dogs infected with H3N2 should be isolated for at least 4 weeks. ANTIVIRAL DRUGS TO TREAT INFLUENZA ARE NOT APPROVED FOR USE IN DOGS. ONLY USE MEDICATIONS PRESCRIBED TO YOU BY YOUR VETERINARIAN.

 

With all that said, the morbidity rate is estimated at 80%, but the mortality rate is less than 10%. Death occurs mainly in dogs with the severe form of disease. Currently no fatalities have been reported in felines.

The Pet Doctor To The Rescue

We’re here to let you know that in kennel, boarding, veterinary, and shelter facilities CI appears to be easily killed by disinfectants they commonly use. If you suspect your pet has been exposed, then after a visit to your vet Isolation is one of the best defenses against it.

Vaccines ARE available for bother the H3N8 and H3N2 strains of virus. A bivalent vaccine, which protects against both strains, is available. We at The Pet Doctor carry the Bivalent vaccine. It’s a 2 shot series, you get the initial vaccine, and then return for a booster in 3-4 weeks to offer a year of protection. Call to schedule an appointment today. If you have any questions call and schedule a consultation, we’ll gladly answer any and all questions about Canine Influenza and the bivalent vaccine that we offer!

Call for an appointment 843-650-1555

Stay safe friends

For more information, check the links below:

Key Facts about Canine Influenza

Canine Influenza Fact Sheet

2015 Canine Influenza Chicago Outbreak Info

11 06, 2017

July Special: Boarding Packages

By |2017-11-10T16:54:58-05:00June 11th, 2017|

The Pet Doctor: Doggie Daycare & Boarding

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

29 04, 2017

Protect Your Loved Ones From Ticks!

By |2017-11-09T22:34:21-05:00April 29th, 2017|

Pet Flea and Tick Prevention

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

17 04, 2017

Acchooo! It’s Allergy Season!

By |2017-11-10T16:55:58-05:00April 17th, 2017|

Pet Allergies

ACHOOOOO!!!!

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.

30 01, 2017

American Heart Month

By |2017-11-09T22:40:27-05:00January 30th, 2017|

Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs

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!

8 01, 2017

New Year, New Exercise Routine

By |2017-11-10T15:33:37-05:00January 8th, 2017|

Pet Exercise Routine

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!

1 01, 2017

Happy New Year: Heartworm and Flea Prevention

By |2017-11-10T15:41:29-05:00January 1st, 2017|

Heartworm and Flea Prevention

First and foremost The Pet Doctor and its staff wish you a Happy New Year! With the new year comes the start of new life long habits. The habits we’re speaking of are starting and staying on monthly flea and heartworm preventatives for your dogs and cats.

Flea Preventative:

Flea prevention comes in many forms varying from Collars such as the Bayer Seresto collar, a topical product such as K9 Advantix, or an edible product such as Nexgard. These products have one basic function, the prevention of a flea infestation on your pet and within your home. One needs to decide which product is best for you. If you know it’s easier to “Pill” your pet then get an edible treat like Nexgard or Bravecto. Date your calendars, set a reminder on your phone, just do whatever it takes to remember to give your medication on time each month (three months in bravecto’s case).

If you fight a monthly battle with your pet to swallow a pill or treat then a topical product may be your best bet. Products like Advantix or Frontline Gold can be applied to the skin after you part the pet’s fur on the back of the neck. This product is then circulated around the pets body by their own natural oils moving across the skin.

Another type of flea prevention is using the collar called the Serestro collar. They work to prevent fleas and ticks for eight months. Just remember the collar needs to be changed, it’s not a permanent form of control even though you don’t have to think about it for long.

 

Heartworm Preventative:

Heartworm preventative is used to help prevent the infection of Heartworms and intestinal parasites such as Roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms. As we all know heartworms if left untreated is a painful, fatal fate to leave your pet with that can be easily prevented with a monthly dosage of medication. There are various forms of prevention as with flea prevention such as the edible treat Heartgard, The topical products such as Revolution and Advantage multi which include flea prevention, or the injectable 6 month preventative known as ProHeart.

There are a plethora of edible treats/pills to give your pet for heartworm prevention. Some solely for the prevention of heartworm and intestinal parasites such as Heartgard. Others prevent Heartworms and fleas such as Trifexis.

Topical products like Advantage multi and revolution can be applied to the skin for the prevention of heartworms, fleas, and intestinal parasites. The ProHeart injection works to prevent heartworms from the outside via an injection that occurs every 6 months. As with all products SET A REMINDER, NOTHING WORKS IF THE DOSING IS MISSED. Prevention of heartworms is many times cheaper than the treatment of heartworms.

Start the New Year off right and start the habit of prevention of Heartworms and fleas and ticks.

Happy New Year!!!!!

18 11, 2016

Pancreatitis and Giving Thanks

By |2017-11-10T15:45:26-05:00November 18th, 2016|

Pancreatitis in Pets

As our families gather to give thanks, we as pet parents need to remember that our pets can become anxious by the over load of or rapid changes that are occurring during the festivities. All the new people coming over and wanting to see the dog or cat can be a scary thing for them. If your pet isn’t the most social butterfly then maybe having them in their own private area during the festivities. Or you could have your family go slow with them and get to know your pet at their own pace. Possibly enticement with treats or toys and some positive reinforcement for them coming towards you. It’s a joyous holiday, there is no need for anyone to be bit or for your pet to go through this kind of anxiety.

The other turkey in the room that we need to address is all the rich and decadent foods being cooked and the GI (Gastrointestinal) upset that comes with them. I’m talking simple gassy toots to full on pancreatitis. I’ve said it before and I’m going to say it again, no matter how cute those little begging faces are they don’t need any food from your table. An abundance of table food can induce pancreatitis in your pet. Vomiting, diarrhea, severe dehydration, DIABETES, and DEATH can be the outcome of giving your pets food from the table and inducing pancreatitis. I’m not trying to scare you, but in our business we see this horror movie play out over and over again. No one should have to live through this especially your pet. For the holidays you should get them a bag of their favorite treats or have a handful of their own food near your when you all gather to eat. When they come to beg for your food hand them their own treats and let them think that they are getting something special for the holidays. Mind over matter is  a powerful thing.

Still, Enjoy the holidays! The Pet Doctor wants to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, but be smart about it with our pets!

12 11, 2016

Frederick’s Findings: Diabetes

By |2017-11-10T16:51:34-05:00November 12th, 2016|

Diiabetes in Pets

Frederick here with a super important finding coming at you! It’s November so what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Obviously is booking our pet’s stay out our Doggie Daycare for your holiday festivities, but did deeper than that. The next thought is Thanksgiving right? Well even though it’s baffling I, the food connoisseur, am not talking about this food filled holiday of thoughtfulness and giving. I’m talking about the fact that November is National Pet Diabetes Month.

Diabetes Mellitus

It effects dogs just like it can humans. Diabetes Mellitus is a diseased state by which the body suffers from either an absolute shortage of insulin (Type 1), or from an incorrect response from the cells to the insulin that is being produced, a condition termed insulin resistance (Type II). Either one of these conditions will prevent the muscles and organs from converting the glucose to energy. That simply means there will be excessive amounts of glucose in the blood, a condition known as hyperglycemia. The hot topic issue here is the insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is produced by the pancreas. It is released into the cells in response to the digestive conversion of proteins into glucose in the bloodstream.

Diabetes is a common condition for humans, but it is also common for domestic animals like dogs. The most severe form is Type I. This form is dependent on daily injections for maintaining the blood sugar balance. This is called insulin Dependent diabetes mellitus.

Symptoms

  • Excessive Urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • Hunger
  • Weight loss even with normal appetite

Later Signs

  • Anorexia – complete loss of appetite
  • Lethargy and depression
  • Vomiting

There is also the development of Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA). It’s the metabolic acidosis caused by the breakdown of fat and proteins in the liver in response to insulin deficiency

Other Symptoms

  • Enlarged Liver
  • Cataracts
  • Bladder of kidney infection
  • Obesity

Causes

Diabetes mellitus is caused be a plethora of things, but genetic predisposition is one likely cause.  Dogs that have diabetes often have relatives that have diabetes. It’s also thought that pets going through Hormone therapies could get diabetes as dogs receiving drugs to control their heat cycles are at a higher risk for developing the condition as well. Problems with the pancreas/insulin production are also a cause so Pancreatitis can be a factor as well.

Breeds that are at a higher risk:

  • Keeshond
  • Puli
  • Miniature Pinscher
  • Samoyed
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Poodle
  • Dachshund
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Beagle

Diagnosis

Your veterinarian will be monitoring and recording your pets every symptom and will run a battery of tests such as a complete blood count, chemical profile, and a urinalysis. These test alone should be enough to diagnose diabetes and start the initial treatment.

Typically with the disease there is usually a high concentration of glucose in the blood and urine. Abnormally high levels of liver enzymes and electrolytes imbalances are also common. High levels of ketone bodies can be present in the urine. Ketones are water-soluble compounds produced as a by-product of fatty acid metabolism in the liver and kidney.

Treatment

The Veterinarian will prescribe treatment that will include adding daily exercise into your pets schedule. Balancing your dog’s food and liquid cravings to healthy levels and lowering the insulin demand are the first priority. Obesity is a risk factor and makes management of the condition a lot harder, but it can be brought under control, slowly with great care and attention to detail. A diet will need to be strictly enforced. If necessary the Doctor can prescribe a diet specifically formulated for diabetic pets. Lastly, insulin therapy will be used to regulate your dog’s glucose levels. You will be given an initial insulin dosage will be taught how to give it to you pet. Most pets need it twice a day, but sometimes it’s only a once a day dosage. You can be taught to check the blood glucose levels at home with a glucometer, and the doctor will be bringing you in to recheck the blood glucose levels and how your pet is doing.

The doctor will also teach you the symptoms to monitor for if your pet goes into hypoglycemia (Low levels of glucose) or hyperglycemia (high levels of glucose) Keeping a log of your dog’s diet, behaviors, insulin dosing and times will help you manage the condition.

See this month is for more than just turkey. We need to raise awareness for this disease that causes a lot of hurt for people and pets daily. If you suspect this condition take your pet to be examined immediately. Don’t risk it, knowledge is power and early detection makes things more manageable.

Have a good day all!

27 09, 2016

World Rabies Day

By |2017-11-10T15:50:18-05:00September 27th, 2016|

Animal Rabies

World Rabies Day

Annually for the past 10 years the world has been celebrating World Rabies Day. A day that came into being to promote rabies awareness and help educate the masses on this disease that has been killing more than 55,000 people every year around the world. Right here in our own united states one to two people die annually. In 2014 right here in the United States there were over 6,000 reported cases of animal rabies. This disease has been reported in every state except Hawaii, and has also everywhere around the world with the exception of Australia and Antarctica. Sadly, once symptoms appear, the disease results in fatality.

Rabies is a viral disease that affects the brains of humans and other mammals. It does so by causing acute inflammation of the brain. This virus reproduces heavily in the saliva glands of the infected animal so it’s usually transmitted via a flesh breaking bite from the infected animal. It can be transmitted through a scratch if the wound has contact with the infected saliva, the same can be said of the infected saliva hitting a mucous membrane. In the United States the most common rabies carriers are: Bats, Raccoons, Skunks, and foxes. When it comes to domestic species far more cats see it than others such as dogs and ferrets.

When it comes to your furry best friend, they may show significant behavioral changes when infected. They may become apprehensive or restless, and start showing signs of aggression. Your once friendly dog may become highly irritable, or a normally high energy/highly excitable pet may become more docile than usual. With the slightest stimulus your pet may bite or snap at you, or even inanimate objects. You may start to see them bite/chew at the site where they were bitten or even start to constantly lick it. Your pet may even have a fever at this time.

As the disease progresses your pet may become hypersensitive to light, sound, and touch. They could start hiding in dark places and eating weird things. The most known symptom is the foaming at the mouth. What’s not known is that foaming is caused by paralysis of the throat/jaw muscles. Paralysis of the hind legs may develop causing staggering and incoordination of your pet. Lastly, some other known signs are loss of appetite, weakness, seizures, and sudden death.

Not so Fun Fact: The virus usually incubates from 2-8 weeks before signs are noticed, but transmission of said virus through saliva can happen as early as 10 days before symptoms appear.

Not So Fun Fact: Unvaccinated dogs and cats who are allowed to roam outside are at the most risk for infection. Your pets that are exposed to wildlife have a higher chance for infection as well. Not to mention if they encounter a stray dog or cat with the virus.

Not So Fun Fact: There isn’t an accurate test to diagnose rabies in a live animal. The most accurate diagnostic that can be ran is a direct fluorescent antibody test. The test requires brain tissue though and the test can only be performed after death of the animal.

Not so Fun Fact: THERE IS NO TREATMENT OR CURE FOR RABIES ONCE SYMPTOMS APPEAR. It’s a disease that is a serious threat to the world at large so pets that are suspected of the disease are more often than not euthanized.

The best thing you can ever do is get your Pet vaccinated once a year, or once every three years if you use the three year version of the vaccine. Make sure to schedule your appointment with The Pet Doctor if you haven’t had your pet vaccinated this year, or if their due date for vaccines is near. In this case, Prevention is the best medicine! Vaccinate, Vaccinate, Vaccinate!!! Call us today to capitalize on our Annual vaccine specials for Dogs and cats. Celebrate World Rabies Day by going out and educating your friends and family about the disease and having them vaccinate their pets annually.

You can find more information on Rabies, and World Rabies Day at the sites listed below:

https://rabiesalliance.org/world-rabies-day/

https://www.avma.org/Events/pethealth/Pages/world-rabies-day.aspx

See you soon, Bring your pets to the office and we’ll gladly look them over.

21 09, 2016

Sea Otter Awareness Week

By |2017-11-10T15:53:20-05:00September 21st, 2016|

Sea Otter Week

Hokie here and I’ve been losing my mind over these awesome animals I’ve had the pleasure to encounter the other day. All the staff here can agree that these guys are awesome! It’s like a combination of water, dogs, cats, and awesome. I’m talking about Sea Otters! Did you guys know that it from September 18th– September 24th is Sea Otter Awareness Week. This week is always the last full week in September and it is to bring about recognition to the vital role sea otters play in the nearshore ecosystem. All around the world people in aquariums, zoos, natural history museums, filmmakers, researchers, ETC participate in events or activities highlighting sea otters and their natural history. All the scientific stuff aside, have you seen those sleek little guys go? They zoom through the water, they adorably cuddle with each other, and they Juggle! Come one, they juggle, and that is so awesome.

This year marks the 14th annual Sea Otter Awareness week. That means for 14 year people have been inspired to learn about and protect our little otter friends. You can do the same by visiting your local zoo or aquarium and inquiring about them. We here at the Pet Doctor will post a few tidbits of facts here, but that’s just scratching the surface of the Awesomeness that is Sea Otters.

  • They are a keystone species in the ecosystem, as they promote healthy kelp forests. Those in turn support thousands of organisms.
  • They are the top predator of their ecosystem
  • Sea Otters are Indicator Species. This means they reflect the conditions of the world around them. If they are dying in tremendous amounts, there is a land based connection.
  • Humans and sea otters eat many of the same foods, so high rates of sea otter disease may be a warning for both human and marine ecosystem health.
  • Their common names: Southern or California Sea Otter; Northern Sea Otter; Russian Sea otter
  • They are the smallest marine mammal in Northern Hemisphere, but the largest member of Family Mustelidae
  • Their relatives include Ferrets, badgers, minks, and river otters.

So much more can be found out about Sea Otters, and you can find out ways to help them by following these links:

 

http://www.seaotters.org

http://www.dfg.ca.gov/ospr/Science/marine-wildlife-vetcare/

http://www.mbayaq.org/cr/sorac.asp

http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/owcn/

http://www.seaotterresearch.org/

http://www.seaotters.com  http://ecos.fws.gov/speciesProfile/profile/speciesProfile.action?spcode=A0A7  http://www.werc.usgs.gov/Project.aspx?ProjectID=91  http://alaska.fws.gov/fisheries/mmm/seaotters/recovery.htm

Happy Sea Otter Awareness Week!!!

14 09, 2016

Frederick’s Findings: National Deaf Dog Awareness Week

By |2017-11-10T16:52:08-05:00September 14th, 2016|

Deaf Dog Awareness Week

National Deaf Dog Awareness Week

Hey guys Frederick here with another one of my findings that I want to share. Did you all know that this year, the week of September 18th through September 24th is National Deaf Dog Awareness Week? I’d never heard of it either hahahaha…. I hoped you laughed as hard as I did. I happen to think I’m quite pun-ny hahaha.

But seriously this is a week dedicated to raising awareness around our deaf canine brethren so that people know more about them and possibly wouldn’t mind adopting them if need be. There are two types of deafness that occur:

  1. Congenital Deafness, which means that the puppy is born deaf. They will never hear a sound, and thus not even realize that they are deaf and different from other dogs.
  2. Acquired Deafness, which means that the hearing loss and eventually deafness occurs gradually over time. Most owners won’t know their dog is experiencing hearing loss until it is obvious.

When it comes to being deaf, don’t feel bad because Dogs have this amazing ability to use their other senses to cope. When dogs have lost their sense of hearing or never had it to begin with their other sense kick into overdrive to help the dog interact with their world as if nothing has changed.

 

Symptoms of Deafness

  • In pups with congenital deafness, over-aggression with littermates
  • no response to squeaky toys
  • No response to auditory stimuli when your dog isn’t looking at you. Stimuli like voice commands, clapping, shouting, whistling, barking, etc.
  • When woken up they are startled or snap at you
  • When touched from beyond their field of vision they are startled or snap at you.
  • Sleeping more than usual for their age/breed
  • You have a difficulty waking them up
  • Auditory stimuli doesn’t rouse them from sleep.
  • Exaggerated response to physical stimuli
  • Excessive barking for a dog their age/breed
  • They make unusual vocal sounds
  • A gradual decline in response to their own name or voice commands
  • They become disoriented, confused, or agitated in otherwise familiar circumstances

There are dogs that have an increased risk of being born deaf or going deaf. Breeds with dappled, merle, spotted, and white hair coats are predisposed to congenital deafness, although other breeds can be affected as well. There are over 50 breeds that have been identified by various authorities as being susceptible to congenital deafness. The most commonly affected breed is the Dalmatian. Some other high risk breeds are: The Boxer, Akita, American Staffordshire Terrier, Australian Heeler, Australian shepherd, Beagle, Border Collie just to name a few.

 

Causes of Deafness

Various things can cause Deafness in dogs. A severe infection in the ears, a tumor, rupturing the ear drum or a condition to damage the tiny bones in the ear. Wax and the build-up of other debris in the ears can cause this as well. The degeneration of the nerves responsible for sensing sound can cause deafness as well. This is more common in older dogs. Senile deafness is usually a gradual process, but it rarely progress to complete lack of hearing. Dogs with this condition usually can still hear very high pitched sounds like whistles and sirens. The problem with this, is that people tend not to detect this in their geriatric dogs until they start to lose their vision as well.

Congenital deafness could be caused by a developmental defect in the cells, nerves, and/or tissues responsible for the conduction or interpretation of sound. Some breeds are more effected to this condition than others. Dogs with predominantly white, piebald, or merle coats are more so predisposed to the condition especially if their head is all or mostly white. Dogs with pigmented cells in their inner ears usually can hear.

Prevention of Deafness

The dogs with white, merle, piebald gene shouldn’t be bred to each other because the risk of deaf offspring is very high. If your dog gets an ear infection it should be treated immediately and until it has been resolved. Lastly blue-eyed dogs of the breeds that are predisposed to deafness should be kept out of the breeding population to lower the risk of deafness.

Treatment of Deafness

Just to go ahead and say it, Deafness is usually irreversible and permanent. The goal in most cases isn’t treatment, but therapeutic management of your pet’s deafness. The best thing is to try and prevent deafness beforehand by either not breeding dogs with hereditary deafness or trying to prevent the acquired deafness.

Things to know about your Deaf Dog

  • They don’t know they are deaf
  • They don’t care if they are deaf
  • They aren’t suffering by being deaf
  • Deaf Dogs are Dogs first
  • Deaf dogs are individual dogs with their own quirks and personalities
  • Deaf dogs are not more likely to become aggressive than any other dog in the same circumstances
  • Deaf dogs may startle when awakened suddenly, but can be easily be trained to awake to a calm but alert state
  • They are no less healthy than most hearing dogs
  • They can be easier to train than hearing dogs
  • Deaf dogs are very attentive to visual signals like facial expressions and body language
  • As long as they are socialized from puppyhood they get along with people and other dogs just fine. Just like hearing dogs.

Lastly some tips to help you out with your deaf friend,

  • Keep deaf dogs confined in the house and in a secure fenced yard or on a leash. This especially holds true for near traffic situations
  • Use hand signals for training, either your own creations or the ones commonly used by deaf people
  • Don’t startle your deaf dog when they are sleeping or resting
  • Take extra car with deaf dogs around small kids. Inform them on how to interact with your pup or remove them from the situation to prevent unnecessary injury to the kids or your dog.
  • Stomp on the floor or hit the ground to send vibrations to your dog before rousing them to reduce the risk of them biting or snapping at you due to them being startled.

 

Well, there you have it, another great finding if I do say so myself. Also, remember we are having our Grand opening celebration for the Doggie Daycare on Saturday, September 17th from 3pm-6pm! Come have an extremely good time, with tours of the facility and some good food. You could win a 7 day/night stay with our Daycare if you come on by!

7 09, 2016

Prepare for Disasters

By |2017-11-10T16:01:25-05:00September 7th, 2016|

Disaster Preparedness Month

Okay humans we need to start a serious discussion about Disaster Preparedness Month. I, Clemson, will be giving you some ideas about it since we do live in the South Eastern United States. As we all know this area is one of the most likely hit by a hurricane/tropical storm. As we all know these storm systems can dishevel lives of people and pets alike. That’s why it’s good to have a plan in place as a just in case for the worse case scenarios.

 

Prepare Now

You should start your preparations now. Don’t be late to the disaster party and try to gather all you need as soon as you hear that a Hurricane is making landfall.

First you should have proper, up to date identification for your pets. Be sure to have your pets have on proper identification collars/tags. Also, it’s a great idea to have them microchipped. If they are make sure all the information is up to date with the microchip company. In the case of an identification tag make sure to have all your current numbers on it. Also you should place a friend’s number on it as well just in case you can’t be reached.

Second, you should find a place to find shelter for when a disaster is coming. One should never assume that an emergency shelter will accept your animal with you. You can look like online for places that offer pet-friendly lodging:

  • Bringfido.com
  • Dogfriendly.com
  • Doginmysuitcase.com
  • Pet-friendly-hotels.net
  • Pets-allowed-hotels.com
  • Petswelcome.com
  • Tripswithpets.com

Make arrangements with your friends or family to take care of your pets if you aren’t home in the case of an emergency. Lastly, you can see if your local animal shelter will provide temporary foster care for your pets in case of emergency. Also, check with your favorite kennel or veterinarian and see if they will provide boarding in case of emergency.

Take your Pet If you evacuate

If the world around you has become unsafe for you and your family then it has become unsafe for your pet. So, if it’s time for you to evacuate then you need to take your pet. When pets aren’t taken along they can end up lost, injured, or even killed due to the disaster headed their way. I know you don’t want that for your pet. Also don’t wait until the last minute to evacuate. When ordered to evacuate and you wait, once the national guard/police come to evacuate you they most likely will tell you to leave your pets behind. So make sure you evacuate early.

If you stay home, Be safe

When you decide to weather the storm then do it safely. Bring your outside pets in and keep dogs on a leash or in a carrier as well as your cats. Make sure they have on their identification collars/tags as well. Cover up or seal every nook and cranny that your Pets would try to run and hid in if they become scared. Put up all sharp objects so your pet can’t hurt themselves or you for that matter.

The Aftermath

In the aftermath you need to still act cautiously. Don’t all your pets to roam free outside. Leash walk your dogs and keep the cats inside, in carriers if need be. Things outside have changed, all the familiar scents are gone if there was a flood and there could be other dangers as downed wires or debris. Be sure to check your outside for wild animals that may have taken refuge near your home during the disaster.

 

Be safe and prepare for the disasters that come by being in the know. Pay attention to the local and national news as well as the radio for any and all news on what’s going on in the world around you. Stay safe!

24 08, 2016

Boarding Time Is Now!

By |2017-11-10T16:03:28-05:00August 24th, 2016|

The Pet Doctor: Doggie Daycare & Boarding

*Cue Epic Voiceover music and Voice*

The time has begun! Ladies, Gentlemen, Puppies and kitties, Let The Boarding begin!!!!!!

*Cue amazing fanfare*

Oh yes, it’s no joke and I Frederick proudly announce that our Doggie Daycare and Boarding facility is open for business!

Things you need to know:

You can find us here:

501 Myrtle Ridge Dr., Conway, SC 29526 and our phone number is 843-349-1333. Be sure to call us to book a spot for boarding. They are filling up fast by the way!

Don’t forget to give us a call and have your pet examined and vaccinated so they can board with no fear at our awesome facility. If they are up to date, but are nearing their due date for vaccinations remember we are owned and operated by a Veterinarian. The Boarding facility does offer some veterinary services such as vaccinations. We can take care of your loved one while you play!

Speaking of playing, when you board with us your pet gets two 20 minute play breaks outside with our other day visitors or boarders as long as the weather is permitting. Lunch breaks are outside as well as long as Mother Nature cooperates. There are bathroom breaks in the morning and the afternoon, but if your pet needs more, just alert the staff and we’ll accommodate. If your pet is on a medication that induces more urination breaks, just let us know and we’ll accommodate your pet.

Remember we’re not just an overnight boarding facility, we do offer daycare for half days and full days. A half day is four (4) hours or less. A full day is anything over 4 hours past the time of check in. We DO NOT OFFER DAYCARE DURING HOLIDAYS, sorry for the inconvenience. Call our office for more information and booking.

14 07, 2016

FYI: Sago Palm Toxicity

By |2017-11-10T16:06:25-05:00July 14th, 2016|

Sago Palm Toxicity with Pets

Dr. Daisy here to pass along some information that would be good great for you to know. Our friends at the Animal Emergency Hospital of The Strand have put out some information regarding Sago Palm toxicity. As you know you can’t throw a rock on The Grand Strand and not hit a Sago Palm. Check out what they had to say below for your and your pet’s benefit.

Greetings and Happy Summer To All!

SAGO PALM TOXICITY: Something preventable, that we treat far too often!

ALL parts of this plant are toxic, including the leaves, trunk, roots, and seeds. The primary toxic agent of the Sago Palm is called Cycasin. Dogs, cats, horses, sheep, cattle, and children are most at risk.

Treatment includes bloodwork, inducing emesis, activated charcoal, liver protectants, IV fluids, Vitamin K (if clotting disorders), GI protectants, and Acetylcysteine.

Follow up by monitoring liver enzymes every 1-2 weeks until normal. Monitor for signs of liver failure, renal failure and abnormal bleeding.

Prognosis for initial, near term recovery is good if there are no increase in liver enzymes by 48-72 hours.

Long term survival is poor, about 50%. Due to the ingestion of Methylazoxymethanol, death may occur in recovered animals 8-12 weeks post exposure.

As you know, this outdoor plant is very popular in our area.

 

Remember you can contact us here at The Pet Doctor (843-650-1555) if you suspect Sago Palm toxicity, but remember it’s a race against time, so get into the office asap. If not you can read the Animal Emergency Hospital by calling their numbers listed below.

Tom Hesselbacher   Practice Manager   843-655-0598     thh7765@gmail.com

Jenni Hatfield   Hospital Administrator   843-445-9797   animaler98@gmail.com

30 06, 2016

Frederick’s Findings: Things Go Boom

By |2017-11-10T16:09:41-05:00June 30th, 2016|

Pets and Fireworks

Frederick’s Findings #3: Things Go Boom!

As the title suggests its summertime and things go boom! Apparently human beings throughout history have been fascinated with putting on a great show for people to be in awe over. Honestly, in my humble opinion they could have stopped after most food dishes were created, but that wasn’t enough for some. So not only were great works of literature and great plays were written, someone invented fireworks. To most humans this is a pleasing explosion of colors in the sky that take on many shapes and make various terrifying noises. To us in the canine world it’s equivalent to the end of our known worlds that makes the night especially dark and full of terrors if we aren’t accustomed to them. So, with the 4th of July coming up I decided it was my duty to inform you of Loud Noise (Fireworks) Anxiety.

This is a form of anxiety that is caused obviously by loud noises. Due to the time of year I will focus on fireworks, but it’s not limited to that. Loud noise from any source i.e. construction, demolition, trains, highway noises, and sometimes loud voices can induce this anxiety. Dogs show fear in a myriad of ways too, be on the lookout for signs.

  • Being Destructive
  • Excessive Barking
  • Cowering
  • Drooling excessively
  • Shaking/shivering

 

If these signs are being shown to you it’s now up to you as an owner to make your pup feel better. First you should provide a safe place for them to go during the festivities. You could use their favorite closet they like to hide and play in or their crate. It creates the feeling of being in their own personal den and will help cut down on the anxiety. But, if the crate or closet is another source of anxiety for your pet then don’t use it during these situations, it would only worsen things.

Along with the crate idea you could fight fire with fire so to speak. You can use your own noise to distract your pet from the boom outside. Play the radio or the television to distract your pet. Having some sort of white noise going can be just the thing to distract your pet. Just makes sure it’s not played at a deafening level, this could add more stress than it will alleviate.

Another effective method is desensitization to the sounds that cause issues for your pet. Play recordings of the sounds that scare them at low levels will providing positive stimuli. While petting them and/or giving them treats you should introduce the sounds to them. Over a period of time start to increase the volume until it becomes as loud as they would hear during the event at hand.

Another simple trick is to simply put them in a thunder shirt. It will give them the feeling of a calm embrace and it may cause enough of a distraction to lessen the anxiety. If that doesn’t work another great option is to go to The Pet Doctor or your local veterinarian and consult the professionals. If all other at home remedies fail then it may be time for assistance from a medication. Veterinarians don’t want your pet to suffer any more than you do so they will evaluate your pet and make sure they can handle a calming medication and start you on a regiment to assist you during events such as these. Don’t feel bad about having to use medication to calm your pet. When the sky goes “boom” it’s time to go “vroom” and see your local vet to make sure your pet isn’t going to be freaking out all summer long. That’s no fun for anyone.

Well those are my findings, don’t forget to make your calendars for the 20th of August so you won’t miss our annual Pet Pageant! Remember it takes place at the House Of Blues this year not at our facility. It starts at 3:00pm and last until 6:00pm. Come out and have fun, supporting your local rescue groups, eating good food, and jamming out with The Special Blend! See you there!

23 06, 2016

Frederick’s Findings: Toxic Chocolate

By |2017-11-10T16:10:59-05:00June 23rd, 2016|

Chocolate Toxicity in Pets

Frederick’s Findings #2: Chocolate Toxicity

Hello all it has come to my attention here at The Pet Doctor that apparently that Chocolate Toxicity has been a growing issue in the canine community. I will be the first to admit that I’m am a food connoisseur and I love all things tasty, so I didn’t believe that something so delicious and widely loved by humans as chocolate was something toxic to my canine brethren. Naturally, I went to Dr. Daisy on the matter and she had to sit me down and educate me. I hate to say it, but it’s true. Chocolate is a dangerous, and worse-case scenario, fatal toxin if it is ingested by your canine family member. I know you are asking why chocolate is toxic to canines when you can enjoy it regularly. It’s because chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, thee two things can cause serious medical complications for your pet. There are some things you need to look for if you know or suspect your furry friend has ingested chocolate:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased body temperature
  • Increased reflex responses
  • Muscle rigidity
  • Rapid breathing
  • Increased heart rate
  • Low blood pressure
  • Seizures
  • Advanced signs (Cardiac failure, weakness, and/or coma)

The amount and type of chocolate are two important thing you need to try and note and remember if your pet eats some and you rush them to the veterinarian. For example with milk chocolate if 0.7 ounces per pound of body weight is ingested you can start seeing mild signs of toxicity. Severe toxicity occurs when two ounces per pound of body weight is ingested. That’s basically 1 pound of milk chocolate for a 20 pound dog. The semi-sweet chocolate is worse as it only takes 0.3 ounces per pound of body weight for mild toxicity and only 1 ounce per pound for severe toxicity. Which is basically as little as six ounces of chocolate for 20 pound dog. The worst kind of chocolate for your pet to ingest is the Baking chocolate. This chocolate has the highest concentration of caffeine and theobromine. This means as little as two one ounce squares of baking chocolate can be toxic to a 20 pound dog (0.1 ounce per body weight)

If you suspect that your pet has eaten chocolate it’s common practice to induce vomiting. First things first you need to get to your vet for treatment. Your doctor will do a physical exam and a chemical blood profile, electrolyte panel, and/or urinalysis to determine if there has been a chocolate/caffeine overdose. Dr. Daisy would probably hook them up to an EKG monitor to monitor their heart rhythms as well. They will use medications to control seizures should they occur. In the best case scenario they will be placed on fluid therapy to keep them hydrated and flush their systems. When released they should probably be kept on a bland diet for a few days afterward. Which is a horrifying thought to be honest. The best treatment of chocolate is prevention. If at all possible keep your pet from ingesting the chocolate in the first place. Keep it out of your dog’s reach at all costs.

 

I know it’s kind of a scary thought thinking about toxins and stuff, but those are my findings this week! No chocolate for dogs, MORE CHEESY PUFFS!!!!!!!

13 06, 2016

Frederick’s Findings: Beat the Heat

By |2017-11-10T16:13:23-05:00June 13th, 2016|

Keeping Your Pets Cool in Summer Weather

Okay it’s time for me to take control of the Blog for a while. The cats and Dr. Daisy always get a chance to do it without even consulting me. These guys keep forgetting that I made myself CEO for some odd reason. Anyway, welcome to Frederick’s Findings! This section of the blog I’ll be bringing you the lessons I’ve found in life so you can be just as enlightened as me. Hold your applause, but all donations of food will be collected at the reception desk for these lessons.

First things first, as well all know it’s June now and that means one thing when you live in the south eastern United States. It’s friggin’ hot every day and all day long! Not many people know but your canine and feline friends run at a higher temperature than humans, also we’re covered head to toe in fur coats so you can imagine how the weather feels to us this time of year. So, the best way to spend the summer while bonding with us is to help us keep cool! I’ve found a few ways to do so that are fun for all involved.

 

  • Food popsicles- In the extreme heat a great way to cool off would be with a Popsicle. We fur babies can’t have all that sugar that tends to be in store bought treats, So you can make a special treat just for us! Get our favorite canned food and full up an ice tray with them. Let them freeze completely and then pop them out and let us have a ball. Not only is it a cool delicious treat, it’s also a toy we’ll have fun chasing around as it slides around on the ground.
  • Ice cubes- If freezing food isn’t your thing then we’ll be just fine with plain old ice cubes. That we you are helping us stay hydrated and the only residue on the ground is from a small amount of water.
  • Ice Cream- No not from the neighborhood ice cream man, but actual pet friendly ice cream that is on sale at your local supermarkets. As stated before human ice cream contains too much sugar and if we accidentally get flavors like chocolate or chocolate chip it’s dangerous. Not to mention that pets are pretty much lactose intolerant once we stop nursing. Let’s say it could get gassy. Purina makes a brand of ice cream called Frosty Paws that taste awesome and is best enjoyed in the summer time! Man I want some now… maybe if I bug Dr. Daisy she’ll get us some for later.
  • Pool Time- When summer hits and you live near a beach swimming comes to mind instantly. This one is more so for the pups out there. A great way to cool us off is to take us swimming with you. If you have your own private pool let us swim with you. If not another option is to get a kiddy pool from your local store that sells sports/outdoor equipment. Be sure to find one that is sturdy because our paws have claws that could easily deflate a plastic pool. Just be mindful some pets are stronger swimmers than other’s so don’t let us go to the deep end if we can’t handle it. We have just as much fun wading around in the shallows.
  • The Beach- No place is better than a beach that allows pets for us to run and play in the sun, get the wind in our fur and splash around in the shallows of the ocean. Just be sure to bring plenty of fresh water for us to drink as the salt water isn’t good for us. Also if the beach is your goal you need to be sure to have an area dedicated for shade and rest. A big umbrella would be ideal, and a nice blanket, oh and food, plenty of food. Lastly cheesy puffs…. Yeah that’s essential to life as well.

These are just a few tips that have helped me and the gang out during the summer months. If you have any ideas feel free to share them on our Facebook page and help out someone else in the community. Let’s stay cool together! Remember the Pet Pageant is August 20th from 3pm-6pm at the House of Blues, right here in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Come eat and be merry while supporting the local rescue groups and jamming out with The Special Blend! I know I will see you there!!!

 

 

31 05, 2016

Adopt A Cat Month

By |2017-11-10T16:15:07-05:00May 31st, 2016|

American Humane Association Cat Adoption

Hey guys welcome back to the Katz Korner of our blog. It’s Hokie here, and I’m glad to say welcome to June! Welcome to summer, and finally welcome to Adopt-a-Cat month! The American Humane Association and the ASPCA have started the Adopt-a-Cat month to raise awareness on the situation that millions of shelter cats are going through. Plus with spring underway it’s “kitten season” and that means the numbers being admitted to the shelter are increasing by the thousands. The genius at The American Humane Association and the ASPCA want to alleviate that burden and get my feline brethren into loving homes. With that said I hope you are considering adding a cat to your home. Before choosing a cat here are some helpful ideas that the American Humane Association:

  1. Maybe Adopt two– Cats are beings that need exercise, social interaction, and metal stimulation. If you have two feline friends in the home they can do provide this to each other. You can start your search for a feline friend on www.petfinder.com
  2. Match Personalities– Each cat like each person has its own personality, so you need to pick one that will match your own. Cats with long hair and round hands/bodies tend to be more easygoing. But their lean brethren with a shorter coat and narrow heads are usually more active just so you know.
  3. Pre-schedule a check-up– You should have a veterinarian (The Pet Doctor *cough cough) picked out and make an exam scheduled. Keep any records that your adoption center gives you and take them to the appointment to make sure everything is okay with your new fur baby.
  4. Prep the Household members– Take your family to the adoption center to meet and choose your new pet together. Also, speak with the adoption agency for ideas on introducing them into your family unit.
  5. Budgeting– Make sure you have a budget in place for getting the things your cat needs initially and in the future. These things could include initial vaccines and a microchip, or getting your friend Spayed/Neutered.
  6. Stock up on Supplies– Make sure you have supplies for your cat so they can transition easily and quickly. They need a litter box/litter, food and water bowls, toys/scratching posts, a nice bed, a brush for grooming, and nail clippers.
  7. Cat-proof your home– We cats will teach you not to leave stuff around. Cats find and play with anything laying around, so pick up things like paper clips and other small items that we may swallow by accident. Don’t leave food around because cats may try to find it and make a meal out of it, even if it’s on the counters in the kitchen.
  8. Go Slow– Take your time introducing your cat to new friends and family. Seclude the furry friend to a room for a few weeks with his food/water, litter box, toys, and an open cat carrier with soft bedding inside of it. Especially for kittens, socialization is key, but you need to take it slow.
  9. Include your Pet in the Family Emergency Plan– If you have an emergency plan in place add the necessary steps to protect your pets. Also have the number to your vet and emergency clinic on hand as well.
  10. Cat Gift Giving– If you’re thinking of giving a cat as a gift make sure the recipient is ready for it and are a part of the adoption process. A cat is a living being and can’t just be returned to the store like a blender

So with that said keep it in mind that June is Adopt-A-Cat month. Spread the word and if you can participate in it yourself! Give a feline a good home this summer!

-Hokie

24 05, 2016

Vaccination Conversation

By |2017-11-10T16:16:19-05:00May 24th, 2016|

Today in the clinic we catch out two favorite cats, Hokie and Clemson, shooting the breeze around the water bowl. There’s no telling what will come out of these guys mouths!

Hokie: … and then the staff all seemed to be upset that I took their tributary lunches and ate my fill. I mean why would they present them to me on the table if they are not for me? I don’t know Clemmey I think it’s time to thin the herd and hire folk who will pay tribute to me at all times via food.

Clemson: *Yawns indifferently* First, no one will ever worship you. Second, the “herd” is great, and Third do you not have any more meaningful conversation than this? If not then I’ll go find Frederick and start discussing our business plans for the Pageant this year.

Hokie: What plans? like your plan to sell the tickets for $5.00 at the door of the House of Blues? Or That we are still looking for some heroes for our calendar and that the deadline is June 6th?

Clemson: *Looks surprised* So you actually do pay attention during our meetings. Almost impressive.

Hokie: Well then, how can I truly impress you?

Clemson: Stop eating everything for one thing. But more importantly you could help Dr. Daisy out by getting the word out there about the vaccination specials that we have going on here at The Pet Doctor. It’s our jobs as upper management to advertise and educate our public about things that go on here. Especially preventative care such as vaccines.

Hokie: You are right, I can’t believe I just said that. But I do remember Dr. Daisy talking about the $99.00 Canine annual package which includes:

  1. A thorough Exam from the Doctor
  2. 1 year rabies vaccine
  3. Bordetella/kennel cough vaccine
  4. Distemper/Parvo (With or without Lepto) vaccine
  5. Fecal float to test for intestinal parasites
  6. Heartworm test

Clemson: If you ask me that’s one heck of a deal. If I had a slave, I mean dog I’d surely bring them in for that. Speaking of preventative care aren’t you due for a doctor’s exam? Dr. Daisy runs a feline annual vaccine package as well and you get get caught up on:

  1. A thorough exam from the Doctor
  2. 1 year rabies vaccine
  3. FVRCP vaccine
  4. Fecal float to test for intestinal parasites.

Hokie: Really? that’s awesome I need to schedule an appointment with her asap. Think she can work me in?

Clemson: Of course she can, walk-ins are welcome, but why not schedule an appointment by calling the office, 843-650-1555.

Hokie: I guess that would be more time efficient. I think I’ll do that

 

No telling what these guys will talk about next, Check back often for updates!!!

19 05, 2016

Canine Influenza a.k.a Dog Flu

By |2017-11-10T16:19:38-05:00May 19th, 2016|

Canine influenza is more commonly known as the Dog Flu, and is a contagious respiratory disease in my dogs. This flu is caused by Type A influenza virus. The flu is caused by two different strains of the virus, the H3N8 virus and the H3N2 virus. Currently there hasn’t been a case of the virus being transmitted to a human, but we need to remember that the flu virus is constantly changing and could one day changed into one that could infect humans. That’s why organizations like the CDC are constantly researching the virus, but the Dog Flu is a low threat to humans.

The Dog flu was originally an equine or horse flu that mutated into its current form around 2004. The signs of this disease are coughing, runny nose, and a fever, but not all dogs show signs of the disease. This symptoms can range from asymptomatic to pneumonia and/or death. We know that is a scary thought, but the percentage of dogs effected is very small.

Almost all dogs are susceptible to the canine flu, and it is more easily spread among dogs housed in kennels and shelters. It’s spread through the air via coughing and sneezing by the infected dogs. Dogs coming into contact with infected items are also at risk. If you come into contact with an infected pet your clothes, any surface they’ve been around, and your hands should be cleaned and disinfected.

The treatment of this disease consists of supportive care to help your dog bolster its immune system. They may need to be hospitalized so they can have IV fluids therapy to keep them well-hydrated and broad spectrum antibiotics to fight off any secondary bacterial infections that may come about. The best treatment of the disease is prevention and observation. Keep an eye on your pet and monitor them for any symptoms. Have regular visits with your vet to make sure your dog is doing fine. There is an approved Vaccine to protect against canine influenza A H3N8 that is available in the United States. Call your veterinarian for more information about it.

We here at the Pet Doctor are always here to help, give us a call and schedule an appointment to discuss the dog flu further.

11 05, 2016

Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD)

By |2017-11-10T16:21:05-05:00May 11th, 2016|

The Pet Doctor

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Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease: Is your dog protected?

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina—The warmer days of spring and summer offer more outdoor fun for people and dogs alike. These warmer times also offer greater opportunity for dog-to-dog contact and the spread of Bordetella bronchiseptica, one of the most common causes of Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD).
This highly contagious disease, also known as “kennel cough,” goes beyond the kennel. Your dog can pick up kennel cough anywhere: doggy day care, dog parks, you name it. Your dog can be infected even through just a brief contact.
Dry, hacking cough, retching and a watery nose can be signs your dog may have Bordetella. CIRD can affect dogs of any age and some can be infected before showing clinical signs. This can make diagnosis challenging, making it best to take preventative measures and reduce dog-to-dog contact.
Although this disease is treatable, prevention is the first line of defense. The veterinary team at The Pet Doctor reminds dog owners that prevention is easy and preferable to treatment.

Tips for prevention of Bordetella

• Avoid crowding and stress.

• Limit dog-to-dog contact.

• See us here at The Pet Doctor for a vaccination to provide protection both at home and away.

Contact The Pet Doctor to make an appointment for a risk assessment and more information on Bordetella and CIRD

4 05, 2016

National Pet Week 2016

By |2017-11-10T16:22:52-05:00May 4th, 2016|

Dr. Daisy here with an update! Did you guys and gals know with it being May 4th, we’re right in the middle of National Pet Week! Here at The Pet Doctor that’s one of our favorite times of the year. Honestly Frederick doesn’t need another reason to elicit praise from all those around him, but the rest of the pets of the world have earned it! National Pet Week was first created in 1981 by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) as a way to celebrate the many pets here in America. It’s always celebrated the first full week in May. Ever wonder how many of us there are? Over 200 million, so don’t you think we deserve some praise? Take some time this week to bolster the bond between you and your fur family. There are always there for you unconditionally loving you and making your life better. Whether it’s through their wet kisses or the laughs they bring you, they improve your life.

With that praise comes tender care as well. The first week of May is the perfect time to bring in your furry family member for their annual checkup. The best way to show your appreciation for your pet is to make sure they are up to date on their vaccines and in peak healthy condition. This is the start of spring so allergies are starting to come back into play again, and no one enjoys that. So, if your pet is on an allergy medication you need to make sure to keep up with their medication and don’t let it lapse. We’ll be glad to see them here at The Pet Doctor. Enjoy National Pet Week and make sure to add it to your calendar every year!

 

-Dr. Daisy

 

Side note: Sir Frederick will accept all praise in the form of cheesy puffs ant any time of the year not just this week. He said it was important that I add that. *sigh*

23 12, 2015

Keep Your Pets Warm This Winter

By |2017-11-10T16:58:46-05:00December 23rd, 2015|

Keep Your Pets Warm This Winter
Keep Your Pets Warm This Winter

Make sure to keep your pets warm this winter season! They are susceptible to frostbite as well as hypothermia. So here are some ideas for you to help in this fight against cold weather:

Dogs:

*Taking your pets out for the first time in the cold weather can be a real shock to their system, so make sure to allow them to slowly acclimate to the weather. The first time, make sure to keep them on a harness and leash and allow them to explore. Make sure to cut down on their time outside. Depending on how they handle it the first few times will then allow you to know just how your pet will handle the weather. Also make sure to treat the pads of their feet as with cold weather it can cause painful cracking. Call our office about products that we carry or you may consider purchasing the paw or snout smoother online.

*How they will acclimate to the cold and snow can also depend on their specific breed as well as age. Puppies and older pets have a harder time regulating their body temperature so you want to make sure to adjust to their needs. This is also very true for different breeds! Some may have longer and thicker coats and that helps to create a nice barrier between them and the cold weather, Larger breed dogs also have an advantage as well by being farther up from the cold ground and snow. Shorthaired breeds as well as smaller breeds will have a much more difficult time keeping their temperatures regulated as well! For our pets that seem to get colder much quicker, you may want to consider expanding their wardrobe! Buy them nice sweaters for inside and outside as well as booties that will help to also protect their feet.

*Make Potty Time Quicker and Easier. You can do this by cutting down on the time that they are outside to go to the bathroom. It also helps to shovel out a clearing for your pet to visit for their bathroom breaks. This will make it easier and safer for them to use the bathroom and keep them from exploring too far into the cold weather. Since they are not visiting outside as often due to the cold weather they will begin to have pent up energy. To relieve this you can look in your local area for a play gym or Doggie Daycare as well as also introducing a treat puzzle to their days to help keep them entertained for some time.

*Watch for areas where rock salt or antifreeze may be laid down. While rock salt is not necessarily toxic to pets it can cause an upset stomach and digestive issues. Antifreeze on the other hand is extremely toxic to pets so make sure that they do not walk through areas of blue or green discoloration.

*If your pet should get too cold there are a few things that you can try to help bring their body temperature back up. First always make sure to call your vet to let them know of the situation. Otherwise you can follow some of these tips:

  • Place a towel or blanket into a dryer for a few minutes to allow it to warm up and then wrap it around your pet.
  • Use a blow dryer on the lowest setting so as not to burn your pet. Make sure to hold it away from the pet as apposed to against the skin.
  • Fill up a few long tube socks with rice and tie off the end. You can warm them up in the microwave for around 2 minutes. Make sure to test them on your wrist before placing them near your pet to make sure that they are not too warm for your pet. Place them along your pet under a blanket.
  • Along with the above tips, and even when their temps are not too low consider placing their wet food in the microwave for a few seconds. They will appreciate it on cold day just as much as you love a cup of hot cocoa!
  • A dogs temperature should fit within around 99.5 – 102.5. You will have to take their temp by placing a thermometer into the rectum, so make sure to always keep one handy for your pets.

Cats: (Although cats do not normally go outside, here are a few options for your feline companions)

*For barn cats or any outside cat. You can put out an insulated Rubbermaid bin to protect from the cold weather. You can also keep the garage or barn accessible.

*Try not to place indoor cats bed too close to the windows unless their is tight seal around the outer edges that does not allow for a draft.

*Give them plenty of warm sleeping areas. Sleep sacks work perfectly!

*Warm their wet food for a few seconds in the microwave to allow for a tasty warm treat!

*If you have a shorthaired cat or a hairless breed that prevents them from keeping warm enough during the cold months, you may want to consider expanding their wardrobe. X-Small and Small in dogs can fit them just right!

 

We hope that this helps you and your pets to keep safe and warm this winter season!

18 12, 2015

Perfect Gift for Your Pet This Holiday Season

By |2017-11-10T16:27:22-05:00December 18th, 2015|

Holiday Gifts for Pets

Are you still looking for that perfect gift for your four legged family members? Well look no further, we have compiled a list of 5 items for Canines, Felines and for both from our very own clinic as well some other establishments!!

Dogs:

Harness/Leash Set– These can be purchased at any local pet store and every canine can always use a new set! Remember that you pay for what you get. Make sure to look for durable material as well as complete comfort for your pet.

Starmark Chew Toys– These offer hours of distraction and fun for your canines and come in a variety of  different shapes, sizes and flavors. Stop into The Pet Doctor to pick one up today!

Beds– Beds tend to wear out very quickly and comfort is always a must for your pet. We have found that some of the best options can be found at PetSmart, Petco, Sam’s Club, Costco, and Orvis.

Active Toys– Is your dog a high energy dog? Then you may want to consider buying them an agility course!! You can purchase them online or at most of your local pet stores! When spring rolls around you can set them up in your backyard and work with their discipline training as well as running out some of there pent up energy.

Older Dog Options– You need to think Orthopedic beds, Stairs to easily access furniture, joint supplements, etc. These are some options for your older canines that may need to have a little more comfort in their lives as they continue to age. They will definitely thank you, when they can rest comfortably at the end of the day!

 

Cats:

Tree Houses– These are great for your cats to have a new place to sleep and explore as well as also using it for exercise purposes! We have found that your best option is Costco. A large cat tree house runs around $73.99 which is less than most small tree houses at other pet stores.

Litter Box/Scoop– We know that this may not be the most exciting gifts in the world, but it is always a good idea to switch out your litter boxes every so often. We recommend cleaning them at least once a month or more if you have multiple pets but its always a good idea to switch them out completely as they do see a lot of wear and tear!

Active Toys– Although regular mice and such are good idea for toys, we like to see pets a little more active. So try purchasing one of the many options out there for interactive toys. It keeps your pets mind and body healthy!

Scratching posts and boxes– Whether your feline is declawed or not they still like to be able to rub/scratch their little paws. So we recommend purchasing a nice scratching post or one of the many varieties of cardboard options as well! Bonus if you can find a Tree House with a built in Scratching post on it 🙂 (Note: They prefer for them to be as stable as possible. I purchased a door hanging one but it moved too much, once I laid it on the ground my little guy just cannot get enough!)

Stocking– Cats can be very fickle about the toys that they play with and to add on to your active toys you may want to consider picking up one of the pre-made stockings that you can purchase at any pet store, Target, or WalMart. They come with a variety of different toys at a very reasonable price. Your pet can choose out his or her favorite ones and they you can donate the rest to a local animal shelter!!

For both Canines & Felines:

Gift Certificate for Healthcare– Veterinary care can be vey expensive, especially if you know someone that has multiple pets. Stop in today to The Pet Doctor and you can apply any amount that you wish to someone’s account as well as take home a gift certificate that they can open!! Healthcare is really the gift that keeps on giving 🙂

Bath Products– Here at The Pet Doctor we carry a wide array of different bath products for your pets. Nobody likes a stinky pet 🙂 We have Shampoos, Conditioners, Body Sprays, and Ear Cleaners. All of which are based on Bath & Body Work scents, such as Cucumber Melon, Sugar Cookie, Cherry Blossom, Eucalyptus, etc. During the Holiday Season we also carry Peppermint, Gingerbread, and Pine scents as well!

Pet Sitting– If you are looking for a good gift for a pet parent. What better than a certificate for Pet Sitting during the Holidays! It is always hard to find the perfect pet sitter and its so much easier to have that already in place before you decide to take your next trip!!! One that we always trust is “3 Cats & A Dog Pet Sitting”. They are amazing and take care of your pets like they were their very own! Also we will be opening The Pet Doctors Doggie Daycare and Boarding Facility this Spring!

Food and Treats– The one way to all pets hearts is through their stomachs! You can pick up many different treats and foods at any Pet Store as well as also picking it up at our clinic. If your pet is on a special diet or you are looking for specialty treats, then look no further!! Make sure when shopping for food you are looking for the AFCO Statement on the package. This way you know you are getting a top of the line food that has been approved as a good quality food for your pets.

Flea & Heartworm– Make sure to keep your pets happy and healthy! Do so by making sure to purchase and keep your pet on their flea and heartworm all year long! As long as your pet has been seen at our facility and tested for heartworms you can stop in and pick up any product that we can decide will work best for your pet! Another healthy gift that will keep on giving!

11 12, 2015

Pets as Holiday Gifts…? May Not Be Such a Good Idea, Here’s Why

By |2017-11-10T16:30:01-05:00December 11th, 2015|

Pets as Christmas Gifts

We see it time and time again, a child has asked for a new pet for this Holiday Season and someone has received that message and fulfilled it. Is it possible that that wasn’t such a good idea? Pets as a new Holiday gift can be an experience and a memory that your child will hold dear forever and ever but is it possible that it not have been the right move? A lot of people when purchasing a pet for their own children or for a niece, nephew, cousin, etc. They always have the best intentions in mind, but it is a fact that more than half of those pets will have to be rehomed or returned and here is why. These people did not know the first questions to ask themselves before making such a big purchase, whether it is a dog or cat, or even a hamster or goldfish there is a lot to know before giving them as gifts:

Can you financially take them on?

A lot of people see an adorable pet and think, well how hard can it be? Well maybe for the goldfish most of your expense will be the tank and everything you put into it but after that all you have to do is buy food and….the occasional replacement nemo 😉 (We have all been there). But what about when you buy a cat or a dog. They need to have all of their vaccinations as well as be spayed or neutered while they are still Puppies/Kittens and even older pets need their vaccinations. Not to mention the toys, treats, food, beds, litter (for cats), harnesses and leashes (more for dogs). Or what about the accidental eating of something that they maybe shouldn’t have gotten into, and now has to have emergency surgery or to be hospitalized????? These are the things that you must think of when you make such a big purchase. The finances should always be first and foremost when deciding on buying a pet, because once it has been bought and shown to the children it makes it a lot harder on them when they are given away!! And no one wants to be that person who has to rehome or return an adorable pet due to their own misjudgment. Why should the children and more so the pet be punished for that?

Can you handle the extra responsibility?

Now maybe cleaning out the fish bowl or the hamster cage does not put that much of a damper on your everyday life, but what about for cats and dogs? Making sure that Fluffy makes it to her Vet Appointment, or Scruffy needs to have a grooming appointment may put a damper on your day. Or what about that beautiful high energy lab that your parents bought for the grandkids that needs to be walked/ran at least twice a day or they chew everything up in the house because they have so much pent up energy and no where to release it? Pets are a lot of responsibility, you need to make sure that they are cared for in the best possible way and have everything that they may possibly need to be happy. Are you sure that you can do all of those things? Make sure that when buying a pet you also remember to buy a breed that is better suitable to your lifestyle. If you need something a little more self sufficient then you may want to consider getting a cat. They basically take care of themselves, minus feeding them and cleaning out their litter box. Dogs may be better for someone who lives a more active lifestyle, children’s soccer games at the park weekly or going along for family walks every evening.

Are the children old enough?

Some kids have the honor of coming into this world already having a furry sibling, but not all. Some children may have not had much of an interaction with pets at all! In this case, you may want to make sure that they are old enough to handle such a responsibility. The best way to decide, is to see if you can pet sit for a friend or family member. Make a list of chores that your child will be responsible for while that pet stays with you. Even a child as young as 4 or 5 can help with feeding time or scooping litter or poop from the backyard! This can be a very good lesson for teaching your child responsibility but making sure that they are old enough for those responsibilities is key!

Are you buying for another families children?

It is a very sweet gesture to buy your nieces, nephews, grandchildren, neighbors children, friends children a new pet, but please make sure that you bring your idea to the parents first and foremost!!! This is very important! That way you can make sure to go over the list of questions above to decide whether this purchase is best or not. Although Holiday gift surprises are the best, this may not be one of them!

Are you in it for the long haul?

Pets are a responsibility for as long as they are with us. Dogs may be in our lives for 8+ years and cats can be with us all the way up into their 20’s! They are adorable when they are kittens and puppies but you also have to be fully prepared for when they age as well. Their health may decline and they may require medications and special treatments, make sure that you are ready for that. You must also be able to handle the point in which it is their time to go, as well as preparing your children for the possible loss as well!

We hope that if you are in the market to buy a pet as a gift this holiday season you think of all of the above questions that we posed. This way we can bring the joy of adding a new pet to wonderful families without also having the sad repercussions of having to send the pet back or rehoming one 🙁

7 12, 2015

The Dangers of Holiday Foods!!!

By |2017-11-10T16:31:50-05:00December 7th, 2015|

Holiday Food & Pets

We had put out a blog warning pet owners on Halloween candies and the dangers that come along with that particular holiday, and we put up a small disclaimer on our Facebook for this Thanksgiving. Unfortunately even after posting both of those notices we have still seen a lot of pets coming in sick because they were given something that they should not have been given. We get that pets look so pitiful when they see us eating all of that wonderful food so we feel the need to share a little with them, but believe us the illness or death that may come to your pets with that simple act of what you think is kindness is totally not worth it! We understand that that is mainly because pet owners are not educated very well on those dangers. We can mention them every so often and we can tell you in the rooms during your pets exams but unless you see or hear the same things until you just cannot stand to hear it anymore you may not retain all of the information. Our biggest competitor is the statement that “what has happened with this new pet never happened with your first pet and you fed them all of the same things”. For us in the Veterinary practice this is an all day everyday uphill battle, and it breaks our hearts when we lose that battle. We see an increase in hospitalized pets as well as pet deaths this time of year and the sad truth is that almost all of them were 100% preventable. So we would like to take the time to make a list of items that you cannot feed your pets again, and we will continue to post these blogs until we are able to make somewhat of a difference in our clients education on food and food related items that cannot be given to pets!

Alcohol (of any kind)                                       Any form of Pork

Onions                                                                BONES!! (Ham, Turkey, Chicken, etc.)

Garlic                                                                  Hamburger (has a lot of fat)

Grapes/Raisins                                                 Mushrooms

Bread Dough                                                     NUTS

Chocolate                                                           Stuffing

Gum                                                                    Skin from meat, drippings, or gravy

Corn on the Cob                                               Twine from food

Fat trimmings or Fatty foods                        Sage

Nutmeg                                                              Candied yams (any candied foods)

Butter                                                                 Candy (Choking hazards if not lethal)

Peanut Butter ( NOT all but please check the ingredient label, do NOT feed if it has Xylitol)

***Below are also a couple of websites with more food items as well as what may happen to your pets should they eat them; signs, symptoms, etc.

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/foods_poisonous_to_pets.html

http://www.earthclinic.com/pets/poisonous_foods.html

Please make sure that if your pet eats anything besides there pet food or treats you make sure to contact your veterinarian immediately!! Certain things can take a quicker effect on your pet and it could be too late by the time you wait to figure it out. PLEASE KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON AND ALWAYS!!

30 10, 2015

Anxiety In Pets and What You Can Do to Help

By |2017-11-10T16:34:00-05:00October 30th, 2015|

Anxiety in Pets

When we had reached out some months ago to help with ideas for blog topics we had a few requests for a blog to be done on pets with anxiety. More importantly different steps that you can take to help your anxious pet. Without going into extreme detail we wanted to take the time to do an overview of things that you can do to help your pets in need. Anxiety has become more and more common and there are many different forms. There is anxiety due to fear, which could stem from something traumatic that happened in your pets life. Anxiety due to overstimulation and separation anxiety. The list could go on and on really. So lets jump into some tips and tricks:

  • There are many things that you can do to help but first and foremost in any anxious situation, make sure that as the owner, you always remain calm. A lot of the times pets will play off the emotions of those around them so if they feel and see that you are calm they will instantly feel a bit more at ease.
  • Try to always keep somewhat of a routine within your pets life. This is especially important for pets with anxiety. Change is definitely not always good. A kink in the pets routine could throw everything else for that day off and leave your pet in a lot of worry. So always try to keep things as routine as possible.
  • Consider introducing a pheromone product into your pets life. We always recommend the Adaptil line which comes in sprays, diffusers, wipes, and collars. These help to give a more natural relief of anxiety to your pet and in most mild cases will help your pets tremendously.
  • For more severe cases of anxiety you may have to turn to medications. If this is the case make sure to talk it over with your Veterinarian before making the decision to do so. There are so many options out on the market today and your Vet will know after taking your pets history and running a full medical exam what exactly will be the most helpful for them. In some cases a supplement may be added to their diet such as Zylkene or Anxitane. Both products are more of an “all natural” approach in the fact that it helps support proteins that are already produced within their body and gives them a boost! These products can be wonderful and as always with any medication can be adjusted by your Veterinarian to get the best results for your pet. In more severe cases your Vet may choose to take a stronger approach by placing your pet on a prescription medication such as a Prozac or many of the other medications offered on the market for pets. In any case, just like the supplements your Veterinarian will help to adjust your pet on the best medication for their needs.
  • COMBO TIME!! That means that you may even have to do every step listed above. Unfortunately some pets have seen and endured much more in their lives and therefore may need a little bit more time as well a happy cocktail of supplements, prescriptions medications as well as pheromones. There is simply nothing wrong with that. Every pet deserves a chance at a happy and healthy life!

We hope that these few tips and tricks will help you and your anxious pets. If your pet has a specific type of anxiety and you would like for us to go into more detail please let us know by messaging us on our Facebook. We welcome any and all ideas!!

23 10, 2015

Important Halloween Reminders!!

By |2017-11-10T16:35:29-05:00October 23rd, 2015|

Halloween Treat Reminders for Pets

Halloween is a wonderful holiday that you and your pets both get to enjoy. Just remember some of the following facts to make sure that you keep your pets happy and healthy this Halloween.

 

***No Chocolate***

Chocolate in any form is very dangerous for your pets. It contains both caffeine and theobromine, both of which are very toxic to your pets and can cause various different medical conditions and can in some cases prove to be fatal. Symptoms that you may see with chocolate poisoning are vomiting, diarrhea, high temperature, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, low blood pressure, seizures and in advanced cases cardiac failure, weakness and coma.

***NO CANDY***

A lot of people think that they can give their pets certain types of candy but the truth is that although these candies may not be toxic to your pets the biggest thing is the possibility of a gastrointestinal blockage. These types of blockages mean a very expensive surgery to follow because you decided to give your pet a hard candy, lollipop, or even gummies. They best way to make sure that your pet stays out of harms way this Halloween you may want to consider making up little goodie bags for your pet as well as any pets that may stop by your house for trick or treating!!

***NO NUTS***

Nuts are very dangerous to your pets as well. They are toxic to your pets, can cause upset stomachs, and in most cases due to the fact that pets cannot process nuts the same way as humans can cause an obstruction in your pets gastrointestinal tract. All of which will cause un needed vet bills and possibly putting your pet into harms way having major surgery. ““Side Note: Make sure to also keep an eye on the ingredients of your jars of Peanut Butter as it has been brought to our attention that it now contains Xylitol. Not all peanut butters will add this to their list of ingredients, if you are unsure whether your peanut butter contains Xylitol then it is best not to give it to them at all. Its always better to be safe than sorry. NO GUM either as it also contains xylitol.

***CAREFUL WHEN TRICK OR TREATING***

Although it can be a lot of fun to dress up your pets and take them with you and the family to go trick or treating sometimes it is not always safe. Firs and foremost make sure that your pets are people friendly as well as pet friendly. You never know who will be out trick or treating and who else will be bringing their pets as well. NEVER use a retractable leash or collar, make sure to use a leash and harness. Make sure that they the harness fits properly. Costumes must also fit the pet properly and not be too snug around the neck or other extremities. Also keep the weather in mind, dress the pet accordingly. If it will be too hot or too cold then it may be best to leave your pets at home.

***BLACK CAT SAFETY***

Unfortunately during this time of year it can be very dangerous for your black cat, or any cat for that matter. Black cats seem to suffer a lot of abuse this time of year due to there long history or being superstitious. All cats including black cats should be kept in doors during this time of the year. There is higher foot traffic as well as many more cars out on the road. Even cats that may be good about being outside may find themselves anxious and afraid when they see people in costumes as people running around and screaming and carrying on. So its best to keep them safe and warm at home!