• Color Therapy For Your Pets

    Perhaps you've noticed that certain colors just lift your spirits and put you in a great mood while others leave you feeling tranquil and calm. Particular vibrations of color can be used to treat various conditions by promoting healing and balance in areas that our bodies (or those of our animal companions) are lacking, including issues on physical, emotional, mental or spiritual levels.

    There are many different ways to intertwine colors into your pets daily activites/routine. You can use colored fabrics for bedding and blankets, select specific colors for harnesses and collars. Allow the animal to gravitate to the area on his or her own. An animal's instincts will naturally guide him towards what his body needs. It is very important to make sure your companion is not subjected to this treatment in a crate, cage or small stall where he or she cannot move away from it. Your animal will intuitively know if and when he or she has had enough.

    Color therapy can used for conditions that are both physical and emotional. The color blue, for instance, can help ease the pain of an elderly dog with bad hips and arthritis. The colors red and orange are more appropriate for a top performing show dog. Red and orange create a more vital and self-confident energy. Another frequently used color is the color violet, which helps lift depression, a condition that, due to many factors, is more prevalent than we realize.

    Meanings of different colors
    Red: Vitality, courage, self confidence

    Orange: Happiness, confidence, enthusiasm

    Yellow: Mental ability, versatility, playfulness

    Blue: Health, knowledge, relaxation

    Indigo: Sedative, calming, intuition

    Violet: Soothing, inspiration, creativity

    By being conscious of what colors we place in our animal companions' surroundings, we can definitely influence their energy fields in a positive way.

  • What happens if my cat or dog ate something they shouldn't have?

    Most things like small sticks, rocks, mulch, or dirt pass on their own within a day or two without causing a problem, but if you know your pet ingested something, he/she should be monitored closely. Signs they may need medical attention include abdominal discomfort, restlessness, loss of appetite, diarrhea lasting longer than 2-3 days, or repeated vomiting (more than 4 times in 6 hours). If your cat or dog chews or consumes even small amounts of the following, however, they should be considered an emergency:
    . Any prescription or over-the-counter medication (human or veterinary)
    . Grapes/raisins
    . Lily plants
    . Chocolate
    . Alcohol
    . Car or home cleaning products
    . Sugar-free gum
    . Rodent poison or pesticides

    This list is by no means all inclusive. Always err on the side of caution and contact us or a 24-hour facility after our normal business hours if you have concerns your pet consumed something.

  • RELIEVING STRESS FOR YOUR PETS VISIT

    We understand bringing your dog or cat to the veterinary office can be a stressful experience for you and them.

    We strive to offer a positive, anxiety free visit as we possibly can.

    Our hospital uses and recommends natural alternatives from having to administer or dispense sedatives for examinations to help reduce fear and anxiety.

    These products are called Adaptil (for dogs) and Feliway (for cats). They are pheromones they respond to, which elicit a calming effect to your pet safely.

    Studies have shown that 4 out of 5 pets present as fearful when coming into the hospital. When these products are used, in most cases, it improves their behavior, lowers their heart rate, blood pressure, decreases fear response. Over all, they have a better emotion state.

    A happy pet is a healthy pet!

  • Things that happen as your cat ages

    There are many changes that are feline friends go through as they age. The immune system becomes less able to defend against disease, the skin becomes thinner and less elastic which can reduce blood circulation, and they can experience hearing loss. Their eyes can become hazy in appearance but it generally doesn't decrease their site unless we have some high blood pressure issue that can permanently impair their vision. Dental disease is very common as well as kidney failure. As you cat ages the doctor may want to see them more frequently to be proactive to the natural changes occurring. Bloodwork and other diagnostics can be performed to help determine if the pet needs to be receiving any type of treatment or food changes. We always want to be careful not to assume that changes your cat is experiencing are solely due to old age, if you have concerns you should schedule for a check up.

  • Pet Fire Safety

    One of the most common disasters that the American Red Cross responds to is home fires. An estimated 40,000 pets die in house fires every year. Many house fires, which are easily preventable, are even started by pets themselves. There are many preparatory measures to ensure that you and your pets have a chance to make it out safely in the event of a fire.

    - Include them in your family evacuation plan.
    If you have more than one pet designate family members that each would be responsible for a pet. Practice your escape plan with your family and pets to familiarize them.

    - Secure your pet in an emergency.
    Evacuate your pets on a leash or in a carrier, keep leashes and cat carriers near exits or easily accessible in case of evacuation.

    - Know your pets hiding places.
    During a fire your pet will be terrified and most likely run to a place that they feel safe. Knowing their hiding places in advance can save precious time in a fire.

    -Help firefighters help your pets.
    Pet alert window clings affixed to a front window will save rescuers critical time when trying to locate pets. If you have any caged or confined pets an alert cling can also be placed on the window of the room where the pet is kept to further assist rescuers.

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    -Leave an open access
    During an evacuation if you can not find your pet leave an open door that leads to the outside. Once safely outside call your pets name with any luck he will hear you and head to the sound of your voice. Designate a meeting place near your home to ensure everyone is accounted for.

    - Practice fire prevention
    Never leave your pet unattended near an open flame, make sure to thoroughly extinguish any before leaving your house. Invest in a flameless candle, which uses a light bulb rather than an open flame and removes the danger of your pet accidentally knocking it over. Inquisitive cats are notorious for singeing their hair and whiskers and have started many fires by knocking over lit candles.

    In the event of a fire the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them, too. But remember never delay escape or endanger yourself or family members to rescue a family pet.

  • 5 Things That Can Stress Out Your Cat

    We all know that there are many sights and sounds that can cause stress in our pets. Here are just a few of those items that can be especially irritating to cats. (Some of these items can also be stressful for dogs.) Don't forget about smells that can also stress our pets.

    1. Thunderstorm and fireworks

    Loud noises and air pressure changes can send you cat into the fight or flight behavior. Since some noises can't be anticipated so having a safe place for your cat to be able to go to can be very helpful. Let your pet know that this is their space and definitely try not to block or move the space. Also having pheromone diffusers in the house can have a calming effect.

    2. High-Frequency Sounds

    Since cats respond to sound as early as 10 days of age, you can imagine how important this sense can be. Loud thumps, clashes and bangs can cause anxiety and stress in cats. Both high and low frequency sounds can affect your cat, be sure to not place the litter box near furnaces or water softeners or any other piece of equipment that can make unpredictable noises.

    3. Strong Scents

    Cats have a sense of smell about 14 times that of humans. You should always try not to use strong scented materials while your cat is around. Remember that cats use their sense of smell to help them find prey.

    4. Cleaning Agents and Essential Oils

    Aerosols can not only cause stress in cats but it can be harmful to their respiratory system. If a cleaner has a strong scent, be sure to air out the area before allowing your pet back into the area. Whenever possible try to use unscented items. Essential oils can also be toxic to cats, for example, lemon and orange oil.

    5. Dogs, Predatory Animals and Other Cats

    Although dogs can cause significant anxiety for cats, stray cats can also be a source of stress for your cat. If your cat can see stray cats outside or even smell their urine they may feel threatened. If your cat is especially sensitive to other animals you may want to find a Cat Friendly Practice like Glenolden Animal Hospital to help make your visits less stressful.

  • Summer Saftey

    Tips for Traveling with your Pet

    Make sure you pet is safe in the car

    Traveling can be stressful for you and your pet. It is very important that your pet is safe in the car. This may be a pet seat belt or a crate. If your pet is in a crate, make sure the crate is secure so they do not move around during the traveling. Today, there are crash test done on pet seatbelts to determine which ones are the best for your pet. To see the crash test visit: http://www.centerforpetsafety.org/test-results/harnesses/cps-approved-harnesses/

    Keep the car cool

    When traveling during the hot weather, it is important to make sure your pet does not over heat. It is important to have the AC on for your pet and to make sure you have plenty of cold water for stops along the way.

    Flea and Tick control

    Fleas and ticks can be a hassle when you are on vacation. Make sure your pet is on a good flea/tick control prior to your trip.

    Medication

    Make sure you have plenty of your pet's medication before leaving. Many medications do require daily dosing. Check it prior and give your veterinarian time to get the medication ready before you are ready to leave.

    Vaccinations

    If you are traveling out of state, it is a good idea to have your pet's vaccine record. If your pet is ill it may be a good idea to bring his/her medical history in case you have to visit a veterinarian while on vacation.

    Have things for your pet to do

    Make sure you have all of your pet's favorite toys/bones, it is always good to bring extra too. You may be on vacation, so is your pet.

  • Omega 3 fatty acids

    Medicine has long recognized that almost all diseases are caused by inflammation. Some common examples of these diseases are allergies and arthritis. A component of fish oil is omega 3 fatty acids which help to reduce inflammation in the body. Because of these anti -inflammatory properties, some doctors will recommend that a pet owner give their dog or cat fish oil to help to control diseases such as allergies. Only products that list on the package insert, total omega-3 fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) should be used as the amount of these products will determine how much to give each pet. Please check with our doctors to see if these products are right for your pet.

  • Rabies and indoor cats

    Why does my indoor cat need a rabies vaccine?

    First, very simply, because it is required by law. Glenolden Animal Hospital uses the adjuvant free vaccine to help reduce the risk of any vaccine associated complications. Second, even indoor cats have some risk of rabies exposure. indoor cats can escape, wildlife (especially bats) can come indoors and your pet could be exposed. if your cat is difficult to bring to the vet we also offer house calls. Please vaccinate your indoor pets as well!

  • FLEA & TICK PREVENTION

    The warmer months are upon us. It's important to have your pets protected from fleas, ticks, & heartworm disease.

    We have many preventatives to choose from. It's a great time to take advantage of our promotions and stock up for the summer season.

  • THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING YOUR PETS PARASITE FREE

    Pets are exposed to external and internal parasites whether they are indoors or outdoors.

    It's important to keep them protected, not only for their health, but yours and your family.

    Parasites can transmit diseases. Keeping your pets on preventatives for fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and internal parasites decreases the risks of exposure to those diseases they potentially carry.

  • KEEPING YOUR PETS SAFE DURING FIREWORKS

    More dogs run away on July 4th than any other day. The AHA (American Humane Association) statistics say more than 10 million dogs & cats are lost or stolen nationwide.

    Fireworks are loud, also accompanied with sudden flashes of light & burning smells this can be overwhelming to your pet. The unfamiliar noises are frightening to them, so their natural instinct is to want to run away.

    Make sure your pets are wearing a collar with updated identification. If your pet is not microchipped, consider making an appointment to have your veterinarian administer one.

    Don't take your dog to the fireworks display, with the loud noises & large crowds it can add to their anxiety. It's best to keep them in the comfort of their own home.

    Referenced by: Action News

  • Tobacco, Secondhand Smoke, and Pets

    Do you smoke? Have you thought about the adverse effect the habit is probably having on your pets' health?

    Research shows just how dangerous second and third hand smoke is to the animals that live with us. Secondhand smoke is defined as smoke that is exhaled or otherwise escapes into the air and can be inhaled by non-smokers, including pets. Third hand smoke is the residue that remains on skin, fur, clothing, furniture, etc., even after the air has cleared.

    Specifically, with respect to secondhand smoke, researchers have found that exposure to tobacco smoke has been associated with certain cancers in dogs and cats; allergies in dogs; and eye and skin diseases and respiratory problems in birds.

    Looking at the science brings us to the inevitable conclusion that second and third hand smoke exposure is very dangerous for pets.

  • Thunderstorm and Firework Phobias in Dogs

    This time of year is the time for storms and fireworks. These events can be very stressful for your pet. It is best to know what to do if your pet seems stressed or anxious. Symptoms may include pacing, restlessness, trembling, hiding, panting, chewing, and may include any behavior that is not normal for your pet. Remember not to punish your pet when this happens, it with make it worse for your pet. Make sure your pet is in a safe location, do not let him/her outside, they may run away. A white noise machine may help drain some of the noise out and decrease your pet's stress. Other things to consider may include a thundershirt, natural remedies, or possible medication. Talked to your veterinarian for more information.

  • 10 Hazardous things to pets found in your own backyard

    As we let our dogs and pets outside to play, we tend to forget things that may not be harmful to humans can be very dangerous to our pets. Here are some things to look out for in our backyards.

    1. Wild mushrooms:

    These kind of mushrooms grow freely and may not even know they exist in the yard. Until our pet goes outside, then returns with these symptoms:
    .Vomiting.
    .Diarrhea.
    .Abdominal pain.
    .Weakness.
    .Lethargy.
    .Yellowing of the skin (jaundice)
    .Uncoordinated movements.
    .Excessive drooling (ptyalism)
    If we are seeing these symptoms see your veterinarian immediately

    2. Fertilizers:
    When buying fertilizers you should read up on what the ingredients are to make sure they are not toxic to our animals. fertilizers may also contain herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides which increases the risk of poisoning. While small ingestions of fertilizer may only result in mild stomach upset, larger ingestions can result in severe poisoning from the iron, nitrogen and other chemicals.
    3. Flowers/Plants:
    Spring and Summer brings beautiful weather as well as flowers and plants. Before planting you should look to see what flowers and plants are toxic to your animals. Here are some flower/plants that are toxic:
    .Autumn Crocus. ...
    .Azalea. ...
    .Cyclamen. ...
    .Kalanchoe. ...
    .Lilies. ...
    .Oleander. ...
    .Dieffenbachia. ...
    .Daffodils.

    4. Bees/Ticks/Stinging Insects:
    In addition to living on wooden play sets, stinging insects like to make their nests around or in homes, and mosquitoes breed in water, such as ponds or other areas of stagnant or standing water in your yard. With mosquitoes you need to watch out for heartworm and West Nile virus. Reactions to bee stings are usually mild swelling at the site. If your dog gets stung by a bee and starts vomiting within five to 10 minutes and his gums become pale, that's when you know they are going into anaphylactic shock. You will need to see your veterinarian immediately.

    Ticks typically are found around tree-filled areas, but they can be anywhere. In addition to Lyme disease, ticks also carry ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and others.

    5. Garage/Storage Sheds:
    Having a shed for storage is very convenient although, we don't realize how harmful this can actually be towards our pets. Many people storage things such as fertilizer, gasoline , antifreeze, spray paints/paints, etc. These items contain very toxic ingredients such as ethylene glycol. This chemical can become very fatal if your pet comes in contact with it.

    6. Toys:
    If your family has children there is a possibility of toys being in the yard and you not knowing it. Not only can children's toy be harmful but your own dogs toys could be very dangerous as well. If swallowed this can become very painful for your pet and hazardous . You should see a veterinarian immediately.

    7. Fences:
    While it's great to have a fence for your pet, if it is not in good shape it can prove dangerous. If your fence is not in proper shape your pet could see another critter and try to escape through a hole in the fence. Which then could result in an injury to themselves, requiring a trip to the veterinary hospital.

    8 Sticks/branches:
    Sometimes after a storm branches from surrounding trees may fall into your yard. You may want to go clean any over sized sticks/branches. They may be fun for your pet to play with but this could potentially be dangerous if not supervised. Your pet could get a stick lodged in their mouth causing some breathing problems and choking.

    9. Rodent Bait:
    Yes rodents can be very annoying so we try getting rid of them with bait/poison and forget it is in the yard. If your pet was to accidently eat the bait/posion this could be fatal and would need to see a veterinarian immediately.

    10. Mulch:
    Cocoa bean mulch is made of discarded hulls or shells of the cocoa bean, which are by-products of chocolate production. The tempting "chocolate-like" smell often attracts dogs and may encourage them to eat the mulch. Processed cocoa bean hulls can contain theobromine and caffeine, the two toxins of concern in chocolate.

    We should always be watching our pets while outside.

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  • Laser Therapy: Should you take advantage of it?

    You may not know that if your pet has had a recent surgery that they may have already had laser therapy as part of the procedure to enhance the healing process. Laser therapy can be used for many ailments. It can be used for healing purposes or to give help with chronic medical issues such as arthritis. It can be an option to owners instead of medication or in addition to current medical treatments. Many patients exhibit improvement in quality of life with laser therapy. If you think that this sounds interesting, be sure to question your veterinarian about the possibilities. Always remember that no treatment is for every ailment but many times there are alternatives available for treatment.

  • Tick-Borne Dangers Increase After Large Crops of Acorns

    Did you know that there is a correlation between the environment and the prevalence of tick-borne diseases? Well it seems that after 20 years of studies there is. Let's say that in 2015 we have a large crop of acorns, by 2017 we would see an increase in the risk of tick-borne diseases. When there is a large crop of acorns the white-footed mice eat and stockpile the food, thereby giving the ability to stay healthy and populate over the winter. The mice are important in the process of infecting the deer tick with the agents that cause Lyme, Anaplasmosis and other tick-borne diseases. These studies have been performed by the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in New York. We always recommend flea and tick prevention year-round and perhaps now we can actually see why there is a link between the environment and the hazard of infection.

  • PARVO VIRUS

    Parvo is a highly contagious viral illness that affects dogs. It causes vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and loss of appetite. If left untreated, it can be deadly especially to puppies.

    It is important to have them update on all their vaccinations. Puppies should not be exposed to dog parks, kennel or grooming facilities until they are fully vaccinated at 16-18 weeks of age.

  • Corneal Ulcers

    Corneal ulcers can result from trauma, dry eye or eyelid issues like hair or tumors that rub against the cornea surface. If your pet's eye seems red, or if he/she is squinting or the eye is tearing excessively then a thorough exam is necessary to determine if an ulcer is present. We use a special stain to determine if there is a scratch on the cornea, and if one is present aggressive treatment is needed. Your pet will have multiple eye drops as well as pain medication and an e-collar to prevent them from rubbing the eye. Frequent rechecks are necessary to ensure the ulcer is healing properly. Without proper care ulcers and scratches can progress to severe infection, rupture of the eye and other complications.

  • Fear Free Vet Visits

    As most of you know, going to the doctor can be a very stressful experience. The same is true for our pets. At Glenolden Animal Hospital we are committed to reducing the stress that you pet experiences when coming to the office. You are also a very important component in helping to ensure a fear free veterinary visit. We need to work together to may our pets' visits to the veterinarian as pleasant as possible. Please go to our website at gah1.net. and click on "Tips for a fear free veterinary visit" to explain what you can do at home before a veterinary visit and after returning home from a veterinary visit. At the hospital we will offer your pet treats, and use pheromones to calm your pet during the visit. If we see that your pet is still uncomfortable with the veterinary visit, we will suggest drug protocols to reduce your pet's anxiety during the next vet visit. Because you are an important component in this whole process, we welcome your input into making the vet visit more comfortable. Please join us in working to making the vet visit more pleasurable. After all, don't our pets deserve the best?

  • Cytopoint

    Cytopoint is a new type of allergy treatment for dogs. It is an injection that lasts between 30-60 days and treats all types of environmental allergies. It's safe to give to animals with vaccines and medications, skin infections and other medical concerns. There are very few side effects, most dogs experienced mild injection site soreness and no other issues. If your dog suffers from allergies consider cytopoint as a safe long term treatment option.

  • Distemper in Dogs

    Distemper is a virus that is contagious between dogs and causes vomiting, diarrhea, neurologic signs and respiratory signs. Puppies are most susceptible since they have not been fully vaccinated and have an immature immune system. The distemper vaccine, when given correctly, is very effective in preventing this virus. it is important that all puppies receive a full series of distemper vaccines with the last shot being at 16 weeks of age or older. Until then puppies should not be allowed to interact with other dogs or go to dog social events.

  • How to Tell if your Pet's Mouth Hurts; Ways to care for your pet's teeth

    Here are some things to keep in mind:

    -Most dogs and cats develop dental disease by the age of 3.
    -Dental disease is one of the most common diseases in our pets and one of the most preventable.
    -Providing dental care year round can increase your pet's overall health.

    Here are some signs of dental disease:

    -Bad breath
    -Mouth sensitivity
    -Loss of appetite or not wanting to eat dry food
    -Drooling
    -Bleeding or inflamed gums.
    -Pawing at the mouth

    Ways to prevent dental problems in your pet:

    -Annual exams with your veterinarian so they can exam your pet and his/her oral health.
    -Brush your pet's teeth and use plaque preventing treats.
    -Feed dry food, Hills Healthy advantage + oral care is available at your veterinary hospital and it is like brushing his/her teeth.

    If you would like us to check your pet's oral health and gums, please call our office and we will examine your pet and discuss dental care with you.

  • My dog likes to lie in mud puddles and other icky places. Why?

    Mud Puddles? That's easy: In hot months, they're like an instant air conditioner for your furry pooch. As for smelly places "nice" is in the nose of the beholder. While rotting fish may not smell great to you, to your dog-descended from critters that scavenged for meals-it probably smells as good as fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies. Rolling in it is just a way to enjoy it all the more.

  • Some Fun Facts about Guinea Pigs

    1. Guinea pigs come from South America, near the Andes mountain range and they were originally wild animals, but were domesticated many centuries ago by the local people.

    2. Guinea pigs are rodents, which mean they are part of the same family as hamsters, mice, and gerbils.

    3. Guinea pigs are mostly quiet and docile, which means they are usually easy to handle.

    4. Guinea pigs do communicate by talking. The squeaking is their way of communicating to you and other pigs.

    5. Their life span is about 6 to 8 years.

    6. Guinea pigs are herbivores, live off hay, vegetables, fruit, and grass.

    7. They cannot produce vitamin C so it has to be supplemented in their diet.

    8. Their teeth are constantly growing and are filed down by biting abrasive material, hay, and grass.

    9. They should be examine by a veterinarian yearly to make sure they are healthy and to check their teeth. For more information visit: http://www.guineapigcorner.com/information

  • Fleas and Ticks and Heartworm, OH MY!

    The snow has melted, the plants are blooming, and the parasites of the world are licking their lips, ready for a taste of your pets' blood! Think your indoor kitties are safe? Think again! Think because you live in an urban area and your little tiny (insert adorable small breed dog here) only goes outside to pee and poo, that it can't possibly get parasites? Think again! Fleas, ticks, heartworm and other parasites have lasted for centuries because of their amazing ability to adapt to our changing environments. Ticks can thrive and feed even at temperatures as low as 40 degrees. Fleas, once indoors, can survive for months to years, even between the cracks of all wood floors. Heartworm, a DEADLY disease, is transmitted by mosquitoes that have been found indoors.

    These parasites are very small, or in the case of heartworm, internal, so not easily seen. It only takes 2-3 fleas to populate a house with hundreds of eggs and larvae. In fact, if you see fleas on your pet, it means the other 95% of those fleas are in your house! Fleas and ticks can also carry many other diseases that can be more harmful than the itch and blood loss caused by the initial parasite. Fleas can harbor bacterial diseases (ever heard of the plague?) and tapeworm, an intestinal parasite that causes vomiting and diarrhea. Ticks are well known carriers of Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and many other sometimes deadly bacterial diseases. Heartworm if not treated is deadly, because the worms once in the body live in the heart and vessels in the chest. Once in the heart, these worms can not be removed, so treatment can be as dangerous as the worms die.

    Prevention is always better than trying to treat disease or get rid of parasites once they are already there. Many topical and oral flea, tick and heartworm medications exist. To discuss the products available and best options for you and your pet, please call Glenolden Animal Hospital today.

    Check out this link about common misconceptions about Fleas:
    http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=3682
    Or about Ticks:
    http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=2311
    and a very helpful link about heartworm disease:
    http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=595

  • Distemper in ferrets

    Did you know that the same virus that causes distemper in dogs can also cause distemper in ferrets? Unfortunately it's true, and right now there is not a vaccine available for your furry little ferret friend. It is very important to protect your ferret's health and keep him/her indoors and away from dogs who may not be vaccinated since there is no treatment for distemper and it is often fatal in ferrets.

  • overgrooming in cats

    Is your cat excessively licking and pulling out fur? There are many reasons this can happen, the most common are different types of allergies. Fleas cause extensive itching and overgrooming. In our area we recommend applying a good quality flea product every month all year long. Cats can also have environmental allergies and food allergies. These can be treated with different medications like antihistamines, steroids, atopica and a diet change. If your cat seems itchy or is losing fur we recommend a thorough exam and workup to determine the cause.

  • 10 Fun Facts about Cats

    1. Cats are the most popular pet in the United States: There are 88 million pet cats and 74 million dogs.

    2. A group of cats is called a clowder.

    3. Cats have over 20 muscles that control their ears.

    4. A cat has been mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, for 15 years. His name is Stubbs.

    5. Cats sleep 70% of their lives.

    6. Cats can't taste sweetness.

    7. A cat's purr may be a form of self-healing, as it can be a sign of nervousness as well as contentment.

    8. Adult cats only meow to communicate with humans.

    9. Cats are often lactose intolerant, so stop givin' them milk!

    10. Cats make more than 100 different sounds whereas dogs make around 10.

    For more fun facts visit: https://www.buzzfeed.com/chelseamarshall/meows?utm_term=.wvjeeyd3L#.vuyVVJ81j

  • HELP! MY DOG WILL NOT STOP PULLING ON THE LEASH

    Having a dog that pulls on the leash can be very frustrating and make taking your dog for a walk unenjoyable. There are a few options that you can do as well as products you can purchase. There is the easy walk harness that provides tension to the shoulders when they pull making it uncomfortable to pull which teaches the dog to slow down. The gentle leader is a leash that is placed around the snout, and the head of the dog. This allows the owner to have control of the head of the pet similar to that of a horse. When the dog pulls the head will turn which in turn teaches your dog that pulling is undesirable and uncomfortable. Using these specific leashes and working on commands during walks will make the walk much more enjoyable for you and the dog.

  • Fun Facts about Dogs

    1. Small quantities of grapes and raisins can cause renal failure in dogs. Chocolate, macadamia nuts, cooked onions, or anything with caffeine can also be harmful.
    2. Apple and pear seeds contain arsenic, which may be deadly to dogs.
    3. Dogs sweats glands are on their pads of their feet.
    4. A dog's shoulder blades are unattached to the rest of the skeleton to allow greater flexibility for running.
    5. The phrase "raining cats and dogs" originated in seventeenth-century England. During heavy rainstorms, many homeless animals would drown and float down the streets, giving the appearance that it had actually rained cats and dogs.
    6. Dachshunds were bred to fight badgers in their dens.
    7. Dalmatians are completely white at birth.
    8. A puppy is born blind, deaf, and toothless.
    9. Within hours of the September 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center, specially trained dogs were on the scene, including German Shepherds, Labs, and even a few little Dachshunds.
    10. Eighteen muscles or more can move a dog's ear.

    For more fun facts visit: https://www.factretriever.com/dog-facts

  • Leptospirosis

    Recent reports from New Jersey have caused an increased concern for a bacterial disease that can cause both dogs and humans to become very sick. Leptospirosis (sounds like lept -toe -spear -osis') is the disease caused by Leptospira bacteria. These bacteria can enter the body either by ingestion or through wounds on the skin. They are found in high quantities in water sources including lakes, streams, puddles and even ground water. The bacteria is maintained and spread in the environment through infected urine of wild animals such as chipmunks, squirrels, and rats.

    Signs of disease in both dogs and people include fever and flu-like feelings and can results in damage to the liver and kidneys. Often, sick critters stop eating, can have vomiting or diarrhea, sometimes drink more and urinate more and, if untreated, it can permanently affect the kidneys, nervous system and can lead to death. Some pets do not get sick at all, but can still shed infectious bacteria in their urine which increases your risk of getting the disease.

    Most frustrating is trying to diagnosis the disease however. The bacteria are not always seen in the urine and are difficult to culture. Doing a special blood and urine test to look for bacterial DNA is good at detecting bacterial parts but does not confirm active infection. Sometimes multiple blood and urine tests need to be taken at different times too look for antibodies and other signs of infection.

    Treatment involves oral antibiotics and supportive fluid therapy. The antibiotics are given for multiple weeks to be sure all the bacteria are cleared from the urine to prevent further infection to those around the sick pet. REMEMBER infected urine, vomit or other body fluids can cause illness in any other dogs or humans coming in contact with this material. Be sure to WASH YOUR HANDS and USE GLOVES when cleaning up after a sick pet.

    There has also been a vaccine on the market for many years that helps protect dogs from getting this disease. Although the vaccine is not 100% effective, it is greatly useful in areas of high exposure to prevent disease and prevent severity of disease.

    For more information check out these websites or call our hospital at 610-237-6120

    AVMA: https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Leptospirosis.aspx
    CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/leptospirosis/index.html
    PetMD: http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/infectious-parasitic/c_multi_leptospirosis

  • Compounding

    Compounding can be very helpful, especially for patients who have trouble taking medication. Stokes pharmacy offers a variety of formulations including liquids, flavored tablets, small tablets/capsules, and even transdermal medications in some cases. If you have trouble medicating your pet ask us about other compounded options that may be easier for you and your furry friend.

  • Is A Grain-Free Diet Really Important?

    As we become increasingly aware of how important diet and nutrition is for our own health and wellbeing, we are realizing our food choices for our pets are just as important for their health. From choosing between commercial diets, home made foods, table treats and fresh diets, the options are becoming more challenging to figure out what is important, and what companies are telling the truth.and which are just trying to gimmick you into buying their product.

    The first important distinction is that cats are NOT small dogs. Cats are true carnivores and require a much higher percentage of protein in their diet. Also an important distinction is that this protein must come from an animal source, where as dogs can more easily digest plant proteins and are much more omnivorous.

    In truth grains (corn, oats, wheat) all contain important vitamins and mineral as well as provide a good source of plant proteins and important digestive fibers. Grain Free diets are NOT carbohydrate free and will still contain starchy products from potatoes or other sources. This may mean fattier diets, less vitamins or a need for other additives. That could mean you need to feed more food to provide enough nutrients, which means increased costs to you and more frequent trips to pick up more food.

    Most owners' fear of feeding grains stems from food companies marketing that these products are fillers or can cause allergies. Really these grains are important for proper metabolism and diets lacking in grains are also lacking in vitamins. Research has proven most food allergies are rare in dogs, and the allergies we do see are to animal proteins (chicken, beef or pork). There is NO scientific research that supports grain free diets are healthier or of benefit to animals, but there is research to show these "grain-free" diets are not always well balanced or have complete nutrition.

    So the next time you're watching TV or flipping through a magazine, remember many of those food companies are just marketing companies interested in your money, and not the health of your pet. Only by talking with a veterinarian or other animal nutritionist will you get honest scientific information regarding proper nutrition and important diet recommendations for your fuzzy friend.

    For more information about healthy diets or if you have questions regarding your pets diet please give us a call at 610-237-6120.

  • How to Tell if your Pet's Mouth Hurts; Ways to care for your pet's teeth

    Here are some things to keep in mind:
    * Most dogs and cats develop dental disease by the age of 3.
    * Dental disease is one of the most common diseases in our pets and one of the most preventable.
    * Providing dental care year round can increase your pet's overall health.
    Here are some signs of dental disease:
    * Bad breath
    * Mouth sensitivity
    * Loss of appetite or not wanting to eat dry food
    * Drooling
    * Bleeding or inflamed gums.
    * Pawing at the mouth
    Ways to prevent dental problems in your pet:
    * Annual exams with your veterinarian so they can exam your pet and his/her oral health.
    * Brush your pet's teeth and use plaque preventing treats
    * Feed dry food, Hills Healthy advantage + oral care is available at your veterinary hospital and it is like brushing his/her teeth.
    If you would like us to check your pet's oral health and gums, please call our office and we will examine your pet and discuss dental care with you.

  • Facts about Rabbits

    1. Rabbits and bunnies are the same thing.
    2. Jackrabbits, which belong to the genus "Lepus," have been known to run up to 45 miles per hour.
    3. Rabbits are very clean animals and can be trained to use a litter box. . Much like a dog, a pet rabbit can be taught to come to his/her name, sit in your lap, and do simple tricks.
    4. When rabbits are happy they jump in the air, twist and spin around.
    5. A baby rabbit is called a kit, a female is called a doe, and a male is a buck. A group of rabbits is called a herd.
    6. Rabbits are herbivores, eating a diet entirely of grasses and other plants. Because of their diet, they pass two different kinds of feces to completely break down their food. Rabbits will re-ingest their feces on the first pass to get all of the nutrients they need.
    7. A rabbit's life span is about 8 years, those who are spayed/neutered can live as long as 10-12 years.
    8. A rabbit's teeth never stop growing!
    9. Rabbits cannot vomit.
    10. Stories abound regarding the prolific reproductive nature of rabbits and so it is not surprising that the rabbit have become a symbol of fertility in many cultures and religions.


  • National Puppy Day: March 23rd

    Have you been looking for an excuse to take a ride down to your local shelter? Are YOU in need of a puppy? Well here is your excuse: National Puppy Day! (Of course) This day is actually considered an international holiday that started gaining popularity really fast. There are approximately 8,000-10,000 puppy mills in the U.S. today; this includes some retail stores and people who consider themselves "breeders". A big part of this holiday is to spread the word about "Adopt, don't shop" which is trying to make an end to puppy mills. Puppy mills are extremely dangerous and detrimental to the puppies' health; as well as their parents. Adopting your next fur baby not also makes your life way more exciting, you are also saving a puppy from sitting at the shelter; giving them a new purpose! So help us celebrate by stopping by your local shelter and adopt, not shop.

  • What products can I use with my stressed kitty?

    Is your cat excessively grooming, marking, scratching, or excessively meowing? Do you have a multi-cat household and the cats do not get along? There is a product that we carry here that can help facilitate calming effects for your kitties. Sentry is a company that makes a calming collar that you would have your kitty wear that delivers pheromones through the use of the collar. The collars pheromone mimics that of a mother cat produces to reassure her kittens. It's a natural way to help cats cope with new, stressful or fearful situations. It has lavender and chamomile scents that promote calming and soothing effects for the kitties as well.

    Anna Raport

  • Nail Trims

    Trimming your pet's nails may seem like a daunting chore for most pet owners, but it is an essential part to your pets overall health and well being. Regular trimming will keep their nails to an appropriate length and help to avoid overgrown nails. If not trimmed regularly the nail will eventually curl under and will begin to dig into the paw pads. Long nails have a greater chance of becoming caught on rugs and furniture causing painful breaks or a tear from the nail bed. Cracked, torn nails can bleed and may become infected if not treated by your veterinarian. The dewclaw is even more prone to curling and at risk for this type of injury. Overgrown nails can cause leg strain and pain when your dog walks on them. Cat owners will find it easier to play with their cat without accidental injury when nails are kept trimmed regularly. Birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, and other small animals also require routine nail trims and will often be overlooked by owners. Birds with overgrown nails may have difficulty perching and along with other exotic pets could easily catch a nail on their cage and risk injury trying to get free. Keeping your pets nails properly trimmed will help keep them comfortable and able to move better.

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  • National Animal Poison Prevention Week

    For over 50 years, the third week in March has been celebrated as National Animal Poison Prevention Week. This week is all about bringing knowledge and awareness to all pet owners regarding the many poisonous hazards in and around one's home.

    Poison-proofing your home is extremely important and taking simple steps such as making sure your houseplants are non-toxic and storing medications, cleaners, and foods in secure areas will significantly reduce the chances that your pet will come in contact with a toxic substance.

    If you are unsure about what household products might be poisonous to your pet please visit petpoisonhelpline.com. If you know your pet has ingested something questionable then you should call Pet Poison Helpline (800)213-6680.

  • Why your dog should be on a leash.

    You may have a well behaved and obedient dog that will respond to your commands, but aside from dog parks, public areas require your pet to be on a leash at all times. It is the only way to keep your dog safe while out and about.

    They could be hit by a car or cause an accident.

    A leash can keep your pet a safe distance from vehicles and other hazards. On the other hand, an unleashed dog has the potential to cause an accident. Even the most well behaved dog will not respond to commands 100% of the time. Leashed dogs are rarely hit by cars.

    People can be injured by loose dogs

    Not everyone you meet may want to meet your dog. Whether intentional or not, your dog could bite, knock over, or injure someone. Some people may be truly afraid of dogs and act out of fear and injure your dog.

    They may eat harmful plants or objects

    Dogs love to eat things, and some will eat anything they may find while out for a walk. Unleashed dogs have a greater likelihood of indiscriminately ingesting unknown objects and plants, some of which may be poisonous or harmful to your pet. When your dog is on a leash you will be able to direct them away from objects before they have a chance to pick them up. If your pet does begin to eat something harmful a leashed dog will be easier to pull away or remove the object from your pets mouth before they can swallow it.

    Just because you dog is friendly does not mean all dogs are

    While your dog may be friendly to other animals you may encounter other dogs that are not. A scared or aggressive dog could respond negatively to your unleashed dog running up to them. If both dogs are unleashed a serious fight could take place. When you are in full control of your dog everyone is more safe.

    Unpredictability

    No matter how well trained your dog is, there will always be the possibility for a situation to happen which you have not trained them for. They could see a cat or squirrel causing them to dart off and chase it. Dogs can be frightened easily and you can not always predict their reactions. When your dog is off leash you have no control over them.

  • Epilepsy in cats

    Epilepsy is a seizure disorder most commonly diagnosed in young animals. It is rare in cats, but is very treatable. If your pet has seizures we recommend a basic workup including blood work and/or x-rays. If no other issues are found with these tests we often suspect epilepsy, but without a full neurologic workup we cannot completely rule out other diseases. For cats Phenobarbital is typically prescribed as the first line of treatment. Blood monitoring is very important with this medication as it is metabolized by the liver and can cause liver issues when used long term. It is important not to stop this medication suddenly as it can cause seizures to do that.

  • Top Five Reasons to Add a Cat to your Family

    1. Firstly, you are saving a life! This pet could have had a completely different life if you did not adopt this furry friend. They actually have someone that they can call home. While you are making their lives matter, the kitty is making your life great too.

    2. You never have to give a cat a bath, they do it themselves - how convenient right? Most kitty cats do not like baths anyways, so it is a win-win type situation, no one is unhappy.

    3. Do you feel like you are being lazy? Well guess what? Now you have a buddy that can be lazy with you. Cats love long naps, being cozy and warm all day, and basically just hanging around, they make great companions. If you are someone that loves being cozy, warm, and taking naps, then a cat is purrrfect for you.

    4. On the other hand, sometimes after a nap cats can be energetic, especially when you give them catnip and a ball to play with. They are quite the entertainers! I would totally recommend buying a laser pointer; it is great exercise and really funny.

    5. Cats are independent. yet cuddly? Yes this is true. Most cats can take care of themselves; they bathe themselves, use a litterbox, and entertain themselves! Cats honestly REALLY need you when they know it is feeding time (and when they want some love). Kitties are wonderful pets and you will not regret adopting a furry partner into your life; only regret not doing so.

  • bnp snap test



    We are excited to offer a new test for feline heart disease- the BNP snap test. This test can be performed on a very small amount of blood and determines the amount of stretch/stress that the heart muscle experiences. This test can be very helpful with new heart murmurs, patients in respiratory distress and presurgical testing. We also recommend screening all pure bred cats for cardiomyopathy using this test, especially prior to anesthesia.

  • Why does my cat like to drink out of water glasses and sinks?



    In nature, cats will avoid drinking water that is next to dead prey because the water may be contaminated with bacteria. Inside the home, this instinct also applies-they want drink water that is located far away from their store-bought food to ensure healthy water. We always tell cat owners to be sure to locate the water bowl in its own designated 'watering hole' area.

  • Why do cats spray?

    *Referenced by Henry Schein Animal Health
    WHY DO CATS SPRAY?

    It's important to understand that this behavior can be exhibited by both male and female cats. Although it is most commonly seen in un-neutered male cats.

    Spraying is different from urinating in the litter box.

    SIGNS OF SPRAYING:

    1. Cats back up to a vertical surface & stay in a standing position.

    2. The tail will be held straight up.

    3. You may observe the tail quivering or twitching.

    4. A straight spray will release to the vertical area a foot or two above the ground.

    REASONS CATS SPRAY:

    1. Behavioral
    2. Territorial
    3. Stress
    4. Breeding drive


    WAYS TO HELP ELIMINATE THE PROBLEM

    1. Spay & Neuter before 6 months of age
    2. Environmental modification: identify the cause & remove it
    3. Reduce conflict between indoor cats by separating cats or use FELIWAY


    *We understand this problem can be very difficult and frustrating to handle. If your cat is experiencing this issue. We highly recommend you make an appointment for a consultation & examination with one of our veterinarians.

  • Insurance blog

    Many people get shocked at the prices of veterinary care; often using their own health/dental bills as a comparison. Others think they should be able to be billed (as with human hospitals). The bottom line is that most of us have insurance for ourselves, and are used to only paying a co-pay. Our medical bills then go through the insurance - that we have been paying for. There are many pet insurance companies out there with many different options to help cover your pets' care.

    Wellness expenses- Just like a newborn baby, puppies & kittens also require regular check ups and vaccinations. This is all part of the wellness plan. As your furry friend grows into adulthood, he will need to stay up to date on his shots so these expenses will be covered under this plan.

    . Expensive emergency operations- If your pet should accidentally ingest something she shouldn't or she gets hurt while exercising outside, the possibility of an emergency surgery may arise. Having the insurance will help ease your mind of the unexpected expenses and you will have the opportunity to offer your pet the care she will need during that time.

    . Ongoing treatment for diseases that may be fatal- If your pet becomes diabetic or has cancer, the ongoing treatment for such conditions can be costly, therefore this may be the best plan for you that will allow you to properly treat him the way he deserves.

    . Some insurance includes medications- Which can include flea/tick and heartworm preventions. These types of medications can be expensive and so, just like human insurance, you may have the option to purchase a plan that also includes medications.

  • Microchips

    Microchipping is one of the best ways to ensure your cat or dog is able to find his/her way back to you if they are ever lost. Collars and tags can get lost, be removed or fall off, but microchips are permanent and can always be linked to you. We recommend microchipping all puppies and kittens and keeping the registration up to date with your current address/phone number.

  • Carbon Monoxide: Risk to us all

    Carbon monoxide is a household threat during every season but especially in the colder months. It is a threat when you use fireplaces, heaters, and even gas stoves. Carbon monoxide is odorless and does not smell, so it can be very dangerous in your home. A carbon monoxide detector is easy to set up, cheap, and something that can save you and your pets life.

  • What to do if you find a stray dog?

    Delaware County doesn't currently have an open admission shelter for stray pets. If you find a stray dog you should contact your local police department to find out who is acting as animal control for your town. It is also helpful to have the pet scanned for a microchip, most vet hospitals and shelters in this area can help with that if animal control isn't immediately available.

  • Help My Cat Won't Stop Meowing For Food!

    It is important to track your pet's behavior and appetite because it could be linked to a disease called Hyperthyroidism. This is a disease that affects the thyroid gland located in the neck of your pet. It is common among geriatric cats and caused by an overproduction of the hormone called thyroxine. Symptoms include changes in behavior, appetite, weight loss, vomiting and diarrhea. Many cats will become more vocal and have a ravenous appetite. Therefore, if your cat is showing any of these signs it is important to get to a vet and have some blood work done to see if your cat may have hyperthyroidism.

  • Winter Tips

    1. Rock salt can damage your pups feet so remember to clean them once they have come inside, also try to use pet safe rock salt. If your pet is close to the ground clean his/her belly too.

    2. Do not shave your pet down in the winter.

    3. Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol.

    4. Check your car before driving to make sure no critters are hiding under your car. They like to sleep there in the winter to stay warm.

    5. Make sure your pet has a warm place to sleep away from windows and drafts.

    6. If it is too cold for you it is too cold for them, limit time outside.

    And remember stay away from the yellow snow.

    For more information visit:http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/cold-weather-safety-tips

  • THE DANGERS OF ANTIFREEZE & PETS

    Antifreeze poisoning (Ethylene Glycol) is a very common problem we see in our small pets, especially during the winter time.

    This is a chemical used in cars, de-icing agents, windshield washer fluid and some household equipment.

    It is a sweet, odor-less substance that is potentially fatal when ingested.

    Antifreeze leaks can be a common occurrence in the cold months. When performing your winter maintenance on your vehicle, be aware not to expose the environment.

    Also, always check your car engine before starting it up, cats especially like to huddle in this area to keep warm.

  • What is Care Credit?

    Care credit is a health credit card that you can apply for that has special financing options. You can use this card to pay for services for your beloved pet. It can also be used for other services such as dental care, eyeglasses, and cosmetic procedures as well. Depending on the amount spent you could have no interest for up to 60 months. It is extremely simple to sign up you can apply online at www.carecredit.com or call 1-800-365-8295. Apply today to take care of your treasured pets care.

  • Holiday dog treats

    The holidays are upon us! There is no better way to pamper your dog then with a homemade dog treat. Here are some great recipes to make your best friend a tasty holiday goodie!

    http://www.lolathepitty.com/frozen-pupcakes/ These frozen treats combine peanut butter, yogurt and banana to make a delicious pupcake!

    http://lemonsandbasil.com/homemade-holiday-dog-treats/ You could also substitute pumpkin puree instead of sweet potato. Just make sure that it is plain pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie mix.

  • What to do if you dog runs away

    Stay calm and do not chase the pet. A lot of dogs will keep running and could run in the street and get hurt. Use an emergency rescue command that the pet does not often hear to stop the pet. Some dogs may chase after you if you run away from them. Have treats in your hand to lure dog in. Use a really delicious treat that is an extra special treat that is related to an emergency rescue command. If you still cannot reach your dog call the police or your local rescue. Post online on social media, and let your closest veterinarians know that you have lost the pet.

  • Seven Most common Illnesses in Older Cats

    Older cats can be susceptible to a variety of ailments. The most common of illnesses are: Chronic renal (kidney disease), Heart disease, Diabetes mellitus, Arthritis, Hyperthyroidism, Dental disease and Cancer. It is also possible for older cats to suffer from more than one disease at a time. It is very important for your senior cat to be seen by the veterinarian on a regular basis, it is recommended to have semi-annual visits as they age. As a result many disease can be identified and treated early on allowing for better results. Routine preventative testing and care allows the veterinarian to have a broader picture of your pets health.

  • Should I allow my cat outside?

    The question to keep your cat indoors or allow them to venture outside is a longstanding debate. Many cat owners think it is unfair or cruel to keep their cat indoors at all times. There are many risks, health and otherwise, for cat owners to consider when they allow him or her outdoors unsupervised.

    Risks from other cats: .feline leukemia (FeLV) ,feline AIDS (FIV) ,FIP (feline infectious peritonitis) ,feline distemper (panleukopenia) ,upper respiratory infections (or URI).

    Parasites: ,fleas ,ticks ,ear mites ,intestinal worms ,ringworm (a fungal infection)

    In addition to the risks posed by fellow cats, other potential hazards that can seriously threaten your cat's well-being and even her life include:

    Cars Dogs Wild Animal Toxins and Poisons Animal Cruelty

    Cat owners should also consider that indoor cats are healthier, often happier, and live much longer than outdoor cats. There are many ways to keep your indoor kitty happy.

    Cat trees/places to climb Hiding places Window Perches with a view of birds or other wildlife Interactive toys Daily play time, petting, and or grooming with owner

    For more information visit

    https://indoorpet.osu.edu/cats

  • Solutions for reducing stress and anxiety in our dogs and cats

    As we all know, stress can have a very negative effect on our health. This also holds true for our pets. Events such as new adoptions, thunderstorms, car rides, trips to the veterinarian and groomer can all lead to unneeded stress in our pets. Along with pheromones, we also have natural supplements that can help to calm our pets in stressful situations. Solliquin is a new product that is designed to get our pets over the hump when stress and anxiety creep into their life. This product combines plant extracts, including those found in tea, with milk proteins to balance behavior and induce relaxation. Stop in today and see if Solliquin may be right for your pet.

  • Canine Atopic Dermatitis Immunotherapeutic-A new long acting injection for itchy dogs.

    Atopic Dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin that causes itchy, red and bumpy skin seen often from allergies. There is now an injection that delivers a full month of relief. It works by blocking the itch signal to the brain and starts working within 1 day. You can see an 80% reduction in itching by day 3 and skin improved within 7 days, and then maintained for 28 days or longer. It is safe for dogs of all ages and may be used in addition with many common medications. Ask your veterinarian if this product may be useful for your dog.

  • Over the counter drugs

    It is not uncommon for pet owners to try to medicate their pets with over-the-counter medications. Unfortunately, there are many of these medications that are very safe for people, but are highly toxic to animals. One common scenario is people giving Tylenol or products containing acetaminophen to cats. This product is highly toxic to cats and can potentially cause death. Another common situation is when pet owners give their pet aspirin. When the aspirin does not work they then go to the veterinarian. If the owner does not tell the veterinarian that the pet had aspirin, the doctor may dispense a product that is potentially dangerous to the pet. Pet owners should never give their pets any medication without first consulting a veterinarian. If you have broken rule one make sure to tell the doctor what you gave and when. It could save your pet's life.

  • What are the needs of your cat?

    There are 5 environmental needs that you as a pet parent have to meet in order to enhance your cat's health and quality of life.

    1. Provide a safe place. Every cat needs a place in which it feels safe and secure. This should be a place where your cat can retreat in case it feels threatened by something. This area may be a bed, cat tree or perch, a room in your house, a box with soft bedding, or even a cat carrier. It should be a place that can fit 1 cat. It gives them a escape from other pets in the house, noises, or people.

    2. Provide multiple and separated key environmental resources. These resources include food, water, litter box or boxes, scratching ares, and sleeping area. Cats are solitary animals so feeding multi cat household separately is a good idea. They also like a schedule so try to feed them the same time everyday. Have multiple litter boxes on different floors of the house and make sure another cat or person is not hiding and waiting for another cat to use or be done using the box.

    3. Provide play and predatory behavior. This allows your cat to fulfill it's natural need to hunt. Play can be provided with toys, such as, laser lites, cat teasers, and a play mouse. There are also food puzzles and balls that can mimic the action of hunting prey.

    4. Provide positive, consistent, and predictable human -cat social interaction. This can vary from cat to cat. Some cats may love being talked to, petted, brushed, and just sitting next to their human. Remind other people and guest in the house not to force interaction with your cat. Cats will choose who they want to interact with. They are not small dogs.

    5. Provide an environment that respects the importance of the cat's sense of smell. Cats use their sense of smell the evaluate their surrounding. They mark their scent by rubbing which releases pheromones to let them know they feel save. Avoid cleaning their scent off these areas. Cleaners and detergents may make a cat feel threatened. This may cause your cat to urine or defecate outside the box. There are synthetic pheromones available, such as Feliway, if you are introducing a new cat into the house.

    For more information of the needs of your cat please visit www.catvets.com and www.icatcare.org

  • Fun with Ferrets

    At Glenolden Animal Hospital we are eager to help care for all types of fury friends. Ferrets were a popular pet back in the 80's and 90's and more recently have regained favor in the pet world. These playful sassy little weasel type critters can be loving and cuddly and come with a burst of personality, however also need to be closely watched. They are strong and slender and enjoy dragging toys around the house and hiding things in unknown spots. Domesticated from European polecats, ferrets were initially brought to the U.S. for rodent and prairie dog control, since they could easily turn around in the tiny burrows of such wild critters. Pet ferrets do very well as indoor critters and enjoy the company of other ferrets and people. Interested in getting a ferret as a pet? Below are a few important facts to know before hand.

    1. Ferrets are carnivores with short digestive tracts so need a high protein, high fat, LOW carbohydrate diet. In the past high quality kitten food was given, however there are now many commercially available ferret specific diets that are more appropriate. Some vets and nutritionists will recommend whole food prey (as in a rat or mouse) or raw food diets, which are truly the best nutrient profile, but have their risks in regards to sanitation and bacterial contamination. 2. Ferrets are susceptible to canine distemper and rabies virus. ALL ferrets should be vaccinated for rabies. There used to be a distemper vaccine for ferrets, but sadly that vaccine has been discontinued. 3. Ferrets are clever and playful and can easily get themselves into trouble. Young ferrets are well known to ingest non-food items such as erasers from pencils, toys, blanket bits or other fabric that can become obstructed in the GI tract. This is a severe medical emergency that requires surgery to correct. Constant monitoring of all ferrets but particularly young and new pets is essential to be sure they are not getting into things they shouldn't. 4. Older ferrets can develop diseases such as dental disease, heart disease and cancers like lymphoma, Insulinomas and adrenal gland tumors. 5. Ferrets can be infected by fleas and other external parasites. If you have a flea problem in the house, and are seeing fleas on the cat or dog, it is as important to treat the ferret as well or the flea problem will persist. 6. Ferrets are crepuscular, which means they are most active at Dusk and Dawn. 7. Most ferrets have already been spayed or neutered (and DESCENTED!) before being shipped to pet stores.

  • Pet Poisoning

    It is always a tense moment when our pet ingests something that may be potentially dangerous to the animal. The most important thing is to be calm and think rationally. It is important for the veterinarian to know what the pet ate, when they ate it and the amount consumed. When possible always bring the product label to the veterinarian so that they can find out the active ingredient, concentration, and any potential antidotes. If you are not sure if something is potentially poisonous make sure to play it safe and contact your veterinarian. If they are not available, you can contact pet poison control at 1-800-213-6680. There as also several free apps out there that can help you determine if a product is dangerous. The 5 top categories of pet poisoning from the National Pet Poison Control Center are as follows:

    1. Food -chocolate, xylitol (sugar free gum and candy), and grapes/raisins. 2. Insecticides - organophosphates and pyrethroids - these can be found in products to control insects on yard plants and also in topical flea and tick controls for pets. 3. Mouse and rat poison - found in traps and baits used to control rodents. 4. Human NSAIDS - ibuprofen and naproxen 5. Household cleaners such as drain cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, and calcium and lime removers

    It is very important to pet proof your house from these products as well as any other potential poisons. When in doubt always check with your veterinarian.

  • PYROMETA: A SERIOUS CONDITION IN OLDER DOGS & CATS

    Pyometa is a life threatening condition as a result of secondary bacterial infection developing in the uterine wall of unspayed female dogs & cats. Basically, the uterus fills with pus, which causes these animals to become extremely sick.

    SYMPTOMS OF PYOMETA

    Loss of appetite, lethargic, depression, weight loss, increased water consumption, increased urination, bloated/distended, firm abdomen, pale gums.

    DIAGNOSIS

    The veterinarian will perform a full examination, and recommend the following tests to be done.

    Blood work, Urinalysis, Radiographs, and possibly an Ultrasound

    Once a diagnosis has been confirmed, the best course of action is to stabilize, and spay them as soon as possible.

    This condition can be avoided if your female dog or cat is spayed at an early age.



  • Popular Names for Dogs

    Choosing a name for your dog can be a daunting and difficult task. However, if you want your pet to be part of the "in" crowd at the doggy park, you should stick with human names. In 2015 49% of pet owners chose a human name for their dog. The top 3 names for female dogs were Bella, Lucy, and Daisy. For the male dogs, the top 3 names were Charlie, Max and Buddy. One popular current trend is to name a dog after characters in popular movies or TV shows. Names from Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and Hunger Games are currently popular. You should always remember that these names tend to fade away as the craze for these movies ends. One old standby for dog names has always been names after food. Ginger, Oreo, and Brandy are still very popular names for dogs.

    What is in a name? Apparently, we like to name our dogs after ourselves, popular movies, and our favorite foods. Woof! Woof!

  • The dangers of Xylitol in dogs

    Article referenced by: Henry Schein Animal Health


    Xylitol is a natural sugar-alcohol present in many types of fruits & vegetables such as raspberries, plums, corn, and birch wood. It is also used as a sugar substitute in many common products we use on a daily basis. Some of these are beverages, chewing gum, candy/sugar free mints, vitamins, fiber supplements, toothpastes/mouthwash, nicotine gum, sleep aids, cough syrups/lozenges.

    Xylitol may be safe for humans, but it is extremely toxic if ingested by dogs. The substance is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. It stimulates the pancreas to release insulin rapidly in the body, causing blood sugar levels to drop (Hypoglycemia). Without immediate, proper veterinary treatment, the hypoglycemia can be life threatening.

    SIGNS OF XYLITOL POISONING

    Vomiting, weakness, incoordination, lethargy, depression, tremors, seizures, coma.

    If your dog has ingested a product with Xylitol you should contact your veterinary immediately. It helps us, when you call to have the product label of the item ingested. How much they ingested and the time they ingested it. Prompt veterinary care is essential!

  • Cat Friendly Practice

    If you haven't gotten around to getting your cat to the vet (or cringe at the thought of getting one into a carrier), you should see us NOW. We've recently made changes to improve your cats' experience at the vet. In fact we have been officially "Cat Friendly Certified" by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP: www.catvets.com) The first thing you may notice is we are using separate entrances for cats vs dogs. Once you enter our building our receptionists will place a pheromone-sprayed-towel over your cat's carrier. Pheromones are chemicals made by the body that can be detected by other animals (only of the same species, which is why we don't smell cat pheromones). The pheromones used in our hospital are the same one your cat leaves on couches, corners, and your legs as they rub their face across them.

    It is a "happy place" scent - if you will. The towel over the carrier also provides a "barrier" from dogs' sight. When you and your cat are then brought into the exam room, you'll notice we open the carrier door but then "ignore" your cat while getting a history from you; It is not that we are rude or don't care but in MANY cases, a cat left to be curious cat will walk out on its own (as opposed to needing to be dragged or dumped out). Before we used the "happy cat" spray, it was a rare occasion to see a cat eat treats in the veterinary office...now we see cats at ease enough to eat treats, investigate the exam room or comfortably sit on the exam table. Happy less anxious cats means happy less anxious owners who are then more likely to bring their cat back for important rechecks and yearly exams. Even better, we sell these same pheromones to be used in carriers at home to make the carrier less of a struggle to get into. Please call us if you are interested in learning more about Feliway Cat Pheromones, what other Cat Friendly Practices we have put into effect, and to make an appointment for your little feline friend to have a check up today!

  • Why Should I buy my pets medications from the vet?

    Well, your veterinarian knows your pet and what is best for them. They carry products from certified suppliers, which guarantees the product has been handled properly. It also ensures the medication is not out dated and is NOT counterfeit. Veterinarians carry full manufacturers warrantee. Manufacturers often supply veterinarians with the means to offers special discounts, rebates and free product with purchase. Prices from your veterinarian on products may cost less than you think. Ask about prices and promotions. Do not be fooled by advertisements offering cheaper prices.

    If something sounds to good to be true, it probably is!

  • Tips to make your next visit to the vet less stressful

    Visiting the vet with your cat can be stressful on you and your pet. If you make the ride and visit more pleasant for your cat, it will also reduce your stress too. First, give your cat some time to adjust to the carrier, bring it out about a week prior to the visit to help your cat get used to the carrier and you can also spray it with some pheromones, such as, Feliway to help too. Place soft bedding and treats in it too. Remember to stay calm, your cat can sense your stress and it can make things worse. The best type of carrier is one that can be taken apart easily. It will make it easier to remove the kitty from the carrier at the visit. Avoid a carrier that requires your cat being dumped out or pulled out.

    Take your cat to a cat friendly practice. Glenolden Animal Hospital is cat friendly. Our staff is trained in feline friendly handling and feline behavior to help reduce the stress for your kitty and hopefully make the visit better for everyone. Remember cats are very sensitive to smells, so when returning home, leave your kitty in the carrier for a few minutes if you have another kitty to see how the other cat will react. If your sense conflict, keep your kitty in the carrier and take him in a separate room to avoid any fighting. To learn more about cat friendly practice or how to reduce stress for your kitty visit www.catsvet.com

  • What to do about Wildlife

    Our office often gets calls from pet owners and neighbors that find injured or orphaned wildlife wondering what they can do to help. Although veterinarians are able to stabilize and support injured wildlife for 48hours, they should be taken care of by licensed rehabilitators. Here are a few important tips if you have found a wild animal in need of help.

    1. Your safety is very important. If the animal is large or has the potential to bite or scratch, do NOT attempt to pick it up or move it. Many injured animals will attack when threatened, and some can carry serious diseases, including Rabies. If you do not feel comfortable catching the wild critter, immediately contact the Police or your local Animal Control Officer.

    2. Orphaned wild animals are often not orphaned at all! Wild mother rabbits will regularly leave their nest for the majority of the day, leaving the babies alone for hours at a time. Mother squirrels often have multiple nests that they will regularly move babies to and from. If the nest has not been disturbed it is best to leave the wild baby in the nest where you found it. Baby birds that have fallen from their nest are hard to replace, BUT if you can reach the nest, PUT IT BACK! If the baby is away from a nest, but in a safe location, leaving it hidden in grass, leaves or a shoebox with paper towel will allow the mother to retrieve it later. If the baby is still there 24 hours later, then consider contacting a wildlife rehab center.

    3. Do NOT try and feed or care for wild animals on your own. Many wild critters need specialized foods and medication. Force feeding a sick animal can result in aspiration (breathing in of food particles) further trauma or result in injury to you.

    4. Keep quiet. Most wild animals are already afraid of humans, but being cornered can make them even more afraid. Fear can worsen injury to that critter or cause reluctance to eat or rest. If you have been able to capture the wild animal, keep it in a quiet dry safe location until you can transport it to a wildlife center.

    5. FIND A REHAB CENTER ASAP:
    . The Skuylkill Center: Rehab center for all wildlife located in the Philadelphia Area.
    o http://www.schuylkillcenter.org/departments/wildlife/
    o 215-482-8217
    . The Aark: Accepts all wildlife in Chalfont, Buck County area
    o http://www.aark.org/aark/Home.html
    o 215-249-1938
    . TriState Bird Rescue: Only accepts bird, in Newark Delaware.
    o https://tristatebird.org/
    o 302-737-9543
    . Mercer County Wildlife Center: Accepts all wildlife in Lambertville NJ
    o http://nj.gov/counties/mercer/about/community/wildlife/
    o 609-303-0552
    . Please note it is illegal to transport wild mammals across state lines.


  • When is a cat considered a senior?

    As a cat gets older, their needs change too. It may require more frequent visits to the veterinarian, changes in diet, and sometimes daily medication too. Bloodwork is always a good idea as your cat ages too. Many changes can be found with in bloodwork that you may not notice day to day. With good home care and veterinary care your cat can lead a good long life. Here are some guideline for how to judge how old your cat is (provided by American Association of Feline Practitioners):

    There is no one specific age that classifies a cat as senior. Like people, some cats age faster than others. Generally speaking, however, older cats can be placed into one of three groups:

    Mature or middle-aged: 7-10 years (44-56 years for humans)

    Senior: 11-14 years (60-72 years for humans)

    Geriatric: 15+ years (76+ years for humans)

  • Rabies

    What is rabies? Rabies disease is a viral disease that is transmitted from the nervous system of an infected animal through saliva and other tissues. Rabies attacks the nervous system causing extreme neurologic signs. Symptoms consist of extreme aggression, anxiety, insomnia, hyper salivation, difficulty swallowing and hydrophobia. Rabies is fatal in all cases once symptoms appear.

    Should I vaccinate my animal against rabies?

    Absolutely, the Rabies Vaccine is currently required by law. Individuals that have animals that are not vaccinated maybe fined by the state if animal is found or has bitten someone without a rabies vaccine. Vaccinating your animal is also important for your own protection against rabies as it is a zoonotic disease that is transmissible to humans and other animals.

    What to do if you animal is bitten

    Get your animal to a vet as soon as possible and update the rabies vaccine. If animal is not vaccinated a rabies quarantine will be instilled.

    For more information visit www.rabiesalliance.com

  • Retractable Leashes

    All too often dogs come into the hospital on retractable leashes, also commonly known as Flexi-LeadsT. These seemingly convenient leashes can actually be very detrimental for your pet. They are not very sturdy and do not provide adequate control if your dog pulls. Additionally, they can break if enough force is put on them. We have also seen dogs strain towards other pets, with the owner unfortunately having little to no control over the direction their dog wanders. A safer alternative to flexible leashes are traditional leather or nylon leashes. These are much sturdier and provide better protection and control over your dog's movements. They can be purchased through most veterinary hospitals and pet stores, and come in a variety of sizes and colors. Please ask a member of our staff if you have any questions or need a suggestion!

  • The importance of microchipping your pet and properly registering the chip

    Far too often we see stray pets brought in to be scanned for a microchip and they don't have one. Or they have one that has never been registered. A properly registered microchip can help your lost pet find its way back home to you.

  • What to know/bring to your pet's appointment

    Obviously, the first thing would be to bring in your pet. . ANY vet records/ breeder history is important if this is your pet's first visit to Glenolden, as we don't want to over-vaccinate, but also so we can send you reminders would be great especially if this is a recurring problem, so we know what has been done in the past. Knowing the type of food you feed as well as how much is fed can be VERY beneficial to the staff. Bowls come in many sizes, as do scoops, and "handfuls", so knowing the actual amount in cups or can size you feed can help us keep your pet at a healthy weight. Know which flea, tick, and heartworm prevention you use, any medications, shampoos, or even supplements given (again, how much and how often). In addition, if your pet is having diarrhea, urination issues, or vomiting - a sample would be most useful.

  • Back to School

    With school approaching quickly, let's remember that it is stressful to everyone including our furry friends. With that in mind, make sure you try to make the new schedule easy on them too. Make feeding time consistent. Also make some extra time for walks and playtime. If you do not have much time for walks during the week, make extra time during the weekend for fun with your pets.

  • Why can a cat always land on its feet?

    Cats have a very flexible spine that allows them to twist in the air and right themselves as they fall. However, cats can injure themeselves quite severly if they fall from high places. Every year, vets treat [many] cats that fall from windows in upper floors of apartment buildings. This is so common that it has a name, "high rise syndrome," due to the consistent nature of the injuries.

  • Fear free visit for your dog.

    Our hospital is excited to be part of Dr. Marty Becker's fear free vet visit program. We now have pheromone bandanas and extra special treats to help your furry friend enjoy their visit more. The goal is to reduce the fear and anxieties associated with your pets visit and see more wagging tails in the waiting room. We are using the Adaptil product in the hospital for hospitalized/boarding pets and in our dog-designated exam rooms. AdaptilŪ is a synthetic copy of a calming pheromone that is clinically proven to help reduce stress in puppies and adult dogs.

  • House Call

    Do you have an uncooperative pet that you can't get to the vet? Or does your pet just get too nervous outside of its comfort zone? Have you considered asking for a house call. Here at GAH we have a veterinarian who will come to your house for your pet's exam.

  • Apoquel, a new drug for controlling allergies

    Apoquel is a new allergy medication on the market; it is a stronger medication that directly works on your pets itching. Unlike steroids and other immunotherapy for chronic allergies Apoquel has very few side effects. Common clinical signs of allergies/itching include:

    - Excessive licking/chewing/biting or scratching

    - Hair loss, changes with skin color or redness

    - Reoccurring ear infections and body odor

    More commonly itching can be caused by infections, parasites (fleas) or allergies (food or environmental). If your pet suffers from chronic allergies and itching they may benefit from this new medication, please call and schedule an appointment to discuss if this would be right for your pet.

  • Should I buy a Hermit Crab?

    Before you purchase a Hermit Crab this summer there are a few things that you need to consider. Many people deem Hermit Crabs as "throw away" or disposable pets. . But in reality, crabs are complex animals that need lots of friends and plenty of space. They thrive in large colonies, where they often sleep piled up together. They enjoy climbing, foraging, and exploring, and they even collaborate in teams to find food. Did you know that hermit crabs can live for more than 30 years in their natural habitats but unfortunately in captivity their life span can be greatly reduced. Crabs need space to molt (shed their skin) and grow. The small plastic box or wire cage with a gravel bottom that you purchased your crab with is not an adequate shelter for him. Hermie's need a substrate that is easy to clean, but one that they can dig and burrow in safely. A 10 gallon tank (or larger depending on your colony size) filled with some favorite crab "toys" for them to climb over and hide in makes for an inexpensive hermit crab home.

    For more information on hermit crab care visit:

    http://www.hermit-crabs.com/care.html

    http://www.plightofthehermies.org/adopt/

  • Spay/Neuter your new Pet

    Spaying or neutering your new pet is highly recommended. There are many benefits to consider not just less unwanted pregnancies or behavior troubles. With females an added benefit is the lower risk of mammary cancer and with the removal of the uterus you are eliminating the chance of pyometra (a potential life-threatening infection). As for males, they are less likely to develop testicular cancer, prostate problems, and also less likely to exhibit unwanted hormonal behaviors. After the surgery many animals will exhibit metabolic changes that can occur and cause weight gain so owners need to be vigilant about the feeding habits.

  • FELV/FIV

    Feline leukemia virus (FELV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) are the two most important infections that we see in cats. FIV is a slow virus that affects the immune system in a cat over several years. FIV is a feline only virus and cannot be spread to people and other species. Cats can often live normal lives with the virus. FELV is a virus that can cause anemia, lymphoma among other diseases. This virus can also affect the immune system of the cat making it difficult to fight of infections. FELV is commonly passed by saliva and is difficult to transmit and takes a large amount of contact to succumb to the disease. Vaccinating for FELV is a way to prevent the disease transmission and infection.

  • THOSE LAZY DAYS OF SUMMER!

    Now that the warmer months are upon us, with that comes many out door activities. Cookouts, Fireworks, Thunderstorms.

    It's important to watch your pets near those tasty table foods & drinks that have the potential of making them sick. You want to avoid giving barbecue treats, alcoholic beverages, chocolate, and absolutely no meat bones.

    Pets can become extremely anxious and fear loud noises. If storms are in our area (and they usually are on a daily basis). It's imperative to keep your pets indoors, in a quiet area of the home. Also, with July 4th coming up soon, that means fire works will be starting. Again, keep them indoors, when it is time to take them out side, leash them. Make sure all doors & gates are secure. The loud noise could startle them enough to run away.

    Make sure you pets wear properly updated identification or have a microchip.

    As always keep them up to date on all vaccinations, flea, tick, and

    heartworm prevention. **PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PET OR CHILDREN IN HOT CARS**

  • Staying cool and having fun with your dog!!

    Summer is here which means heat can be a hazard to your pet. Here are some tips to stay cool and still have fun with your dog:

    1. Play in the morning or evening, avoid playing with your dog in the mid day, that is when the heat is the strongest.
    2. Get a baby pool, this way your pet with stay cool and you can encourage them to jump in.
    3. Make sure water is available.
    4. Make frozen treats for your pet, this can include ice cubes or frozen low sodium broth.
    5. Play in the sprinkler, everyone loves to jump through a sprinkler and feel like a kid again.

    Be cautious when playing in the heat and know that they can overheat quickly. If they are panting and seem overheated call your veterinarian immediately and get them cooled off.

  • Stomatitis (Mouth Rot) in Reptiles

    What it is? - Stomatitis is damage to the mucous membranes which can be in the form of abscesses and/or excessive bleeding.

    What causes it? - Stomatitis is commonly seen in reptiles / amphibians that suffer from inadequate nutrition, poor sanitation, as well as hypothermia.

    What are clinical signs that your pet has Stomatitis? - Clinical signs of stomatitis include dysphasia (difficulty swallowing), decreased appetite to complete anorexia, gingivitis, ptyalism (excessive salivation), tongue paralysis, lethargy, ecchymosis (pinpoint bleeding), as well as loss of teeth.

    If you are worried that your pet is suffering from stomatitis, do not worry. At Glenolden animal hospital, we have two doctors that would love to see and help treat your loved one.

  • How do I pick a food for my pet?

    The pet food industry is a multi-billion dollar industry and everyone is trying to get a piece of the pie. We are bombarded with ads telling us what food is best for your pet. The first thing to remember is that there is no one pet food out there that is perfect for every animal. The second thing to remember is that quality ingredients cost money and good pet foods do not fall into the "bargain brand" category. The third thing to remember is that television commercials are to sell a product, not give you the facts on which are the right food for your pet. The proper place to ask what food is best for my pet is at the veterinarian who knows your pet. Unlike the pet store employees, who have zero training in nutrition, the staff at Glenolden Animal hospital has been trained to advise you on the best food for your pet. All of our doctors have training in pet nutrition and one of our doctors even has a masters degree in animal nutrition. Our staff is here to guide you through the plethora of information out there about pet foods. We will tell you what is fact and what is fiction. The most important thing is to choose the best food for your pet. Next to good veterinary care, nutrition is the most important factor in your pets' health.

  • Parvo- Infectious Bloody Diarrhea

    Having a puppy is fun and exciting, but also a lot of work. Among the training, walking, bathing and cleaning up after these adorable critters, it is also important to have them examined monthly by your veterinarian to be sure they are safe from parasites, bacteria, and viruses that can make them very sick. Parvovirus is one of the many severe diseases that puppy's can get if not properly vaccinated. This virus is very common and easily spread through feces of other dogs. Once infected the virus attacks quickly dividing cells in the body, including intestinal cells and white blood cells. Sick puppies will often have a poor or no appetite, vomiting, liquid bloody diarrhea and be lethargic. Because their white blood cells are also affected, they have a harder time fighting off infection, and without treatment the disease can be fatal. Since the disease is caused by a virus there is specific cure. Treatment involves hospitalization with supportive IV fluids and medications to help prevent bacterial infection and relieve nausea and upset stomach. The great news is a safe an effective vaccine has been available for years to prevent infection. The vaccine is first given to puppies at 6-8weeks of age, and should be re-boostered every 3-4 weeks until the pup is 17-18weeks old. Worried about Parvovirus in your pet? Wondering if your dog has been vaccinated? Call Glenolden today to talk to a staff member about this serious disease.

  • Importance of and ideas for increasing water consumption in cats

    Cats, like people, need to consume adequate amounts of water every day to stay healthy. Proper water consumption may help to prevent such common diseases as urinary tract infections, constipation, and urinary stones. Daily water consumption is a very important component to a cats overall health. The biggest problem is how we make sure that our cats are drinking enough water. There are many things that we can do to help with this problem. We can feed canned food which is about 78% water and we can even add more water to the canned food to increase the water content. You can even add water to the dry food to increase the water content. Because cats are creatures of habit, it may take some time to get them used to the new feeding protocol. Another solution to increasing water intake is to flavor the water. Some people have had success with using clam juice, low sodium chicken/beef broth, or water from a can of tuna to enhance water flavor. Another trick that seems to entice cats to drink water is to keep the water moving. Pet stores sell water dishes that pump the water around the bowl to keep it moving. Leaving the water dripping from the faucet in the sink is another way to attract a cat to drink. These are just a few ideas to encourage our cats to drink water. Taking the time to increase your cat's water consumption will pay big dividends in your cats overall health.

  • Diarrhea

    Diarrhea in pets often occurs because they've gobbled something rank, like garbage or rotten things outside. An intestinal virus or sudden change in their usual diet can also lead to watery woes. Diarrhea isn't much fun, its actually a wonderful defense mechanism. It helps speed had things out of the system.

    Most vets recommend not feeding your pet for 24 hours after the onset of diarrhea. If your pet still isn't better even after a day of no food, there could be something seriously wrong, and you should call your vet. Since diarrhea can rapidly deplete the body of essential fluids.

  • Worms and Your Pets

    There are different types of worms that can affect your pets (and you!). Many people think that if they don't see "worms in the stool" of their pet, they are fine. In reality, there are worms that can live in the lungs, in the heart as well as in the intestinal tract. Each worm is diagnosed by a different method because of where they live. Heartworms are tested by checking a blood sample (so obviously would not be seen in the stool). Heartworms are also fatal if not treated, costly to the owner due to the pet needing multiple injections and possibly hospitalization; rarely - the treatment can also be fatal to your pet if the worm "load" is too large. For these reasons, we STRONGLY recommend PREVENTION for both dogs AND cats, and because mosquitoes (the carriers of heartworm) don't care if your animal goes outdoors or not; they can fly into your home and infect your pet regardless. Roundworms, hookworms and whipworms can be found in the soil in the environment and can be transferred by ingestion from the pet AND/OR tracked in on our own shoes! Tapeworms are transmitted through infected fleas (another insect that can get indoors whether your pet goes out or not). These types of worms affect the intestinal tract and are diagnosed through a fecal sample which is sent to a lab for microscopic evaluation to check for worm eggs. If you ARE seeing worms in the stool, there is potentially an overload of them. This is why we annually deworm for intestinal parasites, and ask that you keep your dogs, cats and ferrets on heartworm, flea, and tick prevention YEAR-ROUND.

  • Bird Diets

    It is very important to feed your bird a high quality bird food to make sure it gets a nice balance to help prevent health and behavior issues. When considering a diet one must take into account the specific bred because the nutrition needs are not all the same. Please do some research or check in with an avian vet to find what is the best brands and diets to feed your beloved bird. Some foods that are not good to give to your birds are: High-fat junk food (potato chips, doughnuts, etc.), Avocado (guacamole), Chocolate, Alcohol or caffeine, Fruit pits, Persimmons, Table salt, Onions, Apple seeds, Mushrooms.

  • Walking with my Dog

    Spring is bloom and so is the time to get into shape with your pet. There are some things to keep in mind before exploring the neighborhood with your furry friend.
    1. Have the right size collar or harness. If too loose, dogs can easily slip out of the collar or harness.
    2. Be in control. Have control over your dog on a leash. If you do not have control your dog can easily pulled you down or towards another dog. If you do not have control, start with a short walk and work on commons like, sit, stay, and come.
    3. Be prepared. Dogs can easily be frighten or excited by other dogs, critters, people, or cars. Never put your guard down and be ready to deal with surprises on the walk.
    4. Never let a small child walk to dog. Children can easily let go and lose the leash.
    5. Carry your phone. It is a good idea to be able to call for help if needed.
    6. Be cautious in the heat. Dogs can become overheated quickly so if it is a hot day walk your dog early in the morning or in the evening.
    Now let's get out there and get in shape.

  • Why Does My Pets Breath Smell?

    It's so nice when Fido or Fluffy comes to snuggle and lick your face, until that stink hits your nose and makes you gag. Ever wonder why your pet's breath smells so bad? Ever checked the teeth of you cat or dog? Perhaps you should. By the age of 3 years nearly all pets will have some amount of dental tartar. The myth that dogs and cats have "special saliva" that helps heal and prevents bacteria is totally bogus. The truth is your pet should be brushing his/her teeth as often as you do! Daily brushing is the mechanical removal of food particles, bacteria, and bacterial waste products that cause bad odor. Just like with people, special toothpaste (because human toothpaste can make them vomit) and other oral cleansing products are available to help prevent tartar build up and infection. Routine deep dental cleaning is also as important and helpful in pets as it is in people, however must be done under anesthesia as they won't sit there with their mouth open. I dare you to take the time to lift the lip of your furry friend, really investigate the back cheek teeth. Anything yellow, green, brown or red is abnormal. If you are worried your pet has dental disease or bad breath, make an appointment for a vet exam today and we can discuss cleaning and other useful dental products. Also check out these useful products below
    Now Available in Our Store:

    OraVet Chews: http://www.oravet.com/Pages/default.aspx
    Virbac CET toothbrushes: http://www.virbacvet.com/products/category/dental-health
    Clean and Fresh Oral Mist: https://henryscheinvet.com/Account/productdetail?id=56099
    MaxiGuard Cleaning Gel: http://addisonlabs.com/products/maxiguard-oral-cleansing-gel.php
    EnzaDent Toothpaste: http://vetoquinolusa.com/content/enzadent-toothpaste

  • Veterinary Behaviorists

    Veterinary Behaviorists are specialists who have finished veterinary school and completed 4 additional years of education specifically in behavior. They are more qualified to treat behavior conditions in animals as well as prescribe medication. Behaviorists also do some training and behavioral modification, and they typically spend several hours helping the client form a complete behavior plan that may or may not include medication. Please note that seeing a behaviorist is different than seeing a trainer, who is unable to diagnose or treat behavioral conditions.

  • Trazodone

    Trazodone is anon-sedating anti-anxiety medication used for short-term issues like car rides, thunderstorm phobia, noise sensitivity and mild separation anxiety. This medication takes about 90 minutes to work and lasts 8-12 hours. Trazodone can be used alone or in conjunction with other behavior medications, and should only be used with a properly planned behavior modification protocol. If your pet has situational anxiety please ask if Trazodone may help him/her.

  • Scent glands of a cat

    Cats have scent glands on their lips and chin, the top of the head, along the top of the tail, in between their toes and around their anal region. They use these glands as a sense of social communication. They use it to marker their territory to ward off cats outside of their social group and can also use it this for finding a mate. Cats will rub around their owners with these areas and leave their unique scent. Cats will mark branches, trees and other objects the same way. When they scratch trees, furniture and other objects they are also leaving their scent behind to mark their territory.

  • Lepto and vaccines

    Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection commonly transmitted by drinking water that is contaminated with urine. Rodents like mice, squirrels and rats are common vectors for this disease. Even indoor pets can become infected since many of these small rodents come indoors in attics, basements etc. We recommend all dogs receive a lepto vaccine series and yearly booster. if infected lepto can cause kidney and liver failure as well as death. It is highly contagious to other pets as well as people in the home. If you have any questions about Lepto please contact our office.

  • WHY DOES MY CAT NEED TO BE VACCINATED IF IT DOESN'T GO OUTSIDE?

    It is extremely important to keep your pets up to date on vaccines even if they do not go outside. Vaccines provide immunity against some very serious diseases such as: Rabies, Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia and Feline Leukemia. These diseases are very serious and some can be fatal. Even if your pet does not go outside it is still important to keep your cats up to date because Rabies is a zoonotic disease and a raccoon, squirrel, or bat can gain access to your house and transmit Rabies to you and your pet. If your cat should by chance escape outside vaccines are essential as there are many stray cats outside that are infected with some of these disease and can then infect your cat if it has contact with a stray. Another reason is if you bring in a new cat into your house if your can is vaccinated your cat has immunity against theses diseases.

  • IMHA

    Immune mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) is a disease that is caused by the body's own immune system attacking the red blood cells and causing anemia. Many of these pets need a blood transfusion as well as extensive treatment with immune system suppressants to fully recover. This disease can be caused by certain parasites or infections, or can occur without an obvious cause. IMHA can reoccur at other times in the pets life, and these pets require special monitoring and care long term.

  • Allergies and Ear infections

    Spring is almost here and many people and pets are starting to deal with seasonal allergies. Often ear infections are linked to uncontrolled seasonal allergies. If your pet usually requires medications for their allergies, you may want to contact your vet for refills now to get a jump on possible allergy complications such as ear infections.

  • Is your Bunny/ Guinea Pig getting enough hay?

    Many clients do not realize the benefits of a good, quality hay for their pocket pets. Knowing what type of hay they are eating is important. Alfalfa hay is the best for bunnies and Guinea Pigs under 6 months ("A" at the beginning of the alphabet/growth) Timothy hay should be given after that stage ("T" for the rest of life); same goes for the pellet type. Unlimited hay should be offered, as both critters need to continuously chew, to keep their ever-growing teeth filed down as well as their gastrointestinal tract moving. Beware of hay that is not packaged, as loose hay can attract unwanted pests.

    Next question: - is your pet getting too many pellets?
    It is recommended that they only get 1/8 up to 1 quarter cup of pellets daily

    Last but not least - FRESH veggies - the darker, leafy greens (the harder for us to digest) are the best for your little herbivores. Those carrot tops that we tend to toss out are a great treat, and you can even leave a little of the carrot.

    Glenolden sees many exotic species, with 2 doctors who can help with questions and exams to keep your furry buddies healthy

  • Crate Training Your Dog

    Dogs are naturally den animals wanting a safe and secure area to rest. A crate can satisfy that need while also giving your dog a place to call his own. Crates can also help to simplify the house training process and help keep curious puppies out of trouble. Crates are also beneficial for travel, keeping your dog secured incase of an accident. Crates should never be used as a punishment and dogs should have plenty of opportunity for exercise and time out of their crate.

    For more information and training tips click on the links

    http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/guide/why-crate-train-dog

    http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/crate_training.html

    https://www.petfinder.com/dogs/dog-training/benefits-dog-crate-training/

  • Are bones safe to feed dogs?

    Giving your dog a bone could possibly lead to an unexpected trip to your veterinarian, emergency surgery, or even death. To avoid any potential harm to your pets it is important to know what bones are safe to give your pet and which ones are not. Any bone that breaks into sharp shards is dangerous for your dog. The cooking process makes bones more brittle, increasing the likelihood of them splintering and causing internal injury to your dog. Never feed cooked bones as they can easily splinter which could cause damage to their gums, teeth and throat. If your dog swallows the shards from these cooked bones, he also runs the risk of internal injury. Pet owners and veterinarians have reported the following illnesses in dogs that have eaten bone treats:
    1. Gastrointestinal obstruction (blockage in the digestive tract).
    2. Choking.
    3. Broken teeth.
    4. Cuts and wounds in the mouth or on the tonsils.
    5. Vomiting.
    6. Diarrhea.
    7. Bleeding from the rectum.
    8. Death.

    Many experienced and knowledgeable veterinarians feel that feeding bones to dogs is not a viable option (yes, even raw bones). Of course, there are some veterinarians who encourage the feeding of raw, whole bones, but to keep your pet safe you should always speak with your veterinarian first and know the risks of feeding your dog cooked or raw bones.

  • Can they hear you?

    Have you noticed that your dog doesn't raise an ear when the doorbell rings or when you call his/her name? Your cat seems oblivious to most noises, even the noise of the electric can opener. Some dogs and cats are born deaf. Others lose their hearing with age or because of injuries or chronic ear infections. With a little extra care, many pets that are partially or even totally deaf will do just fine. Cats and dogs are remarkably adaptive. They have powerful senses of smell. Ear infections are fairly common and simple to treat. If they're ignored, however, the middle ear and eardrum may be damaged. This could lead to deafness. Keeping your pet's ears clean and healthy is about the only way an owner can actually help prevent deafness. If you think your pet has an ear infection, make an appointment to see the vet.

  • Home Cooked Diets

    We all want to feed what is best for our pet, and sometimes you worry those pre-packaged foods just cant be trusted. In truth many reputable dog food companies, including Hills and Royal Canin, spend considerable amounts of time and money to research and assure the quality, safety and completeness of their diets are the highest possible. Even still some people want to know exactly what is being fed to their dog or cat and decide to cook for their pet. Although home cooked diets sound appealing, there are some important facts you need to know before setting an extra place at the table for your fuzzy friend.

    1. The essential word here is COOKED! Raw meats should NEVER be considered safe options for your pets or you. If you don't trust yourself to eat it, don't give it to your pet to eat. Salmonella, Listeria and other severe food borne illnesses are as likely to occur in your pet. Also think about Fido eating that raw chicken, licking his feet, then wandering all over your house spreading germs everywhere he goes. All meats should be well cooked before offering as food.

    2. Cats are NOT small dogs. Cats are STRICT carnivores and need much higher levels of animal protein in their diet. Likewise many simple meats do not contain all the essential ammino acids (protein building blocks) that cats need. A cat should NEVER be fed a vegetarian diet, despite how strongly the owner feels about eating meat.

    3. Rarely are home cooked diets complete of all the vitamins and nutrients needed for our pets. It is always recommended a multivitamin given daily to assure your pet is getting enough, calcium and micronutrients to keep their body functioning well. There are many online resources available to help create the most complete recipe for your pet, as well as veterinary nutritionist specialized in diets and food health for pet.
    Check out: https://secure.balanceit.com/ or http://www.vet.upenn.edu/veterinary-hospitals/ryan-veterinary-hospital/services/nutrition

    4. Portion control is still as important to keep our friend from the perils of obesity. Weekly weight checks can be useful to know if the amount of food provided is causing weight gain or weight loss. Please feel free to bring your pet in at any time to Glenolden Animal Hospital for a weight check and body condition score by our technicians.

    5. There are many human food items that can be toxic to pets. Avoid onions and garlic as these can cause blood toxicities. Chocolate and cocoa in dogs acts like caffeine and can cause heart arrhythmias. Grapes and Raisins have cause severe kidney disease in dogs. Please refer to the ASPCA website for a more complete list of common house hold toxicities.

    https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/people-foods-avoid-feeding-your-pets

  • Heartworms in Cats

    Most people don't know but our feline friends can get heartworm disease also. The disease is different in a cat than in a dog. Many factors are different between dogs and cats. For instance a moderate infection in a dog would be 25-50 adult heartworms whereas in a cat it is normally less than six adult worms. Heartworms also live longer in a dog, 5 years and in cats its only 2-3 years. Just like your dog you can give monthly preventative to your cat. If you would like to learn more you can go to: http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=593

  • Cat Friendly Practice

    Glenolden Animal Hospital is proud to announce that we have been designated a Cat Friendly Practice by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). This status indicates that we have followed the guidelines of the AAFP to improve the quality of the visits for all our feline friends. Our goal is to ensure that our cats have a less stressful and happier visit at the veterinarian's office. In addition to the many steps we have taken to improve those trips, we lay out guidelines for you as pet owners to help achieve those goals. Please visit our web page at gah1.net and click on the cat friendly practice logo at the top of the page to see what you can do to reduce your cat's anxiety during any stressful event. For all of you dog owners please do not think that we have forgotten about our canine friends. We have also applied many new techniques to improve the quality of our dog visits. Don't forget to ask at your next visit about how we are striving to improve the quality of all veterinary visits.

  • Traveling With Your Dog

    With the increased popularity of dog friendly hotels the need to take a trip without your canine companion is a thing of the past. Traveling with your dog can make any vacation destination special, but before embarking on your trip there a few things for you to consider to ensure a safe and fun trip.
    Carriers for small and medium dogs safely secured in the back seat. Larger dogs should be kept out of the front seat in case of air bag deployment.
    A recent health check, especially for senior or pets with medical conditions, up dating all necessary vaccines, flea, heartworm, and parasite treatment. Ask your veterinary for a copy of records to bring with you. If possible have the locale veterinarian/ ER service number in advance.
    If not already microchipped you may want to consider having your pet chipped for a fool proof way of identification. Make sure all of your information is current with your microchip company. A detailed travel tag, attached to your pets collar, with your contact information.
    Ensure that you have sufficient food and water for the entire trip. If necessary have your pet's medications filled prior to travel.
    Bowls, toys, bedding and treats are a necessity. An incidental kit is always good to have (i.e. extra leash/collar, spare blankets and treats)
    An emergency travel kit is a good idea to have on hand. A human first aid kit can be easily customized to pets emergency needs.

    For more information and tips visit.
    http://www.akc.org/dog-owners/responsible-dog-ownership/travel-tips/

  • Is My Pet in Pain?

    There are a few ways to tell that your pet is in pain. A common misconception is if they are not vocalizing then they are not in pain. Most often pets will not cry out in pain, instead they can show other changes like more reluctance to go up or down stairs, trouble getting up, not jumping, not eating, or just not themselves. If your pet is limping then they are experiencing some kind of pain. There are many options for pain management. If you think your pet may be in pain, have your veterinarian assess your pet to go over the best treatment options.

  • Constipated cats and treatment

    Constipation is rare in dogs, however is common especially in older cats. Dehydration is a common predisposing cause for constipation, and any constipated cat should have a workup to ensure underlying issues are detected and treated. If no underlying issues are present a dietary change may help prevent recurrence. If untreated recurrent constipation may lead to megacolon, a condition that often needs to be addressed surgically.

  • New Food for Seasonal Allergies

    Seasonal allergies are a very common problem in dogs. As owners you see seasonal itching and scratching, ear infections, and a stinky dog. As veterinarians we treat this problem with antihistamines, fish oil (omega 3 fatty acids), antibiotics, shampoos and ear meds. As you all know getting the meds into these dogs is not always easy and it is very easy to miss a treatment or two with our busy schedules.

    Today we have a food that may help to alleviate the signs and symptoms of seasonal allergy. The food is Hill's Derm Defense. This product contains omega 3 and 6 fatty acids for healthy skin, and anti-inflammatory levels of omega 3 fatty acids. It also boosts a proprietary ingredient that blocks histamine release and may decrease the need for antihistamines. The company recommends getting your dog started on the food before the allergy season begins. This promotes the best opportunity for the food to help in these tough allergy seasons. Please stop in today and see if Derm Defense is right for your dog. All you have to loose is those daily treatments of antihistamines, and fish oil capsules.

  • Solutions for reducing stress and anxiety in our dogs and cats

    As we all know, stress can have a very negative effect on our health. This also holds true for our pets. Events such as new adoptions, thunderstorms, car rides, trips to the veterinarian and groomer can all lead to unneeded stress in our pets. Along with pheromones, we also have natural supplements that can help to calm our pets in stressful situations. Solliquin is a new product that is designed to get our pets over the hump when stress and anxiety creep into their life. This product combines plant extracts, including those found in tea, with milk proteins to balance behavior and induce relaxation. Stop in today and see if Solliquin may be right for your pet.

  • When Should I Use Flea Prevention?

    We always recommend year-round flea/tick prevention. Even in the winter if we have a warm day fleas can hatch and cause trouble. If an infestation occurs it can take up to 90 days to clear up due to the life cycle of the flea. You may be finding adult fleas but the majority of the problem is the eggs that will hatch. We recommend treating not just the pet but the enter environment. Vacuum frequently and remove the bag outdoors. Treat bedding and furniture as well. Some manufacturers may provide assistance with extermination if all pets in the home have consistently been treated with flea/tick prevention and product was purchased at a veterinary office.


  • Pheromones in Cats and Dogs

    Dogs and cats are just 2 of many species of animals that communicate through chemical signals. These chemicals are produced by the animal and are called pheromones. These chemical signals are very species specific and are designed to evoke a social response in the recipient of that species. Pheromones can be used to signal danger, mark territory, find a mate, or alter behavior.

    In veterinary medicine we are now using synthetic dog and cat pheromones to calm and relax our pets under stressful conditions. These stressful situations may be caused by environmental changes such as noise, new pets, or moving to a new home. Veterinarians are using pheromones to reduce the stress of a visit to the vet. We all know how we, ourselves, hate to see the doctor or the dentist.

    Pheromones may be a great way to reduce the stress in our pets' lives. As we know, stress can lead to disease. Please feel free to ask your vet if pheromone therapy may be right for your dog or cat.

  • Glaucoma

    Glaucoma is increased intraocular pressure and is VERY painful in dogs and cats. Symptoms can include visible eye swelling, corneal clouding, redness, pawing at the eye, squinting or painful eyes. Glaucoma can occur in one eye or both, and can be a result of an injury or occur without any prior issues. If caught early treatment is possible, however if untreated glaucoma can lead to permanent blindness.

  • When it's time

    The loss of a beloved pet is never easy. Especially when you have to decide when it's time. There are so many options to consider too. There is no one right answer. It's all up to individual choices, beliefs, ect. When faced with that decision making time it is often helping to consult your veterinarian. They can help guide you in what is right for you and your pet.

  • Keeping your pets safe during the winter months

    Winter is fast approaching, and the cold weather won't be far behind. It is important to protect your pets from the harsh conditions that winter brings. Remember to keep pets indoors when it is cold outside. A general rule is that if it is too cold for you, it is too cold for your pet to be out. Also remember to protect their paws. Rock salt and ice melt can irritate your pet's paws. Make sure to wipe their paws and stomach with a warm, damp cloth when they come inside to remove any residue. Additionally, be sure to keep your pets away from antifreeze. It may have a sweetness that is attractive to your pet, but it can be toxic. Wipe up any spills that you notice, and keep antifreeze and all chemicals out of reach of your pets. Also, do not leave your pet in the car for any length of time. It can get too cold in the car even if your pet is out of the direct winter elements. In general, practice good common sense to keep your pets safe this winter season!

  • Hairballs

    If you own a cat, chances are that you have experienced a hairball once or twice. Hairballs occur when cats groom themselves. They swallow hair as they groom, which normally passes through the digestive tract and is excreted in the feces. Occasionally, the hair is vomited, resulting in a hairball. Signs of a hairball may include your cat retching, gagging, or hacking. If you notice any of the following symptoms, it is important to contact your veterinarian to have the cat examined: Continuous vomiting without a hairball, lethargy, diarrhea, constipation, or lack of appetite. These could be indicative of a blockage.

    One of the best ways to combat hairballs is by grooming your cat. Regular brushing helps to keep excess loose fur off of the cat, preventing your cat from swallowing it. Longer haired cats may require daily grooming, which also helps their skin and coat. It is also a great way to bond with your pet! Just a few minutes a day may help ensure a more comfortable environment for both of you.

  • Easy Cat Shelter

    Are you caring for an outdoor cat? Are you concerned about the cold weather but can't bring it indoors.
    Here's a link from the Furry Bambino's for an easy to build outdoor cat shelter.

    http://thefurrybambinos.com/daddy/how-to-build-a-simple-outdoor-cat-shelter

  • Is Your Older Dog or Cat Having Vision Problems

    Your pet has always been sure where they needed to place their feet, but lately (even since you rearranged the house) she or he has been bumping into things and looking lost. Also, they have had some trouble finding you.

    For some reasons your pet's sharp vision has faded. Some dogs and cats suffer from progressive retinal atrophy, which makes it hard for them to see in dim light. Others can get cataracts, glaucoma or other eye diseases that cause their sight to dim.

    It's tough for humans to lose their sight, but animals are more adaptable Because of their fine-turned senses, visually impaired cats and dogs still have the ability to get around. Any pet with vision problems needs to be seen by your vet. If your dog has problems finding you when you call, reluctant to go up and down stairs, he/she may have vision problems.

    Vision troubled cats may not jump up on furniture as much, or they might stop sleeping on your bed with you as they've been doing for years. Blindness could be the reason.

  • Are you ready for the commitment of a bird?

    Birds can be very entertaining pets, but there are many things to consider before taking one into your home. In many cases, the larger the bird, the longer it's life span can be, if cared for properly. A cockatiel may live to 15 years, whereas African Grey Parrots can live up to 80 years. In too many cases, an owner may decide to purchase a bird later in life, but not consider that the bird may live longer than themselves. Re-homing a bird is not as easy as it is for a dog or cat (which is difficult enough) and MANY wind up in rescues - sometimes for 15 to 20 years or longer!

    Though birds don't need vaccines like dogs, cats, and ferrets, it is still important to take them to a vet yearly; as they don't show signs of sickness until sometimes it is too late. Since the bird's keel (breastbone) covers most of it's organs, inhibiting the veterinarian to be able to feel abnormalities; bloodwork is highly recommended (and it is how to determine the sex - for most types of birds).

  • Chewing:

    Dogs are born chewers, and when the urge to be oral strikes, almost any object will do. Even cats, which tend to use than nails to carve paths of destruction, will sometimes set their teeth around such delectable items as carpets and computers cords.

    Chewing is a popular pastime among all kinds of animals. It knows few bounds, but while unauthorized munching may be a source of great amusement for your dog and cat, it can wreak havoc around the house. When you catch your pet chewing something he shouldn't say, "No!" and then replace the object with an appropriate chew toy and praise him when he takes interest in it. They learn pretty fast this way.

  • Holiday Pet Concerns

    Presents and gifts-Everyone loves opening presents with their friends and family. Please be mindful over where the wrapping paper and ribbons go. Pets are often intrigued by these and chew on them. Throw them away quickly after gifts are opened. Holiday Food Favorites-Keep pets away from: Chocolate, candy, sweets, fatty foods (such as gravy), spicy foods, cooked bones, and alcoholic beverages. If you want to mix in a little something special for your pet's holiday meal please check with your veterinarian for recommendations. Some safe foods for pets that are not on a specific diet are: green beans, carrots, peanut butter and pumpkin. Snow Globes-If you drop and break a snow globe, please clean it up immediately and keep pet away from it until there area is thoroughly cleaned. Snow globes can contain ethylene glycol (antifreeze) which is extremely harmful if ingested. Christmas Tree-Besides the risk of the tree toppling over on a curious pet, we must also not allow pets to drink the tree water, pine needles can upset your pet's stomach if eaten, tinsel can cause serious intestinal obstructions, and hang all delicate and fragile ornaments high to avoid them from being knocked down by happy tails or playful paws.

  • ARTHRITIS RELIEF IN DOGS & CATS

    Have you noticed your dog or cat having difficulty walking, jumping, or being their playful self. It could be pain and discomfort from arthritis.

    With the colder weather right around the corner, it is a great time to consider placing older pets on an arthritis supplement such as Dasuquin from Nutramax. The product is available for both dogs & cats.

    In our hospital shop, we carry two forms of Dasuquin for dogs, a chewable tablet or a tasty soft chew. For cats, we have a capsule form that can be opened easily and sprinkled on their food.

  • KEEPING YOUR PET STRESS-FREE DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON

    The decorations are going up, the gifts are wrapped and piling up, family and friends will be visiting.

    The holidays have arrived and it can be particularly stressful time; not only for us but our pets as well.

    It's important to try to keep your pets as calm and relaxed as possible. Stress can increase the risks of many types of medical issues, such as skin disorders, digestive problems, and change in appetite/weight. The better you can control their normal routine and keep their environment as familiar as possible the more secure they will feel.

    Common signs of anxiety in dogs:

    Trembling/panting
    Destruction
    Excessive barking
    Hiding/Escaping
    Increased salivation
    Inappropriate elimination

    Common signs of anxiety in cats:
    Excessive grooming
    Hiding
    Increased respiration
    Inner-cat aggression
    Spraying
    Eliminating outside the litter box

    To help those pets who exhibit anxiety symptoms, we now offer a natural behavior health supplement called Solliquin for dogs & cats. It helps support normal behavior & facilitates a calming effect.

  • Why should I train my dog?

    The idea of training your dog used to be solely about basic commands. Teaching them to sit and stay or not use your house as their personal powder room. Or if you really wanted to step up your game play dead and high five. But through the years training methods have evolved and changed to have a deeper purpose than just basic commands. They can help to build a positive relationship with your dog, teaching them life skills to successfully live in your home environment. Training will also increase sociability and avoid problem behaviors. Consistent and positive training will help to build loyalty and companionship with you and your dog. Your four legged friend looks to you for leadership and guidance in what can be a strange and scary world. With proper training in place you can avoid unnecessary stress for you and your dog and ensure a long and happy life time together.

    http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-behavior/training-your-dog

    http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/dog_training_positive_reinforcement.html

    http://dogs.about.com/od/dogtraining/a/positive_reinforcement.htm

  • SENIOR PREVENTATIVE CARE

    As our pets age their needs begin to change from health issues, diet, and exercise. They are good at hiding problems. It is our responsibility, as pet owners to be aware of these changes to ensure their health and well being.

    You may notice them developing mobility issues (arthritis), behavior changes, (cognitive dysfunction), house soiling accidents, vision & hearing problems, dental disease, or liver/kidney issues.

    Just as with people, regular checkups are very important and should be done every 6 months. The purpose of these exams is to:
    1) Promote your pets health & longevity
    2) Recognize & help control potential health risks
    3) Detect any illnesses in the early stages, which may help improve treatment options

    By keeping a watchful eye on your senior pet, their "golden years" can be filled with the care and comfort they deserve.

  • NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL PET DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH

    We are very much aware that diabetes affects people, but did you know that our pets can be at risk as well?

    It is becoming a common disease more each day. If it is untreated diabetes can be fatal in dogs & cats.

    The clincal signs of diabetes are: increased thirst, increased urination, weight loss, increased hunger, lethargy, weakness, blindness, and poor skin/coat condition.

    If your pet is diagnosed with diabetes, while there is no cure, it can be managed through regular wellness exams by a veterinarian, specially formulated diets and insulin administration.

    By becoming well educated about diabetes, you can help your pet live a happy, active lifestyle.

  • Foods for IBD

    Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) is a common condition causing inappetence, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. It is often related to a food sensitivity or allergy. There are several dietary changes that can be made to help treat IBD without medication. Novel protein diets (a protein and grain source that the pet has not eaten in the past) are commonly used. Hydrolyzed protein diets (the protein/grain sources are broken down so that the body cannot be allergic to them) are more expensive but often more effective. Bland diets are also often used successfully since they are easier to digest. If you suspect your pet could have IBD one of these diets may improve your pets quality of life without medication.

  • Veterinary Behaviorists

    Veterinary Behaviorists are specialists who have finished veterinary school and completed 4 additional years of education specifically in behavior. They are more qualified to treat behavior conditions in animals as well as prescribe medication. Behaviorists also do some training and behavioral modification, and they typically spend several hours helping the client form a complete behavior plan that may or may not include medication. Please note that seeing a behaviorist is different than seeing a trainer, who is unable to diagnose or treat behavioral conditions.

  • Hypoglycemia

    Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) is common in young puppies and diabetic animals, it can also occur with an insulin secreting tumor. Symptoms of hypoglycemia include weakness, lethargy, shaking/tremors, seizures and collapse. Animals can absorb pure sugar like honey or syrup through their gums, so this is a good at home treatment for low blood sugar before bringing the animal to the emergency room. Young puppies should be fed frequently and diabetics should be carefully monitored by your veterinarian to ensure their insulin dose is correct.



  • Common foods that are toxic to your dog. Who Knew?

    Who isn't tempted to share their meal with their pet? Grapes are good for me, why not Fluffy too. Just a small taste of guacamole never hurt anybody. Avocados are "good" fat, right? Ooops mommy I dropped my box of raisons! Don't worry the dog will eat them. Common thoughts that dogs owners have about a lot of foods. Most owners are aware that chocolate can be harmful to their pet. But did you know that grapes, avocados, and raisons, just to name a few, are also toxic to your dog. While it is okay to share some "human" foods (in moderation) with your canine companion it is always best to check with your veterinarian prior to giving them that "good for you" treat.

    For a more complete list visit: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/people-foods-avoid-feeding-your-pets

  • Halloween Pet Safety

    Halloween is right around the corner so here are a few tips to help make your pets Halloween as safe and stress free as possible.

    Take care with where placing lit pumpkins: A single candle is all it takes to cause a burn or start a fire if your pet accidentally tips over a lit pumpkin, so position pumpkins where your pet can't reach them, or use LED candles instead.

    Protect your cats against pranksters: Sad but true, cats - especially black ones - frequently fall victim to Halloween pranks, so keep yours indoors for the days leading up to and following Halloween.

    Tag your pet: Make sure your pet is wearing identity tags - even inside the house. When you're dishing out candy, your door will be opening and closing frequently, creating more bolting opportunities than usual.

    Keep candy away from pets: Even small amounts of chocolate can be dangerous to dogs and cats, if not lethal, as can candies containing artificial sweeteners, so be sure to keep the Halloween stash tucked away.

    Only dress-up willing participants: While forcing your dog into a Snow White outfit may entertain your kids, if it's causing your dog distress, don't do it. Got a willing participant? Check the costume for small buttons, loose strings and other potential hazards.

    Have a Happy Halloween!!

  • Halloween Safety Tips for your Pet

    - Chocolate is toxic to pets so please be mindful of where you get Halloween candy. Avoid giving your pets rich fatty foods and alcohol. Keep counter tops clean and lid firmly fastened on trash cans to avoid pets from eating any wrappers out of the trash can.

    - Bring outdoor cats inside for the days surrounding Halloween. Black cats in particular can be the victims of cruelty-related pranks.

    - You may love to see your pet in costume but have you thought about how your pet feels. If your pet appears stressed out from the costume, remove it for their comfort and safety.

    - If your pet is unaffected by wearing a costume, make sure the costume is comfortable and doesn't obstruct vision, hearing or restrict or restrict movement. Tying something around your pet's neck could be a choking or strangling hazard. Avoid costumes with small parts or pieces that your pet can chew off and ingest.

    - Add reflective tape to the costume if they will be out after dark.

    - Do not bring your dog along for trick-or-treating. The best-trained dogs can become spooked or aggressive in the hustle and bustle of trick-or-treaters. Children you encounter may also be fearful of dogs.

    - For the safety of your trick-or theaters and your pet, keep pets inside. Keeping them in a separate room is also a good idea. Too many strangers can be overwhelming especially if those strangers are in odd costumes. This can sometimes cause the pet to be unusually protective or aggressive.

    - Be alert when opening the door for trick or treaters. Make sure your pet doesn't dart out the door.

    - Be careful with hazardous decorations such as candle lit jack-o-lanterns and candles which can burn your pet. Streamers and ribbons on collars, costumes, around neck of in home can be dangerous because these are easily ingested and can cause intestinal obstruction.

  • RABIES AWARENESS MONTH

    Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system of all mammals, and it is highly contagious. It can be transmitted to humans and if not treated immediately, can be potentially fatal.

    It is extremely important that all dogs, cats, and ferrets (BY LAW) be kept up to date on their rabies vaccination whether they live indoors or outdoors.

    Puppies and kittens usually receive a 1 year rabies vaccination at 12 weeks of age. When the booster becomes due the following year it is then given as a 1 year vaccine (most cases in cats) or up to a 3 year vaccine (in dogs).

  • Using medicated shampoos to fight seasonal allergies in pets

    Seasonal allergies are very common in dogs and to a lesser extent cats. These allergies occur when our pets are repeatedly exposed to the pollen from the many plants in our world. These pollens get into the pets system by being absorbed through the skin. These pollens are airborne and as they settle on the pets' fur they can be absorbed through the skin. Once in their system, they trigger the allergic response. This causes itching, sneezing, eye discharge, nose discharge, and oily smelly skin. Specialists believe that, pets that have seasonal allergies are missing a phospholipids membrane in their skin that blocks the absorbsion of these environmental pollens. To help in the fight against allergies, we recommend shampooing your pet to wash off the pollens that are on their skin. We also recommend using a shampoo that helps to restore the membrane on the skin that blocks pollen absorbs ion. Stop by today and ask one of our doctors about shampoos to help in the fight against seasonal allergies.

  • Omega 3 fatty acids to fight inflammation

    In addition to loosing weight, we can help to fight inflammation in our pets by supplementing them with Omega 3 fatty acids. The most common source of these inflammation fighters is found in fish oil. Because omega 3 fatty acids help to block inflammation we can use these to fight common diseases such as arthritis and itching due to allergies. Stop by our hospital today and see if your pet can benefit from supplementing with Omega 3 fatty acids. Our doctors will assist you in choosing the best source of omega 3 fatty acids for your pet. We will also help you to determine to proper dose to start fighting inflammation in your pet today.

  • Inflammation and Obesity

    Most, if not all, disease in our pets is caused by inflammation. If we could eliminate this inflammation we could prevent a lot of disease processes. One of the sources of inflammation is hormones produced in their adipose (fat) tissue. Thus, the more fat an animal has the higher the risk of disease. Many diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, and cardiovascular disease have been linked our pets being overweight. The good news is that it is very easy and economical to get our pets to loose weight. Stop in today and ask one of our doctors about starting a weight loss plan for your pet today. Every pound they loose helps them to become healthier and happier.

  • Obesity in Pets

    Obesity is one of the most common, preventable diseases among pets. As pet owners we can sometimes fail to prevent this disease and more often than not can be the cause. It's hard not to want to "spoil" your pet and give them special treats in addition to their regular pet food. But did you know that treats should make up no more than 10% of your pets total diet. If your pet is eating a well balanced commercial pet food they are receiving their complete nutritional needs. If you feed treats and human food along with their regular diet they are now receiving a far greater amount of calories than their daily requirement. Food intake should always be adjusted accordingly for the type and amount of treats your pet receives.

    According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 54% of dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese While higher caloric intake is a leading cause of obesity, lack of physical activity plays a significant role in the prevalence of overweight pets. Owner's increasingly busy lifestyles make it more difficult for them to find time for their own exercise routine, let alone their pets.

    There is not any social stigma associated with pets an obesity, but a fat pet is not "cute". There are many serious health risks associated with obesity and pets. Just like with people, being overweight can cause unnecessary added stress to their joints, bones, and muscles. It also requires the heart, muscles and respiratory systems to work harder to perform their basics function leading to a decrease in activity and longevity.

    Although the cause of most obesity is attributed to overfeeding and lack of physical activity, there are several health problems that can cause your pet to become overweight. Always consult with your veterinarian before starting any type of weight loss program and to rule out any underlying conditions your pet may have.

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  • Help, my cat is losing weight!

    Weight loss in cats can be an indication of an underlying condition, especially if you have no changed your kitty's diet recently. It is best to make an appointment at your local veterinarian so they can do a head to toe exam and figure out what may be causing the weight loss. Many diseases and illnesses in kitties can be managed with medication and diet, and your cat can live a long life, if caught early. Your veterinarian will want to run some bloodwork to see how your kitty's body s functioning and check an urine sample too. Once the doctor gets to results they will discuss the treatment and prognosis with you. Here are some things that may be casuing your cat's weight loss:

    Acute (sudden) or chronic (slow and progressive) kidney failure is a disease of the kidneys resulting in decreased function, which causes toxins to build up in the cat's body. Treatment involves fluid under the skin or intravenously depending on the bloodwork that can be done by your local veterinarian. Also it may require oral medication and a special diet which is low in protein, low in salt, and low is phosphorus.

    Addison's disease is an endocrine disorder, also known as hypoadrenocorism disease, caused by the adrenal glands not producing enough hormones. This can cause abdominal discomfort, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss. Diagnosis is made by bloodwork. Treatment may involve intravenous fluids and injections of corticosteroids. Once your kitty is stabilized it will needs life long medication and bloodwork to make sure they stay stable. Prognosis is good as long as you keep up with the treatments.

    Anemia is cause by blood loss, destruction of RBC, or reduced production of red blood cells. This may be due to trauma,surgery, blood clotting disorders, ulcers, or intestinal parasites. Diagnosis is made by bloodwork and treatment may require hospitalization, fluid therapy, blood transfusion, and medication. Prognosis can be good based on why the anemia developed.

    Cancer can cause weightloss. Treatment and prognosis varies dependent on type.

    Intestinal parasite that kitties can get from their mother, other cats, and eating grass, dirt, etc that is contaminated. Diagnosis has to made with a stool sample being examine by a veterinary technician. Treatment is usually oral medication and prognosis is good.

    Dental problems that can cause pain in the mouth and this my cause a kitty to eat less. Diagnosis has is done by a veterinarian,prognosis can be good if the issue is dealt with. This may include general anesthesia, scaling and polishing teeth, and possible extractions based on the dental exam. Prognosis is usually good.

    Diabetes mellitus which is an endocrine disorder caused by not enough insulin being produced by the pancreas, or insulin resistance, resulting in cells not taking in enough glucose. Diagnosis is done through bloodwork and an exam. other symptoms may be increase drinking and urinating. Treatment is usually management with injections twice daily and weight can reverse it. Prognosis is based on how successful the response to treatment.

    Virus, such as, Feline leukemia virus (FeLv), Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), and Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) that all suppresses the immune system. Diagnosis is bloodwork. Treatment can vary and prognosis is based on the success of managing the virus. They usually get if from another infected cat or their mother.

    Hyperthyroidism which is an overactive thyroid. This affects a kitty's metabolism and can cause hyperactivity and weight loss. Diagnosis can be done by bloodwork and treatment is usually medication for life. Prognosis is good once this condition is managed.

    Heart condition can affect how a kitty may feel and this may affect their appetite. Diagnosis can be done through an exam and possible EKG. Treatment may involve medication and prognosis may vary.

    Inflammatory bowel disease which can affect the bowel and what the kitty can digest. Symptoms may also include diarrhea and diagnosis can be done with an exam. Treatment may involve a special diet and medication and prognosis is good after the disease is under control.

    Liver disease - Decreased function of the liver. The liver's main function in to detoxify the blood, help with metabolism, protein syntheses with is essential for growth and changes in the body, and other important functions for digestion and red blood cells. The body can not function with out a liver.

  • Possible Solutions to Help Financially with your Pet's Veterinary Bills

    The cost of caring for our fur babies can get expensive and it is best to be prepared if an emergency happens and your pet needs immediate care. It may be a good idea to set up a savings account so you can save and have the money if needed for care of your pet. Also look into pet insurance, it comes in handy when the time come but do research before for choose a plan. Many plans do require payment up front but can reimburse you up to 90 % of the veterinary bill.

    There are other options if you do not have money set aside for you fur baby. There are resources to help pet owners in situations when you may not have the money set aside. Care Credit, a health care credit card, could be a great resource for you. It is very easy to apply, either online (www.carecredit.com), by phone (1-800-677-0718), or even at the veterinary hospital where you pet is being cared for. If approved, you will be able to use it to finance the care your pet needs. They have interest-free payment plans available so make sure the plan you pick is within your budget.

    You may want to contact your local shelter or humane society to see if they know of local resources that can help you with your veterinary bills. Perhaps a friend or family member would be able to help you with veterinary costs. You could also look into fundraisers or donation websites such as GoFundMe.com to try to raise money, if your pet needs a speicalize surgery or emegency care.

    In addition to finance options, there are several organizations that can provide funds for different types of situations that pet owners may be experiencing. These organizations do have an application process, so they may not be an option of immediate funds if needed and because of the high demand of need for funds to help pet parents, these organizations often require verification of financial need.

    Shakespeare Animal Fundation
    *Will cover emergency situations only.

    The Mosby Fundation
    *Your pet will need to already be neutered or spayed. They will cover sick, abused and neglected dogs but do NOT help with emergency situations or previous veterinarian bills.

    The Onyx and Breezy Fundation
    *Must have already applied to care credit and gotten denied in order to apply for the onyx and breezy fund. This fund does NOT help with past veterinarian bills but helps with emergency and routine care, including medications.

    Roses Fund for Animals
    *Will cover emergency situations but does NOT help with routine care or past vet bills.

    Be smart, be prepared, and realize that your pets depend on you for caring for them when needed.

  • PREVENTATIVE HEALTHCARE IN CATS

    We understand that preventative health care is important to follow to help avoid illness or disease from progressing in ourselves. That is also true with our pets. By performing preventative health care for your cats, we can help prolong the quality and longevity of your cats life.

    Here are some recommendations you should review and discuss during your cats examination with the veterinarian.

    1. Vaccination status & potential exposure to diseases (indoor or outdoor cats).
    2. Spaying/Neutering: It not only controls the pet population, but also has medical and behavioral benefits.
    3. Parasite control: fleas/ticks/mites, intestinal parasites, heartworm prevention.
    4. Dental health: Any mouth odors, notice any pain/swellings, not eating or drinking.
    5. Nutrition: What do you feed? How much/How often does your cat eat? Any changes in appetite or water consumption?
    6. Behavior/Exercise: inappropriate elimination, change in attitude and temperment. How much & how often does your cat exercise? Any changes in your cats ability to exercise?
    7. Gastrointestinal signs: vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss or weight gain, normal/abnormal amounts of urination or defecation.
    8. Skin/coat: lumps/bumps, hair loss, matting of fur, changes in grooming behavior (increased/decreased).
    9. Wellness blood testing: to check internal body function and organ systems, such as the liver and kidneys. The most common problems we see, especially in senior cats is kidney disease, diabetes, and hyperthyrodism, all of which can be managed with medications and diet.

    Please contact us today to speak to one of our team members. We'd be happy to schedule an appointment today. Your cats health and well being are very important to us!

  • Using healthy treats

    Do you realize that your dog eating a rawhide is equivalent to you eating a dozen donuts? Or that a large milk bone has almost 300 calories? It's time to re-think your treats if you are working on weight management with your dog. Dogs can eat carrots or apples as healthy treats, these snacks only have a few calories and can be just as delicious as a pupperoni - try it today!

  • THE IMPORTANCE OF VACCINATIONS

    The vaccinations the veterinarian administers to your dog or cat have very important purposes.

    They are given for the health & well being of them from diseases, that have the potential of being transmittable to other pets & humans and vice versa.

    That being said, all dogs & cats whether they be indoors or outdoors (BY LAW) are required to be up to date on their Rabies vaccination.
    Other vaccines include:
    Distemper series (both dog & cat)
    Leptosporosis (dog)
    Lyme (dog)
    Leukemia (cats: especially outdoors)
    Bordatella & Influenza (dogs) *Many boarding facilities, dog parks, and pet daycares require these

  • What is hip dysplasia?

    Hip dysplasia is when the dog is born with "loose" hip joints- this makes them more prone to arthritis later in life. Breeds like labs, golden retrievers and german shepherds are more likely to have hip dysplasia than other breeds, and before breeding all animals should have radiographs (x-rays) to check for hip dysplasia.

  • Should I microchip my pet?

    In short, YES! Microchips are safe, and very effective to help return lost pets home. Even indoor only cats get out by mistake, dogs who "never run away" get lost, it happens! A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is permanently implanted under the skin with a unique ID number. There are very few risks/side effects, and once registered it lasts forever.

  • Antibiotic resistance

    Antibiotic resistance is a serious issue in the veterinary world. Prescribing the same antibiotic over and over can result in the bacteria not being completely killed off, and the remaining bacteria are no longer susceptible to the antibiotic that was used. It's important to do cultures to ensure the correct antibiotic is used, and also to complete the courses of antibiotics as directed. Why won't the vet refill my ear medicine without a visit? Ear infections can become resistant to antibiotics just like any other infection, so we like to rotate medications to prevent this issue. Also, if your pet has recurrent ear infections (and most do!) the same medication over and over is not always the best course, sometimes we may even need to compound special medication for your pet! Your pet may also have different types of bacterial or fungal infections. Not all ear medicine is the same!

  • Behavior and pet store puppies

    A new study has shown a correlation between behavior problems later in life and puppies purchased from pet stores. Behaviorists believe that this is a result of decreased socialization during the critical period before 8 weeks of age and also poor selection of breeding adults. Based on this study it's even more important to carefully select a good quality breeder, or better yet rescue a pet in need of a home instead of purchasing a puppy from a pet store.

  • Heat Stroke

    With the rising summer temperatures affecting us, we have to remember how it also affects our dogs. When there are excessive heat warnings we should take the same precautions with our dogs. Certain breeds like pugs, bulldogs (short nose breeds), or obese dogs are even more sensitive to heat. They should only be outside for very short periods of time. Never leave you pet in a car on a warm day, even with the windows open. Always have water available and shade if they have to be outside. Signs of heat stroke or heat exhaustion include increased rectal temperature (normal is around 101.5, above 105 is a true emergency), excessive panting, collapse, unwilling or unable to get up, or disoriented. If you see any of these signs get to a vet right away. If you are unable to get to a vet right away then use a fan to cool. Do not use ice or cold water, that can make it worse. See more information

  • The importance of keeping your dog on a leash or cat in a carrier while at the vet.

    It is important to keep your animal contained while you are at the vet, whether that is putting your dog on a leash or your cat in a carrier. When you are at the vet, your pet is going to be exposed to other animals and people. Not all pets are friendly with other animals or people. There are such close quarters in the waiting room at the vet's office that you cannot always guarantee that your very friendly dog is not going to come in to contact with a dog aggressive dog. Even if the other dog is leashed, if yours is not then there is a chance for unwanted interaction. Also what happens when your dog, which normally stays by your side and doesn't need a leash, catches a whiff of something in the air when the front door opens? Do they dart out the front door onto the busy road? Is this a risk you are really willing to take? Now with cats being brought in to the office without being in a carrier is also another high risk for unwanted incidents. Perhaps your cat jumps out of your arms and starts running around the hospital and gets stuck behind a counter or in a corner and get hurt. What happens when your cat that is tucked safely in your arms gets attacked by a dog that is not on leash? What happens when your cat gets scarred and decides to scratch or bite you. All of these things can happen in the vets office, most of them can be avoided if you keep your pet on a leash or in a carrier. Their safety and yours is of utmost importance.

  • Summertime Pet Saftey

    Those "dog days" of summer have arrived! The heat & humidity affects everyone, especially our pets. Our furry friends don't have the ability to sweat like we do to cool down their body temperature.

    Heat stroke is a very common problem we see here at the hospital every summer. Whether your pet lives indoors or outdoors, it is imperative they are kept in a cool area and have access to cool drinking water at all times to keep them well hydrated.

    There are certain breeds of dogs & cats that are even more susceptible to problems, such as Pugs, Bulldogs, Huskies, Akitas, Chow Chows, and Himalayan cats. Rabbits kept outdoors should also have access to well shaded area, plenty of water and a clean housing enclosure.

    **NEVER LEAVE YOUR PETS IN A CAR OR TRUCK**

    The 4th of July is coming up. Many animals are sensitive to the sounds of fireworks. We recommend you always keep your pets indoors for this reason. Some get so frightened, they try to escape and run away. Keep doors & gates secure to your home. Make sure your pet has updated identification or a microchip. If your pet takes comfort in a certain area of the house or their crate it is best to leave them be until the celebration is over.