Oh my “aches and pains” or maybe it might be “my memory is not as good as it used to be”…. we all experience getting older it is “par for the course”. Unfortunately,our animals can’t vocalize the mental and physical changes that occur as they age.Read More
There may come a time where you find some very unwelcome house guests that you want to get rid of as fast as you can. However, you have to be very cautious with what product you’re using and where you’re placing it if you have animals. Keep in mind the poison is made to attract animals, it does not discriminate against species it is harmful to all. Most poison is made to smell sweet to appeal to animals to get the job done. If you think that your animal may have gotten into any kind of poison it is imperative that you act quickly. You need to contact your veterinarian right away and they will let you know what the next steps are.
Some of the most common rat poisons that we see are- anticoagulant rodenticides, bromethalin, & cholecalciferol. Each one of these toxins react differently and need to be treated differently. That is why it is so important for you to make sure you’re aware of what product you’re using in your home. Anticoagulant rodenticides inhibit the clotting factor of their blood potentially causing them to bleed out. Fortunately when dealing with this particular type of poison we can treat the patient typically with a good outcome as long as we act fast. Bromethalin poison is much more dangerous unfortunately. There are not a lot of treatment options available for this particular rodenticide, as it causes brain swelling. Cholecalciferol is another extremely dangerous one to our animals and it can be expensive to treat. This becomes an emergency situation these animals generally need to be hospitalized for several days for supportive therapy, this rodenticide shuts down the kidneys.
When renting or buying a new property it is a good idea to also inquire if there were or are any types of rodenticide poison on the property. Fortunately the ASPCA has a great poison control hotline. If it’s ever after hours and you’re not sure what to do because your veterinarian is closed but Fluffy ate some pills, drugs, poison, or even a potentially toxic food you should always give them a call to see what you need to do next to protect Fluffy. They will begin a case file, asking you questions about your animal and what the potential toxin is. There is a fee associated with this but they provide us with a clear plan for treatment to get your animal feeling better.Here is the direct link to their website:
If you ever find yourself in a position where you think your animal got into anything that could potentially be toxic, better to be safe than sorry. Call your veterinarian as soon as you can and ask they will let you know what to do next-that’s just another day at the office for us animals get into all kinds of crazy things every day!
Periodontal disease is very common, yet entirely preventable. This is one of the most common issues we see on a daily basis. It affects all animals canine, feline and even exotics. Lets face it, it's not always "easy" to brush their teeth. Some animals don't mind it, others however, are much less receptive- especially our cats.Read More
The holidays are a wonderful time of year when friends and family all come together for fun, food and festivities, but it can cause some issues for our animals if we aren't careful. Having a full house of people can be difficult to manage and sometimes things can go unnoticed and our four legged friends can take advantage of thatRead More
Have you ever wondered why we always recommend that you bring in a fecal sample? Believe, me we don't enjoy it anymore than you do. This smelly little sample tells us quite a bit, it is important to check to make sure that there are no gastrointestinal parasitesRead More
We all struggle with brushing our animals teeth (yes, even us your veterinary team who recommend that you brush your pets teeth daily-even we struggle with it!). There are now a wide variety of products on the market that offer dental support, claiming to freshen breath and clean teeth while fighting plaque and tartar buildup.Read More
We are happy to announce that we have recently made the decision to switch to a different monthly heartworm preventative called Interceptor Plus. Interceptor Plus will provide more coverage when it comes to deworming.Read More
Health insurance is very important and should be considered for our furry family members. It can protect you if a health issue comes up and you're faced with the large bills that can too quickly become overwhelming.Read More
One of the many jobs of the pancreas is secreting a hormone called insulin into the blood stream. Insulin is a very important hormone that allows your body to use glucose (sugar) from the carbohydrates that are consumed and store it for future use.Read More
It's no secret that as we age our joints begin to be an issue ,unfortunately it goes with the territory! We manage arthritis and chronic orthopedic conditions on a daily basis with our patients; it is especially common in certain breedsRead More
Dog parks have become very popular amongst owners and their dogs. They can be a great place to take your animals to socialize, burn off some energy, and have some fun! However, in the veterinary world we do unfortunately deal with some negative situations as a result dog parks.Read More
Does your dog or cat ever take off and come home without their collar? Have you thought of other ways to identify your pet? If so you should consider getting a microchip. When a stray dog or a cat is found wandering the roads they are usually taken to a shelter or a veterinary clinic.Read More
After the winter we just had it is no surprise that we are all carrying a little more winter weight than normal. This winter was absolutely brutal! We are seeing a very common trend in the exam room this year - most of the patients we see have gained a bit of weight.Read More
Who doesn't love the smell of a good dog or cat covered in skunk spray? I'm sure that we have all been there at some point when one of our cats or dogs has come home with the lovely aroma of skunk. You quickly try everything that you read on line to try and get rid of the smell as fast as you can.Read More
June is the American Humane Associations adopt a cat month, as well as the ASPCA's adopt a shelter cat month. So if you are considering adding a new feline friend to your family no better time than June!Read More
Oh, the anal glands! If you have ever had a dog with anal gland problems you know they stink (figuratively and literally!). Anatomically dogs have two little sacs that sit just inside their rectum - they are scent glands.Read More
It is very important to run a yearly urinalysis on your pet, especially as they get older. It is best to try and catch the first urine sample of the day.Keep in mind that the urine needs to be refrigerated. This will help to prevent bacterial growth.Read More
Heartworm is a disease that is easy to prevent and yet can be fatal if contracted. Heartworm is real and it is out there, it is contracted by a mosquito bite. Not all mosquitoes are infected, only some, but all it takes is for one bite from that one infected mosquito!Read More
Did you know that your pet can get frostbite and hypothermia? With this extreme winter cold we are experiencing, please be aware of the amount of time you and your pet spend outside. Not only can frostbite set in, but pets can also suffer from hypothermia.Read More
Valentines Day is today and with it, amongst other things, comes chocolate. Most owners are aware that chocolate is not a good dietary choice for their animals...however, your pets might think differently! Especially dogs..cats tend not to engage in chocolate binging!Read More