Monthly Archives: December 2015

Your Pet’s New Year Resolutions

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As you ponder your goals for the New Year, don’t forget to include ways to enhance the bond between you and your beloved pet. We’re sure, if your dog or cat could talk, he or she would gladly share some wonderful ideas for you to spend time together. However, since we know dogs and cats can’t talk (at least like humans), consider these three suggestions for your pet’s New Year resolutions:

new-years-day-1090770_1280Take more walks. If you don’t know the benefits of walking your dog, believe us when we tell you there are many for their health, their behavior, and their happiness. (Read more here.) For cats, carve out more time for exercise, like playing with their favorite toy, to get the same benefits that dogs experience with a walk.   

Get more love (in their way). Whether or not you realize it yet, your dog or cat has certain ways they like to be loved, as well as other they loathe. Watch your pets for cues on how to best give them the affection they desire, and keep them from being stressed due to unwanted attention. Should he or she approach for petting, take the time to do it. After all, it’s moments like these our pets live for.

Be healthier. You want your pet to be around as long as possible, so give their bodies the proper nourishment they need to do that. If you’re unsure how your pet’s current food stacks up, talk to the team at Pet Vet Animal Hospitals for feedback and recommendations.

As loving pet owners, these are three great resolutions to help our dogs and cats be happier and healthier. Let’s help them come true – not only for them but for own benefit, too.

Happy New Year! We look forward to seeing you and your furry friends in 2016.

The Gift that Keeps on Giving – A New Pet!

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child-1007806_1280Imagine an adorable puppy or kitten tucked under the tree on Christmas morning and the faces that light up upon finding that precious gift. Makes you smile, right?

Now, imagine that same adorable puppy or kitten whimpering or meowing at 3:00 a.m. night after night as he or she tries to adjust to her new life… Do you have the patience for this?

There’s no doubt about it; a new puppy or kitten can bring so much joy and love to a home. However, it’s important that your decision to adopt or purchase a new pet be well thought and takes into consideration the following questions:

  1. Can you deal with the interrupted nights and adjustments to your routine?
  2. Do you have the room for a new pet in your home and life?
  3. Is someone home at a reasonable hour every day to ensure the new pet gets food, exercise, and love?
  4. Can you persist in what may be lengthy or difficult potty and obedience training?
  5. Do you have the time and resources necessary to ensure your pet’s health?

If you answered “yes” to these critical questions, let Pet Vet Animal Hospitals be the first to congratulate you on the new addition to your family! Please be sure to get your new puppy or kitten, or even grown dog or cat, in for their first visit with us. There are several critical things we need to do to form the basis for their longest, healthiest life possible. Learn what you can expect on our website, and then grab a gift certificate to ensure your new pet gets there ASAP.

(Gift certificates make a great last minute gift or stocking stuffer for a new pet or even an existing patient!)

We look forward to seeing your new furry friend (and you)!

When Vomiting is a Problem for Your Dog

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dog-200942_1280Your dog is going to vomit. That one thing is for certain. However, it’s important that you, as a pet owner, keep a watchful eye on man’s best friend to know when vomiting is a problem for your dog. To help you differentiate, use these questions as your guide:

How many times has your dog vomited? If your dog vomits once, maybe twice, and then bounces right back, there’s usually no need to worry. However, if vomiting persists, a serious issue may be behind this illness and additional concerns, like dehydration, can develop.

What does the vomit look like? It’s possible you may find the culprit of your dog’s sickness, such as an unusual food or maybe a chewed toy, through examination of the vomit. On the other hand, you may find blood or a substance that looks like coffee grounds, and that’s your cue to call your vet immediately.

Are there other symptoms? Symptoms in addition to vomiting may indicate a more serious issue. Be on the lookout for exhaustion, diarrhea that persists, pain, and anything else out of the ordinary, and take note of it for your vet appointment.

To help your dog after the first vomiting episode, withhold food and water for four hours. If your dog hasn’t vomited again within that timeframe, introduce small amounts of water or ice chips, and then wait another couple of hours before giving him or her something bland to eat, like rice or scrambled egg. It’s important to ease back into regular feeding to ensure any further vomiting that occurs isn’t at the hand of their diet.

As always, if you’re unsure if your dog’s or other pet’s condition warrants a trip to the vet, err on the side of caution and schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Holiday Hazards for Your Pet

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The holidays are upon us, and it’s time to get festive. While you pull out your decorations and make plans to celebrate, please keep your dog’s or cat’s safety and health front of mind, and beware of these holiday hazards for your pet:

Plants. Certain plants are synonymous with Christmas, like mistletoe, holly, and poinsettias. Though you may believe the latter to be poisonous, know that poinsettias only pose a minimal threat. On the other hand, definitely steer clear of mistletoe and holly because they can result in vomiting, diarrhea, and much more serious issues.

pets-962215_1280Foods and drinks. Forgo the urge to share your holiday meal with your pet, as human foods and drinks can wreak havoc on their bodies. Common holiday culprits include chocolate, bones found in turkey and ham, and alcohol, among others. Depending on what’s ingested, problems like vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and even death can occur, so stick to their regular diet and err on the side of caution.

Christmas tree. As soon as the Christmas tree is up, our four-legged friends are curious. Dogs love to sniff and chew, and cats love to climb. Help shield them from danger by securing the tree (to keep it from falling) and by using safe, shatter-proof ornaments in areas within their reach. For real trees, avoid fertilizer, and don’t allow pets to drink standing water in order to minimize risk of vomiting and diarrhea.

Lighting. Many pets love to chew on electrical cords, especially those that are new to the home, but this practice is a bad idea year round for many reasons. However, no one expects you to go without lighting on your tree or around your house, so keep an eye on your dogs and cats and unplug the lights when you’re not home.

In closing, know that if you’re introducing something new to your pet’s living space and it doesn’t fall on this list, it’s not necessarily okay. Contact our team at Pet Vet Animal Hospitals for the lowdown on the item in question, and help your pet to have a merry and safe holiday season.