You did it! You had a great time bonding with your dog, hopefully happy and tired, with no preparations needed for any emergencies. Here are a few tips before you both get in the car to go home.
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Enjoy the scenery and have fun exploring, but always be aware of your surroundings. Knowing your dog’s behavior and the obstacles you many encounter on your hike may be life saving. You may never need the following information, but this knowledge may be necessary in an emergency.
If you were a Girl Scout or Boy Scout, you are familiar with the phrase “Be prepared.” If you are prepared, you can enjoy a fun, healthy outing with your dog. Basic supplies and knowledge will help to assist you. Here are some recommendations to assure that you have a safe and healthy trip.
1. Heartworm Disease is spread by mosquitoes. When an infected mosquito bites your dog, microfilarae takes about seven months for the larvae to mature into adult heartworms. They then lodge in the heart, lungs, and surrounding blood vessels and begin reproducing. Adult worms can grow up to 12 inches in length, can live 5-7 years, and a dog can have as many as 250 worms in its system.
If you are a cat owner, most likely you see one every week. More commonly known as a hairball, it is the undigested hair that your cat may regurgitate for you to find on your floor or rug or, worse, to step on in the middle of the night.
Did you know that 33% of all cats over 6 ½ years of age have evidence of arthritis and that 90% of cats over 12 years have arthritis? It increases with age, and most commonly affects their hips, elbows, shoulders, knees, and ankles. Why? Cats frequently jump down from high places and these joints take a pounding, especially if the cat is overweight.
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Great news! Our discounted dental package has been so popular that our laboratory and vendors have agreed to help us continue this offer! Since few pets allow brushing at home, regular professional care is important to avoid tartar buildup, gum disease, and infection, which can spread bacteria throughout the body to organs such as the liver, heart and kidneys with potentially fatal results. We can help your pet avoid the pain and dangers of dental disease with ultrasonic cleaning and treatments as needed. This article will show you some of the things our doctors look for when examining your pet’s mouth and teeth.
Tags: Adopt A Pet Day Adoptions Events Video
Thanks to everyone who made our 10th Adopt-A-Pet Day a huge success! Here is a video of the day with the many happy pets who are now home with their new families!
Whenever I go on vacation, I try to take one or both of my cats with me. They are part of my family, and I am lucky enough to have cats that travel well. We have traveled to hotels in Captiva, Orlando, and Miami, Florida; Cape Cod, Massachusetts; Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Cape May, New Jersey; and New York City. Here are some tips I’ve learned through the years.
Many people know the health benefits and importance of spaying or neutering dogs and cats, but did you know it is just as important to spay or neuter a pet rabbit? Not only will it prevent pregnancy (since many times there are male and female rabbits in the same household), but it also helps to prevent future diseases.