Stop! Think Twice Before Putting Out Rat Poison
As the weather gets colder, rats and mice are seeking shelter. They enter your home and nest in your garage, attics and even in the walls. In a haste to get rid of them, you go to the nearest store and purchase rat poison (rodenticides). You put out the rat bait strategically where the rats may eat it and die. A few weeks go by and you notice that your dog or cat is eating something. You try to take it out of his mouth, but he swallows it. As you wonder what he just ate, a frightening thought just comes to your mind. Could he have eaten the rat bait I put out? You go back to the places where you’ve placed the rat poison and you see that it is gone. Thoughts are running through your head – maybe the rats ate it. But what if my dog ate it? You call your veterinarian and she tells you to bring Fluffy in right away.
What is the Stinky Smell on My Pet’s Hiney?
Pet parents often complain about a foul-smelling odor coming from their pet’s anal area. They say that it smells like rotten fish or a heavy metallic odor. If you smell this odor coming from your pet’s bottom, it may be due to your pet leaking anal sac fluid. Sometimes, you may even smell a foul odor coming from your pet’s mouth. This may be due to your pet licking the anal sac secretion leaking from anus.
Prevent Your Pets from Getting Heat Stroke
Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. Heat stroke does not happen just in the summertime. It is commonly seen even in the spring.
What is heat stroke?
Heat stroke is not a stroke as we know it, but a term used to describe elevated body temperature generally over 106 degrees Fahrenheit. When a pet’s internal temperature rises above 106 degrees F and climbs to (107 – 109), multiple organ dysfunction occurs and can be life threatening.
How does a pet get heat stroke?
The most common causes of heat stroke are when a pet is left in a car without proper ventilation or jogging with pets in warm or hot weather. As you will see, heat stroke can happen even in cooler temperatures. Just to give you an idea of how hot your car can get in a short amount of time:
Cat Care Mistakes for New Cat Parents
You got that adorable little kitten for Christmas. Cat lovers should avoid these basic cat care mistakes!
1. Do not let your cat roam free outside. Outdoor cats are subject many potential dangers.
-They can be hit by a car and suffer life threatening injuries.
-They can be attacked by other cats, coyotes, birds of prey or dogs.
-They can catch external parasites (fleas, ticks) and internal parasites (intestinal worms, heart worms, blood parasites).
Why is My Pet Constantly Itching?
An itch, also known as pruritus, is a sensation caused from the irritation of skin cells or nerve cells in the skin. Pets itch for a variety of reasons. The annoying sensation can be caused by:
2. Skin Mites
3. Environmental allergies (Atopy)
4. Food allergies
Your Pet Depends on You for Everything
A thorough veterinary exam involves multi-organ examination which includes but is not limited to the evaluation of the eyes, ears, heart, lungs, oral cavity, skin/coat, lymph nodes, joints and the palpation of the abdominal organs. While a lot of information can be generated from a physical exam, there are many things that may be happening on the inside we may not be able to see from the outside. This is why we suggest wellness diagnostics — a checkup for the inside of the body.
Ear Infections/Otitis Externa
A dog’s ear canal has both vertical and horizontal canals. This anatomy, as well as floppy ears, can predispose a dog to ear infections because it is difficult to move debris upward out of the vertical canal. Moisture and hair can also hold debris within the canal. This debris, made of ear wax, skin oil, skin cells, and other organic matter, feed bacteria and yeast that are normally found within the ear canal and on the skin, causing an infection. Itchy dogs with allergies to food or environmental allergens can be more prone to ear infections, because the ears are just an extension of the skin.