6 Helpful Tips on How to Ease Your Pets Storm Phobia - 05/25/2018
6 Helpful Tips on How to Ease Your Pets
|Dog exhibiting anxiety during a Thunder Storm|
Do you find yourself checking the weather constantly or even dreading the 4th of July because you know your pet will be a ball of nerves? Well you are not alone. "Storm Phobia", "Thunder Phobia", "Noise Phobia" can go by many names, but it is unfortunately very common and quite a problem. In fact, in a recent report put out by NBC News
quoting Veterinary Behaviorist Bonnie Beaver "Up to 20% of dogs of all ages and breeds suffer from noise phobias so severe that their people seek professional help for them." These phobias can range in severity and can affect our Feline Companions as well. Pets perceive these loud alarming noises as threatening, and the unpredictability and variation of sound accompanied by flashing lights makes your pet feel like they are under attack in a war zone. So no wonder they are terrified. So what to do?
Tips to Help Your Pets Phobia
1. Compression Garments: Compression Garments such as a Thunder Shirt or something similar gentle hugs your pet creating a comforting feel and sense of security. These however don't work on every pet but it is something easy that is worth a try. These can be purchased online or at any pet store.
2. Drown Out Scary Noises:
You can lessen your pets anxiety by drowning out the noise. Use calming music such as Classical or Reggae which will help cover the noise and calm your pet. There is even specially designed sound therapy to help our canine companions called "Though a Dogs Ear" or "Through a Cats Ear"
. You can also use white noise such as a fountain or fan.
3. Block Flashing Lights: Try to block flashing lights by covering windows or putting your pet in a safe, comforting area away from the flashes. Even turn on lights to decrease contrast. Create a sanctuary, a little secure area with blankets, music, and even something to get your pets mind off of things such as giving them something to focus on, a toy, bone, a puzzle, etc.
4. Don't Force Your Pet: If your pet is afraid and hiding don't pull or drag your pet from their secure area. This can make matters worse not to mention, a fearful pet may act out and bite unintentionally. You can try to softly coax your pet out, but if they wish to stay hiding leave them be. In addition, never force your pet to "confront their fears" and force them to go outside. This is absolutely the wrong way to handle this situation and will most certain escalate the problem.
5. Calming Pheromones:
Calming Pheromones, such as Adaptil
, give off odorless comforting messages that only dogs (Or Feliway
for Cats) can sense. These messages are mimicking the comforting sensation a Mother Dog gives off to her pups. These Pheromones can be used in many ways. It comes in a spay, so you can spray blankets, bedding, crates, or even a bandanna to put around their neck. It comes in a plug in that allows the pheromones to continually circulate the environment. Wipes to wipe down areas such as floors, crates, or even or any other surfaces, as well as a collar.
6. Speak to your Vet: Talk to your veterinarian about any troubles your pet is having with Noise Phobia. Your veterinarian can offer advice and many behavioral solutions. And if severe enough your pet may need anti-anxiety medications such as Trazadone or Gabapentin to help relax them and keep them from getting too upset. But never give your pet any medications without consulting a veterinarian first.
|Dog looking to her owner for confort|
It can be heartbreaking watching your pet shake with severe anxiety and fear over Thunder Storms and Fireworks. We as humans know there is nothing to fear and that these storms or celebrations will soon pass, but your pet doesn't realize this and feels like an attack is underway. Owners can feel helpless in trying to get their pet to understand that these noises can't hurt them. But following these tips can really aid in helping your pet get though these situations with less fear, anxiety and stress.
How to Care for a Bearded Dragon - 04/26/2018
How to Care for A Bearded Dragon
Bearded Dragons are actually known as the most "Dog-Like" reptile, due to their docile nature. Because of this, more and more people are keeping them as pets and they are certainly growing in popularity. But is a Bearded Dragon the right pet for you?Personality
Although Bearded Dragons can be territorial and even aggressive with other reptiles and should be housed alone, they are quite friendly and sociable with humans. They have a great temperament and are usually calm and tame by nature. They don't mind being touched or handled, unlike other reptile species which is the main reason many people are keeping them as pets. However, they can still scratch or bite so always use caution and handle your Beardie gently. They will also display when they are scared or threatened. They will puff out their beard and lay flat with their mouths open. You might even notice the color of their beard will change black. These are signs your Beardie is upset and on the defense, so its best to let them calm down when they have reached this point.
Habitat and Housing
Bearded Dragons need lots of space. A full grown Beardie needs ideally a 75 - 120 gallon tank. Not only do they need adequate space for growth but they also need specific heat and UV lighting to regulate their body temperature. They need a heat source on one side for basking (about 90 - 100 Degrees F) and the other side of the tank should be cooler for hiding (around 70 - 76 Degrees F). Improper temperatures or humidity can cause severe illness in your pet.
The bottom of the tank should be lined with reptile carpeting or outdoor carpet or something similar for safety and easy clean up. You can also use paper toweling or other soft cloths but be sure to stay away from cat litter, wood shavings and even sand. These mediums are often accidentally consumed and have been known to cause intestinal blockages, which is a veterinary emergency.
It is important to include different things in the tank to make your Beardie comfortable and happy in its environment. Be sure to include branches and rocks for climbing and basking as well as a cavernous place to hide. Non-Prickly succulents and non toxic plants can also add enrichment to the Dragons surroundings.
|Proper Bearded Dragon Habitat|
Bearded Dragons require an extensive menu to meet all their dietary needs. They need protein in the form of crickets, and many types of worms, such as meal worms, king worms, horn worms and wax worms. They can even eat pink mice as they mature and grow. Be sure the prey you feed is appropriately sized for your Bearded Dragon and that you do not let pray linger for longer then 10 minutes to prevent injury to your pet.
Bearded Dragons also need a wide range of fresh fruits and vegetables in their diet. They need greens such as escarole, parsley, mustard greens, collard greens, dandelion to name a few. As well other vegetables such as green beans, carrots, parsnips and a variety of squash can also be fed. Its important that your Beardie gets a "salad" daily with a variety of leafy and vitamin rich vegetables. Fruits can also be fed such as as Berries, mango, papaya, banana, cantaloupe, etc. But be sure to avoid lettuce, spinach, avocado, and citrus fruits.
And of course, fresh cool water needs to be provided at all times. Shallow bowls or dishes are ideal, to allow for easily accessible drinking.
Like most exotic pets, Bearded Dragons require a lot of care in the form of habitat specifics and diet. However, their gentle nature and wonderful temperament make them the ideal reptile pet. They are a long commitment having a lifespan of roughly 10 - 14 years. But If you are willing to take the steps needed to care for them properly, they make great and interesting companions!
|A Pug Puppy and his Bearded Dragon Friend|
Keep All Lilies Away From Your Kitties - 03/27/2018
Keep All Lilies Away From Your Kitties
Spring is Springing and Easter is right around the corner. It's a time where the sun
is shining and flowers are blooming. But did you know there are many flowers and
plants that can be toxic to your pet?
Its true! Common plants such as Daffodils, Daisy's, and Tulips can be very
dangerous to your pet. And one of the most common and most dangerous,
especially to our feline friends, is the Lilly! Just a taste of the petal, leaves,
the pollen or the water from the vase and be deadly. There are many different
species of lily and most all are highly toxic. Listed below are are few of the most dangers species.
The top 8 most deadly species of lily are as follows:
- Asiatic lily – including hybrids (Lilium asiatica)
- Day lily (Hemerocallis species)
- Easter lily (Lilium longiflorum)
- Japanese Show lily (Lilium speciosum)
- Rubrum lily (Lilium speciosum var. rubrum)
- Stargazer lily (Lilium ‘Stargazer’- a hybrid)
- Tiger lily (Lilium tigrinum or lancifolium)
- Wood lily (Lilium philadelphicum or umbellatum)
***For a full list of poisonous plants visit: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants
Tiger Lily - Highly Toxic
If you suspect that your cat has been exposed to a lily (or any other poisonous
plant), take them to the vet immediately. Lilies can cause severe kidney failure and
are potentially lift threatening. So take their exposure seriously. Most of the time you will not notice
symptoms until its too late.
Fresh flowers and potted plants are a beautiful Spring time staple. But BEWARE
of their dangers! Many plants and flowers are poisonous, not just lilies. It is best to keep your pets safe and keep plants and flowers away from your pets!
Why Does My Pet Have Bad Breath? - 02/21/2018
Why Does My Pet Have Bad Breath?
Bad Breath Blues
Are you avoiding puppy smooches and kitty kisses because your pet has bad breath? Smelly breath can be very off putting but don't overlook it. Bad breath can be an indication of a problem with your pets health and most likely their mouth. We see the Dentist once a year and even more if there are problems and your pets should too. Oral health is very important for your pet and if not taken care of can not only be painful but can cause other problems as well.
Does my pet need a Teeth Cleaning?
The answer is YES! Our pets should be receiving annual dental exams from their veterinarian to make sure things are in tip top shape! They will be able to notice if a full dental cleaning is recommended by examining the mouth and the state the teeth and gums are in. (If the animal is cooperative of course.) But if you notice anything abnormal with your pet at home let your veterinarian know right away. Below are a few things you can look out for:
Signs of Oral or Dental Disease in Dogs and Cats:
-Tarter Build up
-Loose Teeth or discolored teeth
-Dropping food or toys
-Pet does not want mouth touched
-Loss of Appetite or weight loss
If you notice any of the signs above alert your veterinarian right away. Your Veterinarian will recommend a Dental Cleaning for your pet and possibly, further procedures like tooth extractions if needed.
This cats owner noticed a bad odor coming from her mouth. This kitty was in need
of a dental cleaning in which the odor indicated severe gingivitis and too decay resulting in
tooth extraction. Note the Severe Red gums
What happens during a Pet Dental?
Your pet will need to be fasted prior to your appointment and will need to have blood work prior as well. Since your pet is put under anesthesia for this procedure, your vet will want to see recent blood work results to be sure your pets internal organs are functioning as they should. If everything looks good on blood work they will place an IV catheter and begin to induce anesthesia. Once under anesthesia, the technician will begin scaling or scraping off tartar build up and will check for gingivitis. They also check for pockets, cavities, and will be able to see things under the gum line such as bone recession by taking dental radiographs. If any of these things are noticed, the veterinarian will preform the necessary tasks which may include tooth extraction. The teeth are then polished and the pet is sent to recovery.
Before and after shot of a dog pre and post Dental. Tarter and
staining are cleaned visually as well as bacteria below the gum-line
What about Anesthesia Free Dental Cleanings?
Theoretically this sounds like a great option right? Cleaning my pets teeth without having to put them under anesthesia? Wrong! Actually anesthesia free dental cleanings are not very beneficial to your pet at all. This method ONLY scrapes the front surface of the tooth, it does not get to where it matters, under the gum line.
According to the American Veterinary Dental Collage (AVDC) "Scaling (scraping surface of the tooth with an instrument) the plaque and tartar from the outside surfaces of the teeth does not remove the plaque and bacteria from beneath your pet’s gum line and does not decrease the risk of your pet getting periodontal disease. Consider this, the same level of “gross” build up you see on your pet’s teeth, is also thriving beneath their gum line where you can’t see it or the damage it’s doing. Cleaning and scaling below the gum line is most important because it’s where periodontal disease is most active. This can’t be done without anesthesia."
Not to mention it is very stressful to you pet! We all know we can't tell our pet to open their mouth and "AHH" as we work in their mouth. So if awake, your pet will need to be restrained as they scrape the surface of the teeth. This can be extremely scary and even painful for your pet. It is much more humane and beneficial to your pet to put them under anesthesia so the tasks can be preformed efficiently and stress-free.
To learn more on Anesthesia Free Dentals please visit:
Oral health is very important to your pets overall health. Not only can it be painful for your pet but also constantly swallowing bacteria from decaying teeth can affect your pet systemically as well. Keep your pet happy and healthy by keeping their oral health in mind!
Whats Your Pets New Years Resolution? - 01/30/2018
Whats your Pets New Years Resolution?
Now that the holidays have passed and we have rang in the New Year, many of us have declared a New Years Resolution. And for many of us that New Years Resolution is to loose weight and be healthier. But what about our pets? If your dog or cat is chunkier then they should be maybe you should include them in your New Years Resolution to be fit as well.
An alarming 58% of cats and 54% of dogs in the US are overweight or obese. We all love our pets and they look so cute begging for table scraps or meowing for extra treats but we are killing them with kindness? Much like humans carrying around extra weight is not healthy for them. Here is a list of a few of the negative effects extra weight can cause.
*It can be painful. Muscle and joint pain make it harder for your pet to get around and increases risk of osteoarthritis.
*It can compromise the respiratory system. Causing your pet to have a harder time breathing
*Increases surgical and anesthetic risks
*Increases risks of disease, such as heart disease, hypertension, Diabetes, liver disease, etc
*Deceases the immune system making them more prone to sicknesses
*Increases risks of cancer
For starters be sure that you are accurately measuring the amount of food your pet should have in a day. Which depends on many things. The size and breed of your pet, the type of food you are feeding and if there are any extras like treats or food toppers. Most foods have a weight recommended chart on the back of the bag to help you determine the amount of food that should be given in a day. However it is always a good idea to speak to your Veterinarian about specifics.
If your pet is over weight you may want to consider eliminating treats or choosing a low calorie option instead. Many veggies are OK for your pets to eat and can be given as treats such as carrots or green beans. They can even be frozen and be given as a cool treat in the hot summer months.
Exercise is very important too, if your pet is able to of course. Going for an extra walk, playing catch in the back yard or going to the dog park are great activities for your dog. It is however, little more tricky to get your cat to exercise but it can be done. Playing with your cat with toys or a laser pointer can be great kitty exercise. Feeding your cat in an area that they have to go up or down stairs or placing their meal in multiple areas can get them moving more. Supplying cat trees and other cat safe furniture is another great idea.
Treat balls are a fantastic idea for both cats and dogs. Using a low calorie treat or even part of your pets regular kibble. A treat ball will slowly dispense 1 or 2 treats at time after its batted around a bit. Which will encourage play and exercise.
Of course Regular vet visits are very important for your pet to keep them in tip top health. Your Veterinarian will be able to suggest appropriate food options and amounts as well as exercise suggestions catered to your specifics pets needs.
Its a New Year, and setting a New Years Resolution can be a great motivator for people to get fit. But don't forget your pet if they are overweight also. Its a New Year, a Fresh Start, and time for a happier healthier you and a happier healthier pet!
Holiday Pet Hazards - 12/20/2017
Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips - 11/15/2017
Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips
The Holidays are upon us and its such a fun and festive time of year. Its a time that brings friends and family together to celebrate and of course feast! But the holidays pose many dangers for your pets as well. Here are a few things every pet owner needs to be aware of this Thanksgiving.
*Kitchen Safety - The kitchen is going to be the busiest room of your house on Thanksgiving. Everyone is scrambling around cooking and preparing the big meal. This is an easy place for accidents to happen. A curious and hungry pet can get into trouble fast. Your pet can get into many things such as the garbage and eat things that it shouldn't. (This is also a hazard after the big day when the tasty left overs have been discarded. So watch your garbage carefully, even after Thanksgiving day. It may be best to just take the garbage right outside away from the pets reach!) They can jump up on counter tops and not only help themselves to the tempting food, but they can also knock over sharp objects or hot pots and pans causing burns and injury. If this happens your pet will need to see a Veterinarian immediately. Since there are so many potential dangers, it is best to just keep your pets out of the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day.
*Food Dangers - When the whole family is indulging, its hard to leave our pets out of the feast. But be careful, there are many foods that pose potential dangers, such as toxicity. Our pets metabolism works differently then ours, so foods that may be safe for us to eat are not safe for them. Even things that you may not suspect such as onions or large amounts of Nutmeg, which are holiday cooking staples, can be very toxic. Some foods can also cause conditions such as pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas caused by rich and fatty foods that our pets can't properly digest. Here is a short list of items to avoid this Thanksgiving. If your pet eats any of these items, they need to see a veterinarian immediately.
-Turkey Skin, Bones, Brine, Fat, or Gravy
-Herbs/Spices such as Nutmeg
-Desserts - Some desserts contain xylitol which is a sweetener that is very toxic to your pet
In addition to these items you must be aware of things such as aluminum foil and plastic wrap. When cooking you use many different items and things such as aluminum foil, plastic wrap, parchment paper, even bags, wrappers and other packaging that smells like food is very tempting to your pet. But swallowing items like these can cause intestinal blockages. Which is a veterinary emergency. For a more extensive list please visit https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control
*Pet Stress - Its wonderful to see family and friends for the holidays. However all the chaos from the additional house guest can cause your pet stress. Explain boundaries to your house guest and always monitor children around your pets. If your pet is too stressed, it may be a good idea to seclude them in a quiet room away from the holiday crazy so they can relax and feel secure.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday that everyone can enjoy. Just be sure to follow these Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips so your and your pet can have a fun and safe Thanksgiving Holiday!
Top 5 Halloween Pet Hazards - 10/27/2017
Top 5 Halloween Pet Hazards
Halloween is a fun time of year. The weather is crisp and children are beyond excited to dress in their costumes and eat sweet treats. But although the rest of your family is excited your pets may not be. There are many dangers for your pet, not to mention it can be very stressful. Here is a list of things to watch out for this Halloween.
1. Candy - Candy can be very toxic to your pet, especially Chocolate and Sugar Free candies. Chocolate contains caffeine and Theobromine which are both very toxic to pets. Both of these chemicals stimulate the heart and the Central Nervous System that dogs and cats can't metabolize causing a potentially serious even life threatening situation. Xylitol is a chemical that is found in sugar free candies, gums, and is often used in other products too such as certain peanut butters. This chemical causes excessive amounts of insulin to be released resulting in a dangerous drop in blood sugar known as hypoglycemia. This happens within minutes causing a very serious situation very fast which can be fatal. If your pet ingests these items call your veterinarian right away.
2. Decorations - Skeletons, witches, and spiderwebs oh my! Decorating your house for the occasion is fun, but make sure you keep your pets in mind as well. Many decorations, wires, cords can be hazardous to your pet if your pet chews or swallows those items. Not to mention scary. You must also keep your pets emotional health in mind. Although it might be comical to some people that Fido is afraid of the flashing zombie, as you see on many YouTube videos, but this is actually not in your pets best interest. Intentionally scaring or stressing your pet can be very damaging to their emotional health. Stress can lead to many problems medically for you pet.
3. Lit Pumpkins - Jack-o-lanterns are a Halloween staple. But they can pose many dangers. Curious pets can easily be burned if a real candle is use to illuminate the carved out face. Or if knocked over by an exuberant pet, a real candle falling out of place can potentially cause a fire.
4. Costumes - Dressing your pet up can be silly and fun. If your pet doesn't mind of course. Some pets are not thrilled with being dressed up and this can cause unnecessary stress to your pet. Don't force your pet to wear a costume if he or she doesn't like it. Costumes can be restricting and awkward for animals. If your pet is OK with wearing a costume, be sure it fits properly and it doesn't restrict movement, vision or airways.
5. Trick-or-Treaters - Some pets are very social and out going, but some pets don't like strange house guest. Multiple strange visitors constantly ringing your door bell screaming "Trick-or-Treat" can be a frighting ordeal to some pets. They don't understand whats going on and it can cause extreme stress. It may be a good idea to seclude your pet in a separate quiet room away from the chaos. Maybe give them their favorite treat and play music or turn the TV on to drown out the noise of the rambunctious sugar hyped children racing to your door. Your pet will be much more comfortable and happy to not be subjected to such anxiety.
Halloween is a fun time but keep your pets physical and mental health in mind. They may not share the passion for the holiday as you and your children do. Keeping candy away from your pet is usually common knowledge but the Mental and Emotional needs of your pet often are over looked. But put yourself in their shoes. These holiday rituals can be very frightening! But by following these guidelines you and your pet can have a safe and stress free Halloween!
7 Things You Can Do for Your Aging Dog to Lengthen their Lifespan - 09/13/2017
7 Things You Can Do for Your Aging Dog to Lengthen their Lifespan
Most people view their pets as members of the family. Most even call their pets their "babies" or refer to them as their "fur children". The bonds that we make with our furry friends is nothing short of special and we want them to be healthy and happy for as long as possible. It can be heartbreaking when you see that the once rambunctious an even mischievous Fido is now slowing down and turning grey. And although we can't make them live forever, there are things we can do to promote longevity.
1. Diet: Choose a good quality dog food. Be sure the food has all the nutrients that your aging buddy needs to stay healthy. You may want to choose a Senior formula that is specially made for the needs of elderly pets. These foods are fortified with the extra vitamins and minerals that older dogs need and some even contain Glucosamine/chondroitin and Omega 3 Fatty Acids which can help with arthritis and mobility. Senior diets are also typically higher in fiber to aid digestion, and contain less calories to keep your pets weight in check. Which brings us to # 2.
2. Keeping your pet at a healthy weight is very important. Overweight animals are at a higher risk of disease such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. Having extra pounds on your pet can also make it harder for them to get around and puts more strain on their joints. So limit treats or use healthier options as treats for your aging pooch.
3. Regular exercise can help your pet stay fit. However keep in mind, Fido is not as young as he use to be, so he may not be able to run 5 miles anymore. But regular walks and other exercises within your dogs means can help keep them limber and strong.
4. If your dog isn't able to get around very well because arthritis has became a problem for them, there are things you can do to alleviate the discomfort. Speak to your veterinarian for recommendations on adding in supplements, anti-inflammatories, and even pain medication to your seniors daily routine. Remember, they can't tell you something hurts. So look out for limping, walking gingerly, or having a hard time getting up and down stairs, etc. A simple pill can help your pet live a better life pain free. We have made it easy for our clients to get their medication regularly and right to their door with our very own Online Pharmacy. http://harveyanimalhospital.vetsfirstchoice.com/
5. Just like with aging humans, sickness and disease are much harsher on them then someone who is 20 years younger. That also goes for your pet as well. So as soon as you notice something out of the ordinary don't hesitate to take them to the vet. Its better to stop things before they start then to try to treat something that has worn down the animals immune system.
6. See your veterinarian regularly. Routine checks up are important to make sure your pet is happy and healthy. Even if they are doing well at home, wellness exams are recommend every 6 months for seniors. Regular blood work is also recommend which can tell the vet how well the organs are functioning and if there has been any changes that need to be addressed. Detecting illness early is key.
7. Be Patient. Your sweet senior may not be able to play fetch anymore but still has an enormous amount of love to give. If your pet is losing its hearing, its eye sight, or maybe having accidents in the house don't get angry with them. Its not something they can control as they age. Scolding them for something they can't control can make them depressed or stressed causing further problems. If you are having these issues speak to your veterinarian as they may be able to help.
Pets are family that we don't get to have around for as long as we would like. But taking these extra steps can help you pet live their life to the fullest.
How to choose the right Heart-worm Preventive for my pet? - 06/01/2017
How to choose the right Heart-worm Preventive for my pet?
Choosing the right Heart-worm medication for your pet can be quite confusing. The abundance of information and recommendations your Veterinarian gives you at the time of your dogs wellness visit can be overwhelming. Especially when your pet is acting like a wild Indian it can be quite distracting. But don't worry, Harvey Animal Hospital in Grosse Pointe Michigan is always here to clarify and answer any questions you may have regarding your pets health.
First and foremost lets clarify the basics. The two most frequently asked questions about Heart-worm disease are, What is heart-worm disease? And How does my pet get heart-worm disease?
Heart-worm disease is transmitted by infected mosquito, and is a very serious potentially life threatening disease that is cause by a worm invasion to your pets heart. These worms mature and reproduce causing severe damage to your pets heart function, and will cause the heart to fail. You can learn more about heart-worm disease by visiting https://www.heartwormsociety.org
Now that you know the dangers of heart-worm disease you can rest assured that you CAN prevent this awful disease. Consistently giving a heart-worm preventative will protect your beloved pet and keep them safe from this sickness. Perfect! The next question pet owners will ask is “What type of heart-worm preventative is right for my pet?' There are a number of options out there and this is something that your veterinarian will gladly discuss with you and help you choose what is right for your pet and their lifestyle. Heart-worm medication can come in a variety of ways, a beefy treat chew, a tablet, a topical, etc. Choosing which is best for your pet will depend on a number of variables. First off , will your pet take the edible medication or is applying a little oil on their back easier for the pet owner. Is it best for your pet to have flea protection as well? Is your dog around other dogs where they are at risk for intestinal worms and parasites? Yes most heart-worm medication also contains protection against intestinal parasites as well. For instance, Heart Guard is a beefy chew that not only protects against heart-worm disease but also, hook worms and round worms. While Trifexis is a tablet that protects against heart-worm, fleas, hook worm, round worm and whip worm. An alternative to an edible form is Advantage Multi which covers, heartworm, fleas, hooks, whips, and round worms.
There are many options and discussing your pets risks with your Veterinarian will help you decide on which is right for your pet. You can also compare on the chart below.
The next big misconception is “ Can't I get my pets heart-worm preventative at a pet store or online?” Well yes and no. It is absolutely NOT recommended to purchase heart-worm medications at a pet store or on a generic website. And no its not because your Veterinarian wants to make more money, it is not recommended for the simple fact that the manufactures of these products ONLY sell to Veterinarians. So how did the pet store or generic website get the products? No one knows. It can be counterfeit or fake products and you do not want to risk your pets health by giving these questionable products. A little tip most pet owners don't realize is that the manufactures of these medications will guarantee their product IF and only IF purchased from a veterinarian. Purchasing online is easy and convenient for most people. Most online pharmacies CAN NOT be trusted, and it is not recommended to purchase products for the same reason I gave above, unless its directly though your veterinarian. We at Harvey Animal Hospital recognize the ease of purchasing online and we just launch our very own online pharmacy! This pharmacy is our personal pharmacy portal and therefore it is a trusted source for your pets medications. You can get your pets heart-worm preventive and other medications right to your door. Click the link below:
Another added benefit from purchasing from your veterinarian whether in clinic or on their personal trusted online pharmacy is the rebates that are offered. There are always rebates and other special offers depending on what type of heart-worm preventative you choose. For example right now if you purchase though our online pharmacy you can get an instant $12 rebate when you buy 12 doses of Heart-Guard and a $5 rebate on 6 doses. Trifexis is currently offering a $25 rebate! So keep your pet safe and protected against the deadly heart-worm diseases and keep your pet on heart-worm preventative. Need a refill of your heart-worm medications? Stay away from pet stores and sketchy online pharmacies. Purchase directly from your vet clinic or their trusted online pharmacy.
Compassionate Veterinary Care Starts with Making the Animal Feel Comfortable - 12/29/2016
When searching for a veterinarian in St. Clair Shores, Michigan it's important to find one that provides compassionate care to animals. While most vet practices are able to care for the needs of a sick pets effectively, not all offices are the same. Some focus on treating many patients throughout the day, while other veterinarians focus on making the animal feel comfortable by taking their time. Each type will treat the pet's medical condition, but a vet who maintains a calm, trusting environment for the pets treated is going to cause less emotional harm to any pet that comes in the door.
Making the Animal Feel Comfortable
Consider that a sick pet is put into a crate, dragged to the vet's office, and put on a table under harsh light. This isn't going to do much to make the animal feel very comfortable. While the pet owner can make the process easier by getting their pet used to the crate and car rides, the rest is up to the vet's office. The first step is to provide a room for the animal where they can come out of their crate without having to be pulled out. In the waiting room, it always helps to set up dividers so that animals don't have to see each other while waiting for an appointment. For nervous pets, a small, isolated waiting room can work wonders.
How the Animal Is Handled
Vet technicians are great at handling most pets, even those that are stressed and aggressive. The problem is, when a stressed-out pet is handled in such a manner that restricts their movement, this can have a lasting effect on their ability to trust other humans. It takes time to get a pet to calm down and trust the person who is trying to assess their medical needs. Rushing an exam usually leads to the need for the pet to be held tightly. In an emergency, this is often necessary, but a vet who takes the time to allow the pet to relax often provides more compassionate care.
Finding the Right Vet for a Pet with Special Medical Needs - 12/28/2016
All pets deserve quality medical care. When searching for vets near me in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, it's important to look at what the needs of the pet are. For some pets who are comfortable around other animals, a large vet office with an active waiting room will be fine. For other pets, especially those that are medically in need, a more compassionate approach may be necessary. Some vets focus on providing care to as many animals as possible throughout the day, while others focus on getting the pet to trust their actions as they provide treatment. When one has an animal with special medical concerns, it's often useful to find a quiet vet practice in the area.
Pets that Require a Gentle Touch
No vet's office should ever handle a pet roughly, but some offices are known to be more gentle than others. A busy practice is going to focus on getting the job done quickly, as there will often be other patients in the waiting room that need to be seen. Pets that require more gentle handling do better in offices that are focused on treating one patient at a time, and doesn't rush you out because of a waiting room full of other patients. In general, it is usually about the size of the practice and whether the office is also an emergency veterinarian provider. In an emergency pet hospital, it can be incredibly chaotic just because pets may be in crisis.
Choosing a Vet in Detroit, Michigan
There are numerous vets to choose from in the city of Detroit, Michigan. This means that it's possible to find an office that is both close to the home and offers the services one is seeking for their pet. In a busier practice, a pet may get less attention, and “conveyer belt” care. In an office that allows pets to relax and get to know the environment first, you and your pet will feel comfortable and even build a bond with the veterinary staff. Overall, it is up to what the pet needs and what works best to get the animal compassionate treatment that doesn't traumatize the animal further.
Animal Lovers Can Find Compassionate Care in Grosse Pointe Finding a Grosse Pointe Veterinarian is the First Priority - 12/16/2016
One of the first things responsible pet lovers do when adopting a new family cat, dog, hamster, bird, or exotic animal is to search for a nearby veterinarian. Whether they want to schedule a general check-up or an initial series of pet vaccinations in the Grosse Pointe area, Harvey Animal Hospital is the top choice! New pet caretakers will love the veterinary options available, knowing they have easy access to an animal hospital that is so close to home and features a skilled and caring team of fellow animal lovers. What Can Devoted Animal Lovers Look for in a Local Veterinarian? Finding the right veterinarian clinic usually involves a variety of factors for busy people with beloved pets. The following are a few things new pet owners might keep in mind when searching for the ideal veterinarian: -The Office Features Convenient Hours. Whether single, married or a large family, modern life is busy for everyone, so it is important to find a veterinarian office that offers plenty of reasonable hours from which to choose to fit their schedule. Pet lovers might look for a care facility that offers business hours Monday through Friday, along with some weekend hours. And that the trusted veterinarian facility has a referral program in place in case of emergencies after hours and holidays. -The Veterinary Staff Uses a Low Stress Approach to Care. These techniques will help make the visit less upsetting for the pet and in turn make the owner less stressed as well. A low stress handling approach can help the animal relax and may also make the pet enjoy the vet visit -The Animal Hospital Offers a Full Menu of up to date Services. The more preventive and acute care services that a busy animal lover can find at one animal hospital, the better for everyone, including the animal. A few key ways local veterinarians help their pets and their families include providing important vaccinations, giving regular health check-ups, answering questions and concerns, and implanting microchips to track and identify treasured pets in case they get lost.
-The Veterinary Team Puts the Pet and Family's Needs First. The most compassionate veterinarian teams understand what pets mean to families and work hard to put their needs first. These professionals not only do so for the pet but for the entire family that loves that pet. Families and their pets will find the kind of care and flexibility they need at our local Grosse Pointe animal hospital
Importance of Pet Preventative Care - 12/15/2016
Taking care of a pet’s health is part of a pet owner’s responsibility. By taking preventative health care measures, pet owners can often avoid serious problems with their pet’s health. Routine pet checkups are important to keeping a pet healthy and happy. Here are but a few of the many benefits pet owners can gain through preventative pet health care.
Regular Monitoring of a Pet’s Health
Pet owners who take their pets for regular checkups make it easier for vets to monitor their animal’s health. Vets can provide pet owners with valuable counsel on their pet’s diet, exercise, grooming and overall care to enhance their health and well-being over the years.
Early Detection of Disease
Regular pet checkups will enable a veterinarian to detect early warning signs of any health problems with a pet such as a serious condition or disease. During routine exams, vets usually do a full physical exam and check a pet’s eyes, ears, mouth and skin which indicate the animal’s current state of health. Vets can also run routine tests on a pet to detect problems with the liver, heart, kidneys, and other vital organs. These tests can also screen for diseases such as diabetes and other abnormalities, that are not obvious from a physical exam.
Early detection of serious illnesses and diseases could save a pet’s life. By catching the disease in its early stages, a vet may be able to help a pet get better faster to prevent pain and suffering. The longer pets go without proper healthcare, the greater the risk of the disease spreading and causing serious harm. Pet owners also run the risk of having to pay for more expensive treatment for serious diseases if they wait too long.
Preventative pet care includes having a pet vaccinated against rabies, distemper and other diseases when needed. Regular vaccinations will enhance an animal’s immune system to preserve its health over the long run. Vaccinations will also protect a pet from catching an infectious disease. People who travel often with their pet will want to ensure they are well protected during their travels.
Just as people need regular doctor visits to promote good health and well-being, pets also benefit from regular visits to the vet to keep them looking and feeling their best. Working with a good pet clinic in St. Clair Shores will enable pet owners to provide their pet with the quality medical care they need to stay in optimum health. A healthy pet is a happy pet that will provide pet owners with years of love and companionship.
3 Questions to Ask Before Adopting a Pet - 12/13/2016
Pets provide companionship and love to people of all ages. At the same time, they’re a responsibility to care for. Pet owners are responsible to provide for the health and welfare of their pets. This involves dedicating time, money and effort to ensure pets have all their needs. Before deciding to get a pet, people should ask themselves the following questions.
Why Have a Pet?
People want pets for different reasons. Those who are lonely often want a pet to fill a void for friendship and companionship. Others may decide to get a pet, such as a dog, for protection and security. People who are considering getting a pet should keep in mind that animals have feelings and require commitment from their owners to meet their needs. Before becoming a pet owner, people should make sure the pet they choose can fit into their lifestyle.
Despite being lots of fun, baby animals such as kittens and puppies need extra TLC and training. Busy people may not be able to provide the attention a young pet may need. Older animals are more likely to adjust to being alone at home while pet owners work or their kids go to school. Pets should complement a person’s way of life to make it easier for both pet and owner to adjust to each other.
Who will Care for the Pet?
In a family home, pets are usually cared for by the entire family. Pet owners have a responsibility to feed, groom, exercise and play with their companion daily. By having a regular veterinarian in St. Clair Shores, pet owners can ensure their pet gets routine checkups to stay healthy and happy. In addition to routine exams, pets may require vaccinations, tests for heart, liver or blood problems, in-depth grooming or dental care. Vets encourage pet owners to take advantage of preventative health care to keep their pet in good health.
Who Will Pay for Pet Expenses?
Like children, pets cost money for their care. Consumers should factor pet needs and cost to include regular vet visits into their budget before taking on the responsibility of a companion. In addition to food and vet costs, pets may need toys, a bed to sleep in, a crate for traveling, grooming products, flea and heartworm preventatives, vaccinations, vitamins and pet medicine when they’re sick in the course of their care. The love and companionship pets provide more than counter for these costs.
Important Facts About Feline Leukemia - 12/12/2016
Feline leukemia can be extremely destructive to a pet’s health. Understanding this disorder and the steps necessary to prevent it can save a cat’s life.
Feline Leukemia Overview
The feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a retrovirus that produces an enzyme that allows it to insert a copy of its genetic makeup into any infected cells in a cat.
FeLV infections hinder the effectiveness of a pet’s immune system and cause a number of cancers. Feline leukemia causes the majority of household cat deaths.
Among U.S. cats, between 2 and 3 percent have feline leukemia infections. With those who are very young, sick, or at risk for other medical reasons, the incidence rises to 13 percent. Kittens are the most susceptible.
Cats develop feline leukemia by catching it from another cat. Transmission occurs through grooming, biting, sharing dishes or litter boxes, or just being in close contact. When one cat in a multi-cat household tests positive for FeLV, all the others require testing.
Common symptoms include:
Treatment and Prevention
FeLV cats require constant veterinary management of their symptoms. More than half of those whose blood persistently reveals the presence of leukemia pass away due to related disorders within two or three years after they become infected.
Veterinary care at an animal clinic serving St. Clair Shores pets includes periodic testing and follow-up visits for cats with feline leukemia. Veterinarians advise owners to keep any pets known to carry FeLV indoors.
A veterinarian can recommend appropriate nutrition for an FeLV cat and will be on the lookout for secondary infections linked to bacteria, parasites, or other viruses. Most FeLV cats take medication to treat their symptoms and receive annual vaccinations to protect them from intestinal and respiratory viruses. Ongoing dental care is also important to prevent infections.
When they suffer severe symptoms, some FeLV cats require hospitalization until they stabilize. Sometimes emergency blood transfusions are necessary.
Veterinarians often recommend a commercial FeLV vaccine for a new pet. Before administering it, they test to determine that the cat is not already infected. However, the only way to completely protect a cat from contracting feline leukemia is to prevent any contact with an infected animal.
Can Dogs Get Lyme Disease - 12/11/2016
Those searching for "vets near me in Grosse Pointe" may find listings of vets who provide testing if they found a tick on their pet. The owner may be frantically searching for a vet, in fear of their pet having Lyme disease. It's only a wive's tale that Lyme disease can't travel to pets, so owners need to recognize the symptoms and act quickly.
What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease originates from a bacterium known as a spirochete, which comes from the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria. It's transferred to a canine via a tick bite, usually from a deer tick. But Scientists are discovering other types of ticks transmit Lyme disease as well.
How to Detect it in Animals
Unlike humans who may develop the "bull's-eye rash," the animal won't develop any kind of skin reaction from Lyme disease. Because of this, Lyme disease tends to go undetected in pets. In many cases, the pet doesn't develop symptoms for awhile, which delays the diagnosis and treatment processes. In most cases, the doctor tests for other conditions before considering the possibility of Lyme disease. It's not uncommon for the condition to go undetected for a year or longer. By that time, several areas of the body are affected.
The first sign of Lyme disease in animals is localized pain due to the disease affecting the joints. The pet may experience difficulty walking and appear like he is "walking on eggshells." Limping is common and the pet may also stop eating and have a risen temperature. Sometimes, the symptoms will begin and stop. Without treatment, the symptoms will eventually return.
How Does the Vet Diagnose It?
It's not really possible for a vet to make the diagnosis without testing, even if the doctor suspects Lyme disease. The vet will order one of two different tests: an antibody test or a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. An antibody test detects the presence of antibodies from the organism, rather than the actual bacteria in the blood. The antibody test isn't always accurate since the pet will show negative for the presence of antibodies if they haven't formed yet. Sometimes, there just aren't enough antibodies to stimulate a positive reaction, oftentimes in a pet with a weakened immune system.
A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is the other type and is more accurate. It's a DNA test that's more sensitive than an antibody test. Not every pet has the bacteria in his blood, so a false negative may occur from a blood test. Vets can also test fluid from a joint to detect Lymes Disease.
If you spot a tick on your pet or if you pet isn't acting himself, call your veterinarian right away. The sooner a disease is diagnosed the sooner treatment can begin. If you live in an area where there are many ticks or if you plan on traveling with your pet to an area with ticks ask your vet about the Lyme's Disease vaccine.
Choosing a Vet After a Move - 12/10/2016
When a person moves, they have usually put a lot of thought and planning into the move, and have a certain understanding why the move was necessary. Still, the moving process remains stressful, even with this understanding. The pets that go along for the ride don't have that luxury. Many get upset when the owners rearrange the furniture, let alone move to a new home. Another one of the major stressors pets will ultimately need to face after a move is going to a new vet. In order to find a vet in your new community, it is likely that their owners will start by searching "vets near me Detroit," “vet near me in Grosse Pointe” or something along these lines. Moving is a busy time, and it may be tempting just to blindly pick whatever shows up at the top of the search results, however it is better for pets if their owners take the time to dig a little deeper.
Visiting Without a Pet
One of the things not every pet owner considers is making a visit to the vet just to check out the facility before bringing their pet for a check up. Pets pick up on their owner's anxiety, and just knowing things like how get to the new vet, or the layout of the hospital can make humans feel more comfortable, which translates onto the pet.
A visit without the pet also gives pet owners an opportunity to ask questions that are relative to their pet's condition without the distraction of trying to control their pet at the same time. It is a good idea to make a list of any questions about any potential health concerns, and mention them at the visit, even if they seem minor, because this can bring a better understanding of the issue.
Experience With Various Types of Pets
There are many veterinary practices that a person might find when they search "vets near me Detroit" that serve cats and dogs almost exclusively. While cats and dogs make wonderful pets, many people own "exotic" pets, such as birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, and reptiles, who also need to be properly cared for. Pet owners who have these pets, with or without a cat or dog, should inquire about a vets familiarity with these animals as well.
Easing the Stress
No matter how much a pet owner prepares, going to a new vet for the first time may still be stressful for the pet. Owners can help their pets feel more comfortable by getting comfortable themselves. Taking your pet in just to meet the Doctors and staff can really help your pet feel more comfortable too. By bringing your pet in for attention and treats and really help a pet get familiar with the people and environment and even be eager to go to the vet as its associated with positive things. That way, when they need to come in for health concerns or procedures your pet will associate the visit with the kisses and cookies it received last time and won't be so stressed. Also, choosing a vet that prides itself on it's ability to manage stress in pets can prove to be a big advantage that pets will truly appreciate.
Some Thoughts to Chew On -- Don't Let Your Pets Gnaw on These Items - 12/09/2016
Some dogs, especially puppies like to chew on things, such as sticks and rawhide. But pet owners should be cautious about what they allow their pets to gnaw on. Even some items marketed specifically for dogs to chew on can be dangerous to its health. That is why it's important for a pet owner to keep the following away from their furry best friends.
Any canine owner who has taken a stroll down the pet section of the supermarket has probably seen bags of rawhide for sale and assumed that they must be safe to give to their dogs. But most experts caution that these treats can be downright dangerous for your pet for several reasons. One, rawhide, especially imported chews, often contain harmful chemicals. Rawhide chews can also pose a choking hazard. And if a dog has a tendency to swallow large pieces of rawhide, they could end up blocking its digestive system, which could require in abdominal surgery.
It's not uncommon for dogs to chew up sticks that they find while out and about, but splinters could, unfortunately, lodge in the canine's mouth, which could result in an infection. And if the dog gnaws and swallows a lot of wood, it could also end up causing a blockage in its intestinal tract.
Because small plastic pill containers filled with medication or asthma inhalers could be mistaken for chew toys by dogs, it is important to keep them out of a pet's reach. Asthma inhalers can be especially dangerous to a dog. If a canine should accidentally puncture the inhaler while chewing on the plastic casing, they could inhale a potentially lethal dose of the asthma medication. If so, the pet owner will need to take the pet to their veterinarian immediately for treatment. Whether your in St. Clair Shores, Grosse Pointe, Detroit, or the surrounding areas Harvey Animal Hospital is always there to help.
In the old days, pet owners wouldn't think twice about slipping a dog a steak bone, but these and other cooked bones can be dangerous to a dog's health. Steak and chicken bones for example can splinter and lodge in a dog's windpipe or could poke holes in your canine's stomach or intestines, which could result in peritonitis.
So what can responsible pet owners do for a pet that loves to chew? Fortunately, manufacturers have come up with a number of safe chew-able options for dogs. And if a pet owner isn't sure which treats are safe, they should consult with their veterinarian before purchasing new chew toys.
Types of Vaccinations to Keep Your Pet Healthy in Grosse Pointe - 12/08/2016
When a person brings a new dog or cat into the family, there is often times more worry about buying the right pet food and taking them to the groomers then taking them to the Vet. Ensuring that the pet lives a long and healthy life is a top priority for new pet owners, and vet visits are vital to their health. Vaccinations play a huge role in keeping your pet healthy and safe from disease. Whether your in Detroit, Grosse Pointe, or St Clair Shores, Harvey Animal Hospital can provide preventative care including vaccinations to your pet in all stages of life.
These pet vaccinations have several different types of advantages. In addition to helping the immune system fight against the risk of common diseases, it also helps prevent the spread of communicable illnesses that can be given to other pets and even humans.
Types of Pet Vaccines
Pet vaccines are placed into two categories: core vaccinations and non-core vaccinations. Core vaccinations are vital for the pet to lessen the risk of exposure to deadly disease. These shots also can lower the severity of the illness if the pet contracts a specific sickness. Non-core vaccinations will be given based on the pet's exposure risk in contracting certain illnesses and the pet's lifestyle.
Dogs living in the Detroit, Grosse Pointe and St. Clair Shores area will normally receive their first set vaccinations when they are six to eight weeks old. Puppies will need a series of shots to build their immune system until they are a certain age. Then they will typically receive boosters every year to every three years. Types of vaccinations a dog may receive:
- Bordetella bronchiseptica
Cats living in the Detroit, Grosse Pointe, and St Clair Shores area will begin receiving pet vaccinations from the age of six to eight weeks old and will also receive a series of shots as well to properly build their imune system. Then they will receive boosters annually each year after or every three years depending on the vaccine. The types of vaccinations that are available to cats include:
The Doctors at Harvey Animal Hospital will discuss with you which vaccines your dog or cat needs. If your pet stays in the Detroit, Grosse Pointe, and St Clair Shores area, there may be vaccines that your pet will not need, but if your pet travels there may be vaccines that your pet will need in addition to their Core Vaccines.
Updated Pet Vaccination Records
It is always important to keep thorough vaccine records on your pet. Vaccine records are needed in order for a pet to get groomed, go to daycare, dog parks, or even a boarding facility. You never know when an emergency will occurs and you need to board your pet while you go out of town or in the unfortunate circumstance that you need to rehome your pet. These records will allow the new pet owner to maintain the vaccination and booster schedule so their pet can remain healthy. It also prevents the pet from getting shots that they may have already received. Many pet owners are also relieved to have such detailed records when their pet becomes lost or injured. Their veterinarian will have the complete medical record they need to provide the right treatment to get the pet back onto the path to wellness.
Inappropriate Elimination Part II - 12/02/2016
Toileting problems in cats
In the last post we talked about determining whether inappropriate urination was due to medical problems. If those have been ruled out and we are dealing with a toileting problem then we can treat it in a very specific ways.
We need to make sure that the litterbox is in an accessible location. We should avoid noisy appliances, rooms that are a dead end and other pets. Putting a litterbox right next to a furnace, water heater or washer or dryer could scare the cat when it turns on and the cat won’t want to go into the box again.
Litterboxes should be in different locations in the household especially in multicat households. If all the litterboxes are in one place it is kind of like a public restroom. Is it the same going to a public restroom with 3 stalls verses having 3 separate bathrooms in a house? Sometimes dominant cats will block access to resources for other cats, so making sure that the litterbox is in an area that the dominate cat doesn't frequent. Think about it for a second, If on your way to the bathroom you had to meet someone you didn’t get along with would you go very often or would you avoid going to that location and pick somewhere else. Making sure that there is a litterbox on each floor of the house, especially for older cats that are having a hard time using the stairs can help.
Litterboxes should be large enough for the cat to turn around, scratch and dig, and posture appropriately. Sometimes using a plastic storage container rather than something that is made as a litterbox will be necessary to get a box big enough.
Obviously too small for this cat
Making sure the litterbox is cleaned frequently. Most of the time this means scooping on a daily basis, changing litter on a weekly basis and cleaning the box on a monthly basis. Would you want to go to your bathroom if you didn’t flush the toilet every time you went to the bathroom?
Sometimes we need to do a trial to see what the cat’s litterbox/litter preference is. Some cats prefer a clumping litter to clay litter. Some cats have preferences for depth of litter, height of the sides of the box, size of the box and whether the box is covered or not. Making sure that we don’t have a box that is too tall for a kitten or older, arthritic cat to get into is important as well.
Occasionally if there has been a long standing problem or a severe problem getting a different kind of litterbox will help, since there is no adverse association with the new box.
Treatment for marking is significantly different than for toileting problems. Sometimes we are dealing with both issues so may have to combine treatments to be effective.
Drugs can be used to help with this but it can take several weeks to see any affect.
Environmental enrichment is an important part of treatment. Adding additional food and water dishes and resting locations as well as litterboxes can help significantly. Playing and interacting with your cat on a daily basis can help too.
Feliway diffusers are always helpful and if you have multiple cats in your house there is a new product just for you. Feliway Multicat diffusers.
If they are not already spayed or neutered getting this done can help significantly in their urge to mark.
Sometimes the problem is actually something outside of the home. Cats can react to things outside such as stray cats, so blocking access to them seeing those things can help. If outdoor cats are causing problems using motion activated sprinklers to keep them out of your yard can help. Not leaving food outside for outdoor cats can stop them from coming around. If the problem is between 2 cats in your house separation can help and then a gradual introduction if they are doing better.
Behavior modification/training depending on your specific situation can help significantly.
It can be tricky to find out the exactly reason your cat is going outside of their box. But together we can figure out the cause and decide on the appropriate course of action. The key is to be patient! This is a very frustrating situation ,but with a little time and patience we can resolve the problem and your feline friend will be good as new!
Of course if you need any help with determining the cause of your cats problem I am only a phone call away!
Inappropriate Elimination Part I - 12/01/2016
Inappropriate urination is one of the most common things we see cats for at our practice. It can be a challenge to figure out exactly why any particular cat is not using the litterbox the way we want them too. Initially we need to make sure there aren’t any medical issues happening that would make the urination a symptom of that problem rather than the primary problem. Medical issues that could cause inappropriate urination are: · Urinary tract infection · Lower urinary tract disease If a cat has any of these problems and has a hard time getting into the litterbox or has experienced pain while in the litterbox, if we treat it then they are more likely to start using it again. In order to evaluate for these problems blood work, urinalysis, stool sample analysis for intestinal parasites and x-rays and sometimes ultrasound need to be done. In research that has been done 55% of cats that aren’t using the litterbox have an underlying medical problem. 1 Once we rule out medical issues we need to determine whether we are dealing with a marking issue or toileting issue as they are treated in very different ways. Occasionally we will see a combination of problems where it is toileting and a medical issue or toileting and marking in the same cat. Toileting is normal elimination that happens in a location that is unacceptable. Some cats do this because they have a preference for a certain substrate (carpeting, plastic, etc.). Sometimes it is an aversion because they don’t like something about the litterbox (not cleaned enough, litter preferences, box size or style). Marking is a normal behavior but in general it is unacceptable to most owners. It is a form of communication between cats saying “I am here”, and “This is my territory”. It usually involves urine on vertical surfaces. If you see your cat back up to the wall, raise its tail and shake the tail and urine is deposited on the wall this is marking. Urine that splashes onto the wall is not. Once we determine whether it is a toileting problem or a marking problem there are different treatments for each.
Bamberger M, Houpt KA. Signalment factors, comorbidity, and trends in behavior diagnoses in cats: 736 cases (1991-2001). Javma-Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 2006;229:1602-1606.
Fear Free Vet Visits - 11/30/2016
Going to the Vet can be very scary for your pet, especially if they are not handled properly. As a Veterinarian I love my patients, and I would never want them to be afraid or stressed when coming to the clinic. I want them to not only to feel comfortable when coming in for their check ups but I want them to be HAPPY to see me! This is why, I and my clinic pride ourselves in practicing "low stress handling" or "Fear Free"veterinary visits. We do this for lots of reasons, but the most important is for the comfort and safety of everyone involved. I would like you to imagine what your pet is thinking when they are brought in for a visit.
DogImagine someone you trust getting out one of your favorite things (the leash) and then putting you into a big metal box (the car). Sometimes this ends up bringing you to good things (dog park) but every once in awhile you end up going somewhere where bad things happen (the vet). If you go to the vet, there are weird smells, sounds you don't understand. They start poking and prodding you and making you hold still. You are panting and pacing and not sure what you should do. And worst of all, this person that you trust lets this happen and acts like everything is normal and you should just accept it. They try to reassure you but it still hurts and you're not sure what to expect the next time you get in that metal box.
CatYou are sitting there minding your own business, enjoying your morning nap. Your trusted owner picks you up and stuffs you into this little box (the carrier). They take you outside where you are never allowed to go on your own and put the little box into a bigger box (the car). It feels like you are moving but you can't really see what is going on. You cry and cry, trying to get someone to get you out of this box and back where it is safe. No one responds. Finally the big box stops and you are taken into a building that has weird smells and sounds. You still are not sure what is going on but at least you have stopped moving now. You hear people talking and then the little box you are in is picked up and you are dumped out onto a cold table. You freeze in fear just hoping this will end soon. People start touching you, looking into your ears and opening your mouth and you have no idea why. Then they hold you down and start poking you with needles. Finally they let you go and all you want to do is get back home and hide. Can you see why this could create problems with getting your pet to go into the carrier, or a car or to not like going to the vet? We can't control the whole process. It's still sometimes difficult to get cats to like their carrier and some dogs still have problems with car rides (if this is your pet let us know we have some ideas that might help). Once you get to the clinic though, we can do our best to make the visit as enjoyable as possible.Using lots of treats can help. If your pet has a sensitive stomach or is on a special diet please let us know. We do have treats we can use for them too. You can bring special treats from home as an option as well. If your pet has been scared when they came in previously we might ask you to skip breakfast and bring it with you. A hungry dog is more likely to take a treat from us than one who just ate breakfast.You might not realize some of the things we are doing, but something as simple as not making eye contact or turning sideways to your dog as we are greeting them can make them much more comfortable approaching us. With cats we try to take as much of a hands off approach as possible. When you get here we try to get you into an exam room right away. No sense in having a dog try to investigate what is in the carrier and really upset them. If we don't have a room available immediately, we might suggest putting them somewhere where it is a little quieter until we can get you into an exam room. We put a towel with Feliway (a calming feline pheromone) over them to try to calm them even more. The towel blocks some of the sights and sounds and Feliway has a calming effect on most cats.Once you are in an exam room it's best to open the door to the carrier and let your cat decide whether they want to come out to investigate or not. If they don't that's OK. They feel safe where they are. We will get them out when we have to. We try to have everything ready and do things as efficiently as possible. We usually try to take the carrier apart and leave the cat in it if they don't want to come out. The less we move them the happier they are. Sometimes the only thing we need them out of the carrier for is to get a weight so we might do that last.All animals appreciate when we respect their space and handle them in a comforting manner. Some pets are more anxious than others and for some it may be better to bring them back on a different day for the care they need and try some medication to ease their anxiety. If you feel your pet has been very anxious here in the past and want to try medication please let us know. We want to make things as easy on you and your pet as possible, and make it a safe experience for everyone involved.Veterinary visit are vital to your pets health and well-being. Our pets don't understand what we are doing is only trying to help them. We wish we could explain to them that poke they felt wasn't us trying to be mean, it was us giving them a life saving vaccine that will protect them again deadly viruses. But with a calm gentle FEAR FREE approach we can ease some of that stress. We take the extra time and go the extra mile to make your pet feel safe, comfortable and happy!
For more information on our Fear Free Vet Visit and Low-Stress Handling you can visit our website at http://harveyanimalhospital.com/lowstress.pml
The Most Common Types of Cancer in Cats - 11/29/2016
The Most Common Types of Cancer in Cats
Many cat owners are surprised that felines and humans sometimes suffer from the same types of cancer. What often astounds them is learning that one out of every five cats will develop a malignant condition. Understanding the most common types of cat cancer and their signs helps prepare owners who visit an animal clinic in St. Clair Shores to decide on the best treatment options for their pets.
Most Common Feline Malignancies
Three kinds of cancer in cats are the most common:
- Squamous cell carcinoma: Cats are most likely to develop it on areas of the skin that remain exposed, such as the eyelids, nose, and ears. Cats that are white and that reside in areas with a lot of sun face elevated risk. Overall, the prognosis for this type of cancer is poor. However, when it is related to sun exposure and treated at an early state, the results tend to be good. While the most frequently used treatment is surgery, scientists are looking at new ways to treat cats with this condition to improve their quality of life.
- Fibrosarcoma: This type of aggressive malignancy forms in a cat’s fibrous connective tissues. Veterinarians treat this type of malignancy with surgery, often combined with chemotherapy or radiation.
Cat Cancer Symptoms
- Lymphoma: Lymphocytes are blood cells that fight infections. Lymphoma results when these cells reproduce in an uncontrolled manner. Tumors most often develop in a cat’s intestinal tract, lymph nodes, nasal cavity, liver, or kidneys. The prognosis for a cat with lymphoma is linked to where it occurs and certain other factors. However, as many as 75 percent of cats treated with chemotherapy experience remission.
Even a few decades ago, cancer in a cat was invariably a terminal condition. Even today, it is difficult to prevent it because experts are unaware of exact causes. Survival is typically linked to spotting the signs of a malignancy and getting early treatment.
The most common signs of cat malignancies include:
- Any sore that won’t heal
- Alterations in urinary or bowel habits
- Lethargic behavior
- Significant weight loss
- Reduced appetite
- Breathing difficulty
- Objectionable odor
- Trouble eating or swallowing
- Bleeding or other discharge of unknown origin
- Swelling of lymph nodes
- Prolonged lameness or stiffness
- Difficulty passing urine or stool
- An enlarging mass or lump
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The Importance of Weight Management for Pets - 11/28/2016
The Importance of Weight Management for Pets
Pets have a healthy body mass index, just like humans do. Although a person may feel like he or she is not spoiling his or her pet by giving them all types of human food or overfeeding them their own food, it's not always healthy for them. In fact, sometimes it causes a great deal of health problems for the pet.
What a Vet Will Do
A veterinarian in St. Clair Shores may recommend an owner place a pet on a special diet if the pet gains a considerable amount of weight over a short period of time or has become overweight. The doctor may even prescribe a special variety of food to help the owner manage the pet's weight.Why Pet Weight Management is Important
Pets may suffer from similar complications as a result of having too much body fat. For instance, the pet may become diabetic as a result of the weight and may require medications. When a pet has diabetes, it is hard on his or her small bodily organs such as the heart and kidneys, causing even more health problems for the cat or dog.
Excess weight is hard on a pet's heart. The average life expectancy of pet dogs ranges between 10 to 15 years. A pet with a heart problem has less of a life expectancy, which means the owner has less time with his or her pet. Just like with humans, being overweight has the potential to cause hypertension.
Some animals naturally have joint issues more so than other breeds. For instance, larger dogs like Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds are already more prone to osteoarthritis. The excess puts even more stress on the joints, making it more difficult for animals who already have a joint problem. Moreover, dogs who are overweight are more likely to develop arthritis.
Cancer is common in certain breeds of animals. Animals who are overweight are more prone to certain types of cancer.
The extra weight can cause health issues, it also has the potential to decrease the pet's quality of life.
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