4 Signs Your Cat is Stressed
February is National Cat Health Month, it’s important to understand their well being and ensure their health is in the best shape possible. Did you know pets can also be stressed and feel anxiety? Chronic stress can lead to health issues in your cat and it is important to understand all the signs if your cat is stressed. If you have any questions regarding your pet and stress, feel free to give us a call at (559) 434-4000.
1. Urinating outside the Litter Box
If your cat appears to be stressed and afraid for no reason, it may be time to investigate the cause of the problem. If your cat is urinating outside their litter box, pay attention closely. Cats that urinate outside the cat litter box are trying to tell us something.
2. Excessive Grooming
Cats are known for their attentiveness to their grooming. However if cats are licking themselves raw or bald, this is a serious sign of distress.
3. Aggression to You or Others
“A stressed or sick cat may also display aggression towards people, even you. Again, it’s best to consult your veterinarian or a veterinary behaviorist immediately.”
4. Lost in Appetite
Consult a veterinarian if your cat suddenly loses his or her appetite. This could be a health related issue or a sign of stress.
Watch for the signs of chronic stress, like changes in your cat’s appetite or sleeping patterns, a drop in energy, or withdrawal. “Potential causes that may result in a stressed cat are wide and varied. Cat anxiety may be caused by pain or illness, exposure to something toxic or infectious diseases that affect the nervous system. A psychological trigger may be to blame, like a traumatic experience, lack of proper socialization or a history of abuse or neglect. An aging brain can also cause anxiety.”
If you see any of these symptoms, check with us to ensure your cat’s health is normal. Make sure your cat’s health is up to date. Regular checkups and wellness exams are critical to your pet’s well-being. Schedule your appointment by calling us at 559-434-4000
How to Brush Your Pet’s Teeth
February is National Pet Dental Health Month. It is important to keep your pet’s oral health in excellent shape, to prevent bad breath and disease. Dental home care does not replace the need for a professional cleaning once a year, but it will slow the progression of dental disease that occurs as your pet ages.
How do you brush your pet’s teeth?
1. Introduce and Start Slow:
Start with offering the toothbrush specifically developed for use in pets. Do not ever use human toothpaste to brush your dog’s teeth. Human toothpaste creates suds, and dogs can’t rinse their mouth and spit. Fluorides and other ingredients can be toxic to animals if ingested.
2. Let your pet lick the toothpaste off the brush and enjoy the flavor.
This will help you determine how well your pet likes the toothpaste. It will also help your pet to get used to the taste, making it more likely to accept brushing.
3. Once your pet has gotten accustomed to chewing the toothbrush, try brushing ONE tooth at a time.
The best tooth to start with is the large canine tooth. The canines are easy to get to without having to handle the lips or tilt the head. When you start brushing the back cheek pouch, your pet will chew on the brush, that is okay. This way they are also getting the bottom teeth cleaned.
4. Positive reinforcement training.
It’s okay to give a treat before or after a brushing session.
5. Make it fun:
If it is not fun for you and your pet, neither one of you will be motivated to continue with the routine. This should be a time of love and attention from you for you pet.
Download our brochure for more information on dentistry and your pet. Schedule a dental cleaning with us. If your pet has brown/yellow teeth, bad breath, or is having difficulty eating, these could all be signs of dental disease. Please call us at 559-434-4000 today to learn more and schedule your pet’s dental cleaning.
National Train Your Dog Month
January is “National Train Your Dog Month”! Training your dog from an early start can be a joyous and healthy opportunity for both you and your dog. It can help your dog socialize and familiarize themselves with everyday surroundings. Here in Fresno, Yosemite Bark, LLC offers puppy training at our location, serving the Fresno and Clovis communities.
This will help your puppy socialize, use positive reinforcement puppy training and ultimately make socialization positive. Dog training can be beneficial to pet owners too, understanding normal canine behavior, reading canine body language and building a bond with your puppy.
To learn more give us a call at 559-434-4000
Pet ID’s and Microchipping
If your cat is lost around the Fresno and Clovis area, it can be difficult to find him or her in such as vast area. One solution is, a microchip – a small device that can be easily inserted under your pet’s skin. It is as quick and painless as a vaccine. The owner’s information is registered on a national database and if a lost pet is found, the owner can be contacted. Most veterinarians and animal shelters have scanners that read the microchip number and allow the owner to be identified.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us today at 559-434-4000
Acupuncture for Your Pet
There are many options for those who do not wish to pursue traditional medicine alone. We uniquely offer Acupuncture at Waterhouse Animal Hospital. Acupuncture can help with many types of pain, osteoarthritis, vomiting, cancer pain, endocrine disorders, and much more. Acupuncture is simple and most pets not only tolerate it well, but quickly learn to enjoy the interaction and experience. There are many different uses for Acupuncture, so if you are looking for an alternative therapy in the Central Valley, to keep your pet healthy, give us a call to set up an appointment.
Physical Rehabilitation at Waterhouse Animal Hospital
At Waterhouse Animal Hospital, physical medicine is practiced through acupuncture, laser therapy, and physical rehabilitation.
Physical rehabilitation is the use of therapeutic exercise and stretching to enhance the body’s natural function and decrease pain after injury, disease, or surgical intervention. Almost all animals can benefit from physical rehabilitation, including animals with arthritis, overweight animals, and geriatric animals.
We perform manual work to assess muscle tightness, joint movement, and to isolate painful areas. Based upon the exam, exercises, stretches and lifestyle changes are prescribed to help your pet live its best life. Even for routine checkups, consulting with our rehabilitators for simple changes to make at home can result in improved wellness and prevent injury in the future.
At Waterhouse we have one technician and one veterinarian who have completed coursework in rehabilitation at the University of Tennessee and are currently working to finish their certification in canine rehabilitation.
If your dog has been injured, one of the best ways to improve muscle mass and hasten your pet’s recovery is with physical therapy. Our knowledgeable staff can direct you in providing safe, muscle building exercises for your pet. These exercises may range from simple maneuvers to more progressive activities targeting specific muscles or groups of muscles. Whether your pet has had surgery to repair a crucial ligament, requires passive range of motion after a back injury, or needs specific stretches for muscle sprains and strains, our staff is ready to work with you to develop a physical therapy program for your pet’s recovery.
4 Reasons Your Dog has Bad Breath
With a few kisses (licks) from your four legged friend, you catch a whiff of their breath. While a stinky breath can be due to not brushing their teeth, bad breath can also be a sign of something more serious, and you may want to have a veterinarian check on it. Here are a few reasons your dog may have bad breath. If your pet has brown/yellow teeth, bad breath, or is having difficulty eating, these could all be signs of dental disease. Please call us at 559-434-4000 today to learn more and schedule your pet’s dental cleaning.
1. Gum or Dental Disease:
Just like humans, plaque and tartar can build up in dogs, which leads to bacteria causing the bad breath. Gum disease can occur in dogs and cause cavities, inflamed gums and tooth decay.
2. Kidney Disease:
Kidney disease or failure can also cause bad breath in dogs. The urine odor is a warning sign of kidney disease and you should make an appointment with your vet as soon as possible.
Diabetes can be a cause of bad breath in dogs. The odor is fruity and sweet. Do not confuse this with a clean breath, the odor can be a symptom of something larger.
4. Liver Disease:
“If your dog’s breath is truly foul and she is also vomiting, exhibiting a lack of appetite, and has a yellow tinge to her gums, she may have a liver problem.”
3 Easy Ways to Keep Your Pets Teeth Healthy
Dental care is vital to the overall health of any animal, yet it is the most common issue that most pet owners ignore. Dental disease can lead to health issues with the heart, liver, and kidneys, and can affect the entire body through the bloodstream. In fact, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats over three years of age suffer from some form of dental disease, making it the most common pet health issue among our pet population.
Here are three easy ways to keep your pets teeth healthy. Download our brochure for more information on dentistry and your pet.
1. Dental Treats:
It’s no secret that pets love treats. The easiest way to keep your pet teeth healthy and improve their dental health is dental treats. Dental treats are made specifically to remove plaque buildup and often contain ingredients that freshen breath and clean your pet’s mouth. There are various types of dental treats that one can purchase that come in various shapes, flavors and sizes. Ask us for our recommendations next time at your next appointment.
2. Start a Routine:
Try to establish a teeth cleaning routine at the very least once a week. Begin slowly and get your pet accustom to a cleaning routine. It will get easier each time. Make it fun and if needed, create reinforcement. It’s okay to give a treat before or after a brushing session. Your pet will associate brushing with the treat giving trick. Start when your pet is young. The ideal time to start brushing a dog’s teeth is when it is a puppy. You can start as early as eight weeks of age. Starting young can help your pet to become accustomed to the feel of the brush and the act of brushing.
Toothbrushes work much better than finger brushes. There are various tools such as wipes that you can use on your pet. Be sure to use a pet approved toothpaste. Do not ever use human toothpaste to brush your pet’s teeth. Human toothpaste creates suds, and dogs can’t rinse their mouth and spit. Fluorides and other ingredients can be toxic to animals if ingested. Bonus tip – Let your pet lick the toothpaste off the brush and enjoy the flavor. It will help your pet to get used to the taste, making it more likely to accept brushing.
Schedule a dental cleaning with us. If your pet has brown/yellow teeth, bad breath, or is having difficulty eating, these could all be signs of dental disease. Please call us at 559-434-4000 today to learn more and schedule your pet’s dental cleaning.
4 Halloween Safety Tips for Your Pet
1. Trick-or-Treats are Not for Pets
All forms of chocolate can be dangerous, even lethal for dogs and cats. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart rate and others, according to PetMD.
2. Keep lit candles and jack-o-lanterns out of reach of pets
3. Halloween Costume
What is Halloween without a fun cute costume and dozens of photos? If you plan to put a costume on your pet, make sure it fits properly and is comfortable. Ensure it doesn’t have any pieces that can easily be chewed off, and doesn’t interfere with your pet’s sight, hearing, breathing, opening its mouth, or moving. Be sure to make the time to ensure your pet is accustomed to the costume. Never leave your pet unsupervised while he/she is wearing a costume.
4. Don’t Leave Pets out in the Yard
Don’t leave your pet unsupervised outside on Halloween night. It can be stressful for your pet to be outside. Your pet can also be subjected to pranks that could happen on Halloween nights.
5 Ways to Celebrate National Cat Day
Happy National Cat Day from Waterhouse Animal Hospital! For us, everyday is National Cat Day. Here are 5 ways you can celebrate National Cat Day.
1. Adopt from a local rescue or animal shelter.
2. Commit to your cats health and schedule a visit with us. Ensure that all vaccines are up to date and that your cat’s health is in great shape.
3. Toys: Buy some toys for your cat. Buy toys that will help them be active.
4. Make sure your home is pet proof and. Ensure your home is a safe environment for your pet by keeping glass, hazardous materials and household items away from their space
5. Take a Photo:
Take advantage of our photo booths in our waiting rooms. We love to see all the fun photos and share them for the world to see. Be sure to tag us on Instagram