Take Care of Your Pets Paws
Summers in the Central Valley are HOT! As we become accustomed to triple digit temperatures, we should be reminded of the damage heat can do to our pets paws, especially if they go on a walk or run with you.
With the hot temperatures, be sure you’re keeping your pets paws in mind when walking/running with them outside. A simple way to check if the pavement is too hot for your dog, place the back of your hand on the surface for seven seconds. If it’s too hot to hold down, it’s too hot to walk a dog. That goes for any surface your pet will be standing or walking on.
Do take your dog for walks on pavement when the weather is cooler. A lot of human-made surfaces can burn your pooch’s paws, including concrete, metal, pavement, sidewalks and asphalt.
Dog showing these symptoms may have burned paws:
- Limping or avoiding walking
- Licking or chewing feet
- Pads are visibly damaged
- Blisters or redness
- Paw pads are darker in color than usual
Fathers Day: #PetDads
We all love to shower our pets with love. Thank you to everyone show shared their photos with us! Happy Fathers Day to all the pet dads!
Cat Allergies Signs
As allergy season arrives it’s important to know that seasonal allergies can also affect your cat. An allergy occurs when a cat’s immune system overacts to foreign substances or particles called allergens. This overactive immune system response will result in the common allergy symptoms in cats. The most common signs of allergies in cats include:
1. Skin itchiness which causes scratching, rubbing or head shaking
2. Sneezing, coughing or wheezing
3. Vomiting, diarrhea, gas and/or bloating
There are three common types of allergies that affect cats. These include allergies to fleas, food, and airborne allergens. Some cats with allergies can be affected by more than one allergy simultaneously.
If your cat exhibits any of these allergy symptoms, please come in and see us to discuss treatment options to give your cat relief from allergies.
Caring for Senior Pets
As time moves forward, we forget that our pet is growing older. With appropriate veterinary care and nutrition, your dog or cat’s senior years can be a healthy and happy time. As our pets age they face age-related changes. Although we cannot stop all of these changes, we can prevent or successfully treat many of them.
Watch for Behavioral Changes: A pet’s behavior can give us a big indication into their health and what they are trying to convey to us. You know your pet better than anyone, so it’s up to you to report any changes you see to our veterinary staff.
Schedule Regular Vet Visits: Schedule regular visits to the vet to ensure your pet is healthy and happy throughout their “golden years.”
Ensure Movement: Out pets need exercise to keep them healthy and moving. Exercise keeps pets joints healthy, their weight down and adds mental stimulation. Keep in mind with senior pets, dogs might not jump, run or simply keep up the way they used to.
Is your Home Senior Pet Friendly? Your dog may not be able to get around as easily as before, but you can make changes to their surroundings that can help them.
– Get an orthopedic bed for your dog that is comfortable and will help them.
– Through various seasons, temperatures in our home vary. Be sure to keep them warm with a jacket or sweater in the winter months and nice and cool during the summertime.
– Hydration is key for ourselves and out pets. Make it easy to access water.
By sharing life and love with you, your pet has given you a priceless gift. Now that your pet has earned senior status, you have an opportunity to give something in return: the special love and care that can make the “golden years” happy and healthy. We encourage you to make an appointment soon to discuss how we can make these years the best of your life together.
National Pet ID Week
This week is National Pet ID Week. A reminder to microchip our pets. A microchip is 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.
Make sure your pet is wearing an identification tag. Your dog or cat also needs a regular ID tag with your contact information on his or her collar.
Get your pet microchipped. Microchipping allows for your pet to be identified if he or she ends up at a veterinarian’s office or animal shelter, even if the collar has come off.
Keep microchip information up to date. Many pet owners forget to update their contact information for the pet’s microchip if they move or change their phone number.
Plan for the unexpected. Plan for the unexpected events by utilizing ID methods, can help reunite pets and pet owners during troubling times.
The dedicated team of Waterhouse Animal Hospital is available to discuss any questions you may have about pet ID methods.
Waterhouse Animal Hospital DOES NOT recommend online pharmacies and will not fill prescriptions through them. The product on the left was purchased through an online pharmacy and is a counterfeit product.
As you can see, the packaging is considerably different—though some counterfeit products may look similar to authentic products. Online pharmacies obtain their products through third parties and there is a significant problem with fake medications. We have no idea what is in them or if they are safe for your pets. If you prefer to buy online, we recommend the online store linked on our website.
Also, no heartworm medication is available without a Doctor’s prescription. The above mentioned counterfeit product was sold without a prescription. Though it was considerably less expensive than the authentic medication it is obviously not worth the risk to your pets. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at 559-434-4000
Check In 4 Charity – World Wildlife Fund
This month we are supporting the World Wildlife Fund through our Check-in 4 Charity program. We are part of the Check-in 4 Charity program where every month, we feature a charity either locally or nationally to support. All you have to do is check-in with an image or status update on Facebook and a donation is made on your behalf from us.
The World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) is the world’s leading conservation organization, working in 100 countries and is supported by more than one million members in the United States and close to five million globally. WWF’s unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.
Together, in partnership with foundations, governments, businesses, communities, individuals and our more than six million members, we can conserve many of the world’s most ecologically important regions.
4 Pet Spring Safety Tips
Spring is around the corner and in the Central Valley, that means a window of beautiful weather before the high summer temperatures hit. Take the time to get outdoors and spend time with your pet. Here are 4 pet safety tips, pet owners should be aware of. Knowing safety tips and how to keep your pet safe, is all part of being a responsible pet owner.
1. Allergies in Pets: Pets can also develop allergies from foods, dust, plants and pollen’s. Allergic reactions in dogs and cats can cause itching, minor sniffling and sneezing, or life-threatening anaphylactic shock to insect bites and stings. If you suspect your pet has a springtime allergy, please give us a call as soon as possible.
2. Unexpected Weather Changes: The weather around spring time in Fresno can fluctuate in various ways. One week it can be sunny, and another it can get cold and rainy. Consider keeping weather-appropriate dog jackets, shoes, and towels in your car at all times to keep up with the unpredictable weather, especially while traveling.
3. Hydrate: Keep in mind how long your pets are outside and make sure to hydrate accordingly. Be sure to keep fresh water with you at all times, so your pets have something to drink. Additionally, never leave your pet in a hot car, as temperatures can spike upwards within a matter of minutes. Consider your day-to-day plans or errands and bring your pup if it’s a good fit.
4. Hiking Safety: As temperatures begin to warm up, hikes are always a great form of outdoor activity. Naturally, hiking trails come with an unknown amount of variables, with everything from off-leash dogs to wild animals. For the safety of your pet, keep your pets on a leash at all times while on the hiking trail
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.