April’s Check-In for Charity – Autism Speaks
Waterhouse Animal Hospital is taking part in the worldwide support for Autism this month!
What is Autism Speaks?
Autism Speaks is a charity with the goal to increase the public understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder. Aside from the amazing outcome of this charity, they are famous for their “Light It Up Blue” campaign.
Facts about autism according to Autism Speaks:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates autism’s prevalence as 1 in 68 children in the United States. This includes 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls.
- An estimated 50,000 teens with autism become adults – and lose school-based autism services – each year.
- Around one third of people with autism remain nonverbal.
- Around one third of people with autism have an intellectual disability.
- Certain medical and mental health issues frequently accompany autism. They include gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, seizures, sleep disturbances, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and phobias.
How can you join us in supporting Autism Speaks?
Because we are a check-in 4 charity member, you can show support for Autism speaks by checking-in on Facebook at our office. Each time you check-in participate in our donation to Autism Speaks in April.
Calculate Your Pet’s Calorie Needs
Pets energy (calorie) needs to maintain a healthy weight for their life stage depends upon several factors like the energy to perform essential body functions like digestion, respiration, heart functions, brain functions, etc.
At your next appointment, check-out our Digital Calorie Counter and see how many calories your pet should intake each day. Choose your species…slide the scale to the current weight of your pet….select his or her lifestyle…and you will see the recommended number of daily calories recommended.
In humans, dogs, and cats, allergens such as pollens from grasses, trees and weeds, house dust mites, and mold spores have been recognized as common factors that can cause allergic dermatitis. It is not possible to totally avoid these allergens, but one of the first steps in the management of allergic dermatitis is to try to reduce exposure to these allergens.
Avoiding Outdoor Allergens The pollen and outdoor molds most important in allergy are generally light and wind borne and can travel for long distances, at least 15 miles, on wind currents and are impossible to totally avoid. Dry, warm conditions with brisk winds favor pollen transfer. Reducing outdoor exposure when offending pollen and molds are present in high amounts should reduce allergen contact, and therefore reduce symptoms.
1. Keep pet indoors, especially on windy days.
2. Take dogs on evening walks, not in the morning.
3. Use foot baths after walks to remove allergens from the feet or clean the feet with baby wipes.
4. Bathe your pet often during this time.
Check Out This Month’s Check-In for Charity
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. Join us during the month of March in supporting this organization.
What is the Right Pet Breed for You?
If you have been into the hospital lately you will have noticed our interactive display boards in the Exam Rooms and in the Reception Area. We are often asked “What breed of dog or cat would be best for our family?” Now you can conduct your own research and find out most everything that you want to know on Dog and Cat breeds. Temperament, AKC Ranking, Longevity of he breed and common problems and diseases associated with each breed can all be accessed on our Montage Boards. And our Doctors will be more than happy to discuss the details of each.
Spotlight on this month’s Check-In for Charity: UNICEF
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization by providing health care and immunizations, safe water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more. UNICEF’s work is possible through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. They strive forward, toward the day when no children die from preventable causes, and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. UNICEF takes proven, low-cost methods that save children’s lives and makes them available regardless of income, ethnicity, or location.
WARNING FRESNO AREA FLU BUG
In late January, the Fresno area was hit with the Canine Flu, a relatively new virus in dogs. It does not affect cats. This disease first appeared a couple years ago on the east coast and in Chicago. We knew it would eventually get to California, and in January it happened. The flu causes coughing most commonly. These dogs may also show lethargy, fever, and have a poor appetite. Compared to other respiratory disease, the flu results in pneumonia more frequently. There are two different strains of the flu virus. Luckily, we have vaccine that covers both strains. All dogs should be vaccinated. Some question why they should vaccinate when “their dog never goes anywhere.” First, their dogs usually do go places, at least occasionally. All respiratory infections are airborne. Thus, your neighbor’s dog could be a source of infection for your dog, even if they never meet. Since you can’t control what your neighbors do, it is safest if all dogs are vaccinated. If your dog starts coughing, take it to your veterinarian immediately. There are many causes of cough, but a swab sent to the lab can tell you if it is one of the strains of the flu. Veterinarians usually place these dogs on antibiotics to try to prevent secondary bacterial infections. Hospitalization is usually needed if pneumonia develops
Our Patients Love Their Pets & It Shows!
A photo is worth a thousand words! Many of our patients are having a blast with our Photo Booth. We have a photo booth in each of our exam rooms and one in the lobby. You can capture a selfie and share it with the world right from our office. Email or text your photo to yourself instantly…. It is a lot of fun!
Questions to Ask When Considering Which Pet Health Insurance to Buy:
Pet health insurance is different from people’s health insurance in that with pets, the doctor is paid by the pet owner and then the pet owner is reimbursed from the insurance company. There are approximately twelve companies offering pet health insurance in the United States, but they differ in their policies. Some companies offer different levels of care, with premium plans covering everything from wellness care to severe illnesses. Others offer more basic plans that cover just accident and illness. No plan will cover pre-existing illnesses. Ask us about the details in choosing a plan for you and your pet. You’ll be surprised at their affordability!
This Month’s Check-In for Charity: Make a Wish
Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors, and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a critical illness. In the United States, a wish is granted every 34 minutes. They believe a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides and inspires them to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids they serve. It compels them to be creative in exceeding the expectations of every wish kid. It drives them to make their donated resources go as far as possible.
At Make-A-Wish, wishes are more than just a nice thing. They are far more than gifts, or singular events in time. Wishes impact everyone involved – wish kids, volunteers, donors, sponsors, medical professionals, and communities. Please join us in supporting this amazing organization during the month of January.