SPRING -- Heartworm Season
Springtime is the season where many things grow, including weeds. As you apply your weed killers this spring, remember to keep your pet out of the yard until the weed killer is absorbed or diluted by water. Also, be careful when you sow your lawn when there are pets in the area.
Allergies also start up in the spring, just as they do in people. Early treatment of an allergic condition can often help reduce the side effects of allergies. One must keep in mind that most allergies are not curable, but are treatable.
As spring approaches, so do the internal and external parasites. Hopefully, you have kept your dog on heartworm preventative all year round. If your pet has been taken off heartworm preventative, you must have your pet checked for heartworms prior to starting back on prevention. Not checking for heartworms before starting heartworm preventative can result in serious illness or death if the dog has heartworms.
Fleas and ticks have also started to become a problem. We have a helpful new product to battle these terrible parasites; call us for further details. The ingestion of fleas can result in a tapeworm problem often noticed as small rice-like objects seen on your pet's rear area. To check for other internal parasites, we need to examine a fecal sample under a microscope. These internal parasites (roundworms, hookworms and whipworms) can cause diarrhea, weight loss, or even vomiting. All parasites can be harmful to your pet if he or she is young or in poor health.
Have you noticed your pet shaking his/her head? Or scratching his/her ears? This behavior could be due to an ear infection, which needs prompt attention. If the ears are not properly treated, the infection may go deep into the ear, rupturing the ear drum. If this happens, then the infection becomes very serious because it is so close to the brain.
Medical attention needs to be given to your pet if you notice him or her shaking their ears. Dogs tend to get bacterial and yeast ear infections, while cats tend to get ear mites. Ear mite infection usually produces a blackish discharge in the ear canal and is often spread to other cats. Again, prompt treatment is needed to correct this problem.
POST SURGICAL CARE
It is very important that you follow all of the doctor's instructions when your pet is sent home after surgery. You should keep the incision clean and not let it get soiled. A dirty incision may become infected.
Your pet will usually be sleepy for a day or so following a major surgery. Any operation is a serious matter and you need to take special care of your pet following such an operation. Please call us if you have questions or concerns.
VACCINES -- Prevention is the Best Medicine
A young animal needs at least three sets of vaccines spaced four weeks apart. The reason for this is that the immune system is just developing and needs to be stimulated several times, so that it will be at a high enough level to fight off a disease. It is very important that all vaccines be given including the following: For dogs, DHLP-P (canine distemper, hepatitis, leptosperosis, parainfluenza and parvovirus), bordatella (kennel cough), lyme disease vaccine and rabies. Cats need FVRCP (feline distemper, rhinotracheitis, calicivirus), feline leukemia virus and rabies.
Many people feel that they know how to give their pet's vaccines. This can be a great problem for a number of reasons which are as follows: when to give a vaccination, where to give a vaccination, how to give a vaccination and the quality of the vaccine. The feed store does not always ensure proper handling of a vaccine, which may lead to vaccine malfunction. All in all, a qualified person should administer a vaccine to your pet and design a vaccine program to ensure the safety for your pet(s).