Pet Health Tips

Heartworm: What it is and Why it is Vital to Give Your Pet Heartworm Preventative

What you need to know about Heartworm:

  • Heartworms can infect both dogs and cats.
  • The disease is transmitted when an animal is bitten by an infected mosquito. 
  • Heartworm disease has been diagnosed in every state, though it is more prevalent in states like Georgia, where the weather stays relatively warm all year.  Because mosquitos can come into your home, your pet is at risk even if it is an "indoor" pet.  

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What You Should Have in Your Pet's First Aid Kit

Everyone who shares a home with a pet should have a basic pet first-aid kit on hand.

Keep your pet's first-aid kit in your home and take it with you if you are traveling with your pet.

One way to start your kit is to buy a first-aid kit designed for people and add pet-specific items to it. You can also purchase a pet first-aid kit from a pet-supply store or catalog. But you can easily assemble your own kit by gathering the items on our lists below.

Pet-specific supplies

Why Your Pet Should be Microchipped

There is little that is more frightening and upsetting that losing your much loved cat or dog.  Yet, without proper identification, 90% of lost pets never get returned home and are either re-homed in shelters or face worse fates. So, it is critical that your pet always wears a collar with a tag that provides a phone number or other contact  information, so that someone who finds your lost pet can get in touch with you.  However, collars can come off, and tags can become worn and hard-to-read.

What Do You Think About Declawing a Cat?

I have had many cats over the years.  And my furniture bears dramatic testimony to the fact that I have never declawed my cats. When I lived in Chicago, I owned a big comfy couch, upholstered in navy blue with a hardwood frame. I know it had a hardwood frame because over the years, my cats scratched the arm of the couch right down to the wood.

Companion Animal Overpopulation: What You Can Do

Companion Animal Overpopulation Crisis
It is a sad fact of life in our society that millions of “surplus” cats, dogs and other domesticated animals have no place to call home. The kennels and cages of America’s animal shelters are filled to capacity with these abandoned, lost and unwanted creatures. New strays and discarded family companions arrive continuously, yet there is not nearly enough space for them all so their stay must be short as they await an uncertain fate. 
 

Keeping Your Cat Healthy

You can do many things to help ensure that your cat stays healthy. One of them is regular veterinary care.  You should seek veterinary care at the very first sign of illness, rather than waiting a day or two to see if the cat gets better on his own. A quick call to your veterinarian can often mean the difference between a rapid recovery and the development of serious complications.

Antifreeze is a Sweet But Deadly Poison to Your Pet

Ethylene glycol, the main ingredient in almost all major antifreeze brands, has an inviting aroma, a sweet flavor. Its appealing smell and taste often tempt animals and children to drink the highly poisonous substance. It only takes a few tablespoons of highly toxic antifreeze to seriously jeopardize an animal's life. Pet guardians need to know how to help keep antifreeze away from animals, as well as detect the early symptoms of antifreeze poisoning.

Controlling Fleas and Ticks on Your Pets

Protecting your dog or cat from fleas and ticks is an important part of responsible pet care. But it's not easy. The fleas and ticks on your dog or cat are only a small percentage of the number in the animal's environment. Fleas and their eggs can live outside in grass, soil and even crevices in sidewalks, while inside they live in rugs and carpets, cracks in floors, bedding, etc.

Obesity in Your Pet

Is your pooch pudgy? Is your feline fat? When you try to feel ribs, do you feel folds of fat instead? As a veterinarian, I see obese pets every day, day after day!  Obesity is as much a problem in pets as it is in humans, and it can cause many of the same health problems.

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Information provided in these articles is intended to provide some guidance for you and your pet. Not all animals behave (or respond) in the same manner. Should you have questions or concerns about anything you see here, please consult your veterinarian. While we work with vets on a regular basis, we are not veterinarians. We feel the articles here provide useful but general guidelines and suggestions for working with your pet. Please note, some articles may be disturbing to young children. Please preview articles to make sure they are appropriate for your child.