ALLERGY SEASON IS HERE-What can you do
for that itching pet?
One of the
more common questions we are asked by our clients is "why does my pet
scratch and chew on itself so much?" Fleas, mites, bacteria,
and fungi are often the cause of itching. However, there are many
pets who do not have any of these pests, but constantly scratch never the
less. Frequently the cause is atopy, or in more common terms:
skin allergy. What you see is hot, red, sometimes swollen skin, and
a lot of scratching. When you see these symptoms in your pet,
especially if they are chronic, you should visit your veterinarian.
There are now excellent tests available to determine the cause of the
allergy. Once the cause is known, treatment to desensitize the pet
can begin. There is no reason to have your pet continue to be
miserable when proper treatment may well resolve the problem.
The majority of us look forward to our Summer getaways.
Whether your vacation takes you toward the beach, to the mountains or to
some exotic location, these travel tips may prove helpful.
Make your kennel reservation ASAP! Those that procrastinate
are often disappointed. Find out what vaccines or tests your pet
may require prior to the kennel stay. It is a good idea to give
the kennel your vacation phone number and our phone number in case of
If your pet is traveling with you on vacation, follow
Make sure that the hotels along your route accept
pets. Confirm this when making reservations.
Take along some of your pet's toys and bed.
These items will help your pet adapt to its new and possibly
Bring a copy of your pet's rabies certificate.
If your pet should tangle with another animal or bite someone
while away from home, this proof of inoculation could save you
from having to quarantine your pet.
Carry some water from home for the animal to
drink in transit. Do not allow children to share soft drinks
with Fido or Kitty.
Make sure you give your pets their required
medications while on vacation. You are never on a
"holiday" from administering this protection.
If you are unfamiliar with the area where you
will be vacationing, check with your rental agent or the hotel to
see if your pets require special flea or tick protection.
Place your vacation address and/or phone number
on your pet's collar. Pets sometimes get lost while on
vacation and this information could expedite your pet's prompt
Provide your pet with plenty of shade and water
during bright sunny days.
Never leave pets waiting in the car for you.
They can overheat in as little as 5 to 10 minutes. Heat
stroke can be deadly!
If Kitty really needs a bath, prepare the water first.
The water should be warm- not hot. It is also a good idea to put a
rubber mat in the bottom of the sink to keep Kitty from slipping. It
is a good idea to use sterile eye lube to prevent shampoo from getting in
your pet's eyes. Place cotton balls in your cat's ears to prevent
water from accidentally running inside of them. Fill the tub only a
couple of inches deep. Place the cat in the water and hold it gently
yet firmly. (Some groomers suggest tying a leash to the spigot to
secure the cat prior to bathing.) Using a cup to pour water, wet
Kitty carefully from head to tail. Apply the shampoo. (Note: As
stated above, cat's hair is unique so DO NOT use either dog or human
shampoo on your cat!) Finally, rinse the cat thoroughly and dry her
with a clean towel until she is damp. Keep your cat in a warm area
until completely dry.
Wet cats are not
happy cats! (That 's an understatement!) There is a good
physiological reason why cats do not enjoy getting drenched. Unlike their
canine friends, cats lack the oily coat and guard hairs that prevent dogs
from getting soaked to the skin. This does not mean, however, that
cats stay away from water. On the contrary, many cats love to fish
and have been seen hooking fish out of streams with their paws. Some
cats have even been observed using their tail to lure fish to the surface!
Indeed, the ancient Egyptians left behind evidence on the walls of royal
tombs illustrating cats "fishing" along the Nile!
As you can see,
cats really don't mind getting wet but it must be on their terms and for
their own benefit. Needless to say, a bath does not usually fall
into this category!
It never fails!
You put on your beautiful ( and probably expensive) light colored slacks
and go to a friend's home. You walk in and are immediately greeted
by a friendly Lab who plants both dirty feet on your waist! You
don't know who to bop first - the Lab or the Lab's owner! Some
believe that the dry cleaners of America, in cahoots with the nation's
Panty Hose manufacturers, have planted some little gene in dogs that
forces them to jump-up. That idea may play well to the conspiracy
theorists but the fact is that many animal behavioralists believe that
jumping-up is actually a dog's attempt to show its dominance! The
taller a dog stands, the more status he has. If he can stand over or
jump on a rival, he is dominant. What humans think is a sign of
affection is caused by a totally different reason from the dog's point of
view, especially if the dog is large or aggressive.
controlling this behavior is important. It is best to start training
the dog while it is still young and manageable but older dogs can also be
trained. Begin by always greeting your dog calmly. If your dog
attempts to jump up, turn aside and ignore him. Don't yell or try to
knee him. Dogs will work for any kind of attention, positive or
negative, but they hate being ignored. Replace the jumping behavior
by having your dog sit when you arrive. Reward the sit with a treat
or praise. Teaching your dog to sit rather than jumping-up may not
be popular with your dry cleaner but it will save you a lot of embarrassment.
Vaccinating your pets is the best and most cost
effective way to prevent disease. The following are some diseases
for which your pet may be immunized. The doctor will suggest the
ones suitable for your pet.
In most sections of the United States,
ticks are most active from May through August, with peak activity in July.
However, they're a year-round problem in some areas. Ticks are
responsible for transmitting four dangerous diseases to people and pets:
Lyme Disease; Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever; Tularemia: and Ehrlichiosis.
If you are living in or visiting
tick-infested areas, follow these helpful suggestions:
Wear light colored clothes to help
detect ticks before they attach to your skin.
Wear shirts with long sleeves and long
pants when outdoors.
Tuck shirts into pants and trouser legs
Apply tick repellent to skin and
Use either a good collar or repellent
to help keep ticks off your pets.
Around the home, keep grassy areas
clipped short and apply appropriate insecticides to discourage tick
Examine yourself and your pets
thoroughly for ticks at least daily.
We have the products, repellents, and the
expertise you need to keep your family and pets protected. Stop in
and we will be glad to help you.