Have You Heard the News?
Cat Bites can be Serious!
Facts about Cat Bites
Most cat bites occur inside of the home.
13 percent of animal bites seen in emergency rooms are cat
Cat bites are not only painful; they can lead serious
Cat bites are more dangerous than dog bites.
Cat Bites have a 1 in 2 chance of becoming infected.
Cat bites can lead to bone infections, septic shock and may
require surgery to treat deeper wounds.
Tips to Avoiding a Cat Bite
Learn Cat body language; Cats that are scared
or angry will hiss, growl, arch their backs and pull back
their ears. Never
approach a cat that displays this kind of behavior.
Never corner a cat that seems frighten
Use cat toys when playing with your cat.
Never use your hands and feet.
If your cat bites you, don’t suddenly
jerk your hand away. Your cat may think you are playing with
him and try harder to catch your hand.
If your cat displays aggressive
behavior, you may need to remove yourself from his view till
he has a chance to calm down.
What to do if you have been bitten
If you have been bitten by a cat, immediately wash
the wound with soap and warm water. Apply an antibiotic
ointment and bandage the wound.
Be sure to seek medical attention. Your doctor may want to
give you antibiotics to prevent an infection from
information presented here is not intended to take the place
of professional medical advice. If you are bitten by any
animal, always consult your physician for his/her
your cat’s behavior continues to be an issue in your
household we can help! Please contact our office to set up
an appointment to discuss possible medications and options.
Let us help you to keep the relationship between you and
your cat happy & healthy!
Summer Safety For Pets
Summer is a great time
to spend outdoors with your pets. Here are some things to consider
while having fun in the sun.
-If your dog is outside all
day be sure that he has plenty of fresh water and shade.
-Never leave your
pet unattended in a vehicle in the summer.
-Avoid prolonged exposure to hot asphalt
or sand, which can burn your dog’s paws.
-Do not let your pet drink sea water;
the salt will make them sick.
-Salt and other minerals in ocean water
can damage your dog’s coat, so rinse him off at the end of the day.
-Dogs, especially those with short hair,
white fur and pink skin can sunburn. Limit your dog’s exposure
during the day.
-Not all beaches permit dogs; check to
make sure the beaches are pet friendly before heading out.
-Never throw your dog in water, not all
dogs know how to swim!
-Some Dogs don’t like water, so be
conscious of your dog’s preferences and skills before bringing them
near, pools, beaches, lakes or ponds.
-Even if your dog is a good swimmer;
never leave him unattended in water.
By Air- Most airlines will not ship
animals during summer months due to dangers caused by hot weather.
Be sure to check with your airlines for their policy on pet travel.
By Car- Be sure to keep your dog cool
and in a well ventilated. Be sure to bring your pet
plenty of fresh water and to schedule stops for stretching and
using the restroom. Never leave your pet unattended in a vehicle in
the summer - heatstroke and death can occur within minutes.
-Make sure your pet’s are up to date on
-Keep dogs off lawns that have been
chemically treated or fertilized for 24 hours and away from toxic
plants and flowers!
-Make sure you pet is on monthly flea,
tick and heartworm preventative! Fleas, ticks and the mosquitoes
which carry heartworm disease are more active in the summer months!
An effective parasite control product can make the summer more save
and comfortable; parasites love the summer heat and a flea
infestation can occur quickly!
National Dog Bite Prevention Month
4.7 million people in this country are bitten by dogs every year
There are a number of things you can do to prevent dog bites
from properly training and socializing your dog to teaching
children on how and if to approach a dog.
How to avoid being bitten by a dog
Never turn your back and run away. A Dog’s natural instinct is to
run and chase you.
Don't disturb a dog while she's sleeping, eating, chewing on a toy,
or caring for puppies. Be cautious around strange dogs. Always
assume that a dog who doesn’t know you may see you as an intruder or
Never approach a strange dog.
If you believe a dog will attack you, put something in between you
and the dog such as a jacket or backpack.
As a dog owner what should you do?
Although there is no guarantee that your dog will never bit anyone,
you can significantly reduce the risk.
sure your pet is socialized as a young puppy so it feels at ease
around people and other animals.
put your dog in a position where it feels threatened or teased.
or neuter your dogs. It reduces your dog’s desire to roam and fight
your dog. The basic commands "sit," "stay," "no," and "come" help
dogs understand what is expected of them and can be incorporated
into fun activities that build a bond of trust between pets and
your dog good behavior.
Never teach your dog to chase after or attack others, even in fun.
Dog sometimes have a hard time understanding the difference between
play and real life situations.
a responsible dog owner and make sure your dog is up-to-date on all
vaccinations, especially rabies.
season is upon us!
Spring is here and that means hurricane
season is just around the corner! It's not too early to start
thinking about getting yourself and your pets prepared. A great
way to make sure that you and your pets stay connected is by using
Micro-chipping your pet ensures that
your pet never leaves home without his/her identification. The
AVID Friendchip is a tiny microchip that contains a personal,
one-of-a-kind identification number that distinguishes your pet as a
special member of your family. If your pet goes missing and is
found by a participating shelter or veterinary clinic they will check
him for a microchip with a special scanner. With the chip number, your
pet's information can be found. You, your veterinarian or your
alternate is contacted so you and your pet can be reunited!
Call us for more information or to
schedule your appointment today!
Other good ideas for traveling with a
pet during hurricane season:
wear identification with your name and
telephone number on it. Cell phone numbers are better if you are
Take a picture of yourself with your pet in case you get
This also helps if proof of ownership is needed.
Get a copy of your pet’s medical record.
Our office has the capability of emailing the records
to you, also you can access a copy your pet's vaccination records
Portal from anywhere in the country!
Keep a month’s supply of prescription medications, heartworm
preventative, and flea control product on hand in case it becomes
Keep a minimum of 5-7 days of food for each pet.
Store dry food in a watertight container.
Pets will need bottled water too.
Don’t forget the bowls.
Have a pet taxi on hand to transport your pet.
This is especially important when transporting cats.
also act as a safe place for your pet to hide in a strange place.
Bring along a favorite toy, blanket, or familiar items for
comforting your pet.
When traveling, always keep dogs on a leash and cats in a
Your pet may become nervous, fractious, or scared and could run
Be sure that collars are properly fitted.
Harnesses are great because they are more difficult to
slip out of.
Stock extra paper towels, disinfectant, and disposable garbage bags
for cleaning up accidents.
Bring a litter pan and litter.
Shredded newspaper can act as a cat litter if you run out.
For more information about emergency preparedness and
your pet, visit the American Veterinary Medical Association website:
For a list of pet-friendly hotels visit:
Feel free to contact our
office at 985-447-8261 if you have any further questions about traveling
with your pet.
February is National Pet
Poor dental health can result in a number of medical issues for
Gum inflammation and tooth loss can be very painful to your animals
and costly to treat, but they also can lead to more serious
conditions, including damage to the heart, lungs and kidneys.
Make your appointment to have your
pet’s teeth cleaned today!
Hats off to Travis Perk
who jumped into a turbulent drainage canal to save his Lab
Hunter who was swept through a 20 foot culvert in the aftermath
of Hurricane Isaac.
or "Heat Stroke" is a life-threatening condition that requires
A dog’s normal body
temperature is 101.5°F plus or minus 1 degree, and any time the body
temperature is higher than 105°F, a true emergency exists.
occurs in hot summer weather when dogs are left with inadequate
ventilation in hot vehicles.
A recent study from
Stanford University Medical Center found the temperature within a
vehicle may increase by an average of 40 degrees Fahrenheit within
one hour regardless of outside temperature.
may also occur in other conditions, such as when an animal is left
outdoors in hot/humid conditions without adequate shade or
when exercised in
Other predisposing factors may be obesity
and/or diseases affecting a pet’s airway. Also short-nosed breeds
(Pekingese, Pug, Lhasa Apso, Boston terrier, etc.) may be
predisposed because of ineffective panting.
Initially the pet
appears distressed, and will pant excessively and become restless.
As the hyperthermia
progresses, the pet may drool large amounts of saliva from the nose
The pet may become
unsteady on his feet.
You may notice the
gums turning blue/purple or bright red in color, which is due to
What to Do:
Remove your pet from the environment where the hyperthermia
Move your pet to shaded and cool environment, and direct a
fan on her.
If possible, determine rectal temperature and record it.
Begin to cool the body by placing cool, wet towels over the
back of the neck, in the armpits, and in the groin region.
You may also wet the ear flaps and paws with
Directing a fan on these wetted areas will
help to speed evaporative cooling.
Transport to the clinic immediately.
What NOT to Do:
Do not use cold water or ice for cooling.
Do not overcool the pet.
Most pets with hyperthermia have body
temperatures greater than 105°F, and a reasonable goal of cooling is
to reduce your pet’s body temperature to 102.5-103°F while
transporting her to the closest veterinary facility.
Do not attempt to force water into your pet’s mouth, but you
may have fresh cool water ready to offer should your pet be alert
and show an interest in drinking.
Do not leave your pet unattended for any length of time.
cooling the pet is extremely important. While ice or cold water may
seem logical, its use is not advised. Cooling the innermost
structures of the body will actually be delayed, as ice or cold
water will cause superficial blood vessels to shrink, effectively
forming an insulating layer of tissue to hold the heat inside. Tap
water is more suitable for effective cooling.
Severe hyperthermia is a disease that
affects nearly every system in the body. Simply lowering the body
temperature fails to address the potentially catastrophic events
that often accompany this disorder. A pet suffering from
hyperthermia should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible.
In an effort to make
high quality pet care affordable to everyone, we now accept
CareCredit. CareCredit is a credit card which can be used to pay for
your pet's medical and surgical needs. Approval is done online by
using the CareCredit button on the toolbar located at the top of
this page. Please call us with any questions or if you need
assistance with the application!
have acquired a new ultrasound machine! This technology gives us
another non-invasive way to assist in your pet's diagnosis.
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continually improve our services. On the suggestion of one of our
clients, comfortable seating has been installed in the exam rooms.
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