Prong Collars, Shock Collars, Choke Chains Oh My! Negative Training Tools - You Could Be Doing More Harm Then You Think! - 01/17/2019
Prong Collars, Shock Collars, Choke Chains Oh My!
Negative Training Tools - You Could Be Doing More Harm Then You Think!
A Belgium Malinois with a Prong or Pinch Collar on
Many people think that they will have better control over their rambunctious dog if they use a serious tool such as a prong or pinch collar, shock collar or choke chain. But these tools are actually considered "Negative Training" Tools and can cause not only bodily harm to your pet but can also make behavior even worse.
The Dangers of Negative Training Tools
I am sure that you have seen the recent abuse allegations toward a well known Training Group that is based all over the US. Domination and negative punishment training which is used by this Training Group and even portrayed by icons such as Ceaser Milan, is NOT the proper way to train your pet. But unfortunately, many trainers and training facilities train in a negative manner and its is actually considered abusive to the animal. That is why it is so very important to choose the Fear Free, Positive trainer that uses fun, motivation and rewards during training, even for larger more powerful dogs.
Negative training often utilizes Negative Training Tools which punishes the dog during training. Negative types of training can be confusing and frustrating to your dog causing harm to your pets mental state making behavior problems worse and even cause additional problems. The tools used during Negative training can also cause bodily harm to your pet.
Choke chains can limit oxygen intake and literally choke your pet. These chains can do significant damage to the trachea or windpipe. The pressure that is applied on the neck area while using a choke chain can also do damage to the dogs eyes.
Pinch or Prong Collars:
Pinch/Prong Collars Can do the same damage Choke chains can in regards to choking, damage to the trachea, and damage to vision due to excess pressure. However these collars take it one step further and literally have prongs or sharp pointed pieces of metal that can puncture your dogs sensitive skin around the neck causing painful wounds and even infection.
Shock Collars send electrical impulses that shock your beloved pet. Even on the lowest setting this can be very harmful to your pets well-being. It is even said the electrocution from shock collars can cause an imbalance and decrease function to vital glands and organs. Shock collars can even cause physical burns and wounds to your pets skin.
* There are many photos that showcase wounds caused by these tools. We have decided not to include any of those photos in this blog so we don't upset anyone. If you wish to look further at the devastation these collars can cause to your pet, a quick google search will pull up countless cases, viewer discretion is advised.
|Sad Dog with a Choke Chain on|
The Positively Right Way To Train
Before starting any training with your pet always do your homework. Make sure the trainer and the training methods are positive based and fear free. If a trainer suggests you use a Negative Tool then choose a different trainer. We have actually partnered up with K9 Turbo Training
, a Force Free Positive Training Group in our area and Second Chances Animal Rescue
,a wonderful rescue group and animal education outreach organization, in the efforts to bring attention to these negative tools. The Freedom Harness Exchange Program that was created allows pet owners to ditch the negative tool and trade them in for a Freedom Harness! A Freedom Harness is comfortable harness that still gives you control of your pet without choking or harming your dog in any way. We are very passionate about promoting a force free and fear free training and training tools.
|A Golden Doodle that traded in her prong collar for a Freedom Harness at our clinic|
In Conclusion, Negative based training and training tools are not the correct way to train your pet. It can cause more harm to your pet then you realize, such as physical harm and even emotional harm. Even the big powerful breeds respond better to positive training and training methods. So make training Fun, Positive and Rewarding and your pet will be not only respond better and faster molding them into a better trained pet. But also a well balanced happy pet as well!
Xylitol Toxicity in Pets - The Sweet Killer - 11/27/2018
Xylitol Toxicity in Dogs
The Sweet Killer
|Keep Xylitol containing products away from your pets|
Most pet owners know that chocolate is dangerous for dogs, but did you know that items like Peanut Butter can actually be dangerous as well?! Its true! Most peanut butters are safe unless it contains Xylitol.
What is Xylitol?
Xylitol is a sugar substitute or sugar alcohol that is popping up in many products. Although not toxic to humans, Xylitol is very dangerous to pets because they metabolize it differently. It causes the animals pancreas to release an enormous amount of insulin which in turn will make the animals blood sugar plummet, causing hypoglycemia, liver failure, and death.
|Xylitol can be found in may products including candies, mints, and gum.|
What Products Contain Xylitol?
Xylitol is hiding in a lot of products. Even products that you would never think of. That is why it is always so important to read ingredient labels before giving your pet anything. Peanut Butter for example is known to be an acceptable treat for dogs. However some brands are now using Xylitol in their Peanut Butter making it very dangerous for pets. Below is a list of other products to keep away from your furry friend:
-Toothpaste and Mouth Wash
-Medications, Vitamins, Supplements
-Some Peanut and Nut Butters
These are just a few products to cautious of. But Xylitol is popping up in many other products too. It is even said to be in some lotions, gels, and deodorants. So please be careful and keep these items out of your pets reach.What Do I Do If My Dog Eats Xylitol?
If you think your pet may have eaten something containing Xylitol, seek veterinary attention immediately. If caught soon enough your vet may be able to safely induce emesis
or induce vomiting. It is very important to have your Veterinarian do this and not try to do this at home. There could be reactions, esophageal damage, or aspiration if done incorrectly causing additional issues. Your pet may need to be hospitalized, on IV fluids, and have blood work done. Depending on the severity even with Veterinary Treatment Xylitol can still be fatal. There is no antidote for Xylitol toxicity so it is best to be very diligent to keep away from all pets.
|Xylitol can be deadly to your pet even with veterinary care|
As you can see from this article, Xylitol is no joke. It can be very deadly to pets and can be found in all kinds of products. So beware. The biggest thing you can do is to get into a habit of making sure you always check all ingredient labels. And keep all products containing Xylitol out of reach of your pets!
The Dog Flu, What you Need to Know to Keep your Dog Safe - 09/18/2018
The Dog Flu
What You Need to Know to Keep Your Dog Safe
|Keep your fuzzy pal safe and healthy|
You may have heard about the recent Dog Flu Outbreak in our area. And you may be a little confused as to what the Dog Flu is, how your dog can contract the Flu, Symptoms, and how to keep your Dog safe. You may have not even heard of the Dog Flu until recently. The main reason for this is that it is a new virus to our area. Well we are here to help clarify a few things for you.
What is the Dog Flu?
The Dog Flu or Canine Influenza is a highly contagious potentially deadly virus consisting of two main strains, H3N2 and H3N8. It may sound odd, but both of these strains mutated into what it is known for today as the Dog Flu. Originally the H3N2 strain originated from an Avian or Bird virus in Asia that evolved to infect dogs. Similarly the H3N8 strain arose from an equine or Horse stain and was first identified in dogs in 2004 in the state of Florida. Although there is no evidence that it can spread to humans, it has been known to infect cats.
|Doggie Day care is great for expelling energy and socialization but please make sure your pet is protected against diseases that other dogs may carry.|
How Can My Pet Get the Flu and What are the Symptoms?
Canine Influenza is highly contagious and is transmitted though respiratory secretions, such as saliva and nasal discharge. A dog can contract the virus from coming into contact with a sick dog or anything that an infected dog was around. Objects such as water bowls, leashes, toys, or bedding can be contaminated, but also less obvious things like peoples clothing that was around the infected dog. It is also airborne which makes it even easier to contract. It is best to keep sick dogs away from other dogs and disinfect everything that dog came in contact with. Symptoms of Canine Influenza consists of coughing, nasal discharge, watery eyes, lethargy, lack of appetite and fever. These symptoms can be mild to severe with progressive cases causing secondary infections including pneumonia. The more severe the symptoms get the more dangerous it is for your pet. Canine Influenza can be deadly in advanced cases. If your pet is exhibiting any of these symptoms please seek veterinary attention immediately.
How to Keep Your Pet Safe?
|If you suspect your dog may have the dog flu, contact your vet immediately|
Vaccinate. The best way to protect your pet against this virus is to get your pet vaccinated. Especially if your dog is around other dogs at dog parks, boarding facilities, groomers, doggie day cares, etc. Or even if you plan on traveling with your pet. In 2017 there was a breakout in many US Southern States but it wasn't until recently that it was diagnosed in Michigan. Which means this virus is spreading making its way throughout the US and it is something we need to be prepared for and start protecting our pets against.
|Protect your pet against the Dog Flu and other viruses by keeping them up to date on vaccines |
The Dog Flu is something we need to be well aware of as it is spreading to areas that it was never detected in before. Use caution when your dog is around other dogs or in areas where other dogs were. To be safe, vaccinate your dog to protect them against this spreading virus. And if you are noticing any symptoms call your Vet immediately. For more in depth information regarding the Dog Flu please visit https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Reference/Pages/Canine-Influenza-Backgrounder.aspx
Clicker Training Your Puppy - 08/23/2018
Clicker Training Your Puppy
|Start Clicker Training your Puppy at an early age|
Puppy-hood is such a fun time, full of play and puppy kisses. It is also the time where puppies are very impressionable and learn very quickly. So it is very important to start training your puppy right away. There are many training methods out there but which ever method you choose, always make it fun and positive, and never a negative or punishing experience.
What is Clicker Training?
Research has shown that a task or behavior is more likely to be learned and readily repeated if the task or behavior is followed by a reward or something of desire. Clicker training is a positive training method that uses a device that makes a "Click" sound when activated and is usually followed up with a reward. The animal will start to associate the sound of the Click with a positive action and will be eager to comply with the command.
|Young Puppy learning the "Sit" command|
How does Clicker Training work?
The trainer will click the clicker at the exact moment the desired behavior or task occurs: the puppy sits, the trainer clicks the moment the puppy's bottom touches the floor. The puppy lays down, the trainer clicks. And so fourth. The most important thing to remember is that timing a very important. You want to make sure you are clicking the exact second the animal complies to the desired behavior or command. The Click is usually followed by a type of positive reward. Such as a treat, a pet, a toy or even play. The animal will quickly associate the sound of the click with a wonderful reward and will repeat the action that got them the reward readily.
Clicker Training can also be an effective training method for other species as well. For example: The Lion opens his mouth, the trainer "clicks". This type of training is often used in zoos, sanctuaries, and other facilities that works with a variety of animals due to the ease and consistency across species.
Why Use a Clicker?
|Training should always be positive and fun |
The main reason to use a clicker when training is that it is Consistent.
We can use our voices to mark the desired behavior and say key words such as "Yes" or "Good", but our voices are not always consistent. Our voice can vary in tone, pitch, sound, and length each time we say something. You may say it high pitched one training session and deeper the next. While the clicker sounds the exact same each and every time. Karen Pylor, expert in clicker training even states that " The evidence from dog training schools that have tried both methods suggests that dogs and their owners learn about 50% more rapidly when the marker signal is a click instead of the word "yes." You can read more about her, her expertise, and clicker training at her website https://www.clickertraining.com/
|Positive Training sessions can strengthen the bond between you and your pet|
Clicker Training can be an effective and even ideal training method not only for Puppies and adult dogs but for other animal species as well. The consistency of the clicker along with an exciting reward will shape the desired behavior and in turn will help the animal learn quicker. Clicker Training is a great training method, but as stated earlier, whatever training method you decide is best for your pet be sure it is a positive rewarding style of training and never negative. Training not only creates a well mannered dog but also will strengthen the bond you have with your pet. And of course if you have any questions at all please contact us. Dr. Coll would be happy to meet with you and your puppy and go over training methods. And if you are looking for a local trainer, we highly recommend K9 Turbo Training! You can find out more information about K9 Turbo Training at https://www.k9turbotraining.com/.
Protecting Your Pet From Pesky Parasites - 07/30/2018
Protecting Your Pet From Pesky Parasites
|Protect your beloved pet from harmful Parasites |
One of our goals at Harvey Animal Hospital is to keep your pet parasite free and as healthy as possible.Some of the parasites that affect dogs and cats can cause disease in people as well so keeping your pet as parasite free as possible will keep your family protected too.
|Fleas and Ticks |
Fleas are usually easily detected. Most of the time you will see them or evidence of them. Fleas can make your pet very uncomfortable. They can cause them unbearable itching and many pets are actually allergic to them. Severe infestations can cause hair loss, rash, and sores from repeated scratching.
|Tick Sizes at different life stages |
Adult ticks are easy to find when they get large after taking a blood meal. But the nymph life stage of ticks is extremely small and can be very difficult to see on your pet. They are usually the size of a fleck of pepper or a poppy-seed even after they take their blood meal and spread harmful disease. For more information on tick borne diseases and prevalence maps please visit https://www.capcvet.org Internal Parasites
Internal Parasites are more difficult to find and diagnose. Heartworms are spread through the bite of a mosquito and require blood testing to find. When we find Heartworms in dogs they have been infected for 6 months already and can be devastating. Keeping them on a monthly heartworm prevention is easy and much less expensive than treatment of adult worms. Treatment of adult heartworms involves several injections that are painful and hard on the dog. Unfortunately, adult heartworms can infect cats as well but its much more difficult to diagnose and treat. There isn’t treatment for the adult worms in cats so keeping them on prevention is even more important.
|Healthy Heart V.s A Heart Infected with Heartworm |
The test that we do to detect heartworms in dogs also looks for diseases that that can be spread by ticks. Lyme disease is one of them but there are several others that ticks can spread as well. Erhlichia and Anaplasma are spread by the Brown Dog Tick that is prevalent in our area, even more common than the Deer Tick that spreads Lyme disease.
Intestinal parasites are detected in a stool sample. When we are looking for intestinal parasites we are actually finding eggs that the parasites are laying. Some of the parasites we look for won’t shed eggs right away and some of them only shed eggs intermittently. This can make it even more difficult to find them so we can treat them appropriately. We have a new test that we are starting to run that can find the adult worms prior to them starting to lay eggs. We won’t need anything more from you than the stool sample you already bring for us to check. This new test can detect parasites 1-3 weeks sooner than just the fecal floatation that we have been doing.
|Hookworm Eggs detected on a fecal floatation test|
Prevention of these parasites can be done with either a topical liquid or an oral chew. Most of these products need to be done monthly but there are some newer products that will protect longer than that. Talk to your veterinarian on which is the right choice for your pet. You can now order your preventative medication right online though our personal online pharmacy! Its fast, secure, and the products are guaranteed! Visit https://harveyanimalhospital.vetsfirstchoice.com/
Our goal is to keep you and your pet healthy and happy. Keeping your pet parasite free is an easy way to do this.
6 Helpful Tips on How to Ease Your Pets Storm Phobia - 05/25/2018
6 Helpful Tips on How to Ease Your Pets
|Dog exhibiting anxiety during a Thunder Storm|
Do you find yourself checking the weather constantly or even dreading the 4th of July because you know your pet will be a ball of nerves? Well you are not alone. "Storm Phobia", "Thunder Phobia", "Noise Phobia" can go by many names, but it is unfortunately very common and quite a problem. In fact, in a recent report put out by NBC News
quoting Veterinary Behaviorist Bonnie Beaver "Up to 20% of dogs of all ages and breeds suffer from noise phobias so severe that their people seek professional help for them." These phobias can range in severity and can affect our Feline Companions as well. Pets perceive these loud alarming noises as threatening, and the unpredictability and variation of sound accompanied by flashing lights makes your pet feel like they are under attack in a war zone. So no wonder they are terrified. So what to do?
Tips to Help Your Pets Phobia
1. Compression Garments: Compression Garments such as a Thunder Shirt or something similar gentle hugs your pet creating a comforting feel and sense of security. These however don't work on every pet but it is something easy that is worth a try. These can be purchased online or at any pet store.
2. Drown Out Scary Noises:
You can lessen your pets anxiety by drowning out the noise. Use calming music such as Classical or Reggae which will help cover the noise and calm your pet. There is even specially designed sound therapy clinically proven to help our canine companions called "Though a Dogs Ear" or "Through a Cats Ear"
for our feline companions. You can also use white noise such as a fountain or fan.
3. Block Flashing Lights: Try to block flashing lights by covering windows or putting your pet in a safe, comforting area away from the flashes. Even turn on lights to decrease contrast. Create a sanctuary, a little secure area with blankets, music, and even something to get your pets mind off of things such as giving them something to focus on, a toy, bone, a puzzle, etc.
4. Don't Force Your Pet: If your pet is afraid and hiding don't pull or drag your pet from their secure area. This can make matters worse not to mention, a fearful pet may act out and bite unintentionally. You can try to softly coax your pet out, but if they wish to stay hiding leave them be. In addition, never force your pet to "confront their fears" and force them to go outside. This is absolutely the wrong way to handle this situation and will most certain escalate the problem.
5. Calming Pheromones:
Calming Pheromones, such as Adaptil
, give off odorless comforting messages that only dogs (Or Feliway
for Cats) can sense. These messages are mimicking the comforting sensation a Mother Dog gives off to her pups. These Pheromones can be used in many ways. It comes in a spay, so you can spray blankets, bedding, crates, or even a bandanna to put around their neck. It comes in a plug in that allows the pheromones to continually circulate the environment. Wipes to wipe down areas such as floors, crates, or even or any other surfaces, as well as a collar.
6. Speak to your Vet: Talk to your veterinarian about any troubles your pet is having with Noise Phobia. Your veterinarian can offer advice and many behavioral solutions. And if severe enough your pet may need anti-anxiety medications such as Trazadone or Gabapentin to help relax them and keep them from getting too upset. But never give your pet any medications without consulting a veterinarian first.
|Dog looking to her owner for comfort|
It can be heartbreaking watching your pet shake with severe anxiety and fear over Thunder Storms and Fireworks. We as humans know there is nothing to fear and that these storms or celebrations will soon pass, but your pet doesn't realize this and feels like an attack is underway. Owners can feel helpless in trying to get their pet to understand that these noises can't hurt them. But following these tips can really aid in helping your pet get though these situations with less fear, anxiety and stress.
How to Care for a Bearded Dragon - 04/26/2018
How to Care for A Bearded Dragon
Bearded Dragons are actually known as the most "Dog-Like" reptile, due to their docile nature. Because of this, more and more people are keeping them as pets and they are certainly growing in popularity. But is a Bearded Dragon the right pet for you?Personality
Although Bearded Dragons can be territorial and even aggressive with other reptiles and should be housed alone, they are quite friendly and sociable with humans. They have a great temperament and are usually calm and tame by nature. They don't mind being touched or handled, unlike other reptile species which is the main reason many people are keeping them as pets. However, they can still scratch or bite so always use caution and handle your Beardie gently. They will also display when they are scared or threatened. They will puff out their beard and lay flat with their mouths open. You might even notice the color of their beard will change black. These are signs your Beardie is upset and on the defense, so its best to let them calm down when they have reached this point.
Habitat and Housing
Bearded Dragons need lots of space. A full grown Beardie needs ideally a 75 - 120 gallon tank. Not only do they need adequate space for growth but they also need specific heat and UV lighting to regulate their body temperature. They need a heat source on one side for basking (about 90 - 100 Degrees F) and the other side of the tank should be cooler for hiding (around 70 - 76 Degrees F). Improper temperatures or humidity can cause severe illness in your pet.
The bottom of the tank should be lined with reptile carpeting or outdoor carpet or something similar for safety and easy clean up. You can also use paper toweling or other soft cloths but be sure to stay away from cat litter, wood shavings and even sand. These mediums are often accidentally consumed and have been known to cause intestinal blockages, which is a veterinary emergency.
It is important to include different things in the tank to make your Beardie comfortable and happy in its environment. Be sure to include branches and rocks for climbing and basking as well as a cavernous place to hide. Non-Prickly succulents and non toxic plants can also add enrichment to the Dragons surroundings.
|Proper Bearded Dragon Habitat|
Bearded Dragons require an extensive menu to meet all their dietary needs. They need protein in the form of crickets, and many types of worms, such as meal worms, king worms, horn worms and wax worms. They can even eat pink mice as they mature and grow. Be sure the prey you feed is appropriately sized for your Bearded Dragon and that you do not let pray linger for longer then 10 minutes to prevent injury to your pet.
Bearded Dragons also need a wide range of fresh fruits and vegetables in their diet. They need greens such as escarole, parsley, mustard greens, collard greens, dandelion to name a few. As well other vegetables such as green beans, carrots, parsnips and a variety of squash can also be fed. Its important that your Beardie gets a "salad" daily with a variety of leafy and vitamin rich vegetables. Fruits can also be fed such as as Berries, mango, papaya, banana, cantaloupe, etc. But be sure to avoid lettuce, spinach, avocado, and citrus fruits.
And of course, fresh cool water needs to be provided at all times. Shallow bowls or dishes are ideal, to allow for easily accessible drinking.
Like most exotic pets, Bearded Dragons require a lot of care in the form of habitat specifics and diet. However, their gentle nature and wonderful temperament make them the ideal reptile pet. They are a long commitment having a lifespan of roughly 10 - 14 years. But If you are willing to take the steps needed to care for them properly, they make great and interesting companions!
|A Pug Puppy and his Bearded Dragon Friend|
Keep All Lilies Away From Your Kitties - 03/27/2018
Keep All Lilies Away From Your Kitties
Spring is Springing and Easter is right around the corner. It's a time where the sun
is shining and flowers are blooming. But did you know there are many flowers and
plants that can be toxic to your pet?
Its true! Common plants such as Daffodils, Daisy's, and Tulips can be very
dangerous to your pet. And one of the most common and most dangerous,
especially to our feline friends, is the Lilly! Just a taste of the petal, leaves,
the pollen or the water from the vase and be deadly. There are many different
species of lily and most all are highly toxic. Listed below are are few of the most dangers species.
The top 8 most deadly species of lily are as follows:
- Asiatic lily – including hybrids (Lilium asiatica)
- Day lily (Hemerocallis species)
- Easter lily (Lilium longiflorum)
- Japanese Show lily (Lilium speciosum)
- Rubrum lily (Lilium speciosum var. rubrum)
- Stargazer lily (Lilium ‘Stargazer’- a hybrid)
- Tiger lily (Lilium tigrinum or lancifolium)
- Wood lily (Lilium philadelphicum or umbellatum)
***For a full list of poisonous plants visit: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants
Tiger Lily - Highly Toxic
If you suspect that your cat has been exposed to a lily (or any other poisonous
plant), take them to the vet immediately. Lilies can cause severe kidney failure and
are potentially lift threatening. So take their exposure seriously. Most of the time you will not notice
symptoms until its too late.
Fresh flowers and potted plants are a beautiful Spring time staple. But BEWARE
of their dangers! Many plants and flowers are poisonous, not just lilies. It is best to keep your pets safe and keep plants and flowers away from your pets!
Why Does My Pet Have Bad Breath? - 02/21/2018
Why Does My Pet Have Bad Breath?
Bad Breath Blues
Are you avoiding puppy smooches and kitty kisses because your pet has bad breath? Smelly breath can be very off putting but don't overlook it. Bad breath can be an indication of a problem with your pets health and most likely their mouth. We see the Dentist once a year and even more if there are problems and your pets should too. Oral health is very important for your pet and if not taken care of can not only be painful but can cause other problems as well.
Does my pet need a Teeth Cleaning?
The answer is YES! Our pets should be receiving annual dental exams from their veterinarian to make sure things are in tip top shape! They will be able to notice if a full dental cleaning is recommended by examining the mouth and the state the teeth and gums are in. (If the animal is cooperative of course.) But if you notice anything abnormal with your pet at home let your veterinarian know right away. Below are a few things you can look out for:
Signs of Oral or Dental Disease in Dogs and Cats:
-Tarter Build up
-Loose Teeth or discolored teeth
-Dropping food or toys
-Pet does not want mouth touched
-Loss of Appetite or weight loss
If you notice any of the signs above alert your veterinarian right away. Your Veterinarian will recommend a Dental Cleaning for your pet and possibly, further procedures like tooth extractions if needed.
This cats owner noticed a bad odor coming from her mouth. This kitty was in need
of a dental cleaning in which the odor indicated severe gingivitis and too decay resulting in
tooth extraction. Note the Severe Red gums
What happens during a Pet Dental?
Your pet will need to be fasted prior to your appointment and will need to have blood work prior as well. Since your pet is put under anesthesia for this procedure, your vet will want to see recent blood work results to be sure your pets internal organs are functioning as they should. If everything looks good on blood work they will place an IV catheter and begin to induce anesthesia. Once under anesthesia, the technician will begin scaling or scraping off tartar build up and will check for gingivitis. They also check for pockets, cavities, and will be able to see things under the gum line such as bone recession by taking dental radiographs. If any of these things are noticed, the veterinarian will preform the necessary tasks which may include tooth extraction. The teeth are then polished and the pet is sent to recovery.
Before and after shot of a dog pre and post Dental. Tarter and
staining are cleaned visually as well as bacteria below the gum-line
What about Anesthesia Free Dental Cleanings?
Theoretically this sounds like a great option right? Cleaning my pets teeth without having to put them under anesthesia? Wrong! Actually anesthesia free dental cleanings are not very beneficial to your pet at all. This method ONLY scrapes the front surface of the tooth, it does not get to where it matters, under the gum line.
According to the American Veterinary Dental Collage (AVDC) "Scaling (scraping surface of the tooth with an instrument) the plaque and tartar from the outside surfaces of the teeth does not remove the plaque and bacteria from beneath your pet’s gum line and does not decrease the risk of your pet getting periodontal disease. Consider this, the same level of “gross” build up you see on your pet’s teeth, is also thriving beneath their gum line where you can’t see it or the damage it’s doing. Cleaning and scaling below the gum line is most important because it’s where periodontal disease is most active. This can’t be done without anesthesia."
Not to mention it is very stressful to you pet! We all know we can't tell our pet to open their mouth and "AHH" as we work in their mouth. So if awake, your pet will need to be restrained as they scrape the surface of the teeth. This can be extremely scary and even painful for your pet. It is much more humane and beneficial to your pet to put them under anesthesia so the tasks can be preformed efficiently and stress-free.
To learn more on Anesthesia Free Dentals please visit:
Oral health is very important to your pets overall health. Not only can it be painful for your pet but also constantly swallowing bacteria from decaying teeth can affect your pet systemically as well. Keep your pet happy and healthy by keeping their oral health in mind!
Whats Your Pets New Years Resolution? - 01/30/2018
Whats your Pets New Years Resolution?
Now that the holidays have passed and we have rang in the New Year, many of us have declared a New Years Resolution. And for many of us that New Years Resolution is to loose weight and be healthier. But what about our pets? If your dog or cat is chunkier then they should be maybe you should include them in your New Years Resolution to be fit as well.
An alarming 58% of cats and 54% of dogs in the US are overweight or obese. We all love our pets and they look so cute begging for table scraps or meowing for extra treats but we are killing them with kindness? Much like humans carrying around extra weight is not healthy for them. Here is a list of a few of the negative effects extra weight can cause.
*It can be painful. Muscle and joint pain make it harder for your pet to get around and increases risk of osteoarthritis.
*It can compromise the respiratory system. Causing your pet to have a harder time breathing
*Increases surgical and anesthetic risks
*Increases risks of disease, such as heart disease, hypertension, Diabetes, liver disease, etc
*Deceases the immune system making them more prone to sicknesses
*Increases risks of cancer
For starters be sure that you are accurately measuring the amount of food your pet should have in a day. Which depends on many things. The size and breed of your pet, the type of food you are feeding and if there are any extras like treats or food toppers. Most foods have a weight recommended chart on the back of the bag to help you determine the amount of food that should be given in a day. However it is always a good idea to speak to your Veterinarian about specifics.
If your pet is over weight you may want to consider eliminating treats or choosing a low calorie option instead. Many veggies are OK for your pets to eat and can be given as treats such as carrots or green beans. They can even be frozen and be given as a cool treat in the hot summer months.
Exercise is very important too, if your pet is able to of course. Going for an extra walk, playing catch in the back yard or going to the dog park are great activities for your dog. It is however, little more tricky to get your cat to exercise but it can be done. Playing with your cat with toys or a laser pointer can be great kitty exercise. Feeding your cat in an area that they have to go up or down stairs or placing their meal in multiple areas can get them moving more. Supplying cat trees and other cat safe furniture is another great idea.
Treat balls are a fantastic idea for both cats and dogs. Using a low calorie treat or even part of your pets regular kibble. A treat ball will slowly dispense 1 or 2 treats at time after its batted around a bit. Which will encourage play and exercise.
Of course Regular vet visits are very important for your pet to keep them in tip top health. Your Veterinarian will be able to suggest appropriate food options and amounts as well as exercise suggestions catered to your specifics pets needs.
Its a New Year, and setting a New Years Resolution can be a great motivator for people to get fit. But don't forget your pet if they are overweight also. Its a New Year, a Fresh Start, and time for a happier healthier you and a happier healthier pet!
Holiday Pet Hazards - 12/20/2017
Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips - 11/15/2017
Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips
The Holidays are upon us and its such a fun and festive time of year. Its a time that brings friends and family together to celebrate and of course feast! But the holidays pose many dangers for your pets as well. Here are a few things every pet owner needs to be aware of this Thanksgiving.
*Kitchen Safety - The kitchen is going to be the busiest room of your house on Thanksgiving. Everyone is scrambling around cooking and preparing the big meal. This is an easy place for accidents to happen. A curious and hungry pet can get into trouble fast. Your pet can get into many things such as the garbage and eat things that it shouldn't. (This is also a hazard after the big day when the tasty left overs have been discarded. So watch your garbage carefully, even after Thanksgiving day. It may be best to just take the garbage right outside away from the pets reach!) They can jump up on counter tops and not only help themselves to the tempting food, but they can also knock over sharp objects or hot pots and pans causing burns and injury. If this happens your pet will need to see a Veterinarian immediately. Since there are so many potential dangers, it is best to just keep your pets out of the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day.
*Food Dangers - When the whole family is indulging, its hard to leave our pets out of the feast. But be careful, there are many foods that pose potential dangers, such as toxicity. Our pets metabolism works differently then ours, so foods that may be safe for us to eat are not safe for them. Even things that you may not suspect such as onions or large amounts of Nutmeg, which are holiday cooking staples, can be very toxic. Some foods can also cause conditions such as pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas caused by rich and fatty foods that our pets can't properly digest. Here is a short list of items to avoid this Thanksgiving. If your pet eats any of these items, they need to see a veterinarian immediately.
-Turkey Skin, Bones, Brine, Fat, or Gravy
-Herbs/Spices such as Nutmeg
-Desserts - Some desserts contain xylitol which is a sweetener that is very toxic to your pet
In addition to these items you must be aware of things such as aluminum foil and plastic wrap. When cooking you use many different items and things such as aluminum foil, plastic wrap, parchment paper, even bags, wrappers and other packaging that smells like food is very tempting to your pet. But swallowing items like these can cause intestinal blockages. Which is a veterinary emergency. For a more extensive list please visit https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control
*Pet Stress - Its wonderful to see family and friends for the holidays. However all the chaos from the additional house guest can cause your pet stress. Explain boundaries to your house guest and always monitor children around your pets. If your pet is too stressed, it may be a good idea to seclude them in a quiet room away from the holiday crazy so they can relax and feel secure.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday that everyone can enjoy. Just be sure to follow these Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips so your and your pet can have a fun and safe Thanksgiving Holiday!
Top 5 Halloween Pet Hazards - 10/27/2017
Top 5 Halloween Pet Hazards
Halloween is a fun time of year. The weather is crisp and children are beyond excited to dress in their costumes and eat sweet treats. But although the rest of your family is excited your pets may not be. There are many dangers for your pet, not to mention it can be very stressful. Here is a list of things to watch out for this Halloween.
1. Candy - Candy can be very toxic to your pet, especially Chocolate and Sugar Free candies. Chocolate contains caffeine and Theobromine which are both very toxic to pets. Both of these chemicals stimulate the heart and the Central Nervous System that dogs and cats can't metabolize causing a potentially serious even life threatening situation. Xylitol is a chemical that is found in sugar free candies, gums, and is often used in other products too such as certain peanut butters. This chemical causes excessive amounts of insulin to be released resulting in a dangerous drop in blood sugar known as hypoglycemia. This happens within minutes causing a very serious situation very fast which can be fatal. If your pet ingests these items call your veterinarian right away.
2. Decorations - Skeletons, witches, and spiderwebs oh my! Decorating your house for the occasion is fun, but make sure you keep your pets in mind as well. Many decorations, wires, cords can be hazardous to your pet if your pet chews or swallows those items. Not to mention scary. You must also keep your pets emotional health in mind. Although it might be comical to some people that Fido is afraid of the flashing zombie, as you see on many YouTube videos, but this is actually not in your pets best interest. Intentionally scaring or stressing your pet can be very damaging to their emotional health. Stress can lead to many problems medically for you pet.
3. Lit Pumpkins - Jack-o-lanterns are a Halloween staple. But they can pose many dangers. Curious pets can easily be burned if a real candle is use to illuminate the carved out face. Or if knocked over by an exuberant pet, a real candle falling out of place can potentially cause a fire.
4. Costumes - Dressing your pet up can be silly and fun. If your pet doesn't mind of course. Some pets are not thrilled with being dressed up and this can cause unnecessary stress to your pet. Don't force your pet to wear a costume if he or she doesn't like it. Costumes can be restricting and awkward for animals. If your pet is OK with wearing a costume, be sure it fits properly and it doesn't restrict movement, vision or airways.
5. Trick-or-Treaters - Some pets are very social and out going, but some pets don't like strange house guest. Multiple strange visitors constantly ringing your door bell screaming "Trick-or-Treat" can be a frighting ordeal to some pets. They don't understand whats going on and it can cause extreme stress. It may be a good idea to seclude your pet in a separate quiet room away from the chaos. Maybe give them their favorite treat and play music or turn the TV on to drown out the noise of the rambunctious sugar hyped children racing to your door. Your pet will be much more comfortable and happy to not be subjected to such anxiety.
Halloween is a fun time but keep your pets physical and mental health in mind. They may not share the passion for the holiday as you and your children do. Keeping candy away from your pet is usually common knowledge but the Mental and Emotional needs of your pet often are over looked. But put yourself in their shoes. These holiday rituals can be very frightening! But by following these guidelines you and your pet can have a safe and stress free Halloween!
7 Things You Can Do for Your Aging Dog to Lengthen their Lifespan - 09/13/2017
7 Things You Can Do for Your Aging Dog to Lengthen their Lifespan
Most people view their pets as members of the family. Most even call their pets their "babies" or refer to them as their "fur children". The bonds that we make with our furry friends is nothing short of special and we want them to be healthy and happy for as long as possible. It can be heartbreaking when you see that the once rambunctious an even mischievous Fido is now slowing down and turning grey. And although we can't make them live forever, there are things we can do to promote longevity.
1. Diet: Choose a good quality dog food. Be sure the food has all the nutrients that your aging buddy needs to stay healthy. You may want to choose a Senior formula that is specially made for the needs of elderly pets. These foods are fortified with the extra vitamins and minerals that older dogs need and some even contain Glucosamine/chondroitin and Omega 3 Fatty Acids which can help with arthritis and mobility. Senior diets are also typically higher in fiber to aid digestion, and contain less calories to keep your pets weight in check. Which brings us to # 2.
2. Keeping your pet at a healthy weight is very important. Overweight animals are at a higher risk of disease such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. Having extra pounds on your pet can also make it harder for them to get around and puts more strain on their joints. So limit treats or use healthier options as treats for your aging pooch.
3. Regular exercise can help your pet stay fit. However keep in mind, Fido is not as young as he use to be, so he may not be able to run 5 miles anymore. But regular walks and other exercises within your dogs means can help keep them limber and strong.
4. If your dog isn't able to get around very well because arthritis has became a problem for them, there are things you can do to alleviate the discomfort. Speak to your veterinarian for recommendations on adding in supplements, anti-inflammatories, and even pain medication to your seniors daily routine. Remember, they can't tell you something hurts. So look out for limping, walking gingerly, or having a hard time getting up and down stairs, etc. A simple pill can help your pet live a better life pain free. We have made it easy for our clients to get their medication regularly and right to their door with our very own Online Pharmacy. http://harveyanimalhospital.vetsfirstchoice.com/
5. Just like with aging humans, sickness and disease are much harsher on them then someone who is 20 years younger. That also goes for your pet as well. So as soon as you notice something out of the ordinary don't hesitate to take them to the vet. Its better to stop things before they start then to try to treat something that has worn down the animals immune system.
6. See your veterinarian regularly. Routine checks up are important to make sure your pet is happy and healthy. Even if they are doing well at home, wellness exams are recommend every 6 months for seniors. Regular blood work is also recommend which can tell the vet how well the organs are functioning and if there has been any changes that need to be addressed. Detecting illness early is key.
7. Be Patient. Your sweet senior may not be able to play fetch anymore but still has an enormous amount of love to give. If your pet is losing its hearing, its eye sight, or maybe having accidents in the house don't get angry with them. Its not something they can control as they age. Scolding them for something they can't control can make them depressed or stressed causing further problems. If you are having these issues speak to your veterinarian as they may be able to help.
Pets are family that we don't get to have around for as long as we would like. But taking these extra steps can help you pet live their life to the fullest.
How to choose the right Heart-worm Preventive for my pet? - 06/01/2017
How to choose the right Heart-worm Preventive for my pet?
Choosing the right Heart-worm medication for your pet can be quite confusing. The abundance of information and recommendations your Veterinarian gives you at the time of your dogs wellness visit can be overwhelming. Especially when your pet is acting like a wild Indian it can be quite distracting. But don't worry, Harvey Animal Hospital in Grosse Pointe Michigan is always here to clarify and answer any questions you may have regarding your pets health.
First and foremost lets clarify the basics. The two most frequently asked questions about Heart-worm disease are, What is heart-worm disease? And How does my pet get heart-worm disease?
Heart-worm disease is transmitted by infected mosquito, and is a very serious potentially life threatening disease that is cause by a worm invasion to your pets heart. These worms mature and reproduce causing severe damage to your pets heart function, and will cause the heart to fail. You can learn more about heart-worm disease by visiting https://www.heartwormsociety.org
Now that you know the dangers of heart-worm disease you can rest assured that you CAN prevent this awful disease. Consistently giving a heart-worm preventative will protect your beloved pet and keep them safe from this sickness. Perfect! The next question pet owners will ask is “What type of heart-worm preventative is right for my pet?' There are a number of options out there and this is something that your veterinarian will gladly discuss with you and help you choose what is right for your pet and their lifestyle. Heart-worm medication can come in a variety of ways, a beefy treat chew, a tablet, a topical, etc. Choosing which is best for your pet will depend on a number of variables. First off , will your pet take the edible medication or is applying a little oil on their back easier for the pet owner. Is it best for your pet to have flea protection as well? Is your dog around other dogs where they are at risk for intestinal worms and parasites? Yes most heart-worm medication also contains protection against intestinal parasites as well. For instance, Heart Guard is a beefy chew that not only protects against heart-worm disease but also, hook worms and round worms. While Trifexis is a tablet that protects against heart-worm, fleas, hook worm, round worm and whip worm. An alternative to an edible form is Advantage Multi which covers, heartworm, fleas, hooks, whips, and round worms.
There are many options and discussing your pets risks with your Veterinarian will help you decide on which is right for your pet. You can also compare on the chart below.
The next big misconception is “ Can't I get my pets heart-worm preventative at a pet store or online?” Well yes and no. It is absolutely NOT recommended to purchase heart-worm medications at a pet store or on a generic website. And no its not because your Veterinarian wants to make more money, it is not recommended for the simple fact that the manufactures of these products ONLY sell to Veterinarians. So how did the pet store or generic website get the products? No one knows. It can be counterfeit or fake products and you do not want to risk your pets health by giving these questionable products. A little tip most pet owners don't realize is that the manufactures of these medications will guarantee their product IF and only IF purchased from a veterinarian. Purchasing online is easy and convenient for most people. Most online pharmacies CAN NOT be trusted, and it is not recommended to purchase products for the same reason I gave above, unless its directly though your veterinarian. We at Harvey Animal Hospital recognize the ease of purchasing online and we just launch our very own online pharmacy! This pharmacy is our personal pharmacy portal and therefore it is a trusted source for your pets medications. You can get your pets heart-worm preventive and other medications right to your door. Click the link below:
Another added benefit from purchasing from your veterinarian whether in clinic or on their personal trusted online pharmacy is the rebates that are offered. There are always rebates and other special offers depending on what type of heart-worm preventative you choose. For example right now if you purchase though our online pharmacy you can get an instant $12 rebate when you buy 12 doses of Heart-Guard and a $5 rebate on 6 doses. Trifexis is currently offering a $25 rebate! So keep your pet safe and protected against the deadly heart-worm diseases and keep your pet on heart-worm preventative. Need a refill of your heart-worm medications? Stay away from pet stores and sketchy online pharmacies. Purchase directly from your vet clinic or their trusted online pharmacy.
Compassionate Veterinary Care Starts with Making the Animal Feel Comfortable - 12/29/2016
When searching for a veterinarian in St. Clair Shores, Michigan it's important to find one that provides compassionate care to animals. While most vet practices are able to care for the needs of a sick pets effectively, not all offices are the same. Some focus on treating many patients throughout the day, while other veterinarians focus on making the animal feel comfortable by taking their time. Each type will treat the pet's medical condition, but a vet who maintains a calm, trusting environment for the pets treated is going to cause less emotional harm to any pet that comes in the door.
Making the Animal Feel Comfortable
Consider that a sick pet is put into a crate, dragged to the vet's office, and put on a table under harsh light. This isn't going to do much to make the animal feel very comfortable. While the pet owner can make the process easier by getting their pet used to the crate and car rides, the rest is up to the vet's office. The first step is to provide a room for the animal where they can come out of their crate without having to be pulled out. In the waiting room, it always helps to set up dividers so that animals don't have to see each other while waiting for an appointment. For nervous pets, a small, isolated waiting room can work wonders.
How the Animal Is Handled
Vet technicians are great at handling most pets, even those that are stressed and aggressive. The problem is, when a stressed-out pet is handled in such a manner that restricts their movement, this can have a lasting effect on their ability to trust other humans. It takes time to get a pet to calm down and trust the person who is trying to assess their medical needs. Rushing an exam usually leads to the need for the pet to be held tightly. In an emergency, this is often necessary, but a vet who takes the time to allow the pet to relax often provides more compassionate care.
Finding the Right Vet for a Pet with Special Medical Needs - 12/28/2016
All pets deserve quality medical care. When searching for vets near me in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, it's important to look at what the needs of the pet are. For some pets who are comfortable around other animals, a large vet office with an active waiting room will be fine. For other pets, especially those that are medically in need, a more compassionate approach may be necessary. Some vets focus on providing care to as many animals as possible throughout the day, while others focus on getting the pet to trust their actions as they provide treatment. When one has an animal with special medical concerns, it's often useful to find a quiet vet practice in the area.
Pets that Require a Gentle Touch
No vet's office should ever handle a pet roughly, but some offices are known to be more gentle than others. A busy practice is going to focus on getting the job done quickly, as there will often be other patients in the waiting room that need to be seen. Pets that require more gentle handling do better in offices that are focused on treating one patient at a time, and doesn't rush you out because of a waiting room full of other patients. In general, it is usually about the size of the practice and whether the office is also an emergency veterinarian provider. In an emergency pet hospital, it can be incredibly chaotic just because pets may be in crisis.
Choosing a Vet in Detroit, Michigan
There are numerous vets to choose from in the city of Detroit, Michigan. This means that it's possible to find an office that is both close to the home and offers the services one is seeking for their pet. In a busier practice, a pet may get less attention, and “conveyer belt” care. In an office that allows pets to relax and get to know the environment first, you and your pet will feel comfortable and even build a bond with the veterinary staff. Overall, it is up to what the pet needs and what works best to get the animal compassionate treatment that doesn't traumatize the animal further.
Animal Lovers Can Find Compassionate Care in Grosse Pointe Finding a Grosse Pointe Veterinarian is the First Priority - 12/16/2016
One of the first things responsible pet lovers do when adopting a new family cat, dog, hamster, bird, or exotic animal is to search for a nearby veterinarian. Whether they want to schedule a general check-up or an initial series of pet vaccinations in the Grosse Pointe area, Harvey Animal Hospital is the top choice! New pet caretakers will love the veterinary options available, knowing they have easy access to an animal hospital that is so close to home and features a skilled and caring team of fellow animal lovers. What Can Devoted Animal Lovers Look for in a Local Veterinarian? Finding the right veterinarian clinic usually involves a variety of factors for busy people with beloved pets. The following are a few things new pet owners might keep in mind when searching for the ideal veterinarian: -The Office Features Convenient Hours. Whether single, married or a large family, modern life is busy for everyone, so it is important to find a veterinarian office that offers plenty of reasonable hours from which to choose to fit their schedule. Pet lovers might look for a care facility that offers business hours Monday through Friday, along with some weekend hours. And that the trusted veterinarian facility has a referral program in place in case of emergencies after hours and holidays. -The Veterinary Staff Uses a Low Stress Approach to Care. These techniques will help make the visit less upsetting for the pet and in turn make the owner less stressed as well. A low stress handling approach can help the animal relax and may also make the pet enjoy the vet visit -The Animal Hospital Offers a Full Menu of up to date Services. The more preventive and acute care services that a busy animal lover can find at one animal hospital, the better for everyone, including the animal. A few key ways local veterinarians help their pets and their families include providing important vaccinations, giving regular health check-ups, answering questions and concerns, and implanting microchips to track and identify treasured pets in case they get lost.
-The Veterinary Team Puts the Pet and Family's Needs First. The most compassionate veterinarian teams understand what pets mean to families and work hard to put their needs first. These professionals not only do so for the pet but for the entire family that loves that pet. Families and their pets will find the kind of care and flexibility they need at our local Grosse Pointe animal hospital
Importance of Pet Preventative Care - 12/15/2016
Taking care of a pet’s health is part of a pet owner’s responsibility. By taking preventative health care measures, pet owners can often avoid serious problems with their pet’s health. Routine pet checkups are important to keeping a pet healthy and happy. Here are but a few of the many benefits pet owners can gain through preventative pet health care.
Regular Monitoring of a Pet’s Health
Pet owners who take their pets for regular checkups make it easier for vets to monitor their animal’s health. Vets can provide pet owners with valuable counsel on their pet’s diet, exercise, grooming and overall care to enhance their health and well-being over the years.
Early Detection of Disease
Regular pet checkups will enable a veterinarian to detect early warning signs of any health problems with a pet such as a serious condition or disease. During routine exams, vets usually do a full physical exam and check a pet’s eyes, ears, mouth and skin which indicate the animal’s current state of health. Vets can also run routine tests on a pet to detect problems with the liver, heart, kidneys, and other vital organs. These tests can also screen for diseases such as diabetes and other abnormalities, that are not obvious from a physical exam.
Early detection of serious illnesses and diseases could save a pet’s life. By catching the disease in its early stages, a vet may be able to help a pet get better faster to prevent pain and suffering. The longer pets go without proper healthcare, the greater the risk of the disease spreading and causing serious harm. Pet owners also run the risk of having to pay for more expensive treatment for serious diseases if they wait too long.
Preventative pet care includes having a pet vaccinated against rabies, distemper and other diseases when needed. Regular vaccinations will enhance an animal’s immune system to preserve its health over the long run. Vaccinations will also protect a pet from catching an infectious disease. People who travel often with their pet will want to ensure they are well protected during their travels.
Just as people need regular doctor visits to promote good health and well-being, pets also benefit from regular visits to the vet to keep them looking and feeling their best. Working with a good pet clinic in St. Clair Shores will enable pet owners to provide their pet with the quality medical care they need to stay in optimum health. A healthy pet is a happy pet that will provide pet owners with years of love and companionship.
3 Questions to Ask Before Adopting a Pet - 12/13/2016
Pets provide companionship and love to people of all ages. At the same time, they’re a responsibility to care for. Pet owners are responsible to provide for the health and welfare of their pets. This involves dedicating time, money and effort to ensure pets have all their needs. Before deciding to get a pet, people should ask themselves the following questions.
Why Have a Pet?
People want pets for different reasons. Those who are lonely often want a pet to fill a void for friendship and companionship. Others may decide to get a pet, such as a dog, for protection and security. People who are considering getting a pet should keep in mind that animals have feelings and require commitment from their owners to meet their needs. Before becoming a pet owner, people should make sure the pet they choose can fit into their lifestyle.
Despite being lots of fun, baby animals such as kittens and puppies need extra TLC and training. Busy people may not be able to provide the attention a young pet may need. Older animals are more likely to adjust to being alone at home while pet owners work or their kids go to school. Pets should complement a person’s way of life to make it easier for both pet and owner to adjust to each other.
Who will Care for the Pet?
In a family home, pets are usually cared for by the entire family. Pet owners have a responsibility to feed, groom, exercise and play with their companion daily. By having a regular veterinarian in St. Clair Shores, pet owners can ensure their pet gets routine checkups to stay healthy and happy. In addition to routine exams, pets may require vaccinations, tests for heart, liver or blood problems, in-depth grooming or dental care. Vets encourage pet owners to take advantage of preventative health care to keep their pet in good health.
Who Will Pay for Pet Expenses?
Like children, pets cost money for their care. Consumers should factor pet needs and cost to include regular vet visits into their budget before taking on the responsibility of a companion. In addition to food and vet costs, pets may need toys, a bed to sleep in, a crate for traveling, grooming products, flea and heartworm preventatives, vaccinations, vitamins and pet medicine when they’re sick in the course of their care. The love and companionship pets provide more than counter for these costs.
Important Facts About Feline Leukemia - 12/12/2016
Feline leukemia can be extremely destructive to a pet’s health. Understanding this disorder and the steps necessary to prevent it can save a cat’s life.
Feline Leukemia Overview
The feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a retrovirus that produces an enzyme that allows it to insert a copy of its genetic makeup into any infected cells in a cat.
FeLV infections hinder the effectiveness of a pet’s immune system and cause a number of cancers. Feline leukemia causes the majority of household cat deaths.
Among U.S. cats, between 2 and 3 percent have feline leukemia infections. With those who are very young, sick, or at risk for other medical reasons, the incidence rises to 13 percent. Kittens are the most susceptible.
Cats develop feline leukemia by catching it from another cat. Transmission occurs through grooming, biting, sharing dishes or litter boxes, or just being in close contact. When one cat in a multi-cat household tests positive for FeLV, all the others require testing.
Common symptoms include:
Treatment and Prevention
FeLV cats require constant veterinary management of their symptoms. More than half of those whose blood persistently reveals the presence of leukemia pass away due to related disorders within two or three years after they become infected.
Veterinary care at an animal clinic serving St. Clair Shores pets includes periodic testing and follow-up visits for cats with feline leukemia. Veterinarians advise owners to keep any pets known to carry FeLV indoors.
A veterinarian can recommend appropriate nutrition for an FeLV cat and will be on the lookout for secondary infections linked to bacteria, parasites, or other viruses. Most FeLV cats take medication to treat their symptoms and receive annual vaccinations to protect them from intestinal and respiratory viruses. Ongoing dental care is also important to prevent infections.
When they suffer severe symptoms, some FeLV cats require hospitalization until they stabilize. Sometimes emergency blood transfusions are necessary.
Veterinarians often recommend a commercial FeLV vaccine for a new pet. Before administering it, they test to determine that the cat is not already infected. However, the only way to completely protect a cat from contracting feline leukemia is to prevent any contact with an infected animal.
Can Dogs Get Lyme Disease - 12/11/2016
Those searching for "vets near me in Grosse Pointe" may find listings of vets who provide testing if they found a tick on their pet. The owner may be frantically searching for a vet, in fear of their pet having Lyme disease. It's only a wive's tale that Lyme disease can't travel to pets, so owners need to recognize the symptoms and act quickly.
What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease originates from a bacterium known as a spirochete, which comes from the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria. It's transferred to a canine via a tick bite, usually from a deer tick. But Scientists are discovering other types of ticks transmit Lyme disease as well.
How to Detect it in Animals
Unlike humans who may develop the "bull's-eye rash," the animal won't develop any kind of skin reaction from Lyme disease. Because of this, Lyme disease tends to go undetected in pets. In many cases, the pet doesn't develop symptoms for awhile, which delays the diagnosis and treatment processes. In most cases, the doctor tests for other conditions before considering the possibility of Lyme disease. It's not uncommon for the condition to go undetected for a year or longer. By that time, several areas of the body are affected.
The first sign of Lyme disease in animals is localized pain due to the disease affecting the joints. The pet may experience difficulty walking and appear like he is "walking on eggshells." Limping is common and the pet may also stop eating and have a risen temperature. Sometimes, the symptoms will begin and stop. Without treatment, the symptoms will eventually return.
How Does the Vet Diagnose It?
It's not really possible for a vet to make the diagnosis without testing, even if the doctor suspects Lyme disease. The vet will order one of two different tests: an antibody test or a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. An antibody test detects the presence of antibodies from the organism, rather than the actual bacteria in the blood. The antibody test isn't always accurate since the pet will show negative for the presence of antibodies if they haven't formed yet. Sometimes, there just aren't enough antibodies to stimulate a positive reaction, oftentimes in a pet with a weakened immune system.
A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is the other type and is more accurate. It's a DNA test that's more sensitive than an antibody test. Not every pet has the bacteria in his blood, so a false negative may occur from a blood test. Vets can also test fluid from a joint to detect Lymes Disease.
If you spot a tick on your pet or if you pet isn't acting himself, call your veterinarian right away. The sooner a disease is diagnosed the sooner treatment can begin. If you live in an area where there are many ticks or if you plan on traveling with your pet to an area with ticks ask your vet about the Lyme's Disease vaccine.
Choosing a Vet After a Move - 12/10/2016
When a person moves, they have usually put a lot of thought and planning into the move, and have a certain understanding why the move was necessary. Still, the moving process remains stressful, even with this understanding. The pets that go along for the ride don't have that luxury. Many get upset when the owners rearrange the furniture, let alone move to a new home. Another one of the major stressors pets will ultimately need to face after a move is going to a new vet. In order to find a vet in your new community, it is likely that their owners will start by searching "vets near me Detroit," “vet near me in Grosse Pointe” or something along these lines. Moving is a busy time, and it may be tempting just to blindly pick whatever shows up at the top of the search results, however it is better for pets if their owners take the time to dig a little deeper.
Visiting Without a Pet
One of the things not every pet owner considers is making a visit to the vet just to check out the facility before bringing their pet for a check up. Pets pick up on their owner's anxiety, and just knowing things like how get to the new vet, or the layout of the hospital can make humans feel more comfortable, which translates onto the pet.
A visit without the pet also gives pet owners an opportunity to ask questions that are relative to their pet's condition without the distraction of trying to control their pet at the same time. It is a good idea to make a list of any questions about any potential health concerns, and mention them at the visit, even if they seem minor, because this can bring a better understanding of the issue.
Experience With Various Types of Pets
There are many veterinary practices that a person might find when they search "vets near me Detroit" that serve cats and dogs almost exclusively. While cats and dogs make wonderful pets, many people own "exotic" pets, such as birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, and reptiles, who also need to be properly cared for. Pet owners who have these pets, with or without a cat or dog, should inquire about a vets familiarity with these animals as well.
Easing the Stress
No matter how much a pet owner prepares, going to a new vet for the first time may still be stressful for the pet. Owners can help their pets feel more comfortable by getting comfortable themselves. Taking your pet in just to meet the Doctors and staff can really help your pet feel more comfortable too. By bringing your pet in for attention and treats and really help a pet get familiar with the people and environment and even be eager to go to the vet as its associated with positive things. That way, when they need to come in for health concerns or procedures your pet will associate the visit with the kisses and cookies it received last time and won't be so stressed. Also, choosing a vet that prides itself on it's ability to manage stress in pets can prove to be a big advantage that pets will truly appreciate.
Some Thoughts to Chew On -- Don't Let Your Pets Gnaw on These Items - 12/09/2016
Some dogs, especially puppies like to chew on things, such as sticks and rawhide. But pet owners should be cautious about what they allow their pets to gnaw on. Even some items marketed specifically for dogs to chew on can be dangerous to its health. That is why it's important for a pet owner to keep the following away from their furry best friends.
Any canine owner who has taken a stroll down the pet section of the supermarket has probably seen bags of rawhide for sale and assumed that they must be safe to give to their dogs. But most experts caution that these treats can be downright dangerous for your pet for several reasons. One, rawhide, especially imported chews, often contain harmful chemicals. Rawhide chews can also pose a choking hazard. And if a dog has a tendency to swallow large pieces of rawhide, they could end up blocking its digestive system, which could require in abdominal surgery.
It's not uncommon for dogs to chew up sticks that they find while out and about, but splinters could, unfortunately, lodge in the canine's mouth, which could result in an infection. And if the dog gnaws and swallows a lot of wood, it could also end up causing a blockage in its intestinal tract.
Because small plastic pill containers filled with medication or asthma inhalers could be mistaken for chew toys by dogs, it is important to keep them out of a pet's reach. Asthma inhalers can be especially dangerous to a dog. If a canine should accidentally puncture the inhaler while chewing on the plastic casing, they could inhale a potentially lethal dose of the asthma medication. If so, the pet owner will need to take the pet to their veterinarian immediately for treatment. Whether your in St. Clair Shores, Grosse Pointe, Detroit, or the surrounding areas Harvey Animal Hospital is always there to help.
In the old days, pet owners wouldn't think twice about slipping a dog a steak bone, but these and other cooked bones can be dangerous to a dog's health. Steak and chicken bones for example can splinter and lodge in a dog's windpipe or could poke holes in your canine's stomach or intestines, which could result in peritonitis.
So what can responsible pet owners do for a pet that loves to chew? Fortunately, manufacturers have come up with a number of safe chew-able options for dogs. And if a pet owner isn't sure which treats are safe, they should consult with their veterinarian before purchasing new chew toys.
Types of Vaccinations to Keep Your Pet Healthy in Grosse Pointe - 12/08/2016
When a person brings a new dog or cat into the family, there is often times more worry about buying the right pet food and taking them to the groomers then taking them to the Vet. Ensuring that the pet lives a long and healthy life is a top priority for new pet owners, and vet visits are vital to their health. Vaccinations play a huge role in keeping your pet healthy and safe from disease. Whether your in Detroit, Grosse Pointe, or St Clair Shores, Harvey Animal Hospital can provide preventative care including vaccinations to your pet in all stages of life.
These pet vaccinations have several different types of advantages. In addition to helping the immune system fight against the risk of common diseases, it also helps prevent the spread of communicable illnesses that can be given to other pets and even humans.
Types of Pet Vaccines
Pet vaccines are placed into two categories: core vaccinations and non-core vaccinations. Core vaccinations are vital for the pet to lessen the risk of exposure to deadly disease. These shots also can lower the severity of the illness if the pet contracts a specific sickness. Non-core vaccinations will be given based on the pet's exposure risk in contracting certain illnesses and the pet's lifestyle.
Dogs living in the Detroit, Grosse Pointe and St. Clair Shores area will normally receive their first set vaccinations when they are six to eight weeks old. Puppies will need a series of shots to build their immune system until they are a certain age. Then they will typically receive boosters every year to every three years. Types of vaccinations a dog may receive:
- Bordetella bronchiseptica
Cats living in the Detroit, Grosse Pointe, and St Clair Shores area will begin receiving pet vaccinations from the age of six to eight weeks old and will also receive a series of shots as well to properly build their imune system. Then they will receive boosters annually each year after or every three years depending on the vaccine. The types of vaccinations that are available to cats include:
The Doctors at Harvey Animal Hospital will discuss with you which vaccines your dog or cat needs. If your pet stays in the Detroit, Grosse Pointe, and St Clair Shores area, there may be vaccines that your pet will not need, but if your pet travels there may be vaccines that your pet will need in addition to their Core Vaccines.
Updated Pet Vaccination Records
It is always important to keep thorough vaccine records on your pet. Vaccine records are needed in order for a pet to get groomed, go to daycare, dog parks, or even a boarding facility. You never know when an emergency will occurs and you need to board your pet while you go out of town or in the unfortunate circumstance that you need to rehome your pet. These records will allow the new pet owner to maintain the vaccination and booster schedule so their pet can remain healthy. It also prevents the pet from getting shots that they may have already received. Many pet owners are also relieved to have such detailed records when their pet becomes lost or injured. Their veterinarian will have the complete medical record they need to provide the right treatment to get the pet back onto the path to wellness.