Archive for March, 2016

If you’re like me, you’re tired of missing the boat on special events, like National Puppy Day [March 23rd] and National Squirrel Appreciation Day [January 21st].

But never again! 

I have discovered a secret font of information that tells me all the special animal-themed days of each month, and — best of all — I’m going to share it with you!

At the beginning of each month, I will give you the run-down of the special days that a powerful shadow government, staffed entirely by animals, has voted into existence. Then, you can mark your calendar and plan accordingly.

Here, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association — also staffed by animals — is the list of Pet Health Awareness Events for April 2016 [I’m especially looking forward to April 29th!]:

ASPCA’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

American Red Cross’s Pet First Aid Awareness Month

Prevention of Lyme Disease in Dogs Month

National Frog Month

National Heartworm Awareness Month

Every Day is Tag Day
April 2
First Saturday in April 

National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week
April 10-16

National Pet Day
April 11

National Dolphin Day
April 14

National Environmental Education Week
April 17-23

National Pet ID Week
April 17-23
Third full week of April starting with a Sunday 

Earth Day
April 22

World Penguin Day
April 25

National Kids & Pets Day
April 26

International Guide Dog Day
April 27
Last Wednesday in April

Hairball Awareness Day
April 29
Last Friday in April

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
April 30

World Veterinary Day
April 30
Last Saturday in April

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It’s that time of year again:  When my red car turns yellow, it means the pollen count is elevated and allergy season is upon us.

At our veterinary clinic, we’re seeing dogs and cats with itchy ears, faces, bellies, feet and rumps – not to mention the dreaded “hot spots.” Add dry, flaky skin, fur loss, excessive licking and chewing (especially at the feet), scabs, and fleas and you’ve got one unhappy furbaby. To make matters worse, damaged skin is prone to bacterial “staph” infections, which can be difficult to eradicate.

There are some things you can do at home to ease your pet’s allergy symptoms, especially in the case of allergens which are inhaled or absorbed through the skin (known as atopy.)

1. Keep your pet’s skin moisturized – from the outside. Dry skin allows allergens to more easily pass through the skin barrier and cause itching. Use a rehydrating shampoo (we recommend HyLyt Shampoo) plus a separate conditioning rinse or spray.

Allow the shampoo to contact your pet’s skin for 10-15 minutes. That is forever in dog-bathing time, but that’s what it takes for the shampoo to be effective.

If the shampoo is the non-lather kind (many are) don’t add more; doing so will just make rinsing it out all the more difficult. Which brings us to the next tip:

Rinse your pet’s coat thoroughly, to remove all soap. Follow with a cream rinse or leave-on conditioning spray (such as Dermal Soothe Spray.)

2. Keep your pet’s skin moisturized – from the inside. Ask your vet about powder or capsule-type Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) supplements, like Free Form Snip Tips. Skip the fish oil supplements designed for human use; your pet has its own EFA requirements that can’t be met with a human product.

3. Rinse your pet with plain water to remove allergens, daily if necessary. Most pets won’t need a full-blown sudsy bath daily or even weekly. But a cool water rinse can help take the heat off, as well as physically remove pollens that can cause your pet to itch. If a daily rinse is not realistic, try targeting your pet’s problem areas with a damp cloth, especially after your pet has been outdoors.

4. Apply your pet’s monthly flea treatment every month, even if you aren’t seeing fleas (which means the treatment is working!) For a hyper-allergic pet, a single flea bite can touch off a serious inflammatory response.

For more complex issues, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory medication may be necessary. Your vet may also suggest a six-month elimination diet to rule in or out food allergies. A trip to the veterinary dermatologist may also be in order, especially for young animals that will be dealing with lifelong allergy problems.

If your pet is suffering from allergy symptoms, schedule a vet visit to get recommendations and treatments tailor-made for your dog or cat. There really is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating allergic pets, so be prepared for some amount of experimentation to see which method gives your pet the most relief.

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NOTE: This article is for general informational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat any diseases, or take the place of a client-patient-veterinarian relationship. If you have questions about your pet’s health, your veterinarian will be your best source of information.

This post originally appeared on August 27, 2013.

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Cats are notorious at hiding pain. The little troupers just keep going until they can’t go anymore. But you can spot pain in your elusive cat and bring it to your veterinarian’s attention.

Look for these telltale signs of pain in your cat:

  • Your cat is hiding more often 
  • Your cat does not jump up on counters, beds, or other furniture anymore
  • Your cat avoids using the litterbox
  • Your cat shows a decrease in appetite
  • Your cat does not groom itself and it may not let you groom it, either
  • Your cat is grouchy; it may even turn to bite you if you touch it on the back
  • Your cat may flatten its ears back
  • Your cat may sit in a crouched or hunched position

The signs listed above may signal arthritis pain or some other problem, so a trip to the doctor is called for.

Less-stress tips on getting your cat to the vet’s office. 

If the doctor suspects arthritis, he may recommend supplementing your cat’s diet with fish oil capsules, which contain natural anti-inflammatory properties, or glucosamine-chondroitin tablets, which help bolster cartilage in the joints. In either case, your pet’s doctor will choose a product that is designed to work with a pet’s unique physiology, which is different from a human’s.

If your cat is exhibiting any of the signs listed above, Contact Us to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.

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Peninsula Caged Bird Society presents:

Bird show correct (2)


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An Old Irish Blessing
May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!


A Wish for a Friend
Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers-
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours-
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through! St. Pat's

Images courtesy of Vintage Holiday Crafts and Squidoo.
Irish blessings courtesy of Island Ireland.

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Cats need healthcare, too!

Cat stunts

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