Saturday, March 20, 2021
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
This past year has been a whirlwind! Due to the pandemic, we had to change some of our protocols and procedures. We want to thank all of our clients who have been patient and helped us get through an insane year. It has been difficult for everyone; our staff, doctors, clients, and pets. Despite the rough year, we welcomed a new doctor to our team, Dr. Kim; had multiple cute animals come into the clinic; helped an animal get funds for surgery; nursed a swan back to health after a storm; and Dr. Folland came back and paid us a visit. It's been quite the year, with the good and the bad. We made it through 2020 and hope that 2021 brings us new perspective and happiness.
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
It's that time of year again! The 4th of July is right around the corner, which means hot weather, picnics, parades, and...fireworks! In the weeks before and after this fun holiday, people are shooting off fireworks right and left. If you have a pet that suffers anxiety from loud noises, this may not be much fun for you or them. Don't worry! We have some helpful tips to share so that this year's festivities can be worry-free.
Make sure your pets have ID tags and are microchipped. Animals who are sensitive to loud noises may run away during fireworks. Having proper identification on your pets can help you locate them and bring them back home.
Leave your pets at home in a safe spot like their crates or in a bathroom that is secure when you go out to a party or fireworks display.
It's a good idea to have a fenced-in yard. If your pet decides to run away, it will help keep them from going too far. If you don't have a fence, it's better to leave them inside your house.
If your pet has high anxiety from fireworks, consider getting an anti-anxiety prescription from your veterinarian. We recommend Sileo.
What is Sileo?
An FDA-approved medication, Sileo treats dogs who suffer from noise aversion. If you notice your pet pacing, panting, lip licking, or shaking during firework shows, it might be a good idea to try Sileo. It calms your dog without sedating it, so your dog can be stress-free and normal.
If you are interested in Sileo for the upcoming 4th of July holiday, let us know a few days beforehand and one of our veterinarians can get you a prescription for your dog.
Be safe this July!
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Monday, March 30, 2020
If you can believe it, bird-proofing is much more complicated than for a child or puppy. Birds are very curious, and will get into almost anything. Plus, they can fly. Basically your bird is a two-year-old toddler that can fly. They are also very sensitive to odors and chemicals, and explore things with their mouths–meaning they put everything in their mouths. The most important rule to bird safety is knowing where your bird is at ALL TIMES. If you are unable to watch your bird out of its cage, the best thing to do is keep it in the cage.
Below are some safety tips to help keep your bird safe:
Ceiling fans can be a major hazard to your bird. The blades can cut its toes, give it a concussion, or trap its wings. The best thing to do is turn off all ceiling fans when your bird is out of its cage.
Birds don't understand the concept of glass and will fly through it, just like wild birds flying outside do. To protect your bird, cover your windows by drapes or blinds.
It's okay to have electrical cords, but be aware that your bird could chew on them. If it does, they could cause burns, electrocution, or oral and GI tract injury or obstruction. Just make sure to keep an eye on your bird, and hide the cords as best as possible.
The kitchen houses a lot of bird hazards. Don't allow your bird into the kitchen if you are cooking or have recently cooked. Also, don't keep its enclosure in the kitchen. The kitchen can be a danger zone for your bird. It can get burned on a hot stove or eat something toxic (chocolate, avocado, onion/garlic, fruit pits and apple seeds, salt, and more). Don't use Teflon or other non-stick materials if you have a bird. They give off fumes that are toxic to birds.
The bathroom can be a dangerous spot for your bird if it's not bird proofed. Make sure all sources of water are drained or covered so you're bird doesn't drown. Close the lid to the toilet and drain your tub. Store all medications in a safe spot so your bird doesn't accidently open the bottles and ingest the pills. Hide all toxic items including cleaning supplies, aerosol containers, make-up, and make-up removers.
The Laundry Room
The laundry room can have several hazards. Your bird can fly into the washer or drier and get trapped. Check both the washer and drier before putting anything inside. Keep detergents, bleach, and fabric softeners in a cupboard and out of the reach of your bird. They are very toxic! Also, be careful when ironing, as your bird can get burned from the iron
Heat Sources, Smokes, and Fumes
Birds can easily get burned from burning candles, fireplaces, space heaters, and uncovered light bulbs. Your bird shouldn't be in the same room as these heat sources. Also, toxic fumes and smoke can negatively affect your bird's respiratory system. Be mindful when using products/substances that have strong odors, such as bleach, glues, hairspray, potpourri, gasoline, and paint.
Household items such as jewelry, nails, staples, clasps, and zippers can be a hazard to your bird if they get it in their system and cause lead poisoning. Keep anything that has a trace of metal our of the reach of your bird.
Be careful with plants in your house when your bird is around. Many household plants are toxic and can be harmful to your bird when ingested. Some common plants include black locust, coffee beans, daffodils, elephant's ear, holly, honeysuckle, ivy, jasmine, lilies, mistletoe, morning glory, parsley, philodendron, poinsettia, potatoes, rhododendron, tobacco, and tomato.
This is a lot of information to digest, but keeping your bird safe is a priority. Just remember, if you are unable to keep an eye on your bird, put them in their cage.
Monday, January 27, 2020
In our 30 plus years of being in business, we have seen our fair share of overweight and obese pets. And want to know the number one cause of obesity? Poor diet. That's right! By simply changing your pet's diet you can help prolong the life of your loved one. Take birds, for instance. A proper diet is everything for a bird in captivity. If they aren't fed the right foods, they can develop all sorts of health problems related to obesity. By simply keeping them on a strict diet of pellets mixed with nuts, fruit, and veggies, you are creating a healthy lifestyle for your bird. This means no bread, seeds (they are too high in fat for captive birds), or Twinkies (yes, clients have actually fed them to their birds), to name a few.
Depending on the breed, dogs should get 20-30 minutes of exercise each day. Some breeds, such as border collies, need more physical activity every day, but the average dog just needs to get out and walk. And if you're exercising your dog on a daily basis, you are also getting exercise. It's a win-win!
Cats also need to be on a proper diet as well. We want to remind you they need to eat meat protein. We had a client in the past who was a vegetarian and fed their cat strictly broccoli and rice. Please do not do this! They will end up being underweight and malnourished. If you stick by the diet our vets recommend for cats, they will be healthy and happy. Be also aware of feline obesity. Don't feed your cat more than they need.
Let's face it. Your pet's weight depends on you and what you feed it. As a pet owner, you are responsible for taking control of their health. A good diet is simple: feed them what they are supposed to eat, and don't feed them what they shouldn't.