October 31st is rapidly approaching! It’s time to get your pet a costume and go trick or treating! Halloween is a fun time of year. Who doesn’t love costumes and candy?! However, it can be scary and even dangerous to some pets. Here are some tips to keep you and your pet safe and happy for Halloween.
Keep all of the Halloween candy picked up and out of reach for your pet. Hungry pets have been known to jump on counters and tables to get to that bowl of chocolates! Chocolate is toxic to pets and can cause symptoms from mild nausea to seizures and death. Call your veterinarian immediately if your dog gets into the candy stash!
Dressing your dog up as a bumblebee or superhero is often as enjoyable for the pet as it is for you! Make sure the costumes do not have any loose parts that the pet may feel inclined to chew on or swallow. Supervision while is in costume is very important.
Some dogs are very scared of people in costumes! Do you blame them? Who isn’t a little frightened by a giant clown or zombie!? It is important to watch your dog for his or her signals that may mean she is scared or anxious. Never force your dog into a situation that they are not comfortable with. If the dog is backing away from someone in costume, follow his or her lead and get your pet out of this scary situation. Don’t attempt to get your dog to “make friends” with the zombie. This could lead to more fear and even aggression.
It is a good night to keep your indoor/outdoor cats inside. The streets are very congested with cars and kids. This can lead to unfortunate accidents if your cat would get into the road. Cats may also become very scared of the crowds and costumes and run away to get away from the situation. If this happens, they may become lost.
At AACS, we hope these tips help you and your pets have a safe and happy Halloween!
Everyday we meet new people who are interested in a career in Veterinary Medicine. It is a fun, exciting and rewarding field! Everyday is different and we are constantly learning new things! Lots of people ask us how to get started in their path to becoming a veterinarian or veterinary technician.
The best, and perhaps most important, way to start is by obtaining a position at a local veterinary clinic. The entry level position at most clinics if for kennel staff. This is a very important job. Our kennel staff care for the boarding and hospitalized pets, assist the technicians and doctors with treatments and maintain a clean environment. It is not a glamorous job, but the exposure to vet med is second to none. Why is this job so important to a career in vet med? Because, after several months or years of working in a clinic, many people decide that being a vet or tech is not for them. For others, they become sure this is the path they want to pursue and the experience and letters of recommendation become invaluable when applying for school.
At AACS, we are currently hiring for a kennel position. If you or someone you know is interested, please come by and fill out an application. This could be a “foot in the door” to your future!
The annual dog park picnic is August 24, 2013 from 1:30 – 3:30pm. Join us at the Dog Park located on CR 13 behind Concord High School for food and fun! It will be a fun afternoon for all of the dogs to run, swim and play. Plus there will be some good eats for their humans to enjoy while they are there! The Elkhart Co. Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit will be doing a demonstration around 2:30. There will be “gate” prizes also! The picnic is open to the public. All dogs must be current on their vaccinations to attend. Dog park rules will apply. For safety, children under the age of 12 are not allowed in the park. We hope to see you there!
AACS is participating in the largest study ever conducted in veterinary medicine, and we would like you and your Golden Retriever to join us.
Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is a groundbreaking effort to learn how to better prevent cancer and other diseases in dogs. The study is enrolling 3,000 purebred Golden Retrievers younger than 2 years of age and it will last 10-14 years. Although restricted to Golden Retrievers, results from this study will benefit all dogs.
We believe in the importance of this study, and we believe that our clients and their dogs would be valuable participants. This is an observational study, which means no experimentation or invasive procedures are required. Participants are asked to provide information annually on an online questionnaire. In addition, each year we will perform a thorough physical examination, collect blood, urine, stool sample, nail clippings and hair samples for laboratory analysis and long-term storage.
For more information visit www.CanineLifetimeHealth.org or call us at 875-5102.
Happy 4th of July from AACS! It’s the week many of us have been waiting for. An extra day or two off work, some time at the lake or just some extra time at home to relax are things most of us will do this week. Many people will have cookouts and grill lots of delicious food! And, of course, there will be fireworks everywhere you look!
What does all this mean for your pets? Some dogs love the chance to go to the family BBQ and have a swim in the lake. To other dogs, this means anxiety, fear and a chance to get some human food which may lead to stomach upset.
In order to help your dog, it is important to know your pet’s personality. If you know your dog is terrified of fireworks or has some anxiety in crowds, it may not be best to take your dog with you. In fact, many people will board their dogs over the holidays to help ease anxiety due to fireworks and crowds of people. If your dog is scared of fireworks, talk to your veterinarian about medications that can be given to ease anxiety and provide minimal sedation for your pet. Keep your pets confined inside while the fireworks are happening. Sometimes pets may be scared and actually run off to try and run away from the fireworks. During periods of fear, pets have “super” powers that enable them to go over and under fences that they normally wouldn’t.
Before taking your pet to the family BBQ, make sure the host approves! Not all people and places are pet friendly. Ask first to prevent a difficult situation. If pets are welcome, remember to keep Fido close by during the event. Ask people not to feed your dog “human food” especially bones! Make sure the lids to the trash are secured so that a big dog cannot get into them and eat lots of rib or chicken bones. Have a fresh bowl of water on hand for your pet at all times to prevent dehydration on a hot, sunny day!
Hopefully, with these simple tips, you and your pet can enjoy the holiday! Please call us if we can help you in any way!
It’s that time of year again! Storms are rumbling through the area regularly. Many dogs have storm fear which can make these storms particularly stressful for the dogs as well as the owners. But, there are options to help ease your pets’ anxiety during the storm! Depending on the age and health of your pet and the severity of the storm fear, there are different medications they can take to help calm their fears. If you think your dog suffers from storm fear, call your veterinarian soon and ask about appropriate medications. Signs of storm fear can include drooling, pacing, panting, hiding, and trembling. Some dogs try to “run away” from the storm and may actually get lost outside! Dpn’t hesitate! Call today to get help for your anxious pooch!
The signs of summer are here! Lots of pet owners are calling in asking about storm fear, ticks and traveling with their pets. These are three very important issues this time of year. In this post, we will talk about how to plan for travel with your pet. Stay tuned for storm fear and check out our Facebook page for information on ticks!
These days, lots of families want to take their four-legged family members on vacation with them. With this trend has come many pet friendly resorts and hotels. When you are making your reservation, be sure to verify the place you are staying is pet friendly. Once you have your reservation, it is time to prepare. Depending on where you are traveling, you will most likely need a health certificate from your veterinarian and proof of rabies vaccination. For international travel, you may need much more and up to one year to meet their requirements for your pets arrival. Check with the consulate in that country as soon as your travel is planned to find out exactly what is needed. Different airlines have different requirements for pet health. Be sure to check with your airline at least 30 days prior to your trip to verify their requirements.
Now it’s time to pack. It is important for your pet to stay on his or her normal diet to avoid any GI upset. Be sure to pack food, bowls, favorite toys and any medications your pet may be on. Also, make sure your pet has an ID tag with your cell phone number. A microchip is a great form of permanent ID to help get a lost pet back home! If your pet has anxiety or car sickness, ask your vet for appropriate medications to put your pet at ease. If you have an emergency while you are away, ask your hotel to recommend a veterinary clinic for you.
For more good travel tips, try out this link!
Phew-eeee!!! Oh no! It’s that time of year again! Pepe Lepue is on the loose and ready to release his horrific anal gland secretions onto your pet! Don’t worry, aside from the toxic odor, there is only a very slight chance that there will be major harm to your pet. Most commonly seen signs after a blast from Pepe include ocular edema, conjunctivitis, drooling and squinting and are often resolved in 48 hours.
Why the smell you ask? Well, skunk spray is made up of seven major volatile components. These components react at different times to create the immediate and long lasting odors. Two components which make up 65% of the spray are responsible for the instant repellent odor. Several other components are not initially odiferous but are made potent with the addition of water. This is why dogs may have a slight skunk oder for months to come if they become damp or wet.
What should you do if your dog gets skunked you ask? The first thing you should do is bathe your dog. But, DO NOT use regular dog shampoo. You will have much better results if you use a shampoo specifically designed for skunk odor removal before anything else. There are several commercially available products. At AACS we carry “Skunk Off”. In a pinch, you can use the home made “Krebaum skunk odor removal formula”.
1 quart fresh 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
1/4 cup baking soda
1-2 tsp liquid dishwashing detergent
For large dogs, add one quart of tepid water. Mix all ingredients together and use immediately. Do not store the mixture. Bathe the dog outdoors. Apply the “shampoo” deeply into the fur and let sit for five minutes. Rinse excessively. Repeat if needed. The pets fur and any towels may be bleached.
*Source: Veterinary Medicine. April 2013
Animal Aid Clinic South has recently started offering wellness packages for all the dog lovers out there! We know how much you love your pets. We also know how important providing them the best care possible is to you! At AACS we hope to make this more accessible to our clients by offering a discount and an easy payment option.
Our Dog Love packages include all the vaccines your pet is due for, heartworm test, fecal exam, and 12 months of heartworm prevention (any type). It can also include flea and tick prevention and yearly bloodwork if needed.
It is our goal to help owners get the best care for their beloved family members. For more information, call AACS today and ask about our Dog Love wellness packages.
February is national pet dental health month. As veterinarians, we feel your pet’s dental health is very important to their overall health. For the month of February, all dental cleanings will be done at AACS for 15% off. This includes the anesthesia, dental cleaning, polishing, and flouride treatment.
Why do our pets need their teeth cleaned? Tartar (the yellowish brown plaque that builds up on the teeth) is full of disease causing bacteria. This bacteria enters the bloodstream and can go to different places in the body such as the heart and kidneys. Once there, the bacteria can cause irreversible damage.
Tartar also causes pain in many of our pets. The bacteria irritate the gums, making them red and swollen. Every time your pet chews it’s hard food, there is pain due to the gingivitis. Infected teeth are also common and very painful. Most pets are very good at compensating for this and hiding their pain. They will simply chew on the other side of their mouth. But, the pain is still there.
Cleaning your pets teeth will remove all of the disease causing bacteria and tartar. This will improve your pets overall health and gingivitis. Most dogs and cats need dental cleanings every 1-2 years after age 7. Small breed dogs need cleanings more often, sometimes twice a year, due to poor dental genetics.
Remember, most dogs are not too discerning about what they eat. Many even eat feces (which is loaded with bacteria). Cats may enjoy an occasional mouse or two. That old wive’s tale about a dog’s mouth being cleaner than a humans…not sure who came up with that!!! It is definitely not true!
You can call AACS today to schedule your pet’s discounted dental cleaning for the month of February. If you aren’t sure if your pet needs a cleaning, schedule a FREE dental check with one of our technicians. They will help you determine if your pet is due for a dental or not. Can you imagine what our teeth would be like if we brushed them once a year? Yikes!