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Happy Fourth of July!

We may love the Fourth of July but it can be a bad holiday with our pets. Keep your pets cool and comforable as the temperatures heat up during the day. Please provide fresh water throughout the day to encourage pets to drink despite the distraction of festivities. And while we are enjoying BBQs, make sure the four legged family members don't overindulge in rich foods and alcohol. As the evening approaches, keep your critters confined in a secure and quiet area so the fireworks don't "freak" them out. Many pets get loose and scared on the Fourth-make sure your pet has ID and a microchip in case they escape on you!

Ahh Spring!

Flea and tick season is in full swing and here we go--We have several different options available for prevention, and we are able to tailor a prevention program to best meet your pet's and your family's needs. You may find a collar works great for you, while other folks may prefer topical preventives. Some folks find a monthly oral works great while others prefer three month protection in a single dose. Prevention is really important--Lyme and Anaplasmosis are two tick borne diseases that are very prevalent in our area and can make your pup really sick. Lyme disease is also an increasing problem for people in our area. Please talk to us about how you can prevent your pet from getting ticks and fleas on them or in your household.

How old is my pet in people years?

Another birthday? How old is my pet--really?

Most of us know the simple math of each year of a pet's life is equal to seven of ours--but how accurate is that really? Take a look at this http://capitalvets.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/PetsAgeFasterPoster.pdf to see where your pet fits on the age scale.

Enjoying the great outdoors with your pal

Want to have your pet enjoy hiking with you? Here are a few tips to make it fun and safe for both of you. First, make sure your pet has adequate flea and tick protection, and that he or she is up to date on heartworm prevention. Carry a copy of their vaccine history, any medical alerts, and their license with you. If you are camping, make sure your pet will be comfortable sleeping in a tent--a trial run at home is usually a good idea. Make sure your pet is leashed while walking or hiking on trails. Keep your pet under control for its safety as well as the safety of others---many public areas require pets to be on leash. Don't allow your pet to sniff at dead wildlife or scat left along the trails. Pack out their waste when hiking in leave no trace environments. Check your pet's feet and fur when you return for ticks, scrapes, or any minor irritations. Your pet will have a great time exploring the outdoors with you..and you will both benefit from the fresh air--happy hiking!

Traveling with your pets

Traveling with your pets-it can be fun!

  • First and most important- make sure your pet is comfortable with travel and does not have any illnesses or injuries that would interfere with his or her ability to travel safely. Senior pets in particular may have a difficult time with a lengthy confinement in a crate or in a harness. Consider alternatives such as a reliable pet sitter or boarding facility if these are an option. You can help prepare your pet for travel with trips around town in their carrier (especially if planning to travel by air) or in their safety harness so they become accustomed to being restrained in a vehicle.
  • Make sure your pet is properly identified with tags and a microchip and this is crucial..make sure your microchip information is up to date and includes a cell phone number.If your pet is lost in an unfamiliar area, this could make the difference in their safe return to you.
  • If you are traveling by air or crossing state or international borders, make sure that you have the appropriate health certificates signed by your veterinarian.
  • Bring a copy of your pet's medical history with you including vaccination history and copies of any prescription medications in the event of an emergency while you are traveling. Check the AVMA website www.avma.org or the American Animal Hospital Association website www.aahanet.org to find accredited hospitals in the area that your are traveling to.
  • Take a up to date photo of your pet with identification tags visible on your cell phone in the event that your pet becomes lost and you need to prove ownership to reclaim him or her from a local shelter.
  • Bring all of your pet's prescription medications with you; a collar, leash, and harness; bed/blankets; toys and treats; food and water dishes along with enough food for the trip; and a safe sturdy crate.
  • Unlike our picture-Be sure that your pet is properly restrained if traveling by car. There are several harness and crate options that you can consider, and they are worth the investment.

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Poison Prevention Month

Max wants to know how to stay healthy-It's Poison Prevention Month

Do you know how many common household items can harm your pet? Dangerous substances range from human medications to garden fertilizers and pesticides to gum and candy---the list goes on and on. What can you do to protect your pet? First check these links to poison information handouts you can print out-http://capitalvets.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/How-to-poison-proof-your-home.pdf  and http://capitalvets.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Human-medications-that-can-poison-your-pet.pdf. Take a look at these and keep them handy for review. If you have a smartphone, you can find a great app from the Pet Poison Hotline that describes common poisons and symptoms, and it includes pictures. If you suspect your pet has been poisoned, please call us immediately. If there are circumstances where you can't get to a phone, here is another tip sheep you may want to have on hand- http://capitalvets.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/What-to-do-if-your-pet-is-poisoned.pdf.  

Getting older can be a pain--literally!

As our pets age, arthritis can rear its ugly head for them just like it can for us. Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints and the tissues surrounding them. It can occur for both cats and dogs, and some breeds are more suseptible than others. in cats, signs may include inappropriate elimination, decreased grooming, reluctance to be combed, moving around less, hiding or withdrawing from their owners, and reluctance to jump up and down. For dogs, the signs are similar and they may also show difficulty getting up sitting or laying down. There are several things you can do to help your arthritic pet. First, manage their weight throughout their lives. Overweight pets have a much harder time as they age. Talk to your veterinarian about prescriptions diets, medications, and therapeutic exercise. Laser therapy has been a wonderful treatment tool for us. Acupuncture has also shown some promise, and we can refer you to an appropriate specialist. Some pets respond very well to nutritional supplements. Our team can also discuss some enviromental modifications to help your pets negotiate their home environments better. We can discuss your options and help develop a plann to give your pet more comfort and a better quality of life.