A Note From Dr. Taylor And The RVH Staff
Warm weather is here and so are fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. These pests are more than an annoying nuisance; they each carry diseases that can be potentially life-threatening to your pets. Heartworms affect both dogs and cats and are spread by mosquitoes. The disease is easily preventable. Have your pets tested annually and keep them on a monthly prevention year-round, such as the 6 month injection ProHeart, or the monthly chewable Heartgard. For cats we recommend topical Revolution.
Ticks can carry several diseases that affect pets, such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme Disease, and a blood pathogen called Ehlichia. Fleas cause many skin problems and may carry Hemobartonella that causes anemia in cats. For canines we recommend either, Nexgard a monthly chewable flea and tick preventive or Bravecto a 3 month oral flea and tick preventive . Frontline Gold is a monthly topical treatments that is for both felines and canines.
Please ask our knowledgeable staff to help you determine which preventatives are right for your pets.
Just a friendly reminder to leave your pets at home in hot weather! Even on cooler days, cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures. Even on mild sunny days, even keeping the windows slightly open won't stop the inside temperature from climbing to 102 degrees in 10 minutes, and to 120 degrees in 20 minutes. Pets can succumb to heat stroke or death after being left in cars unattended while their owners work, visit, shop, or run other errands. Be safe and leave your pets at home.
Fall is here and there is a nip in the air; that means that the holidays and cold weather are just around the corner. We at Reynolda Veterinary Hospital would like to give you a few tips to keep your pets safe this fall and winter.
Halloween can be fun for us all, including our pets. Remember that chocolate is toxic to pets and must be kept well out of reach. You may want to bake some homemade pet treats for your pet to join in the good times; there are a number of recipes online. Consider an amusing costume for your pet. However, be sure any pets are closely monitored when wearing costumes, as some costumes may be choking hazards.
Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah are enjoyable for all, including your furry family members. Please remember that those rich holiday meals are not suitable for your pet’s tummy. In fact, veterinarians see more cases of pancreatitis around the holidays than any other time of year. Again, consider baking healthy pet treats for your dogs and cats.
Keep in mind that cold temperatures can be dangerous for outdoor pets. Bring your pets inside if the temperature dips below the freezing mark and be sure they have a warm insulated shelter from the cold. There are lots of sweaters and coats for dogs available and some are quite fashionable.
Have a great fall and Holiday Season!
Dr. Eric Taylor