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April is “Heartworm Month” Mention this Post & Save 25%

Call us to schedule a heartworm test, mention this post and get 25% off of the test during the month of April.

Heartworm is a preventable, but a serious and potentially fatal, disease.

Because heartworms are spread by mosquitoes, any pet exposed to mosquitoes should be tested. This includes pets that only go outside occasionally. Remember that mosquitoes can also get into homes, putting indoor-only pets at risk as well.

Blood tests are performed by your veterinarian to detect the presence of adult heartworm infection (> 6 month old infections) in your dog. Antigen tests detect the presence of adult female heartworms, and antibody tests determine if your pet has been exposed to heartworms. The antigen test is most commonly performed, and is very accurate in dogs.

Heartworm infection is almost 100% preventable in dogs and cats. There are several FDA-approved heartworm preventives available in a variety of formulations. Your veterinarian can recommend the best method of prevention based upon your pet’s risk factors and lifestyle. Of course, you have to remember to give your pet the preventive in order for it to work!

Source “AVMA website”

Springtime / Easter Hazards for Pets

Easter-hazard-blog-photo-2016-croppedAfter a long cold winter we are tempted to get spring going in our homes and gardens. However, as beautiful as those lovely blooms are, they could pose a serious threat to your cat or dog’s well-being. Make sure you cat does not have access to the Lily plant. All parts of the plant are toxic if ingested by your feline and canine children. Even a small of amount of pollen ingested by your cat could be fatal. It is recommended that you do not bring Lilies into your home if you have pets.

Dogs especially like to find your kids’ Easter baskets filled with candy, dyed Easter eggs and toys. Even the grass in the basket can be problematic if your cat or dog decides to eat some of it along with the jelly beans.

Let us not forget the fuzzy stuffed chicks, duckies and bunnies that Fluffy or Fido might think were bought just for them. These toys were not designed to be chewed on or played with by your dog and will be nothing but a mess of stuffing that could be swallowed.

We all know chocolate is not good for your pet, so keep those chocolate… Continue reading

Noise and Other Anxiety Issues

anxiety-post-pic772016Now that the 4th of July has passed us by, I can reflect on the craziness of our community with all the fireworks. It was a rough weekend for our 4-legged family members! I was watching TV this morning seeing all the creative ways people protected their noise phobic pets from fireworks over the weekend. One of the brilliant ideas I saw was a photo of a golden retriever with his owner’s head phones on watching a computer screen! I wish I had thought of that to share with my clients last week. Noise phobia is just one of many behavioral issues our pets can experience. One of the more common behavior issues I see in veterinary medicine involves separation anxiety. This issue can sometimes be easily overlooked and we do not realize how much our pet is suffering. If you think your pet is experiencing anxiety in any form, do not hesitate to call for a consultation. Sometimes there are easy ways to address this issue to help give relief a pet. Let us know if you have any questions on this topic!

Anniversary Notes and Fond Farewells

6-30-16 Kit KatNeighborhood Pet Clinic just celebrated our 2nd Year Anniversary at the new Felida location. How quickly these past two years have flown by.  The clinic has grown and now that summer is here, we are seeing some changes happening.  First of all, we said good-bye to one of our wonderful veterinary assistants, Sharon. Sharon was with our clinic for over 15 years. It was hard to say good-bye, but we wish her success at her new position with a local emergency clinic. Secondly, due to the growth of our hospital practice, we are sad to say that we are not able to provide boarding to the community. We have found that we need our space for our hospitalized patients.  Feel free to call the clinic and speak with our team to discuss options for your pet. Finally, there have been several amazing products brought to the market to help our pets fight and/or prevent fleas, ticks and heartworms. When your pet is due for a refill, please call and discuss options with our team.  Thank you for being a part of a great two years and we wish you and your pets a fun and safe summer!

Why dog training matters

manandpuppyHere at our clinic we often get to meet new family members such as adorable little puppies. One of the things we encourage all of our clients with new puppies (or even new older dogs) to do is to make training a priority.

Whether you purchase a book and choose the do it yourself method or join a training class, taking the time to properly train your dog will make the rest of your years together exceptional.

One of the key aspects of early puppy training is socialization. By attending a puppy class you will provide your puppy an opportunity to learn interaction skills with other puppies, people and a new environment. Proper socialization has been found to be critical to the psychological health of adult dogs.

Training classes also provide dog owners the knowledge and skills to deal with common, normal dog behaviors. For example, how to deal with potty training, chewing and separation anxiety.

Your training classes should also help your dog develop basic good manners such as polite greeting of guests, walking nicely on a leash and coming when called.

A well trained puppy becomes a well trained dog. A well trained dog is usually welcome about… Continue reading

The Pet Food Guessing Game

What are you really feeding your pet?

Once you get past the marketing and product claims, it’s important to know what is really in that food you are feeding your pet. When it comes to the best nutrition for your dog or cat, always start at your veterinary clinic. There isn’t one right food for every pet, but your veterinary team can guide you to what’s best for you and your pet. Then use this quick guide to help decipher the vast array of marketing claims that often overwhelm the pet food aisle so you can make an informed decision about your pet’s nutrition. dogfood.jpg

The Name Game

If an ingredient is used in the name of the pet food, such as “Salmon Dog Food,” at least 95 percent of the product must be that ingredient. It should be the first ingredient that appears on the label’s ingredient list. salmon.png

If the name includes a combination of ingredients, such as “Chicken n’ Liver Dog Food,” the two ingredients must total 95 percent of the product, and there is always a higher percentage of the first ingredient included than the second.

If it’s not an ingredient of animal origin,… Continue reading

Have a Safe Halloween

Halloween Dangers for Pets

While parental fears about razorblade-ridden chocolate and poisoned candy apples have mostly subsided in recent years, pet owners should still be concerned on Halloween. That’s because there are plenty of ways for pets to find trouble—particularly if left alone with a bag full of goodies.

Here are the biggest Halloween pet hazards to watch out for, courtesy of Pet Poison Helpline. Heed these guidelines, and you might just avoid any Halloween-related emergencies this year.

Chocolate

chocolatecandy.jpgWhy it’s dangerous: Chocolate is more poisonous to pets than any other candy. Chocolate contains methylxanthines, chemicals similar to caffeine that can quickly sicken dogs. In general, the darker the chocolate, the more poisonous it is.

What to watch for: Symptoms in dogs that have ingested chocolate include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy or agitation, increased thirst, an elevated heart rate, and, in severe cases, seizures.

Candy

candycorn.jpgWhy it’s dangerous: It’s hard enough for a human to stop at just one piece of candy, so imagine how difficult it is for a pet. Large ingestions of sugary, high-fat candy can lead to pancreatitis, which may not show up for two to four days after the pet ingests the candy.

What to watch… Continue reading

Check Your Chip Month!

chip-scan

Neighborhood Pet Clinic will scan your pet at No Charge to you, to make sure that your pet’s microchip is still working. We will be offering a Discount if your pet needs a microchip for the month of October.

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$25.00 Chip

when purchased with exam.

Importance of wellness exams

pet-tree91615Veterinarians recommend regular wellness exams for the same reason your physician and dentist recommend them – if you can detect a problem in its early stages, it’s more likely to be treated and resolved with less expense, less difficulty and better success.

As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Vaccinations, heart-worm prevention and routine de-worming are important components of wellness care and can prevent diseases that are not only life-threatening, but very expensive to treat.

Your veterinarian can recommend a wellness program based on your pet’s breed (some breeds are predisposed to certain health problems), age, lifestyle and overall health.

6 cat diseases you can prevent with vaccination and deworming

  1. Rabies (this can be spread to people)
  2. Feline panleukopenia (feline distemper)
  3. Feline herpesvirus infection
  4. Feline calicivirus infection
  5. Feline leukemia (FeLV)
  6. Intestinal worms (roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, etc., some of which can also infect people)

11 Dog Diseases You Can Combat with Vaccination and De-worming

  1. Rabies (this can be spread to people)babyanddog91615
  2. Canine parvovirus infection (“parvo”)
  3. Canine distemper
  4. Leptospirosis
  5. Canine adenovirus-2
  6. Canine parainfluenza
  7. Canine influenza
  8. Lyme disease
  9. Bordetellosis (“kennel cough”)
  10. Heartworm disease
  11. Intestinal worms (roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, etc., some of which can also… Continue reading

Does Your Dog Get Car Sick?

While our dogs love to "go", for some the car ride becomes a miserable experience. Today there are ways that your veterinarian can help! Below is a video that tells more about a medication that we offer to dog owners that can help your best friend feel better while spending quality time with you (and make it a lot more pleasurable for you too!) Continue reading

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