Happy Tuesday! For today's #tuesdaytips we will cover some common poisons.
We are often at this time of year going to friend's or family's homes and many people bring their pets along. A household without a dog/ cat or puppy/ kitten may not think about common poisons that are found regularly in households. Keep your eye on your pet when in another home, and know the local emergency hospital/ pet poison hotline.
What to do if your dog or cat is poisoned:
1. Remove your pet from the area.
2. Check to make sure your pet is safe: breathing and acting normally.
3. Do NOT give any home antidotes.
4. Do NOT induce vomiting without consulting a vet or Pet Poison Helpline.
5. Call your veterinarian or if you are out of town the local emergency veterinary hospital or Pet Poison Helpline at 1-855-764-7661 (a $59 USD incident fee applies)
If you are unsure if something is toxic or not, feel free to look it up at the website: https://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poisons/
November is #seniorpetmonth and in honour of our silver-haired beauties our #tuesdaytips will focus on senior issues.
Today we will focus on joint care.
A few signs of joint problems for dogs include: limping, stiffness (especially after resting), slower to get up, difficulty climbing stairs, reluctant to play high activity games, lagging behind or tiring easily during walks.
Signs of joint problems in cats include: decreased activity, trouble jumping off/ onto surfaces, walking stiffly, limping, or increased social reclusiveness.
We have a few different options for helping combat joint issues in our senior pets. There are powder, liquid and chewable supplements that can add Glucosamine HCL, Omega 3 and other helpful ingredients to their diet. We also carry multiple veterinary exclusive diets with added joint care supplements. For more acute care, we offer injection medication and laser therapy.
Speak to one of our veterinarians at your next visit or schedule a consultation to discuss what options would be best for your individual pet's needs
In honour of International Cat Day, our Tuesday tip will cover something most cat owners deal with - cat anxiety and the dreaded carrier.
We know we aren't the favourite place for pets to come, and many cats only see their carrier the day of their vet visit. We have compiled a list of some good tips to help our feline furbabies have an easier time.
- leave the open carrier in an area your cat frequents for a few days prior to the vet visit to help them acclimatize to seeing the carrier
- apply Feliway Spray to the inside of the carrier each day you have the carrier out - this is a synthetic pheromone that mimics a pheromone happy cats use to mark territory as safe and familiar
- place favourite treats, catnip or toys inside the carrier to encourage entry when leaving it out
- while travelling, place a blanket over the carrier and secure it with a seat belt for safety
- leave your cat in the carrier after arriving home to give other cats in the home time to adjust to the unfamiliar smells
- a couple of hours before you have to leave, bring the carrier into the room in which the cat is napping, leave the carrier in there and shut the door when you leave. After they are both in one room, you don't have to look for him in the basement and on the second floor
- If you have a veterinary appointment and need to leave on time, start getting him into a carrier earlier than you think you will need to; many cats notice that something is different and can be more uncooperative than usual when you have somewhere to go
We sell different options of the Feliway product, and if you are having extra difficulty with your cat feel free to give us a call, there may be a medication option you can use to help take the edge off of their anxiety
Every Tuesday we'll be bringing you some helpful tips or tricks for you and your furry friend.
This week we have some helpful information on administering medication to your cat or dog. Some cats and dogs take medications no problem, while others are just not a fan! Hopefully this will help make the situation a little easier for both you and your pet.Just make sure to stay calm as your pet can sense if you are nervous.
If there's anything special you'd like to see on Tuesday's Tips please let us know!