Dogs that inhale secondhand smoke are more likely to develop nasal cancer
than dogs living in smoke-free homes.

Cats exposed to secondhand smoke are twice as likely to develop malignant lymphoma (a deadly form of cancer) than pet cats not exposed to secondhand smoke. (Note: One study finds that the longer people smoked and the more cigarettes they smoked, the higher the risk was for the cats.)

Pets can become very ill and need emergency veterinary care if they eat cigarettes
or other tobacco products that have been left out.

The best way to protect your pets from
secondhand smoke is to quit.


For FREE help call
1-800-QUIT NOW
or visit
KSquit.org
 
 
And along with it Mosquitoes,

Worms of all kinds, Fleas, Ticks and

Allergic itching, sneezing, and wheezing!!!


Spring is coming and we are prepared to defend your pets against the onslaught of pests and parasites headed their way.  We are stocking Iverhart Max and Vectra 3D because we feel they cover the greatest spectrum of protection for your pets per dollar spent, as well as safe protection for sensitive pets. 

·         Iverhart Max is a once monthly heartworm, roundworm, hookworm, and tapeworm preventative that comes in a chewable tablet.  It is necessary to ensure that your pet is heartworm negative prior to starting any prevention program.  This is accomplished by obtaining a small blood sample and running an in house test that takes only 10 minutes.   

·         Vectra 3D is one of the most comprehensive flea and tick control products on the market today.
It kills and repels many of the pests/parasites that are common to our region
such as fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, lice, mites and sand flies.

·         If you have an old favorite you prefer we are able to get any product you desire
sent right to your home.

Pets with environmental allergic conditions will be starting their spring time routines soon.  Come in before they are driving themselves, and you, crazy with itching and talk to us about our alternatives to steroid therapy.  Natural supplements or allergy sensitization injections are a much better long term treatment plan to combat common allergy symptoms.  Steroids provide immediate relief of symptoms but can cause harmful effects with chronic use.

We look forward to helping with all your spring time needs,

Don’t forget it is also a great time to spay and neuter your pets!

 

 
 
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Heat stroke is a very common problem and can become a life threatening situation rather quickly if action is not taken to treat your pet.  Older or overweight adults and puppies less than six months old are at greatest risk during the upcoming summer months.  A heavy or dark hair coat also increases risk.  A dog’s normal body temperature is between 100 and 102.5 Fahrenheit.  Once core body temperature rises above 104 or 105 Fahrenheit the situation can become grave.

Summer vacation season is on it's way and many of us are considering taking the family pet along.  There are a few safety tips we all need to heed when out and about with our pets in the late spring/summer time heat.  Never leave a pet unattended in a car on a hot sunny day.  If you must only leave them for a short time as possible with the windows down to allow air flow.  If a pet must be kept outdoors make sure there is access to shade in an area that is well ventilated and has access to plenty of fresh clean water.  Leaving extra water bowls on days of extreme heat and providing a wading pool to aid in self-cooling may be necessary.  If taking your pet hiking take along a pet water bottle (or travel bowl) along with plenty of fresh water for both you and your pet.

If your pet does become overheated you may notice excessive drooling and panting combined with weakness or lethargy.  In extreme cases bloody diarrhea, vomiting, seizures, collapse, and death can occur in a matter of minutes.

Immersing your pet in cool water or running the hose over their back should be started immediately.  Also encourage water intake or offer ice cubes.  In mild cases this may prevent the situation from escalating but you should still have your pet evaluated by your veterinarian as soon as possible.  In worst case scenarios chilled IV fluids or stomach lavage with cold water to lower core body temperature may be necessary to prevent severe brain damage and death.

With this in mind enjoy your summer outings with your pet, but remember to keep an eye on the thermometer and adjust your activities accordingly to make sure everyone stays cool.

                                                                                                                Thank you, Dr. Amy


 
 
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How many of you get close enough to your best friend to occasionally think man you have bad breath?  That bad smell isn’t the only thing you should be concerned with. It is bad for your pet’s health to have all that plaque and tartar building up on their teeth.  Tartar build up allows the bacteria trapped there direct access to your pets blood stream via their inflamed gums.  Once in the blood the bacteria seed themselves throughout the body but one of the most concerning places they lodge are the heart valves.  This causes a condition known as endocarditis which can lead to further heart damage and heart murmur development.  If your pet already has a heart murmur present it may be necessary to place them on heart medication and antibiotics prior to performing a dental cleaning so that the heart can be functioning at its best prior to anesthesia.

Blood work is recommended prior to any anesthetic procedure, but is especially important in the case of an older pet that may already be having other health problems.  Blood work can indicate problems the pet may be having that a physical exam or their daily behaviors are not indicating.  Underlying problems such as diabetes, kidney and liver disease, increased white count due to infection, and anemia are just a few of the most common problems found in older animals when they may not be showing any outward clinical signs.

It should also be noted that dental disease is not always an older pet problem.  Some younger pets should have teeth cleanings too.  Breeds such as Yorkies, Shit tzus, Chihuahuas, and other toy breeds are prone to having poor dental health and will most likely require dental care much sooner than other breeds.  Your veterinarian should check your pet’s oral health every time you come in for a routine yearly examination and recommend teeth cleaning when it is appropriate.

A routine dental at our clinic involves scaling the teeth with an ultrasonic scaler, removing any teeth that are abscessed, broken, or dead, and polishing the teeth with a prophy just like at your dentist's office.  Sealing the teeth with a barrier sealant is also recommended to prolong the time in between dental cleanings.  Once the teeth are clean it is much easier to do some preventive measures and see that you are in fact preventing the build up from occurring as fast as it would normally were you not doing anything.

February is National Pet Dental Health month and most veterinary clinics honor this in some way.  Howland Mobile Veterinary Service will be offering 10% off all dental services and products in the month of February.  I look forward to taking care of your pet’s dental health needs.