TOP 10 LIST OF,PET POISONS:
2. Rat/Gopher Poison
3. Human OTC medications – Tylenol, Advil, Motrin
4. Human Prescription Medications
5. Household items/ children’s toys
6. Human Foods
7. Chewable Veterinary medications
8. Poisonous Plants
9. Lawn & Garden products
Did you know 45% of all U.S. pets are overweight or obese? While the best treatment is prevention, it is never too late to help your pet get & stay in better shape. If you can’t feel your pet’s ribs, your dog or cat is definitely obese. Let us confirm and rule out other diseases that may cause or look like obesity. If your dog has a thyroid problem, that slows down the metabolism, so they gain weight. Fluid in the abdomen from a variety of diseases or a mass in the abdomen can also make your pet look like it has gained weight. Please give us a call at 408-264-3550 if you have any questions or to set up an appointment.
f there’s one thing our pets provide more than anything else, it’s unconditional love. And with National Volunteer Week kicking off on April 12, now’s the perfect time to extend that love to others. Getting involved and volunteering with your furry pal is a fun way to spend time together while making a difference in the lives of others. It is also a great way to socialize your pet, helping her to get used to being around other people and animals. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about all the ways you might want to make a difference with your pet.
Charity walks or runs
Get both of your heart rates pumping by partaking in a charity walk or run. Animal-related charities typically allow you to bring your pet with you.
People in nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and hospitals can benefit from some one-on-one time with your pet, and it doesn’t just have to be your dog or cat. The animals typically have to go through special training and health exams to be approved for visits to various facilities. Furry Friends is a local organization that arranges these visits . They will give you forms to bring to us to fill out. At Princeton Veterinary Clinic we do these special exams for our existing clients at no charge. Habitual visits from animals not only provide much-needed social interactions but also something for a patient to look forward to regularly.
If you think you and your pet have the makings to be a good volunteer team, more power to you! It’s a win-win situation: Your community will benefit greatly as will your relationship with your pet.
Right now San Jose is having record high pollen counts and our dogs and cats are having lots of skin, ear, eye, & respiratory problems as a result. Here are a few suggestions of what you can do at home.
Allergies and skin conditions are one of the top reasons pets visit the veterinary hospital. Pets can develop allergies to flea saliva, ingredients in food, and inhalants, such as trees, grasses, and weed pollen. Itching and scratching are the most common signs seen with pet allergies. Secondary skin and ear infections can also occur from allergies.
Unless you can eliminate exposure to the allergen completely, there is no cure for allergies. But treatment options are available for our itchy, scratchy pets. Often, a combination of the treatments detailed below works best to alleviate the uncomfortable symptoms.
Antihistamines help to relieve symptoms in 20 percent of pets with allergies. Several options of over-the-counter antihistamines are available. Talk with your veterinarian about proper doses for Benadryl and other antihistamines.
Fatty acid supplements
Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids help relieve symptoms in 25 percent of pets with allergies. Typically, fatty acid supplements will need to be given on a daily basis for at least one month before improvement will be seen.
Giving Fido a good scrub down helps to remove pollen from his skin and coat, thus keeping his inhalant allergy symptoms at bay. Talk with your veterinarian about prescription shampoos that contain medication to treat secondary skin infections and itching. Be sure to allow the lather to soak into your pet’s skin for 3 to 5 minutes, which will enable the medication to take effect.
if these suggestions are not working, then we will need to see your pet. If secondary infections occur, then prescription medications will be necessary.
And don’t forget to keep up on your flea control. Fleas thrive in the relatively warm & humid weather we are having now. If your flea products are not working, then we can send home some of the newest & most effective products for you to use.
Don’ t hesitate to call us at 408-264-3550. We are here 7 days a week to answer your questions and to help you out.
Veterinary care for dogs & cats has improved dramatically over the past years. New & less invasive diagnostic tests & procedures help us identify & treat diseases more quickly & easily. New medications help our pets live longer & happier lives. Many of the medications & tests are exactly the same as those used in people. Unfortunately, this means that as human medical costs have skyrocketed, so have veterinary costs.
Here are a few things that I hope can help you with these costs:
USE YOUR VETERINARIAN – We are here to help you & answer your questions. Stay current on exams & preventive care. We often identify problems before you are aware of them & can start treatment before they get too serious. Call us as soon as you notice something wrong. We can’t diagnose over the phone, but we can let you know if we feel you need to come in right away or if there are at-home treatments you can try.
PET INSURANCE – The most common pet insurance companies that our clients like are Trupanion (1-855-828-1414, www.trupanion.com) & VPI (1-866-VET-PETS, www.PetInsurance.com). Both companies have different programs & definitely can help with costs.
CareCredit (wwww.care credit.com) – We offer & accept CareCredit. This is essentially a credit card for healthcare for both people & animals. You can apply online (at home or in our office). You pay CareCredit directly & the program we offer is 6 months interest-free. We have lots of clients who have been very happy using CareCredit.
I hope these suggestions will help you out.
I hope you are all enjoying this holiday season. I just wanted to remind you that there are some added dangers for your pets this year.
Poisonous plants – poinsettias, mistletoe, decorative berries, lilies.
Foods left out on tables & counters where your pets can get to them – chocolates, foods with artificial sweeteners, grapes, chunks of cheese or meat. These may be toxic to your pets or can cause serious stomach and pancreas problems.
Decorations – cats & dogs will eat tinsel, ribbon, string, rubber bands, ornaments, small ( & large) toys. These can all cause serious stomach or intestinal blockage that can require surgery.
Please remember to thoroughly pet-proof your house & remind your guests not to leave anything out where your pets can get to it.
While you and your pets are celebrating, please remember all the sad pets in shelters or with rescue groups. Adopting a pet from one of these organizations or donating to them is a really wonderful thing to do.
We are seeing lots more fleas recently than we have seen all year. The fleas love this rain & humidity and it is not cold enough to make them go dormant. We are also noticing that fleas are becoming resistant to the older topical flea products like Advantage & Frontline. We are now recommending some new flea products: Activyl (topical flea control for dogs & cats), Nexgard (oral flea & tick control for dogs), Comfortis ( oral flea control for dogs & cats), and Trifexis ( oral flea control & Heartworm prevention for dogs). I recommend oral products if there are young children in your house. Please come in or call us at 408-264-3550 to discuss what would be best for you & your pet.
Note: If your pet has fleas and it comes indoors, you will need to treat for at least 3 months to eliminate fleas in your house.
Did you know that prescription drugs are the second most common counterfeited items & are sold by on-line pharmacies? Many drug companies will not stand behind medications purchased at on-line pharmacies (even the big name ones) because these pharmacies are receiving these drugs thru unknown or illegal sources. Even if they are not counterfeit they may be expired (& repackaged in counterfeit packaging with a later expiration date) or may have been exposed to excessive heat, cold, or moisture. We have called drug companies on behalf of our clients who have bought medications on-line and then complained that they didn’t work. It turned out that the medications had lot numbers that didn’t exist so they were either repackaged or counterfeit. The drug companies are actively trying to trace and stop this practice.
If you really want to buy a medication on-line we will write you a prescription but we will not be able to fax it for you. We cannot appear to support the purchase of drugs that may be counterfeit or are not supported by the drug manufacturers in case there are any problems or reactions to the drugs.
One of the most frustrating problems for owners is when their dogs get ear infections – and to make matters worse, they tend to be recurrent. Although dogs can get infections from Foxtails in their ears or swimming, the most common reason is due to allergies – pollens, dust, and even food. Even though it would seem that the dog should have skin involvement and both ears would be affected, that is often not the case. Allergies can cause infection in just one ear, and it is often always in the same ear.
The signs you may notice are: scratching of the ear, discharge, or just a funny smell. It is important to bring your dog in as soon as you notice this since ear infections are much easier for you to treat if they are diagnosed early. We will throughly examine the ears to make sure there are no Foxtails in there and also to make sure the eardrum is not ruptured. A ruptured ear drum is very painful and a much more serious condition.
When you come in, we will do an ear slide to look for yeast and bacteria. This is the only way that we can determine the appropriate medication for your dog. These medications include special ear cleaners, topical medications to put in the ears, and possibly pills or tablets. Recheck appointments will usually be scheduled several weeks later & repeat ear slides will be done to make sure the infection is entirely cleared up. The ear may visually look clean, but if yeast & bacteria are still present, the ear infection will return very quickly.
Please call us at 408-264-3550 if you think your dog has an ear infection or if you are,having trouble treating your dog.
We know how frustrating ear infections are to treat so we are here 7 days a week to help you out.
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