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.