Poulsbo Animal Clinic Blog
Owners of noise-sensitive pets are well aware of the dangers of holidays like New Year’s Eve and Halloween. In fact, the days preceding these holidays can be unpredictable, stressful, and anxiety-inducing for pets who have never displayed annoyance, irritation, or fear. Is it possible, then, to achieve full-scale pet safety on the Fourth of July? It is, but the desire to keep your pet safe and calm should be paired with thoughtful preparation and close observation.
Oh, So Noisy
Your cat or dog enjoys a keen sense of hearing, even if they’re older. Have you ever noticed them scampering off in the opposite direction when you flip on the blender or vacuum? This highly developed sense gives them wonderful capabilities, but on the Fourth of July, being able to hear each and every pop, boom, scream, and squeal is very off-putting. Continue…
Are you looking for something fun to do this summer that’s meaningful and helps animals? We have just the event for you! On July 21st, we’re proud to sponsor the annual PetsWALK for the Kitsap Humane Society.
Sound intriguing? Here’s more information about this amazing event that helps so many animals in our community.
What is PetsWalk and Why is it Important?
PetsWALK is a 5K run/walk that helps support the important work of the Kitsap Humane Society. As one of their biggest fundraisers, the walk invites all animal lovers to come out and take a jog or stroll for a great cause. The event is also a wonderful way to show off your adorable dog (or other pet!) as you get a little sunshine and meet other animal supporters in the community.
Through registrations, donations, and support from local businesses and organizations, the event helps fund programs, services, and operations that save the lives of many stray and homeless pets. Continue…
Disease of the cranial cruciate ligament in dogs is perhaps one of the most common orthopedic issues we see. This painful and debilitating problem can really sideline a pet, especially one who is larger or particularly athletic.
Several surgical approaches exist that attempt to create stabilization and relieve pain in the diseased joint, but none are perfect. In the quest to get better at helping dogs suffering from cruciate disease, Poulsbo Animal Clinic’s own Dr. Craig Adams was trained to perform the CBLO knee surgery. This technique puts us one step closer to getting affected pets back on their feet again.
How many of us have good intentions when it comes to taking our pet to see the veterinarian once a year (or more)? We know that it’s great for their health, but it’s tough to hear them yowling in the car and see them shaking in the waiting area of the vet clinic.
Our homes are supposed to provide sanctuary from the outside world. While they give us shelter and protection, they also give us warmth, comfort, and a nurturing space in which to thrive. Pets experience the same benefits from the homes we keep, but paradoxically, they can be exposed to harmful products that come with modern living. When pet owners understand which products can lead to a pet poisoning, the better off everyone will be.
The mind-body connection is likely a term you’ve already heard, but what about mouth-body connection? In both humans and pets, it’s nearly impossible to maintain good health without paying attention to oral hygiene.
According to the American Veterinary Dental College, the majority of dogs and cats have some form of periodontal disease by age three. This puts them at risk for tooth loss, severe pain, and a variety of health issues. Owner education and action are essential to preventing and treating periodontal disease in pets.
The holiday decadence is coming to a close, and if you’re like most people, you’re probably looking for ways to improve your health, mood, and lifestyle in the coming year. Our pets can also benefit from an overhaul of their nutrition, exercise, and general care. Fortunately, a little goes a long way when it comes to pet health, and you can get started right now with our list of New Year’s resolutions for pets.
Whether we like it or not, the holiday season has arrived. It may seem like your cat is more than ruffled by the inundation of decorations, goodies, and visitors, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t curious.
If we were focused on another one of our favorite pets, dogs, for instance, many of the same warnings would naturally apply. However, cats are stealthier than their canine counterparts, a fact that calls special attention to holiday cat safety.
As October winds to a close, many of us turn our thoughts toward the upcoming holiday season and its promise of family and friends, fun, and of course, food. Unfortunately, the holiday season is also when veterinarians see an increase in the number of food-related pet emergencies, especially pancreatitis.
By being aware of the principles of food safety for pets, you can help to keep your four-legged friend happy, healthy, and celebrating right alongside the rest of the family.
Pancreatitis In Pets
Although it may not seem like a big deal to feed a few Thanksgiving leftovers to your pets, it may pose a serious risk to their health. Pancreatitis, a dangerous and potentially fatal inflammatory condition, can result from the ingestion of even a small amount of fatty or oily foods such as poultry skin, gravy, or bacon. Pancreatitis is so common around the holidays that the day after Thanksgiving is sometimes known as “Pancreatitis Day.”
A broken bone is no fun whether you are human or a canine. Luckily for your dog, Poulsbo Animal Clinic is here to help when the going gets rough. Hopefully you never find yourself in this unfortunate situation, but if your dog broke his leg, give us a call so we can get your pet on the mend fast.
Fractures in Pets
Dogs and cats have long bones in their forelimbs and rear limbs that are analogous to your arms and legs. Just as in humans, fractures sometimes happen. They can be as a result of a traumatic force (think getting hit by a car), an abnormal stress (such as getting a leg caught when jumping down from something), or a disease process such as a bone tumor.