Poulsbo Animal Clinic Blog
Fall is a wonderful time of year, but the list of hazards that come with the season can be long. Fortunately, when you have a grasp on Halloween pet safety, you can stop worrying about your best friend and start enjoying the holiday together. Taking a proactive approach can help you avoid potential disaster and ease your mind. Here at Poulsbo Animal Clinic, we think that sounds like a spook-tacular idea!
Who doesn’t love a festive jack-o’-lantern? What about spider webs, flashing lights, and animatronic displays? There’s so shortage of Halloween decor out there. It’s fun, but pets can be truly frightened by it. Plus, some decor presents choking hazards, entanglement issues, and even electric shock.
Limit your pet’s access to these decorations. Use LED tea lights for carved pumpkins or display candles in an area that doesn’t pose a fire or burn risk.
With all the friendly people, miles of gorgeous trails, dozens of parks, and temperate climate, life on the peninsula certainly has its perks. Fortunately, pets can also join in the fun, as many local restaurants, businesses, and nearly all lodging establishments allow pets. Join us as we take a tour of pet friendly Poulsbo and Kitsap County!
Pet Friendly Poulsbo and More
Enjoying the great outdoors together is one of the best parts about being a Poulsbo pet owner. Our city offers much in the way of dog parks; some of our favorites include: Continue…
Going into nature is known to soothe various ailments. It’s the one place we know we can unplug – and recharge. While the quiet stillness of the wilderness offers a relative sense of wellbeing, that doesn’t mean it’s without risk. Does our guard have to be up when we’re on the trails or in our backyards? Absolutely. The key to proactive pet safety is: it’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. With that in mind, we offer the following tips for maintaining top-notch outdoor protection for your pet:
Know the Score
Most wildlife encounters happen very quickly and without warning. Knowing how to react and what to do to help your pet can make all the difference. Indeed, whether you’re in your own neighborhood or exploring somewhere else, it’s critical to be able to protect yourself and keep your pet out of harm’s way. Continue…
This summer, we hope you’re out and about enjoying nature with your dog. At Poulsbo Animal Clinic, we want to make sure owners have the right information to protect their pets while taking in the great outdoors. That’s why we’ve compiled some outdoor pet safety tips for both land and water.
Outdoor Pet Safety on Land
If you and your dog are considering a hike or walk along one of Poulsbo’s many trails, there are some basics to know when it comes to outdoor pet safety: Continue…
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.