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July Newsletter 2017

Vital Visits News, Tips, and Fun!

Vital Visits Pup and Person Info!

The Heat is On! 

  • Late Summer or Fall Vacations? Schedule them nowWe fill up quickly!
  • See some pet videos on our website; our clients are so cute! Click here to see them.
  • All Inclusive visits! Did you know that our visits to your pet are one price? We don’t charge you extra if your pet needs medication, or if the visit runs a bit longer. No surprise charges on your bill, our goal is to keep your pet happy and healthy!
  • Don’t leave your pets in a hot car, here you can see how quickly your vehicle heats up.
  • Existing clients can log-in here.
  • New clients can learn more about us and register here.
 

Summertime Itching & Scratching Blues!

A scratching dog is no fun; you know your best friend is uncomfortable, and every time you hear the jingling of his tags as he scratches, you cringe. Let’s get your dog feeling good again.

Keep in mind that itching is a symptom, not a disease. Unfortunately, there is no magic cure; it may take a bit of detective work to figure out why your dog is itchy. 

There are two separate causes of excessive scratching, the skin itself and allergies. Allergies can be environmental, seasonal, or caused by fleas.

The first and easiest step is to determine if your dog has fleas. If so, time for a flea treatment. If not, part their fur and look at the skin in various spots on their body. Is the skin dry, infected, cracked, or red?  If the answer is yes, schedule a vet visit so they can help determine what is going on with your best friend.

But in the meantime, these tips will help soothe your pet’s itching.

  • A high-quality diet.
  • Healthy oils in their diet (Omega-3).
  • Consider probiotics for a healthy gut and a healthy dog.
  • Allergies Rx – ask the vet about antihistamines – Zyrtec and Benadryl. Consider allergy testing.
  • Bathe with a nondrying shampoo like Oatmeal.
  • Some people swear by plain yogurt or coconut oil, just try a little in their meals.
  • Epsom salt mixed with water and soak itchy spot (or rinse them with it).
  • Ocean water helps a lot of itching problems.
  • Witch Hazel can help with itching; it’s 100% natural. Soak a cloth or cotton ball and rub on the itchy areas of your dog.
  • Baking Soda has anti-inflammatory properties. Mix a tablespoon with water and make a paste, then put it on the itchy areas or 2 T in 8 ounces of water and spray it on.

With the help of your vet, allergy testing, and these tips you’ll soon have an itch-free dog!

 

Thinking About Getting a Bird?

Think hard before you buy.

Did you know that there are a LOT of birds available for adoption? That’s the best way to go, rescue!  Birds live a long time; many go into rescue and neverget adopted. So please check your local shelter, vet, Petfinder.com, or Rescueme.org. And consider opening your home to a lonely bird.

As a matter of fact, think about adopting more than one bird. Birds are flock animals and very social; they do far better with a friend.

Read everything you can about the type of bird you’re going to adopt. Birds are highly intelligent and friendly pets. Although they don’t take up much room and are relatively low maintenance, they need attention so be sure you can commit to that.

Be prepared to offer them as much “out of cage time as possible; this will mean bird-proofing your home. When birds are loose, they need to be supervised because they like to chew: wires, cords, walls, even furniture. Be sure the windows are closed; some birds are escape artists. Keep your birds away from your other pets until you are sure they get along.

Speaking of cages, provide your bird(s) with the largest cage you can afford and accommodate. A bird cage can never be too big.

Feed your bird a healthy diet. This might come as a surprise to you, but your bird should eat very little seed. Most birds do best on a diet of high quality, organic pellets, fresh fruits, veggies, and some grain. Study your bird’s diet and talk to your vet about feeding; use only high-quality food.

Find a board certified avian veterinarian because many dog and cat vets do not treat birds. It’s not always easy to find someone certified in avian medicine, but it will make all the difference in your bird’s health.

If you’ve looked into birds and are ready to welcome one in your home, you won’t regret it. They are very loyal, smart, and entertaining pets.

 

Fun Pet Holidays in July

Adopt a Rescue Rabbit Month

July 4 – Fun Day For People, FURightenting Day For Pets
(see Pet Reads section below for help)

July 11 – Cow Appreciation Day
July 14 – Shark Awareness Day
July 15 – Pet Fire Safety Day
July 31 – National Mutt Day

 

The 5 Serious and Sneaky Cat Diseases

I know us “cat lovers” give our kitties high-quality food, preventative care, a safe and loving home, and lots of attention, and exercise. But did you know there are five health issues that can sneak up on cats, even when you give them the best of care? On your next vet visit ask your vet to check for these silent health issues.

  1. On the top of the list is chronic kidney disease. If caught early this illness can be managed well with low protein diets, medications, and more water intake. There are signs to look for; excessive drinking and urination, weight loss, large clumps in the litter box, bad breath, lethargy, and weight loss.
  2. Diabetes is another sneaky illness. Many cats are overweight which puts them at greater risk for diabetes. It’s another disease that if caught early can be managed fairly well with insulin and diet changes. You will need to monitor your cat’s glucose levels and make more vet visits. Look for frequent thirst and urination, decrease or increase in appetite, funny smelling breath, and possibly vomiting.
  3. Hyperthyroidism is another silent disease that is often seen in middle-aged or senior cats. Again, the signs are similar to the other to illnesses. Excessive thirst and urination, vomiting, weight loss, and eventually a ravenous appetite. Treatment for hyperthyroidism is very effective with medication and a special diet.
  4. Heart disease is often hard to diagnose in cats; they don’t typically get a heart mummer like dogs (and people) do. So look for these signs: racing heart rate, passing out, blue gums, increased respiratory rate, open mouth breathing, and cold or paralyzed hind limbs. The long-term outlook for heart disease isn’t great for our animals. Your vet will probably medicate your cat; heart disease is progressive, there is no cure for it.
  5. Lastly, cancer is another quiet killer. Just like people, as animals live longer we see more cases of cancer. The most common type of cat cancer is gastrointestinal cancers. Look for these cancer signs: weight loss, loss of appetite, weakness, hiding, vomiting, and bloating. The earlier cancer is diagnosed, the better the outcome. 

Let’s keep a close eye on our cat companions so they can live longer healthier lives and avoid these sneaky diseases.

 

Pet Reads!

Here are some interesting pet articles, pictures, and videos We’ve found on the net this month. Enjoy!

Fourth of July Links

And two other fun links:

 
 
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