It’s that time of year again! With the turning of the leaves and crisp air comes a flurry of activity as kids begin a new school year or leave for college. The start of a new school year also means a change in your pet’s home environment, daily routine, and may also mean less overall supervision for him or her.
Changes in schedules, different people in the home, and an influx of potentially dangerous foods and school supplies can create unexpected back to school pet issues that need to be managed.
Pet Separation Anxiety
Homework, activities, and shorter days at home mean kids and families are spending less time focusing on the family pet. Many pets thrive on a schedule, and the sudden change in routine and attention can be confusing and may lead to separation anxiety. Some signs of separation anxiety include excessive chewing or scratching, barking and howling, pacing, and potty accidents in the house. Be on the lookout for unusual behavior from your furry friend.
This past month we have observed National Pet Immunization Month – a month devoted to educating and raising awareness about the importance of immunizing our furry friends. Infectious and sometimes life-threatening illnesses like parvovirus and distemper can present serious risk to any unvaccinated pet, even if they primarily live indoors.
Diseases that used to be more prevalent, such as the fatal and zoonotic (meaning transmissible to humans) rabies virus, have significantly decreased in the number of cases since the vaccine became available and is required by law. There are many more illnesses, however, which have not diminished and can be serious and life-threatening if your pet catches them.
Read on to learn more about why pet immunization is so important to your pet’s health and also helps protect other pets and people.
Core Vaccines and Why They’re Necessary
Vaccines (or vaccinations) consist of antigens which resemble the disease(s) that are being vaccinated against, but do not actually cause the disease. This slight introduction of an invading organism causes the body’s immune defenses to “prepare to fight.” By introducing these antigens in minute doses, the immune system becomes better equipped to fight off the actual virus should the pet come into contact with it.
An example of why immunizing your pet is so necessary when preventing the spread of disease was the outbreak of the canine influenza virus in 2015. While canine flu isn’t as serious as parvo, the reason for the rapid spread of the illness was that it was a new virus and dogs hadn’t been vaccinated against it.
Whether your yard is a carefully manicured work of art, a relaxing retreat after a long day of work, or your kids’ favorite playground, your personal green space is an important part of your life. For pets, the yard is their window to the world, and practicing the principles of yard safety for pets will ensure their enjoyment for years to come.
Beat the Heat
Spending time outdoors is one of the best parts of summer for people and pets, but the heat and humidity can be a real threat to our furry friends.
There’s no doubt that fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are an annoying nuisance, but the diseases they can spread may fly under the radar for many pet owners. This makes year-round pet parasite prevention a cornerstone of responsible pet ownership.
Fleas thrive in warm, humid environments. All dogs and cats are susceptible to flea infestations, even those who live exclusively indoors.
Besides causing significant discomfort for pets, fleas can transmit diseases such as Bartonella (cat scratch fever), tapeworms, and Plague. Fleas are notoriously difficult to treat, and eradication can be exhausting and time-consuming.
Opening your home and heart to a new puppy or kitten is a time filled with excitement, trepidation, worry, and joy. Those first weeks can feel like a blur as your family gets used to the new pet, and vice versa.
Having a new pet is a big job and a huge commitment, but the rewards of responsible pet ownership far outweigh the work involved. Your team at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital is here for you every step of the way as you navigate the waters of new pet care!
Have you ever wondered why we schedule your pet’s wellness exams at least once per year (or more often for older pets)? It’s easy to try and put off these routine visits, especially if your pet seems healthy or there haven’t been any changes since the last time you visited the veterinarian.
As it turns out, many health issues can be detected early during wellness exams, making treatment that much more effective. One of the keys to optimal health and longevity for our pets is to take a proactive approach, and annual pet wellness exams aim to do just that.
Nose to Tail
After collecting a thorough medical history of your pet, the next thing your veterinarian will do during your pet’s wellness visit is conduct a full physical exam. Your pet’s eyes, ears, mouth, skin, coat, and abdomen will be evaluated, and recommendations will be made from there. Just a quick glance at these areas of your pet’s body can tell an expert a great deal about your pet’s overall health and wellness. Continue…
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