Springtime Pet Safety Tips

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Spring has sprung, and with the change of season, our thoughts inevitably turn to spring cleaning and much-needed home improvement projects. But the new balmy weather can prove not-so-sunny for curious pets—or their unwitting parents. Before you embark on seasonal chores or outdoor revelry, take inventory of potential springtime hazards for your delicate, furry friend. To help you out, our ASPCA experts have come up with a few seasonal tips that will help prevent mishaps or misfortunes.

 

Screen Yourself Many pet parents welcome the breezy days of spring by opening their windows. Unfortunately, they also unknowingly put their pets at risk—especially cats, who are apt to jump or fall through unscreened windows. Be sure to install snug and sturdy screens in all of your windows. If you have adjustable screens, make sure they are tightly wedged into window frames.

 

Buckle Up! While every pet parent knows dogs love to feel the wind on their furry faces, allowing them to ride in the bed of pick-up trucks or stick their heads out of moving-car windows is dangerous. Flying debris and insects can cause inner ear or eye injuries and lung infections, and abrupt stops or turns can cause major injury, or worse! Pets in cars should always be secured in a crate or wearing a seatbelt harness designed especially for them.

 

Spring Cleaning Spring cleaning is a time-honored tradition in many households, but be sure to keep all cleaners and chemicals out of your pets’ way! Almost all commercially sold cleaning products contain chemicals that are harmful to pets. The key to using them safely is to read and follow label directions for proper use and storage.

 

Home Improvement 101 Products such as paints, mineral spirits and solvents can be toxic to your pets and cause severe irritation or chemical burns. Carefully read all labels to see if the product is safe to use around your furry friends. Also, be cautious of physical hazards, including nails, staples, insulation, blades and power tools. It may be wise to confine your dog or cat to a designated pet-friendly room during home improvement projects.

 

Let Your Garden Grow—With Care Pet parents, take care—fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides keep our plants and lawns healthy and green, but their ingredients aren’t meant for four-legged consumption and can be fatal if your pet ingests them. Always store these poisonous products in out-of-the-way places and follow label instructions carefully. Check out our full list of garden care tips.

 

Poisonous Plants Time to let your garden grow! But beware, many popular springtime plants—including Easter lilies, rhododendron and azaleas—are highly toxic to pets and can easily prove fatal if eaten. Check out our full list—and pics!—of toxic and non-toxic plants for your home and garden.

 

Ah-Ah-Achoo! Like their sneezy human counterparts, pets can be allergic to foods, dust, plants and pollens. Allergic reactions in dogs and cats can cause minor sniffling and sneezing as well as life-threatening anaphylactic shock. If you suspect your pet has a springtime allergy, please visit your veterinarian as soon as possible. ·

 

Pesky Little Critters April showers bring May flowers—and an onslaught of bugs! Make sure your pet is on year-round heartworm preventive medication, as well as a flea and tick control program. Ask your doctor to recommend a plan designed specifically for your pet. · Out and About Warmer weather means more trips to the park, longer walks and more chances for your pet to wander off! Make sure your dog or cat has a microchip for identification and wears a tag imprinted with your home address, cell phone and any other relevant contact information. Canines should wear flat (never choke!) collars, please.

 

Source: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/springtime-safety-tips

Senior Pet Health Care

505953133Our pets complete us, and it’s the least we can do to offer them careful and exceptional care their whole life. When our pets reach their golden years, we want to ensure that they are, in fact, “golden.” In order to ensure that our senior pets are comfortable and healthy, the Circle of Life Animal Hospital team offers specialized senior care to all pets who have passed middle age and need that special level of attention.

Senior Pet Care

When pets have reached the approximate age of seven, they have reached their senior years and the care they require will begin to change. Many pet owners see their pets slowing down and showing signs of age, thinking these are a normal part of the aging process. It’s important to remember that many of these signs are symptoms of larger issues that often affect senior pets, such as arthritis, kidney disease, heart conditions, and more.

Treating symptoms is not the most effective way to provide care for a pet. Instead, the Circle of Life Animal Hospital makes it our priority to perfect diagnostics on pets, using more extensive tests on our senior companions, to identify their health conditions. Identifying health conditions as early as possible is the best way to ensure that treatment is administered early enough to be effective.

Do You Have a Senior Dog or Cat?

If your pet is over the age of seven, we recommend that you contact our team right away to schedule their senior care visit. Senior pets should be checked at least twice per year to ensure that health conditions are caught and treated at early onset.

Please ask us your questions about your senior pet’s comfort, mobility, health care, diet, and more. That’s what we’re here for!

Pain Management from Circle of Life Animal Hospital in Tampa, FL

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At Circle of Life Animal Hospital, we treat many cases of chronic arthritis. While chronic arthritis is not curable, it is treatable, and how you choose to approach treatment can be a game changer for your pet.

Cold Laser Therapy Treatments

One of our most well-known arthritis treatment modalities is cold laser therapy, which emits changing frequencies and wavelengths of light that bring healing nutrients and regenerative cells into the injured tissue. One of the many benefits of the cold laser tool that we utilize at Circle of Life Animal Hospital is that it has the ability to use pre-programmed frequencies and power strengths proven to be effective for specific injury types. Rest assured, we also have the ability to override these settings, ensuring that we use the best treatment style for your particular pet’s needs. We monitor each pet’s response and determine the length of the session and depth of the treatment based on each of our patient’s needs. Our laser therapy can help to:

  • Decrease pain which is due to decreased swelling and inflammation
  • Hasten healing of the injury

Difference Between 4th Generation and Earlier Generations

The Circle of Life Animal Hospital team is proud to use the latest cold laser therapy tool, the 4th generation cold laser. There are many types of “cold therapy lasers,” but the 4th generation is the most advanced. Based on therapy lasers used in human medicine, its lasers can penetrate deeper into the tissues in a much faster period of time. 2nd and 3rd generation cold lasers can take 4 times as long to emit the same amount of energy into tissues and can only penetrate a third of the depth that the 4th generation can reach. This is extremely important when considering larger pets or those who have a more difficult time standing in one place for long periods of time. It can benefit your pet that we are utilizing more advanced technology that allows treatment sessions to be shorter while just as thorough.

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What Else Can Cold Laser Therapy Treat?

In addition to treating chronic pain caused by arthritis, cold laser therapy can treat:

  • Muscle and joint sprains or strains
  • Partial cruciate ligament tears
  • Cruciate ligament sprains
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Soreness after agility training
  • Chronic joint injuries
  • …and more

Other Treatment Options Available

In addition to cold laser therapy, we also provide a variety of other treatment options. Some of these treatment options include:

  • Intraarticular hyluranic acid injections
  • Adequan injections
  • Oral pain medications
  • Nerve pain medication
  • Oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatories
  • High-dose fatty acid therapy
  • University-tested joint supplements

Getting Started With Your Pet’s Treatment

With all these options available to your pet, the most important element is us listening to you.  Our team will ask you a number of questions about your pet’s specific issues, including:

  • When is your pet the most uncomfortable?
  • What makes it worse?
  • What makes it better?
  • Once therapy begins, what is working?
  • What needs to be tweaked?

There is never going to be a “one size fits all” program. There may be similarities in treatment regimens, but your pet and your observations, along with our physical exams and diagnostics are what make the programs personalized and more successful.

Initially, a one-hour extended exam is recommended for chronic injuries or chronic arthritis so we can develop a plan for diagnostics that are needed to help diagnose the condition and also give us a starting point to work from. We have digital in-house x-rays and an in-house laboratory so we can have same day results to help us get started sooner. We always recommend that you hold off feeding your pet if you have a morning or early afternoon appointment (water is fine!) in case some tests need to be run.

Contact Circle of Life Animal Hospital

If your pet is suffering from chronic pain, we can help. No pet should have to live this way! Please contact Circle of Life Animal Hospital today and we will set up a consultation to discuss your pet’s options with you.

New Gadget Let’s You Play with Your Pet from Anywhere in the World

PETCUBE:

Petcube is a box with a laser pointer, speaker, and light that you can control from anywhere in the world via the Petcube smartphone app.

You control the laser by moving your finger around your iPhone or Android phone’s screen. Anywhere your finger moves, your pet will follow, as long as she likes lasers.

You can also take screenshots of the app and share them via Petcube’s social network. What’s more, you can make your Petcube open to the public, so you can let anyone play with your pet while you’re home or away.

To be honest, letting strangers get a view of your home when you’re away (or home) sounds kind of strange, so maybe you’ll just want to stick with the lasers.

 

 

SOURCE: https://www.yahoo.com/tech/2-new-gadgets-let-you-play-with-your-pet-from-107338896099.html

Holiday Safety Tips for Pets

Holly, Jolly and Oh-So-Safe! Of course you want to include your furry companions in the festivities, pet parents, but as you celebrate this holiday season, try to keep your pet’s eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible. And be sure to steer them clear of the following unhealthy treats, toxic plants and dangerous decorations:

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O Christmas Tree Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn’t tip and fall, causing possible injury to your pet. This will also prevent the tree water—which may contain fertilizers that can cause stomach upset—from spilling. Stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria and your pet could end up with nausea or diarrhea should he imbibe.

 

Tinsel-less Town
Kitties love this sparkly, light-catching “toy” that’s easy to bat around and carry in their mouths. But a nibble can lead to a swallow, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery. It’s best to brighten your boughs with something other than tinsel.

 

No Feasting for the Furries
By now you know not to feed your pets chocolate and anything sweetened with xylitol, but do you know the lengths to which an enterprising fur kid will go to chomp on something yummy? Make sure to keep your pets away from the table and unattended plates of food, and be sure to secure the lids on garbage cans.

 

Toy Joy
Looking to stuff your pet’s stockings? Choose gifts that are safe.

  • Dogs have been known to tear their toys apart and swallowing the pieces, which can then become lodged in the esophagus, stomach or intestines. Stick with chew toys that are basically indestructible, Kongs that can be stuffed with healthy foods or chew treats that are designed to be safely digestible.
  • Long, stringy things are a feline’s dream, but the most risky toys for cats involve ribbon, yarn and loose little parts that can get stuck in the intestines, often necessitating surgery. Surprise kitty with a new ball that’s too big to swallow, a stuffed catnip toy or the interactive cat dancer—and tons of play sessions together.

 

Forget the Mistletoe & Holly

Holly, when ingested, can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. And many varieties of lilies, can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested.

Opt for just-as-jolly artificial plants made from silk or plastic, or choose a pet-safe bouquet.

Leave the Leftovers 

Fatty, spicy and no-no human foods, as well as bones, should not be fed to your furry friends. Pets can join the festivities in other fun ways that won’t lead to costly medical bills.

 

That Holiday Glow
Don’t leave lighted candles unattended. Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders, placed on a stable surface. And if you leave the room, put the candle out!

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Wired Up 
Keep wires, batteries and glass or plastic ornaments out of paws’ reach. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus, while shards of breakable ornaments can damage your pet’s mouth.

 

House Rules
If your animal-loving guests would like to give your pets a little extra attention and exercise while you’re busy tending to the party, ask them to feel free to start a nice play or petting session.

 

Put the Meds Away 

Make sure all of your medications are locked behind secure doors, and be sure to tell your guests to keep their meds zipped up and packed away, too.

 

Careful with Cocktails
If your celebration includes adult holiday beverages, be sure to place your unattended alcoholic drinks where pets cannot get to them. If ingested, your pet could become weak, ill and may even go into a coma, possibly resulting in death from respiratory failure.

 

A Room of Their Own 
Give your pet his own quiet space to retreat to—complete with fresh water and a place to snuggle. Shy pups and cats might want to hide out under a piece of furniture, in their carrying case or in a separate room away from the hubbub.

 

New Year’s Noise
As you count down to the new year, please keep in mind that strings of thrown confetti can get lodged in a cat’s intestines, if ingested, perhaps necessitating surgery. Noisy poppers can terrify pets and cause possible damage to sensitive ears.

 

Source: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/holiday-safety-tips