15
Jun

Dog Flu Vaccination

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Flu Vaccine Drive 4

We are participating in a Flu Vaccine Drive June 19-24.  Please make an appointment today to help protext your best friend!

22
Feb

The Importance of Oral Healthcare for Dogs and Cats

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It's an alarming statistic: By the time they have reached their third birthday, nearly three in four cats have some degree of gum disease. This threatens the stability of their teeth and can be the gateway to several other serious health problems as well. Many people who otherwise take excellent care of their dog or cat often don’t understand the importance of caring for their teeth and gums as well.

Regular oral health check-ups and cleaning at home can have a significant impact on your pet’s quality of life. During National Pet Dental Health Month, we urge you to consider the importance of oral healthcare for your pet.

How to Prevent Gum Disease in Dogs and Cats
The foundation of excellent oral health starts with eating nutritious food. Before you buy pet food, be sure that it has an adequate amount of meat, vegetables, protein, animal fat, and moisture. Avoid buying food for your dog or cat that has a lot of artificial fillers, starches, or grains. The first provides no nutritional value while dogs and cats don’t require starches or grains due to being natural carnivores. Additionally, limit treats and avoid feeding your pet any human food.

Some dog owners give them a dental chew every day and avoid brushing their teeth. While dental chews can reduce plaque and tartar, you shouldn’t use them as a substitute for brushing. If you didn’t start a daily oral care routine when you first got your pet, it’s not too late. Your dog or cat can learn to accept toothbrushing when you’re consistent about it and offer a lot of praise for cooperation.

Make sure that you select a toothbrush made for your pet’s species and mouth size before you brush his teeth for the first time. Click here to see a video on how to brush a dog’s teeth and here for how to brush a cat’s teeth.

When to Call the Veterinarian
Many people complain that their dog or cat has bad breath without realizing this could indicate a serious oral health issue. Excess drooling, bleeding gums, staining on the teeth, and reluctance to eat are other common symptoms that you should have investigated right away.

Buffalo Trace Veterinary Service offers regular exams and cleaning in addition to diagnosis and treatment of gum disease and other oral health concerns. In honor of National Pet Dental Health Month, we’re offering 10 percent off any dental service in February and March. Please contact us to schedule your pet’s appointment today.

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31
Oct

It's Almost Boarding Season, is Your Dog Protected from Kennel Cough?

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Thanksgiving arrives in just a few short weeks and along with it the busiest travel days of the entire year. People take advantage of the long four-day weekend to visit friends and relatives who live longer distances away. It’s also a busy time in the veterinary industry because many pet owners can’t take their animals with on the trip. Perhaps you are busy now searching for boarding accommodations for your pet. Before you make a reservation, make sure that your dog has had a Bordetella vaccine in the last six months.

What is Bordetella Disease?

Bordetella, also known as kennel cough, is a highly contagious respiratory infection in dogs. The cough of an affected dog sounds similar to a honk. Your dog may also gag while coughing up phlegm that appears white and foamy. This tends to happen more often after exercise of when a dog gets excited and pulls against her collar. Additional symptoms may include nasal discharge and fever. Most dogs with kennel cough don’t show significant changes in their energy level or eating patterns.

How is Bordetella Spread?

Kennel cough spreads quickly when large groups of dogs are together at a boarding facility, dog park, groomer, or doggy daycare. It typically spreads through airborne exposure from a single infected dog. Your dog could even pick up kennel cough by sharing a water dish or simply greeting another dog who has it. For this reason, boarding facilities insist that you show current proof of Bordetella vaccination before leaving your dog. The vaccination is even more important at this busy time of year.

How Often Should Dogs Get a Bordetella Vaccine?

Once a dog has acquired Bordetella, the cough can linger for weeks. Some dogs also go on to develop pneumonia. As with all canine illnesses, preventing kennel cough is much easier than treating it. At Buffalo Trace Veterinary Services, we recommend a preventive shot every six months. While some veterinarians only give the shot annually, we feel that a bi-annual dose provides your dog with uninterrupted protection regardless of where he finds himself. We encourage you to schedule an appointment for the Bordetella vaccine as much in advance of the Thanksgiving travel season as possible. This allows you to enjoy your holiday without worrying about the possibility of your dog getting sick.

 

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27
Aug

Buffalo Trace Cat Spay & Neuter Clinic

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On Thursday, September 3, Buffalo Trace Veterinary Service is offering a Cat Spay & Neuter Clinic. You may drop your cat off between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. and pick him or her up later in the day. There are many benefits to spaying or neutering your cat besides helping to control overpopulation. Spaying a female cat stops heat cycles that attract roaming male cats to your home. It also reduces the risk of mammary gland, uterine, and ovarian cancer. For male cats, neutering eliminates spraying, marking, and aggressive behavior as well as reduces the risk of testicular and prostate cancer.

Cost and Availability

The cost of the surgery is $50 for female cats and $30 for male cats. If a female cat is already pregnant, an additional $25 fee applies. We require proof of a current rabies vaccination before performing a spaying or neutering procedure. If your cat is not current with his or her rabies vaccine, we can provide it for $7. Please sign up today for the Spay and Neuter Clinic as space is limited.

27
Aug

Buffalo Trace Fall Vaccination Clinic

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Have you been too busy to schedule an appointment for your dog or cat's vaccinations? If so, you're in luck. Buffalo Trace Veterinary Service is hosting a Fall Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, September 26 and Saturday, October 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary, so gather up your pets and come see us.

Which Vaccines Can You Get and How Much Do They Cost?

Buffalo Trace Veterinary Service is offering the following vaccines at our two walk-in clinics:

  • 1-year rabies $5.00
  • 3-year rabies $10.00
  • DA2PP $10.00
  • FVRCP $10.00
  • Leukemia $15.00

In addition to the above vaccines, we are also offering heartworm tests for $20.00, microchip implants for $30.00, and 10 percent off all flea and tick medication on September 26 and October 3 only. We encourage you to take advantage of these special prices and the convenience of a walk-in clinic to ensure your pet's long-term health. Our staff looks forward to seeing you soon.

27
Jul

Travel and Safety for Your Pet

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Summer and road trips go hand-in-hand for many families, including those who own a dog. When it comes to traveling with pets, advanced planning can mean the difference between fond memories and a ruined trip. If you know you’ll be hitting the road with your dog in tow, allow for as much time as possible to plan the logistics. This starts with a call or visit to Buffalo Trace Veterinary Clinic to make sure your pet’s vaccinations are current. It’s also a good idea to schedule a check-up if your dog hasn’t had one in the last year.

To avoid coming home without your dog, make sure that she has a collar and tags as well as a microchip with updated contact information. Dogs like routine and may try to escape an unfamiliar environment. Without identification, it’s unlikely you will find your pet so far from home.

Packing a Bag for the Dog

While you’re packing a suitcase for yourself or your children, don’t forget to pack a separate bag for the dog. Even if you’re trying to pack light, keep in mind it’s better to have the things you need with you than having to try to buy them in an unfamiliar area. At a minimum, your dog’s travel bag should include:

● Food and water bowls

● His regular brand of dog food

● Flea and tick repellant

● Any medications he takes

● Pooper scooper and disposable bags

● Brush, shampoo, and his own towels

● Dog leash

● His favorite toys

● Dog treats

● Canine insect repellant and sunscreen

Staying Safe on the Road

Having a passenger hold the dog on his or her lap can compromise safety for the driver. It’s best for everyone, the dog included, to place him in a crate or seatbelt. You know your dog’s personality best and what he can tolerate. When you make stops, one person should remain in the car with the dog at all times. This is especially important on days with a high heat and humidity index. An unsupervised dog in a hot car is just a tragedy waiting to happen.

Rest Stops and Breaks

Your dog needs the opportunity to relieve herself at least once every four hours. She also needs to exercise to make up for long periods of inactivity in the car. If you’re unable to locate dog parks on your route, you can stop at a highway rest stop. Just make sure that you follow good etiquette by keeping your dog on a leash and cleaning up after her. When you can’t let her go off-leash, look for a groomed trail to walk her on before resuming your road trip.

Pet-Friendly Accommodations

If you’re staying in a hotel or another public location, make sure it accepts dogs first. You can check the website Dog Friendly just to make sure before leaving on vacation. Once you have checked in, plan to keep your dog with you or board him if you’re attending a people-only event. A dog left alone in a strange hotel room is likely to bark and cause a disturbance to other guests. You could be asked to leave if enough people complain. Fortunately, you can avoid this by following a few common-sense guidelines and remaining courteous of others at all times.

 

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22
Jul

A Hot Car is No Place for a Dog

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Dogs love spending time with their owners in the summer, even when it’s just running errands. However, this is one time when it’s best to leave your dog at home. Whether you’re just dropping off paperwork or running into a store, you have no way of knowing if you will be delayed in getting back to your car. By the time you do get back, your dog could be in full heatstroke mode or even deceased. This is true even when you leave the windows partially rolled down.

On a typical 80-degree summer day, the temperature inside your car can reach as high as 120 degrees in 10 minutes. If it’s 90 degrees outside, the interior of your vehicle can get to 160 degrees in the same amount of time. Considering that your dog’s health and life are at stake, leaving her behind in the car while you run errands just isn’t a risk worth taking.

Why Summer’s Heat and Dogs Can Be a Deadly Combination

When you feel too warm, your body starts sweating to help keep you cool and prevent heat exhaustion. This is not true with dogs. Unlike people, they don’t possess the ability to sweat. Panting and releasing heat through the pads of their paws are the only ways dogs have to reduce their body temperature. This system is not nearly as efficient as our own, which explains why so many cases of canine heatstroke end up being fatal.

Signs of Heatstroke in Dogs

If you do make the mistake of leaving your dog in a hot car, it’s important to watch for possible signs of heatstroke. These include:

● Extremely heavy panting

● Thick saliva

● Vomiting

● Diarrhea

● Appearing uncoordinated

● Excessive thirst

● Refusing to eat

● Dark tongue

It’s important to get your dog in for emergency treatment at Buffalo Trace Veterinary Hospital right away if he has even one of these symptoms. If you’re already home and start noticing problems, cool your dog down with wet rags and offer him water on your way to see us. Should you notice another dog in a hot car while you’re out, don’t hesitate to call the police. They have the tools available to break the window and rescue the dog if necessary.

 

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20
Jun

July 4 Announcement

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Notice:  We will be closed on July 4th.

However, it is very important to note that many pets experience anxiety with the festivities surrounding the 4th of July.  Many pets become lost, due to fleeing at the sound of the loud booms and crowds of people.  Not to mention, taking your pet to firework events may cause anxiety do to unfamiliar surroundings.

If your pet is one who displays repeated barking, cowering, trembling,  or destructive behaviors during thunderstorms or fireworks, you will want to take precautionary steps prior to the July 4 festivities.  This may include leaving your pet in a safe, comfortable area away from the noise and commotion.  However, even if your pet is left home, he/she may still be able to hear the loud sounds.  Please contact us prior to July 4th, and we can provide tips and perhaps even medication to help alleviate the anxiety your pet is experiencing.  

We wish you and your pets a safe and happy holiday!

 

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