Meet our new clinic cat. He was found by himself, only a few days old with umbilical cord still attached and a huge blue left front paw. Now that he is mobile, his front paw is almost normal but he has left rear leg abnormalities. He had a rough start in life but we hope to make his life much better.
Exciting times at Buffalo Trace Veterinary Services! We'd mentioned that we were moving over Memorial Weekend (this May!), but wanted to give you a glimpse into our renovation! Continue to watch our progress....
Outside of New Clinic
Outside of New Clinic
Future surgery room and treatment area.
Future Reception Area
Rabies Clinic Dates and Times
Monday April 21 9a - 6p
Wed April 23 9a - 6p
Friday April 25 9a - 6p
Saturday April 26 9s - 3p
Wed April 30 9a - 6p
Wed May 7 9a - 6p
Wed May 14 9a - 6p
Wed May 21 9a - 6p
Rabies is $5. Da2pp (dogs) $10 and FVRCP (cats) $10. Walk in anytime during the listed hours.
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Leptospirosis, or "Lepto" is among the most common bacterial disease that affects dogs. The disease is also known to affect humans and other animals as well.
Symptoms of Canine Leptospirosis
Symptoms of leptospirosis in dogs may vary, ranging from being non-existent to deadly. Dogs that show no symptoms have what in medical jargon is termed as subclinical infection. Obvious symptoms of the infection may include some or all of the following symptoms:
• High body temperature
• Severe dehydration
• Diarrhea with traces of blood
• Loss of appetite
• Excessive thirst
• Signs of depression
• Joint pain and muscle tenderness
• Hampered mobility due to extreme pain
In some cases when the infection is severe, a canine may develop hypothermia or suffer from kidney and liver failure too. Additionally, there is yellowness of the eyes, caused by jaundice. Any of these indications require immediate medical attention.
Prevention of Leptospirosis in Dogs
Certain precautionary measures can significantly reduce the probability of a dog becoming infected by the leptospira bacterium. Leptospira bacteria thrives in moist regions and dogs are more susceptible to the infections during warmer months when the bacteria is most active. A few stringent steps during these times of the year can be effective in avoiding the condition.
Here is a lowdown on preventive steps that can be taken to keep your canine friend protected from the disease.
1. Prevent dogs from drinking from stagnant pools of water, such as ponds and puddles.
2. Keep dogs from wading through stagnant water, drainage dumps and waterways.
3. Keep your garden and backyard clean, free from fallen fruits or garbage that might draw wild animals, which can transfer the bacteria to your dog.
4. Improve drainage around your property, so it is not constantly moist.
5. Prune shrubbery that might attract mice and rats.
6. Consider the option of vaccine as a pre-emptive measure.
Treatment of Leptospirosis
A dog that show any of the symptoms listed above needs to be taken to a vet immediately to establish whether it is inflicted with the disease. If a pet is shown to have Leptospirosis, it is vital that treatment is started at the earliest to improve its chances of a quick and complete recovery. Timely diagnosis and treatment significantly heightens the cure rate.
Vaccines for Leptospirosis
Dogs can also be vaccinated against leptospirosis, as a preventive method. However, vaccines exist only for certain types of Leptospira bacterium; not all. A vaccinated dog remains vulnerable to certain strains of the Leptospira bacterium. Dogs need to be vaccinated annually; but some vets may recommend more frequent shots for better protection.
Ask us, at Buffalo Trace Veterinary Service, if the Leptospirosis vaccine may be a preventative measure your pet would benefit from.
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If your pet were lost, wouldn't it be great if they could tell someone where they live, who to contact, their medical needs, and who their veterinarian is? The ASPCA reports that "5 to 7 million" pets enter animal shelters every year and "3 to 4 million" of them are euthanized. Why? The owners could not be located in a timely manner.
We thought this statistic was heartbreaking and we wanted to do something about it.
PawPrintsID is a low-cost solution that leverages the power of the Internet with the ubiquity of smartphones. "But my Pet is Micro chipped!"
Only Shelters and some Veterinarians have the ability to scan all the different microchips. Unfortunately, once scanned, it only contains an ID for a phone number. No important medical information, no way to directly contact the owner, and no access to the pet's medical history. What if the pet was hurt?
A PawPrintsID Tag can be viewed by any smartphone with a QR reader. If you need a reader, go to PawPrintsID.com and download one for FREE. If using a computer to get medical information or to report a found pet, just go to PawPrintsID.com, click on the "Report a Found PawPrintsID Pet" or "Get Medical Records" buttons and enter the seven digit tag number. Once there, you can send the owner an email or download medical records for a pet. No special equipment is necessary. No computer or Smartphone just call 1-855-PAW-IDME and we will do the rest.
Let us keep your pet safe, today. The PawPrintsID tag is available through Buffalo Trace Veterinary Services!
It has been understood by many people that only dogs get heartworm. For many cat owners, the concept that cats could get heartworm has been a surprising fact. Even more surprising is that the percentage of indoor cats that contract heartworm disease is relatively high, according to heartwormsociety.org.
How Heartworm is Contracted
Both cats and dogs can contract the worm from infected mosquitoes when they bite the pet, releasing the worm's larvae into the body of the animal. As mosquitoes can fly into homes as well as be found outdoors, even indoor pets are not immune.
The American Heartworm Society has a handy map of the US, showing the states where heartworm is a problem. It should come as no surprise that the states where mosquitoes are found in higher concentrations also have higher counts of pets who have tested positive for heartworm. The white areas of this map don't indicate lack of a problem, only that pets there have been tested positive for heartworm far less often than in other states.
Preventive measures do exist for both cats and dogs.
First, ask us about a preventative treatment plan for your pet. We are up to date on the incidence of heartworm in our geographic area, as well as areas you may be visiting in upcoming months and can help devise a plan to give your pet maximum protection.
Avoid taking your pet through mosquito-infested areas. Although observe what has already been stated; keeping your pet strictly indoors is not necessarily a safeguard, although it does reduce the risk of infection if you have screens over windows and doors.
It should be noted that the most effective preventive drugs are not available over the counter. Any drugs claiming to prevent heartworm that are not prescribed are to be treated with caution.
Prevention is important, particularly in cats, as there is no known cure for this worm in felines. Cats can often kill the worm internally on their own, but can then experience toxic shock responses when the body attempts to clean the dead worm from the system. It's the toxic shock that is more likely to kill the cat than the worm itself. Consequently, while heartworms don't live very well inside cats, their presence can still be a fatal threat.
Dogs can often be successfully treated with what is called an adulticide. Once they are cured, preventive measures must continue to prevent reinfection in the future.
For the Love of Your Pet
All pet parents love their animals and want what's best for them. As such, we encourage every pet owner to discuss the likelihood of heartworm in their area, and steps that can be taken to prevent it. We will be happy to sit down with you to discuss your options for your dog or cat. The old saying is true, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.
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