30
Jan

Bored Cat?

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There are many benefits to being an indoor cat—for example, provided there are no opportunities of an open door, chances of wild animal attacks, snow, extreme temperatures, or even getting attacked by a rougue dog are slim.  However, it takes more than just a safe environment to keep your cat healthy.
So, how can you, as a pet owner, ensure your favorite feline is content and happy?  One way is to provide a stimulating and enriching environment.  Here are  a couple of ways:

1.    Discover some new toys.
Here’s one that our cats loved:  The Cat’s Meow Undercover Mouse Cat Toy.  Toys like this provide your cat the opportunity to engage in his natural instincts of pouncing and preying!  By giving your cat toys you approve of, time spent clawing curtains, scratching furniture, and other similar destructive behaviors may be reduced.

Watch our cat in action!

2.    Go upward!  That’s right!  Even if you live in a fairly small space, cats love the opportunity to find height.  There are multiple ways to build vertical spaces for your feline.  This is a natural instinct for cats and helps them maintain a level of activity and fitness.  As a bonus, these vertical spaces provide a safe place away from toddlers, who may be constantly seeking out your cat.

3.    Provide “cat tv”, errr…a warm sunny spot where your cat can gaze outsize at a nearby-placed bird feeder.  Make sure to place the bird feeds out of range from neighboring non-indoor cats!  The variety of birds and continuous motion is sure to provide hours of mental stimulation and visual activity for your cat.

Of course, if you have any questions about how to keep your cat healthy and happy, we’re here to help!  Give us a call and schedule an appointment.
Buffalo Trace Veterinary Services

13
Jan

Welcome to 2014!

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January. Just hearing the word can bring a sense of new opportunities and hope for what the New Year will bring us. Often, this is a time when folks make a New Year’s resolution, and consider giving up those things that complicate their lives, or commit to things which enrich their lives.

However, one look at statistics which reveal the percentage of Americans who make resolutions vs. those who are successful indicates 45% of Americans make them, and only 8% actually are successful in achieving them. (University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology, 1.1.2014)

Let’s keep it simple. We are pet owners who adore our pets. What if the secret to a healthier lifestyle (one of the top New Year’s Resolutions every year,) not only will make you healthier, but will make your pet HAPPIER? What if we all just committed to a 20-30 minute walk each day with our favorite furry friend? The wags and dog smiles would certainly be worth it, and make it even more motivating to grab the leash each day! Even grabbing a quick photo each day on your walk would provide smiles for those rainy or blustery days when it’s too uncomfortable to journey outside.

As long as we’re talking about healthier and happier, don’t forget to schedule your pet’s annual wellness exam. Did you know that by developing a routine wellness plan which includes preventative care, you may actually save money on veterinary costs? There’s no better way to protect your pet from common parasites/diseases. By thwarting flea and tick, heartworm, and other common dangers to your pet before they have a chance to cause illness, your pet will be able to enjoy those walks each day, and be a treasured part of your family longer!

Questions about this or other ways to keep your pet healthy in the New Year? Give us a call! We know what a special role your four-legged family member has and will treat your pet as if he were our own.

 

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20
Dec
Season's greetings!

Seasons Greetings!

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Christmas is right around the corner!  And with the joys this upcoming holiday week brings, often emergency veterinary clinics as well as the Pet Poison Hotline receive an increase in visits and calls.  Why does this happen? 

Given the extra activity and fun decorations, curious pets often find many ways to keep themselves busy while you are entertaining, cleaning, cooking, wrapping, shopping , etc.  How can you be prepared?

1.  Handbags.  Just as your guests arrive and put down their bags, curious pets often find themselves seeking out the treasures within.  Unfortunately, gum containing Xylitol, prescription medication, and over-the-counter meds, are poisonous to dogs and cats.  Have a plan for a safe storage area for your guests coats and bags—one that keeps them out of sight and reach from your furry friends.

2.  Table food and well-intentioned guests.  One look at a dog’s pleading eyes, and a well-meaning family member or friend may want to share his meal.  Not only is it hard to know HOW MUCH food your pet is consuming, but also WHAT he is consuming.  Table scraps, bones, foods with raisins and currants, etc. can lead to a very sick pet.  Remind your guests that Fido has a very special and tasty diet, no matter what his eyes tell them.  Even better, during mealssecure your pet in an area away from the holiday food—which will also keep those unattended or forgotten plates of food less of a danger to your pet.

3.  Noise, conversations, and countdowns.  As you are sharing holiday cheer with your family members and friends, keep in mind that the extra noise may be overwhelming to your pets.  Layer on New Year’s Countdowns and you may notice a higher level of stress occurring in your pets—loud popping noises can be quite terrifying.  Again, a safe-retreat area away from your fun may be just what your pet needs to relax and regroup.

4.  What about for those pet-loving friends?  For those guests that are true animal lovers, give them a job they might really like!  Instead of allowing them to help with the dishes, hand them a leash and let them take Fido out around the block.  Everyone will be happy!

Buffalo Trace Veterinary Service wishes you a very safe and merry holiday season!  

4
Nov

Thanksgiving on the Way...

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With the excitement of family and fabulous food that the Thanksgiving holiday surrounds us with, there are a few things to keep in mind for keeping your pet healthy and safe.  Curious? Try Googling "Dog steals Thanksgiving Turkey" and you'll see what we mean!

Safety points to keep on your radar:

  • Don't give your dog Turkey bones, even small ones.  These can cause great damage to the stomach, mouth, and throat due to their brittle nature.
  • Be careful of spiced foods.  Yes, that means stuffing!  Some of our favorite spices that help define the Thanksgiving meal can actually be toxic to your pet.
  • Discard the Turkey carefully.  Dogs have an incredible sense of smell and have no shame in digging through a garbage to create his own feast!  Not only are the bones dangerous, but he may get into other toxic substances.
  • By nature, pets are curious.  Keep decorations well out of reach.  Those new holiday gourds?  They might not look too different from a dog toy, and inquisitive minds will seek them out.
  • Be mindful of the extra noise and activity--your dog or cat may simply want a break in the action and excitement.  Especially if there are small children around.  Have an area within close proximity where he can feel safe, secure and have a chance to rest in quiet.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

 

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15
Oct

Pet Obesity

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Did you know that giving your dog a dog treat (a 20 lb dog, for example) is equivalent to you consuming a hamburger? It's true!  Pet obesity is a problem facing many of our pets.  Even a few extra pounds can lead to health complications down the road for your pet.  Unsure if your pet is obese?  Here are a few signs:

1.  Unable to see or feel rib cage of your pet as he is standing in place.

2.  Does he enjoy physical activities less or become fatigued easily?

3.  Have you noticed difficulty with mobility (aside from age-related issues)?

 

If you are noticing any of these signs, please give us a call--we can help come up with an exercise and food plan that will meet your pet's unique health needs.

 

Additional resources:

http://www.petobesityprevention.com/pet-weight-translator/
http://www.healthypetcheckup.org/
http://ismydogoverweight.ca/en/signs/

 

 

 

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15
Oct
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Halloween Safety Tips!

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Halloween is nearly upon us!  Please keep in mind the following pet safety tips to keep your pet safe, happy, and healthy!

1.  Keep chocolate (ALL CHOCOLATE) out of reach of your inquisitive pet.  New items cause great curiosity, and of course, their scent divine! 

2.  Costumes:  While fun and cute, some pets really don't like wearing this extra attire.  Keep this in mind when preparing your pet for a night trick or treating.

3.  Microchip!  Many pets get out of their owner's sight, due to dashing out the door, fearful behavior of unknown people, knocking on doors and strange noises.  If your pet is extra sensitive to noise, perhaps a quiet room with Animal Planet playing will sooth their anxious behaviors.

Call us if you have any questions or concerns about your pet.

 

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2
Oct

Fall Safety

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Crisp air, cooler temperatures, gorgeous leave...must be Fall!  While we love these days in the transition to winter weather, the cooler temperatures may have implications for your pet's safety.  A few dangers to be aware of:

1.  Rodenticides--As people winter their boats and garages and prepare to keep out unwanted pets, rat/mouse poisons become more plentiful.  Even if you don't use these in your homes/yards, your neighbors might.  Be prepared for changes in pet behavior and be prepared to call if you see impaired movement, seizures, tremors or extreme lethargy.

2.  Acorns! Yes, these autumnal treasures can present a hazard to your inquisitive pet.  As you're out on your walks, keep your pet from ingesting them.

3.  Antifreeze--Your pet will note its sweet taste and be unaware of its dangers.  Be sure to clean up spills after routine car maintenance or leaks from your automobiles.

 

 

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