Holly, jolly, holiday safety for your pets

Holly, jolly, holiday safety for your pets

Holidays can bring stress to all of us, and pets are no exceptions.  When routines are disrupted and new activities occur, your pet may be the first to notice.  Follow these tips to make the holidays and other events more relaxing for everyone, including your four-legged family members. Animals can become stressed with the hustle and bustle of holiday guests. Therefore, it’s best to keep your pets indoors and provide them with a safe, quiet, escape-proof room where they can get away from the energy and excitement.  Remember to provide plenty of food and water, and let your pet catch up on some Z’s! Holiday guests don’t know your pets’ routines. If your guests smoke, make sure they are careful with their cigarettes.  Also, let them know in advance whether they are allowed to give treats to your pets. As your holiday visitors come and go, there will be many escape opportunities for your pets. Make sure they are always wearing their current identification tags, consider having them microchipped (if they aren’t already), and keep watch of that door! Always keep your vet’s number handy, along with the number of animal poison control center, in case of an emergency. Safe Ways To Celebrate Make the holidays special for your pets, too!  Provide your furry friends with some extra love and attention to let them know they aren’t forgotten during the busy holiday times. Take your dog for an extra walk – it’ll help both you and your pet relieve some of that holiday stress. Keep a supply of pet treats handy and reach for one before you’re tempted to...
Fireworks and Fur – Not for the Fourth

Fireworks and Fur – Not for the Fourth

Tips for keeping your pets safe during the summer celebrations Independence Day is a fun summer holiday filled with barbecuing, backyard games and fireworks. Just be sure that while you’re enjoying the day with family and friends you’re also keeping the safety of your four-legged friends in mind. Following these guidelines will help keep your furry friend out of harm’s way. Keep your pet safely away from fireworks Our pets are more sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights and strong smells, so on the Fourth of July (and the days around it when people are likely to set off fireworks), it’s best to leave your pets safely indoors, preferably with a radio or TV turned on to hide jarring noises. Even pets who are usually kept outdoors should be brought inside. And if you are going to an Independence Day event and cannot leave your pet unattended at home, keep her leashed and under your direct control at all times. Protect your pet from heat stroke during summer festivities Another reason to keep your pets away from the often noisy celebrations of summer is heat. High temperatures put your pet at risk of heat stroke, which can become deadly very quickly. Keep an eye on your pets and act immediately if you see any signs of heatstroke. Never leave your pet in a parked car, even if the day doesn’t seem that warm. Even when the temperature outside is a balmy 72 degrees, the temperature inside your car can rocket to a fatal 116 degrees in less than an hour’s time. Safeguard your pet with a collar and I.D. tag All pets,...

Pet Care Series: 8 Steps to Keep Your Pet Healthy – Skin Care

In our pet healthcare series, we will take a look at the eight steps you should take to ensure your pet remains in prime health. This week, we will take a look at the seventh step: Skin Care. We take such good care of our own skin because it’s the first thing most of us see when we look in the mirror. We will spend hundreds of dollars a month on expensive cleansers and creams for acne, anti-aging, anti-wrinkle, redness reducing, moisturizing, calming, luminating, free radical fighting… You get the idea. But what about your pet’s skin? Because they’re covered in fur, feathers or scales, we have a tendency to forget that there is skin (just like ours) under there. Your pet’s skin is an indication of her overall health. The skin is an organ and acts as a barrier to protect the body from infection and other harmful diseases. Excessive scratching, chewing and/or licking may be a sign of a skin problem. Other signs that may indicate a skin problem:        Scratching, licking or chewing at scabs        Redness or inflammation        Hot spots (one particular area where itching is intense)        Round, scaly patches on the face and paws        Dry, flaky or otherwise irritated skin        Hair loss, bald patches        Rashes        Lesions        Drainage of blood or pus        Swellings, lumps or skin discoloration        Rubbing face against furniture or carpeting If your pet is experiencing any of the above symptoms, take her to your veterinarian to diagnose the condition before it worsens. Many times your companion is experiencing one of the following skin problems:...

Pet Care Series: 8 Steps to Keep Your Pet Healthy – Proper Training

In our pet healthcare series, we will take a look at the eight steps you should take to ensure your pet remains in prime health. This week, we will take a look at the sixth step: Proper Training. There are so many benefits to having a properly trained pet, especially a well-trained puppy who then becomes a well-behaved dog. Whatever way you choose to train your pooch, keep in mind that training never stops; he needs to constantly be taught new skills and continue to perfect old ones. To have a truly well-mannered dog, you need to reinforce the behaviors you want during the course of your life with her. If a puppy or new dog is not trained properly, they can easily be banished to the backyard, put in a shelter, or worse, being euthanized. These sad endings can easily be prevented by making the simple investment of training your dog; either through a professional trainer, a training school or from your own hand, training your dog is the best way to maintain a healthy, happy life together. So where does a pet owner begin the process of training? The majority of us are not professional animal trainers but there are some simple “real life” training practices you can implement into your daily routine to assist in the training process. Take your dog with you when you run errands When you are in the store, have your puppy walk nicely on a leash, sit politely for petting, practice no jumping, and even remaining under your chair or table if you are sitting and having a cup of coffee....

Pet Care Series: 8 Steps to Keep Your Pet Healthy – Microchipping

At Rancho Bernardo Pet Hospital, it is our mission to be the most reliable, responsible and respected providers of veterinary services to pets and their owners. It is through continuous education of our staff that we are able to better provide the care your pet needs to live a long healthy life. In our pet healthcare series, we will take a look at the eight steps you should take to ensure your pet remains in prime health. This week, we will take a look at the fourth step: Microchipping. Remember, as long as there are pets, even those belonging to the most responsible parents, they will go missing. Microchipping will give you the best chance of finding your pet should they get lost. Each year, 3 million to 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in animal shelters, according to the Humane Society of the United States.  Properly identifying your pet could make the difference between life and death of your beloved pet. Unfortunately, only 15% of dogs and 2 % of cats were reunited with their owners. Dog and cat microchipping is a simple procedure. A veterinarian simply injects the microchip (about the size of a grain of rice) beneath the surface of your pet’s skin in between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to a routine shot, takes only a few seconds, and your pet will not react any more than he would to a vaccination. No anesthetic is required. The microchip is programmed with an identification number that is read by a microchip scanner. This identification number is registered with the microchip company and all...

Pet Care Series: 8 Steps to Keep Your Pet Healthy – Parasites

At Rancho Bernardo Pet Hospital, it is our mission to be the most reliable, responsible and respected providers of veterinary services to pets and their owners. It is through continuous education of our staff that we are able to better provide the care your pet needs to live a long healthy life. In our pet healthcare series, we will take a look at the eight steps you should take to ensure your pet remains in prime health. This week, we will take a look at the second step: Common Parasites. Cats and dogs are susceptible to a number of parasitic infections, several of which are zoonotic (possess the ability to infect people as well as animals). Parasite prevention is not only important for the health of your pet but also for the health of your family. Fleas and Ticks The most common type of parasites inflicting grief on your pet are fleas and ticks. These troublesome parasites not only cause problems with the skin, but they possess the ability to transmit a number of diseases to your pet. Fortunately, there are many safe and highly effective products available through your veterinarian that can treat and prevent flea and tick infestations. Regular use of one of these products can effectively prevent fleas and ticks from becoming a problem for your pet. It may be tempting to purchase an over the counter product for your pet’s protection, but be cautious since many of these products can have serious side effects if used improperly and may have limited effectiveness. Intestinal Parasites The most common intestinal parasites in dogs and cats include hookworms,...