Rutland Veterinary Clinic Blog
Like Mungo Jerry says, in the summertime when the weather is hot, we got… well, to be honest, we got ticks on our mind. It’s not quite as romantic as the song, but warm weather definitely has the team at Rutland Veterinary Clinic thinking about ticks and your pet. Why? Ticks can transmit many serious illnesses to your pet and even to you. It’s no laughing matter, which is why we want to share more about how to protect your pet against ticks and tick-borne diseases.
Ticks are an arachnid and are closely related to spiders. There are more than 80 species of ticks in the United States. Only a few are harmful to pets and people. The most concerning is the brown dog tick, deer tick, and American dog tick.
Ticks are found in all 50 states. They’re most prevalent in early spring through late fall; however, many species are well adapted to temperature extremes and can go dormant in cold temperatures, only to revive with the first warm day. They live in wood piles, brushy areas, and tall grasses, preferring dark, moist places in which to lay their eggs. Continue…
Modern pet owners have their hands full in making sure their pets are happy and healthy. Regular wellness exams, good nutrition, daily exercise, and plenty of snuggle time are all essentials when it comes to life with pets. Parasite prevention often takes a back seat, especially in the winter months, but this comes at a cost to our furry friends.
Heartworm disease is present in all 50 states. The risk of heartworm disease is increasing, despite safe, efficacious once a month prevention. Allowing your pet to miss doses of heartworm prevention medication, or skipping it altogether, puts them at risk of contracting this deadly disease. Providing your pets with protection from heartworm is essential, and it begins right at Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center
Since its establishment by congress in 1961, the third week in March has been designated as National Poison Prevention Week. The event was originally intended to educate the public on the dangers of accidental poisonings in children, but your friends at Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center would like to take this opportunity to discuss pet poison prevention as well.
Top-of-the-line, nutritious food in your pet’s bowl? Check! An array of interesting and pounce-worthy pet toys all over the house? Yep! Daily walks that show up all the other owners with your dog’s incredible training and personality? You got it! It may seem like nothing is missing in your quest to be the most responsible pet owner around (and we agree!), but it’s always good to brush up on your skills.
At Rutland, we’re happy to celebrate Responsible Pet Owners Month and recognize people like you who keep their pets healthy and happy. In observance of this special month, we thought we’d outline some of the skills and talents exemplified by amazing owners like yourself.
It might start with a little extra begging between meals or cute, treat-worthy antics. Sometimes, pets are allowed to free-feed, a practice that inhibits portion and calorie control. Other times, owners feel guilty for leaving their pet alone and decide to treat them. Since pets don’t typically feed or exercise themselves, the root of pet obesity is overfeeding. However, there is good news. Pet obesity is entirely preventable and, once diagnosed, manageable!
Some pet owners glide from season to season seemingly unbothered by our climate’s requirements. However, in a place that commonly experiences single digits and sizable snowstorms, we know that cold weather pet care must remain a priority all season long.
We’re not saying you and your pet can’t enjoy the winter, but with a little extra care and vigilance, your fun factor can set new highs.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and also a potentially dangerous one for pets. When the temperatures drop and the holiday food and decorations come out, the risk of illness or injury to our pets increases.
Take a look around your home and make sure it’s a safe and inviting place for your four-legged family members. To help you out, your friends at Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center have these essential holiday pet safety tips for creating a pet-friendly season.
A Festive Display
Decking the halls is a beloved holiday tradition, and as long as we keep pet safety in mind, we can continue to enjoy a festive home.
Cats are America’s top pet, but they don’t receive the same level of veterinary care and support as their counterparts. Some of this is due to the stress and fear related to traveling, but a major deterrent for cats and their owners is the cold, scary environment of many veterinary hospitals. At Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center, we’re prepared to change that perception with our cat friendly practice, and we’re positive you’ll see the difference.
It’s well documented that cats visit the vet less often. Allowing routine wellness visits to slide can drastically affect a cat’s overall health and longevity. However, when visiting a cat friendly practice, cats receive the care they need while experiencing less stress and fear.
Establishing a good rapport with a cat is easier during kittenhood. Certainly, cats of all ages can learn to love the vet’s office, but if we can convince a young cat that we care for them, routine care is more likely in the long run.
A veterinary house call can be of great value to pets, owners, and veterinarians. A house call veterinarian is capable of doing most things available within the veterinary clinic. At a veterinary house call, we can perform wellness exams, vaccinations, deworming, microchipping, and pedicures; we can treat routine illnesses such as allergies, eye and ear issues, skin problems, and gastrointestinal issues; and we are able to manage a wide variety of chronic conditions such as arthritis, behavioral issues, diabetes, kidney disease, seizure disorders, and thyroid disease.
Benefits of a Veterinary House Call
The first (and most obvious) benefit of the veterinary house call is convenience. House calls bring veterinary care into your home. That means no driving to and from the vet clinic and less time commitment for owners. House calls also make veterinary care more accessible to people who are homebound, have mobility issues, or are unable to drive.
The importance of pet immunization may not be something most pet owners consider, but the fact remains that immunization saves millions of lives. Infectious diseases that once plagued our animal companions are no longer as common, thanks to advances in veterinary medicine and the introduction of vaccines.
Vaccines are integral to the lifelong health of both cats and dogs. By following your veterinarian’s recommended vaccine schedule, you’re also reducing the spread of infectious diseases to others.
To observe National Pet Immunization Month, the team at Rutland wants to highlight some of the reasons vaccinations are so vital to the life of your pet companion.