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Pet of the Month

“My name is Vinny!  I am a 6 month old Black Lab mix with more energy than I know what to do with,  I love car rides, going on walks and meeting new friends.  Lakewood park is one of my favorite places to walk and meet other dogs.  And, I love when we go on trips to Lowes because the friendly employees always pet me abd give me treats,  Iwas rescued from Heaven 2 Earth Rescue in September 2016.  Now I live in Lakewood.  I can sit, stay, roll over and high five. And, if I really want to show off, I chase my own tail!  I love all of the vets at Detroit Dover Animal Hospital, they’re the best!”-Love, Vinny G.

February is Dental Care Month

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February is Dental care month.  It is normal for us to take care of our teeth and gums every day.  We know that without proper dental care and regular check ups with our dentist serious problems can occur.  Your pet needs dental care too. Doggy breath may be the only symptom that you notice at home but that may just be the tip of the iceberg for early serious dental problems. Infections, cavities, and tumors can hide behind that bad mouth odor. Oral examinations by your pet’s doctor and professional cleanings help to keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy. After a dental cleaning that morning kiss by your pet will be a much more enjoyable experience.

Home dental care is important as well. Crunchy foods and treats as well as chew toys, will help to clean your pets teeth, but they cannot replace brushing.  Brushing your pet’s teeth daily is ideal, but once to twice a week is a realistic goal. To brush your pet’s teeth use an extra soft bristled toothbrush or wrap your finger with a moistened washcloth or gauze pad.  Then apply a small amount of pet toothpaste to the brush or cloth. While holding the moth closed, gently lift up the lip to massage the outside of the teeth and gums. Try massaging in a circular motion, but back and forth will do. Be sure to use only toothpaste formulated especially for pets.  DO NOT use human toothpaste, which foams and is not meant to be swallowed.

As part of a routine physical, your pet’s doctor will inspect your pet’s teeth.  If dental disease is found, they may recommend a complete dental cleaning.  During a dental cleaning, a trained veterinary technician will remove tartar with a dental scraper and an ultrasonic cleaner.  Tartar removal is followed by polishing, which helps to prevent future tartar build-up.  After the cleaning, the pet will be evaluated for gum disease, loose teeth cavities, tooth fractures or any other abnormality, which might require further treatment.

Treats not Tricks

 

Yorkies Trick Or TreatHalloween and candy are synonymous to many people.  At this time of year, tasty treats abound and are readily accessible to pets.  Candy, especially chocolate, can be toxic to animals and can cause your pet to become very ill.  If treat wrappers are ingested, they may cause obstruction or irritation to the pet’s digestive system.  Candy and wrappers should be kept out of your pets’ reach and children should be taught not to share Halloween goodies with their pet.

Loud noises created by trick-or-treaters can frighten your cat or dog.  Providing a safe, stress free environment reduces the probability of your beloved friend injuring themselves or others.  Animals should be kept away from the door and out of hearing range of a constantly ringing doorbell and excited children.  Putting your pet in a room where they will not be disturbed by noise and activity can decrease your pet’s stress level.  A frightened or upset pet may run out the door at the first opportunity and could become lost or injured.

Water Safety

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Time to enjoy our short Ohio Summer, heading off to the lake or just staying at home by the pool are great ways to beat the heat with your pet.  Here are some things to remember when around the water:

  • Do not leave your pet unsupervised.  Not all dogs are good swimmers.
  • Watch your dog for signs of sunburn or heat stroke, and keep them off hot sand as it can blister paws.
  • Just like with people, it is easy for your pup to develop a cramp or become exhausted too far from shore.  Purchase a Life Jacket for your pet and use it when out on the water.
  • Try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals that can easily cause a stomach aches. Water from lakes, ponds, and rivers should also be avoided as it often contains nasty parasites that cause vomiting, diarrhea, and other health issues.
  • Rinse your pet off after they have been in any type of water.  Seawater minerals, salt, chlorine, algae, and pollution can irritate or damage his skin and fur.
  • Dry your dog’s ears completely to prevent infection.

 

Most importantly Have Fun!

Heatstroke

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Heatstroke is a very serious medical emergency.  The combination of high temperatures, high humidity, and poor ventilation can be fatal to dogs and cats.  Panting and radiation of heat from the skin surface are their main means of controlling body temperature. If the air temperature and humidity are high and air circulation is reduced, these protective measures are rendered ineffective.  Body temperature can rise radically, resulting in collapse and severe shock.  Dogs with short, flattened noses, such as Pugs, Bulldogs, Pekingese, and Boxers are very susceptible to heat stroke, due to their restricted breathing. Common symptoms of Heat stroke include:

Panting

Disorientation

Refusal to obey commands

Listlessness

Dark red or purple gums and tongue

Rapid heartbeat

Vomiting

Collapse

Do not leave your pet in the car.  The temperature inside a car can rise as much as 40 degrees in under an hour.  On an 85-degree day, the temperature in a car can reach over 100 degrees even with the car windows cracked.  Even if you only have to run a few errand is safer to leave your pet at home.