Did you know birds are very vulnerable to inhaled particles and fumes from aerosol products, tobacco products, certain glues, paints and air fresheners. Birds should never be allowed in areas where such products are being used, As a rule, birds should never be kept in the kitchen because of cooking fumes, smoke and odors can be present a potentially fatal hazard.
Bird Flu?? To learn more about Avian Influenza check out this article.
The USDA recommends six steps to help keep birds safe:
Commonly called "Lepto," this flu-like disease caused by bacteria can be potentially fatal if not treated. Vaccination is one vital step needed to protect your pets and your family.
Leptospirosis is a disease caused by infection with Leptospira bacteria. These bacteria can be found worldwide in soil and water. There are many strains of Leptospira bacteria that can cause disease. Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease, which means it can be spread from animals to people. Common risk factors for leptospirosis in dogs include exposure to or drinking from rivers, lakes or streams; roaming on rural properties and now suburban properties too (because of exposure to potentially infected wildlife, farm animals, or water sources); and contact with rodents or other dogs. Dogs can become infected and develop leptospirosis if their mucous membranes (or skin with any wound, such as a cut or scrape) come into contact with infected urine, urine-contaminated soil, water, food or bedding; through a bite from an infected animal; by eating infected tissues or carcasses; and rarely, through breeding. It can also be passed through the placenta from the mother dog to the puppies. Signs of leptospirosis may include fever, shivering, muscle tenderness, reluctance to move, increased thirst, changes in the frequency or amount of urination, dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, lethargy, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and mucous membranes), or painful inflammation within the eyes. The disease can cause kidney failure with or without liver failure. Dogs may occasionally develop severe lung disease and have difficulty breathing. Leptospirosis can cause bleeding disorders, which can lead to blood-tinged vomit, urine, stool or saliva; nosebleeds; and pinpoint red spots (which may be visible on the gums and other mucous membranes or on light-colored skin). Affected dogs can also develop swollen legs (from fluid accumulation) or accumulate excess fluid in their chest or abdomen. Leptospirosis is generally treated with antibiotics and supportive care. When treated early and aggressively, the chances for recovery are good but there is still a risk of permanent residual kidney or liver damage.
We now recommend annual vaccination for all dogs now.
Hazards in the kitchen
Did you know just one mothball has the potential to sicken a dog or cat. Mothballs that contain naphthalene can cause serious illness, including digestive tract irritation, liver, kidney and blood cell damage, swelling of the brain tissues, coma, respiratory tract damage and even death.
Easter will be here soon and our homes may be filled with lilies. Many types of lilies are highly toxic to cats, resulting in kidney failure-even if only small amounts are ingested.
Here is a few simple tips to help your feline friend.
After the last economic recession, everyone is trying to manage their money more effectively. We, at Tates Creek Animal Hospital, will do all we can to help you, not only manage your pet's health, but the costs involved in doing so. We promote preventive care to head off costly diseases. We choose products for your pet that have exceptional results but also have the best value, rebates, coupons and free offers to extend your dollar. We routinely compare veterinary labs to keep our prices the lowest we can offer but get results we know we can depend on. And most important, we understand that all of us can't afford the Gold Standard in veterinary medicine and that's O.K. It does NOT make us a bad pet owner and doesn't make us a bad person. We are all doing the best we can with what we got.
Click the link below for an article on money saving tips. Ask us about pet insurance policies to help too!
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We all take pictures of our pets, but do you have a whole body picture of them? If your pet darts out the door, could you easily post a picture on the local lost & found social media sites alerting people to be on the lookout? If the unthinkable happens, are you prepared?
Many of you were greeted by a woman in our lobby, simply known as "Cathy's Mom". She would come to work every day with me, to be picked up by the Wheels bus, to attend Active Day Adult Day Care while I worked, then return each afternoon for our ride home. She loved seeing your pets, joking with Kacie "to try to be good" and asking Dr. Bev everytime she saw him 'how you doing?". Mom passed away on December 17th from a fall at home. She died peacefully and relatively quickly, instead of suffering the long agonizing death that as an Alzheimer's victim usually would have had to suffer. And even though I'm still in shock of losing her, I'm thankful for all the time I got to spend with her in life, as her child, throughout caring for her in her time of need and during her hospital stay. I want to personally thank everyone here at Tates Creek for pulling together, filling in for me and allowing me to be by her side throughout it all, until the end. Many small businesses couldn't have allowed it, even if an employee had sick time to cover the absence. Many small businesses still are struggling from the recession and trying to grow again to what they once were, while having a skeleton staff that works overtime to cover all the needs of its patrons. But I have the pleasure to not work for just a small business. I work with an extended family. Through good times and bad, I can count on them. And they can always count on me. That's how I was raised. My mom did a great job of that.
Thank you all for everything.
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Did you know cats can sleep as much as 16 hrs a day and older cats may sleep 18-20 hrs a day! Sounds good to me, especially on a cold, windy day like today.
Here are a few tips to help your pets through this winter weather.
You can involve your pets in new year resolutions too! Start off the new year brushing your pet's teeth. Start a pet trust fund, should you becoming incapacitated or pass away, your pet will be cared for. Prepare an emergency evacuation plan and supply kit for your pet.
We all can resolve to be healthier and better prepared for 2017!
Remember in cold weather cats and other small wildlife will seek out any warm space they can find. One particular irresistible lure is under the hood of a warm car engine. Unfortunately, they can also be killed or severely injured by the fan-belt cutting through them. Before you start up your car, bang loudly to scare out any creatures that may have sought refuge from the winter's cold and wait a minute before starting your engine to let them escape. This could save a life.
We will be starting our new Winter hours this week.
Monday through Friday 8am-5pm.
Saturday 9am-12 noon Appointments available.
We will be closed for the Christmas holiday. Closed Saturday, December 24th and Sunday, Christmas Day. We will also be open only 8am until 11 am on December 26th. Have a safe and joyful Christmas.
Did you know? Dental Disease, Diabetes, Heartworm Disease and Obesity can all be prevented in your pet?
Just 1 pound of extra weight on a cat can lead to serious medical problems like Diabetes!