Cat Scratch Fever or Disease is real. It's a bacteria that is spread by cats to people through open wounds or bites from the cat. Over 40% of cats carry this bacteria called Bartonella henselae, although most cats with this infection show NO signs of illness. Cats get infected with Bartonella from flea bites and flea dirt. By scratching and biting at fleas, cats pick up by the infected flea dirt under their nails and between their teeth and pass it along to humans and other cats too. People that are infected typically get an inflamed, raised lesion filled with pus, have a headache, poor appetite, and exhaustion. Their lymph nodes closest to the wound can be swollen or tender. Although rare this can also lead to other more serious complications with the brain, eyes, heart and other internal organs. To avoid infection, wash cat bites and scratches well with running water and soap as soon as the wound occurs. Do not allow cats to lick other wounds you may have. Contact your doctor immediately if any infection develops at the scratch site. Use a YEAR ROUND FLEA prevention to prevent your cats from being exposed to fleas too.
Did you know? Dogs and cats mask their pain as a protective mechanism. They may lie quietly, wag their tail, and act like nothing is bothering them. Their behavior, here in the clinic, may be quite different from how they act at home too. You may make an appointment because Fido is limping and the second you get them into the car to come see us, he is jumping around like a gymnast. If you notice any change at home that "isn't like him" tell us. Often times, our patients try to lie to us saying I'm fine when we know "I'm fine" is the biggest lie told.
Cat's claws may be sharp, but they are fragile, too, especially if you try to trim them with dull nail trimmers. Unless the blade is sharp, it will crush and fracture the nail and this is not comfortable for your cat. Holding still for you to trim the nails is hard enough! Don't make it twice as difficult and uncomfortable. Keep your trimmer sharp by changing the blade or replacing the trimmer regularly.
Our dogs wear collars all the time, close to their skin. These collars are like a pet's underwear and should be kept clean and fresh. Collars can rub the skin and create infections and hot spots around the neck. Growing puppies should have their collar checked weekly to make certain they aren't growing too fast and becoming strangled by their collar too. Toss your pet's collar into your weekly wash or replace collars regularly to prevent them from becoming stinky.
Ever heard of kibble calisthenics? To get your kitty moving and exercising, place a few kibbles all over the house, up on window sills, down the basement stairs, up on the bed. Make your feline friend work for his/her food and burn off some calories while searching for food. Start small, but work your way up to feeding their entire rations this way. Not only will it exercise your cat's body but also his mind and we will get a few steps of our own logged on our Fitbit.
Proper body weight is by far the best way to help maintain healthy joints. A study in 2000 found that by limiting the food intake of Labs by 25% there was a decrease in the prevalence and the severity of Osteoarthritis on x-rays. If a pet can keep a body condition score (or B.C.S.) or less throughout his/her lifespan it can help or even prevent the effects of osteoarthritis. Help your pet's be a 5! Most dogs and cats won't measure out their dinner portions themselves.
Did you know cats can get arthritis too? In fact, 90% of cats over the age of 12 had evidence of this degenerative joint disease. We can help them too. Weight control, joint nutritional products and special foods, joint friendly exercise and arthritis medications, to help control pain, can all help your feline friend feel better and move easier. If your kitty doesn't jump up anymore, stays on one floor of the house now, doesn't groom themselves like they use to, or just seems grumpier then they use to be talk to us about it.
Did you know? One adult flea lays up to 50 eggs a day. Fleas are more annoying than lethal but once feeding off your pet, these hungry parasites can be persistent , itchy and a dangerous problem for your pet and you. All pets are at risk for a flea infestation. They can transmit diseases and parasites to your pet too. But the most annoying thing is they can turn your allergy ridden pet into a scratching-balding-tearing the skin off his hide-maniac that is keeping you up at night. Studies show that about 80 percent of allergic dogs develop Flea Allergy Dermatitis. Just a few flea bites over time can result in hours of scratching or licking. Fleas don't just nest outdoors. Our houses are the perfect breeding ground all year long. As long as fleas have a warm place to thrive, they pose a threat to our pets. Make sure to protect your pet all year round from those pesky pests!
What you need to know!
,Did you know to travel outside of the USA with your pet has requirements that must be met, before entering the other country? Often times these requirements have a timeframe of "quarantine" to ensure the visiting country's pets, livestock and people will be safe. The USA has no say over another government's requirements either. If pets are brought into a country, without appropriate documents, you can be heavily fined and your pet may be confiscated. To find out any country's individual requirements go to www.aphis.usda.gov and searching Pet Travel.
We will be closing at 5 pm Friday May 26th , 2017 and reopen at 8 am on Tuesday May 30th, 2017. Have a happy a safe Memorial Day weekend! Should you need vet care, please contact Medvet of Lexington at 859-276-2505 or Bluegrass Vet Specialist and Emergency at 859-268-7604.
Did you know that when your kitty scratches in his/her litterbox to cover up nature's call they could be making tiny scratches in the plastic bottom where odors and germs can hide. Next time you clean your box, check for micro-scratches and if you find some, it may be time for a new box.
Plastic is naturally greasy and easily scratched when it is a feeding dish too. Cats can suffer from feline acne and dog's suffer from lipfold pyoderma. It's possible that the greasiness of plastic bowls contributes to oil buildup and clogged pores on the chin and around the lips. Ditch the plastic bowls and use ceramic, glass or stainless steel instead.
Did you know? Retractable leashes have caused many accidents. The leash portion is very narrow and can tangle around legs causing rope burns, deep lacerations and choking injures if caught around the neck. Also they can be confusing to your dog, because the place where you want him to walk is constantly changing. Dogs won't learn how to heal appropriately while walking with you.
We didn't have a cold winter. They are out there, waiting, lurking in tall grasses; at Veteran's Park, in our own backyards, down at Herrington, at the Red River Gorge. TICKS! It's going to be a BAD SUMMER and FALL because of them, for our pets and US too.
Check your pet daily for ticks. Look between toes, inside the ears and around the ear folds, under the chin and neck area and the groin and armpits. Ticks love to hide.
Use a tick prevention product. Topical tick products, including collars, generally have a quicker tick kill but if you don't like the thought or look of a topical, worry about young children being exposed or your pet reacts to topical products then use an oral tick product. Pick one, oral or topical, whichever you prefer! We have both in stock.
Ticks aren't just creepy. They spread ALOT of disease and I mean ALOT: Lyme disease, Ehrlichia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Anaplasmosis, Tularemia, Babesia and Hepatozoonosis. Ticks can make both animals and people sick. Tick borne diseases mimic other diseases too. If your pet has been exposed to a tick, please tell us. If you have been exposed, please seek advise from your health professional. Don't wait for symptoms to appear.
We need to get our feline friends moving more! An Estimated 59% of Cats in the United States are Overweight or Obese states the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. How can we get our cats moving? Instead of placing a bowl of food out, try scattering the measured amount of kibble out across your floor to get your cat up and walking. Use the whole house!
Did you know? Some cat breeds are a higher risk of heart disease.
Breeds most commonly affected include:
Has your cat ever urinated or defecated outside of it's litter box? There is ALWAYS a reason for that annoying problem. It could be a medical or behavioral problem. Before you get to your wits end with kitty, give us a chance to figure out why it's happening, so we can help stop it from happening!
Longer days and warmer temperatures means summer is finally getting here! Before you and your pets rush out to enjoy the warm weather, make sure you are familiar with the summer danger of poisonous snakebites. There are 20 species of venomous snakes in North America and they are found in every state except Alaska, Hawaii and Maine. Venomous snakes bite around 150,000 dogs and cats in the United States each year. Do you know what you can you do to protect your pets? Dogs are typically bitten on the head and face while cats are often bitten on the legs, paws or body. Initial signs and symptoms are pain, rapid swelling and may or may not have presence of fang marks. Within 1-3 hours pets may also become depressed, febrile, vomit, have trouble breathing, have low blood pressure, have a rapid heart rate, develop bruising around the bite mark and have bleeding problems and may lead to death. The sooner treatment is initiated the better the prognosis. If you think your pet was bitten, take them to a veterinarian immediately. Do not wait for signs to appear before seeking veterinary help. Need help identifying Kentucky 's #1 venomous snake, the Copperhead? Click here: rainyadventures.com/identify-copperhead-snake/
Slug and snail bait products, which typically contain the active ingredient metaldehyde, are available as a pellet, liquid, or powder. In order to attract snails and slugs molasses or brown sugar is added. Unfortunately, this also makes the bait highly attractive for our dogs and cats. Ingestion of even small quantities can be fatal. After ingestion, metaldehyde is converted to acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde is toxic to the nervous system and causes muscle tremors, ataxia (lack of coordination) and seizures. Increased muscle activity leads to hyperthermia (high body temperature): another common symptom. Metaldehyde toxicity can lead to disseminated intravascular coagulation, multiple organ failure, and death. Within minutes, poisoned animals may show clinical signs. Symptoms may also be delayed and later develop up to three hours after ingestion. Metaldehyde is also found in solid fuel for camping stoves. There is no antidote for metaldehyde. Treatment involves addressing the symptoms and helping the animal get rid of the toxin. Prognosis depends on the amount of toxin ingested and how much time passes before treatment is initiated. Without treatment animals can die within a matter of hours. The earlier treatment begins, the better the prognosis.
Toxicity signs include
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Did you know? Pools of standing water can harbor some health hazards for our pets. Mosquitoes can pass Heartworm larvae to pets with just one bite. Mosquitoes breed in standing water. More of those pests equal a greater risk of your pet developing Heartworm disease. Giardia organisms are microscopic protozoa that live within the intestinal tracts of a variety of domesticated and wild animals. They are shed within the feces and readily contaminate water sources. Leptospirosis organisms are bacteria that thrive in wet climates. Wild animals, particularly deer and rodents, and some domesticated animals (cows, sheep and pigs) can be leptospirosis carriers.
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Cathy-Licensed Vet tech with 28 year experience.