Posts for: November, 2012
The Thanksgiving Holiday is upon us and since the holidays are a time of giving and sharing, we thought we’d share some of our holiday pet-safety tips to keep both you and your pet happy and healthy this season. With the hustle and bustle of shopping, gathering with friends & family, and slaving over a nice holiday feast, please give some thought to your beloved pet family members for they will not be as thankful if they munch on undercooked turkey or a pet-unfriendly floral arrangement.
It is important to know the effects human foods can have on your pet's health. The holidays tend to bring about a variety of foods that can be unhealthy and potentially toxic to pets. Certain human foods overly rich in fats may result in gastrointestinal irritation or in severe cases, pancreatitis in pets. Many herbs and seasonings contain essential oils and resins that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and central nervous system depression to pets if eaten in large quantities. Poultry bones tend to splinter easily when chewed, posing a serious threat of internal injury and obstruction. Other foods such as chocolate, onions, avocado, grapes, and raisins are all toxic to pets.
If those begging eyes are starting to tempt you to treat your pet, consider giving them a feast of their own with veterinary APPROVED pet treats or a favorite toy! We would be happy to recommend a healthy alternative.
With the nearing of Thanksgiving, we think about all we are grateful for. Our relationship with you and your pet family, whether it includes a dog, cat, rodent, rabbit, reptile, ferret, bird, or any exotic pet, is one thing we truly treasure. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Morena Pet Hospital!
MPH's Adoption Stars of the Week
Serah is a very sweet and affectionate girl. She loves to shadow you and help you with whatever you are doing, whether it’s laying on the couch watching TV, hiking, jogging, or working in the yard. Serah is usually not a barker, unless someone she doesn’t know comes up to the house. She is smart and currently learning her basic obedience commands. She travels well in the car and is leash trained. Serah is learning how to play with her foster brothers, but would rather play with humans than other dogs. She’s good around cats, and would do great in a home with cats for friends. She is also good with kids.
If you’re looking for that dog that showers you with love when you get home and one that you don't have to worry about when left alone while you’re gone, this is the dog for you!
If you would like to meet Serah or one of ARWOB's other adoptable animals, please fill out an adoption application FIRST at http://www.arwob.org/. You MUST have an application on file in order to meet the animal you are interested in. The adoption fee covers all the costs for their care which includes microchipping, spaying/neutering, vaccines, deworming, etc.
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As pet owners, we all love for our furry friends to smell fresh and clean. However, getting to that point is easier said than done. Rarely are dogs excited to jump into the bathtub for a good rub-a-dub-dub. You may decide that bathing your fearful dog may be best left up to us, your veterinary team, or a professional groomer. But if you choose to bathe your dog at home, here are some helpful tips to make the process logistically easy and stress-free for both you and your dog.
- Practice Makes Perfect. It’s a good idea to do a trial run before putting your dog in a bathtub with running water. First try putting your dog in a tub (without the water). Give your dog some positive reinforcement and a treat, and then take him/her out. Do this a few times to get your dog more comfortable with the process.
- Be Prepared. Be sure to take off your pet’s collar and tags. Ensure that you have towels, shampoo, and a cup (if needed for rinsing purposes) within hand’s reach prior to bathing. If it’s warm outside consider bathing outside. If washing him/her indoors, you may wish to remove any knick-knacks or other bathroom items that might accidentally get knocked over.
- Do a Quick Comb Through. This may not come straight to mind for many, but doing a quick brushing of your pet’s coat beforehand will help to remove as much loose hair as possible (The Furminater seems to be a popular choice for many pet owners).
- Choosing the Right Shampoo. Be sure to use a shampoo specifically formulated for pets. Using products meant for humans can strip your dog’s fur of its natural oils that are used to protect dogs from cold and wet weather. If your dog is prone to dry and sensitive skin, it may be beneficial to have him/her examined by your veterinarian so they can recommend a medicated pet shampoo specific to your pet’s needs. This will help you to better manage your pet’s skin.
- Rinsing. A showerhead with a flexible hose is ideal, however, a large cup will suffice. Be sure to thoroughly rinse your dog’s belly, chest, neck, and under the tail. Getting water in your pet’s ears may lead to infection. If your dog is prone to ear infections, we suggest placing some cotton balls in your dog’s ears to prevent water from getting into their canals. Don’t forget to remove the cotton balls once bath time is over!
- Shake It Out. If the weather is nice enough, you can try wrapping your dog in a towel and letting them dry the rest of the way outside. If not, pull the shower curtain closed so your dog can shake off and then pat them down with a towel.
- Final Grooming. Performing a final brushing will help remove any hair loosened by the bath, redistribute oils in the fur, and make your pet look shiny and clean.
- A Great Time. Bath time is a great time to examine your dog carefully for any skin irritations, fleas and ticks, ear infections, or other health concerns. It may also be useful to trim his nails and brush his teeth at the same time (Be sure to use a doggy toothpaste!).
Happy Bathing! Don’t forget that many dogs experience an “after-bath excitement” phase, so be sure to hold onto your hat!
Zawiskowski, Stephen. "7 Minute Solution: Give Your Dog a Bath" Parade Magazine. 2011. http://www.parade.com/news/intelligence-report/7-minute-solution/2011/04/17-dog-bath.html
How to Give Your Dog a Bath. Petfinder.com. http://www.petfinder.com/pet-care/how-to-dog-bath.html