I feel like everyone has some pet friendly information this time of the year. For us being in a resort community we see our business busier than any time of year, which means so many people are bringing their pets with them to the cabin at the lake. Here are some things to keep in mind while adventuring with your canine.
Pack plenty of water and a container for them to drink out of.
Have a first aid kit.
Check out how to put one together yourself here
It’s also a good idea to have a first aid kit for you too.
Keep in mind that if you are too hot, so are they. In that case, leave them in the AC. Not sure what too hot is? Check out this handy dandy chart to be sure.
Things have changed since the “old days”. We are always trying to better ourselves, our protocols and most importantly, patient care. At certain ages for dogs and cats we are now requiring it to give them the best care possible
Most often this is the item when we are going through the presurgical consent form that people don’t want to do or question if it is necessary. In a way bloodwork really is always necessary. It’s the only way we can know for sure how your pet’s organs are functioning and if there are any concerns that would make us change our anesthesia or not want to do the procedure. It’s not an “upsale” kind of thing, but really a necessary test to keep your pet in the best possible health. For example, if your pet has kidney’s or a liver that are not functioning properly we can manage that with proper diet and medication if we catch it early enough.
PetMd.com has some really great points regarding why we recommend/require this. They wrote:
To read in depth the information that they put out regarding what blood work looks at, why it is important and what it tells us about your pet click Part 1 and also Part 2.
Just as your doctor would need the full picture of your health to make sure surgery and anesthesia are as safe as possible for you, we want to do the same thing for your pet.
Fleas - We have all heard about them, but tend to ignore the fact that they exist. We also like to think that our pet is unable to get them. That is until your pet and your home are hit by them. At Lakes Veterinary Hospital we focus on the prevention of fleas and ticks. We also counsel droves of callers and people who come through the door frustrated beyond belief because they don’t know what to do.
Flea Prevention is Key
First, I will give you a brief blurb on how to prevent these little blood sucking, good-for-nothing but spreading disease buggers from getting into your house. Here we use on our pets and recommend Nexgard, Frontline Gold or the Frontline Spray.
Make sure you keep your pets dry for 24 hours after applying Frontline products. If you don’t it won’t work. Plain and simple. Using a product incorrectly is like throwing your money away. There are many other kinds of flea and tick prevention that can be found by shopping our online store
Please make sure that you NEVER put any dog flea and tick product on your cat. This could prove a deadly mistake.
You’ve Got Fleas
Okay, so maybe you didn’t follow the recommendation or you used a flea and tick collar (they are 50% less effective every time they get wet) or didn’t realize those little nasties can come in on your shoes from outside. Because their eggs are sticky. Maybe you thought flea season was over – If it’s not cold enough for snow they are out there. Whaaaat? Yep. There is a reason they have been around so long.
So you somehow have fleas. We have heard it all. Moved into a home where they were already existing in a dormant state. The people and pets moved in, now it’s a flea party. House guests with pets that have fleas. Lucky for you those pesky buggers stay loooong after your company has left. Like a souvenir without an actual vacation! Indoor/outdoor cats without frontline. The list goes on.
So now that they have moved into your home to live and eat free of charge you need to know that the road ahead of you is long. It’s not a sprint, but more so a marathon. Anywhere that a flea-infested pet has been needs to be treated.
Photo Courtesy of WetNoseDog 1
Here we use either Knockout ES area treatment or Siphitrol Plus instead of room foggers because it gives us the most bang for our buck. You can spray it in your car (which needs to be treated if your pet has been in it while having fleas), on your couch, tile, carpet, mattress. Just always follow package directions and test an area that isn’t easily seen to make sure it’s safe.
Allow the area to dry, then mop or vacuum the area. Now for the important step – if you have a bag vacuum throw the bag away (outside)after each time so that if there are live ones they don’t climb out and get back into your house. If you have a bag less – take it apart and wash everything.
You aren’t done yet . You will need to repeat this process continuously for about a month if you do this 1-2 times a week. Keep in mind that if you have pets in your home they will need to be treated continuously also. Nexgard and Frontline are not repellants so there will still be fleas that you are able to see on your pet. With Nexgard they have to bite the dog, then they will die. Frontline requires the product to move through your pet’s oil glands in the hair follicles. Repeated washing after application is not a great idea since you are shampooing the product away until it can replenish again. We also recommend deworming for tapeworms since fleas transmit these grodey buggers too.
So get comfortable because your home will be super clean after all of this is over. Hopefully this will be enough to remind you to apply or give monthly medication year round so as to not have to go through this again.
If you have any questions feel free to give our office a call at 218-864-5695 or your local Veterinarian can walk you through as well.
Well, it’s March and since the first day of spring has come and gone it’s time to look forward to green grass and plants blooming. Haaaa Haaaa. That’s only if you aren’t in the Midwestern states. Here in Minnesota we are still dealing with snow storms and chilly temps.
The best rule of thumb is to have your pet provided for with shelter and ways to keep warm. If it is too cold outside for you, then it likely is too.
ASPCA shared some great tips on their website for pet care in this cold weather. Here they are:
On Saturday, February 17th, 2018 our clinic received a devastating phone call. Dr. Dennis Stanford, one of our veterinarians had passed away. He was outdoors doing what he loved when he collapsed.
We had worked with him for a few years and all of us loved his energy. In addition to being a great veterinarian he was such a joy to work with. His laid back personality and sense of adventure always made for great conversations to update us on his latest venture. As sad and broken hearted as we are, we know that it doesn’t compare to what his wife and the rest of his family are going through during this time.
Dennis was a shining light that brought smiles to the faces of those around him. He listened to every story with genuine interest and was passionate about everything he pursued. All of us at Lakes Veterinary Hospital are thankful that we were blessed enough to call him our colleague and friend.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
First ask yourself if your animal has been exposed or eaten anything harmful.
Examples would be: Mouse/Rat poison, poisonous plants, chemicals such as pesticides, cleaners etc.
If the answer is yes, IMMEDIATELY contact the Pet Poison Hotline at
1-800-213-6680. http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/ Then contact a veterinarian.
If the answer is no, then check if there has been anything new fed to your pet.
Treats, a change of food, or if your pet has been given any people food. If so be sure to stop access to these items.
Could they have eaten something they shouldn’t have?
Examples would be pieces of toys (stuffing, squeaker, the toy itself), garbage, compost, string, rope bird seed, suet (maybe it drops on the ground?) or fryer grease?
If there is a possibility that they have eaten any mouse or rat poison call a veterinarian (218-864-5695 for our office), your local Veterinarian or the Pet Poison Hotline at 1-800-213-6680
If your pet hasn’t eaten anything harmful such as poison or an object they shouldn’t, doesn’t have blood in vomit and isn’t painful, restless or bloated you can try the following GI Diet once you have reintroduced water successfully – see below.
· Please note that this is not a substitute for Veterinary care. Hospitalization may be necessary in severe cases or ones in which the pet has any symptoms mentioned above.
Withhold all food and water until vomiting stops – this may be several hours, but do not withhold water longer than 12 hours to prevent dehydration. Once there has been at least 6-8 hours since last vomiting episode water may be offered.
· Rules for reintroducing water
· Keep it room Temp – cold water will upset the stomach
· Keep amounts small – Example: For a Lab-sized dog ¼ - ½ Cup at a time every 1 hour. For a Dachshund-sized dog 1-2 Tbsp. at a time every 1 hour. As long your pet does not have any more vomiting you may keep offering water in slowly increasing amounts.
Once your pet is able to drink all the water they would like without any vomiting then it is time to try and introduce food.
Per our own Dr. Lukken “Think of it this way. If you have had the stomach flu and start to feel better, you wouldn’t go right out and have a bowl of chili and a coke. You take it easy by starting with some crackers and chicken soup. It’s the same thing with your pet. “
The GI diet consists of Cooked White Rice or and a small amount of Fat Free Cottage Cheese. If you have a large dog such as a Lab feeding instructions would be ½ Cup Cooked White Rice with 1 Tbsp. Fat Free Cottage Cheese. For a smaller dog such as a Dachshund start with 1-2 Tbsp. Rice and 1 tsp Fat Free Cottage Cheese. You could also use potato instead of rice. ** Potato can be red or white – not sweet. Steamed or baked only. Serve WITHOUT skin.
Must the Cottage Cheese be Fat Free?
YES! If not the fat will start things up again causing your poor critter to once again feel awful.
· Remember to keep meals small and feed 3-4 times a day. Slowly increase amounts given at each feeding as long as your pet is doing well.
· You can also add small amounts of boiled hamburger or chicken breast with no skin or bone.
· Dump out any water remaining from boiling these items. This contains fat and is not good for your pet!
I have some fried hamburger already cooked, is that okay?
NO! Just like the fat in the cottage cheese this will likely start things all over again or make them worse.
My pet is feeling better how do I switch him/her back to regular food?
The key here is SLOWLY. Keep them on the GI diet and slowly add in their regular food. Feed 75% GI diet and 25% Regular diet. Each day decrease GI diet and increase Regular diet until completely switch back to the pet’s regular food. This should take about 5-7 days.
** If at any time your pet’s condition becomes worse, or does not improve after 24 hours Lakes Veterinary Hospital recommends that they are seen by a Veterinarian**
Dental Health Month is always February. We have been so busy helping pets with their oral health that we have had to dedicate certain days to just that. Thank you to all of our clients that have taken this step to help their pet’s health over the last year. It’s a win for everyone. Their organs don’t have to work so hard and fight off that infection flowing right into the bloodstream via their mouth AND you don’t have to smell that nasty breath when they feel like snuggling with you.
In case you missed our previous blog about dental health you can check it out here. http://www.lakesveterinaryhospital.com/blog/dental-care-for-your-pet
There is also a video in which my dog Dre “volunteered” to show you how to properly brush your dog’s teeth. It also works for cats!
If you have further questions regarding your pet’s teeth please check in with us, we would love to answer any questions you might have. You can reach us at 218-864-5695.
We all know that sometimes dogs get into things they shouldn’t and more often than we like it also involves an angry/threatened skunk.
Our tried and true recommendation in that scenario is to use Krebaum’s Formula.
You can also get the shortcut to it on our webpage here: http://www.lakesveterinaryhospital.com/frequent-questions.html
Otherwise it is here:
1 quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (Make sure it is not expired)
1/4 Cup Baking Soda
1 teaspoon liquid dishsoap (Dawn works the best)
Mix in a bucket and sponge over entire area taking care NOT to get in/near eyes/nose or mouth. Leave on for 10 minutes. Follow with a thorough tap water rinse. May need to repeat.
In addition to bathing your pet with this recipe we also really like:
Lisa taught me something years ago when my pet was sprayed by a skunk at close range (I nearly lost my morning coffee and did lose my breath it was so bad). Take a dish of vanilla and set it in your home, car wherever the horrendous smell has infiltrated to help take it away. When our dog was sprayed it was near our garage and it made it’s way into the garage and our vehicles. Not pleasant. We used her trick and within about 24 hours I could drive my car without suffocating on the angry skunk odor.
As always thank you for reading!
Microchipping is as Important as Updating Your Information
Microchipping, many of us have done it for our pets as an extra measure to return them to us in the event they are lost or a natural disaster occurs.
If you are looking for the video version check out the link at the end!
When a microchip scanner/reader is passed over your pet it picks up a code. This code is specific to your pet. The Veterinarian, impound facility or rescue is then able to call the company or input the information in online. This will get them in touch with the company and give them your contact information to call and tell you they have your pet.
At Lakes Veterinary Hospital we partner with AKC Reunite for our chips and will even register them online for you. https://www.akcreunite.org/
What many of us forget is that in the event we move or our alternate contacts change we need to update this information with the chip company where our pet is registered.
As someone that has worked at a Humane Society I can personally attest to the importance of not only registering your chip (if you don’t it goes back to the organization or breeder that implanted it and good luck tracking your information from there), but having your current information on record. If you don’t organization can’t track you down either. Now your pet is in the rescue system and you may never see them again. It only takes a few minutes to update this information, so please make sure that when you are updating your information to add your pet’s microchip to the list to check off.
Anyone that finds a pet with an unenrolled microchip can enroll the pet in their name and keep the pet as their own. Only with the microchip ID linked to your personal contact information do you have peace of mind in knowing that AKC Reunite can help with the safe return of your pet to you. Don’t take of the risk not being reunited with your pet!
By Ericka Veterinary Technician with Lakes Veterinary Hospital
Thanks to Blog Master Ashley for putting together the information and photos
It's one of those topics that we constantly talk about here at Lakes Veterinary Hospital and it's one that has been gaining popularity at the pace of a turtle. Those of you that take our advice - we thank you. Your pet's heart and internal organs thank you as well. Those of you that haven't - you realize it's a mouth infection right? Their breath shouldn't smell like a swamp, or something that is rotting in a swamp. I’m just going to put that out there for your consideration.
Credit for photos up above greencrossvet.com
So as a pet owner myself I get the need to budget for pet care since I don't have tons of fun money just hanging around waiting to be spent. Though dental cleanings for your pets are sometimes necessary, we have put together a little list of items that we love here with our own pets to share with you and yours to keep their mouths healthy. They also give you the most time between dental cleanings.
Things that we love are:
Also my dog, Dre has graciously agreed to be in the spotlight and demo having his teeth brushed for the benefit of you and your critter(s). At home I keep the dog's toothbrushes in a basket w/ their toothpaste because having them float around w/ mine is a little more closeness than what I am okay with.
Also Dre sits on the bed while I brush my teeth and then once I am done brushing and flossing it's his turn. I just sit w/ him and brush then immediately give him a treat. Meela then comes out from under the bed at the words, "Good boy" and "Nummy" so she gets placed on the bathroom vanity to be brushed and then gets her treat. I also do this is usually some type of active wear with many different colors of paint on it and a sweatshirt with as many varieties colors of pain so you are welcome that for the video I was all professional and stuff.
I had a client tell me that their routine is for the dog to sit on a rug on top of the washer each evening while his teeth are being brushed. He also gets a treat afterwards and is more than happy to comply now that he knows the routine. Just keep in mind that with most pets getting them used to you being in their mouth is something that has to be slowly worked up to. Start by touching the mouth, then praise and/or reward. Build up to it. Let them lick the flavored pet toothpaste (who doesn’t like seafood, beef or poultry? Numma!).
Just remember that your pet's dental health is as important as yours. Bacteria can cause problems from heart murmurs to organ failure the same as it can in people. Your mouth is a direct route to the bloodstream so let’s keep it healthy!
Thanks so much for sticking with me on this. Please keep in mind that major tartar should only be removed by a professional scaling and then polishing to smooth out the surface of the tooth.
Ericka Stoltenberg Author
Ashley B Blogmaster that brings my visions to life