July is Internal Parasite Month!

Most people don’t routinely consider deworming their adult pet simply because they don’t see worms in the stool. Studies show that up to 33% of dogs may be infected with intestinal worms. While low…

Source: Internal Parasites & Your Pet

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Spring Allergies 2016

March is the beginning of allergy season for many of us INCLUDING our pets! Whether it’s trees,grass, mold or fleas pets suffer from allergies just like us. Fortunately,veterinarians have so many options available without reaching for those medications that have long lasting effects on organ function and unwanted side effects.
This is the time of year we especially recommend Allergy Tests . Let’s find out what is making your pet lick their feet, scratch their skin, pull their hair out, bleed and just be so uncomfortable that their quality of life is less than it should be.If you are miserable watching your pets scratch then they are more miserable. We can help!

Top Holiday Dangers to Your Pet

Preventive Measures Can Save Pets

Labrador retriever and Christmas ornaments

The holidays are a festive time for us and our pets. However, due to ongoing activities and constant distractions, we can easily overlook potential dangers to our four-legged family members.

Take preventive measures to protect your pets this holiday season. Being aware of these top five dangers could save you a trip to the veterinary emergency room.

1. Holiday Tinsel and Ornaments

Tinsel, while not toxic, is very attractive to pets, particularly cats. The shiny, dangling decoration reflects light and can move in the slightest draft — appearing to come alive to watchful critters.

Cat sits in a Christmas tree

The problem with tinsel is that once it’s consumed, it can cause serious injury to your pet. If not caught in time, this foreign body ingestion could actually be fatal as it twists and bunches inside your pet’s intestines. Immediate veterinary care is required.

In addition, bright and colorful tree ornaments can attract your pet’s curiosity. Place glass, aluminum and paper ornaments higher up on the tree. Pets can chew and swallow these fragile objects and not only can broken pieces form sharp edges that may lacerate your pet’s mouth, throat and intestines, they could also create a choking hazard.

2. Holiday Lighting and Candles

Holiday candle

Twinkling, shiny and dangling holiday lights — such as the icicle, netting, garland, curtain, rope and candle varietal — may be another source of danger to your curious pets.

Got a pet that likes to chew? Electrical shock may occur when a pet chomps down on an electrical cord, causing tongue lacerations and possible death. Check your holiday lights for signs of fraying or chewing and use a grounded three-prong extension cord as a safety precaution.

If you have candles on display, place them in a hard-to-reach spot so that your pets can not access them. Not only can pets seriously burn themselves, but knocking over candles creates a fire hazard and may leave a trail of hot wax that will easily burn the pads of paws and more.

3. Gift Wrap Ribbon

Terrier wrapped in holiday ribbon

You may be tempted to fashion your pet with a decorative ribbon “collar” but beware that this could become a choking hazard.

Also, it’s best to quickly discard ribbons and bows wrapped around holiday gifts so that your curious companions won’t be enticed to chew or swallow them. Ingested ribbon can cause a choking hazard and ultimately twist throughout the intestines, leading to emergency surgery and even death.

4. Food Hazards

Festive events often mean edible treats — and lots of them. Unfortunately, some of the most popular holiday goodies, such as chocolate, bones and nuts, can be extremely toxic or fatal to pets.

Holiday nuts and cookies
  • Different types of chocolate contain various levels of fat, caffeine and the substances methylxanthines. In general, the darker and richer the chocolate (i.e., baker’s chocolate), the higher the risk of toxicity. Depending on the type and amount of chocolate ingested, dogs might experience vomiting, diarrhea, urination, hyperactivity, heart arrhythmias, tremors and seizures.
  • Fat trimmings and bones are dangerous for dogs. Fat trimmed from meat, both cooked and uncooked, may cause pancreatitis. And, although it seems natural to give a dog a bone, a dog can choke on it. Bones can also splinter and cause an obstruction or lacerations of your dog’s digestive system.
  • Abundant in many cookies and candies, certain nuts should not be given to pets. Almonds, non-moldy walnuts and pistachios can cause an upset stomach or an obstruction of your dog’s throat and/or intestinal tract. Macadamia nuts and moldy walnuts can be toxic, causing seizures or neurological signs. Lethargy, vomiting and loss of muscle control are among the effects of nut ingestion.

Keep your pet on her regular diet and caution visitors against giving your pet special treats or table scraps. For a full list of toxic foods, visit our toxic food guide for pets.

5. Toxic Holiday Plants

They may be pretty, but some holiday plants are poisonous—even deadly. As little as a single leaf from any lily variety is lethal to cats. Others to avoid:

Holiday poinsettia
  • Christmas tree pine needles can produce oral irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, trembling and posterior weakness.
  • Holly, commonly found during the Christmas season, can cause intense vomiting, diarrhea and depression.
  • Mistletoe, another Christmas plant, can cause significant vomiting and diarrhea, difficulty breathing, collapse, erratic behavior, hallucinations and death when ingested.
  • Poinsettias can cause irritation to the mouth and stomach and sometimes vomiting.

For more on toxic plants, visit our toxic plant guide.

Taking precautions with pets during these festive times can help ensure that you and your family will enjoy a happy — and healthy — holiday season!

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August is Pet Safety Month

It’s that time of year once again when some of us are getting ready to go back to school.For others we see August as the end of summer and look forward to fall. Nonetheless, there are many transitions this time of year for us all. But, do we think about what this means for our pets? . Life can get so busy that sometimes we just put important things off. One of those things is PET INSURANCE ! Yes, you heard me correctly ! Pet Insurance is something that is not usually at the top of our list of thoughts concerning our pets UNTIL after something happens to the health of our pets. Most people are not aware that there is pet insurance for pets. Some expect pet insurance  to be un- affordable. Did you know that most pets qualify for pet insurance and that you can get up to 80% reimbursement back on veterinary fees? Most importantly, when you have  pet insurance you can be reimbursed  on preventative care for your pet. Prevention is what it’s all about here at Just For Pets Animal Clinic. Yes, we treat the ears,nose,throat,heart,lungs,gastrointestinal tract and skin of your pet when problems arise. However, why not stay ahead of your pet’s health by using your pet insurance to cover preventative needs as well?microchip-id

Feline Health Month: Fat Cats Finish Last

Most overweight cats don’t get that way overnight. Yes, we help them reach higher and higher numbers on the scale.As a pet owner myself we have to be more diligent about our cats and their ideal weight.As most of you know my own cat, Mango was in ” The Fat Cat Club”. However, because I see the results of feline obesity from a medical perspective and I love my cat as much as any of you,I had to do something! Yes, she got a measured amount of food as I tell everyone to do. However, her waist started to widen as she consistently meowed for “more food in the bowl, please”. Overweight cats have an increased risk of Diabetes Mellitus, Blocked Bladder Syndrome and increased pain from osteoarthritis to name a few problems.So, what do we do to help our cats shed the extra pounds? At Just For Pets Animal Clinic we have the Pet Fit Club if you need some personalized help . However, the best results are with a reduced calorie prescription cat food. Please do not start reducing the quantity of food without the advise of a veterinarian. Healthy weight loss is about 1-2 lbs each month. If your cat is losing weight faster than that you may have a sick cat.Your cat may also need some stimulating toys to get moving. Just like us cats can be under stimulated couch potatoes. All you may need is a new cat toy or cat laser to get your cat moving.My cat Mango has lost the extra pounds simply by starting on a restricted calorie food. She is leaner, faster and happier! We all want our cats to live longer , healthier lives and be pain free. I would love to meet your 18 year old cat knowing that you helped your cat get to their ideal weight the healthy way!

Thanksgiving and your pets.

travel with petAre looking forward to the Thanksgiving holiday as much as I am? Sometimes we can get all the plans ready to travel or prepare to entertain and then remember at the last minute to make arrangements for our pets. Try to schedule ahead of time . If you are entertaining at home, please do not allow guests to feed your pet from the table. If going out of town you might try pet sitters, a neighbor , friend or family member for those pets that get stressed out easily at boarding facilities . Your pet may do well at his or her favorite doggie daycare or overnight boarding facility. Whichever is best for your pet is worth it in the end. We treat a lot of pets for anxiety these days and the options now are very safe for pets. We don’t always have to sedate them to get the best results. Is your pet having some medical problems that will need to be taken care of before you leave town? Is there a skin infection or flea problem that is still lingering since the summer? I would encourage you to have us check these things our before your dog or cat is boarded or is left with a family member, friend or pet sitter. We are available for suggestions and treatment options for your pet so that your fur-family can have the best holiday as well as you !

Do fleas and ticks on my pet present a health risk to my family?

Yes. Fleas and ticks can carry and either directly or indirectly transmit several potential illnesses of humans. For example, rickettsiosis (infection with Rickettsia) can be transmitted directly by ticks. Bartonellosis (infection with Bartonella) is transmitted between cats by fleas and then may spread to people. Also, fleas serve as an intermediate host for tapeworms, which can infect both your pet and humans.
Parasites can infect your pet any time of year. External parasites, such as fleas and ticks, may be less prevalent outside during certain times of the year; however, they often survive in the house during the winter months, creating an uninterrupted life cycle. Other internal parasites, such as worms, may affect your pet all year long. That’s why it’s
important to consult with Dr. Sherrod to implement a year-round parasite control program.
visit CAPC for more information about parasites and your pet.