This year’s heartworm clinics will be held on March 19th and April 16th. With only a few drops of blood we are able to screen your dog for Heartworm disease (mosquito), Lyme disease (tick), Ehrlichia (tick), and Anaplasmosis (tick). There will be a $5.00 savings off the cost of the test and if you purchase a 12 month supply of prevention you will receive a 10% savings off of the medication.
There are a few different kinds of prevention options available to you and your pet:
Proheart-An injectale medication given by a qualified staff member that provides protection for 6 months!
Heartgard-A flavored beef chewable tablet given monthly.
TriHeart-A flavored chewable tablet given monthly.
Revolution-A topical monthly prevention.
Please call us at (585) 594-2222 to discuss which prevention would be best for you and your pet and also to schedule an appointment!
Our next heartworm clinic dates are March 16th and April 13th. Call 585-594-2222 for an appointment! Space is limited.
February marks National Pet Dental Health Month so it is an appropriate time to discuss dental hygiene in your special canine and feline friends. While most people know the importance of brushing their own teeth daily, it is not as universally accepted in their pets. Preventive care is very important in pets as periodontal disease is one of the most commonly reported problems by veterinarians. Neglect of the mouth can lead to bad breath, and infections in the mouth that are left untreated can become a much more serious problem for the furry members of your family!
Routine physical exams for your pet, recommended every 6 months, gives the veterinarian a chance to check for anything abnormal in your pets mouth. It is then up to you to maintain oral hygiene by brushing the pet’s teeth on a daily basis. Not every pet is going to be enthusiastic about having their teeth brushed at first, but most pets can be taught to at least tolerate the process. Watch for an article devoted to the process of brushing your pet’s teeth.
Some pets are just not going to tolerate brushing but still deserve a mouth free from dental disease. There are other maintenance options for pets that are adverse to brushing. Dental chews, fluoride treatments, water supplements and special diets are all ways to help keep a pet’s mouth healthy! Please ask us at your next appointment what would work best for your pet.
Preventive care can include a dental cleaning. This is a procedure done under general anesthesia. The teeth are scaled to remove plague, polished to prevent plaque accumulation and treated with fluoride to strengthen the teeth. If dental disease is present, it may be necessary to extract teeth as part of the procedure. Stoney Pointe Pet Hospital is encouraging oral hygiene in the month of February by offering discounts on services and products related to dental health. Please call to make an appointment and lock in special pricing for February.
Brushing your pet’s teeth is an important part of their overall health. It can prevent the need for a dental cleaning and prevent serious infections from affecting important organs like the heart and kidneys. For the best results, daily brushing is recommended with a pet friendly tooth paste that does not contain fluoride. We carry several toothpastes and styles of toothbrushes. Here are some tips to teaching your pet to tolerate brushing:
- Start slow. Because the toothpastes are enzymatic, just licking it off your finger will be an important first step. Follow this with lots of praise and a nice tasting snack.
- After several days of tasting the toothpaste, the next step is to use your finger to start rubbing the paste along the teeth focusing on the gum line.
- Then, you can apply the paste to a slightly abrasive material, such as a gauze square or piece of woman’s nylon stocking. This can then be rubbed on the teeth using a circular motion.
- Eventually, you should brush the teeth using a toothbrush or finger brush depending on which works best for you and your pet.
Remember, making this a happy daily event will create a habit that you and your pet can enjoy together. It will lead to a healthier pet and hopefully result in less non-routine veterinary care. Be patient and have fun! Call Stoney Pointe Pet Hospital with any questions or concerns!
October is the American Humane Association’s Adopt-A-Dog Month
What Can An Adopted Dog Bring To Your Life?
There are as many responses to that question as there are dogs in this world! That’s why — during American Humane Association’s Adopt-A-Dog Month celebration in October — we’re encouraging people to adopt a shelter dog and experience the joy of finding their own answers.
Are you looking for:
* an exercise buddy?
* a best friend and confidant for your child?
* a dog you can train with to learn animal-assisted therapy?
* a partner in agility competitions?
* a constant companion for your favorite senior citizen?
* a fuzzy face to greet you after a hard day at work?
An adopted dog can be all these things — and so much more!
Your local shelter is the perfect place to find dogs of every type, size, age and personality — all waiting for a loving home. Or, if you prefer a particular breed that isn’t currently available at a shelter, go online to find a breed-specific rescue group in need of adopters like you.
Find out what a shelter or rescue dog can bring to your life this October during Adopt-A-Dog Month!
June 21st marks the official beginning of summer, making this a good time to review some pet health risks and tips associated with the season.
- Be certain your pet has access to fresh clean water at all times. It is a good idea to have water in multiple locations in the home and clean the bowls regularly so that they don’t grow bacteria. When you are traveling or taking your pet out with you, be sure to bring water for them.
- Know your pet’s heat tolerance. Normal body temperature for a dog or cat is higher than humans at between 100 and 102.5 degrees but they do not do as well in the heat, especially if they become dehydrated.
- Never leave your pet in a vehicle. It can take just minutes for the temperature inside your car to reach dangerous levels even if you have the windows opened or if it doesn’t feel that hot outside. This is also considered illegal in many states.
- Discard any uneaten food. Bacteria grows much faster when it is warm out and you don’t want your pet coming back for unsafe food. Feed your pet smaller portions more often if necessary.
- Know what is toxic to your pet. Plants as well as household items and foods such as chocolate, onions, coffee, nicotine, alcoholic beverages, poultry bones, fatty foods and grapes/raisins can all be harmful. Click here for a complete list of foods and common household items considered dangerous to your pet.
- Keep pet ID and contact information on your pet. Pets are more active in the summer, chase other animals, can be with you traveling in an unfamiliar place — and end up lost. The pet’s name and your phone number (cell is usually the fastest way to reach you) on its collar can be a lifesaver. You may also want to consider microchipping your pet since this cannot be lost and has a proven history of pet recovery.
- Check your pet for fleas, ticks, and mites. Check and groom your pet daily to ensure that they do not have fleas, ticks, mites, heartworm (from mosquitoes), bites, or other infections or rashes from being outdoors.
- Groom your pet daily. Grooming your pet regularly will help it stay cooler, provide inspection for health problems and reduce hairballs in cats.
- Walk pets in the early morning or evening. Try to walk or exercise your pet in the morning or early evening when it is cooler.
- Keep fish tanks away from sunlight. The temperature of fish is directly affected by water temperature. If the water heats up it can become harmful or fatal to the fish.
- Not all dogs are excellent swimmers by nature especially if they have health problems. Consider protecting your pet on a boat with a life jacket just as you would for your children. If your pet is knocked off of the boat (perhaps getting injured in the process), or is tired/cold from choppy water or sudden storm, a life jacket could be what saves your pet’s life.
- If your traveling away from home and in particular to remote locales, it is good practice to research where the nearest veterinarian can be found in the event of an emergency.
April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month. The American Society for the Prevention of the Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is celebrating their 145th year of fighting animal cruelty. To donate to the cause or find out more about the fight against animal cruelty, check out the ASPCA website.
We are pleased to have recently added genetic analysis to our list of services. This new technology allows you to learn all kinds of information about the history of your mixed breed dog as well as what to expect for their future.
Check out the genetic analysis page for more information or just give us a call.
According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, over 70% of dogs and cats show signs of oral disease by the age of 3 and 85% of adult pets have some form of periodontal disease. Overlooking dental care can lead to serious health risks and veterinary expenses down the road.
Pet dental health starts at home though and some of the things you can do to help are:
- Brush your pet’s teeth on at least a weekly basis with toothpaste that is specially formulated for dog or cat use.
- Give your pet food that is designed to help reduce the buildup of plaque and tartar. We recommend and offer Royal Canin premium foods but there are many different brands available.
For more information about pet dental health and the services we offer click here.