Pet Dental Health Month

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Published on: February 5, 2013

Dental Month, smile
Smile, I’m getting my teeth cleaned today!!

 

 

Did you know that according to the American Veterinary Dental Society, by age three more than half of dogs and cats suffer from dental problems. By the time they turn four, at least 85% show signs of periodontal disease (gum disease), a condition caused by plaque.

 

That is why here at Arcata Animal Hospital we recommend regular brushing of your pet’s teeth and yearly examinations to evaluate your pet’s dental health followed by routine dental cleanings under anesthesia by one of our veterinarians.

 

Dental disease is painful for your pet and can cause a multitude of problems, including heart and liver infections. Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth at home goes a long way toward preventing disease and tooth loss, but it is not enough.

 

Like people, pets need professional dental exams and cleanings in order to avoid tooth decay. However, dogs and cats are significantly less willing to sit still

Before Cleaning
Before Cleaning

for 45 minutes of scraping and polishing. Although your veterinarian can perform a basic oral exam while your pet is awake, an anesthetic is required for thorough examinations and dental cleanings.

Dental cleanings that are done without an anesthetic will make your pet’s teeth prettier, but not healthier. Without anesthesia, it isn’t possible to clean the inside surfaces of the teeth or under the gums where periodontal disease develops.

 

Remember, it’s important to keep an eye on your pet’s mouth for signs of dental disease not only because it can be painful, but also because poor dental health is often associated with poor overall health.

Post dental cleaning
After cleaning under anesthesia

Open your furry friend’s mouth today and take a look inside.  The top three things to look for in your dog’s or cat’s mouth are bad breath, yellow or brown tartar deposits on their teeth, and red or swollen gums. Other possible signs of dental issues include hypersalivation, fussing with their face, only eating from one side of the mouth, or any neurotic or unusual behavior.  If you are seeing any of these signs give us a call today and schedule an appointment with one of our doctors for an oral evaluation and dental.

During the month of February we offer a 10% discount on select dental procedures and all dental foods and over the counter dental products.  So call or stop in today to find out more.

 



Happy Paw-lidays!!!

Categories: Cat, Dog, Health Care, Holiday, Kittens
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Published on: December 18, 2012

Tis the season for parties, family and friends, good food and all things glittery.  But remember all the holiday cheer can make for a stressful time for Fido or Fluffy or even lead to a trip to the emergency room for them.  Not something you want to be doing this time of year and not something they want to be experiencing this time of year.

So from our friends at the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association):



November is Fresh Breath Month

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Published on: November 1, 2012

Pearly white smile

 

Did you know that according to the American Veterinary Dental Society, by age three more than half of dogs and cats suffer from dental problems. By the time they turn four, at least 85% show signs of periodontal disease (gum disease), a condition caused by plaque.

 

That is why here at Arcata Animal Hospital we recommend regular brushing of your pet’s teeth and year examinations to evaluate your pet’s dental health followed by routine dental cleanings under anesthesia by one of our veterinarians.

Dental disease is painful for your pet and can cause a multitude of problems, including heart and liver infections. Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth at home goes a long way toward preventing disease and tooth loss, but it is not enough.

Like people, pets need professional dental exams and cleanings in order to avoid tooth decay. However, dogs and cats are significantly less willing to sit still for 45 minutes of scraping and polishing. Although your veterinarian can perform a basic oral exam while your pet is awake, an anesthetic is required for thorough examinations and dental cleanings.

Before cleaning
Before cleaning.

Dental cleanings that are done without an anesthetic will make your pet’s teeth prettier, but not healthier. Without anesthesia, it isn’t possible to clean the inside surfaces of the teeth or under the gums where periodontal disease develops.

 

Remember, it’s important to keep an eye on your pet’s mouth for signs of dental disease not only because it can be painful, but also because poor dental health is often associated with poor overall health.

Open your furry friend’s mouth

Post dental cleaning
After Cleaning

today and take a look inside.  The top three things to look for in your dog’s or cat’s mouth are bad breath, yellow or brown tartar deposits on their teeth, and red or swollen gums. Other possible signs of dental issues include hypersalivation, fussing with their face, only eating from one side of the mouth, or any neurotic or unusual behavior.  If you see are seeing any of these signs give us a call today and schedule an appointment with one of our doctors for an oral evaluation and dental.

During the month of November we offer a 10% discount on select dental procedures and all dental foods and over the counter dental products.  So call or stop in today to find out more.

 



Trick-or-Treat Pet Safety

Categories: Autumn, Cat, Dog, Halloween, Holiday, Kittens
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Published on: October 24, 2012

Halloween Safety Tips

Costume

Top 10 Safety Tips for Pet Parents

With Halloween just round the corner many of us may be thinking about what cute, scary, cleaver costume Fido might wear this year.  We wish everyone a very enjoyable and frightful Halloween.  However, to ensure Fluffy and Fido also enjoy the evening please keep these tips in mind.

1. No tricks, no treats: That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian 707-822-2402 or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

2. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them.

3. Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

4. A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.

5. Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don’t put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!). For pets who prefer their “birthday suits,” however, wearing a costume may cause undue stress.

6. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn’t annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal’s movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, be sure to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go au naturale or donning a festive bandana.

7. Take a closer look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also, ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.

8. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.

9. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn’t dart outside.

10. IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increaing the chances that he or she will be returned to you



Last hurrah of the summer!

Categories: Birds, Cat, Dog, Summer, Vacation
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Published on: August 13, 2012

Sunset in Humboldt County, the end of summer

 

Summer is winding toward an end here on the north coast.  School will start soon for many of our kids.  HSU and CR students are returning to the area in preparation for school starting on August 20.  The days are not nearly as long as they were last month.  The nights not nearly so warm.  This is the time of year when we contemplate one last vacation.

But where to go?  What to do?  Where to stay?  How about somewhere Fido or Fluffy could go too.  No need to hire a pet sitter just hop in the car and go.
More and more hotels and destinations have begun to cater to people traveling with pets. In some cases, entire regions are welcoming pets. Northern California’s Mendocino County is so pet-friendly that it has named a Cairn Terrier, Hairy Putter, their Official Canine Ambassador (Hairy has a blog at www.HairysBlog.com that reviews area restaurants, Clam Beachwineries and of course, off-leash beaches).

Here’s a sampling of some of the nation’s pet-friendly destinations that can provide a memorable vacation experience for your entire family!  If not this summer perhaps plan for next summer.  Remember if traveling by airline to check with your airline carrier to find out what requirements they have for your pet to travel with you.

Silverton, Oregon:
Perhaps it’s no surprise that Silverton, Ore., a 45-minute drive from Portland, is pet friendly. Silverton was the home of Bobbie the Wonder Dog, who found his way home after being lost in Indiana six months earlier. A downtown mural depicts Bobbie’s journey, and Silverton hosts an annual Pet Parade (May 15 this year). Not to be missed: The Pet Friendly Garden, which demonstrates how you can create a garden that is safe, healthy and comfortable for your dogs and other pets (dogs welcome on 8-ft. leash or shorter). The Pet Friendly Garden is one of 20 themed gardens within the 80-acre botanical sanctuary called The Oregon Garden (oregongarden.org). Convenient, pet-friendly lodging can be found at the adjacent Oregon Garden Resort. For a more strenuous outing, bring your pooch to nearby Silver Falls State Park, where miles of walking and hiking trails wind around spectacular waterfalls.

Lake George, New York:
In Lake George, it’s all about the Canine Club Getaway (canineclubgetaway.com), which has been called “Club Med for dogs.” The Canine Club Getaway isn’t just dog-friendly – the dogs are an integral part of the fun! There are several dozen dog-friendly activities each day, including agility classes, swimming, Frisbee, lure coursing, flyball, doggie skateboarding, hiking, prep classes and testing for the Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog tests, various obedience classes, “barks and crafts,” a dog talent show, dog weddings, plus seminars by experts on a variety of topics. (Dogs are welcome at the seminars, too.) “Why do dogs love it? Because they get to be the center of their human’s life for five precious days,” says owner/founder Janice Costaco.

Mount Airy, North Carolina:
The city of Mount Airy, famous as the place where actor Andy Griffith grew up, is so committed to welcoming pets that it has a “Pet Friendly” link on its website at www.visitmayberry.com under “Eat, Stay and Play.” Among the attractions that welcome pets are the Round Peak Vineyards – take your pet to a wine tasting! – as well as shopping (try the Froo Froo Pet Boutique, “Where Fur Meets Fashion”), restaurants that provide dogs with water and treats, pet friendly campgrounds and local doggie day cares. Every October the town celebrates its four legged residents with “Bark in the Park,” a party for dogs and their owners!

Telluride, Colorado:
The idyllic town of Telluride (visittelluride.com) boasts that it has more dogs than people. So dogs are welcome in more than half of the inns and hotels in Telluride and neighboring Mountain Village, and nearly all of the condos and vacation homes allow pets to stay with their owners. Pets are allowed in select cabins of the free, energy-efficient gondola that connects Telluride with neighboring Mountain Village, ensuring man’s best friends can also enjoy the 360-degree views. The town’s free shuttle bus system, the Galloping Goose, welcomes well-behaved pets on a leash. (Between the shuttle bus system and energy efficient gondola, there is no need for a car in Telluride.) Designated “puppy parking” spots throughout town let dogs chill out for a few minutes while owners pop into nearby retail shops. And the annual Telluride Fur Ball each August is a celebration for dogs and their owners. Benefiting the Second Chance Humane Society, the event features live music, food and dance. The town’s surrounding hiking trails are open to dogs – just be sure to pick up their waste and pack it out!

San Diego, California:
Dogs love beaches, making San Diego and adjacent Del Mar a great place to visit year-round. During off-peak months, dogs are allowed to run off leash at the 2-mile long Del Mar Dog Beach (aka Del Mar North Beach), in addition to the city’s two major parks, Seagrove Park and Powerhouse Park. But if you want to get your dog in the water, check out Del Mar’s annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon (every September, surfdog.kintera.org), where dogs compete in a surf competition and costume contests.  Doggie Surf Clinics are also available prior to the event to turn pets into surfing pros, and you can buy Surfah Dog Surf Boards in the San Diego North coastal community of Carlsbad – the only dog surfboards manufactured by a professional surfer and surfboard manufacturer (a portion of the proceeds benefit the Helen Woodward Animal Center). Unwind at night at L’Auberge Del Mar, which offers luxurious accommodations and special pet packages for pampered pooches.

Of course, there’s always the most economical option of all: camping.  Check out this great website for camping areas that accept dogs.

Or perhaps you want to spend a weekend pampered at a posh hotel. Think you can’t take your dog?  Think again.  Here are the top 10 hotels for travelers with pets compiled by Forbes.com.

Remember, it is always a good idea to check with your veterinarian about the area you’re planning on traveling to. They will make sure your pet has the necessary vaccinations and medications and/or products appropriate for the area.



International Assistance Dog Week August 5-11, 2012

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Published on: August 7, 2012

August 5-11, 2012 is International Assistance Dog week.  Join us in celebrating by Assistance dogsvisiting Assistancedogweek.org to find out more about how you can honor the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability related limitations.

Check out the video below for more information on what assistance dogs do.

Or visit the Working Like Dogs website for additional information about assistance dogs around the world, Service Dog Etiquette, service dog supplies and even a free app for locating animal relief areas in US airports.

 

 

 



Gardening on the North coast with your pet

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Published on: August 3, 2012

Toxic plant
Foxglove is toxic

 

 

Humboldt county has perfect weather for gardening year round.  Here on the coast we cannot reliably grow hot house plants like tomatoes and peppers and melons but many things like lettuce and squash and potatoes and garlic can be grown.  There are also many, many flowers and flowering plants that love our mild weather.  Which means our yards nearly always have something growing in them.

 

 

Begonia's are non toxic
Begonia’s are non-toxic

Remember though that some of those pretty flowers can be toxic to our four legged friends.  Click here to read more from the Seattle Times.

An extensive list of toxic and non-toxic plants can be found with photos at this website.



10 Things to do With Your Pet This Summer

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Published on: July 18, 2012

Summer in Humboldt countyThe sun is out and your sunscreen is on (don’t forget sunscreen for Fido and Tiger too– Melanoma is a pet health issue pets have to be wary of too!) Summer is the perfect time to squeeze in some adventure and relaxation.

Here are ten ideas for summertime pet-friendly activities that are guaranteed to please both you and your four-legged best friend.

Note: Most of these activities are geared toward our canine companions but many can be modified to please our feline friends, our avian buddies and even our hamster, guinea pig, bunny or mouse adventurers.  Just remember that these pets have special needs and may not enjoy these activities even with special accommodations.  However, some of our non-canine patients have successfully camped, traveled the US, and enjoyed boat rides with their families.

Feel free to send us a picture of your animal companion enjoying their summer “vacation” at

1. Buy a kiddie pool and invite friends over for a pooch pool party and barbecue for the humans.

2. Find a restaurant with a dog friendly patio and bring a book and order a summer drink. You’ll be amazed at all the people who will stop to say hello and pet Fluffy; it’s a great way to meet people!

3. Organize a trail hike appropriate for your dog’s fitness level and breed. Be cautious not to go in the heat of the day, and be sure to bring a doggie water receptacle for breaks. Check out furrytravelers for products.  Also check out Dogtrekker and Friends of the Marsh for other dog friendly hiking areas.

4. Take your dog camping with you, bonus points for letting them sleep in the tent!Summer in Humboldt County

5. Go to a lake or other safe body of water for an afternoon of swimming. Many breeds other than retrievers love the water, see if your dog is one of them! Consider a canine lifejacket for the if you’re boating with your dog.

6. Look into local canine dog shows, contests, or field trials that you and your best friend could enter. You might train with a frisbee or for agility, or even just regular obedience training. This is a great way to bond with your pet and teach them some impressive new tricks.

7. If you have a mild mannered and gentle dog, look into local hospitals or nursing homes to see if there is a need for a therapy dog. A visit from a friendly furry pet is sure to bring a smile to less fortunate or ill people.

8. For small dogs, a bike pull trailer meant for children can be easily converted to accommodate dogs, allowing you to take the littlest members along for leisurely summer bike rides. Be sure your pets is safely harnessed in so that he or she can’t leap out and always avoid roadways with dogs.

9. Check out the local dog park. Most cities have some designated parks where dogs are allowed to roam off leash. Always ensure your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations when frequenting high dog-trafficked areas.

10. Take a scenic car ride with the windows (partially) down. If your dog loves to stick her head out the window, consider getting her “doggles,” which are canine goggles designed to protect eyes and shield from the sun as well. Look into Doggles for more product information.  More driving tours can be found here.

It has been proven that people who include their pets in their everyday lives tend to forge better bonds and longer lasting friendships with them. Dogs and some other pets that are exposed to a variety of situations tend to have less anxiety and can be less timid. By getting outdoors and including your furry ‘children’ in family outings this summer you’ll be sure to make lasting memories while also helping your pet to be the best companion possible.



Fun and functional Smartphone apps for Smart Pet Parents

 

 

Traveling and looking for a dog friendly park?  There’s an app for that.  Looking for a new pet to adopt?  There’s an app for that.  Wondering what “Fido” just said?  There’s an app for that, too (this one is just for fun).

 

Put your Smartphone in the hands . . .  paws of your dog or cat and check out the following apps.

 

 

HomeAgain PetRescuers

Available on: Android and iPhone

With it you can be on the lookout for lost pets, customized to your location, with regular updates. It’s totally free, and you might just help reunite a lost pet with its family.

 

Petfinder.com: Adopt a Homeless Pet

Available on: iTunes

Petfinder has gone mobile with an app that lets users view pets available for adoption by location.

  • •Search by breed, age, gender and size.
  • •Features “Happy Tail” adoption stories.

 

Pet First Aid            

Available on: Android and iTunes

The Pet First Aid app will help you prepare for a variety of dangerous and stressful situations and help you track your pet’s medical information.

  • •Searchable articles, video, and illustrations that inform you what do in a medical emergency.
  • •A section to record your pet’s medical info, track and graph your pet’s weight, and make notations about each veterinarian visit.

 

52 Tricks

Available on: Android

This app contains simple instructions to teach a dog basic commands and tricks.

  • •Features basic commands such as sit & stay and works its way up to more advanced commands.
  • •Featured new trick every week.

 

Dog Park Finder 

Available on: iTunes

With summer around the corner, this app can make finding a new place for you and your dog to frolic easy.

  • •Uses your location to locate nearby parks.Provides maps and directions.
  • •Includes listings for beaches and 12,000 dog-friendly restaurants.

 

Dog Translator

(just for fun)

Available on: Android and iTunes

A novelty app just for giggles, the Dog Translator app “knows” what your dog’s barks mean.

  • •Provides “translations” of dog barks.
  • •A fun way for pet owners to amuse their friends and guests.

 



Take your dog to work day!!

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Published on: June 20, 2012

 

Friday, June 22, 2012, is “Take your dog to work day”.  Check out the official website to join in fun activities, photo contests, how to win your boss over and more.  Take a picture of your dog at work and send it to us.  We will post it on our web page.

 

As many of you know Carolyn brings Maize to work each day.  But a number of the rest of us also bring our dogs to work as well.  You just do not see them as they are hanging out in back.



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