Archive for the ‘Cat & Kitten Health’ Category

Venomous Snakes in Maryland

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This is Samantha who was bitten by a snake this morning. Her family got her to us and treatment was started within an hour of the incident, she seems to be responding well to the treatment. Here is more information about venomous snakes in our area and good recommendations – The copperhead and timber rattlesnake are venomous snakes that can be found in Maryland. During the day, the snakes are most likely to lie underneath objects to take cover from the hot summer sun. Their natural camouflage can make them difficult to detect if they are lying in leaves or…

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Fleas, Pesky Little Creatures

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Get Rid of Fleas in Your Home, Step by Step Is your dog or cat is scratching a lot lately? Have you seen something small and black jump from the sofa onto your arm? Don’t freak out, take charge of the situation. Call the Veterinarian Is your pet on a flea control program? If they are, read the instructions again. It’s easy to miss a step. Ask your veterinarian what they recommend. You want a product that treats fleas at every stage — from egg to adult bug — and one that works well in your climate. Most flea treatments…

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Taking the bite out of Fleas & Ticks

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TAKING THE BITE OUT OF FLEAS AND TICKS Fleas are truly devoted to their work. In one day, a single flea can bite your cat or dog more than 400 times. During that same day, the flea can consume more than its body weight of your pet’s blood. And before it’s through, a female flea can lay hundreds of eggs on your pet, ensuring that its work will be carried on by generations to come. Flea bites may be merely a nuisance to some pets, but to others, they can be dangerous. They can cause flea allergy dermatitis—an allergic reaction…

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Pet Heat Advisory

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We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger, warn ASPCA experts. Even the healthiest pets can suffer from dehydration, heat stroke and sunburn if overexposed to the heat and heat stroke can be fatal if not treated promptly. Take these simple precautions, provided by ASPCA experts, to help prevent your pet from overheating. And if you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke, get help from your veterinarian immediately. No Parking! Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot…

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Acetaminophen Toxicity In Pets:

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Acetaminophen can be toxic to dogs and cats, but cats are 7 to 10 times more susceptible to acetaminophen toxicity than dogs are. Once swallowed, acetaminophen reaches the blood stream within 30 minutes; toxic effects are rapid and damage the liver and red blood cells. Never give a medication intended for people to your pet unless instructed to do so by your veterinarian. What Is Acetaminophen Toxicity? Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Tylenol and some other related medications that are used to treat pain and fever in people. Unfortunately, this drug can be extremely toxic (poisonous) to cats and…

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A Pet Owners Guide To Flea Control:

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What Are Fleas? Fleas are blood-feeding parasites that can infest many species of birds and mammals. Although fleas on dogs and cats don’t infest people, fleas may bite people if an area is heavily infested. Flea infestation is one of the most common medical problems veterinarians see, and pets suffer greatly from this condition. Flea bites can trigger severe allergic reactions in some pets. The intense itching caused by flea infestation causes pets to scratch and bite themselves. This can lead to skin wounds, skin infections, and general misery for your pet. Even if your pet is not allergic to…

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Easter Pet Safety And Hidden Dangers To Pets

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Easter Pet Safety & Hidden Dangers To Pets As you and your family prepare for Easter festivities here are some Easter Pet Safety tips. 1. Easter grass is a decorative must for Easter baskets but can signal danger for your pet if ingested. If eaten it can cause several health problems even death. Easter grass can wrap around your pets intestine and cut off circulation. It can also cause vomiting, choking, constipation, painful defecation and abdominal pain. Instead opt for a safer alternative, tissue paper or real grass. 2. No Chocolate! Dogs can’t resist something sweet to gobble on, including…

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The Mysteries Of The Cat Purr

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The Mysteries Of The Cat Purr A purr is a sound made by all felines and is thought to be a part of cat communication. Nobody knows for certain why cats purr! It varies between cats (for example by loudness and tone), and from species to species, but can be characterized as a tonal buzzing. Mother cats purr while giving birth, one of the first stimuli kittens are exposed to when they are born is the vibrations from their mother’s purring. Kittens are born deaf and blind, and they need help to find their first meal. It is believed that…

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Holiday Hazards To Your Pets

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Holidays may be festive, but for most of us they are far from peaceful!  Left unattended, pets can get into mischief and serious trouble, so don’t forget to be prepared to protect your pets from these holiday hazards. Dangerous Foods Most people know about chocolate’s potential to be poisonous, but also make sure to keep pets away from sugar-free candy and gum (which may contain xylitol), raisins and macadamia nuts (often found in trail mixes, cookies, and candy), grapes, bread dough, coffee, and alcohol. “Other” Foods Remember to ask well meaning friends and relatives to avoid giving table food to…

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Spaying/Neutering – Why This Procedure Is So Important!

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Many folks hesitate to spay or neuter their pet, fearing that it’s painful and wondering what the actual benefits are. What is it? Spaying is the surgical removal of the reproductive organs of female dogs and neutering is the surgical removal of a male dog’s testicles. Both operations are performed while the dog is under anesthesia. These procedures will require that you bring the dog back in a week to ten days for a appointment with a technician for a suture site check or suture removal. Your veterinarian will be glad to answer any questions you may have about spay…

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