Posts Tagged ‘cat health’

Taking Care of Your Pets During the Holiday Hustle and Bustle

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November begins weeks of many wonderful fall and winter holidays. There will be lots of travel, incredibly delicious foods, family gatherings, and shopping. As much joy and pleasure these holidays bring to us, it can also bring a lot of stress and pressure to our pets. Here are 4 suggestions that pet owners need to consider during these next two months. Introducing New Friends Holidays are about getting together and sharing time with friends and family, pets included. Pets are usually comfortable with being introduced to new people, but if you are hosting a party, your pet can become overwhelmed…

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When and How to Trim Your Cat’s Claws

Claw Care for Your Cats Nail trimming is an important part of grooming and taking care of your pet. Cats, however, can get very stressed about having their claws trimmed. With their fast reflexes and agile nature, they can make this necessary task difficult and frustrating. But there is a way to have your cat be calm and serene whilst getting their quick manicure. Despite what you may have heard, cats benefit from having their nails trimmed. Cat’s nails grow in layers. When a cat sharpens their claws on a scratching post, they are removing the older layers and exposing…

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Pesky Spring & Summer Pests

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A common nuisance of summer, mosquitoes have the potential to spread disease as well as causing itching. West Nile Virus, common in humans, is the most well-known mosquito-borne disease, and it rarely affects dogs. One disease that is seen in canines and transmitted by mosquitoes is heartworm. Heartworm is a severe, potentially fatal, disease that is caused by parasitic roundworms. Those worms infect the heart and the arteries of the lungs of multiple mammal species, including dogs. Though heartworms can infect more than 30 species of mammals, including cats, foxes, and ferrets, canines are considered their ultimate hosts. When a…

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The FVRCP Vaccination

The feline distemper vaccine, or FVRCP vaccine, is an important preventative step to keeping your cat healthy. The vaccination prevents three airborne viruses that can be deadly: rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia. Let’s take a look at each of these diseases, and how the FVRCP can protect your cat. Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus Feline rhinotracheitis virus (feline herpesvirus 1, or FVP) is a common cause of respiratory disease. Infection can be chronic, even life-long, and can lead to recurrences that can cause respiratory and eye disease. It spreads through airborne respiratory secretions, such as mucus and saliva, or direct contact with an…

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Feline Leukemia Virus

Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a common disease among cats, affecting between 2 and 3 percent of the cat population in the United States. It impairs a cat’s immune system and can lead to serious complications, including lymphoma and leukemia. Kittens are more susceptible to FeLV infection, but adult cats can contract the virus. FeLV is contracted through cat-to-cat transmissions, including bites, grooming, and sharing dishes or litter pans. An infected mother cat also can transmit the infection to her kittens at birth or through her milk. Outdoor cats are more likely to contract FeLV than indoor cats. FeLV strains…

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Let’s Talk About Rabies

Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. Rabies is a 100% vaccine-preventable disease. However, despite the availability of tools to manage the disease, rabies prevails to cause tens of thousands of deaths every year. The disease disproportionately affects poor, low-resource communities, particularly children with 4 out of every 10 human deaths by rabies occurring in children younger than 15 years. What…

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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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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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