Posts Tagged ‘kitten health’

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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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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Local Pet Event Alert – Strut Your Mutt Bethesda

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Fun Local Pet Event For The Entire Family! Strut Your Mutt Bethesda 2013 will take place on May 18 between 10AM and 3PM in the Woodmont Triangle Area of Bethesda at Norfolk Ave. and Woodmont Ave. The day will be packed with fun activities for kids, adults, and their best friend! Parking is available in Public Parking Garage #11, at Woodmont Avenue and Norfolk Ave. 2013 FESTIVAL TIMELINE: 10:00am – 3:00pm Registration, Dog Vendors, Music 10:00am – 3:00pm Kids Play Area – Moonbounces and Games 10:00am – 2:00pm Raffle – win 50% of the pot – you need not be…

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Great Pet Product Savings In The Month Of May

  COUPON ALERT – Wellness Checkup Discount Offer From Merial (March 1, 2013 – June 30, 2013) Choose your savings: – $25.00 Off Wellness Check Up When You Purchase 6 Doses Of FRONTLINE PLUS And 12 Doses Of HEARTGARD or – $15.00 Off Wellness Check Up When You Purchase 6 Doses Of FRONTLINE PLUS. *Note – Coupon will be applied at time of purchase. Frontline & Heartgard Offers:   * Buy 3 Frontline treatments and receive 1 FREE   * Buy 6 Frontline treatment and receive 2 FREE   * $12.00 Rebate from Merial When you purchase 12 pack of…

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Dr. Bev Hollis, DVM Joins Greenbriar Veterinary Hospital & Luxury Pet Resort

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Please welcome Dr. Bev Hollis, DVM to our sister facility Greenbriar Veterinary Hospital & Luxury Pet Resort.

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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