Here you will find helpful tips from Dr. Ryder for your dog or cat.
Most clients do not realize that rabies vaccinations-- even for indoor cats-- is state law. Even an indoor cat can escape outdoors if a door is left open or there is a fire in the house. The main animals that get rabies include raccoons, skunks, foxes, and bats. Cats are more likely to be reported rabid in the US since they are often in close contact with both humans and wild animals. Bats, for example, can and often do get into homes through the attic or chimney. Their bites are so small that they are not visible on human skin and humans often do not even feel them. Animals can get bitten similarly. Children often report a bird in their bedroom when it is actually a bat. The bat should be captured alive or dead and the local animal control official notified. Please keep your cats-- whether indoor or outdoor-- current on their Rabies Vaccination.
*Information for this article was obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The fear and anxiety associated with noise is commonly called noise sensitivity or thunderstorm fear. Common triggers for fear are fireworks, thunder, celebrations, construction work, or traffic or street noise. If left untreated, noise aversion can progress resulting in an increased intensity of signs. There is a new FDA-approved treatment indicated for the treatment of this aversion. The drug is known as Sileo and is comes in a convenient gel-dosing syringe which is given orally to a dog. Please contact your vet to help your dog with this fear.
*Information for this article was obtained from Zoetis.
As Spring begins to show her lovely blooms, please remember to keep your dogs and cats away from lilies (any of the plants of the genus Lilium). Lilies are often poisonous and therefore potentially toxic to your pets. Lilies typically have bright colored, trumpet-shaped flowers. Ingestions can cause tremors, anorexia, gastrointestinal distress, and depression. If your dog or cat consumes lilies and these signs appear, immediately contact your pet care provider or an emergency clinic.