New Pet Checklist – Helping Your New Pew Stay Happy & Healthy

 

newpet puppySpring is upon us, and many families will be welcoming new furry pet companions into their homes.  When taking in a new pet, it is important to be sure that you are ready to provide everything that he or she will need.  Use the following checklist to ensure that you don’t forget anything!

  • Good nutrition

Choose a quality diet that meets your pet’s life stage (puppy/kitten, adult, senior), size, and energy needs.  Make any diet changes slowly over a period of 10-14 days. Continue…

New Pet Checklist – Helping Your New Pew Stay Happy & Healthy

 

newpet puppySpring is upon us, and many families will be welcoming new furry pet companions into their homes.  When taking in a new pet, it is important to be sure that you are ready to provide everything that he or she will need.  Use the following checklist to ensure that you don’t forget anything!

  • Good nutrition

Choose a quality diet that meets your pet’s life stage (puppy/kitten, adult, senior), size, and energy needs.  Make any diet changes slowly over a period of 10-14 days. Continue…

Know Thy Enemy: Heartworms in Pets

 

Heartworms are a parasite that every pet owner should be familiar with. How much do you really know about this serious and formidable foe? See if you can answer the following questions.

 

Q:  True or false?  Heartworms only affect dogs.

A:  False. While heartworm disease is mostly a dog problem, cats, ferrets, wolves, coyotes, foxes, and sea lions can all be infected. Continue…

The Importance of Rabies Vaccinations for Pets

 

You probably know that your vet recommends vaccinating your pet for rabies.  While there are not a huge amount of rabies cases in pets in the United States, skipping out on the rabies shot is not a matter to be taken lightly.  Here are a few compelling reasons to keep your dog, cat, or ferret current on its vaccines:

  • Rabies is zoonotic. A zoonotic disease is one that is transmissible to people.  This deadly disease is not one to fool around with.  When a person is exposed to rabies, it can take months to know that anything is even wrong.  Once symptoms do occur, though, the disease is usually fatal.  Death occurs within 10 days from the onset of symptoms.  According to the CDC, over 55,000 people die per year due to rabies! Continue…

The Importance of Rabies Vaccinations for Pets

 

You probably know that your vet recommends vaccinating your pet for rabies.  While there are not a huge amount of rabies cases in pets in the United States, skipping out on the rabies shot is not a matter to be taken lightly.  Here are a few compelling reasons to keep your dog, cat, or ferret current on its vaccines:

  • Rabies is zoonotic. A zoonotic disease is one that is transmissible to people.  This deadly disease is not one to fool around with.  When a person is exposed to rabies, it can take months to know that anything is even wrong.  Once symptoms do occur, though, the disease is usually fatal.  Death occurs within 10 days from the onset of symptoms.  According to the CDC, over 55,000 people die per year due to rabies! Continue…