Posts from May, 2013
You administer heartworm preventative that was purchased from a reputable source (your veterinarian!) every month without fail. So why on Earth do they insist that you test your dog on an annual basis?
Here are some interesting facts to consider in the case for routine testing:
April showers bring May flowers – and with those flowers comes one thing, pollen. Humans are not the only ones affected by pollen and the seasonal allergies it can cause. Animals, including our beloved dogs and cats, suffer from hay fever and allergies just like we do. And, unfortunately, their suffering is just as miserable as ours.
Known as atopy in dogs and cats, seasonal and environmental allergies brought on by inhaled particles of pollen, mold, and dust can be just as insufferable for your pet as they are for you. But, since your pet is unlikely to have (or present) the same symptoms we humans suffer, you may not recognize your pet’s symptoms for what they are.
Some intestinal parasites are easier to get rid of than others, and perhaps none is quite as formidable as the dreaded whipworm. A relatively common parasite of the dog (as well as coyotes and foxes), the whipworm, or Trichuris vulpis, can be hard to get rid of.
With summer just around the corner, many of our clients have been contacting us with questions about our boarding services. We understand that leaving your pet for an extended period of time can be stressful for you both. We also realize you want to know that your furry friend is in good hands and receiving the love and care he or she deserves while you’re away.
So, if you’re planning on hitting the open road this summer, but won’t be taking your pet along for the ride, here are some helpful hints for preparing your pet for his or her stay at Wheaton Animal Hospital’s Dog Suites and Kitty
Just as your favorite vacation destination reaches capacity during peak travel times, so do our boarding facilities. To ensure that your pet will be able to stay with us while you are away, we encourage you to book your pet’s stay at Wheaton’s Dog Suites and Kitty Condos as soon as your own travel dates have been secured.
Sniff us out
Once your reservations are made, we encourage you to bring your pet in to “sniff us out” before the big stay. If possible, book an overnighter for your cat or dog so he or she can get an idea of what to expect during his or her stay. Or, bring your dog in for a day or two of Doggie Daycare at our facility. This is an excellent opportunity for your pooch to get to know our staff and relax and enjoy the fun we offer.
Even if a short stay is not possible, we encourage you to bring in your pet for a quick visit, at the very least. Getting to know the staff and smells of our kennel facility will go a long way in alleviating any anxiety when the big stay arrives.
For the records
For your pet’s safety, as well as the safety of all our borders, we require all pets staying at our Dog Suites and Kitty Condos to be current on their vaccinations. For dogs, this includes rabies, distemper/parvo/corona, and bordetella vaccinations as well as a fecal test. For cats, rabies, feline distemper, and bordetella vaccinations and a fecal test are required.
If your pet is not current on these vaccinations, or if you are unsure of your pet’s vaccination status, simply check with our friendly staff when making your reservation. We will be happy to schedule an appointment, if needed.
The big stay
As you pack for your big adventure, don’t forget to pack for your pet’s big adventure as well. We all like the creature comforts of home while we are away, and your pet is no different. Feel free to bring your pet’s favorite toy or blanket, or any little thing that might make him or her feel at home. Something with your scent on it is always a good choice. The smells of home are comforting for your pet and let him or her know that he or she has not been abandoned.
It’s also important to communicate any of your pet’s special needs to our staff, including allergies, anxieties, health concerns, grooming considerations, etc. It is our goal to make your pet’s stay as comfortable as possible, so whatever they may need is of great importance to us.
Finally, as you say your see-you-soons to your fuzzy friend, try to remember to stay calm and positive about the coming experience. If you are stressed and emotional, your pet will pick up on that and may become worried as well. But, if you’re excited, your pet will be too.
Should you have any other questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to take your reservation and answer any questions you might have.
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