Spring is here, and that means that many people will begin their spring cleaning routine. This is a great annual tradition that can lend to the fresh-start feeling that comes with spring. Cleaning your home, getting reorganized, donating unused items, and undertaking more home improvement projects are all great springtime activities. However, it is very important to remember your four-legged friends when you are getting ready for these projects! Here is the first thing to keep in mind:
KEEP CHEMICALS SAFELY STORED
SPRING CLEANING CAN MAKE YOUR HOME FEEL LIKE NEW AGAIN. BUT BE CAREFUL, BECAUSE MOST OF THE CHEMICALS WE USE TO CLEAN OUR HOMES ARE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TO OUR PETS. MANY PETS ARE NATURALLY CURIOUS, AND WILL TRY TO GET INTO ANYTHING THAT IS SITTING AROUND UNATTENDED. EVEN IF YOUR PETS ARE VERY WELL TRAINED, THEY MAY BE ATTRACTED TO THE SCENTS OF THE CLEANING CHEMICALS. YOUR BEST BET IS TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE ALWAY SAFELY STORED WHEN YOU ARE NOT DIRECTLY USING THEM. ANOTHER GREAT OPTION WOULD BE TO KENNEL YOUR PETS, EITHER IN A PET KENNEL, OR EVEN JUST A ROOM YOU AREN’T CURRENTLY WORKING IN, WHILE YOU ARE DOING YOUR KENNEL. IF YOUR PET CONSUMES ANY OF THESE PRODUCTS, OUR MOBILE VET IN LOS ANGELES CAN HELP PROVIDE THE QUICK CARE THEY NEED TO AVOID DISASTER.
AS YOU CAN SEE, SPRING CAN BE A SOMEWHAT HAZARDOUS TIME FOR YOUR PETS. NEXT TIME, WE WILL LOOK AT TWO MORE THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND. CHECK BACK SOON!
Spring cleaning is a great way to get your house in order for the year. In our last blog, we looked at one of the major hazards that spring cleaning can pose to your pet: cleaning chemicals. These chemicals are a life-saver when it comes to cutting down on dirt, grime, and grease, but they can be a life-destroyer if your pet gets into them. Here, we will look at two more things to keep in mind while you are spring cleaning to ensure that your pet stays safe:
BE AWARE OF PET ALLERGIES
Just like humans, pets can get allergies. Spring cleaning can kick up a lot of dust that has settled over the fall and winter. You may not even realize just how much dust is in your home, until you start spring cleaning and it is stirred back into the air. Many people suffer from dust allergies, and some pets do as well. Pollen is another allergen that can lay dormant in your home. Keep a close eye on your pet, and contact a vet as soon as possible if you think they might have allergies.
MICROCHIP YOUR PET
A big part of spring cleaning is getting rid of items you no longer use. Whether you are taking them to the dump, donating them, or selling them at a garage sale, chances are good that it will involve a lot of in and out activity through your front door. This is a prime time for your pet to escape, unfortunately. If you haven’t already, you should get your pet microchipped. This can be a huge help if your pet does go missing. Our advice: keep your pet locked up while you are moving items in and out of the house.
If your pet suffers from any type of accident during spring cleaning, our mobile vet in Los Angeles can help. Call today!
When your dog is sick, you can feel a sense of helplessness set in. But being able to know when to call the vet can help alleviate that feeling. Over the next two blogs, we will look at some warning signs that you should call a vet. Here are the first three:
If your dog has a decreased appetite, it can be worrisome, especially if your dog is usually a voracious eater. When a dog doesn’t eat normally, it can be a sign of serious pain, illness, or discomfort. Since there are so many different reasons that could lead to a decreased appetite, it is important to seek veterinary consultation as soon as you notice the change.
A lethargic dog is a sad sight. It can be hard, at first, to distinguish between a dog who is simply being lazy, and a dog who is truly experiencing fatigue or lethargy. When a dog succumbs to the effects of overwhelming weakness, it can be a warning sign of serious problems.
Has your dog been vomiting? Sometimes this is a one-time occurrence, and nothing needs to be done. If they are happy and alert, but vomit just once, you probably do not need to see a vet. On the other hand, if they are vomiting multiple times, seem distressed, have blood in their vomit, or seem bloated, it is best to get the vet involved.
When your dog is sick, they can’t tell you exactly what is wrong, and that can be scary. That is why it is important to be able to recognize the warning signs that indicate a veterinarian should be sought out. We make it easy for you to get high-quality vet care. Our mobile vet in Los Angeles will come to you, so call us today if you need help!
Last time, we touched on a few warning signs to watch out for. Heartworm is one of the top causes for death in dogs. It is sometimes known as the “silent killer”, because symptoms can progress extremely quickly once the heartworms are full grown. That is why prevention is a major key. Heartworm medication should be part of your dog’s normal health care plan. Here are two more warning signs to keep an eye out for:
A dog with an advanced heartworm infection will often have a swollen abdomen. There can be a variety of causes for this, including anorexia caused by the infection, fluid build up in the lungs, and more. Your dog’s ribs will become much more pronounced, as well.
Once the heartworm infestation is in full swing, your dog will begin to experience severe lethargy. Even the smallest exertions of energy can be too much for them to handle in some cases. As we mentioned in our last blog, this can even extend to simple tasks like eating. Your pet will seem tired all of the time and reluctant to even get up. When they do, they will run out of energy very quickly.
If you suspect that your dog might have a heartworm infection, don’t take any chances. It is better to be safe than sorry. Our mobile vet in Los Angeles can provide all of the in-home veterinary services that you need. Call us today to schedule your visit, or to learn more about our mobile vet services!
Heartworm disease is a serious condition affecting dogs across the country. Luckily, this is a condition that is very simple to prevent. In this two-part blog series, we will look at some of the warning signs you should be aware of. Here are the first three:
In the early stages of a heartworm infection, there will be no symptoms. It can take up to six months for the worm to fully mature and start causing problems. This is why prevention and early detection are very important. There are a number of heartworm medications available, and regular examinations should be part of your normal veterinarian schedule.
Once the heartworms are fully mature, they will target your dog’s lungs. Once they are in the lungs they will begin to reproduce and further infest the lungs and surrounding areas. This can lead to a dry cough. This cough is one of the major warning signs for heartworms. It can get so bad that your dog faints even with light exertion.
When your dog has heartworms it will be difficult for them to perform many normal activities, including eating. If your dog has a drastically decreased appetite that leads to weight loss, this may be a sign that they have a heartworm infection.
Heartworm is an extremely serious condition that should not be ignored. Ideally, you will either prevent it completely, or catch it early. In our next blog we will look at two more warning signs. If you need a mobile vet in Los Angeles, we’ve got you covered. Call us today for door-to-door veterinary services, including emergency care.
Last time, we went over some common oral health issues that your dog might run into over the course of their life. Oral health is not something that many pet owners think about until they have to. Like with most things, a little preventative care can go a long way. Here are some tips for prioritizing your dog’s dental health:
As with many things, it is easiest to train your dog to accept oral health treatments when they are a puppy. Daily brushings and regular examinations of their teeth should be started when they are still puppies. You should regularly use your hands on your dog’s lips, gums, and teeth when they are very young so that they are used to having a person examine them in such a way.
Consistency is key when it comes to working with dogs. They are the ultimate creature of habit. Dental health care should be something that is done on a regular and predictable schedule.
There are many toys that can assist you in providing great dental care for your pets. In addition, bones are a great chewing tool as well. Regular chewing helps to break down the plaque that can build up on your dog’s teeth. Plaque buildup is one of the factors for developing periodontal disease, so it is important to avoid.
With these tips in mind, it should be easy to develop an oral hygiene for your pets. If your dog has an oral health emergency (or any other needs), we can help. Our mobile vet in Los Angeles can provide in home veterinary service, 24/7. Call us today!
Dental health is something that is extremely important for humans. We teach our kids from a very young age to care for their teeth. The same care should be given to our canine companions. If not, they are at risk for developing a variety of oral health problems. Here are a few common ones:
Dogs are gifted with very strong teeth, but that doesn’t mean that they are indestructible. Dogs will often break their teeth by trying to chew on objects that are too hard for them. A broken tooth can be very painful, even if your dog doesn’t show any outward signs of it. Dogs have a high pain tolerance, so it is up to us to be cognizant of the warning signs that something is wrong.
Periodontal disease is the most common oral health problem that a dog will run into in their life. It can lead to chronic pain, tooth loss, bone loss, and more. Periodontal disease has a wide variety of symptoms, none of which are very pleasant. Some common signs of periodontal disease are bleeding gums, bad breath, and problems picking up food. It is best to catch it early or to avoid it completely. Luckily, with preventative care, this is very easy to do by developing a good oral health care routine for your pets.
In our next blog, we will take a look at some things that you can do on a regular basis to help your pet maintain optimal oral health throughout their life. If you need in-home mobile vet in Los Angeles, we are only a phone call away. Call us today for door-to-door veterinary service.
In our last two blogs, we discussed five common foods that are hazardous for our dogs. If you have dogs, read part one and part two of that series to learn more. But dogs aren’t the only pets who get into trouble with foods, as many cat owners can attest to! With that in mind, in this next two-part series, we will look at five foods that are hazardous for your cats. Here are the first two:
Bread dough is dangerous for your cat for many reasons. First, the fermenting yeast in bread dough can cause your pet to get alcohol poisoning. This will happen rapidly. Second, the dough will expand in your pet’s stomach, as it provides the warm and dark environment that is essential for bread to rise. This can cause blockages, bloating, and a twisted stomach.
Macadamia nuts are a delicious and nutritious snack for humans. For our pets, it is another story. They are extremely toxic to dogs, and should be kept away from cats as well. There is no conclusive evidence that they are as hazardous to cats as they are to dogs, but when it comes to your pet’s health, it is best to play it on the safe side!
Cats are often pickier eaters than their canine counterparts. But this doesn’t mean they are fully immune to the dangers of consuming hazardous foods. If your cat has accidentally consumed a dangerous food, seek help immediately. Our mobile vet in Los Angeles can provide the in-home service you need. Call today!