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 blog, we went over two foods that many people keep around the house that are dangerous for feline consumption: bread dough and macadamia nuts. If you haven’t already read it, do so now. In this installment, we look at a few more:
Foods containing caffeine are toxic for our feline companions. This includes chocolate, coffee, tea, and much more. Consumption can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and heart problems. It only takes a small dose to cause death: less than one ounce per pound of body weight.
Cats are carnivores, there is no denying that. Despite this, they should not be fed meat scraps from your table. The fat can cause your cat serious problems, including pancreatitis.
Chocolate, onions, grapes, sugar-free candy, dairy
We already touched on these foods extensively in our series about foods that are toxic to dogs. But, they are also very harmful and dangerous for cats as well, so we had to include them. Please take the time to read through part one and part two of our last series to get a better understanding on why these foods are harmful for pets.
Your cat is a part of the family, but that doesn’t mean they should eat all of the same things you do! There are many foods that your cat can enjoy that are safe for consumption. Make sure to thoroughly research anything before feeding it to your pet. Call us today if you need a mobile vet in Los Angeles.
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!
Last time, we talked about two of the most dangerous foods for your dog: chocolate and onions. In this blog, we will look at three more dangerous food items. Here they are:
Many fruits and vegetables are perfectly safe for canine consumption. Grapes, however, are not. Even a small amount can be fatal. Grapes (and raisins too) can cause severe and sudden kidney failure in dogs. It is important to contact a vet as soon as you realize that your dog has eaten any grapes or raisins.
Your dog should not eat any form of candy, but sugar-free gums and mints that contain xylitol are especially harmful. It can lead to liver failure, low blood sugar, and death. The biggest risk for xylitol consumption is usually if your dog gets into a pack of gum that is around the house and easy to access.
Finally, be sure to avoid letting your dog consume any dairy. Cheese, yogurt, milk, and ice cream are some of the most common dairy items your dog could ingest. The problem is, most dogs are lactose intolerant. Consuming these items will likely give your dog an upset stomach, leading to diarrhea, vomiting, gas, and pain.
The wrong foods can be extremely hazardous for your dog. Luckily, there are countless options for feeding your dog safe, healthy, foods. If your dog has accidentally ingested a harmful food, our mobile vet in Los Angeles can help. Call us 24/7 for emergency service at your doorstep.
It may seem obvious, but many of the food items you love can wreak havoc if ingested by your dogs. One of the most common calls we get is address a dog that has eaten something they shouldn’t have. Depending on the size of the dog, what was ingested, and how long it’s been, the results can range from an upset stomach to a near-death experience. Avoid the stress and heartbreak by keeping human food away from your pets. In this two-part installment, we will look at five foods that dogs should never, under any circumstance, eat. Here are the first two:
If you are like most people, chocolate is one of life’s greatest pleasures. It is delicious, versatile, and can turn even the most stubborn frown upside down. But for our furry little canine friends, it can be deadly. Even a small amount of chocolate can have serious consequences if it is ingested by your dog.
Onions are delicious, and if you cook at home very often chances are good that you will always have onions on hand. That is why it is very important to know that onions are extremely toxic for your dogs. Both raw and cooked, they will lead to red blood cell damage, lethargia, shortness of breath, and more.
If your dog has ingested chocolate or onions, time is of the essence. Our mobile vet in Los Angeles can come to you for the quickest possible treatment. Stay tuned for part two, where we will look at three more foods to keep away from your dogs.
You love your pet and will go to great lengths to make sure they’re happy and healthy. Annual check-ups with a vet are important for long-term health for your cat or dog, but getting your pet to the vet can sometimes be a struggle. Thankfully, there’s another way. With mobile vet service in Los Angeles, you get to skip the hassle and take great care for your pet the easy way. Here are some reasons why mobile vet services will make your life easier.
Avoid loading your pet in the car and driving across town to see the vet. Mobile vet services offer you the convenience of seeing a vet in the comfort of your own home. Save yourself time and hassle by having a vet come to you.
Comfort For Your Pet
Some pets love a car ride while it produces anxiety and fear in others. Not to mention, taking them into a clinic with bright lights and other loud pets. It’s sure to cause discomfort in most pets.
When a vet comes to your home, they’re seen in an environment that’s comfortable and familiar. When your pet experiences less anxiety and discomfort, so will you.
Annual wellness check-ups for your cat or dog have never been so easy. Your mobile vet will bring everything they need to perform wellness checks, exams, vaccines, blood tests, or regular maintenance services. You’ll be amazed at the professional service delivered right in your home. With annual check-ups and care, your pet will be happy and healthy!
Don’t wait. Schedule an appointment for mobile vet service in Los Angeles for your cat or dog. We offer the best in-home veterinary care for your pet while answering all your questions. You’ll love the convenience and personalized service you receive.