Cedar Pet Clinic Blog

What You Should Know About Pet Allergies This Spring

Spring is in the air, and along with beautiful flowers come common allergens: ragweed, pollen, and mildew. Do you know who feels the effects of these springtime irritants? Your pets. Just like us, dogs and cats can have seasonal and non-seasonal allergies, which is why we want to explain how these affect your pet and what you can do to help.

What Causes Pets to Have Allergic Reactions?

An allergic reaction occurs when a pet’s body misidentifies an allergen as a harmful intruder. The body’s immune system responds by trying to neutralize and get rid of the allergen. This reaction causes a release of histamines that cause sneezing, hives, and digestive issues.

What Are Common Signs of Allergies in Pets?

Pets experience a wide range of allergies and the symptoms that come along with them. From internal issues like an upset stomach to external ones like developing a rash, recognizing the symptoms can help you better understand your pets allergies.

Gas, diarrhea, hives, rash, and vomiting can be signs that your pet is allergic to something in his or her diet. One of the most common signs is your dog scratching or rubbing their face, tummy, or bottom. Cats also experience itchy regions as the result of a food allergy.

Fleas aren’t fun and they’re even worse for dogs and cats that are allergic to them. Flea allergies cause the bite area to itch and sting for hours to days after getting bitten. If you notice your dogs or cat has bald patches, dry, chapped skin, and excessively bites and chews, your pet may have and be allergic to fleas.

When your pet has seasonal or environmental allergies, you’ll notice itchy, watery eyes, and scratching from head to tail. Does your dog or cat groom excessively after spending time outside? They may be feeling itchy from contact with grass, even just the type on your lawn.

How Do We Diagnose and Treat Your Pet?

Allergic reactions can seriously impact your pet’s quality of life. Nearly all of these allergies cause excessive scratching so it can difficult for pet parents to figure out why their companion is suffering. We can help diagnose your pet and prescribe a medicine that can help reduce symptoms.

If your pet has a severe or chronic allergies, we can run tests or help plan an elimination diet. We can also administer allergy shots, prescribe antihistamines, corticosteroids, or topical medicines.

What Can You Do If Your Pet Has Seasonal Allergies?

If your dog or cat suffers from seasonal allergies, there are simple ways you can reduce symptoms and exposure.

  • Keep your windows closed in the morning and evening.
  • Avoid walking your dog right after dawn or before dusk.
  • Wipe your dog or cat off when they come inside.
  • Use a hypoallergenic air filter in your home.
  • Use a dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air.
  • Vacuum often and run household linens through the wash regularly.
  • Provide your pet with a supplement that helps repair and calm the skin.
  • Wash pet bowls frequently.

Don’t Let Your Pet Sneeze Away the Spring

Your pet deserves to enjoy a life without itchy skin and watery eyes. If you suspect your pet has allergies, make an appointment to see us soon. We can help put a spring back into your pet’s step this season!

 

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5 Easy-to-Keep New Year’s Resolutions for Your Pet

We all know that the “new year--new you” idea often disappears by February. But we also know that you love your pet. So, we wanted to offer some New Year’s resolutions that are simple, easy to keep, and will help your pet start off the year happy, healthy, and full of fun! And when you partner with your pet for a better life, we know you’ll find the results fulfilling.

1. More Walks & More Playtime

Dogs, cats, and other pets love attention. And playtime can be the best way to make your pet feel loved while helping keep her in-shape and healthy. That’s why this is our top resolution for your pet this year!

For cats, try to keep your kitty’s heart rate elevated for 10-15 minutes two or three times per day. Let your cat run, jump, swipe, and pounce after a feather attached to a wand. Your cat wants to get in touch with her inner kitten and inner hunter.

Nothing beats a walk with your four-legged friend. Skip the backyard and pull out the leash and get walking. Aim for at least 30 minutes a day for healthy adult dogs. When you do this, your dog will get a sparkle in her eye and her heart will benefit from the cardio.

2. Make Your Pet’s Health a Priority

Your pet can’t call us to make an appointment, so you’ll have to help her out with this one. Your pet’s health means everything, so don’t procrastinate when it comes to bringing her in to see us. We’ll make sure she has everything she needs to stay healthy.

We can make sure she has all her vaccinations that prevent deadly diseases.

Some of the most important vaccinations your pet needs are:

  • Rabies  
  • Parvovirus
  • Distemper
  • Parainfluenza
  • Hepatitis
  • Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis
  • Calicivirus
  • Panleukopenia

Be sure your pet enjoys 2020 parasite-free. We can help you find the right flea and tick prevention along with heartworm prevention. Keeping your pet free of these pests will keep her thriving while preventing diseases that can rob her of her health and life.

3. Choose a Diet for Your Pet that Supports a Healthy Life

We know, we know… a New Year’s diet resolution. While diets aren’t fun, proper nutrition and maintaining a proper weight can help your pet in incredible ways.

A healthy, balanced diet keeps excess weight off your pet’s joints which can keep her playing and having fun without the side effect of pain. 

A quality diet also helps your pet maintain a shiny coat and healthy skin, which can help protect her from the cold and prevents dry, itchy skin.

We can advise you on a diet for your pet from ingredients and brands to portion size and treats. We can also decide if your pet could benefit from supplements to support her joints and memory.

4. Become Mindful of Your Pet’s Mental Health

Often we focus on the physical when it comes to health and resolutions, but your pet’s mental wellbeing matters. Cats, dogs, and other pets do experience stress, boredom, and depression. If you notice a change in your pet’s mood, appetite, or behavior, she may be struggling with one of these issues.

Adaptil and Feliway can help your pet cope with stress while treat puzzles can reduce restlessness and increase mental stimulation. Need more help or to find if your pet could benefit from prescription intervention? We can help with that, too.

5. Commit to Your Pet’s Dental Health

Here’s a reason to smile: when you commit to your pet’s dental health, you can lengthen her life. Dogs and cats should receive dental cleanings twice per year. This can help your pet avoid periodontal disease which can weaken her heart and cause her to lose teeth. Proper dental hygiene also reduces the risk of chronic pain.

Give Your Pet a Year Filled with Happy Memories!

Start the year off wagging, purring, and smiling from ear-to-ear! It’s 2020 and your pet is ready for her best year, yet. Give us a call to make an appointment to start following through with your pet’s resolutions this year. 

 

 

 

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Your Pet’s Dental Health & Preventative Care

Are you ready to commit to your pet’s health this year? If you’re on board, you’ll want to know that preventative care and dental health are vital to your pet’s long term wellbeing. When you help your pet maintain good overall health and clean teeth, you can extend her life by several years.

What is preventative care? We like to think of it as a tune-up for your pet’s health from teeth to tail and everything in between.

Celebrate New Year after New Year with your pet by providing her with the dental health and preventative care she needs.

How Do Positive Dental Health and Preventative Care Benefit Your Pet?

Does it warm your heart when your dog smiles or kitty offers kisses? Or does her breath make you want to pull away? While unpleasant breath may seem to be minor it’s often the first indication that your pet’s mouth could be healthier.

What causes bad breath? Bacteria. The more plaque and tartar your pets have, the more area bacteria has to cling. Your pet’s body tries to eliminate bacteria by sending white blood cells to her gum line. These white blood cells actually cause damage by eating away at the bone, causing loose teeth, oral pain, and trouble eating.

When you keep plaque and tartar under control, you prevent oral issues before they begin and save money by not having to pay for extractions.

Your pet’s oral health contributes to more than just a healthy mouth, though. Poor dental hygiene contributes to major health problems for pets. Periodontal disease (or gum disease) can create an avenue for bacteria to enter your pet’s bloodstream. This can affect your pet’s

  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Kidneys
  • Arteries

In fact, there’s a link between dental health and heart disease in dogs and cats.

Your At-Home Check to Decide If It’s Time to Make an Appointment for a Cleaning

Discuss with our veterinarians how frequently your pet should have its teeth cleaned. Some pets need it up to twice a year.

1. Lift your pet’s lip.

2. Check both sides of her mouth and her front teeth.

3. If there is plaque at the gum line, discoloration, or evidence that one of her teeth is chipped, cracked, or broken, make an appointment.

Your Pet’s Preventative Health

Prevention is always better and more cost-effective than treatment. And you have the superpower of the ability to provide preventative care for your beloved pet. From parasites to disease and nutrition-- you can lengthen your pet’s life and fill it with joy!

What Preventative Care Can Do for Your Pet

  • Early diagnosis can help stop illness before wreaking havoc on your pet’s health.
  • Preventing diseases can save your pet’s life.
  • Your pet’s quality of life will soar if she can maintain mobility and a healthy weight.

How to Provide Your Pet with Exceptional Preventative Care This Year and Beyond

Step 1: Give us a Call to Schedule an Exam

During this exam, we will check your pet’s health from tail to teeth. We’ll analyze her bloodwork and give you a report about your pet’s overall wellbeing. We can also answer any questions you may have.

Step 2: Provide Your Pet with Preventative Medicine

Fleas, ticks, and heartworms can rob your pet of her health and life. We can work with you to ensure they don’t get the chance.

Your pet also needs immunizations to protect her from deadly diseases like rabies, parvovirus, feline leukemia, and kennel cough.

Step 3: Provide Your Pet with a Quality Diet and Superior Nutrition

From weight control to balanced nutrition, your pet’s diet helps keep her healthy. We can answer questions or advise you on your pet’s diet.

Step 4: Exercise and Mental Stimulation

Keeping your pet active with daily play helps her maintain healthy muscle tone, bones, and joints.

Partaking in play also improves your pet’s mental health. When our pets play, they exercise their minds which helps maintain connections and can slow down dementia and prevent depression and anxiety.

Step 5: Don’t Skip Regular Check-Ups

You should bring in your adult pet at least once per year for a thorough exam. Senior pets do best with exams twice per year.

Don’t wait until she gets sick to come and see us. You can save her life if we can catch any issues before they progress.

We Hope This Year Is Filled with Smiles, Wags, & Purrs for You and Your Pet

Preventative care and a healthy mouth are great ways to start off the new year for your pet. Let’s work together to extend your pet’s life to help keep her happy and healthy year after year! Make an appointment and commit to your pet’s health and peace of mind.

 

 

 

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