New happenings at:
We wish you
all a very happy summer. As we close in on the year 2000, I am sure
you have all heard of the computer concerns with the "Y2K"
bug. We have been planning for this problem for several months . In
the months of June and July we will be replacing our current computer
system with a new one. Our current system has served us well for the
last 10 years, but technology in this area has been moving at breakneck
speed. The new system should help us not only avoid the
"Y2K" bug, but also provide enhanced services. In
particular, we will be able to provide you with better looking and more
comprehensive information handouts. We have done everything in our
power to make the transition as smooth as possible, but there may be some
minor inconvenience on the actual day of conversion (around July
12). We will remain open and the doctor and staff will continue to
provide their normal level of quality medical care with compassion.
The only possible inconvenience could come in billing, so please be nice
to Terri if she has to give you a hand written receipt.
On the medical
side, we are offering two new immunizations that have been released.
The first is a vaccine against giardia for dogs. The seocnd
is a vaccine against bordetella in cats. Recent studies have shown
this to be the leading cause of upper respiratory disease in cats in many
geographic areas (some local). We are recommending both of these as
part of the basic vaccination your pets should receive. Don't forget
to ask about them when you come in for your pet's vaccinations.
|Proper housebreaking is vital to making puppies
a longstanding, welcomed addition to your family. Follow these
guidelines to make housebreaking as easy as possible for you and your pet.
Start at an early age. The best time to
begin housebreaking a puppy is between 7 1/2 and 8 1/2 weeks old. If
you begin this early, you can teach the puppy where to eliminate before it
has established its own preferences. Older puppies will still learn
but it may take a little longer.
Take your puppy outdoors to eliminate often. Choose
an appropriate spot to take the puppy immediately after it wakes up, after
play sessions, and 15 to 30 minutes after meals. If you take your
puppy to the same spot every day, previous odors will stimulate it to
urinate or defecate. So as not to confuse the puppy, you should
schedule a specific time to walk the puppy, so it can eliminate and a
separate walking schedule for play.
|Use a key phrase while you
puppy eliminates. Repeating the same phrase (e.g. - "go
potty", etc.) every time your puppy eliminates outdoors will cause
your puppy to associate this phrase with the time to eliminate.
Once the puppy eliminates outdoors, reward it
immediately. Reward the puppy through praise by giving it a
treat or by playing with it. do this immediately - waiting until you
return to the house is too late!
Find a room in your house that allows you to watch
your puppy as much as possible. This will help you catch the
puppy if it starts to eliminate indoors.
Put the puppy in a crate when you are not home.
If the crate is large, partition one end so that the puppy cannot soil
one end and sleep in the other. Regardless, puppies should be let
out at lease every four hours.
|Do not punish after the fact.
Punishing a puppy for an accident after the fact does not help because
the misbehavior has already occurred. If you catch the puppy in the
act, startle the puppy by yelling "outside!" or stomping your
foot. The puppy will most likely stop what it is doing and then you
can take it outdoors to eliminate.
Do not leave food out all day. Feed your
puppy at set times and then remove the food bowl after 20 minutes. This
will create regular intervals at which the puppy will need to eliminate.
Thoroughly clean areas where the puppy has had an
accident. It is important to clean a soiled area
completely otherwise you r puppy may return to it and soil again.
Stick with the training program. Most
puppies can be successfully housebroken by 14 to 20 weeks of age.
Source:Veterniary Medicine Magazine
SPOT-ON PRODUCTS CAN BE TOXIC TO CATS
spot-on flea control products have become increasingly popular among pet
owners. However, these products contain either 45% or 65% permethrin
and are labeled for use on dogs only. Inappropriate application of
these products to cats or close contact between cats and recently treated
dogs may cause the cat to develop life-threatening tremor and seizure
activity within hours. Pet flea sprays containing low concentrations
of permethrin generally do not pose a serious hazard to cats.
If your cat
accidently comes in contact with a spot-on product containing
permethrin, bathe the cat in a mild hand dish detergent and call our
office immediately. To avoid potential problems, segregate the flea
products you have for your cat from those you may have for a dog.
Please call our office if you have any additional
questions or concerns. Remember, we are here to help you and your
Fish oil may help dogs
with heart failure.
Humans with heart failure often experience
changes in body composition and nutritional status. These effects
have been lowered in humans through the administration of fish oil which
also decreases weight loss. A study at Tufts University found that
fish-oil supplementation may also benefit canine patients with heart
|Pet Cancer -
A Pet Owner's Concern
In recent years, cancer hs been
recognized time and again as a major, if not the major health concern in
survey of pet owners. Both dog and cat owners report that they worry
about cancer. They also report that their pets commonly develop and
die from cancer.
We are uncertain if dogs and
cats are developing cancer more frequentyl or if it is simpoy being
recognized more often. Regardless, veterinary practices throughout
the country are seeing more cancer cases and are being asked to deal with
these in an increasingly sophisticated way. Over the years,
improvements in the general level of pet health care, including better
diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, preventive medicine and nutrition,
have allowed more pets to reach middle and old age - the classic cancer
ages. In addition, the profile of veterinary oncology has been
raised by several veterinary organizations and now provides theoretical
and practical knowledge of cancer medicine. As time goes on,
the level of understanding and effective methods to treat various cancers
will continue to improve.
Earlier in this newsletter, we
published the findings of an AAHA pet owners survey which clearly
indicates how deeply pet owners care for their animals. As we share
information like this with you, it reinforces our commitment to supply you
with the best possible veterinary care available, even to the point of
referring your beloved pet to a specialist like a veterinary
oncologist. Cancer does not signal the end of your pet's life.
Rather, it marks the begining of a new relationship between you and this
practice to find the best way to care for your companion. If your
pet is diagnosed with cancer, we want you to know that we are in this
together - we are a team.
Our pets are very vital to
us. Please call our office if you have any particular questions or
concerns about your pet.
STRONG PET OWNER LOYALTY
A recent national survey of 1,252
pet owners by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) had some
fascinating findings. Among these are:
89% believe their pet understands all
or some of what they say.
76% talk to their pets in a different
53% believe their pet would come to
their rescue if they were in distress.
56% spend an average of two or more
hours of quality time with their pet each day.
Nearly one-third spend more time
with their pet than with family or friends.
Love and attention were rated as the
most important elements to ensure a pet's quality of life.
Only 2% have health insurance for their
pet yet nearly two-thirds said they would spend $1,000 or more to save
their pet's life.
More respondents read the nutritional
labels on food they feed their pet than the labels on food they eat
themselves -41 and 37% respectively!
80% believe their pet has exhibited
jealous behavior; of these, 84% report that their pet was jealous of
11% of cat owners have ended a personal
or romantic relationship with someone because of their cat.
48% consider themselves emotionally
dependent upon their animals.
83% are likely to risk their lives fro
For more information on this sruvey and its
findings, visit www. health pet.com
on the internet.
Group Promotes "Spay Day USA"
The Doris Day
Animal Foundation has designated upcoming February 23, 2000 as their sixth
annual Spay Day USA. The foundation cites some amazing statistics for the
reason behind having Spay Day USA. For example, one female cat and
her offspring, given seven years, can produce 420,000 cats. In just
six years a female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 dogs.
The ultimate goal of such an event is to decrease the number of euthanasia
procedures that are performed annually to control the unwanted pet
If your pet is
unaltered, please don't wait until February 23rd to think about having him
or her altered. Do it today. What's more, there are medical
benefits from having your pet neutered that we would be happy to discuss
with you. Please call our office to arrange for the necessary
Spay Vaccine for Dogs
A professor at the University of
Georgia's College of Veterinary Medicine claims to have developed an
injectable contraceptive made from a natural protein found in pig
ovaries. He claims that just three shots permanently sterilizes a
female dog without any known side effects thus eliminating the need for
the dog to undergo invasive abdominal surgery. A dosage for cats is
in the developmental stages. Of course, the FDA needs to study the
tests and determine that they are safe for veterinary usage.
stay tuned ...!