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Vet Emergencies

Vet Emergencies

It’s one of our biggest fears…when our pets get sick… but when do we need to take them to the vet? It’s one of the questions some of us might have. I know with our one pup, I feel like we are always at the vet.

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One of the biggest rule of thumbs: does your pet seem to be in severe pain and discomfort? If so, it is always best to call your vet and or take him in right away. If it’s after hours at your normal vet, then a trip to the emergency vet hospital is the route to go. Here is a list of common emergencies that need immediate attention:

 

-Breathing Issues- This is a very serious one. If your pet is showing signs of having trouble breathing then take your pet to the vet immediately. A normal rate for breathing in dogs in 10-30 breaths per minute.

-Difficulty walking or standing- if this is something that suddenly popped up it could be a sign of a serious injury such as a neurological problem.

-Poisoning- symptoms of poisoning are lethargy, vomiting, disorientation, tremors, and bleeding. You can also call the Pet Poison Hotline at 855-764-7661 to get more information.

– Seizures-  These are painful for pet owners to witness. It really breaks your heart seeing. This is when a dog might collapse to the ground and move his limbs uncontrollably. They can also urinate and defecate at the same time. Seizures can be caused by epilepsy, kidney failure, and other underlying health concerns.

– Bloat- this is when the stomach fills with air and twists. When this is not taken care of immediately it can be life threatening.

– Bleeding- both internal and external bleeding needs vet attention. Excessive bleeding can be fatal and can cause the pet to go into shock.

 

All of these emergencies are scary and need vet attention. It is always important to be observant of how your pet is acting. Pet first aid and CPR classes are available so you can be well prepared in an emergency.

Obesity in pets is still on the rise

Pet Obesity on the rise

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We have all heard that the obesity epidemic is hitting people in the United States, but did you know it is effecting our dogs and cats too? According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, “Roughly 53 percent of dogs and 58 percent of cats in the U.S. are overweight or obese.” This percentage is alarming especially with research also saying many of the pet parents did not realize that their pets were overweight. With these numbers, obesity can cause some major health problems for our pets such as arthritis, diabetes, and heart failure.  To prevent our pets from becoming overweight, there needs to be proper education. Here are a few ways to help your pet’s weight:

  1. Double checking how much food you are giving them. Check their food to see what they should be eating. Also, take into consideration any treats they get throughout the day.
  2. Reducing treats. My pups LOVE when my parents come to visit because they always bring them treats and they aren’t the small treats either! We have to make sure they are only for special occasions : ) For us, to limit the treats we give them, we use training treats such as the Zukes training treats.
  3. Getting your pets into an exercise routine. Right now with the weather it can be harder to get your pup some exercise, but it is important for their health. There are great ways to get some exercise inside. Koop loves to play tug-o-war if it is too cold to go to the park for exercise. For cats, try getting them to play with chasing a laser.
  4. Speak with your vet. They are the best resource to knowing what is best for your pet. They can work with you to come up with a exercise and diet plan.