Animal tips for fall include your seasonal yard and house preparations. The use of insecticides and rodenticides increases in the autumn as rodents and insects seek shelter from the cooler temperatures by attempting to move indoors. Rodenticides and insecticides are highly toxic to pets—if ingested, the results could be fatal. If you must use these products, do so with extreme caution and use/store them in places inaccessible to your pets.
Animal exercise is important (and good for you too)! An enriched environment is another key to the long-term health and welfare of your canine and feline friends. House pets need a fun and healthy environment and outdoor pets, such as larger dogs can benefit from longer walks and more dynamic terrain and activities.
Pets need mental stimulation, say the pros, which may mean daily walks for your pooch, and scratching posts, window perches, and toys for your cat. It means play time with you, which not only keeps your pet’s muscles toned and boredom at bay, it also strengthens your bond with your four-footed companions.
Your animal’s tag’s are a must. The use of an animal ID chip is even better. Lack of any ID tags or devices means as few as 14% of pets ever find their way home after getting lost. Regular tag IDs are a minimum for local cases and fortunately, microchipping allows for the pet to have a far greater chance of making it back to its owner no matter how far away it is when found.
About the size of a rice grain, a microchip is inserted under the skin in less than a second. It needs no battery and can be scanned by a vet or an animal control officer quickly.
Be sure to register the chip ID with the chip’s maker. A current registration is the vital last step in making certain your pet can always find his way home.
For optimal health, pets need regular vaccinations against common ills, such as rabies, distemper, feline leukemia, feline upper respiratory viruses, canine hepatitis, parvo and canine influenza virus.
How often your dog or cat needs to be immunized depends on their age, lifestyle, health, and risks. Talk to us about the vaccinations that make sense for your pet.
A good pet diet is crucial to your animals health and happiness. Many dogs, cats and other domestic animals in the U.S. are overweight or obese. And just like people, obesity in pets comes with health risks that include diabetes, arthritis, cancer and other health issues.
Overfeeding is one of the leading causes of obesity. Keeping your pets trim can add years to their lives and we can help you with better food, diet and exercise tips.
Because pets need far fewer calories than most of us think—as little as 185-370 a day for a small, inactive dog; just 240-350 calories daily for a 10-pound cat—talk to our vets and techs at Grand Avenue Animal Clinic, who can make feeding suggestions based on your pet’s age, weight, and lifestyle.
Why spay or neuter pets? Eight million to 10 million pets end up in shelters all over the nation every year. Some are lost, some have been abandoned, and some are homeless.
The best and easy way to avoid adding to that number is to spay and neuter your cats and dogs.
Spaying and neutering doesn’t just cut down on the number of unwanted pets, it also has other substantial benefits for your pet. Studies show it also lowers the risk of certain cancers and reduces a pet’s risk of getting lost by decreasing the tendency to roam.
Just like you, your pet can get heart problems, develop arthritis, other diseases or have a toothache. The best way to prevent such problems or catch them early is to schedule regular animal check ups every year.
Regular exams are the single most important way to keep pets healthy and living a fun life. Our full service means we look at a wide variety of signs to ensure an animal is healthy or has an issue.
Our annual vet check ups touch on nutrition and weight control as well as cover recommended vaccinations, parasite control, dental exam, and health screenings.
Lawn products and animals don’t mix very well. As we start work on our lawn and gardens later in the Spring, remember lawn and garden products are in the top 10 poisonings for pets. Keep these products away from your pets and call immediately if you suspect your pet has been exposed to any of these products.
Here is an outstanding quote from a fellow vet.
“Every man should have a dog to adore him and a cat to ignore him (or bring him back to reality)!”
—Dr. Steve Ettinger