We think of summer as the season to enjoy the great outdoors, but due to wildfires here in Washington and British Columbia, many plans have been dashed. Snohomish County has recently qualified our air as “unhealthy.” This certainly affects all of us, and pets are no exception. Indeed, many animals are even more vulnerable to the smoke. Beyond limiting exercise and outdoor play, what are some other tips for summer pet safety we can all get on board with?
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The old adage “Think outside the box” does not apply to cats. Anyone who has shared a living space with a feline knows how much cats love boxes. The sight of an oversized cat stuffed into a tiny cardboard box may make the average human feel claustrophobic, but for the cat it’s perfectly heavenly, and here’s why…
Hiding and Hunting
Wild cats can be observed hiding in the grass, brush, or in rocky outcroppings while stalking prey or resting. Your housecat is not as far removed from his or her larger cousins as you may think! That old Zappos box you left lying on the living room rug may be just the thing Fluffy needs to get in touch with her predatory roots.
You know that feeling… Parched throat, dry skin, and incredible thirst that hits you during warm, dry days (or even dry winter days!). Although we know we’re supposed to drink at least 64 ounces of water each day, most of us don’t consume that much in lieu of tasty coffee beverages and fizzy drinks.
Likewise, our pets can succumb to dehydration when they’re not getting their daily intake of water. Whether it’s because Mittens is extremely fussy (only distilled water for her, thank you!) or your super active dog isn’t drinking enough to combat the heat and moisture loss, dehydration in pets is common.
If you think your pet isn’t drinking enough water, keep reading to learn more about how you can encourage healthy hydration.
Since childhood, most of us recognize the food pyramid and understand the important role diet plays in overall health. For our furry friends, this is equally true. Pet nutrition is not only crucial to daily wellbeing, it’s also useful in managing and preventing certain health conditions.
Nutrition is more than just throwing some random kibble in your pet’s bowl. There is a rhyme and reason behind nutritional guidelines for cats and dogs that include age, health, size, and species. To provide your pet with the best possible dietary choices, check out some of our information about pet nutrition guidelines.
It’s time to get motivated! Spring has officially sprung, and the honey-do lists are filling up fast. There’s so much to do, and when the weather is accommodating, there’s no stopping us from cleaning, gardening, and building. In the midst of all these activities, spring pet safety can take a back seat – but not if we can help it!
More time spent outside is always a good thing for pets. Increased exercise plus environmental enrichment almost always equals a happier animal – but there are certain risks involved in outdoor access.
Our pets rely on their hearing more than we do as humans, and caring for their ears is quite important. They may look different from patient to patient, but the ears are responsible for hearing, balance, and communication. Learn what the Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic needs you to know about pet ear care.
The world around you is teeming with life. You know about a lot of it, be it your trusty canine companion curled at your feet or the blooming pot of flowers on your windowsill. Most of it, however, is not visible to the naked eye. Like it or not, bacteria and other microscopic life are a huge part of the world.
In our world, these tiny life forms can make you or break you. Bacteria in veterinary medicine can be some of our biggest foes, but most of them are our greatest allies. Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic spends a large part of our day not only fighting off bad bacteria but helping to protect the good bacteria.
Allergies are never fun for anyone. When it comes to animals with allergies, there is no magic solution that works for every pet. Oftentimes, managing allergy problems can require a bit of trial and error to find out what works, and there are a variety of medications and products we may recommend.
Sometimes systemic medications are the foundation of successful management of itchiness, one of the most common allergy symptoms. Three of the more frequently used medications that we reach for at the Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic may give the same end result, but the differences between Atopica, Apoquel, and Cytopoint are quite dramatic.
There are many factors at play when it comes to maintaining our skin. Thanks to the cold, windy winter weather, not to mention the dry heat found inside most homes and businesses, our skin can become dry and itchy. The same is true for our pets, especially those who already suffer from allergies.
Although you may not need a festive party hat or noise makers for our end of year countdown, if you want to understand more about your pet’s skin health and general wellbeing, you’ve come to the right place!
The team at the Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic has been working hard to offer our clients and other pet owners information to give their pets the very best. And, we hope our blog has been on your pet related reading list!
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