We Are Proud to Announce that we are Officially a No Declaw Clinic!!!!
We feel this surgery, which involves partial amputation of each toe, puts cats through an unnecessary amount of surgical and post operative pain, with no medical benefit to your cat.
Cats who are declawed in the hopes of preventing their natural clawing behavior will often develop other unwanted habits, such as inappropriate urination. We feel the risk of the life-long post surgical complications including arthritis and aggression are too great.
There are many humane alternatives to prevent destructive clawing and we are happy to discuss these with you at any time. We can also provide additional facts if you wish to learn more. Please contact us with any questions and one of our staff members would be delighted to help answer them!
The Importance of Performing Routine Fecal Exams
Not only for your pet but for YOU!
“Why does my Vet always want my dogs’ poop??”
Internal parasites are very common in our pets, especially in young puppies and kittens. Normal behaviors (such as eating directly off the ground, drinking out of puddles, grooming, and playing fetch and pouncing and biting items on the ground) predispose dogs and cats to parasitic infections all year long. Dogs and cats also acquire parasitic infections from infected prey (e.g., rabbits and mice) or fleas that serve as intermediate hosts for different parasites. Appropriate fecal examinations should be performed on puppies and kittens at least 2–4 times during the first year of life and 1–2 times per year in adults.
“I can get WORMS from my dog or cat?!”
YES! Some internal parasites are zoonotic, meaning that they can be passed on from animals to humans. Some of the most common internal parasites that are zoonotic are Roundworms, Tapeworms, Giardia, and Hookworms!
These parasites can be transmitted by letting an infected dog lick you on the face/mouth and not washing your hands after disposing of your dogs’ feces. Hookworms can infect humans by penetrating the skin. This is most likely to occur when walking barefoot on the beach, working in the garden or other areas where pets may deposit feces.
“How can I prevent the potential spread of worms from my pets to me, my family, and the public?”
- Make sure your pet is under a veterinarian’s care to help protect your pet and your family from possible parasite infections. Performing yearly fecal exams and deworming is essential!
- Practice “The 4 Ps: Pick up Pet Poop Promptly”, and dispose of properly. Be sure to wash your hands after handling pet waste.
- Wash your hands frequently, especially after touching animals, and avoid contact with animal feces.
- Follow proper food-handling procedures to reduce the risk of transmission from contaminated food.
- For people with weakened immune systems, be especially careful of contact with animals that could transmit these infections.
Do you have your pets annual check-up scheduled before July 10th? You can bring a sample of your dogs’ stool with you in a baggie and have it examined!
Has your pet already been seen for his/her annual check up but you still want to take part in this offer? Not a problem! Come into the clinic with a sample of your pet’s stool and we will take care of the rest! You can also stop by the clinic and grab one of our fecal collection jars from the front desk!
We will call you with the results IF POSITIVE FOR WORMS. After you have brought in a sample, the receptionist will place your name in a draw for a PRIZE! Please make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date or deworming medications cannot be dispensed.
A PRIZE WILL BE CUSTOMIZED TO YOUR PET. CONTEST WILL RUN FROM JUNE 10TH, 2017 TO JULY 10TH, 2017. BALLOTS WILL BE DRAWN JULY 10TH 2017 AT 5PM. WINNER WILL BE CONTACTED SHORTLY AFTER FOR PRIZE PICK UP DATE. FECALS WILL BE AT A DISCOUNTED PRICE OF $15.00 FOR THE DURATION OF THE CONTEST ONLY.