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Pet First Aid Tips

What would you do if

...your dog ate the bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips that was left out on the kitchen counter?
...your cat had a seizure right in front of you?
...your dog fell down the stairs and started limping?
...your cat was overheating on a hot summer day?

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Cold Weather Pet Safety

You’re probably already aware of the risks posed by warm weather and leaving pets in hot cars, but did you know that cold weather also poses serious threats to your pets’ health?
 
Here are some tips to keep your pets safe during cold weather:
 

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Holiday Pet Safety

December abounds with holiday celebrations, but nothing can spoil good cheer like an emergency trip to the veterinary clinic. These tips can help keep your winter holiday season from becoming not-so-happy – for your pet and for you.

Plan in Advance

Make sure you know how to get to your 24/7 emergency veterinary clinic before there’s an emergency. Talk with your veterinarian in advance to find out where you would need to take your pet, and plan your travel route so you’re not trying to find your way when stressed. Always keep these numbers posted in an easy-to-find location in case of emergencies:

  • Your veterinarian’s clinic phone number
  • 24/7 emergency veterinary clinic (if different)
  • ASPCA Poison Control Hotline: 1-888-426-4435 (A fee may apply.)

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Dog and Cat grooming is now available!

Grooming is now available at our clinic!! Alissa Doyle will be our groomer and will see dogs and cats!

Call (608)767-3407 to book your appointment!
Please leave a message and Alissa will call you back.

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Acupuncture is Now Available!

Please call us with any questions or to set up an acupuncture appointment for your pet today! 608-767-3400

 

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Black Earth Veterinary Clinic is proud to add acupuncture to the list of services available for your pets. Acupuncture is performed by Dr. Darlene Berkovitz, who trained at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.  Acupuncture is a wonderful way to treat many medical conditions, most notably pain from injury, arthritis, or age. Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with common western medical therapies and medications.

Acupuncture is typically tolerated very well by cats and dogs. The needles are a very small gauge and most patients do not even notice them.  There are no negative side effects to acupuncture, making it safe for older pets and those with chronic disease conditions.

Acute injuries often need only one or two treatments while chronic conditions require more. Treatments take about 30 minutes and are usually scheduled once weekly for 3 – 5 sessions and then spaced further apart as tolerated by the patient.   

Stay Up to Date on Any Dog and Cat Food Recalls That Come Up

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Safe use of Flea and Tick Preventive Products

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They're creepy, they're crawly...and they can carry diseases. Fleas and ticks are not just a nuisance, but pose animal and human health risks. They suck your pet's blood, they suck human blood, and can transmit diseases.  Some of the diseases that fleas and ticks can transmit from animals to humans (zoonotic diseases) include plague, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, bartonellosis and others.  That's why it's critical to protect your pets from these pesky parasites and keep the creepy crawlies out of your home.

Fortunately, there are many effective flea and tick preventives on the market to help control the pests and prevent the spread of zoonotic diseases. Knowing what kind of product to use, and how to use it, is critical to the health and safety of your pet. Many are spot-on (topical) products that are applied directly to your pet’s skin, but there are some that are given orally (by mouth). Although medicines and pesticides must meet U.S. government-required safety standards before they can be sold, it is still critical that pet owners carefully consider their flea and tick preventive options (and closely read the label) before they treat their pets with one of these products.

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8 Cat Diseases you Can Prevent with Vaccination and Deworming

1. Rabies (this can be spread to people)

2. Feline panleukopenia (feline distemper)

3. Feline herpesvirus infection

4. Feline calicivirus infection

5. Feline leukemia (FeLV)

6. Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) infection

7. Heartworm disease

8. Intestinal worms (roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, etc., some of which can also infect people)

12 Dog Diseases You Can Combat with Vaccination and Deworming

1. Rabies (this can be spread to people)

2. Canine parvovirus infection ("parvo")

3. Canine distemper

4. Leptospirosis

5. Canine adenovirus-2

6. Canine parainfluenza

7. Canine enteric coronavirus

8. Canine influenza

9. Lyme disease

10. Bordetella ("kennel cough")

11. Heartworm disease

12. Intestinal worms (roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, etc., some of which can also infect people)

See the Difference a Dental Cleaning Can Make for Your Pet!

Proper dental care can detect dental disease that not only affects the mouth, but can also lead to more serious health problems such as heart, lung, and kidney disease. Good dental hygiene is just as important for pets as it is for humans. Yet, it is one of the most overlooked areas in pet health. Studies by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) reveal that nearly two-thirds of pet owners do not provide the dental care recommended by veterinarians.

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Fact!

More than ¾ of all respiratory infections in cats are caused by feline rhinotracheitis or calicivirus. These can cause cold-like clinical signs, pneumonia or other severe signs and are easily transmitted among cats through secretions. The good news: they can be prevented with regular vaccinations.

 

Did you know??

Disease immunity inherited by puppies and kittens thanks to their mothers' antibodies typically wears off at around 8 weeks of age. Since young animals' immune systems are still fragile at that stage, it's better to vaccinate your pet sooner rather than later.

 

 

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Even if your pet stays mostly indoors, many contagious diseases are airborne and could even travel through an open window, says the American Humane Association—so regular vaccinations are crucial regardless of whether your pet goes outside.