Hi, I’m Dr. Al Paredes, and I’d like to welcome you to Day and Evening Pet Clinic and tell you an interesting story about one of our clients and a pet Pit Bull puppy that we treated recently.
Well, yesterday we had a young man come in and say that his engagement ring disappeared. He and his wife [to be] had a little debate over where it went, and they finally decided that their young Pit Bull puppy ate it. So he brought him in to get an X-ray.
We took some X-rays and found the wedding ring and we were able to get the dog to vomit the wedding ring out. We gave him a little peroxide to induce that, and he’s a happy man again. He has his wedding ring back, and they are happily engaged once again.
If you like to see the X-ray, I could show you the X-ray.
Here’s the lost jewelry item here in the stomach of the dog [pointing to the X-ray.] We were able to get it out without surgery, and the dog was pretty happy and the owner was very happy, and the fiancé, she was very happy also.
It ended up with a happy ending. It’s kind of a cute story.
If we can be of help to your pet, give us a call at Day and Evening Pet Clinic 727-785-7200. A brief exam can insure that your pet and family remain healthy and happy.
Wishing you and your pet the best of health!
Dr. Al Paredes DVM
Veterinarian in Palm Harbor FL
Pets can contract and carry parasites during any time of the year, and those parasites can infect your entire family.
There are two types of parasites: Internal parasites, such as worms, live inside your pet year round; External parasites, such as fleas and ticks, can survive the winter months by living inside your home.
You and your veterinarian can prevent the spread of parasites with some simple remedies:
1 – Practice good personal hygiene
2 – Dispose of pet feces on a regular basis
3 – Minimize exposure to high pet traffic areas
4 – Avoid contact between pets and wildlife, and
5 – Visit your veterinarian on a regular basis, and use preventative treatments available at the pet clinic.
Pets are a prime target for parasites because they are the perfect living environment. Your pets’ blood, sweat, and tears are lunch for parasites. Warm furry bodies can serve as a protective home for parasites and can act as a transfer point to another host.
Internal Pet Parasites – Tapeworms, Hookworms, Whipworms, and Roundworms
Almost all kittens and puppies have some type of internal parasite that can affect their ability to absorb nutrients. Unless they are treated promptly, the parasites may damage the lining of the intestinal tract. Tapeworms, hookworms, whipworms, and roundworms are the most common internal parasites.
Tapeworms can get transferred onto your pet through fleas or by eating infected rodents. If you notice your pet constantly licking their anal area, then visually inspect the area and your pet’s stool for bits of tapeworm, which look like rice.
Whipworms live in the large intestine and cause dark diarrhea. If you notice blood in your pet’s stool, collect a sample to take into your veterinarian, because the worms and eggs are only visible by microscope.
Hookworms attach themselves to your pet’s intestinal lining, causing bloody or dark diarrhea.
Roundworms live in the small intestine and can cause vomiting and elements that resemble strands of spaghetti in your pet’s stool. They are easily transmitted to humans, especially children, and can cause serious human health problems, including blindness. Be aware that you or your children may be gardening or playing in an area where a pet with roundworms has chosen as its litter box, making you susceptible to getting roundworms.
It’s a good practice to collect a stool sample each year from your pets and to take your pet to your veterinarian to make sure that he is worm free. Most heartworm medicines available from your vet contain a preventative for whipworm, roundworm, and hookworm, so be sure to follow the recommended dosages.
External Pet Parasites – Fleas, Ticks and Mites
The most common parasites having a celebration party, compliments of your pet, are fleas, ticks and mites. These parasites either live on or burrow into your pets’ skin.
Fleas are really troublesome. They can not only infest your pet, but they can invade and take over your home. Fleas are pretty easy to spot in your pets’ fur and you can easily notice your pets’ scratching as a sign of their discomfort.
If your dog or cat’s skin becomes red and inflames, it could be a sign that your pet is allergic to fleas’ saliva. Cats can become infected very easily because they swallow about half of the fleas on their coats when they groom themselves.
Have you ever thought about trying an old fashioned flea dip? Don’t do it! Those dips can be highly toxic and can cause some severe side effects like seizures, coma, fever, vomiting, and possibly death. Instead, you can easily apply a small amount of a prevention product to your pet’s skin that will kill fleas and keep the adults from laying eggs. Ask us to suggest safe, effective products for your pets, and ask about any specials we have on those products when you visit.
Ticks are another common parasite, especially during the summer. Ticks can be found in almost any climate and they are always looking for a free ride on your pets. They are likely to be around in grassy, damp or wooded areas just waiting to attach themselves to your pets. Tick bites can cause a variety of reactions in your pet including irritation, skin damage, hypersensitivity and even anemia.
Tick bites can also transfer diseases to your pet: the common ones are Lyme disease, tick-borne fever, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. If left untreated, these diseases can cause severe health problems and can also prove to be fatal. Ask us about the common symptoms of these diseases and if your pet is exhibiting any of them, bring them in right away.
The best tick prevention is to check your pet’s skin and fur after spending time outdoors in areas that ticks prefer. Did you know that removing a tick the wrong way can hurt your furry friend. Don’t try to burn it off; you could set your pets’ fur on fire. Instead try loosening the tick’s grip by soaking a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and rubbing around the tick. Then use tweezers to grab the tick as close to the head as possible and slowly pull it out. Don’t flush live ticks down the toilet; they can crawl back out. Kill the ticks first before flushing them. The easiest way to kill a tick is to place it in a sealed jar containing alcohol.
Mites are another parasite to keep an eye out for. As a pet owner you are probably familiar with ear mites. If you notice your pet scratching their ear intensely or biting themselves, or a brown or black crust on the outer ear, then your pet could have ear mites.
Another type of mite called scabies burrows into your pet’s skin and lays their eggs. Once the eggs hatch the larvae feed off your pet and behind a secretion that causes severe itching and is highly contagious. That means it is time for a trip to your friendly vet to get that handled fast before infection sets in. Mites are best treated by your veterinarian rather than trying an at-home remedy or an over-the-counter medicine that may not be effective.
Prevention and Treatment of Pet Parasites
Pay close attention to your pet and if you notice any unusual behaviors such as passing diarrhea, vomiting, scratching their ears, scraping their bottom on the carpet, not eating or just not being themselves, it is a sign that something is wrong that deserves a visit to the vet. If your dog is exhibiting any of these symptoms, give Dr. Al Paredes a call at Day and Evening Pet Clinic 727-785-7200 to see if we can help. A few preventive measures against pet parasites can insure that your pet and family remain healthy and happy.
According to Dr. Al Paredes at Day and Evening Pet clinic, “The earlier you start dental care and dental cleaning with your pets, the better. We can teach you how to care for your pet’s teeth to prevent problems.”
A dog’s 28 baby teeth will fall out and be replaced by 42 permanent teeth. In cats, the 26 baby teeth will be replaced by 30 permanent teeth. If the baby teeth don’t fall out and the permanent teeth come in under them, it can cause gum irritation and increased tartar formation. Bad breath is often the very first indicator of dental problems.
Up to 80% of pets over the age of 3 years are affected by dental disease with serious consequences. Bacteria formed by dental problems can migrate to, and infect, the intestines, the kidneys, the heart, and even cause joint problems in dogs and cats. You can prevent some of these serious side effects with regular dental cleanings.
“If your pet is over 3 years of age, I recommend scheduling a dental checkup at our clinic. If we determine a dental cleaning is necessary, we can do pre-anesthesia blood work to make sure your pet does not have any underlying problems. We can check to make sure that kidneys liver and blood counts are within an acceptable range,” said Dr. Paredes.
The dental cleaning we perform is similar to the human cleaning you get at your dentist. We remove tartar and check for gum disease, cavities, loose teeth and any abnormal growths.
We offer a special value price on dental cleaning for dogs and cats at our pet clinic in Palm Harbor, FL. Click here to get your discount coupons. Leave a reply if you have a story to tell about your pet’s teeth. With good, regular dental care and dental cleaning, your pet can enjoy a healthy life.
The spay neuter decision for your dogs and cats is an important one for pet owners. It is important to understand the impact of the decision as animal lovers who value your pets.
It happens in Pinellas and Pasco County
In some states, up to 300,000 homeless animals are euthanized in animal shelters every year. The animals that are not adopted, and must be euthanized are not always the offspring of homeless “street” animals. Often, they are the puppies and kittens of cherished family pets and include purebreds.
Dr. Al Paredes, spay neuter vet at Day and Evening Pet Clinic in Palm Harbor, Florida reminds us that, “In every community in Pinellas County and Pasco County, there are many homeless animals. In the United States, the estimated number of homeless animals that enter animal shelters each year is 6-8 million. Only about half of these animals are adopted. Unfortunately, the other half is euthanized. These are healthy, good natured pets that would have made great companions for families or those who live alone.”
Without spay neuter your pet’s offspring could become shelter animals
“Too many people believe that their pet’s puppies or kittens would never become homeless shelter animals,” says Dr. Al Paredes, “but the sad reality is that each time the family dog visits the neighbor’s female dog, or the indoor/outdoor cat returns home pregnant once again, the result is another litter of dogs or cats. Even if the puppies or kittens are placed into homes, they can end up in an animal shelter if they become difficult to handle, or can reproduce and their offspring can wind up homeless.”
It is a real tragedy that more than 3 million cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters in the United States each year.
You can be part of the solution
Spay neuter is the only permanent, 100-percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats.
Veterinarian Dr. Al Paredes said, “These millions of pet deaths each year are a needless misfortune. By spaying and neutering your pet, you can be an important part of the solution. Contact Day and Evening Pet Clinic today for an appointment to find out about our low cost spay neuter services for your dog or cat and be sure to let your family and friends know that they should do the same.”
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Most of the nation’s 74.8 million dogs and 90 million cats make at least a twice-yearly visit to the veterinarian. Those visits often include at least some vaccinations to keep the family pets from suffering from serious infectious diseases. We asked Dr. Al Paredes, Veterinarian Palm Harbor, Florida about vaccines and protecting pets against the risk of disease.
“Vaccinations are still the foundation of preventive medicine for dogs and cats,” said Dr. Paredes, “Vaccinating a pet is considered to be a beneficial medical procedure by most veterinarians trained in the science of canine and feline medicine. Vaccinations, in fact, carry very little risk of adverse reactions in your pet. However, as with any medical protocol, the rare instance of an adverse reaction always exists.”
How Do Pet Vaccinations Work?
“As in humans”, reported Al Paredes, “canine and feline vaccines protect pets against disease by allowing pets to build up a protective immune response before exposure to the disease the vaccine protects against. There are a few different ways which vaccines function. They typically provide
1) a killed form of the infectious agent which cannot cause the disease, or
2) a tiny portion of the infectious agent which, by itself, cannot cause the disease, or
3) a live, but modified form of the infectious agent which has been custom-made so that it does not produce disease.
All three of these types of vaccines allow the animal to react mildly to the vaccine in such a way that it provides protection to the pet against the actual disease itself. Some vaccines (such as the Bordetella vaccine) can cause mild symptoms of the disease in the pet for a short time, but also produce immunity against a much more serious case of the disease.”
What Are Normal Pet Vaccinations Reactions?
Dr. Paredes stated, “An overwhelming majority of pets have no ill effects from the vaccinations at all, but it is not a cause for alarm if your pet has mild symptoms after vaccination. Symptoms may include:
lethargy and listlessness for a short time,
very mild fever,
mild swelling or discomfort at the site of the injection.”
What Are Abnormal Pet Vaccinations Reactions?
Dr. Richard B. Ford, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVPM (Hon) said at the 2008 ACVIM Forum* “Vaccination is, in fact, a medical procedure. Despite a relatively good safety record, there is always some degree of risk in administering biological agents in a dog or cat.”
Dr. Paredes concurs, saying, “In rare instances, a pet may suffer from an abnormal, allergic reaction after vaccination. Symptoms that warrant a return trip to the veterinarian pet clinic that administered the vaccine are:
itching or developing a rash or “hives”,
swelling of the face and/or eyelids
the formation of a specific type of tumor, known as a sarcoma (especially in cats.)”
Sarcomas are known to be extremely locally invasive and aggressive in nature. However, vaccination sarcomas are rare. The current estimate of vaccination caused sarcoma is less than 1 in 10,000 cats according to a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association by Drs. GE Moore et al (Vol. 231, 2007).
Good Reasons for Vaccinating Pets
Despite the fact that vaccinations can cause adverse reactions in pets, many of the diseases routinely vaccinated against can, and do, cause serious and life-threatening disease in dogs and cats. Moreover, some of these diseases also pose a serious health risk to people. Protecting family pets against these diseases can also help to protect the pet owner themselves as well as the general public. “In some cases,” Dr. Paredes cautioned, “vaccines are mandated by law, as with vaccination against rabies.”
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