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.
Hurricane season is right around the corner. Dr. Adney wants to know, “Are your pets microchipped?” Call us today at 727-785-7200 for more information on this quick and simple permanent form of identification for dogs and cats!
Emergencies come in many forms, and they may require anything from a brief absence from your home to permanent evacuation. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep your pets safe. The best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to be prepared.
Step 1 Get a Pets Rescue Alert Sticker
This easy-to-use sticker will let people know that pets are inside your home. Make sure it is visible to rescue workers, and that it includes 1) the types and number of pets in your household; 2) the name of your veterinarian; and 3) your veterinarian’s phone number. If you must evacuate with your pets, and if time allows, write “EVACUATED” across the stickers.
To get a free emergency pet alert sticker for your home, please fill out the ASPCA online order form ; please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. Your local pet supply store may also sell similar stickers.
Step 2 Arrange a Safe Haven
Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND. Remember, if it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets. They may become trapped or escape and be exposed to numerous life-threatening hazards. Note that not all Red Cross disaster shelters accept pets, so it is imperative that you have determined where you will bring your pets ahead of time:
- Contact your veterinarian for a list of preferred boarding kennels and facilities.
- Ask your local animal shelter if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets.
- Identify hotels or motels outside of your immediate area that accept pets.
- Ask friends and relatives outside your immediate area if they would be willing to take in your pet.
Step 3 Emergency Supplies and Traveling Kits
Keep an Evac-Pack and supplies handy for your pets. Make sure that everyone in the family knows where it is. This kit should be clearly labeled and easy to carry. Items to consider keeping in or near your pack include:
- Pet first-aid kit and guide book (ask your vet what to include, or visit the ASPCA Store to buy one online)
- 3-7 days’ worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food (be sure to rotate every two months)
- Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
- Litter or paper toweling
- Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
- Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
- Pet feeding dishes
- Extra harness and leash (Note: harnesses are recommended for safety and security)
- Photocopies of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires (Remember, food and medications need to be rotated out of your emergency kit—otherwise they may go bad or become useless.)
- Bottled water, at least 7 days’ worth for each person and pet (store in a cool, dry place and replace every two months)
- A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet
- Blanket (for scooping up a fearful pet)
- Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make “Lost” posters)
- Especially for cats: Pillowcase or EvackSack, toys, scoopable litter
- Especially for dogs: Long leash and yard stake, toys and chew toys, a week’s worth of cage liner.
You should also have an emergency kit for the human members of the family. Items to include: Batteries, duct tape, flashlight, radio, multi-tool, tarp, rope, permanent marker, spray paint, baby wipes, protective clothing and footwear, extra cash, rescue whistle, important phone numbers, extra medication and copies of medical and insurance information.
Step 4 Choose “Designated Caregivers”
This step will take considerable time and thought. When choosing a temporary caregiver, consider someone who lives close to your residence. He or she should be someone who is generally home during the day while you are at work or has easy access to your home. A set of keys should be given to this trusted individual. This may work well with neighbors who have pets of their own—you may even swap responsibilities, depending upon who has accessibility.
When selecting a permanent caregiver, you’ll need to consider other criteria. This is a person to whom you are entrusting the care of your pet in the event that something should happen to you. When selecting this “foster parent,” consider people who have met your pet and have successfully cared for animals in the past. Be sure to discuss your expectations at length with a permanent caregiver, so he or she understands the responsibility of caring for your pet.
Step 5 Evacuation Preparation
If you must evacuate your home in a crisis, plan for the worst-case scenario. If you think you may be gone for only a day, assume that you may not be allowed to return for several weeks. When recommendations for evacuation have been announced, follow the instructions of local and state officials. To minimize evacuation time, take these simple steps:
- Store an emergency kit and leashes as close to an exit as possible.
- Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification. Your pet’s ID tag should contain his name, telephone number, and any urgent medical needs. Be sure to write your pet’s name, your name and contact information on your pet’s carrier.
- The ASPCA recommends microchipping your pet as a more permanent form of identification. A microchip is implanted in the animal’s shoulder area, and can be read by scanner at most animal shelters.
- Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster. Pets can become disoriented and wander away from home during a crisis.
- Consider your evacuation route and call ahead to make arrangements for boarding your pet outside of the danger zone at the first sign of disaster.
Step 6 Geographic and Climatic Considerations
Do you live in an area that is prone to certain natural catastrophes, such as tornadoes, earthquakes or floods? If so, you should plan accordingly.
- Determine well in advance which rooms offer safe havens. These rooms should be clear of hazards such as windows, flying debris, etc.
- Choose easy-to-clean areas such as utility rooms, bathrooms, and basements as safe zones.
- Access to a supply of fresh water is particularly important. In areas that may lose electricity, fill up bathtubs and sinks ahead of time to ensure that you have access to water during a power outage or other crises.
- In the event of flooding, go to the highest location in your home, or a room that has access to counters or high shelves where your animals can take shelter.
If emergency officials recommend that you stay in your home, it’s crucial that you keep your pets with you. Keep your Evac-Pack and supplies close at hand. Your pets may become stressed during the in-house confinement, so you may consider crating them for safety and comfort.
Special Considerations for Birds
- Birds should be transported in a secure travel cage or carrier.
- In cold weather, make certain you have a blanket over your pet’s cage. This may also help reduce the stress of traveling.
- In warm weather, carry a spray bottle to periodically moisten your bird’s feathers.
- Have recent photos available, and keep your bird’s leg bands on for identification.
- If the carrier does not have a perch, line it with paper towels that you can change frequently.
- Keep the carrier in as quiet an area as possible.
- It is particularly imperative that birds eat on a daily basis, so purchase a timed feeder. If you need to leave your bird unexpectedly, the feeder will ensure his daily feeding schedule.
- Items to keep on hand: Catch net, heavy towel, blanket or sheet to cover cage, cage liner.
Special Considerations for Reptiles
- A snake may be transported in a pillowcase, but you should have permanent and secure housing for him when you reach a safe place.
- Take a sturdy bowl that is large for your pet to soak in. It’s also a good idea to bring along a heating pad or other warming device, such as a hot water bottle.
- Lizards can be transported like birds (see above).
Special Considerations for Small Animals
- Small animals, such as hamsters, gerbils, mice and guinea pigs, should be transported in secure carriers with bedding materials, food and food bowls.
- Items to keep on hand: Salt lick, extra water bottle, small hidebox or tube, a week’s worth of bedding.
“There’s nothing like the loving companionship a pet can bring to a home,” says Dr. Al Paredes, Veterinarian in Palm Harbor, Florida, “and a puppy or kitten for Christmas is a wonderful gift for a single person or a family.” Sure they require care, but the unconditional love and companionship they give in return is well worth it.
a puppy or kitten should be seen by a veterinarian for their vaccines and even spay neuter services are something that should be considered as soon as the puppy or kitten is old enough is a good option. Here at the Day and Evening Pet Clinic in Palm Harbor, Florida, January and February are some of our busiest months as people who got a puppy or kitten for Christmas bring them in for veterinarian services like, spay, neuter and vaccines.
We offer low cost spay neuter and vaccines coupons for puppies and kittens, as well as older pets and it is gratifying to see the owners taking such good care to make sure their pet stays healthy and happy.
All of us here at Day and Evening Pet Clinic wish you a happy holiday season.
Dr. Al Paredes
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.”
Our pet clinic offers low cost spay neuter vet services for Pinellas and Pasco County – Get discount coupons for spay neuter and vaccines at http://www.spavet.com or call us at 727-785-7200.
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