Pet Health Resources & Helpful Links
The care we provide for you and your pet doesn’t end at our doorstep. We also want to give you the resources to be the best pet parent you can be. Check out our helpful links to trusted pet health resources as well as some advice of our own!
Some Pet Health Advice
Here are some topics close to our hearts that we want to share with you. Please let us know if you have any questions.
10 Subtle Signs of Illness in Cats
Have we seen your cat at the vet lately? Your feline friends need annual check-ups just as much as dogs. Even though they may seem independent and healthy, cats are masters at hiding their illness until it is much further progressed. This can mean serious trouble down the road! To keep your cat as healthy as possible, schedule annual vet visits for them!
Here are 10 subtle signs of illness in cats to watch for:
- Inappropriate elimination behavior, such as going outside the litter box
- Changes in social interactions, either being more independent or more clingy than usual
- Changes in activity level
- Different sleeping habits
- Loss of appetite or eating more than usual
- Unexplained weight loss or gain
- Changes in grooming habits
- Signs of stress such as hiding more often
- Changes in vocalization
- Bad breath
Facts to Consider When Choosing A Dog for Your Home
When considering adding a new pup to your family, it’s important to do your research and find a breed that works well with your work hours, lifestyle, and living arrangements!
Consider the Adult Size of the Dog
Will there be enough room in your home and/or yard when that cute little 10lb Labrador puppy becomes an 80lb tennis ball-chasing maniac?
Energy and Exercise Requirements
“When I was working in New York City, I helped to train a dog that would literally chew on his owner’s walls and through the drywall. It was a Border Collie that lived on the 30th floor of an apartment building with an owner that worked long hours. She always liked the way Border Collies looked, so she got one. But with her home and lifestyle, she couldn’t provide the dog with the exercise a breed like that needed,” says Amy Robinson.
Many breeds need to be brushed regularly and some with continuously growing hair like Poodles, need to be taken to the groomer.
Training Needs and Time
Your job is not done after adopting or purchasing a new dog. Do you have the time to get your dog trained into a well-mannered pet that can live with you and your family?
Possible Health Conditions/Longevity
Different breeds of dog may be more prone to certain health conditions whether that’s allergies and ear infections or more serious problems like heart disease, hip dysplasia, or endocrine diseases. The longevity of dogs varies so much from breed to breed. Giant dog breeds, unfortunately, don’t have as long of a life span as toy or small breed dogs.
Social Ability with Animals and People
If you have friends/family visitors often in your home, you don’t want a dog that’s going to terrify them or a dog that’s going to run and hide either. Social ability has a bit to do with dog breed, but a lot to do with puppy socialization training, so make sure you provide your puppy with lots of different experiences so they grow up into a confident adult.
Veterinary Care Costs
The responsibilities of dog ownership go far beyond vaccinations and neuter/spay surgery. They require annual checkups, flea/tick and heartworm medications, and dental care. Sometimes they get sick unexpectedly!
Consider What Role You Want Your Dog to Play in Your Life
Do you want a jogging partner or a playmate for the kids? Or do you want a more protective dog to guard your household or property?
For an excellent resource for matching a dog breed to your home and lifestyle, check out Animal Planet’s Dog Breed Selector!
Lyme Disease & Your Dog
Dogs get Lyme disease from the deer tick (Ixodes scapularis), which can carry the organism Borrelia burgdorferi. Deer tick larvae become infected with this organism when they take their first blood meal from an infected mammal, preferably the white-footed mouse. When the tick larvae turn into nymphs in the springtime after being dormant over the winter, they become most dangerous. Nymphs are only the size of a poppy seed and can go unnoticed on your dog. Adult ticks are active in the fall when they mate on larger mammals, preferably the white-tailed deer. According to the Center for Disease Control, a tick must be attached for 36-48 hours before it can transmit Lyme disease.
Signs of Lyme Disease in Dogs
- Intermittent or recurrent lameness/limping
- Joint Pain/Swelling
- Kidney failure
Preventing Lyme Disease
Lyme disease in dogs is preventable with the use of topical or oral preventatives. Country View Veterinary Service offers three products that have been carefully selected for their outstanding coverage.
- Vectra 3D: A monthly topical treatment for puppies and dogs 8 weeks and older. It kills fleas and ticks on contact and offers broad-spectrum protection against mosquitos, flies, mites, and lice.
- Simparica: A monthly chewable for dogs 6 months and older that protects against fleas and ticks. It starts killing ticks within 8 hours.
- Seresto Collar: A water-resistant collar for puppies and dogs 7 weeks and older that lasts 8 months before needing to be replaced. It kills existing flea infestations while preventing re-infestation, protects against ticks, kills lice, and helps prevent sarcoptic mange. Starts to repel/kill new infestations of ticks within 6 hours.