Leptospirosis, Lyme Disease, and Protecting Your Pet

After a record-breaking wet and wild spring across Iowa, it seems as if we are on-track to see two dangerous pet illnesses become the rising stars of summer: Lyme disease and Leptospirosis.

But these are not the kind of stars your dog wants to dance with. Both Lyme and Lepto can pose a serious, if not fatal, risk to your pet’s health. Luckily, there are preventive measures you can take to protect your four-legged friend from contracting these illnesses.

What do you know about Lyme disease and Leptospirosis? Read on to find out more about what these diseases are and how you can protect your pet this season and in the years to come.

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Understanding Fatal Canine Bloat

Every dog owner wants to ensure their best friend enjoys the longest, healthiest life possible. There are many ways to accomplish this, such as through disease prevention, balanced nutrition, and daily exercise.

However, even the most proactive and engaged owner can’t always prevent accidental injury or illness. For example, canine bloat, a life-threatening pet emergency, is a risk to all dogs.

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Spring into Preventatives

Spring is here and along with the increasing warmth comes discomfort in the form of fleas, mosquitoes, and ticks. It doesn’t matter whether you live in town or out in the country these creepy crawlers summer plans include feasting on your pet. No wonder flea, tick, and heartworm prevention are a hot topic among pet owners and of course all of us here at Animal Family.

Unfortunately, parasites can bring more than just discomfort. They can cause serious illness in your pet as well as health risks for your family. These illnesses can include:

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Leaving Your Dog Home Alone: How Long Is Too Long?

We don’t call dogs our best friends for nothing. They enjoy our company and are hardwired to protect us, work for us, and be our companions. In a perfect world we’d spend all day with our dogs, but for most of us this just isn’t a possibility.

Leaving your dog home alone doesn’t mean you’re a bad pet owner. Fortunately there are some great ways to enrich your dog’s life (and keep your house intact) while you’re away from home.

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The Scary Truth About Xylitol Toxicity? It Can Happen Anytime, Anywhere

Preventing a dangerous pet poisoning episode is an obvious concern for pet owners. But one of the most harmful substances a pet can cross paths with isn’t in the garage or garden shed.

Traditional pet toxins, such as antifreeze or rodent bait are easily identifiable and well-known, however Xylitol poses a threat every bit as real, but is stealthily hidden behind multi-colored packages of gum, candy, or peanut butter.

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Should You Cuddle with Your Pet? The Answer May Surprise You

Whether they’re logical, reasonable, or purely indulgent, the reasons people choose to sleep with their pets vary considerably. Approximately 60% of American households own a pet, and roughly half of them are allowed to sleep alongside their people. In fact, many owners insist on co-sleeping. Pets and people naturally enjoy – and benefit from – close contact. But are there reasons why you shouldn’t cuddle with your pet?

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Animal Family Veterinary Care Center’s Top Pet Care Blogs of 2018

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The new year is the perfect time to take stock of our blessings and reflect on our accomplishments. At this time of year, we can’t help but feel grateful for all our patients and clients, and think back with fondness to all the Davenport pets that we’ve helped.

We’re also thinking about how to make an even better year to come for ourselves, our families, and our pets. With that in mind, we’re taking a look back at our monthly pet care blogs to learn which posts you found most entertaining and educational, and we’ve compiled them for you here. Enjoy!

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Make Veterinary Visits Less Stressful for Your Cat

Feline veterinary visits are important for cat health

Did you know that cats actually out number dogs as pets in the U.S.? Yet, in spite of their greater numbers, we see far fewer felines at the clinic than we do dogs.

Traditionally, cats don’t like coming to the vet. They don’t like the carrier, the car ride, or the office visit. The great news is, there is something we can do to make things better. Cats can learn to tolerate, dare we say even enjoy, veterinary visits if we just take the time make things a little more cat friendly.

Planning for Feline Veterinary Visits Ahead of Time

As an owner, you can help decrease your cat’s stress by taking the time to get them used to the experiences associated with veterinary visits ahead of time. We have included a list below of some cat-friendly recommendations based on information provided by the International Society of Feline Medicine and American Association of Feline Practitioners.

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Avoid a Pet Emergency with a Strategy for Holiday Pet Safety

Practicing holiday pet safety can prevent a pet emergency

The last thing any pet owner wants for their best friend is an accidental injury or sudden illness, but to face a dire situation during the holidays is extra frightening and stressful.

Whether it’s toxic foods, chemical poisoning, entanglement, electrical shock, or choking, preventing a pet emergency is crucial. Fortunately, with our holiday pet safety tips, you can relax and enjoy the festivities knowing your pet is protected!

Stay Away from Hazards

This time of the year, it’s not uncommon for pets to face certain hazards from new items that are brought into the home.

Gifts, people food, holiday decor, and more can all unwittingly place a pet in harm’s way. Let’s take a closer look at certain risks:

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The Best in Veterinary Surgery Options 

Veterinary surgery is sometimes necessary for pet health

When your pet needs to have surgery, it can be a little intimidating. From anesthesia to the actual surgical procedure, and all the details and decisions in between, it’s no surprise that many pet owners feel overwhelmed at best – and frightened at worst.

If you find yourself in position where your beloved family friend needs to have a procedure performed, though, you can have utmost confidence in our abilities at Animal Family Veterinary Care Center. Our veterinary surgery facilities and advanced offerings are top notch, and we have no doubt that we can provide the best for you and your pet.

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