Monthly Archives: April 2012

Fun in the Sun Photo Contest is Back !

That’s right everybody its back. We had such an amazing response to the photo contest last year. Many of the comments were to give some advanced notice about the contest. Make sure to be taking pictures of your pets through-out the summer time! The contest will  begin at the end of August! The winner will receive a $25 Baring gift card 🙂 

HomeAgain Chip-a-thon

Did you know that more pet’s get lost during the summer months than any other time of the year? In efforts to help alleviate the burden on our local shelters help us make sure your pet can find their way home.

For the months of May and June Baring will be offering the HomeAgain microchip/ registration and the first year of extra benefits for $35 (normally $46). No appointment is needed. Ask a member of our staff for more information.

Plan Ahead Dental

Ask us for more information about our P.A.D Program

Ok here we go we are starting a new dental savings plan called Plan Ahead Dental or PAD for short. The program is pretty simple bring you pet in about 1 month prior to the dental cleaning have one of our licensed technicians or one of our Doctors do a flip of the lip to see what stage your pet’s dental cleaning would be so we can make you an accurate estimate. Draw the pre-op lab work at that time (sending out blood work is less expensive than if we run it in-house). Then when you book the dental cleaning with-in 30 days of running the lab work a $10 discount is added off the price of the cleaning. It might not sound like a lot, but sending the lab work out does save quite a bit of money. Give us a call or stop on by for more information. Remember we will be announcing the next big dental deal in Mid-July.

To feed or not to feed that is the question.

Right and Wrong things to feed your pet.

By: Dr. Tony Luchetti, DVM

 Below is a list of certain human foods you can feed your pet, but as always the key is moderation. You don’t want more than 10% of your pet’s diet to be composed of human food. 

Lean meat like boneless/skinless chicken breast. Certain vegetables like carrots and green beans. My favorite is for owners of overweight dogs to give their pet the small baby carrots as a treat instead of the commercial treats available.Certain fruits such as berries (strawberries, rasberies, blue and blackberries) and bananas.

There are also certain foods your pet should avoid These include the following:

Chocolate/Coffee: can cause vomiting, diarrhea hyperactivity, elevated heart rate, tremors, seizures, and even death.

Avocado: can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs

Macadamia nuts which can cause temporary hind leg weakness, paralysis, and tremors in dogs
Grapes/Raisins: can cause kidney failure Raw yeast bread dough: can cause stomach bloat and drunkenness
Chewing gum or other products containing xylitol: can cause seizures and liver failure Onions/Garlic: can cause vomiting and red blood cell damage.

Tips for Selecting a Dog breed for you and your family

By: Sara Hogle DVM

There are several important factors to consider when choosing a specific dog breed or mixed breed individual for your family. In general, you will want to consider your own lifestyle, personality, and specific desires for dog behavior, personality, and maintenance characteristics. Selecting your canine friend is an important long term decision for you and your family so it pays to spend some time researching to ensure you come to the right decision.

When you imagine the type of dog you picture yourself living with for the next 10-20 years the dog’s breed will play an important role in this decision, but many other factors are important to consider. A particular breed will ensure certain qualities in your dog (coat length and grooming requirements, size, often energy level, trainability, protectiveness, temperature/climate tolerance, and  predisposition to certain medical problems) but does not automatically ensure that you will end up with the “perfect dog” for you. Spending some time researching the history of your dog’s family line, training and socializing your dog, and investing in your dog’s preventative care and medical needs through your veterinarian will provide you both with the best opportunity for a long happy, fulfilling life together.

 

 
A list of important factors to consider when selecting a canine companion:

  1. Size
  2. Energy level (some dogs are non-stop sprinters vs. more of a couch potato)
  3. How much time will you be able to spend exercising your dog each day?
  4. How often will you be able to play with your dog?
  5. How affectionate (“clingy”) do you want your dog to be?
  6. Do you have any other pets in the household that your dog will need to get along with?
  7. How trainable do you want your new dog to be?
    1. Some easier to train dog breeds- Australian shepherds, Border collie, Lab, Golden retriever, Poodles, Papillion
  8. How protective do you want your new dog to be?
  9. How much maintenance/grooming can you provide and how much shedding can you tolerate?
  10. Does your dog need to be able to tolerate cold, hot, or variable temperatures/climates based on where you live?
  11. Is it important that your dog be good with children?
  12. Is affordability an issue for you? E.g. initial cost of purchase, food, grooming costs, potential for health care/medical issues in the future.
    1. For example some breed predilections for hip dysplasia include German shepherds, Rottweiler,Labradorretrievers, Golden retrievers
  13. Will your dog be kept inside, outside, or a bit of both? (certain breeds just don’t tolerate exposure outside well at all).
  14. What is your level of experience with dogs? (certain breeds are not recommended for 1st time dog owners).
  15. What was the breed originally bred for? (some of those instincts may remain; for example some breeds were bred for digging/rooting out rodents and will likely do so in your flower garden as well).
  16. Do you have any allergies to dogs?  Some “hypoallergenic breeds” include: poodles, Bichon Frise, etc.
  17. How vocal of a dog do you prefer? Some are more talkative including: Beagles, Huskies, German Shepherd dogs.

Easter Hazards

While you are busy making your plans for Easter, please don’t forget to include your pets. Once you know the hazards, a little precaution and prevention will make the holidays a happy time for everyone.

With Easter just around the corner, the sweets we crave are just as tasty to our pets but can be deadly. Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine–both of which are toxic. Signs can include excitement/hyperactivity, vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, seizures, and increased heart rate. Limiting exposure to chocolate and chocolate-containing foods is the best way to prevent accidental ingestion. Sugar-free gums and candies may be sweetened with xylitol, which can be very dangerous to your pets. Xylitol can cause life-threatening low blood sugar and severe liver damage.

Tinsel or Easter grass can be appealing, but if ingested, it can twist up in the Keep a watchful eye on the holiday plants (Lillies). While they might smell and look engaging to the eye, they can be very toxic to animals when ingested.intestines. This is a particular danger to cats and kittens, which seem to find tinsel, yarn, ribbon, and string tempting to eat.