<![CDATA[Dallas Professional Pet Care - Blog]]>Tue, 27 Mar 2018 16:05:09 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[A Safe Halloween For Your Pets]]>Fri, 16 Oct 2015 23:12:35 GMThttp://dallaspropetcare.com/blog/a-safe-halloween-for-your-petsPicture
During the week of Halloween, calls to the Pet Poison Helpline increase by 12 percent, making it the call center’s busiest time of year. Most of the calls involve pets ingesting Halloween candy or décor. If you see symptoms of any of the following dangers contact your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline immediately at 1-800-213-6680.

Of all candy, chocolate is one of the most toxic to pets and the darker and more bitter it is, the more poisonous it is. To avoid issues, keep Halloween candy out of the reach of pets at all times. If you think your pet may have ingested chocolate, watch for symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, agitation, increased thirst, an elevated heart rate, and in severe cases, seizures.

Dogs and cats rarely count calories when it comes to eating tasty treats and can gorge themselves on candy if available to them. Large ingestions of sugary, high-fat candy can lead to pancreatitis in pets. Potentially fatal, pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas and very painful. It may not show up for two to four days after the pet ingests the candy. Symptoms include decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, abdominal pain, and potentially, kidney failure or organ damage.

When pets eat candy, they don’t take the time to unwrap it, so they are also ingesting foil and cellophane wrappers which can cause intestinal obstructions. If your pet has ingested wrapped candy watch for signs of not eating, vomiting, lethargy or straining to poop.

Cats love to play with and chew on glow sticks or glow jewelry. While not usually life-threatening, the liquid in these items can cause pain and irritation in the mouth, as well as profuse drooling and foaming at the mouth.

If pets will be around your jack-o-lanterns or candles it’s best to go with the flameless variety. Many pets suffer candle burns during the Halloween season.

Crowds, costumes and loud noises can cause your pet to be frightened and possibly run from the safety of your home. If you’ll be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters or having a party, it’s best to isolate your pets in a room as far away from the action as possible. Dim lighting and either a radio or TV playing will help to keep them calm.

It only takes a little extra effort to make sure Halloween is a fun, rather than frightening holiday for your pets.

<![CDATA[Avoid pet treat recalls by making your own]]>Sun, 20 Sep 2015 16:18:39 GMThttp://dallaspropetcare.com/blog/avoid-pet-treat-recalls-by-making-your-ownPicture
With so many recalls on pet treats these days it’s tempting to stop giving your pets any treats at all. But, you don’t have to take it that far. You can make your own dog and cat treats and know they are fresh, wholesome and not tainted like those ‘made in China’ varieties.Basic Dog Treat
These can be made in several flavors and customized to avoid allergy triggers like wheat by using rice or potato flour in place of wheat & spelt flours. Additionally, check your broth to make sure corn is not an ingredient if your pet is allergic to corn.

2 teaspoons dry yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm water
2 tablespoons dry parsley
3 tablespoons honey
1 egg
5-6 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups chicken, beef or vegetable broth

Preheat oven to 350°
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in the parsley, garlic, broth, honey, and egg. Gradually blend in flour, adding enough to form a stiff dough.
Transfer to a floured surface and knead until smooth (about 3-5 minutes). Shape the dough into a ball, and roll to 1/4-inch (6 mm) thick. Using small bone-shaped cookie cutters, make biscuits! Transfer to ungreased baking sheets, spacing them about 1/4 inch (6 mm) apart. Gather up the scraps, roll out again, and cut additional biscuits.
Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and turn over. Bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until lightly browned on both sides. Let cool overnight.

Basic Cat Treats
Like the dog treats, these too can be made in many flavors. Experiment with things like the liquid in canned sardines or clam juice.

1 1/2 Cup Rolled Oats
1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
1/2 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Tuna Oil, Chicken broth, or Beef Bouillon

Preheat oven to 350°.
Mix all ingredients into a dough. Roll dough to ¼” – ½” thickness and cut in small squares or diamonds using a pizza cutter. Set on greased cookie sheet. Bake 30 minutes or until slightly browned.
Cool overnight.

Yes, making them yourself does require a little extra effort, but keeping your pet safe, healthy and happy is more than worth it

<![CDATA[August 24th, 2015]]>Mon, 24 Aug 2015 18:27:03 GMThttp://dallaspropetcare.com/blog/august-24th-2015Picture
The kids are back to school; new routines are being set; and the ones that may have the most difficulty with all this newness is the dog.

Dogs especially experience sadness when the kids are gone all day. They’ve spent a summer hanging with their best friends and now it’s back to the regular routine. They have to re-learn how to be on their own again.

If Sparky starts to bark incessantly, mope around the house or chew on things he shouldn’t it’s a pretty good bet that he’s suffering from the back-to-school-blues. Now is not the time to punish him for his behavior. You need to help him find his place in the new routine.

Stimulation is the answer. Provide him with new interactive toys, treats hidden in various spots around the house, and more walks. A professional pet sitter / dog walker would be an excellent addition, giving your pup some special time that is all about him.  And a day or two at doggy day care might be a good idea as well.

Make regular walks a part of the routine. Perhaps an after-school walk would be a good chore for the kids during the school year. It will also help set the routine to set regular feeding times. Don’t be tempted to make up for it with extra treats that could bring on an unhealthy weight gain.

Most pets will adapt to the new routine in a week or so. But if they refuse to eat or remain in bed all day it could be a sign of something more serious and a visit to the vet is required.

Be patient & kind with Sparky and things will get back to normal in no time at all.

<![CDATA[Summer Cat Grooming For Better Health]]>Thu, 06 Aug 2015 21:53:30 GMThttp://dallaspropetcare.com/blog/summer-cat-grooming-for-better-healthPicture
Anyone who has a cat knows that even a ‘spa regular’ can’t match the grooming level of the basic feline. Most cats will spend several hours of their day grooming. However, they still may need some human assistance to make sure they’re as healthy as they can be.

Baths aren’t a regular recommendation for cats, but there are those occasions when she will end up covered in something she shouldn’t be, and if that substance is toxic then a bath becomes a necessity. If your cat is not acclimated to baths, you’re in for a big challenge! If you choose the DIY method you’ll probably need an extra person to hold your cat while you bathe her. Use an all-natural, cat-specific shampoo to avoid exposing your cat to harsh chemicals. After bathing just towel dry her and let her sulk off to lick her damp fur.

Daily brushing is a must, especially in the summer when cats tend to shed even more. Even in short hair cats about two thirds of the hair they lick ends up being ingested, which can lead to hairballs. A daily brush will remove a lot of that hair and give Tom’s digestive tract a break.

Long hair cats require more grooming. Daily brushing is often not enough. A de-shedding tool such as a
FURminator® may be required to keep the shedding under control. If you know you won’t dedicate the time to daily brushing or de-shedding, you may want to take your cat to the groomer for a lion cut which will reduce the amount of fur available for licking.

Ears can be cleaned simply with a bit of mineral oil on a cotton ball. However, if the inside of your cat’s ears look like they’re filled with coffee grinds you need to see the vet for an ear mite treatment.

If you have an indoor cat and prefer to not have needle sharp nails gouging you regularly, you can clip the nails, but only the very tips. Make sure you use a clipper made for cat nails and only clip off the sharp hook. Outside cats need their sharp nails so trimming is not recommended.

Don’t forget the teeth! A simple brush every few days is usually good for cats, or if they simply won’t allow that you can use one of the many dental gels available at pet supply stores or your vet’s office.

Regular grooming will keep your cat happy and healthy and your home will be cleaner and healthier as well.

<![CDATA[The Right Vet For Your Pet]]>Fri, 10 Jul 2015 17:49:46 GMThttp://dallaspropetcare.com/blog/july-10th-2015Picture
Finding the right doctor is one of your most important, yet daunting tasks as a new pet parent. You want to find someone who has a great bedside manner with your furry one, but also a good communication manner with you.

“Word of mouth – talk to pet parents with pets similar to yours.” advises Wendy K. Dearixon, DMV of Vickery Place Animal Hospital in Dallas Texas. Other pet parents will never steer you wrong when it comes to a good veterinarian.

If you’re new to the area and have nobody to ask, there are several factors you will want to consider when first meeting new veterinarians.

• Is the clinic clean and organized and the office staff friendly and accommodating? When you’re greeted with a smile in a clean environment it’s going to be so much easier to pay attention to what is going on with your pet’s examination.

• Does the doctor talk to your pet directly or just to you? When the vet speaks to your animal it shows that he considers your pet valuable as an individual.

• Does there seem to be a genuine affection for animals? A vet that truly loves animals will always go above and beyond to guarantee the highest level of comfort and health for her patients.

• Does the doctor and office staff communicate the prognosis and treatment clearly with you? The vet and staff should explain thing to you in clear layman’s terms so you will be able to understand the diagnosis and provide the at-home care that’s needed.

• Is the doctor available to answer your questions either at the time you call, or by returning your call within a reasonable amount of time? Clear communication is key in keeping your pet healthy and being available to speak with you or return your calls is important.

While finding the right veterinarian to care for your new pet will take time, once you find the right one you can rest easy, knowing that your pet’s health and well-being is a priority and you have a strong partner in his or her lifetime care.

<![CDATA[Summer Dog Walking Safety]]>Fri, 26 Jun 2015 01:40:45 GMThttp://dallaspropetcare.com/blog/summer-dog-walking-safetyPicture
While dog walking is a perfectly simple thing, it takes on some new challenges in the summer months. In order to keep your pet and yourself safe and healthy while walking in the summer there are a few tips you should follow.

Avoid peak daytime heat
While mid-day potty breaks are necessary, extended walks should take place during the earlier morning hours or late evening hours. By avoiding the really hot mid-day heat, you can prevent overheating and sunburn for both you and your dog.

Avoid walking on concrete or pavement
On a low-humidity 90° day in direct sun, asphalt can reach temperatures over 140°. An egg will fry in 5 minutes at 131°. If you can’t comfortably press the back of your hand against the pavement for 10 seconds then your dog can’t walk on it without burns! Stay in shady and grassy areas as often as possible to prevent burns. The pavement also holds heat so it can still be too hot in the evening when the air temperature has gone down.

Always carry water on walks

Unless you’re walking in a park that has doggy water fountains, make sure you have a bottle of cool water and something for your dog to drink it out of. Dogs suffer dehydration just like people and need regular water breaks. Since dogs can’t sweat, they pant and panting causes the mouth to dry out and the dog to get thirsty faster than humans do.

Know the signs of heat exhaustion
Loud or labored panting, drooling, increased heart rate, red tongue with pale gums, walking like they’re drunk. These are all signs of heat exhaustion and possibly heat stroke. If you witness any of these symptoms take action immediately!

  • Get the dog inside or to a shady spot
  • Pour cool (not cold) water over the dog’s head. NEVER immerse an overheated dog in water or use cold water for cooling as this can cause blood vessel constriction and make the overheating worse.
  • Rubbing alcohol on the foot pads will kick-start the cooling process
  • A little bit of honey rubbed on the dog’s gums can counteract the onset of hypoglycemia brought on by overheating.
  • Get to a veterinarian ASAP!
If you regularly practice these first three tips you and your dog will be safely walking and sure to avoid overheating or burns. So get out there and walk, but keep it safe!