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March is Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month!

March is designated as Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month.  Understanding what potential harmful poisons exist in your home and yard is the first step to keeping your pet safe.

 

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center can be reached at (888) 426-4435. They also have a very informative website at https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control, including lists of poisonous foods, plants, and products or substances that are commonly found in the home.

 

The Pet Poison Helpline can be reached at 855-764-7661. Their website has a helpful Poison List.

February is National Pet Dental Health Month!

Don't turn your nose to Fido's or Fluffy's bad breath! That odor might signify a serious health risk, with the potential to damage not only your pet's teeth and gums but its internal organs as well.

 

Dental health is a very important part of your pet's overall health, and dental problems can cause, or be caused by, other health problems. Your pet's teeth and gums should be checked at least once a year by your veterinarian to check for early signs of a problem and to keep your pet's mouth healthy.

 

Learn more at: https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Pet-Dental-Care.aspx

November is National Pet Diabetes Month!

Lethargy. Excessive thirst. Frequent urination. If your pet is displaying any of these common signs, he or she may have diabetes.

If you didn't know your dog or cat could develop diabetes, you're not alone. Many owners don't realize diabetes can affect pets too, so learning that your dog or cat has the condition can leave you with many questions.

While there's no cure for diabetes, proper care can help your pet live a happy, healthy, active life. The more you know about diabetes, the better you'll be able to work with your veterinarian to successfully manage your pet's health.

 

Visit http://www.petdiabetesmonth.com/ for more information and helpful tools.

Pet First Aid & CPR Training

Every pet parent wants to be able to help their pet immediately in any distress. Knowing the basics of pet first aid and CPR can be a valuable skill to being prepared in many different situations.

 

If you visit PetTech's website, you'll find information on upcoming classes in your areas. The closest classes are offered in Roseville, with the next set starting April 17, 2016. There is also a class starting on February 28, 2016, in San Jose.

The Dangers of Gum and Your Dog

Did you know that chewing gum can be poisonous to your dog?

 

Xylitol, a sweetener commonly found in chewing gum (as well as mints and toothpastes), can cause a life threatening drop in blood sugar within 10 to 15 minutes, with greater ingested levels of Xylitol leading to liver damage and failure. If your pet has ingested chewing gum or anything containing Xylitol, contact your veterinarian immediately.

 

You can learn more about Xylitol and dogs at the Pet Poison Helpline's website.

Pets for Adoption

Looking for a new furry friend to add to your family? Well these Fidos and Felines are looking for their furever home! You can search through the adoptable pets at our local shelter's website through Amador County Animal Control. 

 

http://www.co.amador.ca.us/departments/animal-control/adoptable-animals

BRIDGETTE the Dalmatian

Bridgette is a happy four-year-old Dalmatian! This beautiful dog is a true testament to this famous breed, with black spots all over and a happy cheerful face! She visited our office for a check up and enjoyed posing for pictures so much she just couldn't sit still! 

Megan & Henry the Chameleon

Megan got to get to know a cool chameleon! This little guy was brought to us from PetCo for a check up. He's doing awesome now though, and just as mellow as ever!

CELINE the Guinea Pig

This is "Celine" a (very) long haired Guinea Pig! She is an absolutely joy to hold and pet, and she's loves all the attention! Her mom uses baby shampoo to wash her hair, and says she loves the blow dryer! Her hair is very soft and fine, feels just like human hair! She certainly is a unique little pet!

DAISY the Boxer

This is "Daisy", a 9 week old Boxer. She's a New Years baby, born on January 1st! Her favorite toy is a stuffed animal with a beating heart sound. Being in a litter of six, it probably reminds her of her siblings and mom! She loves to sleep in her crate, and will even pull her crate bed out if she wants to lay outside of it. "Daisy" loves coming to our puppy class, and we hope to see her at our Obedience Class someday, too! Her mom is enjoying all the fun memories they're already making. What a precious, sweet face!