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Candy is Dandy, but…

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Candy is Dandy, but…

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                Happy Halloween! Tonight is a night of ghouls and ghosts, costumes and candy! It should be a fun night for all! And our goal is to keep Fluffy out of the ER tonight! So, what is the best was to accomplish that? Don’t share the treats! Make sure they are kept out of your pet’s reach. There are a variety of treats that can be toxic to your pet. Chocolate (especially dark and baking chocolate), sugar-free treats containing Xylitol, and edibles made with marijuana can all be dangerous for dogs and cats.

  1. Chocolate – chocolate contains methylxanthines. When ingested, you may notice vomiting, diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rate, tremors, seizures, and possibly death. The severity of the signs depends on a number of factors – the type of chocolate (the darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it can be), the amount ingested, the size of your pet, and even the amount of time (from ingestion to realizing your pet ingested it) can all play a role.chocolate
  2. Xylitol – this is a common ingredient in many sugar-free products like gum, candy, and baked goods. So, what’s the big deal? Well, Xylitol can cause too much insulin to be released. This can lead to hypoglycemia (a low blood sugar level) and possibly liver failure. Some initial signs you may notice are vomiting, lethargy, and a loss of coordination. Signs my even progress to seizures. Elevated liver enzymes and/or liver failure may not show up for a few days.xylitol-products
  3. Edibles – Halloween treats made with marijuana can pose multiple threats. Not only is the marijuana a hazard to your pet’s health, if it is in combination with chocolate (i.e. brownies) or a sugar-free candy (i.e. lollipops), it can be a double whammy. Signs of marijuana ingestion include depression, vomiting, incoordination, sleepiness or excitation, hypersalivation, dilated pupils, low blood pressure, low body temperature, seizures, coma, and, rarely, death. Please, if your pet ingests marijuana, be open with the technician or doctor should they require medical attention. We are here to help your pet, and the sooner we know what we are dealing with, the sooner we can treat your pet properly. We are not here to judge you.edibles

Time is of the essence

The old adage, “the sooner, the better”, rings true here. If your pet ingests any of these products this Halloween, call your regular Veterinary Clinic, the local Animal ER, or ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Hotline immediately. Information to have readily available is: the product (keep packaging if possible), the type of chocolate ingested, the approximate amount of the product ingested (in ounces), an approximate weight for your pet, and an approximate time of ingestion. Based on this information, you will be advised of the best course of action for your pet. This could include home monitoring, having a veterinarian induce vomiting, bloodwork, hospitalization, or a combination of any of these avenues of care.fluids2

Remember, the best way to have a safe Halloween is to keep the treats out of your pet’s reach! Please note this is not an all-inclusive list of potential toxic treats. This is just a list of the most common we tend to see around this time of year. If your pet ingests something it shouldn’t, and you’re not sure if it will cause a problem, please call your veterinarian. Have a safe and happy Halloween!pets-as-ozhot-dog-costume-file000768461509

Important Numbers to have on hand:

  • Advanced Pet Care of Parker: (303) 840-6300 (we are open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm on Halloween)
  • Animal Emergency and Specialty Center: (720) 842-5050 (open 24/7)
  • ASPCA Animal Poison Control Hotline: 1 (888) 426-4435 (a consultation fee may apply)

 

 

 

Resources

ASPCA, Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants: Marijuana, http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants/marijuana

Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Pet

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in Blog, Holidays, Safety for your pet! | Comments Off on Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Pet

New Year’s Resolutions Aren’t Just for People

The start of a new year can signal a fresh start for your pets who may need a change in their routine. For example, with over 50 percent of pets in the U.S. classified as overweight, there’s no better time for owners to commit to a new, healthy food and exercise regimen for their dogs. Need more ideas? Here are ten resolutions to make this year your pet’s healthiest year yet!

Measure Your Pet’s Food – Every Time!

measure your pet's food

Many of us are guilty of just “eyeballing” the dog’s or cat’s kibble and pour that into a bowl. This usually results in overfeeding and weight gain — especially as your pet gets older. It’s important to use an 8-ounce measuring cup to ensure your dog isn’t taking in more calories than they need. The recommended feeding guidelines on the bag are good place to start to figure out how much food your pet really needs. Older pets and those who have been fixed usually have lower energy needs than young, intact animals.

Choose an Age-Appropriate Food

Growing dogs have very specific nutrient requirements to ensure their bodies grow healthy and strong. For example, some senior dogs may have lower energy requirements, but have other medical issues like degenerative joint disease that may be helped with the appropriate food. Choosing a food specifically tailored to your dog’s life stage is a great way to keep them in optimal health.

Try a New Activity with Your Dog

Play fetch with your pet

From doga to hiking, skijoring to kayaking, it’s easier than ever for people to incorporate their dog into a new exercise routine. It’s a great way to bond, it’ll get you both out of the house, and both owner and dog will reap the rewards of a healthy physical activity. Meet-up groups are a great way to find like-minded dog owners to join you in your exercise, too!

Incorporate (More) Playtime into Your Routine

Fun playtime with your cat

Cats love the thrill of chasing a laser toy; just don’t tell them it’s exercise! Toys that trigger a cat’s predatory instinct are a great way to get them off the couch and engaged in a little aerobic activity. Experiment to see what really gets your cat going. Lasers, catnip toys, crinkly balls and climbable cat trees are perennial feline favorites. Even a cardboard box (or a Santa hat) can become a cat cave that satisfies a cat’s desire for a hiding place.

For the complete Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for your pet, visit Top 10 New Year’s Resolution on petMD!

Merry Christmas from APC of Parker

Posted by on Dec 25, 2015 in Blog, Holidays | Comments Off on Merry Christmas from APC of Parker

Merry Christmas from all of us here at APC of Parker to you and yours. May your Christmas wishes come true and your furry friends stay safe and healthy!

The holidays are a time of celebration, but they can also be a dangerous time for our furry friends. So if you missed our post about pet safety, make sure you check it out here because the last thing you want during your holidays is an emergency trip to the vet because your pet got into the chocolates!

Merry Christmas APC of Parker

10 Thanksgiving Food Do’s and Don’t for Your Pet

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Blog, Holidays, Safety for your pet! | Comments Off on 10 Thanksgiving Food Do’s and Don’t for Your Pet

With the holidays approaching, your dog or cat will inevitably be begging to partake in the big turkey dinner. Over half of America’s pet owners admit they share Thanksgiving table scraps with their pets. While this can be a wonderful way to add lean protein and fresh veggies to your pet’s diet, there are also hidden dangers in holiday fare. This year, before preparing a heaping plateful for your pet, consult a vet and consider these 10 tips to keep Thanksgiving a safe, healthy holiday for your dog or cat.

YESYES to Turkey
Turkey can be a wonderful lean protein to share with your pet. Just make sure you remove any excess skin or fat, stick with white meat, and make sure there are no bones. Bone shards can perforate the esophagus, stomach or intestines and lead to a painful death.

 

NONO to Onions & Garlic
Nothing with alliums (i.e., onions, garlic, leeks, scallions) should be eaten by your pet. While it is true that small, well-cooked portions of these foods can be okay if your pet is used to it, eating them in large quantities can lead to toxic anemia.

 

YESYES to Mashed Potatoes
Potatoes are a great, filling vegetable to share with your pet. However even though the potatoes themselves are not harmful to pets, be aware of additional ingredients used in your favorite mashed potatoes recipes. Cheese, sour cream, butter, onions and gravies are no-no’s in a pet’s diet.

 

NONO to Grapes
Many people are unaware that grapes, and subsequently raisins, can be toxic to pets. The fruit has been shown to cause kidney failure in dogs.

 

YESYES to Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry sauce is just fine for pets but watch the amount of sugar in it. It is probably best to only provide a small helping to your pet’s plate.

 

NONO to Xylitol
Xylitol is a sugar alcohol used as a sweetener. While you may choose to cook or bake with artificial sweeteners over the real thing, foods containing Xylitol are poisonous to animals, and potentially deadly to dogs. And don’t forget gum — there are quite a few chewing gums that contain Xylitol.

 

YESYES to Macaroni and Cheese
If you know your pet’s stomach handles dairy alright, macaroni and cheese is a safe leftover to share. If you are unsure though, it may be best to just give plain macaroni. Cats often develop lactose intolerance when they become adults.

 

NONO to Chocolate
Chocolate is a well known off limits indulgence for pets. During the holidays however, baking chocolate is used in recipes and sometimes forgotten about by the time the dishes hit the table. Make sure this holiday season that your pet doesn’t eat any chocolate, especially the baking kind. And remember, the darker the chocolate, the more harmful it is to your pet.

 

YESYES to Green Beans
Plain green beans are a wonderful treat for pets. Fresh vegetables are a great addition to any diet. If the green beans are included in a green bean casserole though, be conscious of the other ingredients in it.

 

NONO to Alcohol
Alcohol is definitely a big NO for pets. What we may consider a small amount can be toxic for a smaller animal. Also, keep in mind that alcohol poisoning can occur in pets from atypical items like fruit cake or plum pudding where the recipe may have called for rum or other liquor.

 

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Thanksgiving Preparation Tips for Your Pets

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Blog, Holidays | Comments Off on Thanksgiving Preparation Tips for Your Pets

Thanksgiving Preparation Tips
Think ahead to the day after Thanksgiving. Where would you rather be:

  • Hanging out with family with your dog sleeping on the floor next to you
  • Hitting the Black Friday sales
  • At the vet’s office praying that your dog survives or searching the neighborhood because he escaped

I know where I’d rather be — and the last option doesn’t even come close!

It’s always better to be safe than sorry and you can avoid tragedy by preparing your home with a few Thanksgiving Preparation Tips.

Dogs like routines and Thanksgiving is definitely not routine. People are coming and going, meals are prepared and eaten at odd hours and in normally unused rooms. There’s a lot of tempting food sitting around just at nose level. Strange people with loud voices are petting and, sometimes, poking — it’s very stressful for your four-footed friends.

You’re going to have a lot going on, especially if you are cooking a big dinner. But don’t neglect your four-footed family members! Keep their regular schedule as much as possible. Keep things as normal as possible. Keep food and water bowls in their regular locations — this helps them know everything is OK and they are safe. Check the water bowl often to be sure they have water – you never know if it’s been tipped over or dirtied. If walks or exercise is part of their routine, stick to it if possible. If you can’t walk or exercise him, look into getting a family member, neighbor, or a dog-walker to do it instead. Give them lots of attention and play with them before your guests arrive – tire them out, but don’t go overboard. If your pet is used to eating at a certain time, make sure that routine is kept — even if you have to feed them in a guest-free area. With all the changes in the normal routine for this holiday, your pets can get overly excited or nervous. Dogs who are on the nervous side may get aggressive because the added stress simply “puts them over the edge.”

Dogs tell us when they are stressed. We often ignore or misinterpret what they are saying because we expect them to react like people. For example, most dogs don’t like to be hugged. To them, it’s a threat. What do children, especially little girls, LOVE to do to dogs? – hug them. Dogs pant when they are stressed or excited, not just when they are hot. If your dog is panting and drooling, they may need a time-out in a quiet place so they have time to de-stress. Keep an eye out for stress factors and remind guests that you pet should be allowed to move around freely and away from small children as needed.

Prepare a dog Safe-Room away from all the commotion with his bed, water and soft music. Give him a new treat and don’t forget to give him access to his favorite toys and chews. He may need to chew, both to relieve his stress and for the fun of chewing. He may need more water than usual if he’s stressed. Check his safety room water bowl as well as his regular water bowl to be sure he has plenty of clean, fresh water. And make this Safe-Room a guest-free zone … give your pet a safe place they can escape from all the commotion and the attentions of small children.

Keep dogs out of kitchen, if at all possible! If your dog stays out of the kitchen, this prevents:

  • Burns from hot liquids or food
  • Injury from something falling on your dog such as knives or pots
  • Your tripping over him

If you are frying the turkey or grilling any meats, keep your dog away from the equipment where he could accidentally get severely burned.

Keep all pot and pan handles on the stove turned inward.

Keep food away from those sneaky doggie thieves by covering plates & bowls and moving them out of reach and away from the edges of counters.

Getting Ready for Thanksgiving for PetsAfter you’ve cooked the meal and before you sit down to eat, contain all food and food-related garbage. Put something heavy such as a brick on top of your garbage can outside to ensure the lid will not come off. If you have a lot of other trash, then put it in your closed garage or storage area away from your dog until garbage collection day.

These cooking items can be swallowed by your pet and get stuck in the intestinal track causing a blockage or perforation:

  • Baking string or mesh (that you use on a turkey or a roast)
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic bags or shrink-wrap covering
  • Plastic wrap
  • Pop up timers
  • Roasting bags
  • Skewers
  • Tin foil
  • Toothpicks
  • Wax paper

Tell your guests that they should not give your pet any table food — before, during or after the meal. Giving him the wrong foods can upset his stomach, leading to best case scenario – diarrhea and/or throwing up; and worst case scenario – a trip to the emergency vet and/or death. In fact, the safest place for him may be in that dog Safe-Room away from all the commotion of football games, kids running around and too many loud conversations.

Even though you may think your pet is a member of the family who should be included in the celebrations, your pet may have other ideas. Providing them with a safe place to hide during this departure from their routine is the best Thanksgiving gift you can give them.

Finally, just for peace of mind, be sure you have your vet’s phone number handy as well as the name and address of the nearest emergency veterinary hospital and possibly, the number for a pet poison hotline.

 

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Tale of two dogs and their mouths!

Posted by on Feb 17, 2012 in Blog, Dentistry | 1 comment

Below are two different cases that we saw the other week.   They each demonstrate the importance of dental care in your pets but two different extremes.

lindsayFirst is Lindsey.  She is a thirteen year old silky terrier.  Mom requested that we put her picture up because she is VERY proud of her!   First of all, I will tell you that most dogs her size (including Chihuahuas, Yorkies, pugs, Schnauzers, etc) tend to me highly predisposed to periodontal disease.   What does that mean….well they almost always need extractions starting at a fairly young age (3-7 years) and you almost NEVER see one with ALL of their original teeth in double-digit years!

She has had her teeth cleaned almost every year and mom brushes her teeth every day!   She still has all of her teeth to this day because of the care her mom provides for her!   Here is a picture of her mouth before and after her cleaning. (more…)

Anesthetic-free or Sedated Dental Cleaning

Posted by on Feb 2, 2012 in Blog, Dentistry | 0 comments

The simple truth to the answer is no, because there is no such thing that is of benefit to your pet!  If anyone ever tells you they can clean your pets teeth without full anesthesia, then you should turn around and walk (if not run) somewhere else.  It is impossible to properly clean and treat (read our 12 step dental process) your pets teeth and subgingiva (the space under the gums where most of the disease is) without being under anesthesia.  (more…)

Let Your Pet Say “Cheese!”

Posted by on Jan 31, 2012 in Blog, Dentistry | 0 comments

February is Pet Dental Health month so we are going to start our dental education this month.  We will have many upcoming blogs about dental disease and how to prevent it in your pets.

In the mean time, if your pet doesn’t already have a clean and healthy mouth, then please do the following:

  1. Go to the nearest phone
  2. Dial 303-840-6300
  3. Ask to speak to the receptionist
  4. Tell them it has been over a year since your pet was in our office for a dental exam and cleaning
  5. Tell them the time and day that is best for you
  6. Hang up the phone
  7. Go to your pet and look them in the face
  8. Lift their lip up so they are smiling
  9. Say “Who has their teeth and wants to keep them all?”

See you soon!

The staff at Advanced Pet Care of Parker

Pet Dental Health Month

Posted by on Jan 2, 2012 in Blog, Dentistry | 0 comments

February is Pet Dental Health Month.  Our blog will be focusing on your pets dental health issues over the next few months.   The posts will discuss some of the dental diseases and problems that frequently occur in our dogs and cats along with recommendations for home care.   You can play a major role in your pets dental health and thus minimize how often they need to have their teeth cleaned and thus also minimize the amount of extractions they need over their lifespan.   All of this will help you save money and your pet keep their teeth!  Only you can help prevent periodontal disease in your pet! (more…)

Microchipping your pet

Posted by on Dec 28, 2011 in Blog, Safety for your pet!, Travel | 0 comments

Microchipping Could Save your Pet’s Life

A microchip  is a small chip about the size of a grain of rice that emits a signal to a unique scanner indicating the unique identification number of the chip.  This small item could safe your pet’s life by reuniting you with a lost pet.   It can also serve as proof of ownership or even mean the difference between euthanasia and medical care in an emergency. (more…)