Notice: Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease and Canine Influenza

June 10th, 2015 by allcreatures

Notice:
Canine Infectious
Respiratory Disease and Canine Influenza

Outbreaks of Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD) and H3N2 Canine Influenza Virus
are occurring all around Georgia and Metro Atlanta, Alabama, California, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New York, Texas & Wisconsin, like the cases in Chicago, IL that affected over 1500 dogs.

Both CIRD and Canine Influenza are NOT a human disease, yet VERY contagious to dogs
Dogs in close contact with other dogs are susceptible to this group of illnesses, such as when they board, are being groomed, are playing at dog parks or doggy day care facilities or are being seen in a Veterinary Hospital or pet store or training facility
They are NOT a vaccine preventable set of diseases and vaccinations for a few of the components of this complex may not provide protection from newly emerging strains of disease
Illness can range from unseen to mild forms of cough to severe illness with fever, respiratory signs such as coughing and nasal discharge, inappetance and lethargy; in rare cases, dogs can contract serious secondary bacterial infections and pneumonia which could lead to death

The doctors and staff at All Creatures Animal Hospital are taking all feasible precautions to isolate and contain affected animals while preventing further spread of these diseases to our patients.

In conjunction with the USDA’s Office of the State Veterinarian and the State Diagnostic Laboratory at the University of Georgia, we are working to identify, prevent and treat this group of contagious diseases. You may want to consider isolating your canine patients from other dogs for several weeks as this outbreak hopefully runs its course and goes away, though like human influenza virus, this problem is worldwide and constantly changing. For more information, please see: http://www.gvma.net or http://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/

June is Adopt a Cat Month

June 2nd, 2015 by allcreatures

Check out our Facebook Daily for tips on having a new kitten or cat joining your family.

National Dress Up Your Pet Day

January 6th, 2015 by allcreatures

How Fun!!!! Next Wednesday, January 14th is “National Dress Up Your Pet Day”! Anyone that comes in with a pet that is dressed up will receive a coupon for a free nail trim!

WILL YOU BE GETTING A NEW PET FOR CHRISTMAS?

December 23rd, 2014 by allcreatures

Prepare the Family – Including the Kids

A lot of people feel that the most wonderful way to present a new pet is by surprise, but the last thing you want is a frightened, cowering little animal that is overwhelmed by the kids’ squeals of excitement and clamoring for an opportunity to hold it. Christmas morning is an especially chaotic time, with everyone tearing into gifts, hazardous (to little animals) strings and wrappings all over, and the usual loud toys that can be disturbing to even the most seasoned holiday veteran. Worst case scenario? The new pet bites someone, bringing a pall of gloom to an otherwise loving holiday.

Discuss how a new pet will change the family’s life with your children, even older children. It is easy to imagine that the older a child is, the easier it will be to enlist them in the care of the pet, but older children tend to have more social engagements, and may not have a lot of time to spend with the pet. A pet can change a lot of the family’s day to day arrangements, like schedules (walking, feeding, training), sleeping arrangements (who gets to keep the pet in their room?), clean-up chores (remember that what is left on the floor is fair game to a dog or cat).

Consider carefully how a pet will affect your family’s daily lifestyle and do diligent research on which type and breed is best suited to your family and home. Never, but never choose your new pet based on cuteness or wishful thinking. It may be that the pet you think is most unlikely to be your perfect companion is the very one that is. Besides having family talks over the joys and responsibilities of pets, reading books on the care and training of the breed you are hoping to bring into your family, also make some time to visit your local animal shelter. In the same way that you may have an image of what the perfect breed is for you when it could very well be another that is more suitable, an older, calmer and already trained cat or dog may be more practical than a baby animal that needs strict attention and training.

Prepare the Home

With all the holiday decorations, foods, and bustling around, a busy holiday-day can be a dangerous and scary time for a young puppy or kitten to be introduced. This is when bad habits can begin. Frightened animals will bite, soil on the floors, or will hide in difficult to reach places. Your pet’s first experience in your home with your family should be positive and calm. In addition, on Christmas day there are usually lots of ribbons and bows, candies and small toys littering the floor, all of which look to an animal like good things to chew on. You don’t want your first night (or any night) with your new pet to be in an animal emergency room with obstructed breathing or blocked intestines. Not a good harbinger for domestic tranquility.

In order to properly introduce a new pet, you will need to prepare your home in the same way that you would prepare it for a newborn baby. No dangling cords or curtain/blind pulls, no small toys on the floor, no candies or other foods within easy reach, toilet closed(!). There is a lot to do in preparation, and a lot you won’t think of until after the fact. Then there is all of the necessary equipment, including the food, crate, leash, bed, collar, etc. One of the most important preparations is to create a quiet place for your pet to sleep, eat and just get away from things when s/he is feeling overwhelmed.

Is There An Alternative to a New Pet?

Instead of gifting your family with a puppy or kitten, you might want to wrap up a stuffed animal or some other pet-related accessory – think of it as a pet promise. This will let your children know that you are prepared to go out and select a new pet, but now is not the time. In fact, you may find that many of your local shelters will not permit adoptions during the holiday season.

Another way to show your love for animals is to take your child to the shelter and make a donation of cash or food and/or pet supplies.

KEEP YOUR CAT HAPPY AND SAFE FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

December 19th, 2014 by allcreatures

Here are some cat hazards to watch out for during the holidays:

1. The tree – most of you know how curious cats are when it comes to Christmas trees. Acclimate them to the tree a little at a time. Exposing the cat several times before you decorate will keep them from getting curious once the tree is lit and beautiful.
2. Tinsel – Shiny, Glittery – they can get it wrapped around their tongues and choke. Garland may be a better choice.
3. Holiday plants – Holly, mistletoe and poinsettia are toxic to cats. Consider putting them in a room that is off limit to your cat.
4. Chocolate – Can cause seizures or cardiac arrest. Check the floors after a party or after children have eaten.
5. Bow and Ribbons – Like tinsel, looks pretty to cats but just as harmful. Out they go with the wrapping paper.
6. Alone time – Assure your cat that they have a safe haven when all of the guests arrive. They make be skittish or scared and will need a place to be able to watch but feel safe at the same time.

We at All Creatures Animal Hospital wish you and all of the four legged children in your house a safe and happy holiday season!!

Our “Giving Tree” !

December 15th, 2014 by allcreatures

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During the month of December, we will be collecting all donations of food, blankets, beds, litter — anything that you would like to donate.  All donations will be going to 2 organizations; FurKids and Paws Atlanta.  Help us to make this holiday season a warm and wonderful one for all those pets that don’t have a permanent home yet!

All Creatures Animal Hospital would like to thank you in advance for your generosity!!!!

Ten Steps to Dental Health-Tips for your cat’s overall health!

November 17th, 2014 by allcreatures

 

Even if the only things your cat hunts these days are chicken-flavored kibbles and toy mousies, he still needs clean, sharp teeth and healthy gums. Damage to the tongue, teeth, palate and gums can lead to many health risks for felines, but these can be prevented with regular home check-ups and good old-fashioned tooth brushings.

  1. The Breath Test

Go on, take a sniff. It doesn’t have to be a long one—cat breath may not smell like roses, but it shouldn’t be offensive either. If your kitty’s mouth has an abnormally strong odor, he may have digestive problems or a gum condition such as gingivitis, and should be examined by a vet.

2. Lip Service

With your cat facing you, gently push back his lips and take a look. The gums should be firm and pink, not white or red, and should show no signs of swelling. The teeth should be clean and free of any brownish tartar, and none should be loose or broken.

3. A Closer Look

Watch for any of the following signs that could indicate problems in your cat’s mouth:

  • Dark red line along the gums
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Ulcers on gums or tongue
  • Loose teeth
  • Pus
  • Difficulty chewing food
  • Excessive drooling
  • Excessive pawing at the mouth area
  1. Dangerous Swelling

At any sign of gum inflammation, you should take your cat in for a veterinary exam. If left untreated, gum disease can develop, possibly leading to tooth loss or inability to eat. Inflammation may also point to an internal problem like kidney disease or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus.

5. The Lowdown on Tooth Decay

Bacteria and plaque-forming foods can cause a buildup on a cat’s teeth. This can harden into tartar, possibly causing gingivitis, receding gums and tooth loss. The solution? Regular teeth cleanings, of course.

6. Your Cat’s Tooth-Brushing Kit

All you’ll need to brush your cat’s teeth are cotton swabs and a small toothbrush and tube of toothpaste formulated for felines. You can also use salt and water. Ask your vet to suggest the brushing supplies that he trusts, and be sure never to use toothpaste designed for people—the ingredients can be unhealthy for your cat.

7. Brightening the Pearly Whites

Brush your cat’s teeth at home by following these simple steps:

  • First get your cat used to the idea of having her teeth brushed. Start by gently massaging her gums with your fingers or touching a cotton swab to them.
  • After a few sessions, put a little bit of cat-formulated toothpaste on her lips to get her used to the taste.
  • Next, introduce a toothbrush designed especially for cats—it will be smaller than human toothbrushes and have softer bristles. Toothbrushes that you can wear over your finger are also available and allow you to give a nice massage to your cat’s gums.
  • Finally, apply the toothpaste to her teeth for a gentle brushing.
  • A veterinary exam beforehand may be helpful to find out if your cat’s gums are inflamed. Many cats have mild gingivitis and brushing too hard can hurt their gums.
  1. Chew on This

Chew toys can satisfy your cat’s natural desire to chomp, while making her teeth strong. Gnawing on a chew toy can also help floss your cat’s teeth, massage her gums and scrape away soft tartar.

9. Diet for Healthy Teeth

If your cat has dental troubles, ask your veterinarian to recommend a kibble that keeps feline teeth healthy and helps to remove plaque buildup.

Tips for you & your pets this holiday season

December 10th, 2013 by allcreatures

Keeping your furry family members safe during the holidays can be a difficult task. There are the ornaments, plants, presents, lights — oh, and who could forget the Christmas tree!  Let’s take a look at some simple steps that will allow your pets to join in the holiday fun this year, while avoiding any trips to the animal emergency room.

Christmas Tree Tips:

1. Place your Christmas tree in a corner, blocked off from your pet’s wanting eyes. If this doesn’t keep your dog or cat from attempting to jump onto the tree, you can place aluminum foil, a plastic drink bottle filled with knick knacks, or anything else that creates noise on the tree’s bottom limbs to warn you of an impending tree disaster.

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2. Tinsel can add a nice sparkling touch to the tree, but make sure you hang it up out of your pet’s reach. Ingesting the tinsel can potentially block their intestines, which is generally only remedied through surgical means.

3. Try to not put lights on the tree’s lower branches. Not only can your pet get tangled up in the lights, they are a burning hazard.  Additionally, your dog or cat may inadvertently get shocked by biting through the wire.

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4. Ornaments need to be kept out of reach, too. In addition to being a choking and intestinal blockage hazard, shards from broken ornaments may injure paws, mouths, or other parts of your pet’s body.

5. For those buying a live Christmas trees this year, keep the area free and clear of pine needles. While they may not seem dangerous, the needles can puncture your pet’s intestines if ingested.

Other Great Holiday Item Tips:

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1. Did you know holly, mistletoe, and poinsettia plants are poisonous to dogs or cats? If you normally use these plants to decorate your home, they should be kept in an area your pet cannot reach.

2. Edible tree decorations — whether they be ornaments, or cranberry or popcorn strings — are like time bombs waiting to happen. These goodies are just too enticing and your pet will surely tug at them, knocking down your wonderfully decorated spruce.

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3. Burning candles should be placed on high shelves or mantels, out of your pet’s way — there’s no telling where a wagging tail may end up. Homes with fireplaces should use screens to avoid accidental burns.

4. To prevent any accidental electrocutions , any exposed indoor or outdoor wires should be taped to the wall or the sides of the house.

5. When gift wrapping, be sure to keep your pet away. Wrapping paper, string, plastic, or cloth could cause intestinal blockage. Scissors are another hazard, and they should be kept off floors or low tables.

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This doesn’t mean don’t have fun this holiday season decorating, we just want you to be mindful for you sweet critters.

Lady Khymora

September 24th, 2013 by allcreatures

Today Mandy and Ryan did a check up on lady Khymora before giving her, her essential puppy vaccines.

Check it out!

To cute, right?!?

So how are your pets on vaccinations?

Are they up to date?

Do you prefer wellness plans or just pay as you go?

These are things we would love to know.

If you are on one of our new Wellness plans, what do you think?

  Would you change anything about them?

If your asking yourself wellness what???

take a gander over here by clicking the cute kitty picture and check it out;

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Happy Tuesday Folks!

Heartworms. What are they? Why should I worry?

September 9th, 2013 by allcreatures

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms living in the arteries of the lungs and occasionally in the right side of the heart of dogs, cats and other species of mammals like ferrets.  Heartworms are classified as nematodes (roundworms) and are filarids, one of many species of roundworms. Dogs and cats of any age or breed are susceptible to infection.

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So, how could my pet get heartworms? How would I know if they have them?  What happens if they do? How do I keep my pet from getting them?
Well, lets try and hone this down a little to the skinny of the matter.

How do pets get Heartworms?

Dogs or other animals harboring adult worms are the recognized reservoir of heartworm infection. The disease is spread by mosquitoes that become infected with microfilariae while taking a blood meal from an infected dog.

(As we all know mosquitoes and Georgia are a hand in hand statement, especially this year. )

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Within the mosquito, the microfilariae mature into the infective larval stage. When the mosquito then bites another dog, cat, or susceptible animal, the larvae are deposited on the skin and actively migrate into the new host. For about 2 months the larvae migrate through the connective tissue, under the skin, then pass into the animal’s venous blood stream and are quickly transported to the arteries of the lung. It takes a total of approximately six months for the infective larvae to mature into adult worms that begin producing offspring, microfilariae. Adult heartworms can live for five to seven years in the dog.

The larvae progress in their development to an adult form of the worm, and live in the pulmonary vessels (leading and in the heart) , where they continue the life cycle and cause extensive injury. The period of time when heartworms are reproductively capable is referred to as patency.

In cats, it takes seven to eight months before adult worms potentially reach potency in the pulmonary vessels, and this is referred to as transient potency, as reproductive capability in the cat is usually very short (months) compared to that of dogs years).

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In the cat, the larvae molt as well, While dogs may suffer from severe heart and lung damage from heartworm infection, cats typically exhibit minimal changes in the heart. The cat’s primary response to the presence of heartworms occurs in the lungs, but heartworms can also lead to sudden death in many cases.  Heartworms do not need to develop into adults to cause significant pulmonary damage in cats, and consequences can still be very serious when cats are infected by mosquitoes carrying heartworm larvae. Newly arriving worms and the subsequent death of most of these same worms can result in acute pulmonary inflammation response and lung injury. This initial phase is often misdiagnosed as asthma or allergic bronchitis but in actuality is part of a syndrome now known as Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease.

The thing is is in a lot of cases our pets don’t show symptoms of heartworms until it has become a serious issue. Which is why with a minimum of once a year, again especially living in Georgia, you should test your pet for Heartworms.  Even more important is to have and/or get your pet on preventative.  The thing about being on preventative though, is you ALWAYS want to test for hearworms before administering preventative.  Why?

Dogs & Cats older than six to seven months of age should be tested for heartworms before starting heartworm prevention.  They may appear healthy on the outside, but on the inside, heartworms may be living and thriving.  Although they may shorten the lifespan of the worms, heartworm preventives do not kill adult heartworms.  If a heartworm-positive dog is not tested before starting a preventive, the dog will remain infected with adult heartworms until it gets sick enough to show symptoms.  Also, giving a heartworm preventive to a dog that has an adult heartworm infection may be harmful or deadly.  If microfilariae are in the bloodstream, the preventive may cause the microfilariae to suddenly die, triggering a shock-like reaction and possibly death in some animals.

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There are a variety of options for preventing heartworm infection, including daily and monthly tablets and chewables, monthly topicals and a six-month injectable product. These products are extremely effective and when administered properly on a timely schedule, heartworm infection can be prevented.

We recommend year-round prevention, even though it is Georgia and there are ALWAYS mosquitos, it is important no matter where you live to do year round preventative. One reason for this is compliance – to make sure the medicine has been given properly. In addition, most monthly heartworm preventives have activity against intestinal parasites. Many of these same intestinal parasites that infect dogs can also infect people, with estimated infections occurring in three to six million people every year. So this added benefit of monthly deworming makes A LOT of sense.

As far as preventative our facility prefers the use of Revolution. Just one application a month provides protection against heartworms, fleas and other parasites.

Heartworms can be dangerous to our pets, and the ONLY way to ensure your pet doesn’t suffer from them is to test each and every year and maintain usage of preventative each month on the same day preferably.