Summer travel season is in full swing, and we think trips are always more fun when you bring your furry friends along. If you’re planning to take a vacation this summer with your pets in tow, the ASPCA has got you covered.
Taking a road trip? Here are a few car travel safety tips brought to you by ASPCA sponsor, Subaru.
Practice makes perfect: It’s a good idea to practice having your pet ride along for a series of short car trips leading up to your big trip.
Ride safely: Keep your pets safe and secure in the car by having them ride in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. The crate should be large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. Secure your pet’s crate so it will not slide or shift in the event of an abrupt stop.
Road trip snacks: Be sure to pack plenty of water, and avoid feeding your pet in a moving vehicle. Your pet’s travel-feeding schedule should start with a light meal three to four hours prior to departure.
Traveling by plane? Unless your furry friend is small enough to ride under your seat, the ASPCA advises avoiding air travel with pets. If you must bring your pet along on your flight, it’s best to plan ahead. We recommend you book a direct flight if possible. Here are a few other suggestions.
Careful with crates: Prior to your trip, purchase a USDA-approved shipping crate that is large enough for your pet to stand, sit and turn around in comfortably.
IDs, please: Be sure to mark the crate with the words “Live Animal,” as well as your name, cell phone and destination phone number and a photo of your pet. Make sure all vaccinations are up-to-date, and that your pet has been micro chipped and is wearing a collar with your travel contact information.
In-flight food: Attach a pouch of your pet’s food to the outside of his or her crate, and freeze water in a dish for your pet to drink as it melts throughout the flight.
No matter where you’re headed this summer, please be sure your pet is wearing an ID tag at all times. Happy trails and safe travels!
The heart is a complex organ and it is important for pet owners to be aware of the diseases it can develop. Pet owners should be aware of the signs and symptoms of heart disease so that they can provide their pet with the best possible care. Modern Cat Magazine offers up this important information for keeping your pet’s heart healthy.
“Humid spring and summer days may cause dogs and cats to suffer more from mosquito bites that can lead to heartworm disease,” said Dr. Sonya Gordon, associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. “Dogs have a high risk of heartworm infection, but cats are also susceptible to the disease.”
Pets become infected when a heartworm-infested mosquito bites the animal, transmitting the heartworm larvae into the tissue of the pet. As the larvae develop they travel through the tissue and ultimately settle in the blood vessels of the lungs, which leads to the development of heartworm disease.
“Heartworms should really be called lungworms because the adult worm typically lives in the blood vessels of the lungs, not the heart,” said Gordon. “If left untreated, heartworms can lead to difficulty with breathing and even result in a clog of the right heart causing Caval Syndrome, which is when blood is prevented from traveling through the right side of the heart and causes the pet’s abdomen to fill with fluid among other problems.”
Signs of heartworm disease can include coughing, difficulty breathing, fainting, weight loss, and an overall decreased activity level. A blood test from your local veterinarian can determine if your pets have the disease.
While treatment for heartworm disease is possible, it is frequently much more expensive and hazardous than preventative medication.
Treatment for heartworm disease can cost up to $6,000, contingent on the disease severity, and is generally considered a dangerous procedure since a lethal substance must be used to exterminate the worms in the blood vessels and the pet’s body must clean up the deceased worms itself. Treatment can last up to four months, depending on the severity of the case. During this time the pet must have their exercise severely restricted.
“The best overall treatment for heartworms is preventative medicine,” said Gordon. “Pet owners have a variety of treatment options to choose from including once-monthly tablets, tasty chewable tablets, topical medicines and even injections that can be given by your veterinarian twice per year. It is important to use the treatment that works best for you and your pet.”
Preventative medicine costs approximately $30-$100 per year, and is typically administered once a month to prevent heartworm larvae from developing into adults. Even pets that receive monthly preventative medicine should have a yearly blood test to ensure that they do not accidently become infected.
It’s summertime, and that means it’s time for a vacation. But what do you do when your dog has separation anxiety?
According to the experts at Pet MD, “Separation anxiety in dogs usually results in destructive behavior when an owner leaves the pet. Behaviors that may be seen include vocalization, destroying objects, digging or even depression. However, these behaviors may also be due to other conditions or environmental cues. Therefore, it is important for the behaviorist or veterinarian to obtain the history of the dog before attributing separation anxiety as the primary or sole cause of the behavior.”
Signs & Symptoms of Separation Anxiety
Separation anxiety causes some pets to be extremely destructive while their owners are away. Typically separation anxiety occurs during the first hour of the owner leaving. They may also vocalize, attempt to follow the owner, defecate or urinate in the house. Some dogs will stop eating, act depressed, hide, whine or pant. These dogs will usually behave in an excessively excited manner when the owner returns home.
Diagnosis of Separation Anxiety
Other behavioral conditions may mimic separation anxiety so it is important to analyze the symptoms and history of the dog. There may be underlying medical issues, so seeing a veterinarian is an important step. Also, young animals may have other reasons for similar behaviors. For example, teething kittens may need appropriate things to chew on or not be fully housetrained and may not truly be experiencing separation anxiety.
Treatment for Separation Anxiety
Separation anxiety is based on fear. It is important to ensure the dog that they are safe when the owner is not present and that the owner will return. Behavioral and environmental modification is important. By gradually eliminating the dog’s fear and fostering a sense of safety for the pet, many behaviors can change. The first step is to assess the current environment and behaviors:
- What does the dog do as the owner gets ready to leave?
- What does the owner do as he/she gets ready to leave?
- What does the dog destroy?
- Where is the dog? Are there other pets?
- What toys does the dog have available?
Environmental changes like rotating different toys, adding more interactive toys and gradually getting the dog used to a crate or other type of environment can help. Behavioral changes start with the cues from the owner. A change or elimination of the routine when an owner leaves or returns home may help. It is important for the pet to stay calm before an owner leaves and when the owner comes home.
Behaviors take time and consistency to change, so consulting with a behaviorist or experienced trainer can make a significant difference in the success of the training. Antidepressants or anti-anxiety drugs (anxiolytics) can be given to dogs with separation anxiety, but should not be relied on as the sole treatment for separation anxiety.
Being consistent when trying to change separation anxiety behaviors is critical. If behavioral symptoms do improve, an owner may be able to taper the amount of medication given and potentially discontinue using medications after a period of time. Other options that might work if behavioral and environmental modification do not help include doggy day care or a pet sitter.
Please stop in today and visit with us about your dog’s anxiety issues. We have many calming solutions available!
Why dine out without your dog?
Updated since last summer! Have fun, and please remember to take well behaved animals into public places. We encourage you to call ahead to be sure rules for pets have not changed. Have a place to add that we missed? Contact us here.
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Brookside Barkery & Bath appreciates our customers, and have three different programs to reward them for purchases and visits to any location, as well as incentives for referring others to us. See more details below to learn how you can be rewarded for making your pets Brookside Barkery pets!
1. LOYALTY PROGRAM
Brookside Barkery& Bath has been here for more than a decade and a big reason for that is the loyalty of our customers. Without you, we wouldn’t be here! To keep you coming back, we’ve got a terrific points-based loyalty program. The program is simple and can help you with immediate savings on Kansas City’s largest selection of natural pet food.
Here’s how it works: For every purchase you make, you accrue points. Our computer keeps track of every point you earn. We do all the work, and you get the savings. And here’s the best part: You can cash in your points anytime to save money on any purchase you like!
And, like they say, the more you spend, the more you save. Save your points up for big purchases, or just knock a couple bucks off of a smaller purchase. They’re your points, use them however you like!
Here are a few ways you can earn points:
- Every dollar spent at the Barkery = .01 cents back
- Large bags of dog food = 2x points
- Self service baths = 10x points
- Canned food = 5x points
- Refer a friend = 300 points
- Note: Loyalty points cannot be redeemed on grooming services
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Did you have a great experience? Tell a friend!
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Most breeds were bred to do something specific, be it ferret out critters (the Dachshund, for one), round up sheep (most famously, the Border Collie) or retrieve fallen birds (retrievers of all ilk). Fulfill your dog’s instinctual breed-based needs to satisfy an ingrained desire to perform certain behaviours by trying out one of the activities below. High-energy dogs in particular will benefit by engaging in exercises that fulfill the needs of their breed.
Members of this breed group, which includes the Border Collie, Australian Cattle Dog and Australian Shepherd want nothing more than a task to perform. Agility, which requires participants to wend their way through a series of obstacles, is a natural fit for these smart dogs that want a job to do. Another partner-work activity these intelligent breeds excel at is Canine Musical Freestyle, a sport in which you and your dog perform a highly choreographed series of moves set to music (Google it!).
Bred to sniff down and dig out prey, the feisty and energetic members of the terrier group—the Norfolk and Airedale Terriers are two examples—are active dogs. Earthdogging, a sport in which dogs navigate a series of tunnels constructed through the earth in order to reach their “prey” (no animals harmed), is an ideal activity. (For more on this sport, check out moderndogmagazine.com/earthdogs.) They’ll also love playing hide and seek for treats.
Lap dogs like the Papillion, Pekingese, Maltese, and Chihuahua still need their exercise! Though small, many of these breeds can and do excel at agility. Many also love chasing and retrieving toys.
Breeds in this group include sled dogs like the Samoyed and Alaskan Malamute, people-helpers like the St. Bernard , and canine powerhouses like the Rottweiler. Great activities for the large, strong members of this group include skijoring, an activity in which a harnessed dog pulls a person on skis (especially great for Northern breeds!), cart pulling (If your dog’s ancestors were used for pulling, your dog may love cart pulling), or simply wearing a backpack on a hike.
Non-sporting dogs are a diverse group, with members ranging from the Dalmatian to the Boston Terrier (not in fact a terrier) to the Lhasa Apso. Some members, like the Bulldog, will be happiest with more low-key activities, while others, like the Poodle, are natural athletes and excel at all manner of activities, from agility to Dock Docks.
With their keen noses, dogs in the Hound Group—think the Beagle, American Foxhound, and Treeing Walker Coonhound—were bred to track game. They’ll get way down with scent work of all type, which is essentially tracking. Turn to page 26 for eight fun scent-based games to get you started. For sight hounds (The Greyhound, the Afghan hound) it doesn’t get more fun that lure coursing, a sport that involves chasing a mechanically operated lure.
This group includes retrievers, pointers, setters, and the larger spaniels. Bred to find and retrieve small game, these smart, athletic dogs thrive on plenty of exercise. Most love anything fetch-related and are natural Dock Dog (jumping after a tossed toy into the water) and Disc Dog (essentially Frisbee taken to the ultimate level) participants. Or keep it informal and grab a disc and head to the park. Most dogs in this group make excellent running and biking partners too.
What are the benefits of switching to a Holistic Vet?
If you’re thinking of switching to a holistic veterinarian, you probably have some questions. Along with providing alternative treatments and therapies like acupuncture, supplements or homeopathy, how does a holistic hospital differ from a mainstream one? Shawn Messonnier, DVM, for Animal Wellness Magazine weighs in. Also be sure to check out our Resource page for local Holistic Vets.
To start with, holistic veterinarians have two categories of client, unlike conventional doctors.
1. The first are usually regulars of the practice who come in for wellness care. Their dogs and cats are typically seen annually for a checkup. This includes blood titer testing to replace unnecessary vaccines, as well as other typical lab tests:
a. A blood profile to monitor organ function and allow for early screening for cancer and other inflammatory conditions
b. A fecal analysis to screen for intestinal parasites
c. A blood test to screen for heartworm infection
d. A urinalysis to check for disorders of the urogenital system, liver and pancreas.
The lab tests are done every six months for animals five years of age and older, and titer testing is done annually regardless of age. In addition to this wellness care, which is designed to allow for early disease diagnosis and treatment, these regular patients are seen for other things such as dental cleanings and the removal of tumors and cysts. In general, these patients tend to stay very healthy due to the holistic approach favored by the doctor and the animals’ parents; rarely do they develop severe problems that require aggressive treatment.
2. The other client category encompasses those seeking a more natural approach to disease prevention/wellness in their dogs or cats, or whose animals suffer from chronic illnesses. These illnesses can include cancers, immune disorders, allergies, seizures, arthritis, disc problems, and diseases of the internal organs. Typically, these people prefer a safer, more natural approach to treatment rather than using conventional medications over the long term. Often, their animals have not been helped by conventional doctors, or have been turned away because their cases are diagnosed as “hopeless” by mainstream medicine. While holistic vets love keeping their regular patients healthy and free of disease, the real challenge and satisfaction comes from helping the “hopeless” cases.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A HOLISTIC VET
What follows is an example of a typical day at my clinic – a day very similar to those experienced by my colleagues in the holistic field.
• First appointment: A regular patient comes in for his biannual visit. It involves examination, a discussion of any concerns with his person, and lab tests (blood, urine, feces) for diagnostic evaluation. His supplements are refilled to maintain his health.
• Second appointment: A patient returns for laser/acupuncture treatment for his arthritis.
• Third appointment: Another patient is dropped off for dental cleaning using holistic anesthesia, and the removal/biopsy of small skin tumors. Both procedures are performed, dental radiographs are taken, and blood is drawn for the early detection of cancer.
• Three animals are dropped off for continued fluid therapy and detoxification for liver and kidney disease.
• Another is dropped off for a cardiac ultrasound to evaluate heart murmur/disease.
• Lunch break: Charts for hospitalized animals are reviewed, and service codes are updated. Some time is spent responding to client emails, working on an article, writing a column for the practice newsletter, working on a consulting job for a supplement manufacturer, and/or preparing notes for an upcoming lecture to a local dog club.
• First afternoon appointment: A phone consultation with someone in California who does not have a local holistic veterinarian includes speaking with her about her animal’s cancer diagnosis and recommended therapy. Various herbal remedies are shipped to help her animal battle the disease.
• Second afternoon appointment: A new patient with skin disease comes in. He is examined and his medical records reviewed. Due to the chronic nature and severity of his condition, and the lack of a proper diagnosis, blood is drawn and urine and feces collected for evaluation. A skin biopsy and culture is scheduled for the next day.
• Hospitalized pets are released to their families, with discharge instructions.
• Time to go home, after a long day saving lives naturally!
While reading the above, you might have noticed that a holistic doctor sees far fewer patients (usually only half as many) as a conventional vet. This is because we spend more time on each case rather than trying to cram as many appointments as possible into our days. By spending more time with each appointment, we can offer a more personalized approach to an animal’s care, accurately assess each case, and are less likely to misdiagnose a serious problem.
Some holistic veterinarians (including yours truly) also stay busy doing other things. We write books (and articles like this one!) to educate clients and other veterinarians. We speak at veterinary meetings, sharing our passion for the wonderful world of natural healing. Some of us have our own lines of natural products that we use in practice and sell to the public, helping to ensure our patients have access to the best supplements to keep them healthy.
The life of a holistic practitioner is a very busy one, but it’s never boring. Every day presents its own unique challenges as we do our best to help all animals, especially those who haven’t been helped by conventional medicine.
Have you checked out the 816 Hotel yet?
“Our Select Service hotel offers spacious rooms decorated with archived photos of Kansas City’s history, along with top-of-the-line bedding and bath towels and Tommy Bahama bath-products. Yet our specialty feature are the variety of uniquely themed rooms, each decorated and furnished by various Kansas City iconic institutions. Themed rooms share the story of Kansas City – everything from the KC Zoo to Boulevard Brewery, to the KC Mob past, to TWA and everything in between.”
The latest room was unveiled featuring Wayside Waifs, the largest pet adoption campus in Kansas City, placing over 5,400 animals each year in loving forever homes. The Barkery was thrilled to participate in the project, providing gourmet all-natural treats and spa-style shampoos for pets to complete the unique room.
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