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Could you please turn the TV down?

May 30, 2017 | Filed under: Uncategorized — Trumann Staff @ 3:28 pm

 

Pet Talk

By Dr. Norette L. Underwood

 

Could you please turn the TV down?

(and other requests your dog is too polite to ask)

 

Did you know that dogs hear four times better than humans!  Dogs do not like loud noise.  They put up with so much we do to accommodate themselves to our lives.  There are so many ways we do not have a clue of how they perceive the world in which they live.  Here, with our senses in mind are some ways to make living with us a better world.

 

  1. Turn down the volume. Sound is heard at different levels depending on where you are in a room. So if pup is on the floor and you in a chair it could be much louder to them.  Loud rock music can set them on edge. Dogs do not like arguing.  The next time you have an argument watch what your dog does.  They may run for cover or even try to break up the argument. Not only is it the volume but the tone of a voice or other noise that can hurt their ears.  Dogs generally like peace and quiet except if it is play time or barking at things.

 

  1. Choose blue and yellow toys. Dogs do not see colors they way we see them. Their spectrum is smaller and they don’t see them as vividly as us. This is because over the decades, they were selected to be able to pick out a brown rodent in the grey dusk, not interior decorators.  A red Frisbee on green grass just won’t stand out.  Blues and yellows pop for them.  Dogs do see better at night because they have a special reflecting layer in the back of their eye.  This is relevant so you will be patient if your dog starts barking or remains rooted in one spot on a nighttime walk.  They simply may see something that we don’t.  My dogs can see our neighborhood raccoon when I cannot.

 

  1. Allow your dog time to sniff. Dogs see their world through their nose. They have 20 times more primary smell receptors in their nose than people.  They can detect odors at least 100 times less than a human.  A dog can detect a human scent on a glass slide that has been lightly fingerprinted and left outside for two weeks.  So when they go for a walk they need extra time to read the odors of their world.

 

If you have questions about this article contact Dr. Norette L. Underwood of Trumann Animal Clinic and Best Friends Vet Mobile at

Catdoc56@gmail.com



How Summertime temperatures can soar in your Car and harm your pet!

May 25, 2017 | Filed under: Uncategorized — Trumann Staff @ 2:15 pm

Pet Talk

How Summertime temperatures can soar in your Car and harm your pet!

By Dr. Norette L. Underwood

 

All across North America, summer time temperatures can exceed 80, 90 or even 100 degrees in some areas.  While these sunny days may be great for sunbathers and swimmers, the heat can prove deadly for our pets, especially when left inside cars.  A “quick” trip to the store often results in owners finding pets suffering from heatstroke and near death.  How can you prevent such a tragedy?

 

 

Many pets, especially our dogs, love to go for car rides.

 

Unfortunately, this favored activity can turn deadly when warmer temperatures arrive and when owners misjudge the amount of time they will be away from the car.  Each year, dozens, if not hundreds, of stories of dogs dying in hot cars are reported by local media.

 

When confronted with the fact that their pet’s death was likely preventable, most owners will respond with statements like “I didn’t think I would be gone that long” or that they “didn’t know it was THAT warm outside”.   When looking at the facts, the reality of just how quickly the inside of a car can heat up, even in mild temperatures, can produce some startling revelations for pet lovers.

 

It’s probably common sense to most people that hotter days cause the inside of a car to heat up faster, but few people realize that even with outside temperatures as low as 65 or 70 degrees Fahrenheit, the inside of the vehicle will warm uncomfortably in just 30 minutes.  In fact, on a 75 degree day, your car’s interior will be at 100 degrees in just about 10 minutes and a blistering 120 degrees in a half hour!  Despite urban myths, cracking the windows has little effect on the rate of heating inside the car.

 

But, it’s not just the heat of the day that is an issue.  Your pet’s overall health status and behavior can also contribute to how quickly he will overheat in the car.  Veterinarians across the country have posted stories online about cases in which dogs have died when left in cars on days where the temperature never exceeded 60 degrees.  Short faced breeds, like Pugs and Bulldogs, as well as obese pets, heavy coated breeds and senior animals will have less tolerance for extreme temperatures.  In addition, excitable animals and those with separation anxiety issues may work themselves into frenzy, raising their body temperature to dangerous levels.

 

When in doubt, it’s probably best to leave your pet at home.  It’s far too easy for a quick trip to become complicated and take more time than you intended.

 

Currently, 14 states specifically have laws that prohibit leaving animals “unattended and confined” in a motor vehicle when physical injury or death is likely to result.  While that is a great thing, it does NOT give ordinary citizens the right to smash windshields or take the pet from the car.  Most of these states have included rescue provisions that empower police, peace officers, fire and rescue workers or animal control officers to use reasonable force to remove an animal in distress.

 

So, what should you, as an animal lover and Good Samaritan do if you come across a pet confined in a car?

 

First, if you are in a store parking lot, consider contacting the management of the store or even security.  It may be possible to page the pet’s owner and have them return to the vehicle.

 

Next, call 911 and try to get the local authorities involved.  This action will help lessen your liability if the pet is injured during the rescue attempt or happens to escape.  Allow the police or legally designated person open the vehicle.

 

Finally, realize that not every animal in a car is actually in distress.  As mentioned above, some pets may appear frantic, but others will lie quietly while waiting for their owners.  It’s important to stay calm and not over-react – in some cases the pet is not in danger!

 

If you have questions about your pet contact dr. Norette L. Underwood of Trumann Animal Clinic and Best Friends Vet Mobile service at catdoc56@gmail.com



Celebrate National Pet Week

May 16, 2017 | Filed under: Uncategorized — Trumann Staff @ 1:34 pm

Pet Talk

By Dr. Norette L. Underwood

 

Celebrate National Pet Week

 

Lifetime of Love — The Basics: Tips to a happier, healthier pet.

 

Here are some wonderful tips I found on the American Veterinary Medical Association  Website for National Pet Week.

Everyone loves their pets but not everyone is aware of what their pet needs from them to keep them happy and healthy long into their pet’s senior years. Leading veterinary experts in animal health, welfare, and behavior invite you to take each of the essential actions highlighted during National Pet Week® that are vital to achieving a Lifetime of Love.

 

Select the pet that’s right for your family’s lifestyle, and make a commitment to that pet for its life. Even if you have already welcomed a pet into your home, your veterinarian can help you better understand the social and healthcare needs of your individual pet.

 

Socialize now. New doesn’t have to be scary.

Learn about how to appropriately prepare your pet to enjoy a variety of interactions with other animals, people, places and activities. Everyone will be more comfortable!

 

Exercise body. Exercise mind.

With an estimated 52.7% of dogs and 57.9% cats in the United States considered overweight or obese, and humans plagued by this issue as well, the AVMA encourages pets and their owners to get regular exercise—together! This improves cardiovascular health, maintains a healthy weight, and supports good mental health for both owner and pet, but it strengthens the human-animal bond.

 

Love your pet? See your vet!

Everybody love’s their pet, yet 53.9 percent of cat owners and 48.6 percent of dog owners do not take their pet to the veterinarian unless it is visibly sick or injured. Pets often hide signs of illness. Regular check-ups are vital to catching health problems early. Not only can early treatment mean better health for your pet, it can also save money.

 

Pet population control: Know your role.

Do your part to prevent pet overpopulation. Talk to your veterinarian about when you should have your pet spayed or neutered. Avoid unplanned breeding through spay/neuter, containment or managed breeding. To learn more, visit the AVMA webpage on spaying and neutering your pet.

 

Emergencies happen. Be prepared.

Include your pets in your family’s emergency plan. The AVMA offers a step-by-step guide to assembling emergency kits and plans for a variety of pets and animals.

 

Give them a lifetime of love

Thanks to better care, pets are living longer now than they ever have before – but as pets get older, they need extra care and attention. Regular veterinary examinations can detect problems in older pets before they become advanced or life threatening, and improve the chances of a longer and healthier life for your pet. Visit the AVMA’s special page for senior pets to find out what is ‘normal’ and what may signal a reason for concern about an aging pet. Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not age at a rate of seven human years for each year in dog years. Download the AVMA PetsAgeFaster chart to check how your pet’s real age compares with yours.

 

If you have questions about your pet contact Dr. Norette L. Underwood of Trumann Animal Clinic and Best Friends Vet Mobile Service at catdoc56@gmail.com or 870-483-6275.



SAFELY DISRUPTING A DOG FIGHT

May 8, 2017 | Filed under: Uncategorized — Trumann Staff @ 7:29 pm

Pet Talk

By Dr. Norette L. Underwood

 

 

 

SAFELY DISRUPTING A DOG FIGHT

 

  • More than 60% of American households have at least one pet and many have multiple animals. Even though we think our pets should always get along, it’s not always possible to keep our canine friends from having their own little squabbles.

 

  • Despite the loud barking, fearsome growling and baring of teeth, these fights between housemates rarely cause serious damage to the dogs. It is rare to see dogs accustomed to living together attempt to cause life-threatening injuries unless there is a possible medical or behavioral problem.

 

  • Because our pets are in a highly aroused and aggressive state during a fight, they are unaware of or even unconcerned about who they bite during the melee.

 

  • Knowing this, owners should NEVER reach their hands into the middle of a dog fight and attempt to separate the fighting animals. Doing so will often result in significant and serious injuries to the human, especially on the hands.

 

  • In addition, some pets carry specific pathogenic bacteria that could cause some serious illnesses if introduced into a human’s bloodstream. If you are bitten by a pet, thoroughly cleanse the bite with a good antiseptic and then seek medical attention.

 

  • There are some tips that might help an owner safely disrupt a dog fight in progress. First, consider using any sort of loud noise that might distract the animals.  Whistles, air horns or even bells could work.

 

  • Next, if your pet responds to the doorbell, go ring it. Other options might include using words that typically motivate your pet, like “walk”, “car ride” etc.  Be sure to use a loud, but happy tone of voice.

 

  • Physically interrupting the altercation by covering the dogs with a large, thick blanket can also help to disorient and calm them down. Another successful option is to use a baby gate or chair to force your way in between the dogs.  This might then enable you to move one dog out of harm’s way.

 

  • Smelly sprays, like citronella, bitter apple spray or even a well-shaken carbonated beverage could do the trick. And, the old wives tale about spraying the dogs with water might work too…try pouring a pitcher of water over the dog’s head!

 

  • An important thing to remember is that if your pet has shown any aggressive tendencies, towards people or pets, you need to seek professional help. Far too many owners wait until the problem becomes severe.

 

  • The longer a behavior issue continues, the more difficult it will be to correct. This could mean relinquishment or even euthanasia of the pet.

 

  • If your pet has shown aggressive behavior, please seek a consultation with your veterinarian immediately. He or she can help you find ways to help you correct the behavior or even have you consider a consultation with a veterinary behaviorist.

 

 

 

 

If you have questions about dog fights and other pet related issues, contact Dr. Norette L. Underwood of Trumann Animal Clinic and Best Friends Vet Mobile Service at catdoc56@gmail.com, facebook messenger, or 870-483-6275.