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5 Tips for Helping Your Cat Exercise

December 24, 2017 | Filed under: Uncategorized — Trumann Staff @ 10:35 pm

Pet Talk

By Dr. Norette L. Underwood

 

5 Tips for Helping Your Cat Exercise

  1. Make sure kitty has things to climb on, like a multi-level cat tree or tower.
  2. Invest in a laser toy, either an inexpensive one, or something a bit more sophisticated like the Frolicat™ line.
  3. Choose toys and activities that appeal to your cat’s hunting instinct. Neko fly toys are on a wand with an interchangeable toy end. You can put feathers, flys, strings, etc for fun for your cat.
  4. Don’t overlook old standbys, like dragging a piece of string across the floor in view of your cat. Ping-pong balls are another oldie but goodie, along with bits of paper rolled into balls, and any light object that can be made to move fast and in unexpected ways.
  5. I also recommend walking your cat in nice weather using a harness. This gets him out into the fresh air, stimulates his senses and gets his paws in direct contact with the ground. An alternative is a safe, fully enclosed porch or patio area that prevents your cat from getting out and other animals from getting in.

 

If you have questions about exercising your cat please contact Dr Norette at catdoc56@gmail.com



Barnie Moe’s Letter to Santa

December 18, 2017 | Filed under: Uncategorized — Trumann Staff @ 3:35 pm

Pet Talk

By dr. Norette L. Underwood

 

Barnie Moe’s Letter to Santa

 

This week my adoptive rescue from 2 years ago” Barnie Moe” wanted me to write a letter to Santa not only for him but for all dogs and cats.  He thought pet parents needed guidance on what their furry children really wanted for Christmas and every day as far as that goes.

 

Dear Santa Paws:

 

  • I would really like to have Love and lots of petting daily for me and my brother and sisters. Opie, Lucy and Gracie Rose.
  • Healthy treats daily to keep me full of energy between meals. Especially those treats my momma brings home from her veterinary clinic.
  • Make sure the couch has soft beds and warm blankets for us to rest and snuggle on.
  • Keep my fur clean and tangle free. I have lots of fur especially on my feet and those mats in between my toes can sure be painful. Don’t forget to clean the sleep out of my eyes daily.
  • Play with me daily. Lucy, my older sister the lab, loves to fetch toys and bumpers. When you throw for her it is so much fun for us to run and chase her. Like our short legs can catch this long-legged creature.
  • Let me curl up in a lap while you and dad watch TV.
  • Keep the blinds up all day so I can survey my Kingdom. I like to make sure no trespassers such as cars, squirrels, birds, and other dogs don’t invade my space.
  • Don’t fuss when I bark incessantly at anything that moves outside.
  • Teach me to be obedient and mannered so others will love me too.
  • Teach me to go to the bathroom in my designated area.

Genetic testing is a great way to see who my ancestors could be. My mom did this for me. She has info on how others can test their dogs to see what breeds they are.

  • Keep my Toy Basket full of toys that I can squeak, toss and rip to pieces.
  • Santa please make sure that all the less fortunate dogs and cats are safe and warm this Holiday Season.
  • Please donate or adopt from a group that helps unwanted and lost pets receive love and care. Instead of getting me so many toys take some of that money and help some less fortunate pets.
  • Last but not least, I want Officer Corey to know how thankful I am that he brought me to Trumann Animal Clinic. I was so tiny. His kind heart would not let me go into a run with bigger dogs. Animal Nurse Tarsha who took me in just knowing that my momma Dr. Underwood would just had to have me. I am truly blessed to have a wonderful home where I am loved and cared for daily. I wish that all homeless dogs and cats could have a wonderful life like me.
  • Santa please help everyone to please find it in their heart to make a donation to the animal Charity of their choice to help others have a Happy Loving Home like me.

 

Thank You Santa,

Love Barnie Moe



Holiday Hazards in Your Home

December 11, 2017 | Filed under: Uncategorized — Trumann Staff @ 3:08 pm

 

Pet Talk

Holiday Hazards in your Home!

By Norette L. Underwood, DVM

 

HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS:

Holiday decorations such as snow globes or bubble lights may contain poisonous chemicals. If your pet chews on them the liquid inside could be could be dangerous to their health.  Pets being the curious creatures that they are, love to play with anything dangling.  They will eat plastic and glass balls.

TINSEL:

If you own a cat, forgo the tinsel. What looks like a shiny toy to your cat can prove deadly if ingested. Tinsel does not pose a poisoning risk but can cause severe damage to a cat’s intestinal tract if swallowed.

PLANTS:

Though they have a bad rap, poinsettia plants are only mildly toxic. Far more worrisome are holiday bouquets containing lilies, holly or mistletoe. Lilies, are the most dangerous plants for cats.  Other yuletide pants such as holly berries and mistletoe can also be toxic to pets and can cause gastrointestinal upset and even heart arrhythmias if ingested.

ALCOHOL:

Because alcohol is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream, it affects pets quickly. Be careful with drinks and foods containing alcohol.

HOLIDAY FOODS:

With the holiday season comes a delightful variety of baked goods, chocolate confections and other rich, fattening foods. However, it is not wise (and in some cases is quite dangerous) to share these treats with your pets. Keep your pet on his or her regular diet over the holidays and do not let family and friends sneak in treats. Foods that can present problems:

  • Foods containing grapes, raisins and currants (such as fruitcakes) can result in kidney failure in dogs.
  • Chocolate and cocoa contain theobromine, a chemical highly toxic to dogs and cats. Ingestion in small amounts can cause vomiting and diarrhea but large amounts can cause seizures and heart arrhythmias.
  • Many sugarless gums and candies contain xylitol, a sweetener which is toxic to dogs. It causes a life-threatening drop in blood sugar and liver failure.

Leftover, fatty meat scraps can produce severe inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) leading to abdominal pain, vomiting and bloody diarrhea.

SNOW GLOBES:

Recently, imported snow globes were found to contain antifreeze (ethylene glycol.) As little as one teaspoon of antifreeze when ingested by a cat or a tablespoon or two for a dog (depending on their size), can be fatal. Signs of early poisoning include acting drunk or uncoordinated, excessive thirst, and lethargy.  Immediate treatment with an antidote is vital.

LIQUID POTPOURRI::

Filling your house with the smell of nutmeg or pine for the holidays may seem inviting—but if you’re partial to heating your scented oils in a simmer pot, know that they can cause serious harm to your cat; even a few licks can result in severe chemical burns in the mouth, fever, difficulty breathing, and tremors. Dogs aren’t as sensitive, but it’s still better to be safe than sorry—so scent your home with a non-toxic candle kept safely out of kitty’s reach.

 

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

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Pet Hair, Pet Hair, Everywhere! What can we do to make it go away?

December 4, 2017 | Filed under: Uncategorized — Trumann Staff @ 4:14 pm

Pet Hair, Pet Hair, Everywhere!  What can we do to make it go away?

By Dr. Norette L. Underwood

 

If you are a pet owner excess hair is your number one concern.  Just how can my pet loose all that hair in my house and still have hair left on its body?  I have three cats and four dogs, one of which is a black Labrador Retriever that sheds incessantly. My three terriers do not really shed, but the lab makes up for their lack of shedding.  I have white tile floors so it is visible all the time.  So as a small animal veterinarian what do I do to control hair loss in my home.

Continue reading and I will give you my formula for decreasing the volume of hair in your environment!

 

Brush your pet often. Daily brushing is the best thing you can do to decrease unwanted pet fur in your environment.  Not only are you making you making your pet’s coat softer, cleaner and helping with excess hair, you are bonding with your furry friend.

 

Feed a high quality pet food. Your pet’s hair coat is the outward sign of their over all health.  Your pet is what it eats.

 

Control fleas and ticks. Infestation with parasites can cause intense itching, which increases scratching. This leads to damage to the skin and hair follicles. Infection and irritation can occur which will cause hair to fall out.

 

Keep allergies and skin infection under control.   Scratching increases hair loss. It also can cause a skin infection and cause even more fur loss.

 

Feed a fatty acid supplement prescribed by your veterinarian.  Fatty acids keep your pets fur healthy by decreasing inflammation and keeping the skin barrier healthy.

 

Bathe your pet every 1-2 weeks in a moisturizing shampoo.  Keeping your pet’s hair coat shinny and clean makes their skin healthier. Plus they feel better when you pet them.

 

Cover your furniture and car seats.  Fabric is a magnet for pet hair. This will protect your original coverings and help contain pet hair.

 

Vacuum often.  I have several cordless vacuums located around my house.  This makes removing unwanted pet fur easy and quick.  I also recommend the robotic vacuums. They get under furniture and get that hidden hair you don’t see. Swiffer sweepers are great fur grabbers also.

 

Regular check ups with your veterinarian.  This will help insure that your pet is not harboring an underlying disease that can contribute to bad skin and fur loss.  Your veterinarian is also an excellent source for tips on shed prevention.

 

A healthy pet is a happy pet and that a pet’s hair coat is their sign of good health.

If you have questions about your pet contact Dr. Norette L. Underwood of Trumann Animal clinic and Best Friends Vet Mobile at cadoc56@gmail.com