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How to Remove Pet Odors from your Home

Remove Pet Odors

Does Your Home Have Pet Odors?

We love our pets like family but sometimes we have to deal with problems like urine stains, poop or vomit stains and the most widespread problem…foul odors in the home. Fortunately, we can take care of all those problems with some maintenance tips and a few common household ingredients like vinegar and baking soda. Read More →

The Secrets of a Cat Proofed Christmas Tree

Has Your Christmas Tree Become A Cat Condo?

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Size Matters

The bigger the tree, the bigger the mess. If you have adopted a new cat and this is your first Christmas or you have a kitten, consider a smaller tree until you can observe their personality.  Make climbing undesirable by  wrapping the trunk of the tree with aluminum foil and spraying  your tree with a citrus oil extract. For extra safety, use a wide, heavy base and secure the top of the tree to your ceiling  or wall using  high test fishing line to keep it from toppling over if all else fails. Read More →

Those Pesky Parasites

Aahh..summer,

the time of year when the children, both 2-legged and 4-legged, are running around at the park, the beach, and in our own yards.  Beautiful weather abounds, with bright flowers and warm sunny days and sunsets.  Spring cleaning is over, and we sit back and relax—taking in the sounds and sights of the summertime…But wait!   What you can’t see can hurt you and your pets.  Intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, and Giardia can cause serious health problems:

 

  • Blood loss and anemia
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Nutrient loss
  • Allergic reactions
  • Death

Worse yet, some of these parasites can be transmitted to people, especially children who touch and ingest everything they shouldn’t like dirt and grass.  Even playing with Max or Fluffy can be life-threatening if they should become exposed to these zoonotic parasites.  Zoonotic parasites can cause various problems in humans:

  • Digestive upsets
  • Liver and lung damage
  • Skin lesions
  • Partial or total blindness

These parasites can be transmitted to your pet year round.  Unfortunately, infections can go undetected.  That’s why frequent fecal testing is important for effective detection and treatment of intestinal parasites.

Recommendations on keeping your entire family safe

The Companion Animal Parasite Council, a nationally recognized board of specialized veterinarians, recommends testing healthy adult pets for parasites at least one to two times per year.  Also, take the following precautions to help keep your family safe from parasites:

  • Remove your pet’s feces from the yard as frequently as possible.  Be sure to dispose of it properly
  • Keep family members away from potentially contaminated areas—nobody wants to play in a yard of poop!
  • Don’t let your pet drink out of the toilet or eat raw meat
  • Keep your dog and cat on a monthly preventive such as Trifexis and AdvantageMulti—not only does this guard against heartworms, but intestinal parasites can be prevented too.
  • Have your pet tested routinely and if your pet is infected, follow the recommendations of your pet’s veterinarian for treatment and follow-up testing
  • Practice good personal hygiene habits and have children wash their hands after playing outside and after playing with pets

Also, visit WWW.ROCKYSHORESVET.COM for reliable and current information on various topics including intestinal parasitism.

Authored by: Cynthia Guasto, DVM | Rocky Shores Veterinary Hospital | 341 Route 25A, Rocky Point, NY 11778 | (631)209-2035