If April showers bring May flowers, hopefully March snowstorms bring an end to the cold. We're all ready for Spring to start, so let's start with a few announcements from your friends at the Animal Medical Center of Wyoming!
Did you know your pet can have a tick-related disease...and you may not even realize it?
Is your dog tired or achy after a walk? Is your cat eating less than usual? These seemingly minor changes may indicate your pet has a tick-related disease.
Ticks are tricky. Even when you check your pet for ticks they can be tough to find because they’re small and well-hidden, especially in dark fur. But it’s crucial to find ticks and remove them quickly. Why? Some ticks carry bacteria that cause disease (such as Lyme disease, but there are many others). It just takes one undetected tick bite for your pet to become infected. Left untreated, your pet can become very sick and develop kidney damage. At times, these diseases can be fatal.
Ready for the good news? When detected and treated early, tick-related diseases can be cured. Better yet? We carry the safest, most effective flea and tick prevention available. Plus, we’re experts at tick checks. So make an appointment for your pet’s wellness checkup today – we’ll give them a thorough physical exam from nose to tail, checking for hidden ticks along the way. We’ll also talk about how to keep your pet tick-free and determine if a simple tick-borne disease-screening test is needed. Call us today and let’s keep your pet healthy!
Springtime is “itch-perfect”! New allergy medications available.
Springtime in Michigan is like a case of spring fever: plants are budding, grass returns and we get outside more...unless your pet has seasonal allergies. Pets who suffer from seasonal allergies can be downright uncomfortable with constant itching or licking. Pets with allergies act differently than people. Some pets get itchy skin or oily, stinky fur. Others get itchy ears and ear infections. Many will get skin infections and scratch out their hair. You may notice your pet licking or rub their face excessively. Pets might keep their owners awake at night with licking or scratching. Unfortunately, over-the-counter antihistamines are not usually effective. The good news is we have great alternatives for treating allergies in dogs. Apoquel tablets and Cytopoint injections are new options that have a great success rate for most pets by reducing the urge to scratch. Once the itch is controlled, then the skin can heal and hair can grow back normally. Bathing your pet reduces the allergens on their hair coat. Always use a gentle, pet-safe shampoo. Avoid flea and tick shampoos, or human shampoo, as they are too strong. Wiping feet off with baby wipes when your pet comes into the house can reduce the allergens they trail in from outside. See your veterinarian to discuss the various options for your pet’s spring allergies.
Comfort and Healing with Therapeutic Laser
As pets get older, they suffer from the same age-related issues that we do. Arthritis is most common. Dogs can start to see arthritic changes at age 9 (earlier for large breed dogs). However, pets won’t show symptoms of arthritis until they are quite painful. The early signs of arthritis can be slowly getting up or lying down, hesitation going on stairs, thin muscles in the rear legs or thickening of knee joints. Getting out of the house and going for walks is great for our senior pets. Seeing and smelling new things is great for mood and cognition. Keep in mind a few tips for walking arthritic dogs:
Walking an arthritic dog should be done at their pace: slow walking for short distances
Walk dogs on the grass for joint comfort for lower impact
Gentle walking on a leash is preferred over off-leash activity where lunging after a squirrel could increase the chance of overexertion
Ask about medications or supplements that can help with arthritis, as arthritis is known to be as painful to pets as it is to humans
Do not give aspirin or over-the-counter medication without consulting your pet’s veterinarian first as these can be dangerous for pets
Talk to your veterinarian if you are concerned about arthritis. We want your pet’s senior years to be as comfortable as possible.
March is a busy month for AMC! Spring break means a lot of boarding pets coming through AMC Inn. In the coming weeks, we will be unveiling a new way to check in for boarding appointments. We will be emailing out a form that you can fill out ahead of time from either a computer or your smartphone. The advantage of pre-check in is that you will have the opportunity to give the boarding staff personal details about how to best care for your pet. We are hoping this cuts down on your check in time at the front desk. As this rolls, out please feel free to give us feedback.
March brings to an end our internship season for Baker College of Muskegon’s Veterinary Technician program. We have had 10 weeks of students coming through AMC to learn about surgery and exam room care. You may have seen some of the students in exam rooms listening and observing our staff. Thank you to all our clients who took time during your appointments to help welcome these students.
In March, Dr. Carron attended the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas. She learned about pain control for pets among other things. We believe in continuing education so that our staff can stay up to date with the newest information.