Black Fly Bites!!
What are the red bites on my dog's belly?
The Black Flies are out!! You know its spring in Coloma when clients start calling us about the red marks on their dog's belly. Black flies hatched in this area last week and will be here for several weeks, and will again return in the fall. The bites will not hurt your dog and will eventually go away on their own. Your dog might itch a lot first. We do carry Vetri Repel Spray, an all natural water based spray. It's a natural repellent to protect dogs (and cats) from fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and flies. Come pick up a bottle. Just spay their belly before they go out. Hopefully, they will be gone soon and warm summer weather will be here!
When I started thinking about this week's post, I looked at the calendar to see what is happening this week. I did see that April 15th is coming up, but filing taxes really doesn't effect our pets. (But wouldn't it be great if we could declare them as dependents on our taxes??!!??)
Then I saw Easter Sunday! A wonderful time to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and gather with family and friends. I always think of Easter egg hunts and the wonderful smell of Easter lilies in church. As much as I love these things, they can be serious trouble for our furry family members.
Easter Egg Hunts: How great is it hiding filled eggs in your backyard? Fun for all! Just make sure all the eggs are found and picked up. If our dogs find a leftover egg and eat chocolate it could be extremely dangerous to them. Watch also any chocolate eggs in the house. Chocolate contains two ingredients that are toxic in large quantities: a chemical called theobromide and caffeine. Not all types of chocolate contain the same amounts of theobromide and caffeine; therefore, the amount and the type of chocolate your pet eats play a role in its toxic effects.Signs your pet may have an adverse reaction to chocolate include: Diarrhea/vomiting from the high-fat content in the chocolate,restlessness, hyperactivity, muscle twitching, tremors, increased drinking and urination, excessive panting, irritability,increased heart rate and abnormal heart rhythm. In extreme situations, seizures, collapse, and even death. If your pet shows any of these symptoms call Animal Poison Control or us at Wil-O-Paw Animal Hospital.
Easter Lilies: Smell great to us- highly toxic to our cats! If you have a cat DO NOT HAVE EASTER LILIES IN YOUR HOUSE! Just one bite of a petal, leaves, the stem, or even the pollen of an Easter lily can wreak havoc on your kitty's digestive system and, if left untreated, can lead to kidney failure and death. And while a common culprit, Easter lilies are not the only type of lily that affects cats; tiger lilies, rubrum lilies, and some species of day lily are also poisonous to our feline friends.Early signs (approximately 2-4 hours after ingestion) of lily toxicity in your cat include: Vomiting, Lethargy,Lack of appetite. Later signs (approximately 24-72 hours after ingestion) include: Initially, increased thirst and urination. Then, decreased urination if the kidneys fail. Keep in mind that you might not see your cat ingest the lily. If you think there is even a slight chance that your cat has gotten into lilies, seek a veterinarian and tell him or her of your suspicions. When it comes to treatment of lily toxicosis in cats, time is of the essence! You will need to seek emergency veterinary care immediately. The Kalamzoo Emergency Hospital is open 24 hours.
Easter Blessings to all our wonderful clients and their pets from the doctors and staff at Wil-O-Paw Animal Hospital!
Have you ever wondered: "Do Dogs See Colors?", "Is It Good For My Cat to Drink Milk?" or "Why Is My Cat Peeing Outside her Litter Box?"?? We are hoping by providing this blog for our clients and friends we can help answer and inform you on some of the things you have always wondered about your pet. We will explore our best veterinary resources to give you the most informative answers we can. So to answer these three questions....
1. Do Dogs See Colors?
Dogs can see color, but not in the same way that we do. The palette of colors they can see is limited in comparison to ours; it is also less vibrant.
Eyes have “rods” and “cones” to help identify color. Rods tell us how bright or dim something is (black or white) and cones help us identify color. Humans have three kinds of cones, which help detect yellow, violet, and green.
Dogs only have two types of cones, so they see orange, yellow, and green as yellow. Blue-green is seen as white and red looks as though it is brownish-black. While they can see blue, they can’t distinguish shades, especially as the color blue gets darker.
2. Is it Good to Give My Cat Milk to Drink?
Many people don’t think twice about giving dairy to cats. Whipped cream or yogurt have been used as a common treat, and what kind of cat commercial would be complete without depicting a nice saucer of milk? So it might surprise many cat lovers to learn that, once weaned, most cats are lactose intolerant.
Lactose intolerance means the body doesn’t produce enough lactase to break down milk into simple sugars. According to catworld.com, “it remains in the digestive system where bacteria cause it to ferment.” Undigested milk can cause issues for cats just like it can for people. Your cat will obviously be uncomfortable. Symptoms of a lactose intolerant cat include the following: diarrhea, gas and bloating. Additionally, milk offers little in the way of nutrition for cats; still, cats generally do love the taste.
What can my cat drink in place of milk? First of all, your cat should always be able to get clean, fresh water. Milk is not a staple — unless of course you have a kitten. For adult cats, all vital nutrients can be provided by cat food alone. If you do want to treat your cat to some milk occasionally you should consider a lactose free cat milk (yes, they make it). This kind of milk is likely to be healthier anyway. Even lactose free milk should be a treat and not a daily offering.
3. Why is My Cat Peeing Outside the Litter Box?Kitties eliminate not just because they have to, but also because it’s a way to claim what is theirs. You can avoid “peeing outside the box” with a few litter box rules.
Cats love cleanliness. The number of litter boxes should equal the number of household cats +1. Different cats prefer different litter types, so you may have to offer a “litter box buffet” of many different types of litter until you determine which type your cat uses consistently. Litter boxes should be scooped every day and washed weekly with mild dish detergent. Cats are very sensitive to smells. A strong cleaner smell may prevent your cat from using the litter box. The size of the litter box is similar to the rules of a puppy crate. It should be large enough for your cat to stand up and turn around. Should it be opened or closed? That will depend on which your cat likes most. As far as the location goes, privacy and tranquility are key.
If none of these rules help, please see our doctors to make sure the problem is not a physical one. We want you and your cat to have a long, happy and healthy relationship!