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WINTER 2018

We’re excited to bring you our Winter Edition of the Hometown Pet Advisor!

If you’re like us, you start the New Year with the best of intentions, resolving to improve and be the best person you can be. Your dog or cat can’t make resolutions, but you can! We pulled together a few things you can do to improve your dog or cat’s life this year.

Cabin fever is often an issue at this time of year, and so is kennel cough. This may be valuable to folks who plan to board their dog while they get away to warmer climates. We’ll tell you how kennel cough happens and how to avoid it.

And, of course, in Loose Ends, you’ll be reminded that February is National Pet Dental Health Month, among a few other things. Let’s get started!

—Your friends at Hometown Veterinary Care

Resolutions For 2018  

Are you planning resolutions for you and your pet in 2018?  Check out these 7 suggestions for your pet’s food, exercise, play, grooming, and health.

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Kennel Cough

Kennel Cough is one of the most highly contagious respiratory diseases your dog can acquire. Read on for information about transmission, treatment, and prevention.

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February is National Pet Dental Health Month

Unfortunately, only about 1% of pet owners brush their pet’s teeth. It’s the single best thing you can do to reduce the need for periodic dental cleaning by your vet. And, you are likely to reduce the chances of periodontal disease.

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Arctic Blasts!

The cold weather snap before Christmas and into early January has been brutal. Keep these things in mind when we get our next blast of arctic air:

  • Cars are like ovens in the summer, and refrigerators in the winter. Don’t leave your pet in your car. It could be life-threatening.

  • Before going out for a walk massage your pet’s foot pads with petroleum jelly to protect them from salts and chemicals. 

  • After taking your dog out for a walk, be sure to clean between their foot pads. Ice can be sharp and you want to be sure they haven’t been cut. Chemicals, salts and anti-freeze, which are easily picked up when your pet is outside, should be washed off pads and their underbelly.

  • Be sure to pick up any anti-freeze spills and use propylene glycol based antifreeze rather than ethylene glycol, which if consumed by your pet can be deadly. 

  • Keep your home humidified.

  • Pets can burn a lot of energy so you might want to feed them a little extra and be sure to keep them hydrated.

  • And if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pet.

Overactive Thyroid

Overactive Thyroid or Hyperthyroidism is the most common glandular disorder in cats according to pets.webmd. It generally affects cats between 10 to 12 years of age. Look for an increase in appetite combined with weight loss. Other signs may include unusual thirst, increased urination, panting, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Excessive Grooming

We all know cats pay great attention to their grooming, but, if it appears to be compulsive, you’ll want to address it sooner rather than later. Siamese cats and other Oriental breeds are likely candidates, and generally female cats get it more than males. The causes include parasites, allergies, dry skin (mostly in winter), pain, and boredom. If you’re seeing evidence of compulsive grooming give us a call and we’ll help your cat get better.

That’s all for the now. See you in March!
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