Unfortunately, fleas and ticks do not go on vacation in the Bay Area and, even in harsh weather conditions, they can still be a year-round nuisance. Even indoor-only pets can get fleas and have an outbreak! Happily, the days of flea dips and harsh shampoos are behind us, as we now have a variety of safe, effective products to control fleas. Keeping fleas and ticks off your pet not only keeps them more comfortable, but also prevents transmission of several diseases carried by these itchy and disgusting little parasites. Below is a summary of some of the products we carry and highly recommend at Pet’s Friend Animal Clinic.
Anal glands, or sacs, are located under the skin at approximately 4’o clock and 8 ‘o clock positions in relation to the anus of cats and dogs. They normally excrete a putrid substance, as stool is passed, for marking and communication purposes. Sometimes animals will also inadvertently express them when they are stressed. The smell is often described as rancid, fishy, or metallic.
Unfortunately, fleas do not go on vacation in the Bay Area and, even in harsh weather conditions, can still be a year-round nuisance. Even indoor-only pets can get fleas and have an outbreak! Happily, the days of flea dips and harsh shampoos are behind us, as we now have a variety of safe, effective products to control fleas. Keeping fleas off your pet not only keeps them more comfortable, but also prevents transmission of several diseases carried by these itchy and disgusting little parasites. Below is a summary of some of the products we carry and highly recommend at Pet’s Friend Animal Clinic.
What’s the harm in a few extra pounds? A ton...Excess weight on your pet can cause chronic health problems, including diabetes, arthritis, and kidney disease—and a 15% shorter life span! More than half of all dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese. On average, it has been shown that dogs that are lean live about 2 years longer than dogs who are overweight and we believe the same for all pets in general.
Heartworms are parasites of dogs and other canine species, such as foxes. Cats can also be affected, although they are more resistant to infection. Very rarely, a few cases have also been reported in people. Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes. Once limited to the southern regions of the United States, heartworms are now found in most areas of the United States, and are well-recognized in many other regions of the world.
After eating a meal, it only takes 6 hours for plaque to start developing and covering the tooth’s surface. Plaque eventually turns to calculus which is harder to remove and can cause bacterial infections in the mouth. This bacteria may spread through the bloodstream to the liver, kidneys, heart, and brain. Dental disease is seen in over 90% of the patients we see and regular brushing/cleaning is the key to preventing periodontal disease, oral pain tooth loss, oral odors, and systemic disease. If you notice your pet has stinky breath, discolored or dirty teeth, or is having any trouble eating, a thorough oral exam should be done by your veterinarian.
Giardia is a single-celled parasite that can infect your dog or cat’s intestines. Animals can contract Giardia at any age but are most susceptible when they are young or immunosuppressed. Giardia is contracted via fecal-oral transmission, meaning that water or other substances contaminated with feces are swallowed. The most common route of transmission is ingestion of contaminated water, so Giardia can be more easily spread in environments that remain wet or that are populated with wild animals.
Spaying and neutering are safe and effective procedures. These procedures not only help to reduce pet overpopulation, but a spayed/neutered pet is less likely to roam or run away to look for a mate, and the health benefits are significant. Approximately 6 million animals are euthanized at shelters each year, due to the sheer fact that there are not enough willing adopters. Having your pet spayed or neutered ensures that you will not be adding to this tremendous burden.
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When you are looking for a veterinary care clinic you should be able to count on superior care and excellent service. We at Pet's Friend Animal Clinic in Sunnyvale CA have assembled an expert team of veterinary professionals to bring you the best possible healthcare for your pet. We have a state of the art veterinary facility that is clean, comfortable, and efficient. Call 408-739-2688 to schedule an appointment and we will find a time that is convenient for you.