Moth balls

It’s that time of year again for the snakes to come about.

Some people will use moth balls as a snake repellent, but these are actually toxic to dogs, cats and other animals. Plus, they don’t work well at repelling the snakes.

Dogs like to eat anything smelly so moth balls may be yummy to dogs even though they smell horrible to us. If a toxic amount is ingested it can cause a severe hemolytic anemia. This disease often needs blood transfusions to treat it.

So, keep your pets safe and avoid the moth balls.

Hair Ties Not so Fun for Some Cats

Hair ties not so fun for some cats

Hair ties can be very entertaining for a lot of cats and provide hours of fun. But these are not good toys!  Many cats actually eat them and have to undergo surgery to remove them. Here’s and x-ray of a kitty who had eaten multiple hair ties and got very sick from them.

Cats and Arthritis, It’s a Real Thing

In one recent study 90% of cats over 12 years of age had radiographic evidence of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative, progressive and irreversible condition. It’s also PAINFUL!  The elbows and hips are the most affected joints in cats but all joints are at risk. Our kitties are very good at hiding the signs of pain. Here is a video of a kitty with arthritis in her hips. Note how she bunny hops down the stairs instead of having a separate stride for each back leg.  

There are medications to help these kitties feel better and be pain free. If your note that your kitty has slowed down in their older years or isn’t making as many or as high of jumps they may have osteoarthritis. Ask our veterinarians about options for treatment to help keep your kitties comfortable!

Enrichment for Indoor Cats

Enrichment for Indoor Cats: We all know that the safest place for our feline friends is indoors. 

Cats that are allowed to roam could be exposed to deadly viruses, dangerous encounters with other animals and all types of trauma related accidents such as being hit by a car. However, there are safe ways that we can allow our cats fresh air from time to time.

For the luckiest of felines there are outdoor enclosures. Just do a google search or get on pinterest and search for cat enclosures and you will be amazed at what you will find.

Another option is a containment system in the backyard such as Cat Fence-In ( Kittens can be taught to walk with a leash and harness. This is best done with kittens before 14 weeks of age.

Just remember, cats are remarkable creatures and fantastic escape artists. Even with enclosures and containment systems, they should not be left unattended!

– Dr. Hurley 

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