Now that a cold and long winter is behind us, we're sure that you're ready to get outside with your dog! As you gear up to enjoy the warm Spring air, it's also important not to overlook these hazards of the season.
Ticks and Tick-borne Disease
Ticks can spread a number of different diseases that can affect not only pets but people, too. These can include Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis, tularemia, and babesiosis.
The best way to protect your pet is with preventative treatment. Owner Aine Corridon tells us everything we need to know about ticks in a previous post.
Antifreeze may be dangerous to pets because most types have a sweet smell and taste which causes dogs to dive right in and lap it up. Since this happens, antifreeze poisoning is one of the most common forms of poisoning in pets.
There are "pet-safer" types of antifreeze that are not as attractive to pets which can be found in certain stores.
Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes which primarily affects the heart and lungs but can also impact the liver, kidneys, eyes, and central nervous system. If this is left untreated, it can cause death.
Fortunately, effective preventatives are available.
Fertilizers and Mulch
According to the PetPoisonHelpline, most fertilizers contain a wide assortment of potentially toxic substances including iron and nitrogen. Some fertilizers may also have pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides. These chemicals won't poison your pet, but large amounts of fertilizer can cause gastrointestinal or pancreatic problems.
Just like us people, dogs can have allergic reaction to bee stings, especially if stung by more than one. Be sure to talk to someone from our team about how you can keep your pup safe from bee stings, and what to do if your dog is stung.
Did you know what there are 20 species of venomous snakes in the U.S.? It's important to know where you can find venomous snakes.
Venomous snakes bite around 150,000 dogs and cats in the United States each year. Do you know what you can you do to protect your pets?
If you have questions or want to talk more about preventative measures, be sure to contact someone on our team!
Owner Aine Corridon tells us some more tips to consider:
With warmer weather approaching, fleas and ticks are two of the most frequent pet care concerns in America. While prevention is the best defense against these parasites, it’s crucial to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of fleas and ticks so you can help your pets if necessary.
Owner Aine Corridon answered the following when it comes to knowing about fleas and ticks along with prevention tips.
What’s the difference between fleas and ticks?
What do you recommend?
Nexgard and Bravecto are two flea and tick treatments that have been popular for pet owners in the U.S. Due to the popularity, pet owners often find it difficult to select which product they want to use. Nexgard has been developed by Merial, the same company that developed Frontline Plus, while Bravecto is the product of Merck. Both these products have shown effectiveness in dealing with flea and ticks and their way of working is also similar.
If you have questions about fleas, ticks, or just want more information on how our team can help, contact us!
Spring is finally here and the weather is warming up which makes it a perfect time to take your dog out for some fresh air and play time. Here are some great and local parks you may want to check out:
Drakes Creek Park: 120 E. Main St. Hendersonville, TN 37075
Known for it's long walking trails, Drakes is the perfect spot take your pet on an afternoon stroll. It has playground areas, restrooms, sheltered areas, and picnic areas.
You'll likely see other friendly pet owners taking their loved ones out for exercise and a fun time here.
Sanders Ferry Park: 513 Sanders Ferry Rd. Hendersonville, TN 37075
Besides it's popular 18 hole disk golf course, Sanders Ferry Park also offers a great walking trail along the water. There are restrooms, playground areas, sheltered areas, and picnic areas.
Memorial Park: 151 E. Main St. Hendersonville, TN 37075
During the month of February, 2014 the Parks & Rec Department opened the gates to its first dog park. Thanks to the hard work of the local Lions Club, $15,000 was raised and donated to make this happen.
There are 2 separate areas for small and larger dogs, plenty of benches and dog water fountains for each area. Just outside the dog areas is a new, small playground. The Dog Park is actually located inside of what is already called, Memorial Park.
Fenway's Dog Park: 745 Caldwell Dr, Goodlettsville, TN 37072
The park is most easily accessed using the east entrance of Moss-Wright and then immediately turning left.
The park has separate areas for large and small dogs. Owners are encouraged to allow their dog to play in the appropriate area for their dog's size. Owners are responsible for picking up their dog's waste and ensuring appropriate behavior while using the park.
Owner Aine Corridon had the following tips before you head out the door:
"My main thing is make sure they are vaccinated. Kennel cough and flu are more prevalent in high dog population areas like dog parks. Play can be a great outlet for dogs for energy release, exercise and confidence," she said. "Owners should always be aware of body language of other dogs and the surroundings for safety."
We just celebrated our 12th year in business and it’s something I do not take for granted! I am sincerely grateful for clients who trust us with the medical care of their pets.
When we started there was a train station on the property where June Carter Cash sold antiques years ago. It did not even have plumbing. There were some instrumental people who helped me get started.
Halo Realty sold me the property and Ed Spurlock gave me my first business loan. Kim Wilson opened with me and Charles Woodward came in to establish our first patient chart. Mike Brown was our first appointment, and Lobo Bryant was our first surgery. I remember it clearly. At the time I had two children and added two more in the next few years.
The first few years you just kind of survive and learn as you go. We were open 6 days a week and had kennel duties on Sunday. Dr. Wilkinson joined us in 2012 and now we have Dr. Read on full time.
Fast forward to today, we have 13 employees and are closed on Saturday, thanks to the emergency clinic being open full time. We enjoy taking excellent preventative care of pets and want to fully diagnose the medical issue we are treating when possible. Veterinary medicine, in general, has changed tremendously in the 20 years I have been practicing and it is neat to see how much we can do for our pet family members.
We have an awesome staff who care about this practice and the people and pets that make us who we are. I am thankful to be a part of the community I grew up in and for the well being it provides for my own family. Please continue to help us grow in the next 12 years. We are open to suggestions and look forward to serving you.
- Aine Corridon, Owner
To address the significance of oral health care for pets, the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) sponsors National Pet Dental Health Month every February.
Dental health is a very important part of your pet’s overall health, and dental problems can cause, or be caused by, other health problems. Your pet’s teeth and gums should be checked at least once a year by a veterinarian to monitor for early signs of a problem and to help keep your pet’s mouth healthy.
Our team recently wrote an informative article on ‘why your pet needs dental health’. You can read the article here.
To celebrate this monthlong holiday, the Hendersonville Animal Hospital is excited to offer 25% off all dental cleaning services until February 28th. If you have any questions, our team is here to help!
February is National Responsible Pet Owners Month which makes for a perfect time to think about what exactly makes a responsible pet owner. While there isn’t an exact definition of the perfect pet owner, at the Hendersonville Animal Hospital we like to view pet ownership as not just a privilege, but also a responsibility.
Pets are our companions and need love just like us humans. We’ve put together a list of five important aspects of a responsible pet owner.
Feed your pet a well-balanced and nutritious diet. In today’s world, there are several quality dog and cat food options. It may take a little research to figure out what works best for your pet but it’s likely that a store near you has exactly what your pet needs.
Great nutrition sets the longterm foundation for a happy and healthy life! Don’t be hesitant in asking one of our team members any questions you have regarding nutrition for your pet.
2) Make Them Apart of the Family:
Pets need companionship and love! Just like humans, they need warmth and loves that comes with living indoors with their family.
A pet owner is his or her pets’ favorite thing in the world. They crave that attention and care, so show them the love and devotion that they show you.
3) Train Your Pet:
Simple manners training can reduce behavior problems while strengthening the relationship between you and your pet. Our pets should at least understand the basics such as “sit” and “stay.”
Training to have a happy, stress-free life without behavioral issues will pay off in the long run for not just your pet, but you as an owner too. It can also be very beneficial in case of an emergency situation.
4) Give Them Exercise:
All pets need regular exercise to stay in good shape while releasing their energy. Without taking your animal out for a walk or run through the park, your pet will begin to act out.
Without proper exercise, health and behavior problems are likely to arise for the extra pent up energy.
5) Care For Your Pet:
Regular visits to the vet and groomer are necessary to ensure your pet is healthy. By scheduling an annual checkup, you can stay informed about your pet’s health.
You can always contact us here to learn more about our annual checkups for pets.
Talk To Our Team About Becoming a Better Pet Owner:
The entire team at the Hendersonville Animal Hospital is here to answer any questions you have about caring for your pet. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or comments!
Brrr!! It’s getting cold outside and with the snow, sleet, ice, and wind, there’s a lot to prepare for when it comes to winter weather.
We all have that instant moment of shock when our bodies hit the 10-degree weather. Just like we’re affected by the cold, our dogs are too. Here are a few tips to help you keep your dog safe this winter.
1) Bundle Up:
Despite the popular misconception, fur alone is not enough to protect dogs from the elements. Picture it as if we were to go out in a blizzard in a light jacket. It’s important to make sure that small and short-haired dogs (even large ones) have the appropriate winter wardrobe.
Now’s the perfect time to get that cute dog sweater or jacket to help provide the right layers.
2) Protect The Paws:
Just like putting on an adorable sweater, you’ll want to consider putting on dog boots or paw protectors to keep your pet’s feet safe. Having these ready to go will be especially helpful when icy conditions are present.
3) Limit Time Outside:
Dogs can suffer from frostbite or hypothermia if they are outside in cold weather too long. In the extreme cold, it’s not a bad idea to keep dogs inside but if this isn’t possible, be aware of the major signs of frostbite, which can show when skin appears white or blue.
4) Clean Your Dog’s Feet:
The sidewalks and roads are coated with deicing chemicals such as sodium chloride (rock salt) and calcium chloride. With shoes on, pedestrians are safe but this can damage paw pads.
When returning inside, make sure to wash off your dog’s feet with warm water while reaching spots between the toes and pads. Depending on the dog, moisturizer may also be needed.
5) Talk To Your Vet About Cold Weather Protection:
It’s possible for some medical conditions to worsen as it gets colder out. One condition that is especially sensitive to the cold weather is arthritis because of the direct effect of the cold and increased stiffness.
Having a checkup can help ensure that problems don’t worsen when the temperatures continue to drop. You can also ask any questions regarding winter care for your dog.
Did you know that eighty-five percent of all pets end up with periodontal disease by the time they hit age three?
Dental cleaning for dogs and cats are a vital part in keeping your pet healthy. Without dental care, pets can wind up with bad breath, painful chewing, and even tooth loss. Even worse, without proper dental care, bacteria can grow under the gums and travel to areas such as the heart, kidneys, and liver.
A professional veterinary dental cleaning is the best way to remove tartar and bacteria from teeth and below the gums to help protect your pet’s health. Without this care, periodontal disease is at high risk.
What Does a Dental Cleaning Include?
Our dog and cat dental care includes an ultrasonically scaling and cleaning of not only the surface of the teeth but below the gum line where the majority of bacteria and tartar are found. Once the teeth are cleaned, they are polished to help smooth out the rough surfaces created by the cleaning. The polishing helps ensure that there are no irregular surfaces which bait bacteria and plaque.
To top it off, a fluoride treatment is included to help pets with lasting teeth care.
How Do You Know When Your Pet Needs a Dental Cleaning?
We suggest regular inspection of your pet’s mouth to help catch any dental disease in the early stage. Tartar may appear as a brownish-gold buildup on the teeth which creeps up to the gum-line.
Other signs can include bad breath, drooling, pawing at the mouth, loose or missing teeth, or difficulty chewing.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Cleaning?
Having professional dental cleaning will not only remove the visible plaque and tartar on the teeth but will also remove the bacteria from under the gums. By ridding the bacteria, this will eliminate potential sources of infection to the mouth and other organs and protects your pet from pain and tooth loss.
The Hendersonville Animal Hospital provides dental care services for both dogs and cats. Currently, there is a 25% discount on all dental services provided. Give us a call 615-822-1700 for more information.
The approach to New Year’s Eve and 2019 is an exciting one, and it’s just a few days away! This is the one party that the entire world is invited to which makes it a great event, but it’s also important to remember that we need to keep our wonderful animal’s safe.
The sights and sounds of sparklers and fireworks are prevalent on New Year’s Eve. Unfortunately, it can end up causing many pets to become agitated and scared. Without the right care, pets can end up lost during and after the party.
To make sure this doesn’t happen, we have some helpful tips when it comes to keeping your animal(s) safe this New Year’s Eve:
1: Keep Tags On Your Pet
Make sure your pet is wearing the right collar with identification tags that display the correct information. In case a pet gets loose, you’ll have a better chance of getting him or her back more quickly.
2: Keep The Party Away
It’s important to keep all alcohol, the tasty festive food, chocolates, and party decorations away from your pets. If decorations are lodged into your pet’s intestines, this can lead to an intestinal blockage. Alcohol and chocolate can be toxic to both canines and felines.
3: Keep Indoors
Depending on the animal, some pets are frightened from sudden loud noises. Keeping your pet indoors and in a quiet area that is familiar to him or her will have them feeling safe. Indoor animals should also be kept away from large windows or doors when they are scared to minimize the risk of them crashing through or into one of them.
4: Have A Calming Environment
Keep everything the same by surrounding your pets with the favorite toys and other familiar objects. Whether it’s keeping the room as quiet as possible or playing soothing music, it’s important to keep everything consistent for your pet.
We wish you a safe and enjoyable New Year’s Eve and a fulfilling year ahead! Remember to keep a watchful eye on your pet and have the name and number of your local animal emergency clinic in a convenient area.