Scoop the Poop! The Importance of Cleaning up After Your Dog

Ew! You just stepped outside and stepped in a pile of dog poop! Scenes like these may make the mantra, “Scoop the poop!” a well-deserved one, but more importantly, cleaning up after your dog helps prevent the spread of parasites and disease.

That’s right. There are several risks to the health and wellbeing of your pet, as well as other pets and people, when animal waste is allowed to accumulate in public places.

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Why Fleas, Ticks, and Other Parasites Aren’t Just a Seasonal Problem

While warm weather may bring out all of the fleas, ticks, and other pests of the summer season, leaving your pet unprotected from parasites during other seasons may put him or her at risk for a number of vector-borne diseases.

Despite the thought that pests are only active during warmer months, flea infestations can pose problems year-round and deer ticks (black-legged ticks) are often active during the winter months, as well.

Because sporadic treatment makes it difficult to prevent initial infestations, skipping your pet’s parasite preventative can be a dangerous gamble, no matter the time of year.

Fleas, Ticks…What’s the Risk?

Although many pet owners may consider parasites to be an itchy annoyance, the diseases they carry can pose serious risks to the health of a pet.

Fleas and ticks, for example, have a life cycle that perpetuates the risk of exposure through continuing to lay eggs and multiply. Fleas can also thrive indoors during winter months, going through the cycle of laying eggs which produce larvae, pupae, and then hundreds of adult fleas.

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Recognizing Signs of a Pet Emergency

When confronted with troubling symptoms, it can be difficult to know when to “wait it out” or when to call in a bona fide pet emergency. Your pet is also skilled at masking symptoms, leaving you to wonder whether he or she is simply having an “off” day…

That’s why Arlington Animal Hospital wants you to know how to recognize and handle a pet emergency. Your swift actions will enable your pet to get the life-saving help he or she needs.

Red Flags

When it comes to a pet emergency, there are certain tell-tale signs that indicate immediate medical attention is required. Please do not wait to contact us if you notice any of the following:

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Pet Wellness Care: Building a Strong Foundation for Long-Term Health

As a responsible pet owner, you’ve probably heard about wellness care. But beyond the basics of nutrition, exercise, and companionship, what else is there?

Routine check-ups lie at the core of pet wellness, and while we love seeing you and your pet, there’s more to these exams than just chit chat. We view wellness care as an opportunity to fine tune and focus the conversation on your pet’s current and future health and help you develop a proactive approach.

Prevention is Key

When you visit your physician, basic information is gathered such as heart rate, blood pressure, weight, and temperature. Likewise, when we examine a healthy pet, it helps us establish a baseline to reference in the event of any health changes.   Continue…