View it in your browser MAY Newsletter 2019
 
Oral treatment – keep your pet his bright-eyed, bushy-tailed best!
Tooth extraction is the most common type of pet oral surgery performed at Bloomfield Animal Hospital in Lakewood. It is considered a “last resort” procedure, only recommended when the problem is too advanced for therapeutic or restorative treatment. We are dedicated to the health and wellbeing of your pets. After examining your companion, we will advise you of options and make a recommendation. If the problem is severe tooth damage or advanced oral disease, that recommendation will likely be extraction.

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Flea-proof your pet
We are in the middle of flea season, and your pets, no doubt, must be greatly troubled by them. Scratching in the rear and underbelly typically signify flea infestations.

Adult fleas may not always be visible, but a veterinarian also looks for flea dirt, which is the waste passed out by a flea after sucking the blood of its host animal. If fleas or their waste is detected on the skin of a pet, then the eggs, larvae and pupae are not far behind. Getting rid of these is a lot more difficult than getting rid of adult fleas and the problem will get worse when the eggs start to hatch. The lifespan of a flea is 100 days and an adult female flea can lay 50 eggs per day. These eggs drop off the surface of the host animal and may hatch wherever they land—on carpets, furniture, clothes, etc.

Cats may remove a large number of adult fleas from their skin when they groom, but they are still bugged by flea problems. Many pets, especially those with sensitive skin, react strongly to flea saliva. Humans generally display signs of flea bites around their ankles when fleas jump on to their skin from the ground and carpets. This is why flea-proofing your cat and dog is important.
 
Dog grooming during spring season
Grooming your dog is an important activity, not only to keep its fur shiny, healthy and in top condition but also as a time for you and your pet to bond. Your dog sheds its fur throughout the year, but it’s heavier during spring. All the more reason why its coat needs a good brush regularly. If not, your house would be quite messy too, with all that fur flying everywhere.

Always use a good shampoo on your dog. Never use human shampoo as some of the products in human shampoos may be dangerous and toxic for dogs. Shampooing will help get rid of the debris and flaked bits which have built up on the dog’s skin during the winter season.

As you shampoo, examine your dog for any problems. Here are a few things to look out for:
  • The coat looks dry (use oatmeal shampoo, and/or a gentle dog conditioner)
  • Whether there are cracks in paws (use paw ointment)
  • Any signs of mites and general uncleanliness (includes laundering dog beds and blankets and soaking leashes and harnesses in a mild soap and hot water solution)
These can be followed with a good brush-down with a brush which is best suited to your dog’s coat.

Your pet’s diet also plays a vital role in the health of its coat. Speak to your vet about the nutrition aspect and try to balance your pet’s meals, fortifying it with elements like omega–3 fatty acids, so that it maintains its shiny, healthy coat.
 
 
 
 
    
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