Easter Safety Tips

Easter Safety Tips

While they’re sure signs that Easter is on its way, fresh flowers and baskets full of pastel-colored candy also represent potential health risks for your pets! As you’re making your home festive for the holiday, make sure you keep these Easter-related treats and decorations away from your pets.

  • Lilies. Lilies can cause fatal kidney failure when cats ingest any part of them, even just the pollen! Either keep them up high away from nosy paws or keep them out of your house entirely.
  • Chocolate. The darker the chocolate is, the more poisonous it is to your pets, but they shouldn’t have access to any kind of chocolate. So hide those chocolate bunnies!
  • Plastic grass. If your Easter baskets are filled with bright green plastic grass, keep the baskets out of your pets’ sight so they aren’t tempted to chew (and potentially choke) on the fake grass. It looks real to them, but it can cause severe intestinal blockages.
  • Plastic eggs. Don’t forget where you hide your eggs! Pets could choke on shattered bits of plastic eggs or break them open and eat the candy inside.

If your pet ever ingests these substances or any other toxic items, call Pet Medical Center of Edmond at (405) 757-2132.

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Fighting Seasonal Allergies

Fighting Seasonal Allergies

As many of us know, allergies are no fun. But allergy season doesn’t just affect us—it can affect our pets, too. Grass, dust and other environmental allergens are significantly more present this time of year, and our pets can be allergic to them, too.

If your pet has environmental allergies, your veterinarian may suggest allergy medication. But don’t give your pet any medicine unless you’ve been instructed by your veterinarian to do so. Frequent baths can help remove allergens from your pet’s coat, and wiping his feet before he comes inside can keep him from tracking allergens indoors. You should also vacuum and dust your home regularly to keep it allergen-free.

If you suspect your pet is suffering from seasonal allergies, call Pet Medical Center of Edmond at (405) 757-2132 to schedule an appointment.

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February is National Pet Dental Health Month

February is National Pet Dental Health Month

This month is National Pet Dental Health Month, which was started to remind pet owners how important it is to keep our pets’ teeth clean and healthy.

Periodontal disease affects over 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats by age three. Not only does it cause pain and smelly breath, bacteria from the mouth can also spread and cause heart, kidney and liver disease. But it’s entirely preventable with dental cleanings and routine brushings at home!

Celebrate National Pet Dental Health Month by scheduling a dental cleaning for your pet at Pet Medical Center of Edmond by calling (405) 757-2132.

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How to Protect Pets During Harsh Winter Weather

How to Protect Pets During Harsh Winter Weather

While you bundle up and brace yourself for the cold, don’t forget that your pets are affected by wintry weather, too! Keep these tips in mind this winter:

Keep pets inside, if possible. If your pet has been spending a lot of time outside and has blisters or waxy, firm skin, take them to the vet, as these are signs of frostbite. It’s best to leave pets inside as much as you can.

Don’t cut your pet’s hair short in the wintertime. Hair is a pet’s best defense against the cold. If your pet has short hair, you may even want to consider investing in a cozy jacket.

Clean up antifreeze immediately. Antifreeze is extremely deadly to both dogs and cats, but it tastes sweet to them, so they love it. If your pet is acting strangely after being around your car, get them to the vet immediately.

Drop a few extra kibbles in your pet’s bowl. The body works harder to try and keep its temperature up when it’s cold out. As a result, your furry friend might be a little hungrier than usual. You can give them a little extra food, but make sure they always have access to enough clean water, too.

Do not leave your pet in the car. Cars can cool down extremely fast, and when they do, they trap cold air inside. If it’s too cold to leave pets outside, it’s too cold to leave them in the car.

If you need any help with your pet’s care this winter, call Pet Medical Center of Edmond at (405) 757-2132.

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Protect Your Pets from Holiday Hazards

Protect Your Pets from Holiday Hazards

Most of our clients succeed in keeping their pets safe over the holidays. We do see a few incidents of chocolate consumption and foreign body ingestions, however. Hopefully all of your pets will have a very happy holiday season and won’t incur any unexpected expenses.

Keep these safety tips in mind to protect your pets this winter:

  1. Consider leaving the tinsel off your tree if you have a cat.
  2. Secure your Christmas tree to keep it from falling over if your dog bumps it or your cat climbs it; hanging lemon-scented car air fresheners in the tree may deter your cat from scaling it.
  3. Keep holiday plants (especially holly, mistletoe, poinsettias and lilies) out of pets’ reach; they are highly toxic to animals.
  4. Certain holiday decorations can also be dangerous. Lights and glass ornaments contain toxic chemicals that cause internal irritation and bleeding. Owners should avoid placing decorations where their pets can chew on or eat them.
  5. Do not let your pets consume treats containing chocolate, xylitol, grapes/raisins, onions, currants, macadamia nuts or walnuts. Ingesting them can result in upset stomachs, heart arrhythmia, kidney failure and seizures.
  6. Keep an eye out for loose electrical cords. Pets may chew through the rubber coating, causing electrocution or burns.
  7. Don’t leave your pet alone in a room with lit candles.
  8. If your pet is excitable or scared when you have company, consider providing a safe place for your pet to escape the excitement, such as a separate room, kennel, crate, perching place, scratching post shelf or hiding place.
  9. Watch those alcoholic drinks! Unattended drinks may result in a dangerously drunk pet. It doesn’t take much for small animals to get alcohol poisoning.
  10. Don’t forget that your dog or cat might like to mark the Christmas tree or other floor decorations.

Please contact Pet Medical Center of Edmond at 405-757-2132 for more information on how to keep your pets safe this holiday season!

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Happy Holidays from Pet Medical Center of Edmond

Happy Holidays from Pet Medical Center of Edmond

All of us at Pet Medical Center of Edmond would like to express our deepest thanks for your incredible support over the years. Working in the veterinary industry is about much more than providing high-quality medicine: The best part of our jobs is getting to know you, our clients, and your pets. We are thrilled to have a role in your pets’ lives, so we thank you for coming to see us.

We hope you and your family—including your furry family members—have a relaxing, love-filled holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you and your pets again in the new year. In the meantime, please feel free to give us a call at 405-757-2132.

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Book Your Pet’s Holiday Boarding Stay

Book Your Pet’s Holiday Boarding Stay

Does your pet need a place to stay when you go out of town for the holidays? Our boarding spots are filling up quickly for Thanksgiving, but we do have a few spaces available for small dogs and cats, so make sure you book your pet’s stay with us soon! Your dog or cat will enjoy clean and safe facilities and plenty of love and affection while you’re away.

Learn more about our boarding facilities and book your pet’s stay by calling 405-757-2132.

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Protect Your Pets from Rodenticide and Antifreeze Poisoning

Protect Your Pets from Rodenticide and Antifreeze Poisoning

As the weather turns colder, our pets are more likely to encounter two deadly poisons: rodenticide and antifreeze.

Rats, mice and other rodents are out in droves in the fall. This time of year, they seek warmer shelter, and so many head for our homes. While rodents can be a nuisance, try to avoid using poisons to get rid of them. Anything that is poisonous to rodents is poisonous to your pets, too! Your pet doesn’t even have to eat the poison directly; your pet could be poisoned by getting a hold of a dead rodent that was killed with rodenticide.

Antifreeze tastes sweet to pets, so they think it’s a delicious snack. Even very small amounts can be deadly. The poisonous substance in antifreeze is ethylene glycol, so to limit your pet’s danger, you could switch to an antifreeze that instead contains propylene glycol. Most importantly, don’t leave your pet unattended around your vehicle when it’s colder outside.

If you catch your pet carrying a rodent or licking up antifreeze, keep an eye on him. If he starts vomiting or acting strangely, call us as soon as you can. Rapid treatment can save your pet’s life.

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October is Adopt-a-Dog Month!

October is Adopt-a-Dog Month!

American Humane’s annual Adopt-a-Dog Month celebrates shelter pups and the joy they bring to our lives. It also encourages those looking for new pets to seriously consider adopting dogs from shelters. Every year, roughly 3.5 million animals wind up in shelters, and many never find forever homes. Many animals in shelters end up being euthanized because of shelter overcrowding, so adopting dogs (and cats!) from shelters saves animals’ lives.

You can also celebrate Adopt-a-Dog Month by:

  • Microchipping your pet. Microchipping greatly reduces the number of pets that wind up in shelters, as it allows authorities to reconnect owners with lost pets quickly and easily.
  • Spaying or neutering your pet. This eliminates the possibility of an unwanted litter that could end up in a shelter.

For more information on Adopt-a-Dog Month, or to have your pet microchipped, spayed or neutered, contact Pet Medical Center of Edmondby calling 405-757-2132.

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Tips for Keeping Pets Safe on Halloween

Tips for Keeping Pets Safe on Halloween

Halloween is a sweet, spooky time for us and our kids, but it shouldn’t be sweet or spooky for our pets! Many things associated with Halloween put our pets’ health at risk. Here are a few important safety tips to follow to make sure your pets are safe and happy on this eerie holiday.

  • Chocolate and xylitol—a sweetener often found in peanut butter and chewing gum—are extremely toxic to pets. Chocolate can cause upset stomachs, heart arrhythmia, kidney failure and seizures, and xylitol can cause hypoglycemia, seizures and even liver failure and death if large amounts are consumed. It is important to tuck all candy away so it stays out of your pets’ reach. Make sure your children know not to feed candy to pets, too.
  • Keep pets away from the front door, especially pets with social anxiety or pets that are territorial. Trick-or-treaters will be knocking and ringing the doorbell all night, which can make any pet anxious, so keeping pets in a secure place will lower their anxiety. Plus, you’ll be opening and closing the door frequently, so keeping them away from the door limits their ability to attempt an escape.
  • Black cats are often pestered on and around Halloween because of superstitions. If you have a black cat that spends part of his time outside, consider letting him be an indoor-only cat for the week around Halloween. It will ensure that he stays safe.

Need more assistance preparing for Halloween with your furry friends? Contact Pet Medical Center of Edmond by calling 405-757-2132.

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Client Referral Program

Client Referral Program

Do you know someone who is looking for a caring and compassionate veterinary clinic that knows how to properly care for his or her pet? Give them one of our brand new client referral cards!

The next time you’re in our hospital with your pet, pick up a client referral card to share with your friends and family. When they become a client, they will receive a $25 gift card to one of the following:

  • Starbucks
  • Lowe’s
  • Amazon

Thank you for your continued loyalty to Pet Medical Center of Edmond. We look forward to providing your friends and family with the same compassionate care we always strive for with you and your pet!

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Expecting Loud Noises? Help Your Dog Stay Calm with Sileo

Expecting Loud Noises? Help Your Dog Stay Calm with Sileo

Many dogs don’t enjoy loud noises, but some suffer from noise aversion and are downright terrified of any kind of commotion. Lots of sounds can set them off, and often, the noises that freak out our dogs are fairly commonplace to us. The most common triggers of noise aversion in dogs are parties (our own or our neighbors’), thunder, construction, traffic and street noise. If your dog trembles, furrows his brow, whimpers, hides or clings to you when he hears loud noises such as these, he likely suffers from noise aversion, and he may benefit from Sileo.

Sileo is a new, fast-acting noise aversion treatment that’s easy to administer at home. It helps dogs that are afraid of loud noises feel more at ease without sedation. For increased effectiveness, it can be used in conjunction with noise aversion training.

Some of our clients have also reported that Sileo has helped with their dog’s travel anxiety, but that has not been confirmed as a benefit by the company.

To learn more about Sileo, schedule an appointment at Pet Medical Center of Edmond by calling 405-757-2132 or visiting our website.

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Preparing for Travel With and Without Your Pets

Preparing for Travel With and Without Your Pets

Whether you are boarding your pet at Pet Medical Center of Edmond while you’re on vacation or your pet is traveling with you, you should take special care to prepare! When you plan ahead, your whole family can have the most comfortable vacation possible.

Visit your veterinarian for vaccines, preventives and other medications.

  • For the boarding pet: Make sure their vaccines are up to date. Your pet must meet our health requirements before staying with us. Learn more about preboarding medical requirements, including vaccines, exams and flea prevention, on our website.
  • For the traveling pet: If your pet is traveling with you, you should still update all their vaccines. Plus, your veterinarian can recommend additional vaccines depending on where you’re traveling. Current flea, tick and heartworm preventives are also crucial in order to prevent illness while visiting somewhere new. If you will be driving, and your pet regularly gets sick in the car, you may also want to ask your veterinarian about Cerenia, medication that prevents motion sickness and vomiting.

Microchip your pet! Just in case your pet gets lost while you’re in an unfamiliar place, double check that your pet’s microchip registration is updated with your current address and contact information.

Do your research. Print a copy of your pet’s health history to take with you on your trip, and write down addresses and phone numbers for reputable veterinarians at your final destination just in case.

Need more help preparing for your pet’s boarding stay or for your pet-friendly summer adventure? Contact Pet Medical Center of Edmond online, or call 405-757-2132.

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Preventing Tick Bites and Tick-Borne Diseases

Preventing Tick Bites and Tick-Borne Diseases

Ticks hide easily in our pets’ fur, so they love to latch on to our furry friends. But tick bites are more than just unpleasant; they’re dangerous, too. Ticks can pass along nasty diseases like ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Oral and topical tick prevention medications are the best protection against ticks and the diseases they transmit. These additional, proactive steps can help keep your pet safe from pesky bloodsuckers during tick season:

  • Keep your grass short. When you mow the lawn, don’t leave grass and leaf debris out for long periods of time.
  • Stay on trails. If you’re out on a walk in a wooded area, stay on the groomed trail, and check yourself and your pet thoroughly as soon as you get home.
  • Check for ticks daily. Even if your pet is outside for just a few minutes each day, you still need to check him for ticks daily. Don’t forget to check between his toes and in his ears. Also, ticks can move from host to host, so check every person who lives in your house regularly, too. A tick could hitch a ride on you and move to your pet or vice versa.

If you’d like to learn more about ticks and tick prevention medication, schedule an appointment with your Pet Medical Center of Edmond veterinarian online or by calling 405-757-2132.

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