Few topics in veterinary medicine cause more discussion than the declawing of cats. Before making this decision for your own pet, a thorough understanding of normal scratching behavior, the onychectomy procedure itself, as well as potential risks is warranted.
Scratching is a normal behavior of cats. It conditions the claws, serves as a visual and scent territorial marker, allows the cat to defend itself, and provides healthy muscle engagement through stretching. In many cases, a cat can be trained to scratch only appropriate surfaces. Different approaches will work for different cats, so be sure to try several tactics to find the best fit for your cat.
September marks the beginning of fall and the start of hunting season in Western North Carolina. It may be surprising, but hunting is permitted in parts of Pisgah National Forest, Bent Creek Experimental Forest and Dupont State Forest. Thankfully, most hunters are responsible and hunting isn’t allowed in densely populated areas. Taking the right precautions during hunting season will allow you and your pooch to still enjoy the great outdoors!
You are part of the biggest club in the United States. Over 85 million families across the country own pets, and they are valued, irreplaceable, members of the family. When you have a beloved cat or dog in your life, you commit to taking care of them, loving them, and giving them the occasional chew toy or catnip-infused treat to show them your appreciation!
Vaccinations are more than just an annual routine — or a good workout if your furry friend evades the pet carrier like Houdini. They are life-savers.
Annual wellness exams are the best way to detect diseases and illnesses as early as possible in both cats and dogs. Many pets don't show symptoms of diseases until its late stage, making it much harder to treat. Cats may seem naturally healthy, but they are infamous for hiding illnesses, making it often difficult for owners to be aware there cat is sick. During your pet’s annual or bi annual exams, we will obtain a complete medical history for your pet and determine if there have been any changes in health or behavior since the last visit. One of our veterinarians will then give your pet a comprehensive physical exam and check for any abnormalities. We will also perform a visual dental examination and answer any questions you may have.
Zoonotic diseases are diseases that can be spread from animals to humans. Examples of these include intestinal parasites, Leptospirosis and rabies. Intestinal parasites are a danger to both you and your pet. Dogs and cats can contract intestinal parasites from a variety of different sources including coming in contact with contaminated soil, water or feces. Children are at particular risk for contracting intestinal parasites as they are more likely to come in contact with infected soil. Practicing good hygiene, and teaching children to wash their hands after handling pets and playing outside, can help prevent any spread of disease.
Most monthly heartworm preventatives also contain a broad spectrum dewormer. Keeping your dog and cat on monthly heartworm preventative is a good way to make sure they are also regularly dewormed against common intestinal parasites.
Leptospirosis is a bacteria that is spread through the urine of infected animals. It can cause a life-threatening illness in your pets and can be spread to humans. Both wild and domestic animals can spread the illness which can live in water for weeks. Leptospirosis is most commonly transmitted to your pet through drinking or swimming in contaminated water. The good news is that there are ways to keep your pets safe. There is a vaccine that is widely available to help protect dogs from contracting Leptospirosis. Talk to us about your dog's risk and what you can do to protect them! Contact us