Each year an estimated 500,000 pets are affected by home fires. Of these, almost 1,000 are actually started by the pet herself. We think about keeping our pets safe in the event of a fire, but how often do you actually think about what you can do to prevent your pet from starting the fire?
Despite its name, ringworm is actually caused by a fungal infection of the top layers of skin and hair, not a worm. This infection is one of few that can transfer easily from pets to humans, especially children, the elderly and anyone with a compromised immune system. Early diagnosis is vital to isolating this highly contagious infection and curing it before transfer occurs.
They're the most famous cows around -- the cows from the Chick-fil-A commercials. Whether making beef-lovers worldwide feel guilty for eating them, painting water towers or skydiving into sports stadiums, these cows have got it goin' on!
It all started 12 years ago with a rogue cow taking paintbrush in hand and painting three simple words, "Eat Mor Chikin," on a billboard. The event has steadily grown in popularity and taken over the fast-food industry in July each year; this year it is celebrated on July 12.
What exactly is Cow Appreciation Day? It's the day when Chick-fil-A awards any customer who comes in dressed like a cow from "head-to-hoof" a full free meal at participating restaurants. Even in the heat of summer, customers nationwide don cow costumes and "stampede" to Chick-fil-A to claim their prize. Don't have a cow costume lying around your house? No problem! You can still get a free sandwich for dressing partially like a cow. The Chick-fil-A website even offers suggestions on how to look like a cow (a white t-shirt with black spots, anyone?).
With the advancement of social media, the event has blossomed into an all-day fun fest. Last year the restaurant chain made a splash by taking to Twitter to actively promote the day with a series of tweets and the hashtag #CowAppreciationDay. All day long the cows tweeted from their home updating customers about the promotion and generally spreading good cheer. All to save their hides (pun intended) and promote the eating of chicken. With over 500,000 members of their Facebook herd, the cow campaign is here to stay.
And, of course, the cows are "eating it up." They are not only "spokes-animals" for the restaurant, but models as well -- their 2016 calendar is available for purchase on the Chick-fil-A website.
Needless to say, Chick-fil-A fully supports and appreciates the efforts made by our most beloved bovine friends.
Most people conjure up images of mad dogs frothing at the mouth when they think of rabies. The reality is rabies is a disease that affects all mammals, including horses, who are very susceptible.
Rabies is an acute viral infection of the nervous system that mainly affects carnivores and bats. Skunks, foxes, bats and raccoons are the main wild animals that transmit rabies and live in close proximity to horse farms. A single bite from a carrier of the disease can transmit enough of the virus to kill the bitten animal.
Rabies affects horses in various ways. There are two major forms of the disease. The classic "mad-dog" case most people think of is classified as the furious form of rabies; it is not common in horses. The second form of rabies is the paralytic form, which usually involves paralysis of the throat and jaw muscles, often with increased salivation and inability to swallow. Drooping of the lower jaw is also common. Paralysis progresses throughout the body and death occurs within a few hours. Owners and veterinarians can be infected when examining the horse's mouth or administering medication without protecting their hands.
Other signs of rabies may include fever, anorexia, blindness, hyperesthesia (presenting as self-mutilation), muscle twitching, lameness and incontinence. Early diagnosis of rabies in horses is difficult as the symptoms may often be confused with other diseases or with normal aggressive personalities.
Several rabies vaccines are available for horses, This is your best course for prevention of the disease. We can personalize a vaccination and booster schedule for your horse. Contact us today if you have any questions or to schedule an exam.
Did you know that July is National Recreation and Parks Month? Although this awareness campaign is directed at getting humans to exercise and enjoy the great outdoors, it's important to remember that pets also need physical activity. Besides keeping his weight at a healthy level, regular exercise helps to decrease digestive disorders, joint problems, diabetes, heart issues, and other serious health concerns for the animal member of your family.
Exercises for Dogs and Cats
Dogs who don't get enough exercise may engage in destructive behavior to burn off their excess energy. One easy way to make sure your dog gets enough physical activity is to take her for a walk each day. Throwing a ball in the park, swimming, or setting up an obstacle course in the backyard are additional ways to see to it that your dog has fun while getting the exercise she needs.
Cats are naturally less active than dogs and tend to prefer sleeping to movement, especially as they age. To ensure that your cat stays trim and healthy, set aside at least 15 minutes each day to play with him. Some favorite cat games include batting at string, chasing the light from a laser pointer, and pouncing on a toy mouse. Making the time to engage your cat in play also helps to increase your bond with him.
Ask Us for Diet and Exercise Recommendations
Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Soles before making any significant changes in your pet's diet or exercise routines. She will evaluate your dog or cat's current health and offer suggestions to get more exercise. If you're still stumped for how to get your pet moving more, remember that we stock a variety of toys for dogs and cats in the Springhill Animal Clinic online store.