Health Theme Months for 2020!

Compassion Animal Hospital works hard to highlight important pet health concerns year round. Join us in these special focus months to learn more and receive special promotions and discounts in these important areas of pet wellness!

A list of our planned Health Focus Months for 2020 may be found below. Please realize this is a tentative list, and may be updated or changed throughout the year. Feel free to call us if you would like more information or further details throughout the year!

January
Joint Wellness Month
The holiday weight gain affects everyone including our furry friends. To help with this, this month’s discounts offered are 10% off radiographs, Dasuquin Advanced, Adequan injections, and anti-inflammatory medications.

February
Dental Health Month
10% discounts on all dental procedures including complete oral health and cancer screening exams, ultrasonic tartar removal, and tooth extractions. Free pre-dental mouth assessments are available to determine if your pet would benefit from a dental procedure.

March
Lyme Awareness Month
Our region of the country is a high-risk area for Lyme disease! Get your dog better protected against Lyme disease and receive 10% off Lyme vaccines and Lyme testing.

April
Parasite Testing and Prevention Month
Parasites want to feed on your pets from the inside (worms) out (fleas and ticks). Contact our office to hear the many discounts and rebates on our parasite prevention products.

May
Alleviating Allergies Month
Discounts on treatments for allergies. Schedule your pet’s appointment today to hear what options fit your pet’s needs.

June
Addressing Anxiety Month
Fireworks and thunderstorms can make our pets especially anxious in the summer which is why we are featuring anxiety management discounts this month. We are offering 10% off anxiety supplements and 10% off Sileo (https://www.zoetisus.com/products/dogs/sileo/ ).

July
Summer Break!

August
Summer Break!

September
Feline Health Month
Cats need regular care and vaccinations just as much as dogs do, but many don’t visit the vet as often as they should. In September, we are offering 10% discounts on all feline wellness bloodwork packages, vaccines, and FeLV/FIV.

October
Dental Health Month
10% discounts on all dental procedures including complete oral health and cancer screening exams, ultrasonic tartar removal, and tooth extractions. Free pre-dental mouth assessments are available to determine if your pet would benefit from a dental procedure.

November
Microchip Identification Month
Collars get lost or stolen, but a microchip will always be there to help reunite you and your pet. Discount on microchip implantation.

December
Discount Healthy Treats Month
Let us help you and Santa out for holiday gift giving with awesome specials on pet treats!

Holiday Time With Family, Friends, and Furbabies!

Holiday meals and presents are wonderful traditions that warm our hearts and hold fond memories for years to come! As we enjoy this season of celebration and gift giving here are some tips for making this season even more enjoyable and avoiding some pitfalls that can cause stress or illness in your pets. Food changes, household changes, and routine changes can all contribute to anxiety and illness in our furry family members, but there are things we can do to minimize the disturbance and disruption.

Remember that treats are marketed to humans even though they are to be given to animals. This is an important piece of information because diet changes, even in the form of a treat or table food, can be very hard on pets. They can develop gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea or vomiting. In some cases only their appetite is adversely affected due to the discomfort. Sticking to more bland treats will still make your furry friend happy, but will not cause stomach upset. Avoid the spicy, many added flavors, or fatty treats that can so often cause illness. A small piece of turkey or other meat without skin or bones is a fine treat on the day of a special meal. Remember that your pet should be getting a taste rather than a meal when being given the treat of table food on special occasions. Give a very small amount and avoid dairy or fatty items. Some foods should be avoided completely due to their potential toxicity. Among these are onions, grapes, raisins, chocolate, bones of any kind, and fatty foods.

Decorations can be a threat to pets as well. Cats can climb the Christmas tree or ingest the tinsel or other stringy decorations leading to surgery and emergency hospitals being a part of the holiday memory. Dogs can eat the chocolate candy present or ingest the toys left out resulting in an emergency visit of their own. Look around your house and think of the age and inclinations of the pets that are present. Remove any possible threat to them. Think outside the box! Our pets can be unpredictable. Put up cages or playpens to restrict access to items that are a concern. Keep Poinsettias out or reach if they are part of the holiday decorations. Keep puppies away from electric cords that (for some reason) they may decide to chew upon.

With the holidays come welcome guests as well as children coming back from college and, in some cases, their pets. Disruptions in homes are felt by pets, and these changes can be stressful. Make sure to provide an area where your pet can “get away from it all.” They can adjust to visiting people, excited children, and visiting pets, but sometimes they need a quiet place to relax after “entertaining” for a while. In some cases the changes are overwhelming, and we need to help a pet adjust to them with supplements or medications while the household changes are occurring. We have options to make the changes smoother or less stressful on everyone, because when our beloved pets are not themselves, this affects us also. Please let us know if you need help preparing for a visit from others or when going to visit others. We can suggest things that can really change the dynamic from anxiety to fun for all involved.

We wish you the most enjoyable holiday ever! Enjoy family and friends and delicious food! Let your animals be a part of it as seems best to you. Remember that they need you to take care of them and make the best decisions on their behalf. And if you run into trouble or need some advice, remember that we are here to help! Stop by our office today to pick up stocking stuffers of treats for 10% off to make your pet’s holiday merry and bright!

Dr. Lisa Gibson

Happy Veterinary Technician Week!

We are so excited to honor our amazing vet techs this week! Erin started with us as a volunteer and fell in love with working with animals. She’s been with us ever since! She sees vaccine appointments, assists in surgery, and keeps our clinics running smoothly!

Erin sees appointments on Tuesday nights from 5:00pm-6:30pm. Call us to schedule your pet’s appointment with her today! Thank you for all you do, Erin!

Don’t Be Scared by Your Pet’s Bad Breath!

Did you know pets need to have their teeth brushed regularly like people to prevent dental disease? It is also recommended that they have a dental cleaning every 6-12 months to keep dental disease at bay. Dental disease has many forms- bad breath, visible tartar, and bleeding gums. If you see your pet experiencing any of these symptoms, a dental cleaning is needed. Dental disease can have lasting effects on your pet’s immune system and leaves your pet prone to infections that may affect other organs in their body.

Dental disease can be scary, but this October we are offering 10% off your pet’s dental cleaning and extractions! Call us to schedule your furry “boo” today!

The Dog Days of Anxiety

Anxiety

It’s summer! This means it’s time for summer evening thunderstorms, fireworks, family and friend reunions, and traveling! Although we enjoy what summer has to offer, our furry friends may not be as enthusiastic. They may even be fearful of these events and become anxious.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is the anticipation of danger but can occur without an obvious cause or threat. Anxiety can be mild or so severe that the animal may injure themselves trying to move away from the stimulus. Clinical signs of anxiety include: pacing, hiding or avoiding people or places, vocalizing, drooling, shaking, or hypervigilance. Some animals may become destructive. Depending on where the stimulus is located causing anxiety, some animals may refuse to move. Their body posture can be lowered with a tucked tail and ears against the head.

Common Dog phobias include (but not limited to):

  • Loud noises (thunderstorms, gunshots, explosions, fireworks)
  • Confinement (crate)
  • Separation anxiety
  • Car rides

Common Cat Phobias Include (but not limited to):

  • Unfamiliar people and pets
  • Environmental changes
  • Multi-cat household
  • Loud noises


Fortunately, there are a wide variety of things that can be done to help with your pet’s anxiety. We recommend seeing one of our veterinarians to address your pet’s anxiety. Treatment is usually multimodal and can include medication, training, and/or supplements.

Natural Supplements/Nutraceuticals

Solliquin contains L-theanine, which is a protein found naturally in green tea. This protein activates the production of brain waves that facilitate relaxation, wakefulness, and mental awareness. It also contains Magnolia/Phellodendron.

This is available for both cats and dogs.

For more information: https://www.solliquin.com/



Anxitane also contains L-Theanine to help the production of brain waves to facilitate relaxation.

Natural Pheromones  

Pheromones are a type of an odorless, species specific, chemical that are produced for communication. They are processed by the pet’s vomeronasal organ, which is located between the nose and the mouth. Some pheromones that are produced can be calming or appeasing which can help relieve stressed pets. There are products that mimic these pheromones for both dogs and cats (and are specific to them)!

Adaptil products are intended for our canine companions. The product mimics “Dog Appeasing Pheromones” that are produced by mother dogs to communicate with their puppies. Products in this line include sprays, diffusers, and collars.

For more information: https://www.adaptil.com/us

Feliway products are for cats. There a few different Feliway products on the market that help with a variety of behaviors seen in cats. For anxiety, there are Feliway plug-in diffusers and  sprays. Diffusers can be helpful for periods of time where the cat is stressed out (moving, guests in the house, fireworks). Sprays can be helpful for traveling and short-term periods of stress.

For more information: https://www.feliway.com/us

There are other medications our doctors may recommend for long term treatment of anxiety. Again, medication should be paired with behavioral modification.

Take advantage of this months specials —

  • 10% anxiety medication for pets
  • 10% off of Sileo (Works great for 4th of July Fireworks!)
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