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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 00:00

7 Tips to Protect Your Pets in the Summer Sun

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  1. dog days of summer pet safety 3For outdoor pets, be certain your dog or cat has access to plenty of fresh water. Hydration is key to beating the summer heat.
  2. Whether you’re at the park, on the beach, or in the backyard, provide enough shade for your pup to catch a break from the sun. 
  3. Since peak temperatures range from 10am through 3pm, keep midday walks brief. Exercise your pets during cooler hours of the day, like first thing in the morning and again in the evening.
  4. While out for your daily jog, avoid excessive walking on hot surfaces, like asphalt. Hot surfaces can severely burn your pet’s paws that may cause painful burns and blisters.
  5. Purchase a plastic kiddie pool from your local dollar store. Fill with water and let your pup play. Swim time can help keep them cool when the heat wave hits, plus it’s great exercise and fun, too!
  6. Grooming goes a long way, especially in pets with longer coats. For sun protection, apply dog-safe, zinc-free sunscreen to sun-sensitive areas of the body such as the nose, around the lips, tips of the ears, and the belly throughout the day (talk to your veterinarian to see if this is a good option for your pet).
  7. Finally, never, ever leave your dog in the car ­– even just for a minute! Doing so can lead to severe dehydration, heatstroke, organ failure, and even death. Estimated vehicle temperatures can soar well above a tolerable heat index for humans, and pets are no different. See the estimated vehicle temperature and time chart below.

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celebrate your pets birthday copyPets make us humans happy. They reduce our stress, comfort us during hard times, and love us unconditionally! As spoiled as they may be, what’s wrong with a few hours with their besties, complete with tasty treats and new toys to celebrate being just plain paw-some?!

Still not convinced? Here are 5 reasons to always celebrate your pet’s birthday like a party animal:

  1. A party is a great excuse to have a play date… for pets and owners alike!
  2. Pets are part human. Well, at least they believe they are human.
  3. Every birthday is special and only comes once a year.
  4. Pets are family, and we love them like they’re our children.
  5. Cake will be involved! Need we say more?

Tips for throwing a pup party or a feline festivity:  

  • Don’t forget the invitations!
  • After invitations are sent, go shopping at your local dollar store and buy a cart full of birthday party supplies. (Remember, everything is just $1, so feel free to go crazy!)
  • Don’t forget the gifts!
  • Provide human treats, as well as pet-friendly ones to keep all guests happy.
  • Pamper your pet the day before with a spa visit. They will need a bath, brushing, nail trim, the works! (But do your best to keep that coat looking great for the big day!)
  • Don’t forget the cake and sing “Happy Birthday!”

If you are unsure of your pet’s exact date of birth, make one up and celebrate anyway or celebrate their Adoption Day.

Fun Fact: Did you know?? August 1st is recognized as the universal birthday for shelter and rescue dogs everywhere.

However you decide to spend your pet’s special day, just remember to enjoy time with them on their birthday by pampering your precious pet with lots of love, attention, play time and create memories that will last fur a lifetime!

Don’t forget to share a photo of your family celebrating your pet’s birthday on our Facebook page!

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 00:00

The Top Pet Names for 2016

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42830484 lDid you know?? Picking a great name can enhance your relationship with your pet as well as increase their attentiveness and communication skills. This is why picking the right name for your pet is so very important.

In recent years, the top-ranking human names have likewise gained popularity in pet names. Why do we do this? Because we treat our four legged-friends as fur family (because they are), and because he or she, too, believes they are part human.

You could even debate that owners have a stronger, more personal bond with their pets if they pick a more human-like name for tail-wagging companions.

Among the classics, last year’s chart-topping names also brought several trending, buzzworthy names. Studies report that a whopping 53% of dog owners named their pup after a popular movie title, TV or literary character, and even celebrity! Some of which include names of medieval TV mega-series, Game of Thrones, and the mobile, virtual reality phenomenon, Pokèmon GO.

                                                   

The top pet names for 2016:

Top Male Dog Names:

Top Male Cat Names:

1. Charlie

        1.  Oliver

2. Cooper

        2.  Max

3. Max

        3.  Milo

4. Oliver

        4. Simba

5. Buddy

 

 Top Female Dog Names:

        5. Leo

       

Top Female Cat Names:

1. Bella

        1.  Luna

2. Lucy

        2.  Bella

3. Luna

        3.  Lucy

4. Daisy

        4.  Chloe

5. Lola

        5. Lily

Need some tips for naming your pet?

Always pick with personality. Get a better feel for his or her quirks and behavior. From there, you will be able to choose a name that fits the pet’s personality best. For more naming inspiration consider appearance, personality, heritage, personal interests, and meanings.

Next, think simple. Naming your pet "Professor Tootie Wigglebottom" might sound tempting, however, it may not be the easiest name for your pet to learn. Pick a name that is easily recognizable and not completely embarrassing when said aloud. Pets often respond best with one to two syllables.

Friday, 10 March 2017 00:00

The Good, the Bad, the Green

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Top 10 green foods to avoid in petsEmbrace the luck o’ the Irish this St. Patrick's Day with all things green. However, while you may want to wear it to keep from getting pinched, be mindful if you share green foods with your four-legged friends, as many can be toxic. To learn which are potentially fatal to your pet, here are the top 10 green foods you should avoid for a paw-sitively magical Paddy’s Day!

Avoided Foods:

Avocado: If consumed in large quantities, avocados are known to be poisonous to dogs. Why? Avocados contain a chemical compound called Persin. While generally harmless to humans (who aren’t allergic), the fatal toxins are found in the leaves, seed, bark, and actual fruit as well.

Grapes / Raisins: The knowledge that grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs is becoming increasingly common among pet owners, and for good reason! They are toxic. The side effects to these toxins can lead to irreversible kidney damage, kidney failure, and result in fatality.

Chives: As part of the garlic and onion family, chives are also poisonous to both cats and dogs. If consumed, this type of poisoning, known as Heinz body anemia, can damage the red blood cells used to transport oxygen to the organs. A poisonous reaction can occur from raw, cooked, or dried chives, onions, and garlic. Because researchers are still uncertain as to the quantity that may cause this type of hemolytic anemia, it is recommended to avoid all foods that contain chives or similar onion variants.

Beer and Hops: The toxicity found in hops is present both before and after brewing. Like humans, alcohol toxicity has the same effect on your pet’s health but takes much less to harm them. Even a small amount of hops can trigger a reaction, but the smaller your pet, the higher the risk. This is also true for liquor, wine, and foods with alcohol. Consumption may cause coordination and breathing problems, gastrointestinal problems, coma, and even death.

Potatoes: Potatoes are Irish, right? While this one might come as a surprise, considering potatoes are often found as a main ingredient in premium dog food brands, avoid the potato — or, rather, green versions of it. Unripened and raw potatoes are toxic to dogs. Symptoms of potato toxicity in pets often includes nausea, vomiting, seizures and heart irregularities.

Apples: While apples are generally safe for pets, apple seeds contain cyanide which is extremely toxic to dogs. In many cases, this would require consuming a large quantity of apple seeds to begin displaying signs of illness. But in our experience, most dogs will eat just about anything! If you are giving your pets an apple a day, remove the core to keep the doctor away.

Stems and Leaves of:

Tomatoes: While red tomatoes can be a heart healthy snack for dogs, the actual plant itself contains toxic properties and should not be consumed. The stems, leaves, and unripened, green tomatoes can cause a series of gastrointestinal problems. While it may take a large quantity to upset your pooch, it’s best to avoid the tomato garden.

Rhubarb: This colorful veggie should never be given to either dogs, cats, or horses. The leafy greens and stems of rhubarb are known to significantly reduce the calcium levels upon ingestion and can result in renal failure, and other medical complications.

Apricots: Also toxic to dogs, cats, and horses, apricots contain a particularly poisonous chemical compound called cyanide, found in the leaves, stems, and seeds. Consuming can result in respiratory failure and even death.

Cherries: Similar to apricots, cherries also contain cyanide in their leaves, stems, and seeds. While it is safe for your pet to eat the pulp of the fruit, the plant and pit should never be eaten. The most common side effects are dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, panting, shock, and death.

Looking for acceptable green foods to feed your pets? You’re in luck, because not all green foods are bad. You can give them: green beans, cucumber, zucchini, bell peppers, celery, broccoli, and asparagus.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from your friends at Longwood Veterinary Center!

Monday, 13 February 2017 00:00

10 Reasons Pets Make the Best Valentine Dates

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Furry Valentines Date Does your Valentine have four legs and a furry coat? Not to worry. You aren’t the only one celebrating Valentine’s Day with your pet. After all, studies report that 1 in 5 people admit that they would rather spend Valentine’s Day with their pet instead of their partner. So, who needs a secret admirer when the best Valentine is a canine companion in crime or a, “pet me puuurrrty please,” best friend fur-ever? If slobbery kisses and “presents” left at your door aren’t love, then we don’t know what love is.

Here are the top 10 reasons why pets make better dates this Valentine’s Day:

  1. The Endless Snuggle. Who needs a blanket? Pets make the best (and warmest) snuggle buddies. Don’t get me wrong, all snuggles are great, but nothing beats a cuddly kitty. Am I right?

  2. Whine Not? Dog whining for attention is adorable. People whining for attention, not so much.

  3. No Small Talk. Date nights can get awkward – fast, when you run out of things to say. But somehow a look and a wagging tail is the only thing needed to say, “I love you.” This must be proof that true love exists.

  4. Clinginess Can Be Cute. It can often be a major turn off when a date gets clingy. But when your puppy follows you everywhere around the house, it’s the cutest thing you’ve ever seen.

  5. Movie of Your Choosing. Skip the movie debate this year. Your pup will let you pick your favorite flick without saying, “we always watch the movies you want to.”

  6. No Expectations. If your night doesn’t go according to plan, have no fear. Your pet will still always look at you like you hung the moon.

  7. Sharing Your Chocolate? Nope. Sharing is caring, but who likes to share their chocolate? The answer – no one. Since chocolate is off menu for your animals due to the pet-toxic ingredients, never feel guilty again about hogging the entire box.

  8. Dress Down. No need to look your finest. Lose the tie and heels and slip on your favorite pair of sweats without judgement from your best fur-end.

  9. Talk about a Cheap Date. Don’t worry about overpriced, fancy restaurants or expensive gifts. Your pets are just happy to be spending quality time with you.

  10. All You Need is (Their Unconditional) Love. Forget the roses, the only thing your pet wants this Valentine’s Day is a belly scratch and time with you. Celebrate the month of love with your favorite, furry Valentines!

Our Kennett Square animal hospital wishes you a Happy Valentine's Day!

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Leash and collar or lead and harness? This frequently asked question is often answered with a series of questions to better understand the needs of your furry friend, including size, breed, and personality. With so many options, it can be an overwhelming process to choose which option is best for you and your pup. So let's examine the differences of each so you can guide your canine companions with confidence using the best restraints for your pup.  

Collar: The commonly used, collar, is a must-have for all pet owners – even if you decide to use alternative methods for leisurely strolls. It is strongly recommended that your dog have on a collar at all times for identification, in case of separation. While there are many types of collars, the most important factor when picking one out is going to be the size and overall fit. It is important that the collar sits snuggly on the neck, but not overly tightened. A good rule of “thumb” is to use the two finger test to allow for a proper fit for your pet. If your dog is experiencing difficulty breathing or coughing, adjust the collar, as it is likely too tight. 

Harness: While the harness is used for all dogs of every shape and size, the harness is especially beneficial in dogs that often pull or jump. It has been suggested by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) that the harness can remediate cases of extreme pulling, which makes it an excellent choice for training and larger dogs.

Leash: Leashes come in all patterns, colors, sizes, grips, and types. A commonly asked question we hear often, “Which leash is better for my dog, retractable or fixed?” The answer depends on your pup and their level of training. For quick trips to the vet, a short fixed leash is best due to increased traffic of other animals, as well as their overall stress and excitement levels during the visit. Canines lacking healthy socialization skills should likewise be kept close. Also, if your dog tends to wander, using an adjustable leash could lead to a potentially dangerous situation, like running onto a busy street. However, if your pooch is friendly and well trained, the retractable may be the right choice for you.

Lead: Don’t be fooled by this verbiage, a lead is the commonly used English word for leash. When deciding on the best lead for your pet, it is important to consider the following: material strength, length, comfort and positioning, chew resistance, and overall purpose. These factors will vary upon the size, breed, and temperament of your dog.

In conclusion, have patience and a calm attitude while teaching leash ettiquette. Remember that restraint and leash training often takes time, practice, and also reward with praise and a treat or two after a well-behaved walk.

 

 

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 00:00

Creating a Pet Safe Christmas Tree

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39465445 lThe Christmas season isn’t complete without a beautifully decorated home. When decorating the Christmas tree this year, pet proof your home and create a pet friendly Christmas tree. Here are a few tips for keeping your tree festive and your pets safe.

Choose an Artificial Tree
Many real pine trees have sharp needles that can irritate pet’s skin. These needles are also mildly toxic to animals if ingested. A real Christmas tree can often become a scratching post or climbing structure for curious cats.

Skip the Glitz and Glam
Avoid selecting an artificial tree that is shiny or glittery. These sparkling materials and decorations can become magnets for mischievous cats. Consider skipping the tinsel or ribbons when decorating as these items are often fatal when ingested.

The Sky Isn’t the Limit
Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to Christmas trees. In fact, trees standing above 7 feet have a greater risk of being knocked over by a frisky feline. Medium sized trees, approximately 5 feet tall, are the safest sizes for a pet friendly home.

Avoid Tabletop Trees
Small table top trees can easily become chew toys for daring dogs.

Choose Simple Ornaments
Choosing simple and safe ornaments can help reduce the danger associated with Christmas decorations. Sparkling, dangling ornaments are attention grabbers and pose risks to your pet. Glass ornaments should be avoided if possible as they can shatter and cause serious harm to your pet. Opt for shatter proof plastic or natural decorations to create a pet proof tree.

Steer Clear of Candles
Wagging tails and lit candles are a terrible combination due to the increased fire risk. Flameless candles provide the warm glow of traditional candles without the risk for harm or fire.

Don’t Use Food as Decoration
If you have pets at home, avoid using candy canes, popcorn, gumdrops or other sweets in your holiday decorations. These adorning ornaments appear to be tasty treats to your pets and could lead to a Christmas mess.

Our Kennett Square animal hospital wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 00:00

Pet Approved Christmas Gifts

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18704168 lAre you like Santa and checking off that naughty and nice list? If your furry friend made the nice list, or at least the “he’s not getting coal list”, we’ve got a few gift ideas to make your holiday shopping a little easier.

New Collar and Leash
Stuff your pet’s stocking with a few new accessories this Christmas. A new collar and leash great gifts that are sure to be used time and time again. With different patterns and materials, collars can be as unique as each breed and personality.

Treats
Give your pet a sweet gift this holiday season with special treats. From gourmet goodies to savory seasonal sweets there is a treat sure to be as tasty as the cookies left for Santa.

Toys
Furry friends enjoy a few good toys, just like children do. Not only do toys make great presents, they also help keep pets entertained and out of trouble.

Beds and Houses
Tis' the season for naps and snuggling. A plush new bed or cozy new cat house will have your pet dreaming of sugar plums as they rest like a king or queen.

Coat and Sweaters
Flurries and falling temperatures mean old man winter is back again. Keep your pets warm and stylish this holiday season with a new coat or sweater.

From our Kennett Square vet family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 00:00

Veterinary Spotlight: Dr. Beatrice McCabe

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beamccabe web smDr. Beatrice McCabe’s love for animals developed early in life. She grew up in her own zoo of sorts, complete with dogs, cats, horses, and chickens. It was during her teenage years that she decided to turn her passion for animals into a career and pursue veterinary medicine.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Dr. McCabe moved to the Kennett Square area to attend veterinary school. While her work can be challenging, it is also very rewarding. “I enjoy working with pets and their owners throughout their lifetime. For some of my clients, I have had the privilege of being part of their lives for over 20 years.”

Problem solving and working to give each patient the best quality of life are some of Dr. McCabe’s favorite aspects of her work. She especially enjoys senior wellness. Dr. McCabe is also passionate about rescuing pets and has given several from the Delaware Humane Association a forever home.

In her spare time she enjoys camping, hiking and traveling with her family. She is also a Nittany Lion and Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 00:00

Halloween Costume 101

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37177140 lWith the abundance of pet Halloween costumes on the market, it can be difficult to resist dressing your dog up for holiday fun. When selecting a costume for your pet, there are a variety of factors to consider. Here are a few tips for making this year's costume a holiday success.

Stay Safe
When selecting a costume for your furry friend, be sure to choose one that is flame resistant and breathable. Avoid dangling parts or costumes that tie around your pet’s neck as they could easily be strangled. In addition to selecting a costume that attaches with Velcro, supervise your pet at all times when they are wearing a costume.

Keep It Simple
While costumes with hats and manes may be all the rage, minimalist costumes will leave your pet more comfortable. Selecting a simple costume that is similar to sweater is less likely to annoy your pet.

Play Dress Up
Don’t wait until the day of the parade or Halloween night to put your pet in costume for the first time. Give your pet time to check and sniff out his new attire before heading out. Letting your pet wear the costume around the house to get familiar with the feel can make him more comfortable in it for the big occasion.

Watch Out
Costumes can confuse other dogs and disguise certain movements or body language. The new attire can restrict movement and make some dogs feel awkward. In turn, this can make some dogs nervous and lead to snarky behavior. If your dressed up pet is going to be at a pet friendly parade or event, be sure to keep a close eye on canine interactions.

Light Up
Black costumes are not ideal for pets going out at night. Whether its trick or treating or a walk around the neighborhood, your pet should be visible. It is especially important for your pet to be on a secure leash with up to date id tags.

Fend the Fans
A cute costumed pet can have fans standing in line for a visit. It’s your job to ensure that your pet doesn’t become overwhelmed by the new, often loud, visitors.

Follow Lead
If your dog is not a fan of crowds or children, Halloween may not be the best time for them to be out. Likewise, if your dog isn’t digging their new costume, snap a few pictures in costume and then remove their costume.

Whether you have a shark spaniel or a batman beagle, make sure their costume is safe and comfortable. Happy Halloween!

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