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Candy and Pets Don’t Mix, Even on Halloween

cow dogHalloween and Trick-or-Treat is fun for people of all ages. Even dogs have been known to dress up and go trick-or-treating with their families!

Despite all the fun, we can’t let down our guard when it comes to our pets’ health. Halloween candy can pose a serious health risk to cats and dogs alike. Dr. David Lee, of Broad Ripple Animal Clinic and Wellness Center says, “If your pet gets into your Halloween candy, contact your veterinarian immediately.” Continue reading ‘Candy and Pets Don’t Mix, Even on Halloween’

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Halloween and Your Pet

ChildBlackKittenEvery fall, our neighborhoods are overtaken by ghosts and goblins and other scary creatures for a night of fun and tradition. Children love getting dressed up in costume and going door-to-door to collect Halloween treats. There are all kinds of safety tips to protect kids on this night each year, but what about pets?

Our pets crave structure and routine. Anytime we can anticipate a change from our normal routine, we should take into consideration the impact this will have on our pets. Are you ready for Halloween this year?

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Rabies Cases on the Rise in Indiana

cat_eatingWorld Rabies Day was just a few short weeks ago. The purpose of this day, was to raise awareness of the fact that rabies is still present in our society and that our pets need to be vaccinated against this potentially lethal disease.

While rabies cases continue to exist predominantly in wildlife, our pets are still at-risk, especially cats. Why cats? Cats are curious stalkers and bats carrying rabies have exposed cats to this deadly risk…even indoor only cats! Most people can remember an instance when a bat has entered the home by way of the chimney, becoming trapped, unable to find its way back outside. It’s only natural that a cat’s instincts would kick-in when this happens, causing your mild-mannered house cat to pursue this tiny intruder.

Nationwide, rabies cases have dropped by 3.1% this year. But in Indiana the number of cases seen so far in 2009 has increased by 160%, reports the Indiana State Board of Animal Health. How does this impact you and your household? Continue reading ‘Rabies Cases on the Rise in Indiana’

Facts About the Dog Flu, H3N8

A new virus has hit the dog population in many states, with Virginia being the latest to report the highly contagious dog flu, H3N8. While we haven’t seen it in Indiana yet, it’s important to learn as much as we can to prevent the spread of this virus.

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Nutritional Supplements for Cats and Dogs

Nutritional supplements are a great way to help keep your dog or cat happy, healthy and aging well. It can be a very difficult process however, to wade through the plethora of information out there to find the best and safest options for your pet. Our veterinarians have done the research for you and would like to share our recommendations and suggest some additions to your pet’s diet that will really help add comfort and longevity to his or her life.

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Motion Sickness: Don’t Let it Stop You From Traveling With Your Pet

Did you know that motion sickness in dogs is a very common occurrence? It is estimated that about 1 in 6 dogs gets sick from traveling. That’s 17% of all dogs! If your dog falls into this group, don’t give up on that road trip to Grandma’s house.

Now there’s Cerenia, a new medication that prevents vomiting caused by motion sickness. Cerenia was developed by Pfizer Animal Health just for dogs and works very well – with a success rate of up to 93%! It is safe and effective and is the first FDA-approved prescription medication for motion sickness in dogs. Continue reading ‘Motion Sickness: Don’t Let it Stop You From Traveling With Your Pet’

Pet-Proofing Your Home for Safety

Is your home a pet-safe zone? Probably, but there are many common household items that can be dangerous to your pet’s health. Check your home and the location of the following items to see if they are out of your pet’s reach:

  • Over-the-Counter medications such as vitamins, aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, diet pills, and cold and flu medications.
  • Prescription medications such as antidepressants or cancer treatment medications.
  • Home insecticides, fly bait, mothballs, rat and mouse bait, slug and snail bait, and flea & tick products.
  • Household cleaners such as bleach, disinfectants, drain cleaners, oven cleaner spray, and lime or scale remover.
  • Laundry products including detergent and fabric softener.
  • Tobacco products.
  • Poisonous liquids such as lighter fluid, paint thinner and other solvents, and liquid potpourri.
  • Lead, including lead-based paint.

You should keep these items either up high, out of your pet’s reach or in a cupboard that is locked. You can use childproof locks for cabinets to keep your pet out of cabinets. If you suspect your pet has ingested any of the items listed above, seek immediate veterinary care. Our phone number is 317.257.5334 or 317.726.2711 and if we are not open, you can be directly connected to the veterinary emergency clinic nearest you by listening to our after-hours recording and selecting one of the listed options.