This month we thought we’d try tackling a few of our more frequently asked questions! But first one thing we always like to point out is that we are not vets! All of our knowledge comes from years of experience!
This month we thought we’d try tackling a few of our more frequently asked questions! But first one thing we always like to point out is that we are not vets! All of our knowledge comes from years of experience! Another thing to mention is that not all questions have one answer most of the time it depends on each dog or cats unique situation. So here’s a few scenarios.
What do I do if I find a lost pet?
The first thing you should check for is a tag and if you’re lucky they will have one. If they do not have one your next step is to go to a vets office or the county shelter to check for a microchip. If this still yields no results you have two options. You can start by taking them home with you and putting up found signs around town and at your shelter. For most people with a missing pet the shelter is the first place they check! If keeping them with you isn't an option you can bring them to the shelter where they will hold on to them for a certain length of time in which hopefully they are claimed. But you can still put signs up just in case a person's first instinct is not to check the county!
Why is my pet eating grass?
Dogs and cats eat grass when they don’t feel well because this will make them throw up. While some eat grass just because they like the taste. A few questions we always ask when a customer comes to us with this issue. First is this normal behavior for them or is it new? Are they eating too fast? Depending on their current diet we may recommend switching foods or just adding some probiotics. It’s ok to let your pet eat grass as long as you’re not using any pesticides or fertilizers as these will be harmful to your pets.
My pet is having diarrhea what do I do?
One of my first questions would be how long has your pet been having runny stools? When you say runny are they consistently loose or are their stools normal at different times? For example a healthy stool is soft with form. Has anything in their diet changed recently? Have you just given them any monthly preventatives or used any chemicals in your yard or home? Depending on these answers we could go a number of ways. First we would recommend fasting your pet for 12-24 hours! After fasting we recommend adding food slowly, ¼ to ½ of their normal meal with ¼ to ½ of canned pumpkin. Depending on how bad the diarrhea was on their second meal do the same and then on their next meal you can start going back to normal as long as everything is good. We always recommend pumpkin because it's a great source of fiber which helps regulate the stool. In addition to the pumpkin you can also add probiotics which will add good bacteria back into the gut.
Again these are just a few questions among a long list we get everyday! Most answers are not so simple but never be afraid to ask us anything! Whether its something small or possibly large we’ve really dealt with it all. So always keep an eye on your pets and remember you can always give us a call or stop by and we’ll lend you an ear.