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edited2Crisp air and leaves falling…is there anything better than fall? It’s a great time to get out with your pets-cooler temperatures and sunny days are perfect for a nice hike in the woods. Make sure your pet has a happy and healthy fall by keeping these tips in mind:

-Keep up with your pet’s heartworm and flea/tick medications. These pesky parasites can still be found in the cooler months, so make sure you pet still receives their preventative medications on a regular basis. Be sure to look your pet over frequently for ticks -these are easy to pick up, and 2017 has been a bad year for them!

-Speaking of walks…keep an eye on your pup to make sure they don’t gobble up something they’re not supposed to while outside. This time of year, hundreds of varieties of mushrooms pop up in the woods, and while many are harmless, there are some that could do serious harm if you dog were to consume them.

-Watch what they eat around the house, too-the cooler months often start to drive rodents inside which prompts homeowners to put out traps and rodenticides which can be potentially deadly if your pet were to ingests some. This also includes rodents who have consumed poison and died-if you pet decides to make a yummy treat of one, contact your veterinarian immediately.

-Fall means lots of fun decorations around the house, but to your pet, this might mean a new treat to chew on or fully consume. Make sure they don’t get into trinkets or candles as these items can cause intestinal obstruction (among other issues), which requires immediate medical attention.

As always, if you have any concerns about the above issues throughout the fall season (or any time!) you can make an appointment with Little Traverse Bay Veterinary Clinic at 231-622-6363.

JazzieFullbodyWednesday, October 11 is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, which originated as a way to prevent and reduce obesity-related health issues in pets. Obesity not only makes a huge impact on an animal’s health, but also on their general well-being, as it makes it difficult to run, play and breathe properly. It’s never easy to turn down a food request from our furry friend, but it’s necessary in order to make sure they stay healthy and happy. Make sure to abide by these tips to keep your best friend at their ideal weight:

It may be difficult for you to visually determine if your pet is obese, so make sure they receive a yearly wellness exam with your veterinarian. Here, they will be weighed and your vet can tell you what the ideal weight is for your pet. Your veterinarian will also determine if there are any underlying health obesity-related health issues.

Weigh your pet at home. It may be difficult, and your home scale might not be quite as accurate as the one at the doctor’s office, but it will give you a general idea of what your pet weighs and a way to keep track if that number starts to creep up.

Be aware of what your pet is eating. Is your pet eating a healthy, appropriate-sized portion of food each day, or is your pup all too eager to oblige when your toddler is feeding them crackers during snack time? It’s important to be aware of what your pet is consuming and to keep this amount in check.

-Feed them high-quality food. It may go without saying, but not all pet foods are created equal. Be sure to ask your veterinarian for a recommendation on what food would be suit your pet’s lifestyle and activity level.

Take a hike….with your pet! Taking your pet on walks obviously works better for dogs than cats, but it’s important for both cats and dogs to receive daily exercise. A laser pointer or fun toy for your cat can work wonders in regard to getting them moving. A game of fetch in the backyard or a swim at the lake are good ways to burn a few calories with your canine companion.

Finally, if in doubt about your pet’s weight, make an appointment with your veterinarian to have them evaluated. To make an appointment with Little Traverse Bay Veterinary Clinic, please call 231-622-6363.

blk lab hurricane harvey pups smallAs the rain fell and the storm waters rose, so did the concerns about the safety of Houston’s residents during Hurricane Harvey. It was quickly determined that the situation in southern Texas was far more dire than anyone had predicted and people scrambled to evacuate to safer ground. Unfortunately, not all of the area’s furry friends were so lucky. In the midst of the evacuation, many pets were left behind and separated from their families.

Thankfully, there were a lot of individuals on the ground helping make sure these sweet babies were rescued and brought to safety. Once these animals were placed in local shelters, great efforts were made to reunite them with their families, however, many were never claimed. This is where Little Traverse Bay Humane Society (and countless amazing rescue groups across the country!) came in.

Last week, we opened our doors to 19 dogs and puppies affected by Hurricane Harvey. They are pets that were rescued directly from the floodwaters in addition to those who were pulled from already-overcrowded shelters to make room for incoming displaced animals.

Included in this transport were a litter of black lab puppies left in a backyard after their family evacuated without them. These poor babies waited as the waters around them rose, hoping for a hero to save them. They were eventually rescued from their flooded backyard, but sadly, help arrived too late for four of the nine puppies. Thankfully, however, rescue crews jumped into action to care for the remaining five. When they were stable and it was apparent that no one was going to claim them, arrangements were made for them to make the long trip to northern Michigan.

These puppies are just five of the 19 that have now been given a new start and hope for a brighter future. There’s Jack, an adorable Golden Retriever/Husky mix who can’t stop playing and jumping for joy as he races around outside in his new surroundings. Then there’s Maggie Sue, a loving, humble hound mix whose sweet, sad eyes tell a tale of their own. They, along with all of the other Hurricane Harvey affected animals, will find amazing, forever homes very soon.deter with pups caption

What’s fantastic is that the Bissell Pet Foundation has generously agreed to sponsor all adoption fees for Hurricane Harvey-affected animals through September 30! We are so grateful that each and every one of these special pets will find new homes, but we are also so grateful to the Bissell Pet Foundation for their support of these animals and our organization as a whole.

Our Hurricane Harvey affected animals are still being evaluated by our veterinarians, but some are already available for adoption and all will be ready by the end of the week. If you are interested in adopting one of these amazing dogs, continue to check our website at www.ltbhs.com to keep updated on available animals or stop by for a visit!

Everyone at LTBHS is so proud to be part of the solution in helping these displaced animals. This is an incredible example of the power in partnerships between rescue groups and coming together to truly save lives.

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catcatcatOctober is all about our feline friends at Little Traverse Bay Veterinary Clinic! On Tuesday, October 17, LTBVC will host Fix Your Feline, which allows owners to have their cat spayed or neutered and vaccinated for rabies, for only $30 (a $120 value!). Pet owners can also have their pet vaccinated for FRVCP, microchipped and treated for fleas/worms for an additional $30 during the event.

On Saturday, October 28, LTBVC will host a Feline Wellness Day, which will include a brief exam, rabies vaccination, FRVCP vaccination, microchip and flea/worm treatment. This package is available for only $35 (a $160 value!).

Both of these clinics offer important, preventative ways to keep your favorite feline friend happy and healthy. Spaying or neutering is incredibly important for many reasons. First and foremost, it can help them lead a longer, healthier life. Altering your animal can increase their lifespan—in cats, this can be as much as 3-5 years! This is because spayed/neutered animals have a very minimal, to no risk of developing diseases such as prostate, ovarian and testicular cancers, among others. Sterilizing your pet will also probably improve their behavior and reduce the likelihood of spraying and aggression. It will decrease your pet’s desire to roam, as well, which keeps them safe in two ways: one, they will be less likely to be hit by a car and injured/killed and two, they won’t become injured due to a fight with another animal. It also helps control the pet overpopulation, reducing the number of unwanted litters in shelters.

Making sure your pet is vaccinated against rabies and FRVCP is an incredibly important way to keep them healthy, too. Rabies is a highly contagious disease spread through the saliva of infected animals and affects the central nervous system. Common carriers include raccoons, skunks and bats, though it can be present in any mammal. Once symptoms of the disease appear, it is almost always fatal. Thankfully, it can be easily prevented with a rabies vaccine. FRVCP is a vaccine that protects your cat against three potentially deadly airborne viruses and is an easy way to keep them healthy.

To sign up for the Fix Your Feline spay/neuter clinic, call 231-347-2396 and to sign up for the Feline Wellness Day, call 231-622-6363.

AmSeptember is Happy, Healthy Cat Month which focuses on ensuring that your feline friend has everything they need for their general well-being. Check out the following tips to keep your cat as happy and healthy as possible!

-It’s very important that cats have access to clean, fresh water. Be sure to change their water on a daily basis to prevent bacteria from accumulating in the bowl (and your cat may be more likely to actually drink from it!). Elderly and nursing cats typically require more water than other cats and are more prone to dehydration, so be sure to look signs such as sunken eyes, lethargy and panting. Some cats appreciate running water, so consider purchasing a bowl where water is continually running.

-Make sure you have enough litter boxes to go around. The rule of thumb is one litter box per cat, plus one. So if you have two cats, you should have three boxes. Be sure to put the boxes somewhere where your kitty is comfortable going, as well, so they will actually use the box.

-Speaking of litter boxes…cats will sometimes go to the bathroom outside their box. This may not be a behavioral issue, but may be the result of a urinary tract infection or other illness. It’s important to have your cat tested for such by your veterinarian to rule out any medical issues.

-Don’t be a litterbug-spay or neuter your cat. This should go without being said, but spaying or neutering your pet is one of the most beneficial things you can do for them. It not only helps prevent unwanted litters from ending up in shelters, but provides many health benefits for your pet, such as reducing the likelihood of certain cancers. Little Traverse Bay Humane Society provides a Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Program that allows pet owners to have their cat sterilized at a low rate.

-Keep their teeth healthy. Cats, like humans, get tartar build-up on their teeth which can lead to decay and gum disease. Most owners find it challenging to brush their cat’s teeth, so it’s a good idea to schedule a dental exam and cleaning with your veterinarian. Little Traverse Bay Veterinary Clinic offers dental exams and cleanings to felines.

-One of the best ways to keep your cat healthy is to keep them up to date on their vaccines and a yearly exam. At Little Traverse Bay Veterinary Clinic, we highly recommend cats receive vaccinations for rabies, distemper and feline leukemia, but after a chat with your vet, you can best determine which vaccines are right for your pet.

Make an appointment to keep your feline friend happy and happy this September by calling 231-622-6363.