Fireworks and Safety
The July 4th weekend is among us! If you are not boarding your pets for the celebration, here are some things you may consider.
1. Pet anxiety - some pets are scared of loud noises, parades, large crowds and festivals. Signs and Symptoms: shaking, drooling, howling, barking, pacing or trying to take cover.
2. Run-away pet: Before you take your pet out to an event. Checklist: Keep an updated shot record with you, make sure their identification tag is on the dog collar. The collar should fit well, if your dog has run away before, consider kenneling them, leaving them with a family member and or micro-chipping your pet.
3. Check location and destination before your trip for pet friendly events.
4. Consider using natural calming therapies for your dog. A blanket, or natural foods to relieve anxiety. Always bring food and drinks for your pet, snacks & place to rest. Your pet will need exercise, so try to find a location away from the crowds.
5. If your pet does get lost, make sure to alert the vet, and local agencies to help locate your pet.
Enjoy the activities this weekend! Happy July 4th
Do They Travel Well?
Article & Photo By: Judith Stanton
7 Tips Before Taking Your Pet To Work
Taking your pet to work day can be exciting! Showing your pet off in front of co-workers brings pride, and what else? Things to consider when taking your pet to work.
1. Prepare your pet for travel. What will there day look like? Do they have a kennel for napping before, during, and after going to work.
2. Consider their eating and toileting schedule. How close are the doors to the parking lot, or grass yard for exercise and toileting.
3. Be respectful of co-workers spaces, because their could be people in your office who are allergic to pets, or don't like pets. Ask your manager about office rules before bringing a pet.
4. Pet toys, food, water, exercise, and space. Remember pets need a lot of your attention during the day. Will they be spending most of their time in your office? Under a desk? Or pet corner?
5. Pet anxiety around unfamiliar people, could cause them to behave differently. Are they obnoxiously barking, running, scratching, leaping, meowing, or peeing around people? Check with your vet about supplements for comfort and travel.
6. Pet's and noise, consider what your work station looks like before taking a pet to work. Are they therapy pets? Do you work in manufacturing where they could be exposed to loud noises or safety concerns.
7. Prepare your pet the day before by taking them in the car, and alternative schedule. If you work from home establish boundaries.
I work from home, and admit with two dogs it can be challenging. I realize they both eat at different times, exercise at random times, and sleep in different spaces. Our dogs each have different personalities. Our blue heeler loves to travel, she sits in the window, and is quiet most of the time, but when we stop for rest breaks she wants to leap and run away, so she reacts differently to travel. Our larger dog, travels in a kennel, he barks intermittently and does not calm down during car rides. He would prefer to be left at home in his own territory.
Extra Precautions are needed for your pets during the warmer months. Take your pet walking in the early morning hours to avoid heat exhaustion. Keep their hair groomed and trimmed, brush your pets weekly. Avoid sidewalks and pavement, can develop blisters. Dogs don't cool off as fast as humans, so put them in air-conditioning and shade, they don't cool off as fast as humans. Wet the paws of the dog to cool off, refresh a small pool with cool to cold water daily. Look for signs of heat exhaustion, difficulty breathing, excessive panting, increased heart rate, drooling, stupor, bloody bowels, mild weakness, collapse, vomiting. Take them to your local Vet for assistance if circumstances don't improve.
Keep Pets Cool
There are many products out on the market to help keep your pets cooler during the summer months. I have been a dog owner for many years. Pets love to have their water bowl refreshed and cold. Make ice in larger chunks. For example, a half gallon ice-cream bucket can be used to make ice. If your pet is in the shade with cold water & ice, they will be cooler longer. Keeping your pet hydrated is essential. Keep pet's on a consistent feeding schedule, just like people, pets may not eat as much during extreme heat.
Walk your dog in the morning, it's cooler, and they will have more energy to enjoy running & playing. Let them run in the water to stay cool. Not all dogs, like to play in water, but other's like the golden retriever dive for toys. Grooming your pets, by keeping their hair shaved, and cut shorter will help them stay cooler. If you run errands with your pets, make sure they are not locked in a heated car. Pet's need ventilation, just like humans, so give them your best by keeping the car windows open, or air-condition on. Keep your pets safe from the heat. In warmer temperatures pets may become anxious around large crowds and need reassured. They can also show other symptoms such as heat stroke, bowel problems, nausea or vomiting. Protect them against too much sun exposure during extreme heat. If a pet becomes ill, see your local Vet for help.
Veterinary Compounding for Hard to Medicate Pets
Ask any pet owner and they’ll tell you, their pet is certainly a member of their family. As with any family member, it is important to make sure that your loved ones are happy and healthy, including your animals. But medicating an unwell pet can be difficult. Whether a cat, dog, ferret, bird or snake, animals are notorious for refusing to swallow a pill and will often eat their way ‘around’ a pill disguised in food. That’s why pharmacy compounding – the art and science of preparing customized mediations for patients, or in this case, pets – can be of great benefit to pet owners.
If you have a pet who refuses to take their medicine, Cypress Pharmacy’s compounding pharmacist can prepare easy-to-give dosage forms that animals will want to gobble up fast. The majority of pet compounding medications are delivered either in suspension or solution forms. Most are flavored with chicken, beef or tuna, while additional flavors can be added if your pet has a particular favorite.
Liquid form medication
Liquid form medication is most efficient for pets. Most pets will take a straight liquid form easily, otherwise, it can be mixed into their food. If so, pet owners should ensure their pet eats the entire meal. Liquids are also convenient because they can be made in varying dosage sizes. While solutions can be kept at room temperature, suspensions need to be refrigerated.
Cypress Pharmacy can also prepare pet medication in a capsule form, provided the dose needed is low. Usually known to be hard to administer, pet owners have the option to open the capsules and pour its medicinal contents over an animal’s food for easy consumption. Most capsules can also be kept at room temperature.
Animal treats, often called ‘Soft Chews,’ are another popular form of pet medication available today. While Soft Chews take longer to make, and cost a little more, animals are eager to devour these treats, available in chicken, fish and plain flavors (with an option to add other flavors to the mixture later). Soft Chews are a great option because pet owners do not have to refrigerate the medication.
With summer here, we can expect frequent heavy raining, storms and upcoming holiday fireworks, as well as vacations. In each case, pharmacists can help pet owners needing anti-anxiety medication for pets who suffer from separation anxiety or are frightened by loud noises.
Other pet medications
While not as commonly needed, pharmacists can also provide the following types of pet medication:
Pets, Luxury and Cost
How much do consumers spend on their pets? I am a pet owner and have two dogs of different sizes, and breeds. They both have different needs, including kennel sizes, pet food, toys, hygiene supplies, vitamins, accessories and grooming needs. According to The American Pet Products Association (APPA) American's spend an estimated $69.35 billion dollars per year on their pets. Consumers love to dress their pets in different attire, for leisure, parties and holidays. Pampered pet trends increased steadily as more luxury options are available for pets. What is the million dollar question? Do pets need to wear clothes? The answer is no. Some pets do need extra protection against the weather elements, if your pet is comfortable with fashion then be sensible with your purchases. You won't want to roast a Wiener Dog in a full fur jacket.
All pets give the "look" to their owners. It's "TREAT TIME" but how many treats are too many? Understand first the eating habits of your pet, when they eat and what. They have their favorite treats, and food. If they are a smaller dog, they might be eating too much in a single feeding. Always read the label on the treat box, and food for dietary needs of your pet. Over feeding a pet increases their risk for diabetes and other health problems. According to recent studies almost one quarter of pet owners give their pets treats when they beg for it and rarely the owner never measures the amount before giving.