Sunday, December 1, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Thanksgiving is a day in which you give thanks for everything that you appreciate in life. It's tradition for many families to share what they're most thankful for as they sit around the dinner table before digging into a delicious homemade Thanksgiving meal. Many people say they are thankful for their families, health, love, and many other things. We asked some pet owners and Allivet customers to tell us why they are thankful for their furry friends and this is what they told us:
Momo Trang (Atlanta, Georgia) - This is my cat! Her name is Ziva and I absolutely adore her. I guess I'd say I'm thankful for her because she's my mini me and just that keeps me smiling. I couldn't imagine not cuddling with her after sports practices. She was the only one who would deal with my sweaty self.
Jaclyn Drogin (Harrison, NY) - I love my doggies for many reasons. I have always grown up with pets and I have come to learn that they will love you no matter what. When I'm down, they are always there to make me feel instantly better. Being in college can have its ups and downs but coming home and having them be the first two to greet me at the door is beyond special. I am thankful for my doggies and always will be!
Nellie Rose Spencer (San Antonio, Texas) - This is my baby Asia! She is the best because she is so clumsy and she makes me laugh all of the time! I'm not sure what kind of dog she is, but the vet thinks part Dalmatian and part terrier. She doesn't have her spots in this picture because she is a little puppy in this picture. She has spots now!
Kim Zayhowski (Pepprell, Massachussetts)- This is my cat, her name is Butch. She is fat as can be, and the best! I'm thankful for her because she is always down to cuddle with me.
Romee Swaab (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) – Here is my beautiful cat! Her name is William (something went terribly wrong when she was born) and she is the love of my life! She has helped me through all of the bad times at high school with her love and clumsiness. Now that I am away for college, we Skype biweekly! What can I say? I'm a real cat freak!
So, this thanksgiving, when going around the table to share what you are thankful for, make sure you take time to thank your loyal pets who are sure thankful for you! Take some time to think about why YOU are thankful for your little one and share with us!
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Did you know that November is cancer awareness month? Also, that cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of 10? Cancer has become more common in pets, ranging from malignant lymphoma, skin cancer, breast cancer, and even bone cancer. Although seemingly tragic, cancer is treatable and there are many forms of treatment for pets with cancer in todays world. The best option for possible cancer treatment in pets is the surgical removal of a cancerous mass that has not spread. However, there are other options available for different cases:
Chemotherapy- uses drugs to kill the cancer cells with the least amout of damage to the normal cells. Side effects include nasuea, lowered immunity, and bleeding problems. Although not very damaging, not all pets are susceptible to chemotherapy.
Radiation- uses special X-ray therapy to damage and destroy cancer cells. Anesthesia is required through this process and the treatment is only available at veterinary referral centers.
Diet- controlling and modifying a pet's diet has proven to be helpful in controlling cancer. The goal is a diet with limited simple sugars, moderate amounts of complex sugars like carbohydrates, highly digestible protein in moderate amounts, and set amounts of certain types of fat. These dietary modifications tend to "starve" the cancerous cells, making them weaker, and make the normal cells healthier. Modifying diet is a good compliment to other treatments.
Immunotherapy- uses immune reactions to fight off cancerous cells. This method may use a non specific immune modifier, like vaccines and medication. Kinavet CA-1 is the first approved anti-cancer drug in veterinary medicine. It's cutting edge technology works directly at the origin of the tumor. Kinavet CA-1 is avaiable for both dogs and cats and can be purchased at a low price on Allivet.com
The word "cancer" is very heavy, but in today's world, treatements for cancer are becoming more and more advanced for both humans and pets. Being informed is the first step down the path of a solution.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Calling all dogs, cats, horses, pot belly pigs and all pets! Enter now. Show off your cutest Halloween costumes for a chance to Win a $100 Allivet Gift Card. Enter now.. tell your friends to vote for your pet's picture. Like us on Facebook to enter.
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Finding the perfect costume on Halloween can be ruff! Dressing up your pet in creative costumes can take some of the spookiness of the holiday away and add some fun. Including your pet in this holiday can be fun for your family and for them! Spending extra time with their human family is just what every pet wants, so why not embrace the spirit of the holiday and dress up your furry ones. Here are some funny and creative costume ideas for your pets! (Pugs make multiple appearances on this list... it might just be that they are too cute and fun to dress up in costumes!)
#1. The "Bat Cat"
#2. "Banana Split Pug"
#3. Darth Kitty?...
#4. Tarantula Pug!
#5. The REAL Cat in the Hat!
#6. Oompa Loompa Chihuahua
#7. Teen Pug
#8. Mario and Luigi!
and finally #10. Anthony Dogson... eerie resemblance!
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Halloween is right around the corner! A night to dress up, have some candy, spook some people, Halloween can be a fun event for your family and your pets! However, including your pet in Halloween festivities requires some precautions. If several safety precautions aren't followed, Halloween will not be fun, but a hazardous time for our four-legged friends.
As reports from the Poison Helpline show, calls increase by 12 percent on the week of Halloween, making this week one of the busiest times of the year. Avoid having to be one of the callers and protect your pet from any harmful situations on what should be one of the most fun filled nights of the year!
Here are some tips that are practical, yet potentially life-saving for your pet on Halloween:
If you choose to dress up your pet, a simple approach is a safer approach.
- Pets can easily become tangled in elaborate, costumes with parts like strings, ties, belts and sashes.
- Tight fitting costumes can result in difficulty in mobility, which can lead to bodily injuries and even strangulation.
- Parts of a costume can become chewed and ingested and can in turn potentially lead to foreign body ingestion which can be life threatening to your pet.
2. Halloween Decorations and Fire Hazards
If you like to decorate your home in the Halloween spirit, take into consideration what you're putting on display and where the decorations will be placed. Easy-to-reach decorations — or candles — can be eaten or knocked over, potentially leading to choking, foreign body ingestion, electrical shock and even burns and a household fire.
3. Watch what they eat!
Candy and chocolate are never good for dogs or cats and on Halloween there is an increased chance that Fluffy and Fido may consume treats meant for tricksters.
- Chocolate and Xylitol, a sweetener found in many candies, can be extremely toxic to pets.
- Lollipops Sticks can be choking hazards and cause a painful obstruction to your pet.
- Candy wrapping can also lead to chocking or cause an obstruction and upset stomach.
Solutions to prevent your pet from ingesting these harmful items:
- Keep pet-safe treats on hand to satisfy your curious pet.
- Make sure all candies are out of your pet's reach.
5. Lost Pets
Halloween is not the best time to allow your pet to wander. Take precaution and keep all pets indoors under supervision and if needed to escort them outside, make sure they are on a leash. Sudden noises and strange-looking costumes can also spook your pet, causing them to run away, so taking precaution is the best move during the Halloween festivities.
- Make sure your pet has their tags with all information required in case of emergency
6. Know who to call.
Don’t wait to have your pet treated in the case of an emergency. Locate a 24-hour veterinary clinic if your family veterinarian is not available.If you suspect your pet has consumed a toxic substance during Halloween and you can’t see your veterinarian, contact the Pet Poison Helpline, a 24-hour service* that assists pet owners, veterinarians and veterinary technicians who are treating potentially poisoned pets.