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    How to Help Your Pets with Spring Allergies

    Last updated 3 days ago

    You and your pets visit the veterinarian for regular checkups—but what do you do when it comes to pet allergies? Just like humans, pets can suffer from allergy symptoms during the spring. Knowing what signs to look for and what to do after spotting those signs is important for keeping your pets healthy and happy:

    Spot Allergy Symptoms

    If you think your pets may be suffering from springtime allergies, it is important to take note of any symptoms they may be experiencing. This will help you explain your pets’ allergies to your veterinarian, allowing him to find the most effective treatment plan. Common symptoms of spring allergies in pets include noticeable hair loss, red spots over the body, and excessive licking.

    Be Aware of the Pollen Count

    It is a good idea to keep track of your area’s pollen forecast. Pet allergies can be very similar to human allergies and keeping an eye of the pollen forecast will help you determine when to take your pets outside and when it is best to stay indoors. When your pets must go outside during high-pollen times, reduce their risk of suffering from allergy symptoms by cleaning their feet off when they get back inside.

    Keep the House Clean

    You may think that your pets’ allergy symptoms are due to outside factors, but indoor elements can also be behind signs like excessive licking and hair loss. Dust mites are common causes of allergy symptoms. When there is a lot of house dust, pets may start exhibiting signs of springtime allergies. Keep your pets as healthy as possible by sticking to a regular cleaning routine. Dust all surfaces so that everything either sticks to the cleaning product or falls to the floor. Finish the job by sweeping and vacuuming to thoroughly remove the debris.

    If you are concerned about your pets’ allergy symptoms, contact the veterinary professionals here at Lake Emma Animal Hospital. Check out our website for more facts or give us a call at (407) 792-3322 to learn about our animal hospital and pet boarding services.

    How to Help Your Cat Lose Weight

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Obesity is a problem that humans and felines alike are experiencing in growing numbers. The reasons for the increased incidence of weight issues are the same as well. Too little physical activity and too many calories can quickly lead to an excess of pounds. If your furry friend has a weight problem, changing both his eating and exercising habits can get him back to a healthy physique. If your cat is like most felines, he may love to snooze away the day. To kick-start his weight loss program, make playtime a daily part of his schedule. Use string, a stuffed animal, or another toy to attract his attention and get him moving around your house. Instead of allowing your cat to eat at his leisure from an open feeding bowl, designate specific times during which you give him a limited supply of food.

    Lake Emma Animal Hospital can help you maintain a healthy weight for your pet. To discuss your cat or dog’s weight problems with a veterinarian, call (407) 792-3322. Our animal hospital also provides pet vaccination and pet boarding services for residents of Lake Mary, Sanford, and Altamonte Springs.

    Getting Your Home Ready for a New Kitten

    Last updated 16 days ago

    Bringing home a new kitten is much like bringing home a new baby. Both require special accommodations to make their at-home life healthy and comfortable. Unlike a baby, a kitten can immediately explore every corner of your home, which makes safety another important consideration. By following these simple guidelines, you can make sure that your kitten’s transition to your home is a happy and easy one. 

    Remove Potential Dangers

    Being small and mobile, a kitten can quickly get herself into trouble should she enter a closet full of cleaning products or a medicine cabinet filled with personal hygiene items. To protect your kitten from accidentally ingesting a toxic substance or tangling herself in a home decoration, secure all closets, cabinets, and other storage spaces with kitten-proof locks. You may also want to tie down loose strings, cords, and wires.

    Purchase Kitten Basics

    Your love is integral to your kitten’s wellbeing, but she will also need a few basic home items. Before bringing your kitten to your house, have a food bowl, water bowl, bed, scratching post, and kitty litter box waiting for her arrival. By providing for her living needs, you can facilitate her transition to your house and make her feel immediately at home.

    Make Available Safe Toys

    Kittens need toy stimulation for their physical, emotional, and social health. However, some toys can contain parts that may harm your new pet. When selecting toys for your kitten, stay clear of options that contain ingestible decorations. A toy that your kitten can easily tear apart may also become a choking danger. If you have questions about which toys are safest for your kitten, consult your veterinarian.

    Lake Emma Animal Hospital can see to it that your kitten receives the comprehensive and compassionate care she needs through all of her developmental stages. If you have yet to schedule your pet vaccinations, now is the perfect time to make an appointment at our Lake Mary animal hospital. Call (407) 792-3322 to set up a checkup with one of our caring and capable veterinarians.

    Tips for Teaching Your Dog to Sit

    Last updated 23 days ago

    Do you want your dog to obey your sit command? This video demonstrates the visual, verbal, and reward cues that can help you achieve this goal.

    To get your dog to pay attention to your initial command, have a supply of treats during your training sessions. By using a treat to guide your dog’s actions, he will be eager to please. Once your dog assumes the correct position, give him both the treat and a verbal “good” to show that his actions pleased you. Repeat this training technique with the treat in your opposite hand. To reinforce your verbal command, hide the treat until your dog sits as requested.

    Lake Emma Animal Hospital offers behavioral counseling services for pet owners in the greater Lake Mary region. To speak with a vet about your training needs, call (407) 792-3322.

    The Dos and Don'ts of House Training Your Puppy

    Last updated 1 month ago

    House training is a requisite part of puppy ownership for most people. If you are about to add an addition to your family, or if you already have a new puppy in your life, it’s time to establish some house training rules for both you and your young furry friend. These house training dos and don’ts can make this experience one that you and your puppy enjoy with a minimum of aggravation and accidents.

    Do Be Consistent

    The digestive systems of humans and canines are not very different. For both species, a beverage or meal will soon lead to a need for the bathroom. So use that biological fact to your advantage. When you give your puppy a drink of water or bowl of food, expect that she will have to urinate or defecate in the ensuing half-hour. When you set up regular feeding hours, you can better predict when to take your puppy outside.

    Don’t Get Upset

    Finding an accident on your tile or rug may not be the most pleasant surprise, but getting angry about it may only impede your house training efforts. If your puppy senses that you are upset about her behavior, she might become confused about what you expect her to do. Should an accident occur, restrain your response. Instead, lead your puppy outside and give her the chance to go to the bathroom.

    Do Pay Attention

    Having a new puppy around the house can be a fulltime job. Until she knows how to indicate her need to go outside and understands that going to the bathroom is an outdoor only activity, you will need to be vigilant in watching her. Many puppies show signs, such as sniffing the floor or circling it, that tell you when it’s time for a trip outside. When you pay attention to these signs, it can make your house training a less messy and more rewarding process.

    Has your new puppy gotten her vaccinations? To make sure that your puppy is as healthy as possible, bring her to Lake Emma Animal Hospital for a complete evaluation. For more information on our veterinarian services, or to schedule an appointment, call our Lake Mary office at (407) 792-3322.

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