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Does your cat exhibit signs of aggression, such as hissing, biting, or scratching? These problems can actually indicate fear and anxiety, which also prompts cats to run away from humans and hide. Since fear can increase the risk of health problems, it’s a good idea to bring your cat to a veterinarian to discuss treatment options. The vet may recommend anti-anxiety medications as a temporary solution while you’re helping your cat with behavior modification techniques.
Help your cat feel less fearful at home by making it a comfortable environment for him or her. Sit or lie down on the floor near your cat so you’ll appear less intimidating. Offer your furry friend some treats or entice him or her to play with a feline feather wand. As your cat becomes more comfortable with you, gradually introduce visitors. Ask a visitor to sit or lie down near your cat and offer treats or toys.
Lake Emma Animal Hospital offers a complete range of preventative, medical, and surgical veterinary services. Call our Lake Mary location at (407) 792-3322 and ask us about our convenient, extended hours.
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There are many substances that are toxic to pets, including common household items such as onions, milk, chocolate, pesticides, antifreeze, and many types of plants. Since animals are often curious and may try to eat these types of items, it’s best to keep them away from your furry friends at all times. However, if your pet does accidentally ingest a potentially toxic substance, call an animal hospital right away. Always follow your veterinarian’s instructions; however, you can also refer to the following guidelines.
Remove Your Pet from the Area
As soon as you notice your pet chewing on a potentially poisonous substance, immediately remove him or her from the area. Place your pet in an enclosed space, in which he or she cannot access the toxic substance.
Call the Animal Hospital
Once your pet is secured, call the animal hospital and let them know that your pet has swallowed a possible toxin. Avoid waiting for symptoms to appear before calling the vet; if the substance is indeed toxic, time is critical. The animal hospital will provide you with specific instructions to follow.
Collect a Sample of the Substance
It’s likely that the vet will ask you to make a note of any substances you recognize that your pet could have swallowed. In some cases, it may be obvious what your pet ate. For example, your dog may have spilled a bag of chocolate candies on the floor. If you notice a mysterious substance without packaging material, place a sample in a clean container.
Go to the Animal Hospital
Secure your pet in a pet carrier or on a leash and bring him or her to the animal hospital along with the sample. Once there, the veterinarian will ask you about the substance and whether you’ve noticed any symptoms. If possible, inform the vet of how much of the substance your pet may have eaten and how long it’s been since the exposure occurred.
Bring your pet to Lake Emma Animal Hospital right away if he or she ingests a toxic substance. We offer extended hours Monday through Saturday and a full range of exceptional veterinary services. Residents of the Lake Mary area can reach our animal hospital at (407) 792-3322 for more information.
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Sarcoptic mange is a type of skin disease sometimes called scabies. It’s caused by a microscopic mite, which digs into the skin, and releases allergens and toxins. This leads to symptoms such as intense itching and red, crusting sores. These sores are most commonly found on the dog’s ears, elbows, and trunk. Dogs with sarcoptic mange are also susceptible to hair loss.
As you’ll learn by watching this video, mange is highly contagious. If you think your furry friend could have a skin disease, bring him or her to an animal hospital right away. This video also explains some treatment options and how to prevent the spread of sarcoptic mange.
Lake Emma Animal Hospital is dedicated to offering your pet the highest quality of veterinary care. If you think your dog could have mange, contact our animal hospital in Lake Mary at (407) 792-3322.
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Lake Emma Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary clinic. We’re pleased to offer breeding services to our clients and their furry friends, along with our many other veterinary services. We offer reproductive planning services, including vaginal cytology and other tests. In the event that the mother experiences complications while giving birth, our veterinarians can administer medical therapy or a cesarean section.
Timing is essential for successful canine breeding. Although many breeds typically reach the first heat cycle between six and nine months of age, some breeds take longer to mature. With reproductive planning services at our animal hospital, you can significantly improve your breeding program’s conception rates. We’ll help you establish the ideal time to breed your dogs. One of our approaches involves the use of vaginal cytology. During this test, one of our veterinarians will swab vaginal cells and analyze them with a microscope to calculate the dog’s estrus stage. Our veterinarians can also perform a blood test that evaluates the luteinizing hormone (LH) surge. We strongly recommend that breeders bring in their female dogs prior to breeding for a thyroid analysis and additional tests. The results of these tests can let you know if there are any possible problems.
Much of the time, dogs can give birth without assistance. If any complications do arise, rush your dog to our animal hospital right away. We can administer medical therapy and, if needed, perform a cesarean section. If your dog is considered to be at-risk of needing this procedure, you may wish to schedule a C-section in advance. Your dog may be at-risk if she is a certain breed, if x-rays reveal a litter of a solitary pup, or if the litter will have an oversized pup.
If you have any questions about our breeding services, call Lake Emma Animal Hospital at (407) 792-3322. Our veterinary clinic in Lake Mary also offers pet boarding and vaccinations. Our entire veterinary staff strives to treat each animal as if he or she were our own.
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Diabetes is a systemic disease that affects the body’s ability to manage the hormone insulin. If left untreated, diabetes can cause many health complications in dogs. Although there is no cure for diabetes, there are effective and easy treatment options that will ensure your pet lives a long, healthy, and happy life. Talk to your veterinarian if you have concerns about your dog’s long-term health.
The Symptoms of Diabetes in Dogs
Your pet may develop diabetes at any age. It’s important to note deviations from your dog’s normal dog’s behavior and report them to your veterinarian if they do not improve. Common symptoms of diabetes in dogs include significant changes in appetite, frequent or excessive thirst, and an increase in urination. Your dog may also exhibit signs of dehydration or lethargy. A dog with diabetes may experience vomiting, frequent skin infections, and sudden unexplained weight loss. Other changes to note in your pet include a “fruity” odor to his breath and the formation of cataracts in his eyes.
The Treatments for Diabetes in Dogs
Once your veterinarian has diagnosed your dog with diabetes, he will explain your treatment options. Treatment for diabetes focuses on helping your dog to maintain stable blood glucose levels for better health. If your dog is seriously ill when he is first diagnosed, your vet will first work to restore your pet’s health before long-term treatment is discussed. Dogs with mild forms of diabetes may only require oral medication and a change in food to restore normal blood glucose levels. Dogs with a more significant problem regulating blood glucose often require daily monitoring of blood sugar levels and regular insulin injections. If your pet is overweight, weight loss may be suggested to improve his body’s insulin response.
At Lake Emma Animal Hospital, we offer acute, surgical, long-term, and preventive care for pets in Lake Mary. You can schedule an appointment with a veterinarian by calling (407) 792-3322. Take a look at the articles on our blog for more information about maintaining your dog’s health.