Last updated 10 hours ago
Before you bring fresh flowers or new potted plants into your home, make sure they are safe for your pet. Lilies are beautiful, but some of them can be fatal. True lilies, such as Easter, Tiger, Day, and Asiatic lilies, can cause kidney failure in your cat. Avoid keeping them in your home because even ingesting pollen from these lilies is dangerous for pets. Benign lilies, such as Calla, Peruvian, and Peace, aren’t fatal; however, they can cause tissue irritation and other symptoms.
You can learn more about the toxicity of plants by watching this video, presented by the ASPCA. You’ll hear from a veterinarian about the symptoms that roses and chrysanthemums can cause in cats.
Companion Pet Clinic Salmon Creek offers convenient hours for pet owners in the Vancouver, WA area. If you think your pet may have ingested a toxic substance, call our animal hospital right away at (360) 216-0034.
Last updated 9 days ago
Has your pet become a bit rotund? Cats that are overweight or obese run the risk of serious health problems. Veterinarians warn against feeding your cat too much because he or she could develop immune system problems, metabolic complications, and gastrointestinal issues, such as constipation and indigestion. Cardiovascular and pulmonary health conditions are also a possibility. Whether your pet is already overweight or at risk of becoming overweight, you can make a few simple changes to improve his or her health.
Schedule a Wellness Exam
The first step in safeguarding the health of your cat is to schedule a wellness exam with a veterinarian. The vet can rule out any underlying medical conditions that could be contributing to your pet’s unhealthy weight, such as hypothyroidism or arthritis.
Feed a Nutritious Diet
It’s also a good idea to ask the veterinarian for dietary advice. If your cat is already overweight, he or she may be placed on a special, low-calorie cat food comprised of high-quality animal protein. Use a measuring cup when feeding your cat to prevent overfeeding.
Avoid Abrupt or Drastic Dietary Changes
If your vet recommends switching cat food brands, do so gradually to acclimate your cat to the new food. Provide a mix of the old brand and the new food, gradually feeding more of the new brand and less of the old brand.
Encourage Daily Exercise
Invest in a few simple toys for your cat to play with and make it a habit to encourage exercise every day. Have your pet chase a laser toy around on the floor or run around your home while trailing a string behind you to encourage your cat to run.
The highly trained veterinarians of Companion Pet Clinic Salmon Creek of Vancouver, WA can help you keep your pet at a healthy weight. Call our animal hospital at (360) 216-0034 to schedule an appointment. Be sure to ask us about our kitten and senior cat packages.
Last updated 14 days ago
Most dogs are considered to be seniors between five to eight years of age, with some variation depending on the breed. Since pets age at a much more rapid pace than humans do, they are prone to developing health conditions at an accelerated rate. This is one reason why it’s so critical to schedule regular wellness exams for your senior pet. At Companion Pet Clinic, we offer a convenient and affordable senior package to help your furry friend enjoy a long, healthy life.
Our senior package includes two physical exams per year, which enables our veterinarians to detect health problems early for better treatment. Your pet will also receive a full blood panel, thyroid testing, and a urinalysis. If your pet is a dog, he or she will receive pancreatic testing. Additionally, our vets will perform two parasite fecal tests per year.
If you have any questions about our senior package, please call Companion Pet Clinic Salmon Creek at (360) 216-0034. We also invite residents of the Vancouver, WA area to visit our website to view our range of services.
Last updated 20 days ago
Being a pet parent is a rewarding experience. Your cat shows you unconditional love and in return, you can ensure he or she lives a long, happy life by taking steps to safeguard his or her health. To keep your cat healthy, schedule regular veterinarian wellness exams and feed your cat a good diet. Use the following tips when selecting a brand of cat food and consult a veterinarian if you have any nutritional questions.
Decide between Canned or Dry Food
Ask your veterinarian if you should feed your cat canned or dry food. Many pet owners prefer to feed their furry friends a combination of canned and dry food. However, if your cat doesn’t drink a lot of water, it may be best to feed him or her canned food because of the higher moisture content.
Look for Proteins
Veterinarians agree that cats need at least some animal proteins and fats. As carnivores, cats must have arachidonic acid, taurine, and similar nutrients that are only found in animal products. Look for a pet food that contains chicken, turkey, fish, beef, or other kinds of meat.
Evaluate the Name
The name and label of the cat food can tell you a lot about its ingredients. If the name of the cat food includes the words “dinner,” “platter,” or “entrée,” then the product is required to contain at least 25 percent of the ingredient it is advertising—chicken, for example. If it’s advertised as “Chicken Dinner with Cheese,” then it only needs to contain three percent cheese. If the product is advertised as “Chicken Flavor,” then it may only contain a trace amount of chicken. Your veterinarian might recommend looking for a product that is advertised as containing a single ingredient. This means the product must contain at least 95 percent of that ingredient.
If you have any questions about your cat’s diet, please schedule an appointment with a veterinarian at Companion Pet Clinic Salmon Creek. We offer a range of prescription diet foods to suit your cat’s needs. You can call our animal clinic in Vancouver, WA at (360) 216-0034.