Ready to Start Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth?
February 13, 2018
February is National Pet Dental Health Month
Brushing Teeth: 4 Weeks to Train Your Pet (and Yourself!)
By age 3, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats suffer from some form of dental disease. Along with regular dental exams, brushing your cat or dog’s teeth can help improve their dental health.
Does thought of brushing your pet’s teeth give you visions of wrangling a wriggling, unhappy pet? It doesn’t have to be a challenge! With a little training, your pet will learn to like (or at least tolerate!) teeth brushing. Here’s how to get started!
Week 1: Introduce the Toothbrush
Each day, put soft food or pet toothpaste on the toothbrush and let your pet lick (not chew!) it. Give them praise when they’re done.
Week 2: Handling the Mouth
With the toothpaste on the brush, gently lift their front lip and wipe the paste on their front teeth. Immediately reward your pet.
Week 3: Start Brushing
Follow the same steps as week 2, but start brushing for 3-5 seconds. Only worry about the outside teeth. Reward your pet!
Week 4+: Keep Brushing!
Each day, brush further back until you’re brushing every tooth. Keep up the rewards!
Share the Love and Adopt a Pet!
February 8, 2018
When: 10AM – 5PM, February 10 and 11, 2018
Where: Sharonville Convention Center
Where else can you meet hundreds of dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and other small animals looking for forever homes? The 7th Annual My Furry Valentine is Cincinnati’s biggest and best adoption event.
Get a head start before you go. There are an amazing 729 adoptable animals posted in the online gallery. And check out the FAQ to be fully prepared.
Last Year at My Furry Valentine
Wow! An astounding 14,000 people adopted 851 animals at the 2017 My Furry Valentine. Let’s try to set a new record this year and give some amazing animals their best Valentine’s Day yet!
Our 5 Favorite Dog Coats to Make Winter Walks Warmer
January 10, 2018
From functional luxury to practical affordability, these jackets will help keep your dog warmer during those necesarry winter walks.
Kuoser Cozy Reversible Plaid Vest
This reversible, vest-style coat comes in four plaid designs and seven sizes. It has a water-resistant layer and quilted filling. Affordable, handsome and perfect for the average walk.
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Didog Reflective Dog Winter Coat
A reflective coat is perfect for the short days and long nights of winter. Keep your pet warm with added safety during walks. This coat comes in red or blue and a variety of sizes.
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PetRageous Designs Stowe Dog Puffer Coat
Show your dog’s style with this on-trend puffer coat. Choose from red or yellow. Water-resistant on the outside and fleece-lines on the inside. Plus, it’s currently on sale!
Sale Price: $19.87
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Orvis Tweed Dog Jacket
Nothing says stylish luxury like British tweed. This jacket features a corduroy collar and warm quilted lining. Pink for the ladies and olive green for the gents!
Sale Price: $55.00
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Ruffwear Powder Hound Jacket
For the dog that needs performance outerwear, this jacket combines warmth for winter weather with freedom of movement. Unlike most jackets, it provides sleeves for added protection.
Buy It Here
How to Keep Your Pets Safe and Comfortable in Frigid Weather
January 9, 2018
After a week of single-digit temperatures, everyone feels the chill– dogs and cats included! Now is a good time to remember some winter weather safety tips to keep your pets healthy and comfortable.
Limit Time Outside
PetMD offers these useful cold temperature guidelines:
“In general, cold temperatures should not become a problem for most dogs until they fall below 45°F, at which point some cold-averse dogs might begin to feel uncomfortable. When temperatures fall below 32°F, owners of small breed dogs, dogs with thin coats, and/or very young, old, or sick dogs should pay close attention to their pet’s well-being. Once temperatures drop under 20°F, all owners need to be aware that their dogs could potentially develop cold-associated health problems like hypothermia and frostbite.
“The best way to monitor dogs when it’s cold is to keep a close eye on their behavior. If you notice your dog shivering, acting anxious, whining, slowing down, searching out warm locations, or holding up one or more paws, it’s time to head inside.”
Staying Warm Inside
Sometimes, during extreme cold, your furnace may have trouble keeping your home warm. If you find yourself putting on an extra pair of socks, your pets may be cold, too! Here are tips to keep your cat or dog comfortable:
- Place warm blankets where your pets enjoy lying down, so they can snuggle up
- Put a sweater on your pet
- If you are using a fireplace or wood stove for extra heat, use a screen to keep your pet away from the flame
- Help your dog warm up after coming inside by removing any snow or ice from his paws and body. Dry him off quickly as the snow/ice melts.
Freezing Temps and Outdoor Pets
In extremely low temperatures, it is not safe to keep pets outdoors. We were heart-broken to hear about a Butler County dog found frozen to death in its un-insulated dog house. Follow this advice:
The dog warden provides straw at no cost for bedding in outdoor kennels, and those who cannot care for animals in extreme temperatures can call the dog warden’s office at 513-785-6542 for assistance. Residents can report pets left in the cold to the Butler County Sheriff’s Dog Warden at 513-785-1300 or by texting “COPS” to 274637.
Stay warm and safe! And, remember, it will be spring before we know it!
Pet Safety Tips for the Holidays
December 13, 2017
Keep Your Pet Safe this Season as You Celebrate the Holidays
We all want our pets to be part of the fun during the holidays! Keep safety in mind as you celebrate with your pets, and you’ll avoid an unseasonable visit to the veterinarian.
Holiday No-No Foods
Keep these foods away from your pets:
- Onions and garlic
- Grapes and raisins
- Meat Bones
Watch for These Poisonous Plants
Winter is a time people often think of bringing exotic indoor plants into their homes, but many common houseplants are poisonous to pets, like:
Managing Pets with Holiday Guests
Having friends and family over is one of the best parts of the holidays! Help your pet celebrate by following these suggestions:
- Keep your pet’s tags up-to-date
- Hold your pet while people enter the house
- Introduce your pets to guests, and let your pets get used to them
- Give your pet a safe space away from crowds and noise
- Teach kids how to safely treat a pet
- NO tinsel
- NO table scraps
Important Information about Canine Influenza
November 20, 2017
Vaccination against New Dog Virus Required for Boarding, Bathing and Grooming
Recently, we have received questions from pet owners about a new dog virus called canine influenza. This illness puts dogs at risk, but you can protect your dog.
Within the last 45 days, there have been 77 positive cases in Kentucky and 35 positive cases in Ohio, including locally. To best protect our patients, we are requiring the canine influenza vaccine for all of our boarders, baths, and grooms.
Canine influenza is a virus that causes respiratory disease in dogs. Affected dogs may develop coughing, nasal discharge, fever, lethargy and loss of appetite. The signs of infection are similar to those of other respiratory diseases in dogs. With proper medical attention, most dogs will recover. However, in some cases, canine influenza can progress to a more severe or even life-threatening condition, such as pneumonia.
Canine influenza is highly contagious, so dogs visiting places such as doggie day cares, dog parks, boarding and grooming facilities are at higher risk for becoming infected. Making the situation even more difficult to control is that dogs can spread the virus before signs of illness appear. Canine influenza is a highly-contagious respiratory disease that spreads easily from dog to dog or indirectly transmitted through bowls, toys, clothes, or hands of the owner. Unlike human flu, which is seasonal, canine influenza can strike year round.
The best way to protect your dog from the canine influenza is through vaccination.
The initial vaccination requires two doses of each vaccine, given 2 to 4 weeks apart. Thereafter, an annual booster for influenza is recommended for continued protection.
Please call us to discuss any questions you might have and to set up an appointment. To learn more about canine influenza, visit DogFlu.com.
November is National Pet Diabetes Month
November 8, 2017
There’s lots to know in November! Check out our monthly chalkboard:
Cats and dogs can develop diabetes, just like people can. The disease is fairly common, in fact. Diabetes is reported to affect anywhere between 1 in 100 to 1 in 500 dogs and cats. Diabetic pets can list happy, healthy lives when their diabetes is well-regulated. The key is early diagnosis and treatment.
3 Signs Your Pet Might Have Diabetes
If you notice these signs in your pet, please make an appointment with us.
- Increased drinking
- Increased urination
- Weight loss, despite a good appetite (or even increased appetite)
Complications of Diabetes in Dogs and Cats
This information is from Pet Diabetes Month’s website:
“Dogs and cats with diabetes can develop other health problems, usually after living with diabetes for a year or more.
“For dogs, the most common complication of diabetes is cataract formation. Persistently high blood glucose levels make the lens of the eye become opaque, causing blindness.
“For cats, weakness of the hind legs is a common complication. Persistently high blood glucose levels may damage nerves, causing weakness and muscle wasting.
“For both dogs and cats, avoiding high blood glucose levels should help prevent or delay these complications. For this reason, early diagnosis of diabetes in your dog or cat is especially important.”
What is Life Like with a Diabetic Pet?
Watch this video of real pet owners describing the care and treatment of their diabetic pets– you’ll see that diabetes management is something most people can do!
Howl-o-ween with Your Pet!
October 5, 2017
Spooktacular Pet-Friendly Halloween Events in Cincinnati
Check out these events from Cincinnati.com for some Halloween fun with your pets!
Oct. 7-29: U-Pick Pumpkins, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Simmons Farms, 3020 Schaller Road, Bethel. Pumpkin patch, trebuchet pumpkin launching, hay wagon rides, 2 acre corn maze, hay mountain, farm animals, farm store. Family-friendly. Pets welcome. Free admission. 513-734-3117.
Saturday, Oct. 14: Spooky Pooch, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Washington Park Glendale, Washington Ave., Glendale. Features grooming exhibition, lure and off leash play and costume contest. Events for humans and pups of all ages. Costume contest parade and other ticket-purchase opportunities. Benefits Multiple Animal Rescues. Free. Registration recommended. 614-286-2802; www.spookypooch.com.
Sunday, Oct. 22: Howl-O-Ween in the Park, noon-3 p.m., Caldwell Nature Preserve, 430 W. North Bend, Carthage. You and your canine companion enjoy photo booth, costume contest, and goody bags. $10 per dog. 513-352-4080; parks.cincyregister.com/howloween2017.
Sunday, Oct. 22: Howl-O-Wine, noon, Vinoklet Winery and Restaurant, 11069 Colerain Ave., Colerain Township. Bring your pooch to winery and enjoy games and costume contest. Wine, beer, soft drinks, and snacks for purchase. Free admission and parking. 513-385-9309.
Sunday, Oct. 22: MainStrasse Village Dog Pawrade, 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Goebel Park, Philadelphia Street between Fifth and Sixth, Covington. This year’s theme is “Love Your Village, Love Your Pet.” Dress up dog and join fun. Dogs will walk along 6th St. Promenade at 2:30 p.m. Each registered dog receives gift bag. Prizes for best costumes. Music, vendors. photo booth and more. Free. $5 registration per dog to qualify for prizes 859-491-0458.
Sunday, Oct. 22: Barks & Broomsticks, 2-5 p.m., Urban Artifact, 1660 Blue Rock St., Northside. Bring pooch to Halloween event for animal lovers. Costume contest, raffle, games, and more. Benefits YPCA Cincinnati. $10, $5. 513-620-4729.
Thursday, Oct. 26: Happy Howl-O-Ween Yappy Hour, 7-9 p.m., Tap & Screw Brewery, 4721 Red Bank Rd., Oakley. Bring dog for costume contest. Benefits the National Canine Cancer Foundation. $5 donation. 513-451-1763.
Saturday, Oct. 28: Boo Fest, noon-6 p.m., Liberty Center, 7100 Foundry Row, Liberty Township. Pet parade, kids activities, trick or treating at participating stores, and prizes. Parade begins at 1 p.m. Free. 513-644-0900.
Sunday, Oct. 29: Howlaween Parade, 1 p.m. (check-in 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Road, Anderson Township. Dogs and their owners can show off Halloween costumes. Advanced registration required for each dog (and adult handler) to take part in parade. Registration runs October 2-25 (or when event sells out). $5 per dog. Registration required. 513-388-4513.
September is Animal Pain Awareness Month
September 12, 2017
Learn to Recognize the Signs of Chronic Pain in Your Pet
The International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management designates September as Animal Pain Awareness Month. Pets don’t always show obvious chronic pain symptoms like whining or wincing. Learn to recognize these signs of pain in cats and dogs to help your pet receive speedier relief.
Most Common Signs Your Pet is in Pain
Call us if you notice these signs of pain in your dog or cat:
- Not going up or down stairs like normal
- Difficulty standing after lying down
- Over-grooming or licking a particular area
- Decreased appetite
- Reluctance to jump up onto surfaces
- Decreased activity
Treating Your Pet’s Pain
Often, your dog or cat doesn’t have to live with chronic pain. There are therapies to prevent and/or manage the pain. Your pet’s treatment will depend on his or her diagnosis. If you’re concerned your pet may be in pain, make an appointment by calling (513) 829-8989. Let’s work together to help your pet live a healthy and happy life.
Get in the Oktoberfest Spirit with the Running of the Weiners!
September 1, 2017
Celebrate Zinzinnati’s favorite festival in Dachshund style! Taking place Friday, September 15 at 11:30AM, the Running of the Wieners is the annual kickoff to Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.
Each dachshund, outfitted in their provided hot dog bun costume, will run approximately 75 feet in heats of ten to their owners at the opposite end. The winner of each heat will compete in a final race to determine the winning wiener dog! Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners!
Check-in for participants is from 10AM-11AM, and there is a $25 entrance fee (which includes a hot dog bun costume for your dog and T-shirt for you).
Click here to register online.
Even if you don’t have a Dachshund to enter in the race, this is a fabulous spectator sport. Share your pictures with us on Instagram and Facebook!
September 15-17, 2017
Second and Third Streets, between Walnut and Elm Streets, downtown Cincinnati