It’s Time to RALLY!!

One more week and our Rally class will begin. Don’t lose out working with your dog as a team for beginning, medium, and advanced obedience skill play. Rally consists of 10-15 stations where you and your dog perform an obedience skill. It could be a “sit-stay.” It could be an “about turn.” Or it could be a “halt-sit-down.” You will also learn new and more advanced  obedience skills during the class. This is a fun interactive training class. Your dog will utilize obedience skills learned previously in a fun way. They will also learn new obedience skills.

Register now! Only one more week and classes will start October 03, 2017 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Register online at athomevet.care or give us a call at 850-274-5710 to get more details.

Register NOW!

Our Canine Good Citizen class will be starting this Thursday, 08/31/17. Call now to reserve your spot. You and your dog will learn things like “sit,” “down,” “stay,” walk politely on a leash and much, much more. You can also register on-line at athomevet.care. Not sure this is the class for you and your dog? Give us a call and our trainer will contact you and tell you about all the classes we offer year-round.

Call us NOW at 850-274-5710 today to see what class is right for you and your dog.

 

Aggressive or Reactive?

Do you think your dog is aggressive when they see another dog and you’re afraid to take them out in public? They may just be “reactive.” Our 4-week Reactive Dog class is the class for you. Skills will be taught to create an environment for you and your dog that makes it a pleasure to take them for a walk. The last class will be a field trip to Lake Ella where your dog will encounter ducks, geese, other dogs, many people, musicians, joggers, and more. You will use the skills you learned in class out in the public.

At Home Veterinary Care offers a variety of classes year round to meet your training needs and make your pet a valuable family member while having fun and interactive training sessions. Our state of the art facility offers a 2,000 square foot training room and large outdoor agility field.

Besides year-round training classes, At Home Veterinary Care also has a Wet and Wonderful Dog Splash Park with a zero entry Splash Pad and attached Lazy River, as well as over 48,000 square feet of outdoor dry play space.

Call At Home Veterinary Care (or visit our website at www.AtHomeVet.Care to register) on any class you are interested in. A member of our training team will contact you and discuss the class, answer your questions, and get your enrolled! Classes will be scheduled when a minimum of 5 dogs have been enrolled. Call 850-274-5710 today to see what class is right for you and your dog.

Is Your Dog at Risk for Overheating?

With the rising temperatures, it is advised that your dog only play outside in the heat for 20 – 30 minutes. They should then be brought indoors to give them a break for an hour or so. Keep in mind the more your dog’s body heat rises the quicker it rises. So, in the summer they don’t need an excessive amount of outdoor play; 3-4 sessions a day is sufficient.

Symptoms of Overheating

Heavy panting or rapid breathing Elevated body temperature
Excessive thirst Weakness, collapse
Glazed eyes Increased pulse and heartbeat
Vomiting, bloody diarrhea Seizures
Bright or dark red tongue, gums Excessive drooling
Staggering, stumbling Non-Responsive: meaning the dog will not acknowledge you or not react when you trying to get their attention.

How to Care for an Overheated Dog

  • If you feel that your pet is overheated DO NOT GIVE THEM ICE COLD WATER give them regular tap water. They may not drink at first. Drinking water may also cause vomiting.
  • Do not put ice packs on your dog for this will cause the blood vessels to constrict and could result in your dog going into shock.
  • Cool your dog down
    • Start with hose water or tap water on the paws (this is the only porous place on a dog) and work your way up the body, wetting the back and the head last.
    • If you have a pool,encourage the dog to walk into it if they won’t carry them into the water feet first and again, cool from the paws up.
  • Allow them to rest in front of a fan or in an area that has good air circulation.
  • Do not make them lay on a wet towel – their body heat will turn the towel into a heating pad.

Sharing an Article from the FDA: Online Pet Pharmacies

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Prescriptions are expensive. It can be a struggle sometimes to pay for your pet’s medical care on a budget. But as anything in life, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. Online pet pharmacies have been dazzling us with claims of inexpensive meds delivered to your door. Which admittedly sounds wonderful, but in the link below you can find out about the shady business practices which enable this grey market. We would also like to take this opportunity to say that the pharmaceutical companies are aware of this market; and they do their best to shut it down. At Home Veterinary Care and any other veterinary pharmacy will be blacklisted by the pharmaceutical companies that we work with if we do anything to support this grey market of cheap drugs, so  we refuse to participate in the scheme. Also, isn’t it suspicious that these companies only supply prescriptions for pets? Any company that would be able to legally deliver discounted medications for people would sell better than hot, fresh Krispy Kreme doughnuts on a cold winter’s night. Especially in the United States which has the most expensive prescription drug costs in the world.

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Announcing Shape Up For Spring Weight Loss Challenge

Everyone who comes in to see us knows our greeters. Ibby, Molly and Lilli are usually the best part of visiting At Home Veterinary Care; they are the best part of the staff’s day too! Lilli is our pretty yellow Labrador who is usually playing with Molly. When Lilli first came to us she had a shade over 100 pounds on her. That works out to 20lbs overweight or 25% above her ideal body weight! While she should have been active and loving her new home; Lilli was lethargic and listless and lolled around on the floor all day pining for treats. Fortune struck and our representative for Hill’s Pet Nutrition met Lilli and told Dr. Blount all about a new food that Hill’s had just introduced that was specifically formulated to easily achieve weight loss in pets. Lilli lost 20lbs and was at a healthy weight 2 months later. Lilli is now a Certified Therapy dog and she has buckets of fun playing in the pool and on the playground with her sister Molly and friends that come to visit.

Being overweight or obese severely punishes a pet’s body. Only a few pounds of extra weight has been linked to Type 2 Diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, and many forms of cancer. The extra weight overloads joints and makes it difficult to get up and do normal pet things so quality of life is diminished. The problem is worse for smaller dogs and cats; one extra pound on a teacup poodle is proportionally much more than on a Great Dane so a tiny bit of extra fat damages a small pet more than a large one. Nationwide insurance: the largest provider of pet insurance in the United States released statistics on the 10 most common claims associated with pet obesity in 2015. They included dogs and cats separately and had claims from 550,000 pets from across the country.

The 10 most common problems with dogs were 1. Arthritis 2. Bladder/Urinary tract disease 3. Low thyroid hormone production 4. Liver disease 5. Torn knee ligaments 6. Diabetes 7. Diseased disc in the spine 8. Fatty growth 9. Chronic kidney disease 10. Heart failure

The 10 most common problems with cats were 1. Bladder/Urinary tract disease 2. Chronic kidney disease 3. Diabetes 4. Liver disease 5. Asthma 6. Arthritis 7. High blood pressure 8. Heart failure 9. Gall bladder disorder 10. Immobility of spine

None of these problems are conditions we want pets to have. Dr. Blount warns that problems with obesity in cats are worse than with dogs. Obese cats have problems with personal grooming, causing skin problems and difficulty using the litter box.

Being overweight is alarmingly common in the pet population. 58% of cats and 53% of dogs are overweight. The even more disturbing part of this survey was that 90% of owners of overweight cats and 95% of owners of overweight dogs believed erroneously that their pet was a healthy weight. This suggests that pet guardians do not know what a healthy weight dog or cat would look like: that their ability to recognize the problem is covered up by consistent images of obese pets. The norm has been changed. Another study found that the rate of pets being overweight or obese in the US has increased for the 5th year in a row in 2015. The problem is only getting bigger, just like America’s pets.

To combat the deep problems of pet obesity At Home Veterinary Care in partnership with Hill’s Pet Nutrition is holding a contest: the Shape Up For Spring Pet Weight Loss Challenge! The first 15 participants to join the challenge will be given a 3 months’ supply of Hill’s Prescription Metabolic food for free! The pet that loses the largest percentage of weight at the end of the contest will receive free Hill’s Pet foods for the rest of the year! There is no cost to sign up, so anyone can join. Please call or send us an email by January 15th to join; the contest starts on January 21, 2016 and continues until April 21, 2016. Participants must agree to regular weighing and photos for the contest. Pets’ parents can also join the challenge to make a combined weight loss score, so you and your pets can keep that New Year’s Resolution together. We will give advice to participants on how to switch your pet’s food safely and recommendations on feeding and exercise. Let’s fight obesity and we can all have healthier, livelier, and happier lives.

http://www.petobesityprevention.org/u-s-pet-population-gets-fatter-owners-fail-to-recognize-obesity/

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/us-pet-obesity-on-the-rise-for-fifth-straight-year-300199897.html

At Home Vet Care in the Tallahassee Democrat

Dr. Blount and her team tirelessly toil to make At Home Veterinary Care as exceptional as it is; however, in the beginning we had a big problem getting the word out about us. So we have been working with the Small Business Development Center at FAMU to promote our business and tighten our marketing. Fortunately we were mentioned in a Tallahassee Democrat article about the Small Business Development Center. The writer came in to interview Dr. Blount and she has a few choice quotes about the great work the Small Business Development Center does and the photographer chose to include a picture of our pool which features our office Laborador: Lilli! Please read the article here

http://tallahasseedemocrat.fl.newsmemory.com/publink.php?shareid=1aa953903

Why we require a leptospirosis vaccine.

At Home Veterinary Care is special in a lot of ways: we offer every pet service you could need, we have our water park for dogs and playground. Though the most inconvenient thing we do is that we require a vaccine for Leptospirosis. We are the only veterinary hospital in the region that demands that each pet whom comes in our home for any service: medical care, Playcare, grooming, anything be vaccinated against Leptospirosis. Why do we bother with it if no other clinic in the area feels this vaccine is necessary? We bother with it because Leptospirosis is a horrific disease that kills painfully and miserably: anything we can do to prevent our patients form coming down with this disease helps us sleep better.

Leptospirosis exists around the world, but it prefers humid and warm climates. This makes the disease much more of a concern in Florida than other parts of the world. Most dogs are exposed to leptospirosis by the urine of wild-animal hosts like: raccoons, opossums, mice, voles, rats, skunks, squirrels, deer, and foxes. Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that causes the kidneys and liver to fail; preventing the dog from removing harmful substances from their body, poisoning them with byproducts of body functions that they handle every day. Most untreated dogs suffer and die this way: the immune system often cannot rescue them. Even if the disease is caught early and a dog is cared for and treated exhaustively by a superb team of veterinarians 10-15% of victims will die. Organ failure is not the first sign of Leptospirosis though: the first signs are the nondescript symptoms of lethargy, change in appetite, change in urine production, vomiting and diarrhea. These symptoms are another hurdle since they are symptoms of many more common diseases, and veterinarians will treat the pet for those more likely diseases than the rarer but malignant leptospirosis. Of course this means that it is even more difficult to treat the poor patient effectively, since the veterinarian will be led on a wild goose chase before diagnosing leptospirosis. The disease can also escape from the most skilled veterinarians since diagnosis requires the exact right type of test in the exact time of the disease progression.  This worsens things for the victim, who need as much care as possible as soon as possible. If the disease does not kill the dog, Leptospirosis can cause liver damage, uveitis, respiratory disease, vasculitis, and bleeding disorders. Even worse, the disease can be passed between dogs and people: putting whole families at risk!

All these reasons are why we feel it is critical to prevent; not treat, leptospirosis. Vaccines have made the disease rarer and rarer and we aim to eliminate it. Pet guardians can also prevent their friends from exposure to leptospirosis by preventing contact with urine. Raccoons, cows, pigs, skunks, opossums and rats can all carry leptospirosis and preventing contact with these animals will also prevent transmission. If you notice any of the symptoms associated with leptospirosis make an appointment with us immediately. Please tell your veterinarian if your pet is unvaccinated for leptospirosis: it is pivotal to their treatment and their health. The Leptospirosis vaccine can cause a mild reaction in some dogs, but it is far from life threatening and the vaccine is constantly improved to prevent adverse reactions; however, it is recommended that the Leptospirosis vaccine is given separately from other vaccines. We hope all dogs, cats and people too have a safe and fun holiday and come back to spend time with us at At Home Veterinary Care.

Holiday Boarding with At Home Veterinary Care

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We are excited to announce our new holiday boarding program! With the promo code at the bottom of the flyer, your dog or cat can get free upgrades on playcare and staycare. The upgrade can even mean free pooltime for your pup! Please call or email us to reserve your pets’ boarding over the holidays with At Home Veterinary Care 😀 We hope to see you soon!