August News letter
It’s Time to Go to Camp
Are you spending more time out at camp? If your four legged pet is accompanying you to camp here are some pointers to keep them safe and out of our office!
Rinse them daily to remove any bacteria or algae from their coats
Dry them thoroughly daily, including their ears. Thick coated dogs may benefit from a “summer do” and shaving of the hair coat to avoid hot spots or skin infections from damp fur or ear infections.
Make sure they are not eating any foods from the grill or other snack foods. Certain medications can be affected by high salt in the pet’s diet and can cause a sudden lowering in blood levels of the medications. Sudden change in diet can cause vomiting and diarrhea (not fun inside or outside of camp)
If you are on a topical flea and tick product ( Frontline, Frontline Plus, Vectra etc), daily swimming can strip the product. Please speak to us about an oral product or using the product every 3 weeks instead of 4 weeks.
Bulls eye like target lesions on the inner thighs of your pet may be black fly bites and NOT necessarily a Lyme tick bite.
Make sure you are using a monthly dewormer to avoid seeing wormy friends in your dog’s poop.
Make sure they are wearing collars and identification. A microchip is the most reliable form of identification.
Have a life jacket/preserver for your dog if you are out boating or if they like to swim in deep waters. Some dogs may not be able to identify when they are too tired to swim or just may run into trouble in deep water. Boating accidents can render your pet unconscious as well so it’s always a good idea to be safe!
Some dogs can get something called swimmer’s tail. Swimming for too long can cause a muscle strain on the tails. If your dog won’t use their tails the day after a long swim, they may require some anti-inflammatory medications.
Remember that changes in water supply can cause diarrhea in your pet.
Try to keep your cat indoors but if they insist on going outdoors remember that they need their rabies and distemper vaccines. Consider starting the Feline Leukemia vaccine as well. This is considered part of the core vaccines for outdoor cats.
Use flea and tick protection on your cat. Fleas can carry a red blood cell parasite (hemobartonella) that can be lethal and there is a newly emerging cat tick born disease called cytauxzoonosis (try saying that three times!)
Make sure you are using a monthly dewormer to avoid seeing wormy friends in your cat’s poop.
Make sure your cat has a break away collar with identification. This way if they are stuck on something they won’t choke to death but will also tagged with your information. A microchip is the most reliable form of identification.
Some areas of Maine have habitats for endangered species of birds. Putting a bell on your cat’s collar during certain seasons may help protect the bird population around your camp.
If your cat is declawed they should not be allowed outdoors. If you are in the habit of trimming their nails during the winter, please let them grow long if they are going outdoors in the summer. It’s a very important self defense system for them!
If you are at a camp with motor homes, beware of leaking anti-freeze! Antifreeze is lethal without immediate treatment with an antidote or aggressive medical management. Don’t let your pets roam free if you are near a camp ground with motorized homes!
Before heading up to camp make sure your pet is up to date on vaccines and you are fully stocked with their medications, supplements, and prescription diets! We are happy to send you to camp with ear cleansers to avoid a dreaded swimming induced ear infection! Be safe and enjoy this beautiful weather!