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Caring for a Dog With Allergies

Did you know that allergies are quite common in dogs? Allergies can develop at any time in Fido’s life, and can make your canine buddy quite uncomfortable! Read on as a local Norwalk, CA vet offers some tips on caring for a dog with allergies.

Medicine

First and foremost, if you know or suspect that your furry buddy has allergies, take him to the vet for tests. Allergies can’t be cured, but there are treatments available that can help.

Air Filter

It’s definitely worth your while to get a good air purifier. Also, remember to change the filter out regularly. Many non-toxic plants, such as snake plants and spider plants, can also help improve air quality, as long as your dog doesn’t react to them. Check the ASPCA site here for suggestions.

Food Choices

If your furry pal has allergies, you’ll need to pay close attention to what you put in his bowl. Narrowing down food allergies may take time. Usually this involves putting Fido on a very bland diet until his symptoms stop, and then re-introducing things one by one to see what he reacts to.

Cleaning

Vacuuming can make a huge difference, as you’ll be getting all that dirt, dander, and fur out of your carpet. We recommend doing high-traffic and Fido’s favorite spots daily, and following up with more thorough cleanings every week. Dusting regularly will also help.

Products

Did you know that Fido can be allergic to ingredients in his shampoo? Opt for hypoallergic, non-scented brands when picking your canine friend’s shampoos.

Wipedowns

Get into the habit of wiping Fido’s paws and belly down when you bring him in from outdoors. This will help remove any pollen or dust he’s picked up.

Bedding

Fido can also react to specific materials. When you get your four-legged friend a new bed, choose one that’s easy to wash and/or has a removable cover.

Decorating

Remodeling your place because of Fido’s allergies may be going a bit far. However, it is something to keep in mind when you do make changes. Opt for flooring, rather than carpet, and choose furniture that’s easy to clean, such as leather.

Pollen Counts

Download an app that tracks pollen. When levels are high, limit your pup’s outdoor time.

Please contact us for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. As your Norwalk, CA, vet clinic, we’re here to help!

Pool Safety for Fido

Summer is coming up quick! Many of our canine patients enjoy swimming. There’s nothing wrong with that: swimming is not only a fun way for Fido to cool off, it’s also a great workout. However, pools can be very dangerous for Man’s Best Friend. Here, a local Norwalk, CA vet lists offers some tips for keeping your furry pal safe poolside.

Swim Lessons

Although some dogs take to the water very naturally, not all pups are born swimmers. If Fido can’t swim, it’s worth your while to teach him. Support your furry friend’s weight as he is learning, and encourage him with compliments and praise. Never, ever try to teach a dog by throwing them into the water. Some pups will just sink like stones. Even if Fido does sort out the doggy paddle, he may be so frightened by the experience that he absolutely hates water after.

Exit

One thing that is very important is making sure your dog knows where the pool stairs are. This is extremely important! Dogs can panic very quickly if they fall into a pool and don’t know how to get out. Spend some time on this training, and test Fido’s memory by going to the opposite side of the pool from the stairs and calling him to you.

Water

Speaking of water, your canine companion will get very thirsty running and playing with his friends. Don’t let Fido drink pool water! Chlorine and other chemicals really aren’t something you want your pet ingesting. Make sure that your dog always has fresh water available.

Paw Care

Fido’s feet get very delicate when they are wet. Your four-legged buddy can easily get blisters from running around on concrete, sand, or gravel after going swimming. Try to keep your dog on soft ground, and use paw balm to protect his paws.

Pool Covers

Pool covers are another hazard. Dogs sometimes think that they are solid surfaces, and try to walk on them. This can be very dangerous! 

Fencing

We strongly recommend blocking the pool off when it isn’t in use, just as you would if you had a toddler around. This goes double for people with very small dogs, puppies, senior dogs, pooches with mobility issues, and dogs with vision impairment.

Please contact us, your Norwalk, CA vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

Holiday Gifts for Dogs

Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? Or are you just getting started? Your canine buddy definitely deserves a special present or two! Read on as a local Norwalk, CA vet lists some holiday gifts for dogs.

Toys

If your pooch could write Santa Claws his own wish list, we suspect that toys would be at the top of it. Actually, making sure Fido has plenty of appropriate toys is very important! You can opt for classic dog toys, like rope pulls or tennis balls. Or, try something more modern, like a mechanical ball launcher.

Beds

Fido is always adorable, but he manages to be extra cute when he’s snoozing in a comfy doggy bed. This would make a great gift for your four-legged friend! Senior dogs and large breeds may prefer orthopedic beds, while smaller dogs might like beds with raised sides.

Dinnerware

Did you know that raised dishes are more comfortable for dogs to eat from than bowls on the floor? Give your furry buddy’s dinnerware a ‘pupgrade’ and get him elevated bowls. Fido may also enjoy a pet fountain.

Spa Treatment

Many dogs find a good massage very soothing and relaxing. Book your canine pal a session with a pet masseuse! This is a great option for senior dogs.

Homemade Treats

Man’s Best Friend will definitely be thrilled with a package of his favorite store-bought treats. However, if you like cooking, you can also make Fido some snacks. This is a wonderful gift for Fido’s four-legged buddies, too! Just stick to recipes that use only dog-safe ingredients.

Training

Could Fido stand to work on his petiquette? Enroll him in doggy obedience classes. Of course, your furry pal won’t be particularly impressed by seeing his enrollment information on paper. Treats and toys will get that tail going!

Pupscription Boxes

Want to give your dog a gift that keeps on giving? Sign Fido up for a subscription box. You also get to watch your furry best friend’s adorable reaction whenever he realizes that he’s got mail.

Grooming Supplies

Fido may not love baths, but he’ll look—and smell—much better with proper grooming. Puppy shampoos, brushes, nail clippers, paw balm, doggy dental products, and pet wipes can all make great stocking stuffers!

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Ashton Animal Hospital, your Norwalk, CA veterinary clinic. Please feel free to contact us anytime!

Caring For Your Dog’s Paws

Dogs fill our lives with love and joy, and really make our houses into homes. That joyful happy dance Fido does when you come home is always adorable! Of course, your pooch can’t really jump for joy if his paws hurt. In fact, Fido’s feet are crucial to his health and well-being! Read on as a local Norwalk, CA vet offers tips on caring for your dog’s paws.

Claws

Overgrown nails can be quite uncomfortable for your pet. Be sure to keep Fido’s claws clipped! If you are nervous about doing it yourself, ask your vet to demonstrate proper techniques. You can also just call us to schedule a pawdicure.

Heat

Don’t forget that your canine companion is running around barefoot. In summer, your furry pal can burn his paws on hot sand, cement, or tar. A good rule of thumb to follow is that if it’s too hot for you to walk barefoot on, it’s too hot for Fido. Paw palm can also help protect and moisturize your dog’s sensitive paw pads.

Swimming

Dogs’ paws are extra delicate when they are wet. Be very careful with Fido after he’s been wading or swimming! Keep your pup on soft ground as much as you can.

Toe Fur

Some dogs have cute little tufts of fur growing between their toes. It’s best to trim these, as otherwise Fido could get gum or other gunk entangled matted in his foot fur. Needless to say, this is pretty uncomfortable!

Chemicals

Chemicals, such as fertilizers, are also harmful to dogs’ paws. Try to avoid walking your furry friend through recently-treated areas. You may also want to get into the habit of wiping Fido’s paws down before you bring him back inside. This will also help remove pollen and dust.

Walking

Keep an eye on the ground when walking Fido. Steer him around hazards like broken glass or sharp rocks. If you take your furry buddy to the beach, you’ll also need to be careful of broken sea shells.

Tip

Does your canine pal hate having his paws handled? Offer him a yummy snack every time he does a paw trick like Shake or Gimme Five. Fido may suddenly become much more enthusiastic about having his feet touched!

Please reach out to us, your Norwalk, CA vet clinic, for all of your pup’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help.

Keeping Fido Fit

Is your dog a furry, four-legged bundle of zoom? Or do you have an adorable couch potato on your hands? Dogs are quite playful and active when they’re young, but they slow down as they age. No matter how old your pooch is, however, he’ll need proper activity to stay healthy. Read on as a local Norwalk, CA vet offers some helpful tips on keeping your canine pal in shape.

Keep Your Dog Active

Doggy workout regimens are not one size fits all. Your furry friend’s age, breed, weight, and health will all play roles in determining the type and amount of exercise he needs. Some dogs—like brachycephalic breeds—should not be encouraged to run or swim, while others need at least an hour of activity each day. That said, most pups need at least a daily walk. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Offer A Balanced Diet

Good nutrition will play a huge role in your dog’s weight and health. Offer your canine friend a high-quality food, one that is suitable for his breed and age. Portion size is important, so keep a close eye on how much you are giving Fido. Even offering your cute pet a few calories extra each day can cause him to gain a pound a year! Of course, we can’t really talk about doggy diets without mentioning treats. Treats are a great way to brighten your pup’s day and/or reward him for being good, but don’t go overboard. Fido has a way of convincing us that he’s really hungry and really needs that doggy treat or piece of bacon. Don’t let your fuzzy friend manipulate you!

Playtime

Walks are great, but they aren’t the only way to keep your furry buddy fit. Take time to play with Fido every day. Toss a ball or Frisbee for him, or just indulge him in a fun game like Tag. This will help keep him fit physically, and will also help prevent doggy boredom. If your pooch has more energy than you do, see if he’s interested in chasing after that little red dot from a laser pointer. That way, your canine friend will do all the running around, while you stay fairly still. You can also get your pooch an automated ball launcher.

Please reach out to us, your local Norwalk, CA vet clinic, anytime. We are always happy to help!

Adopting a Senior Cat

November is Adopt a Senior Cat Month! This is one cause we are happy to support! We love seeing sweet older cats get a second chance at happiness. Here, Norwalk, CA vet discusses adopting senior cats.

Benefits of Adopting An Older Kitty

Senior cats have a very hard time getting adopted, which is very unfair. It’s a wonderful feeling to know you’ve saved an animal’s life! Fluffy is not only super sweet and lovable, she’s also very calm. Bonus: You won’t have to worry about your pet pouncing on your toes in the middle of the night, or knocking everything off your countertop.

Getting Prepared

Keep Fluffy’s age in mind when you go shopping. Choose a litterbox with low sides, which will be easy for her to get in and out of. Your pet will need some toys, but overall you’ll want to focus more on keeping her comfortable than keeping her entertained. If you get kitty furniture, choose pieces with a bottom level that is close to the ground. This will be easier for her to get on and off.

Helping Fluffy Settle In

Going to a new home is a big deal for a cat. Fluffy may need time to adjust. If you have other pets, make introductions slowly, over the course of several days. A few simple touches can help make your home more comfortable for her. Leaving a nightlight on after dark will help her get around at night. Pet ramps or stairs can also be beneficial.

Veterinary Care

A trip to the vet’s should definitely be on the agenda for that first week or so. Most likely, Fluffy will already be fixed, but you’ll want to make sure that she is microchipped and current on her vaccines and parasite control. A thorough exam is also a must. While you’re there, ask for tips on your cat’s diet and care needs.

Getting That Motor Started

Some cats will immediately make themselves at home, and hop into your lap on Day One. Other kitties are much more shy. Don’t force attention on your feline friend at first. Just focus on giving her good care. Toys and treats will help win her trust. You’ll have purrs and cuddles before you know it!

As your local Norwalk, CA vet clinic, we are happy to offer excellent veterinary care for senior cats. Please call us anytime!

Keeping Your Dog Safe on the Fourth

The Fourth of July is just around the corner. This can be a dangerous holiday for Fido, so you’ll want to take steps to keep him safe and healthy, and keep that tail going. Here, a Downey, CA vet discusses keeping your four-legged friend safe on America’s birthday.

Food

Fido will definitely appreciate a special treat. Just be sure to only offer foods that are safe for him. Some things to avoid include garlic, onions, and chives; nuts; pitted fruits; avocados; grapes, currants, and raisins; meat on the bone; chocolate; and anything containing xylitol. What can you give your canine buddy? A plain cheeseburger or hot dog; cooked, boneless meat, chicken, or fish; or a cooked sausage or two are all safe. Store-bought treats are fine as well.

Trash

We recommend using trashcans with secure lids. Fido may get some bright ideas about scoring food from the garbage. This can be quite dangerous, as the trash could contain bones, can lids, skewers, toothpicks, plastic wrap, and other hazardous items.

Chemicals

Keep bug spray, fireworks, lighter fluid, and other chemicals out of paws’ reach. These things are definitely not safe for dogs!

Fireworks

Many dogs are frightened of fireworks. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for lost pet reports to spike after the Fourth. Fido may very well panic and run off if he gets scared! Bring your canine pal indoors before the show starts. If he is scared, put him in a crate or an interior room with bedding, toys, and a treat, and put a TV or radio on to mask the noise.

Heat

July is one of the hottest months of the year. Heat can be very dangerous for dogs! Make sure that Fido always has plenty of water, and access to cool, shady areas. We also recommend limiting his outdoor time during the hottest parts of the day. Walk and play with your furry buddy at night, when it’s cooler out. (Tip: to score some extra tail wags, set out a kiddie pool for your pup to splash around in.)

Parasites

Keep up with Fido’s vaccinations and parasite control. It’s much, much easier to keep your pooch safe from things like rabies and heartworms than it is to treat him for them!

Please contact us, your Downey, CA vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!