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4 Parasites Dogs/Cats and People Can Share

Each year, millions of people are treated in doctor’s offices and even emergency departments due to animal bites and scratches. From rabies to bacterial infections including Pasteurella, we know these can be serious events that can even be life-threatening to humans. But even if you’re not bitten or scratched, there are still parasites that can be transmitted to humans from their pets.

Toxoplasmosis

Toxoplasmosis is caused by the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii. Typically, cats pick up this parasite by eating an infected rodent, bird or other small animal. Once infected, a cat’s feces then carries the parasite, and humans who come into contact with those feces can accidentally ingest the parasite.

Although most cats infected with Toxoplasmosis do not show symptoms, some cats have symptoms including fever, loss of appetite, mild diarrhea and lethargy. In humans, the symptoms can mimic the flu.

In addition to washing your hands after cleaning your cat’s litter box, it’s also important to wash fresh produce before eating it because Toxoplasma gondii can live in the soil.

If your indoor cat has recently hunted, it’s a good idea to bring them to your veterinarian for a simple test. If they’re infected, your vet will probably prescribe a course of antibiotics.

Hookworms and Roundworms

These intestinal parasites are most commonly found in kittens and puppies, but can also infect grown cats and dogs. Pets pick up these parasites by sniffing or ingesting infected feces or recently contaminated areas. They can also pick them up from their mother during nursing. The parasites are transmitted to humans from contact with infected feces, or by walking barefoot and stepping on larvae.

Pets with hookworm or roundworm can experience diarrhea, lethargy, abdominal swelling, itchy paws, vomiting or weight loss. These can be serious infections, and your pet needs to be examined by your vet immediately.

The most common result of hookworm infection in humans is a skin condition called cutaneous larva migrans, which is an itchy, raised, red rash that appears where the larvae move. Humans with roundworm can experience symptoms including abdominal pain, diarrhea and fever.

All puppies and kittens should be tested for hookworm and roundworm from their vet, who can treat these parasites with medication, and suggest appropriate treatment and prevention strategies to keep you and your pets healthy.

Ringworm

Ringworm is caused by a fungal infection within the top layer of the skin. While it’s a fungus and not technically a worm, it is highly contagious. Pets and humans can pick up this fungus through direct contact with an infected animal, or via contact with a contaminated object, such as bedding or toys.

Symptoms in pets include circular areas of hair loss, brittle nails and hair, and scabby or inflamed skin. In humans, it causes a ring-shaped, reddish rash that may be dry and scaly or wet and crusty. It may also be itchy.

Your veterinarian can diagnose ringworm with a simple physical examination or a blood test in some cases. Treatment depends on the case, but it could be done either topically or with a prescription antifungal medication.

Serving more than 20,000 pets throughout the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area, PetWow has offered top-notch animal care since 1998. Our fully mobile home veterinary care service can help you prevent parasites from spreading among your pets and family. Call or schedule an appointment with Pet Wow today at 513-738-9691 or email Info@PetWow.com.

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7 Tips for Traveling with Your Pet

Traveling alone isn’t any fun and if you’re looking for a travel buddy, pets can make great companions. But before you start planning your trip with your four-legged friend (now that we can move about more!), it’s important to know what you need to do and what to bring to keep your pet safe and comfortable. Whether you’re traveling by car, plane or train, here are some helpful tips for traveling with your pet.

Bring Identification and Health Records

Regardless of how you’re traveling, make sure your pet has proper identification and health records. Make sure your pet is wearing ID tags during your trip and if possible, have them microchipped for easy identification. Additionally, if you’re traveling across state lines, be sure to bring proof of their rabies vaccinations as some states require proof at certain interstate crossings

Put Together a Pet Travel Kit

Before you depart, it’s important to make sure your pet has everything they need. This includes bowls, leash, waste disposal equipment, medication, food, bottled water and travel documents. Don’t forget to pack a favorite toy or pillow to help make your pet more comfortable while traveling.

Train Them for Traveling

Traveling can be incredibly stressful for inexperienced pets, and this is why it’s important to help them adjust to it before you embark on your trip. If you’re traveling by car, take your pet on short drives at first and gradually make them longer so your pet becomes accustomed to spending time on the road.

Have a Travel Feeding Schedule

Pets can make a mess when they’re stressed and just like humans, they can also get motion sickness. The best way to avoid unnecessary delays on your trip is to have a travel feeding schedule ready for the day of your departure. Rather than sticking to his or her normal feeding schedule and food amount, it’s recommended feeding your pet a light meal three to four hours before you leave to help them avoid any stomach discomfort and unwanted accidents.

Keep Your Pet in a Safe and Secure Crate or Carrier

Regardless of how you’re traveling, make sure your pet is safely secure and comfortable in a sturdy, well-ventilated pet crate. An ideal crate offers your pet enough room to stand, sit or lie down, helping ensure they stay comfortable. Getting your pet used to spending time in the crate before your trip can also help him or her adjust and relax on your trip.

Take Them to the Vet

Before you travel anywhere, be sure to take your pet for a check-up with your veterinarian. Not only can you make sure your pets are up-to-date on their shots and healthy enough to travel, but your vet can answer any questions you have about taking your pet on vacation.

Before you take your trip, schedule an appointment to see us. Our team will help make sure you and your pet are ready to travel and enjoy your vacation. For more pet care tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or LinkedIn!

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6 Reasons to Adopt a Cat

Whether it’s purring on your lap or chasing toys, cats make great companions. They’re playful and affectionate, and if you’re looking for a new furry friend, cats are a lower-maintenance option. But if you’re looking to get a cat and aren’t sure where to start, local animal shelters are a great place to find your next feline friend. There’s plenty of reasons to adopt from a local shelter and here’s a few of our favorite reasons to adopt a cat.

They Take Care of Themselves

Cats are known for their independence and don’t require regular walks or large yards, making them perfect for people in smaller homes or apartments, and those with busy schedules. They also bathe themselves so you don’t have to worry about dealing with messy baths.

They Love to Cuddle

Cats love a good lap to curl up in and love to cuddle. This has added benefits as studies have shown that spending time with cats greatly improves their owner’s well-being.

They Help Reduce Stress

Studies have shown that owning a cat helps reduce stress and anxiety. Spending just 15 to 30 minutes a day with your cat can help improve your mood. Additionally cats purr at between 20 and 140 Hz, which has been scientifically linked to lower stress levels.

They Don’t Need Housebreaking

While we love our canine companions, housebreaking a dog requires a lot of patience and can get pretty messy. Cats are a lot easier to train. All you need is a clean litter box and they take care of the rest themselves, which means no late-night bathroom trips into the dark backyard or in the rain.

Adoption is an Easy Way to Find the Right Companion

Volunteers at shelters spend a lot of time with the animals and get to know their personalities pretty well. They can often recommend the perfect cat for you based on your personality and lifestyle.

Adoption Helps Other Pets, Too

Adopting a cat from a local shelter doesn’t just help one animal. You’re helping other animals as well. Not only does it free up space for other animals to get adopted, but adoption fees also help support the shelter and find other animals loving homes.

We love our feline friends and if you’ve ever considered getting a cat,  adopting one is a great way to gain a furry new friend and support a great local cause. Here at PetWow, we love our furry friends and work hard to make sure that we help animals find good homes. Our team loves taking care of animals and we’re proud to help support our local SAAP, which is a fantastic place to find your next pet. For more pet care tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or LinkedIn!

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5 Symptoms of Asthma In Pets

5 Symptoms of Asthma In Pets

Asthma is a prevalent and occasionally disabling condition that impacts millions of people around the world. While it’s associated with humans, it’s also a frequent issue for many of our pets. Asthma is often a frightening condition and, if left unaddressed, can endanger the life of your pet. It is critical to recognize the symptoms of asthma and to contact your veterinarian if you believe that your cat, dog or other pet suffers from the condition. Below are some indications that your pet may battle asthma.

Severe Panting

Animals don’t possess many sweat glands, and as a result, pant when overheated and exhausted. This is entirely normal and shouldn’t be alarming if it is taking place when anticipated, like in hot weather or following exercise. However, if you observe your pet panting heavily and for extended periods, even with little exercise and in routine conditions, contact your veterinarian. Be aware of broad-mouth breathing, in addition to heavy chest movement.

Decreased Appetite

Asthma might cause the lungs to grow hyperinflated, compressing the animal’s stomach. These complications may result in stomach pains or a sense of fullness, even though the animal has not consumed an adequate amount of food. This is dangerous as it can cause poor nutrition, further aggravating your pet’s asthma. Monitor your pet’s eating patterns if you think they may have the condition.

Difficulty Breathing

Symptoms such as coughing, wheezing and always being out of breath are strong signs of asthma. These things can accompany specific colds and flu, yet if they are persistent then your pet could have the condition. If your pet is exhibiting these signs, even temporarily, contact your veterinarian. They can aid with diagnosis and care.

Reduced Energy

Because of insufficient oxygen, your pet may experience a general shortage of energy. This can include becoming sluggish and showing intolerance to any substantial level of exercise. They may not be capable of handling extended walks or might even object to going for walks altogether. If you observe that your pet has become reluctant to exercise like they once did, contact your veterinarian.

Pale Gums

If your pet’s gums look blue or pale, promptly seek support. This indicates a potentially serious asthma attack and may result in significant complications including death if not handled correctly. If your pet has been demonstrating additional signs of asthma, it is essential to examine their gums routinely for this condition.

Thanks to a wealth of treatment options, most asthmatic pets can live regular, enjoyable lives, as long as their owners closely follow their veterinarian’s directions. Also, by adopting measures to minimize asthma triggers—like not smoking and dusting routinely — the prevalence of asthma symptoms decreases.

There may be no cure for pet-related asthma, but there are numerous ways to ensure the condition doesn’t hinder a pet’s ability to lead a good life. Remain alert, be aware of the warning signs mentioned above, and contact your veterinarian if you have any concerns or questions.

For the past 48 years, more than 20,000 area pet owners have trusted PetWow with their animals. Give our team of professionals a call today at 513-738-9691 to schedule an appointment. For more pet care tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or LinkedIn!

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Double-Coated Dogs: To Shave or Not to Shave?

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Before deciding to have a groomer shave your pet’s coat, it’s important to know whether your canine has a coat of hair or a double coat. A double coat is a combination of fur and hair. And while some dogs with long hair may require regular trimming of their coat, some definitely shouldn’t be shaved!

Keeping Cool

It’s important to note that shaving any dog for the summer months will not necessarily help him stay cool. Why not? Because dogs don’t sweat through their skin like people do. Dogs stay cool mostly by panting and also by sweating, but only though their paw pads. Grooming your dogs, however, is always an important part of their care, especially bathing and brushing. Grooming not only ensures that they look their best, but you’re also making sure their coats don’t become tangled or matted, and that they are free of parasites such as fleas and ticks.

What’s in a Coat?

Next, you need to determine if your pet has a coat of hair or a double coat. Hair is coarse, uniformly about the same length, and you’ll be able to see the skin between the individual hairs as you brush them to one side. Fur, on the other hand, is very soft and fluffy – almost like cotton, and it lies close to the skin. Dogs with double coats will have both the soft, fluffy fur and the coarse hair. While dogs with longer hair may be safely shaved to diminish the effects of shedding, pooches with double coats should not be shaved, and here’s why.

Purpose of a Double Coat

Shaving a dog’s under-coat of fur takes away his body’s natural means of keeping heat out in warm weather and retaining body heat in cold weather. As well, shaving a double-coated dog shortens the longer coat of hair that covers the fur. The hair actually helps to protect a canine’s skin from sunburn and insects like mosquitoes, fleas and ticks.

Finally, shaving a double-coated dog could result in limited re-growth of their hair, especially if your pet is older than five years of age. And when shaved hair regrows unevenly, your dog’s coat can look patchy and scruffy. Besides, a patchy, uneven coat may expose your pet’s skin to harmful sun rays and parasites.

Questions?

As always, if you are unsure about any form of care for your dogs — including grooming — check with your veterinarian. What can PetWow do for you? Since 1998, our fully mobile Home Veterinary Care has offered top-notch animal care, and we also provide round-trip transportation for animals to be groomed at our location. Schedule an appointment today by calling 513-738-9691 or email Info@PetWow.com. For more pet care tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or LinkedIn!

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Myths and Facts about Grooming Your Doodle-Haired Dog

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In recent years, there has been a trend among dog lovers to choose doodles instead of many other varieties of mixed-breed dogs. Labradoodles, Goldendoodles and other poodle-mixed breeds tend to make great family pets because of their good nature, intelligence and trainability.

However, one reason that some pet parents are choosing doodles – low grooming maintenance – actually isn’t true. For those who have or are considering a doodle for their family pet, let’s take a look at the facts about their grooming requirements. Knowing the facts will not only help keep your doodle happy and healthy, but also help align your grooming expectations with reality.

No-Shedding Myth

Some doodle owners are misinformed on the topic of shedding. There is a popular belief that poodles and poodle-mixed breeds do not shed. In reality, they do shed. However, especially among the varieties that have tightly curled coats, the shed hair becomes trapped in the curly coat and does not spread around your house. Thus, it appears that doodles do not shed. Along with the trapped hair, then, comes additional responsibilities in the area of maintenance and grooming.

Low Maintenance Myth

Some pet parents are choosing doodles because they’ve heard they are low-maintenance pets when it comes to their grooming needs. Actually, because most doodle varieties have curly or wavy coats, they require almost daily brushing and combing. Using a slicker brush (the kind with fine metal pins) will remove the shed hair that becomes trapped beneath the curls. Daily brushing will deter matting, which is important because matting can lead to other serious health problems.

After brushing, comb through your doodle’s coat using a metal greyhound comb (also known as a finishing comb). Combing after brushing not only removes additional trapped hair but also helps to smooth wavy coats and fluff up tightly curled coats.

Bathing and Grooming Myths

As the owner of a dog with doodle-hair, you may hear that you can save money on grooming by bathing him at home. The truth is, a professional groomer is better equipped to manage a doodle’s bath. First of all, playful doodles may be hard to handle in a tub (especially Labradoodles, who mostly enjoy playing in water). Additionally, they shouldn’t be towel dried and allowed to air-dry when damp. Dampness can weigh down their hair and cause matting. Doodles must be gently – and completely – blown dry to avoid matting and to ensure their coat remains fluffy and soft.

Furthermore, along with bathing, doodle-haired dogs require professional grooming about once every month to six weeks to decrease the likelihood of matting and skin problems. Only doodle puppies younger than one year old won’t require frequent grooming because their coats must first undergo some developmental changes.

Doodle-dog parents, it’s always best to become educated by talking with a professional groomer, your veterinarian and other doodle-dog owners. PetWow can help! Schedule an appointment today by calling 513-738-9691 or email Info@PetWow.com. Our fully mobile Home Veterinary Care has provided top-notch animal care for more than 20 years, and we offer a pet taxi to provide round-trip transportation to our expert groomers. We now serve more than 20,000 pets throughout the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky area, and are looking forward to getting to know you and your pets. For more pet care tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or LinkedIn!

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Puppies and Kittens: The Basics of Vaccinating and De-Worming

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The addition of a new kitten or puppy to your family can be exciting. Along with the excitement and fun that a new pet brings, the responsibility of caring for your pets’ health will also become a new priority in your life. And while they certainly are adorable, both puppies and kittens can develop serious health problems if they don’t receive the basic care they need in their early lives. This includes having their necessary vaccinations to prevent serious illnesses and medications to prevent parasitic worms.

Puppies and kittens who nurse with their mothers build up anti-bodies in their systems to fight off sickness and infection in the first 6 to 8 weeks of their lives. That’s why it is important to begin vaccinations and preventive medicines immediately following this period in their development, to add to their bodies’ ability to resist disease.

Vaccinations Against Serious Illnesses

Upon reaching the age of 6 to 8 weeks, the first significant vaccination for both cats and dogs to have is for distemper. Distemper is a serious, contagious illness among dogs and cats that typically results in death if it’s not prevented via vaccination. For dogs, veterinarians use what is called the canine 5-in-1 vaccine, which includes the distemper vaccine plus vaccines for parvovirus (an infection of the immune system), two vaccines for adenovirus (hepatitis), and one for parainfluenza (canine flu). Similarly, for cats, the feline 3-in-1 vaccine provides protection against distemper plus herpesvirus and calicivirus (two types of serious respiratory infections).

Preventive De-Worming Medicines

Additionally, at the age of 6 to 8 weeks, most puppies and kittens should have their first de-worming medicine. These preventive, complete de-worming medications eliminate heartworm and any of the intestinal parasites including roundworm, hookworm and tapeworm. Heartworm is a deadly parasite, while the others are intestinal parasites that can cause a host of digestive problems and may be transmitted to other pets and humans if left untreated.

Ongoing Prevention

Booster shots of each vaccine should be scheduled every 3 to 4 weeks up to the age of 16 weeks for both cats and dogs. Rabies vaccinations, required in most states for puppies and kittens, can be given as early as 12 weeks and must be updated annually. Preventive medicines for heartworm and flea/tick control, given monthly, will also help reduce the risk of serious health problems for your pets. Be sure to consult with a veterinarian before beginning any treatment plan.

Do your pets have all the right vaccinations? Are they protected against the various worm-parasites? PetWow’s fully mobile home veterinary care can help! Serving more than 20,000 pets throughout the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area, PetWow has offered top-notch animal care since 1998. Call or schedule an appointment with us today at 513-738-9691 or email Info@PetWow.com. For more pet care tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or LinkedIn!

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Four Parasites That Dogs, Cats and People Can Share

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When you have a cold or the flu, you never worry your pets will catch your bug since most sicknesses caused by viruses don’t transfer from people to pets. However, dogs and cats can pick up real bugs – known as parasites – that can negatively affect the health and comfort of you and your family. Learning to recognize four parasites that can pass from dogs and cats to people and how they spread will help to keep everyone healthy.

Fleas

Even if your dog or cat is mostly indoors, they still may bring fleas into your home. Fleas, like mosquitoes, feed on the blood of animals. Cats and dogs often scratch, lick and shake their heads when they are affected by fleas and itchy flea bites. Fleas bite people when they have infested your home. They cling to pant legs and socks, often biting on the ankles and lower legs. Fleas can also cling to and bite babies and toddlers who crawl on the floor. To prevent fleas from affecting your pets and their people, treat your pets with an oral monthly flea control medicine available from your veterinarian.

Ticks

Especially if your pet spends time outdoors in wooded or grassy areas, ticks can be a major concern. Like fleas, ticks feed on the blood of animals. Unlike fleas, however, ticks remain in one place for an extended time. They don’t dislodge easily, and they carry diseases that can cause both pets and people to become sick, disabled or even die. The same preventative medicines used to control fleas also prevents ticks from biting your pet. Pet parents should check their pets as well as their own hair and clothes for ticks after being outdoors in summer months.

Tapeworms

Dogs and cats may contract tapeworms – a parasite that attaches to the lining of the intestines – through flea bites or from tapeworm larva that come out of the feces of an infected animal. Infected pets often show no symptoms, except white-colored segments may be seen in your cat’s litter box or wherever your pet does his business. Tapeworms can infect humans through handling infected pet waste. Tapeworm infections in pets and people are treated with oral medicines.

Toxoplasmosis

Mostly found among cats, the toxoplasma gondii parasite that causes toxoplasmosis may spread to people through contact with feces in which the parasites have hatched (24 hours old or older). Cats (or dogs) that catch infected mice or other rodents are most at risk; people with compromised immune systems and women who are pregnant also are at risk. Cleaning your cat’s litter box daily and keeping pets from catching and eating rodents can prevent exposure to toxoplasmosis.

Serving more than 20,000 pets throughout the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area, PetWow has offered top-notch animal care since 1998. Our fully mobile home veterinary care can help you prevent parasites from spreading among your pets and family. Call or schedule an appointment with Pet Wow today at 513-738-9691 or email Info@PetWow.com. For more pet care tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or LinkedIn!

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Everything You Need To Know About Heartworm Disease

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Most pet owners would agree that protecting their pets from preventable health risks is an easy-to-keep priority. And while exercise, eating right and drinking plenty of water can help to keep pets healthy and active for many years, preventing deadly heartworm disease should also be among your top priorities. Understanding how heartworm disease is transmitted, how it affects pets’ health and how you can prevent your pets from contracting heartworm will help you to keep it top of mind.

How Heartworm Is Transmitted

Heartworm is a parasite that can enter into a dog’s or cat’s bloodstream by way of a mosquito bite. Some mosquitoes can carry heartworm larva on their needle-like mouth parts from biting animals that are already infected with the disease. When an infected mosquito bites your pet, the heartworm larva enters her bloodstream. Infected pets are not contagious, so remember that heartworm is not spread from pet to pet.

How Heartworm Affects Pets

The heartworm larva begins to mature in an infected pet’s bloodstream before taking up residence – and growing to maturity – inside the pet’s heart. As the heartworms multiply and grow, they obstruct blood flow, damage the heart and adversely affect breathing and circulation to vital organs. Although infected pets may not immediately show any symptoms of heartworm disease, eventually they will cough, become lethargic, lose their appetite and breathe heavily. Advanced stages of heartworm disease can lead to death. However, there are a number of things you can do to prevent heartworm disease from affecting your pets.

How You Can Prevent Heartworm

Preventing heartworm disease from affecting your beloved pets is a fairly easy task. Giving your pets a monthly chewable tablet of a preventive medicine is by far the most effective form of heartworm prevention. As well, keeping pets out of mosquito-infested areas and waterways (where mosquitoes breed) in warm weather can reduce the risk of heartworm by preventing the likelihood of mosquito bites.

Additionally, you can drain standing water from areas where your pets spend time and empty outdoor water dishes regularly. These simple tasks will keep mosquitoes from breeding and living in your pets’ happy places and also reduce the risk of bites from mosquitoes that are infected with heartworm.

Guard your family pets from the threat of heartworm disease right away! Call or schedule an appointment with PetWow today at 513-738-9691 or email Info@PetWow.com. Offering top-notch animal care since 1998, Pet Wow’s fully mobile Home Veterinary Care now serves more than 11,000 customers and 16,000 pets throughout the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area!

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