Enjoy the Experience of Shopping for Your Pet Products Online
You worked all day, made dinner, and washed dishes before you noticed that your dog’s food supply or your cat’s medication was getting low. You feel panic set in as your schedule for the next few days runs through your mind. There just isn’t time to make a run to our clinic or the pet store to get what you need.
When you sign up for a My Vet Store Online account, you don’t have to take time out of an already busy schedule to shop for pet supplies. Products are available in 15 different categories and your order arrives at any address you specify. Current product categories include:
• Cat Food
• Dog Food
• Easy Dose It! These are individual doses of pet medication that you can have delivered to your home each month.
• Eye and Ear
• Flea and Tick
• Skin and Coat
• Small Mammals
Registering for an Account with My Vet Store Online
Signing up for an account is easy. Just click here to go to the registration page where you will be prompted to enter your name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number. You can also list your pet’s name and species. Once you’re registered, just navigate to the All Products tab to find the product category tabs listed above. Most categories have sub-categories across the top of the page as well.
When you find the products you need, just add them to your shopping cart and check out. That is all there is to it. Instead of adding another errand to your schedule, you can register and place your order in less than five minutes.
After you place your order, it goes to Dr. Henke for approval. My Vet Store Online ships Monday to Friday via UPS or FedEx. Orders for Royal Canin and Purina ship from their respective warehouses. Standard delivery time is three to five business days after receiving approval from Dr. Henke. You receive free shipping for orders over $38. Next Day Air is also available for an additional charge. My Vet Store Online ships items requiring refrigeration by Next Day Air.
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Holiday Safety Tips for Your Furry Family Member
The sights, sounds, and smells of the winter holiday season are bound to make your pet curious and cause her to explore things that could hurt her. The tips below will help keep her safe so you can both enjoy the holidays.
Christmas Trees, Decorations, and Ornaments
Dangling tinsel, wires, and ornaments hanging from a tree may offer more temptation than your cat can resist. Batting at these items are one thing, but chewing and swallowing on them present real choking hazards. Be sure to secure all wires with tape and place dangling ornaments out of your cat's reach. Tinsel is especially dangerous if it enters an animal's digestive tract, so it's best to keep that off the tree altogether.
If you have a live tree, keep in mind that dogs may attempt to drink its water. Be sure to keep skirting around its bottom since insecticide from the tree could be present in the water. Avoid putting wrapped gifts of food under the tree since your dog's sense of smell may get the better of him and cause him to destroy the gift to get to what's inside of it.
Your pet will naturally want to check out the bright lights of Hanukkah candles or other holiday candles. Unfortunately, it only takes a second for her to get seriously hurt or even start a fire in your home. It's essential to supervise your pet around all open flame candles to avoid a tragic situation. A better solution for people with small children or curious pets would be to use candles with battery-powered flames instead.
Food and Treats
Although your dog or cat may look at you with sad eyes, avoid the temptation to share your holiday food and treats with her. Anything containing chocolate or alcohol is especially bad for pets. If you do choose to share small pieces of meat, make sure that it doesn't contain any bones or special seasoning. Additionally, your pet will be on the lookout for people to drop food in wrappers or foil. Since these present a choking hazard, try to keep your pet out of the kitchen until everyone has finished his or her holiday meal.
Keep Your Expectations Realistic
While you probably enjoy hosting extended family or traveling to spend time with them, your pet may become anxious at the disruption in his routine. If he senses that you're busy and stressed, he may act out more to get your attention. Try to set aside extra time each day during the holiday season to spend quality time with your pet if possible.
It's also important to provide him with a safe retreat when the noise and commotion of extra visitors gets to be too much. If you're traveling and bringing your pet along, stick to normal routines as much as you can. Bringing along his toys and bedding from home can also help him to relax and enjoy the adventure.
If you need emergency care when Battletown Animal Clinic is closed, please contact Valley Veterinary Emergency and Referral Service at 540-662-7811 or the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-855-764-7661.
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Recognizing Cancer Symptoms in Your Dog or Cat
It is important for every pet owner to recognize the symptoms of cancer, especially those with older dogs and cats. We encourage you to schedule an appointment at Battletown Animal Clinic as soon as possible if you notice any of these symptoms:
- Unusual fatigue that can’t be explained by age or other illness
- Walking with a limp or stiff gait
- Offensive or unusual body odor
- Open sores that don’t seem to heal on their own
- Swelling on any area of the body
- Eliminating appears painful or difficult
- Marked decrease in appetite
- Bleeding from the eyes, ears, nose, or anus
- Difficulty breathing
- Vomiting or gagging from inability to chew food
Top Five Cancer Types in Dogs and Cats
Knowing which types of cancer is most common for your pet’s species makes it easier to look for signs of trouble. The most prevalent types of cancer for dogs are:
- Mast cell tumor: These are normally found in a dog’s connective tissues.
- Melanoma: Melanoma is a serious cancer of the skin.
- Lymphoma: Tumors of the lymphoid tissues can be found in the spleen, liver, bone marrow, lymph nodes, and gastrointestinal tract.
- Bone Cancer: This is more prevalent in larger dog breeds, although any dog can develop it.
- Hemangiosarcoma: Tumors can develop anywhere in the body and are especially common in the spleen or heart.
- Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV): This was the leading cause of lymphoma until the vaccine for it became routine. FeLV causes dozens of potential health issues in addition to tumors.
- Mammary Gland: Spaying female cats before their first heat cycle dramatically decreases the risk of this type of cancer.
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma: This type of skin cancer typically appears on the eyes, ears, or hairless area around the nose.
- Fibrosarcoma: These aggressive tumors develop in a cat’s fibrous connective tissues.
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Avoid Illness or Injury with Your Pet This Thanksgiving
To avoid increasing your pet’s stress level as well as that of your guests who may be allergic or uncomfortable around pets, plan to keep your dog or cat in another room or kennel if possible. You don’t need your wound-up dog grabbing a turkey leg out of someone’s hand or your frightened cat scratching a toddler who tries to pick him up. It also keeps him from darting out the door as people come and go. Be sure to spend quality time with your pet once the guests have gone home so he doesn’t think you’re punishing him.
Exercise Caution in Sharing Food from Thanksgiving Dinner with Your Pet
You may feel so guilty about separating your pet from the Thanksgiving festivities that you’re tempted to make up her own plate of leftovers. The only food you should consider giving her is a small portion of well-cooked, boneless turkey without any added seasoning. Most other foods commonly served on Thanksgiving are unsafe for pets, including:
- Sage seasoning
- Cake batter
- Bread dough
Some of these foods will give your pet immediate gastrointestinal problems while others are a choking hazard. Your dog or cat may be so desperate for a taste of what you’re eating that he tries to eat a dropped food wrapper. Make sure that everyone knows where the garbage can is located and that your pet can’t access it to dig for treats.
Contact the Pet Poison Helpline in an Emergency
Some persistent pets may still find a way to eat something they shouldn’t on Thanksgiving Day. If you’re concerned about something your pet has ingested, the Pet Poison Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The telephone number is 1-855-764-7661.
The entire staff at Battletown Animal Clinic wishes your family a Happy Thanksgiving.
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Protect Your Pets This Halloween Season
Dogs and cats thrive on routine, so it makes perfect sense that Halloween can be a stressful holiday for them. Between the tempting treats, decorations that pique their curiosity, and all the little ghosts and goblins ringing the doorbell, they are better off secluded in a room away from all of the activity. With the door opening and closing so many times, it would be easy for your dog or cat to slip out.
The stress of the evening could even make your normally docile pet snarl at or bite trick-or-treaters. A room with his own toys, bedding, and food would be much more comfortable for a few hours. However, you should still make sure that your dog or cat has a microchip, collar with identification tag, or both.
Don’t Share Candy with Your Pets
Whether you buy in bulk in advance or stop at a convenience store on the way home from work, you’re likely to have a lot of candy in your home. Make sure that you stash this in a pet-proof location and don’t give in if your pet begs while you’re enjoying a Halloween treat. Chocolate and xylitol, an artificial sweetener found in sugarless candy, are especially harmful for domestic animals. They can cause severe gastrointestinal distress that requires immediate treatment.
We recommend calling the Poison Control Center operated by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) at 1-888-426-4435 if it’s after hours and you’re concerned about something your pet ingested. You can reach our clinic before 6 p.m. on Halloween at 540-955-1151.
Use Caution with Halloween Decorations
Cardboard and candy corn may seem harmless enough, but either of these could get stuck in your pet’s throat or cause an upset stomach if swallowed. If you opt to use light-up decorations, be certain to tape cords to the wall or otherwise keep them out of your pet’s reach. Lit candles inside of a pumpkin aren’t a good idea in any area your dog or cat can reach. It only takes an over-enthusiastic tail wag or swipe of a paw to knock it over and start a fire.
Keep an Eye on Your Pet in Costume
What could be cuter than your dog dressed as Superman or your cat wearing a witch’s hat? While dressing your pet in a costume makes for some memorable pictures, it also requires special precautions. She needs to be able to breathe easily and see clearly without anything blocking her nose, mouth, or eyes. It’s also important to keep in mind that pets are naturally curious about anything you put on them and may try to chew it off. To avoid an emergency on Halloween night, limit the amount of time your pet wears the costume and be sure to supervise her when she does.
The entire staff at Battletown Animal Clinic wishes your family a happy Halloween.
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