Did you know?

  • Dogs are a domesticated subspecies of the gray wolf.
BBQ Dangers

As summertime BBQ time heats up we just wanted to take a moment to warn dog owners against feeding their pets corn cobs.
The area in the green box is an obstructed corn cob.While corn on its own is not toxic or generally harmful, leftover corn cobs can be dangerous for dogs to eat since they do not digest and many times get stuck somewhere in the digestion tract causing partial or complete obstruction.

While at times the cob may pass uneventfully in larger dogs medium and smaller dogs are at great risk. Corn cobs do not digest at all in a dog’s stomach and if left will try to pass down the intestines causing blockage and possible perforation. Once obstructed the intestines can be damaged and surgery is the only way to correct the problem.

Corn Cobs are listed among the top 10 items swallowed by dogs so resist the temptation to give them one. Keep garbage cans covered and locked after a party to keep your pet safe. If your pet accidentally swallows one keep a close watch on them and seek medical help as soon as possible.

April is Heartworm Awareness Month

Microfilaria - young heartwormAlong with baseball, April is the traditional start of the Heartworm season. Heartworm Disease is a serious condition spread by infected mosquitoes biting your pet. Once your pet is infected the larvae mature and reside in your pet’s heart.  The American Heartworm Society and The Companion Animal Parasite Council surveys continue to show an increase in the numbers of reported cases of Canine Heartworm Disease and a spread of the geographic distribution. While the disease is more prevalent in the South it has been reported in all 50 states. Some sections of the country are considered epidemic.

The good news is that prevention of Canine Heartworm Disease has never been easier. A small amount of blood is taken from your pet and a quick and reliant test is preformed at Pulaski Animal Hospital. Not only can your dog be tested for Heartworm Disease but also for 3 Tick borne diseases including Lyme disease. If no Heartworm Disease is detected your dog can then be put on a monthly Heartworm preventative. We have several options available. You can discuss with the veterinarian which preventative is best for you and your pet. Most of the heartworm preventative medications also aid in preventing intestinal parasites. Both The American Heartworm Society and The Companion Animal Parasite Council recommend testing on a yearly basis along with year round prevention.

You can visit their websites at www.capcvet.org and www.heartwormsociety.org for additional information.

Please call Pulaski Animal Hospital today to set up a time to have your pet Heartworm tested. It is better to prevent the disease then to treat it.

AAHA-Accredited Hospitals: Champions for Excellent Care

AAHA Accredited for over 35 yearsWe are an AAHA-accredited veterinary hospital. That means we hold ourselves to a higher standard. Pets are our passion. And keeping them healthy is our #1 priority.

Here, we strive to deliver excellent care for pets. Because your pets deserve nothing less.

Learn more about AAHA accreditation and why our accreditation is important to you and your pet.
Visit aaha.org/petowner.

The Front Door is Open!!!

Your new reception roomOn Monday, June 18th, Pulaski Animal Hospital opened the new front door after 6½ long months of construction. There is still some work to be completed but nothing that prevents us from using the new space. Thank You to all of the clients for having patience during the rebuilding project. While you may have enjoyed sitting in our very cramped kitchen you are going to be amazed by and truly love your new reception room.

To Neuter or Not To Neuter?
That is the question!

Myths and facts. Making the decision to spay or neuter a pet is very difficult for some people. There are many myths about these procedures.

Facts. Spaying a female pet and neutering or castrating a male pet are surgical sterilization procedures. They are done to prevent the unwanted birth of animals by removing the reproductive organs. The procedures are done under general anesthesia so your pet does not feel pain or discomfort.
Age. Spaying and neutering are usually done when the animal is at least 6 months old.
Surgery. The surgery takes from 20 to 60 minutes. Your pet likely will spend one night in the hospital for monitoring and rest.
Home care is minimal.

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