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What You Need to Know About a Vomiting Pet

Northwest Pet Clinic - Sick PetIt’s a topic we’d all probably prefer to avoid, but one that is also incredibly important for pet health: vomiting. While it’s normal for dogs and cats to throw up on occasion, vomiting can also be a sign of a health problem.

We’ve compiled a list of basic facts about pet vomit to help you decide whether or not it’s time to call the vet or just let Fido’s stomach sort things out for itself.

When it’s Normal
For dogs, vomiting is often a natural mechanism for dealing with a mildly upset stomach. This can be caused by eating something the dog doesn’t normally eat or which is irritating, but not dangerous, to the dog’s stomach.

This is a natural response, as dogs have evolved to become omnivores. Their stomachs do some damage control as dogs test out what is or is not good for them to eat.

In cats, vomiting is often related to hairballs—particularly if you have multiple cats and the vomiting cat is everybody else’s main groomer.You can minimize future hairball-related vomiting risks by brushing your cats regularly, so there isn’t so much hair building up in their gastrointestinal tracts.

What to do when it’s Normal
Throwing up once in a while can be totally normal for both species. When it happens, hold off on feeding your cat or dog a normal diet for 12 to 24 hours. Instead, give your pet water as normal and wait to gradually begin reintroducing bland foods back into your pet’s diet the next day.Cats and dogs that are fed on a regular schedule may vomit if they are not fed at the exact time they expect to be fed each day. The same goes for cats and dogs that are fed only one kind of food for long periods of time.

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5 Reasons to Seek Dental Treatment for Your Pet

As humans, we recognize the importance of good dental care: getting our teeth cleaned and checked each year, taking care of cavities, gingivitis, and wayward wisdom teeth, and following preventative measures such as regularly brushing and flossing. Like us, our pets have teeth that need care and regular maintenance. Poor dental health can make your pet downright uncomfortable, and it can make him or her very sick. Here are a few reasons to add dental cleaning and treatments to your pet’s annual healthcare to-do list.

1. Prevent bad breath and infection

Built-up plaque, tartar, and bacteria can lead to gingivitis, halitosis, swollen gums, and proliferating gum disease. Not only are these ailments accompanied by reeking bad breath, but they can also lead to pain and infection.

2. Prevent dental disease

If your pet has bad breath, discolored or loose teeth, red and inflamed gums or a swollen mouth, jaws, or gums, doesn’t play with chew toys or chew treats as often as he used to, and seems to have trouble eating because of pain, then your pet may have a dental disease.In cats, this could lead to tooth resorption lesions, which eat away at the cat’s teeth. In dogs, broken teeth – a common occurrence – can lead to extra bacteria entering the dog’s bloodstream, which can cause severe pain or infection. In both dogs and cats, periodontal disease is the most widespread dental disease; it is known as the “silent killer.”

3. Prevent periodontal disease

Periodontal disease is one of the most common dental diseases to afflict our pets, and close to three-quarters of all pets older than two years have some iteration of the disease, which can cause pain or infection in the pet’s heart, kidneys, liver, and pancreas. Periodontal disease-related bacteria can also create breathing problems, such as coughing, sneezing, snoring, wheezing, and even heart disease, tracheal collapse, or pneumonia, among other serious problems.

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Northwest Pet Clinic Supports Education

Northwest Pet Clinic was proud to be the Hamster Ball Races sponsor for Harelson Elementary’s annual Fun Fest.

The Fun Fest was designed to bring the community together in a fun and healthy way while raising funds to support the educational needs of the students and teachers at Harelson Elementary.

Our sponsorship helped to allow Harelson the opportunity to provide a quality education to all of its students.

Previous sponsorship funds went towards the purchase smart boards for the classrooms, hiring a reading room coordinator, and hiring a school counselor. In addition, monies were used to fund classroom supplies for every class room; including art, music, and physical education.

Northwest Pet Clinic is proud to be able to give back to the community. We thank our clients for their support in helping us make a difference in the future of our children.

For more information about Harelson Elementary, please visit their website by clicking on the banner below.

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