10 Reasons To Consider Dog Boarding

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Along with all the reasons to consider dog boarding, you’ll see why more people are making more trips to their nearest doggie hotel. With life returning to normal, work hours and travel trips are picking up. If you expect to stay long at the office or are planning a week-long getaway and aren’t sure how to keep your pet cared for, boarding your dog could prove to be an exceptional solution for you. Read on to learn why you should consider dog boarding.

Safety

It can be hard to know who to trust with your furry companion, especially when you’re a couple hundred miles away. While some people consider pet sitters, there are downsides to this option. Firstly, you may not be entirely comfortable having someone you don’t know in your home. Further, it’s impossible to know every aspect of someone else’s home to ensure it’s 100% safe for your pet. At Germantown Vet, your dog stays in a safe facility with trained professionals who have experience with all breeds and sizes, giving you peace of mind while you’re away.

Socialization

If you’re the owner of a single pet, it’s understandable that your fur baby may not get a whole lot of interaction with other pets. While your dog loves having you around, having them get acquainted with other dogs can help relieve them of separation anxiety. At our pet resort, your dog will be able to meet all sorts of new dogs under the care of professionals to ensure your dog socializes safely.

Medical Attention

Being the owner of a dog with medical needs means having to make sure any boarding facility you choose has everything your dog requires. We not only have a pet resort that offers dog boarding services, but we’re also the most trusted animal hospital on this side of Montgomery County. We provide veterinary services ranging from x-rays and preventative care to senior pet and advanced vet care, so you feel at ease knowing your dog’s health is our top priority. Additionally, all pets age ten years or younger are covered up to $300 in medical care.

Activity and Exercise

As they say – a walk a day keeps the vet away. While you may not be able to take your dog on their daily walks while you’re away, Germantown Vet offers private walks and a private dog run. We also provide both an indoor and outdoor play area where your dog can burn off energy.

Supervision

Some dog owners opt to leave their dog home alone if they’re going on a short trip for a day or two, but we strongly advise against this. When left alone, adult dogs who may have not otherwise had any issues can suddenly tear apart furniture and relieve themselves indoors due to stress and separation anxiety. When your dog is at German Vet’s Pet Resort, they’ll have round-the-clock supervision, so your home stays exactly how you left it.

Nutrition

A dog’s dietary needs are crucial and need to remain consistent – which can be difficult if you’re not close by. At our dog boarding facility, you can expect your dog to have a constant supply of fresh water and top-quality dog food, though it’s recommended to bring your own for consistency purposes.

Travel Accommodation

As much as we love our furry companions, the truth is we can’t take them everywhere we go. Often, dogs can experience separation anxiety when unable to remain with their owners in a plane’s cabin, nor is it certain that your destination would be pet-friendly. Whether it’s a few days or a couple of weeks, our Germantown Pet Resort can help easily accommodate your dog as you travel.

In-home Social Events

Maybe as a more social butterfly, you might be planning a get-together with a couple of friends or colleagues or having family stay over for the week. If your dog has difficulty adjusting to newcomers into your home, dog boarding is the perfect solution for you! Your dog gets to enjoy a relaxing and interactive stay while you get to mingle without worrying about friends and family getting barked at or suffering from allergies.

Long Work Hours

Now that most of us are going back to the office, it’s possible for large projects to come up, causing you to spend longer-than-normal hours at work. When that happens, Germantown Vet is there for you. Here, your dog gets access to exercise, activities, and other dogs to socialize and play with while you bring home the bacon – literally.

Limited Living Arrangements

Whether it’s due to moving into a smaller place or dealing with renovations, we can’t always give our furry loved ones all the space they deserve, nor do we have the time to spend hours at a park. At our pet resort, your dog can run free in both our indoor and outdoor play areas, as well as have access to a private dog run so they can stretch, run, and play all day long.

Contact Germantown Vet today to learn more about our dog boarding services. Call 240-252-7750 or message us online now.

How to Know If Your Pet Has Heart Disease

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Pet parents are often in tune with their furry one’s health, picking up on the first sign of distress. But did you know one of the biggest threats to both cats and dogs is also one of the hardest to recognize? Heart disease is known as a silent killer because many of its symptoms can be masked as common animal behaviors and can strike suddenly. The good news is you can still be proactive in protecting your pet from heart disease, and Germantown Vet can help.  

Types of Heart Disease & Symptoms to Watch For

There’s more than one kind of heart disease that affects pets. The first is valve disease (when the valve thickens and becomes distorted) and is more common in dogs. The other is a disease of the heart muscle and is more commonly seen in cats. There are four classifications of this type, which you can learn more about here.

As with any serious illness, early diagnosis is incredibly important to the effectiveness of treatment. The only way to know which type of heart disease is affecting your pet is with proper testing from a trained professional. You should schedule an appointment right away if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Weakness
  • Fainting or collapsing
  • Changes in behavior
  • Restlessness
  • Lethargy
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Increased respiratory rate and effort
  • Coughing
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Bloated abdomen
  • Swelling of the legs
  • Cyanosis (purple coloration of the gums), if the heart failure is severe enough

As we mentioned earlier, some of these symptoms are also normal animal behaviors (cats being lethargic, anyone?). However, we’re talking about excessive behaviors that aren’t part of their usual routine, such as a loss of interest in food or playing. A cat’s respiratory distress often shows itself through vomiting or rapid, open-mouthed breathing. Another key sign in cats is difficulty walking, particularly in the hind legs, as a result of blood clots.

New Testing Options for Cats

Heart disease is particularly dangerous to cats, as one in six cats can be born with or develop the illness in their lifetime. This can happen at any age (young or old) and affects both indoor and outdoor cats.

A cat owner’s main line of defense has always been annual vet check-ups, but a new option has emerged in the last few years that could detect heart disease even earlier. It’s a blood test called proBNP, and it’s actually been used in humans for years. It can also be used to screen dogs, but it’s especially beneficial for cats. The proBNP test is a simple, inexpensive blood test that can be done in most veterinarian offices. It measures stretching of the heart due to disease, and can establish a baseline of a cat’s heart condition without a more expensive echocardiogram. Plus, if your young cat had a relative with heart disease, the proBNP test is a way to check for genetic predisposition.

Germantown Vet Can Help

At Germantown Vet, we understand how difficult it can be when a pet is sick. Our trained and experienced technicians are here to guide you through the process, from wellness checks to specialized testing (including the proBNP blood test) at our state-of-the-art facility for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

You can trust your furry loved one to our care! Call Germantown Vet today at 240-252-7467 or visit us online to learn more about our heart disease services.

My Cat Licked Off the Flea Medicine

Flea medicines are an important way to protect your cat from the frustration and potential danger of a flea infestation. Yet flea medication must be added topically, and sometimes cats aren’t thrilled with the process. This can cause them to lick the area where you apply the medication, making you wonder if you have cause for concern. If you’re wondering, “What happens if the flea medicine for my cat is ingested?” here is a closer look at what you need to know.

Is Flea Medicine Toxic?

When applied as directed, flea medication is a safe way to control these harmful pests. However, when used incorrectly, all topical flea medications contain the risk of toxicity. Both pyrethrin-based and organophosphate-based flea medications carry this risk. Cats are more sensitive to the toxic effects of these ingredients than dogs.

Can Cats Lick Flea Medicine?

When applied correctly, flea medicine should be applied in the area right below the cat’s neck, close to the skin. This is a particularly hard-to-reach area. However, some cats who are particularly limber, as well as cats who bat the area with their paws, can ingest some of the flea medications. If this happens, you will need to watch closely for signs of toxicity, and seek medical care right away if you see any.

What Are the Signs of Flea Medicine Toxicity?

If you suspect that your cat has ingested flea medicine, watch her closely. The signs of toxicity will appear within one to 12 hours of ingesting the medication. For pyrethrin-based medications, excessive salivation and muscle tremors are common symptoms. For organophosphates, which are more dangerous, danger signs include diarrhea, vomiting, breathing problems, muscle tremors, weakness, and drooling.

If you notice these symptoms, call your vet immediately. Then, wash your pet with warm water and a mild detergent. If your vet cannot see your pet, take her to the emergency vet. These medications can quickly become fatal if left untreated.

Can a Cat Recover from Ingesting Flea Medication?

If you are able to get veterinary care right away, your cat should make a full recovery. Your cat may need IV fluids and supportive care at home, and some cats need hospitalization. However, if treatment is prompt, most survive their run-ins with flea medication.

How to Prevent Flea Medication Poisoning

While cats can recover from flea medication toxicity, it’s best to avoid the problem altogether. Consider these tips to reduce the risk of flea medication toxicity events:

  • Use only products intended for cats.
  • Use only the prescribed amount.
  • Apply the medication in the appropriate place.
  • Avoid the use of flea medication on kittens.
  • Separate pets when applying medication, and keep them separated until the product is dry.

For more information about protecting your cat from fleas as well as the potential dangers of flea control medications, contact Germantown Vet. You can call us at 240-252-7467 or reach out online to schedule an appointment.

Why Do Dogs Pant?

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As spring turns to summer and the temperature rises outside, you’re more likely to notice your dog panting. This common behavior is easy to take for granted, but sometimes, excessive panting is a warning sign of an underlying problem. Here’s an explanation of why dogs pant and when you should start to worry if your dog is panting excessively.

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What to Do When Your Dog Eats Chocolate

Sweet, sweet chocolate. You give it as a gift, eat it as a treat, and maybe even flavor your coffee with a bit of mocha. As much as humans love it, it’s not so kind to man’s best friend. Chocolate is actually toxic for dogs and ingesting too much can end up seriously affecting your pet’s health. Read on to learn what makes chocolate toxic and what to do if you encounter a chocolate poisoning emergency.

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How Pet Microchips Work

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Have you seen my pet!? While passing flyers around town with a picture of Fido may get the word out, microchipping your pet is a great resource to aid in the location of your dog or cat.

Any pet owner or veterinarian will tell you: it’s important to get your pet microchipped. You’ve heard the phrase before, but maybe you never truly understood what it entailed, or the purpose it serves your pet. Read on to discover all you need to know when it comes to pet microchips.

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