The Benefits of Pet Boarding at Clearwater Animal Hospital

When you’re looking for a great place for your pet to stay while you’re away, look no further than Clearwater Animal Hospital. We provide exceptional boarding services for pets, offering a number of amenities for them such as individual care, 3 walks per day (weather permitting), and so much more!

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Our veterinary team is always concerned about the safety of our boarders, making sure that in this season of high heat, no pets are left outdoors unattended or are taking walks that are longer than they can enjoy comfortably. We encourage all pet owners to take the same precautions at home to avoid heatstroke!

Pet Boarding Specials

When your pet schedules a long-term stay at Clearwater Animal Hospital, perhaps when you take a long family vacation, we offer them their 10th day free after 9 consecutive boarding days! We can also provide baths to our boarding guests partway through or at the end of their stay to ensure that they are fresh and clean.

Boarding Requirements

For the safety of your pet, as well as our other pet guests, we require that all pets be up-to-date on their vaccines. We require boosters, the bordetella vaccine, and the rabies vaccine in order to board pets at our facility.

Set Up Your Stay

If you’re interested in scheduling your pet’s visit with our team, please contact us today. We are always filling up quickly in the summer months, which are peak travel seasons, so be sure to give plenty of advance notice of your trip!

Clearwater Animal Hospital Offers Laser Therapy

SM_FB_AD_ClearwaterHave you heard of laser therapy? The veterinary team at Clearwater Animal Hospital utilizes this incredible state of the art therapy option to help with a variety of health conditions that our pet may experience. Laser therapy has been shown to reduce pain, minimize swelling, and decrease healing time, making it an ideal option for pet’s suffering from chronic painful conditions.

How Does Laser Therapy Work

Laser therapy, which has been in use for many years in human medicine, is a recent, exciting addition to the veterinary world. Laser therapy uses a beam of cold laser light to penetrate the injured tissue, stimulating the cells in the area to promote healing. We often use laser therapy in the following applications:

  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Inflammation
  • Post-surgical care
  • Trauma treatment
  • Wound treatment
  • …and more

If you are wondering whether your pet may be a candidate for laser therapy treatments, our veterinary team would love to talk with you about your options. We invite you to explore our laser therapy section on our veterinary services page to learn more, or contact us to schedule your pet’s laser therapy consultation with a member of our veterinary team.

Easter Dangers for Pets

As you’re putting up your Easter decorations or getting your Easter baskets ready, be sure to keep the following items away from your pet’s reach:

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Easter Lily (and related Lily plants): The Easter Lily is a common finding this time of year. This plant, and related plants in the lily family, are highly toxic to cats if ingested. Another spring flower often used in cut flower arrangements and daffodils are also toxic to cats.

Easter grass: Cats love anything that moves. This stuff moves easily in the breeze, makes interesting sounds, and, for some cats, it is simply irresistible and must be eaten.

Chocolate: This is more of a dog hazard, as many dogs have a sweet tooth, a great nose, and the determination to find chocolate — hidden or not. The toxic components in chocolate are theobromine and caffeine, and the level of toxicity is based on the type and quantity of chocolate consumed.

Xylitol: It is important to note that xylitol, an artificial sweetener used in many candies, chewing gums and baked goods, is potentially very toxic to dogs and ferrets.

If you suspect that your pet has ingested any of the items mentioned, please contact  us immediately.

 

Protect Your Pet During Winter and Cold Weather

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Keep pets indoors and warm 

The best prescription for winter’s woes is to keep your dog or cat inside with you and your family. The happiest dogs are those who are taken out frequently for walks and exercise but kept inside the rest of the time.

 

Don’t leave pets outdoors when the temperature drops. 

During walks, short-haired dogs may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater. No matter what the temperature is, windchill can threaten a pet’s life. Pets are sensitive to severe cold and are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia during extreme cold snaps. Exposed skin on noses, ears and paw pads can quickly freeze and suffer permanent damage.

 

Take precautions if your pet spends a lot of time outside

A dog or cat is happiest and healthiest when kept indoors. If for some reason your dog is outdoors much of the day, he or she must be protected by a dry, draft-free shelter that is large enough to allow the dog to sit and lie down comfortably but small enough to hold in his/her body heat. The floor should be raised a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw. The doorway should be covered with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic.

 

Help neighborhood outdoor cats 

If there are outdoor cats, either owned pets or community cats (ferals, who are scared of people, and strays, who are lost or abandoned pets) in your area, remember that they need protection from the elements as well as food and water. It’s easy to give them a hand.

 

Give your pets plenty of food and water 

Pets who spend a lot of time outdoors need more food in the winter because keeping warm depletes energy. Routinely check your pet’s water dish to make certain the water is fresh and unfrozen. Use plastic food and water bowls; when the temperature is low, your pet’s tongue can stick and freeze to metal.

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Be careful with cats, wildlife and cars 

Warm engines in parked cars attract cats and small wildlife, who may crawl up under the hood. To avoid injuring any hidden animals, bang on your car’s hood to scare them away before starting your engine.

 

Protect paws from salt 

The salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet’s feet. Wipe all paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates his/her mouth.

 

Avoid antifreeze poisoning 

Antifreeze is a deadly poison, but it has a sweet taste that may attract animals and children. Wipe up spills and keep antifreeze (and all household chemicals) out of reach. Coolants and antifreeze made with propylene glycol are less toxic to pets, wildlife and family.

 

Speak out if you see a pet left in the cold 

If you encounter a pet left in the cold, document what you see: the date, time, exact location and type of animal, plus as many details as possible. Video and photographic documentation (even a cell phone photo) will help bolster your case. Then contact your local animal control agency or county sheriff’s office and present your evidence. Take detailed notes regarding whom you speak with and when. Respectfully follow up in a few days if the situation has not been remedied.

 

 

SOURCE: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/protect_pets_winter.html