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FAQ

 

Why do dogs eat grass?

There are many theories on this subject, but no conclusive results have been determined. Research has shown that some factors may include: dietary mineral deficiency, inadequate fiber, nausea, inflammatory bowel disease. Pet owners have reported that when their dog seems sick, he will eat grass, and then vomit. But it is inconclusive which comes first, the upset stomach or eating grass. The most likely reason a dog eats grass is that there is something about the taste that is appealing; perhaps the grass is bitter and tangy.

 

When do dogs and cats come into heat?

Female dogs usually come in heat twice a year. The average female dog’s heat cycle may take about three weeks to complete. Female cats may come into heat seasonally. Cats cycle at approximately 21-day intervals during the spring, summer, and fall.

 

What can I do about my dog eating poop?

There are a few documented medical reasons for this action. In many dogs it is unclear why they choose to eat stools, but it may just be one of those weird dog taste preferences. Treatment depends on whether it is purely a behavioral problem or is a symptom of an underlying medical problem. Dogs displaying feces ingestion for what appears to be behavioral reasons, we can prescribe a product that changes the taste of stools, making it undesirable.

 

Can I give my cat Tylenol?

Cats should never receive Tylenol or any product containing acetaminophen for any reason. Acetaminophen is very toxic for cats; one tablet can cause anemia, bloody urination, and liver disease, resulting in death. In the event your cat ingests acetaminophen contact Brawley Animal Hospital immediately.

 

I forgot to give my dog his heartworm pill, what should I do?

Heartguard Plus and Interceptor are the most common oral heartworm preventative products. For optimal performance, the medication should be given once a month on or about the same day each month. If treatment is delayed, whether by a few days or many, immediate treatment with Heartguard Plus or Interceptor and resumption of the regular monthly dosing regimen minimizes the opportunity for the development of adult heartworms.

 

 

 

It's going to be extremely cold outside tonight, and my dog stays outside. What should I do?

Dogs need protection from extremely cold nights. Shorter-haired dogs need more protection than double-coated or long-haired dogs. Light bulbs can be hung in the doghouse for heat, or you may want to bring your dog into the garage, basement or laundry room for the night.

 

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