The Best Pest Control Around Pets, and Some DIY Alternatives

Pet owners love animals, but that doesn’t always mean we want to live with spiders, ants, slugs, and rodents. Instead, we want to carefully manage populations of these pests on and around our property. Not only is it good for our house, lawn and garden, but pests have the potential to make our pets very sick.

But how can you ensure that whatever products you use are safe for your pets? Check out our guide to pest control around pets for the most effective tactics.

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This Summer, Don’t Overlook the Importance of Pet Hydration

There’s a big emphasis on your pet’s nutrition, but of all the nutrients necessary to their survival water is number one. 

Water helps pets maintain a healthy temperature, especially when they pant or sweat through their paws. Water is also essential for digestion, blood flow, waste removal, and sustaining healthy body tissue. In fact, water accounts for approximately 70% of a pet’s weight. With 70-90% of their body’s tissue consisting of water, adequate pet hydration is a big priority.

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Forgetting Something? Halloween Pet Safety Made Easy

A white dog dressed in costume as a devil-witch sits on a porch decorated with Jack-o-lanterns

Whether it’s the search for the best Game of Thrones costume, or the pursuit of the spookiest Halloween cookie recipe, we can definitely get a little distracted from our normal routines this time of year. Coast to coast, we immerse ourselves in as many as seasonal offerings as possible. 

The Halloween festivities are all in good fun, of course, but our pets don’t know that. Even the most even-tempered pet can get pretty freaked out by all the noise and confusing decorations. A mindful approach to Halloween pet safety is not only critical for your pet’s well being, it’s important for yours too!

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When it Comes to Pets and Essential Oils, Err on the Side of Caution

A calico cat sniffs at an essential oil defuser made of bamboo

Humankind have used medicinal plants for thousands of years. The leaves, bark, roots, seeds, fruits, and flowers of various plants have different active ingredients (one part of the same plant could be safe, others toxic). Extracted from plants, essential oils are considered volatile. 

Essential oils also have a long history. While more research is being done to understand the effects of these powerful products on people, the combination of pets and essential oils may be risky.

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BOOM! CRACK! POP! SIZZLE! SCREAM! Understanding Pet Noise Anxiety This Summer

Most people look forward to summer firework shows and thunderstorms, but their pets may have other opinions. Sure, you might see some pets at different inland empire events this summer, but it’s unlikely that every single one of them will feel relaxed and happy to be there. Pet noise anxiety can be overwhelming, but it can also sneak up on unsuspecting pet owners in search of a good time.

Helping you support your pet’s health and safety is our top priority. Our go-to tips aim to help you prepare for the coming assault on your pet’s mood and wellbeing.

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Pet Poisoning Prevention: What Every Pet Owner Needs To Know

We do so much to make sure our pets are healthy and safe, but is poison proofing our homes one of them? Once we take a good look around, the amount of products we have in our homes that can sicken or a kill a pet can be downright frightening.

Just because your pet has never investigated the houseplants, cleaning products, or the contents of your purse or bathroom cabinets doesn’t mean they won’t in the future. March is National Poison Awareness Month, and what better time to address the serious issue of accidental pet poisoning and how to prevent it in your home.

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Hospital Lobby Etiquette: Safety First

A little kitty in the arms of its personIn the veterinary world, the hospital lobby can be a very busy place! It’s always fun to see our clients – new and established – come through our doors, and sometimes, we have many pets and people waiting to see us. Since safety is always a top priority, we want to offer some tips for proper lobby etiquette.

Safety and Lobby Etiquette

There are a few things that dramatically increase your pet’s safety in the lobby. Pets can be under a lot of stress in new environments, and the smells and sounds of a veterinary hospital make it one of the most stressful environments they encounter. While we take measures to help alleviate stress during exams, we also need your help. Lobby etiquette is for the safety and comfort of all our patients and clients. Continue…

Microchip Your Pet! It’s Easy, Effective, and Reliable

It's important to pet safety that you microchip your petThere are dozens of insurance policies out there, and we spend hours researching plans for different things in our life. For pet owners, there’s also pet insurance available to guard against an emergency, illness, or accidental injury. However, one of the most important things you can do to prepare for the unknown is to microchip your pet.

Won’t That Hurt?

Some owners are concerned about pain, but microchipping is similar to receiving a routine vaccination. Anesthesia is not required, although some pets receive their microchip at the same time as their spay/neuter surgery.

During a routine wellness visit, we can preload the chip into a sterile applicator and inject it between the shoulder blades (just beneath the layer of loose skin). In some pets, you can feel a small bump, but it doesn’t bother them at all. Continue…

Summer Pet Safety: What’s Good, Better, and Best

This time of year, we spend a lot of time tending to the yard and garden, planning vacations or family gatherings, and attending various parades, events, or concerts, but where in all of this does the family pet stand? In the seasonal hubbub, pets can either seem more underfoot than usual, or they could find themselves a bit lonely while everyone goes in different directions. In case your summer pet safety tactics need a refresher, we offer some seasonally relevant tips and tricks.

Step One: The Bugs

Protecting your pet from internal and external parasites is a job all year long, but because these reach peak numbers in the heat and humidity, it’s absolutely critical that your pet isn’t exposed. Mosquitoes spread heartworm disease, fleas cause a lot of pain, frustration, and intolerable skin reactions, and ticks are responsible for the spread of Lyme disease (among others). Continue…

Abundant Bugs: Not the Time for Willy-Nilly Parasite Prevention

parasite preventionA single female flea can produce an average of 50 eggs per day. Microscopic larvae hatch within days, spin a cocoon two weeks later, and become pupae for up to an entire year. When the temperature is just right, adult fleas emerge and seek a blood meal. Ticks have a four-stage life cycle that requires 3 different hosts to complete. Adult female ticks breed while on a host, then fall to the ground to lay thousands of eggs. These hatch into the larval stage, 8-legged nymphs, and then molt into adults within a relatively short amount of time.

As we enter the peak season for such pests, it remains critically important to guard against potential diseases and health concerns via proactive parasite prevention.

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