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How to Defend Against Lyme Disease in Dogs and Cats

When we think of Lyme disease, most of us think, “East Coast problem,” right?

Not so. Lyme disease, a bacterial infection transmitted by ticks, is increasing in the Western US, particularly in the Southern Cascades and along the Oregon coast.

Dogs, cats, and humans (along with many other animals) can become infected with Lyme disease when they are bitten by an infected tick that has been attached to the skin for 24-36 hours.

The longer a tick is attached, the greater the chance of infection. The Lyme disease bacteria can establish a long-term infection that affects the heart, kidneys, joints, and brain.

Signs of Infection

Signs of infection include fever, lethargy, lameness, stiffness, pain, vomiting, and diarrhea – signs shared by several other diseases.

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It is important to note that the typical “bulls-eye” rash that commonly effects people with Lyme disease is uncommon in dogs.

Treatment for Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is still relatively rare in the Pacific Northwest, but is increasingly showing up on local veterinarians’ “diagnostic radar” of possibilities when a pet presents with the clinical signs of the disease.

Fortunately, new diagnostic tests are available that help us determine infection more quickly. If treated early with appropriate antibiotics, Lyme disease in pets can cured. If treatment is delayed, however, the disease frequently progresses to severe kidney or liver failure and death.

Defending Against Lyme Disease

The first line of defense against Lyme disease and any other tick-borne disease is a rigorous tick control program.

  1. Consider one of the new tick preventives for pets, such as one of the chewables for dogs (Simparica or Bravector) or topicals for cats (Bravecto or Catego).
  2. Keep pets away from potentially tick-infested areas (tall grass, low brush, and wooded areas) if possible.
  3. Conduct a daily tick inspection of yourself and your pet after traversing these areas.

What to do if You Find a Tick

  1. If you do find a tick on yourself or your dog, the tick should be safely removed with tweezers as soon as possible, pulling straight back to make sure the tick is completely removed; otherwise, tick mouth parts can remain embedded and infection is still possible.
  2. The bite area, your hands, and the tweezers should be disinfected.
  3. Save the tick in zippered sandwich bag for identification and possible testing.

If you are uncertain how to safely remove a tick from your pet, please contact us and we will make a same-day appointment to remove the tick from your pet.

Lyme Vaccines

Better Lyme vaccines are now available for dogs travelling to Lyme disease endemic areas – the Midwest, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic region, and Florida.

The Lyme vaccine does not provide complete protection against the disease, but is still worth considering for dogs travelling to high-risk areas.

  • We recommend beginning the Lyme vaccine series 7-8 weeks prior to your trip.
  • Dogs 12 weeks of age or older should initially receive two vaccines 2-4 weeks apart, then an annual booster thereafter if they travel back to or remain in the high-risk area.

Learn more about Lyme disease in dogs

Learn more about Lyme disease in cats 

Why Indoor Pets Should Be Vaccinated for Rabies

All mammals, including bats and humans, can contract rabies through a bite or contact with saliva from a rabies-infected animal (alive or dead). Unfortunately, bat bites in humans can be tiny and often go undetected.

Bat Facts

According to the Washington State Department of Health, the incidence of rabies in wild bats in Washington is estimated to be 1%.

However, the incidence of rabies in bats found indoors and submitted for testing is as high as 10%.

While rabid raccoons, skunks, foxes or coyotes have not been identified in Washington, the virus can be transmitted from bats to these mammals. In the past 20 years, two humans and several domestic animals have died of rabies in Washington.

Bats are a tremendously important part of our ecosystem and found on every continent except Antarctica. Thanks to flight, they are one of the most widely disseminated groups of animals in the world.

There are more than 1000 different species of bats throughout the world, ranging in wing span from 5 inches to 5 feet. Many species of bats help control noxious insects, like mosquitoes and insects that damage food crops. Other species are important to fruit pollination.

How Bats Enter Homes

Washington bats, for the most part, are quite small, and can squeeze through an opening as small as 1-inch by 5/8-inches, according to information found on Bats Northwest. Attics and walls provide good roost sites and bats often enter homes where the sides of a house meet the roof or chimney.

“Cats are especially susceptible because they are natural hunters of flying creatures and often catch bats. The bat’s only defense is to bite.”

“It is very important to have your pets vaccinated against this disease, even if they are ‘indoor’ pets. Bats sometimes find their way into houses and an unvaccinated pet that is exposed may have to spend months in quarantine or be euthanized,” the website states.

Beware the ‘Winged Mouse’

Even the sleepiest house cat cannot ignore the Call of the Wild when a “winged mouse” is flapping around the house, looking for a way out. If you find a bat inside your home or outside on the ground, don’t touch it with bare hands or release it outside. Trap the bat under a container and contact your county health department to have the bat tested for rabies.

If a bat is found in the house while you’re sleeping but escapes before you can trap it, health officials often recommend rabies prophylaxis for people and pets in the household to safeguard against a potentially unknown bite.

State Rule Requires Rabies Vaccine

Since 2012, rabies vaccines have been mandatory for all cats, dogs, and ferrets living in Washington State.

We typically recommend puppies and kittens receive their first rabies vaccine at 16 week of age. A booster vaccine should be administered one year later, and then every 3 years for dogs and annually for cats (who receive the gentler modified live rabies vaccine).

To schedule a rabies vaccination for your cat, call Atlantic Veterinary Hospital at 206.323.4433 or e-mail us.

Laser Therapy for Pets: Speeds Healing, Enhances Comfort

Laser therapy is a comfortable, drug-free, non-invasive therapy used to successfully treat a variety of painful pet conditions.

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Laser therapy speeds healing and enhances comfort for chronic issues, such as arthritis and some neurologic conditions, as well as acute injuries like wounds, injuries, dental extractions, incisions, and broken bones. And, in the hands of a trained veterinary acupuncturists, therapeutic lasers can also be used to perform laser acupuncture therapy.

While a relatively new therapy, laser technology has significantly improved in recent years from the older, less powerful “cold lasers” to the newest and most effective Class IV Therapeutic Lasers, such as our Companion Laser.

What does laser therapy feel like?

During laser therapy, patients feel a soothing warmth during the treatment and typically relax and enjoy the session. Areas of inflammation may briefly feel sensitive to the touch, before pain reduction occurs. Therapy sessions usually last 10-20 minutes, depending upon the number of body sites treated and the size of the animal.

How often should a patient be treated?

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Dr. Munroe with a happy laser surgery patient.

Acute conditions can be treated daily, particularly in cases of severe pain. Chronic problems (arthritis, some skin conditions) may respond better with treatments 2-3 times weekly, tapering down to once every 2-4 weeks, or as needed.

How long before results are seen?

While some patients experience significant pain reduction after the first visit, improvement is usually seen by the third or fourth session, and the benefits of treatments are cumulative. Acute conditions often improve quickly, while chronic conditions (such as arthritis) may require ongoing therapy treatment to achieve and maintain optimal results.

Click here to learn more about our Rehab & Sports Medicine therapies.

How to Pet-Proof Your Home in Case of Fire

Nearly 1,000 home fires each year are accidentally started by pets, according to The National Fire Protection Association.

The number one culprit is a stove or cooktop, particularly a gas stove. Dogs are adept at turning on stove knobs, and cats spring onto countertops, where they can easily nudge or tip over items on a hot burner.

Wood-burning fireplaces are also problematic. What pet doesn’t love to curl up next to a cozy fire? But they can get too close, catching themselves and then, the surrounding furniture, on fire. And dogs who love sticks might grab a smoldering piece of kindling from the fireplace.

Burning candles get knocked over by wagging tails or rambunctious play.

Pet beds get placed against a space heater.

Pets chew on electrical cords, extension cords, or the heater wires of electric blankets, and the exposed wires spark a fire.

Pet-Proof Your Home

Much like parents do when we have a curious toddler in the home, we need to pet-proof our homes to help lessen the possibility of our pets starting a fire.

Here are 7 tips to help you do that:

  1. Assume that your pet will be curious. Pets love to investigate candles, fireplaces, and cooking appliances. Never leave your pet unattended around an open flame. Before leaving your home, make sure that your fireplace and all candles are thoroughly extinguished.
  2. Install a pet-proof screen or safety barrier around your fireplace.
  3. Never play active games (such as fetch or chase the ball) near a lit fire.
  4. When you’re away and your pet is home, remove stove knobs or protect knobs with covers.
  5. Never allow your pet to lie on or sleep with an electric blanket, either in their pet bed or in your bed.
  6. Roll up and tie together long electrical cords and place them behind your furniture in the most secure location possible.
  7. When you are away from home, secure your pet in a crate or behind a baby gate in an area of the home that does not contain potential fire hazards.

Important Fire-Safety Habits

Install the recommended number of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Test them regularly and change the batteries at least twice a year (an easy way to remember: change them when Daylight Saving Time begins and ends).

If you have a home security system, invest in monitored smoke detectors, which alert your service when a smoke alarm has been triggered.

Fire can spread rapidly, leaving you as little as 1-2 minutes to safely escape your home once the smoke detector sounds.

Create a home escape plan and practice your fire drill at night and during the day with every member of our family, including pets! Store leashes, pet carriers, and treats near an exit, which will help you and/or firefighters evacuate your pet during a fire.

While 71% of Americans have an escape plan in case of a fire, only 47% of those have practiced it.

Affix pet alert window clings to your exterior doors and windows. These stickers tell firefighters how many pets and what kind of pets live in your household.

When leaving pets home alone, keep them near entrances where firefighters can easily find them. Pets should be wearing collars. Leashes and pet carriers should be within easy reach, in case firefighters need to rescue your pet.

Free Pet Alert Window Clings from Atlantic Veterinary Hospital

How to Pet-Proof Your Home in Case of Fire | Free Pet Alert Window Cling from Atlantic Veterinary Hospital

We recommend affixing a window cling to your front and back door. We will provide two free pet alert window clings per household. Request them during your next visit, or ask us to mail you one. We’ll mail them to the first 500 clients who request them.

Home fires impact the lives of half a million pets each year. Follow these preventive measures and help keep your home – and your pets – safe from fire hazards.

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Foxtail: Little Seeds that Cause BIG Problems

During the past week, we’ve seen eight dogs with foxtail awns lodged between their toes. The seeds act like a large splinter that a body considers “foreign,” causing a very painful and infected abscess. Dogs come to see us limping, licking their feet, with a swollen, painful foot that’s often draining a bit of pus.

Not only do these prickly seeds cause pain when they enter the skin between toes, they’re also potentially dangerous to dogs and cats and can cause infection, chronic illness, and even death.

Identifying Foxtail

“Foxtail” refers to several species of tall, wild grasses common along the West Coast. They weren’t overly common in Seattle until the last two-to-three years, but we’re seeing a spike in patients presenting with them lodged in their bodies.

Foxtails commonly grow along roadsides, trails, and in grassland areas. In summer, as the plant begins to dry out, the seed heads become brittle and fall off the plant. Awns are shaped like arrowheads.

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Each awn has a sharp point and several long bristles. Each bristle is covered with loads of microscopic barbs that act similar to a porcupine quill or fishhook, only allowing the seed to advance but not back up. When a dog or cat brushes by dry foxtail, or sniffs it, steps on it, or rolls on it, the barbs catch on the animal’s fur, feet, nose, or ears.

When a dog steps on foxtail, those nasty barbs embed themselves deep into the webbing between the toes, causing an abscess. The barbs can dig themselves into a patch of skin and then travel through tissue. Because these tough seeds can’t be absorbed by the body or digested, they cause pain and inflammation as they migrate through the body.

Foxtail barbs can also go up a nose, into an ear, behind an eyeball, and into the genitals.

  • An awn lodged in a pet’s nasal passage can travel into the brain and cause seizures, and even death. Bring your pet in immediately if you notice frequent and intense sneezing or discharge from the nose.
  • An awn in an ear can rupture the eardrum and cause chronic ear infections. If your pet is incessantly shaking its head, tilting it to one side, or scratching an ear, it could be a sign of foxtail embedded deep within the ear canal.
  • An awn in an eye can lead to blindness. Seek veterinary care if you notice squinting, redness, swelling, discharge, or pawing at the eye.
  • An awn in the genitals can be excruciatingly painful. Contact us if you notice your pet persistently licking its genitals.
  • When a dog or cat inhales foxtail, the result can be a perforated lung or infections that require major surgery.

Minimizing Foxtail Risks

Obviously, the best way to minimize the risk of foxtail invasion is to avoid areas where foxtail grows. That’s not always easy to do in our area, where the weed grows like a… well… weed. When walking your dog, keep him on a leash and on the trail, to lessen the chances of our pet sniffing around foxtails.

If you have foxtails in your yard, dig them up by hand and dispose of them in the trash (not in yard waste or the compost heap, where the seeds may be spread to other yards).

After walking your pet, brush its coat and thoroughly examine between each toe, underneath the feet, in ears, armpit, groin, and anal area.

When to Seek Veterinary Care… and What to Expect

If you notice any suspicious lumps, swelling, excessive licking, head-shaking, or sneezing, contact us immediately. If we suspect a wound is caused by a foxtail awn, we will try to remove it by flushing and exploring the wound (this can be painful, and usually requires sedation).

Often we’re successful in finding the seed, which allows the body to heal. Sometimes the seed has traveled a good distance from where it entered the body (such as several inches up a leg from the toes where it entered).

Other times, we are not successful at finding the seed. In these situations, we may need to refer a pet to a veterinary surgeon who can use advanced imaging to try to find the seed’s track through the body so it can be removed.

As global warming changes our environment, threats to our pets are changing, from different species of parasites (dog ticks, deer ticks, Lyme disease, heart worms) to different species of plants (foxtails) and fungal infections.

We stay abreast of these changes and update our recommendations. Stay tuned here for timely updates as new information arrives.

Meet Our New Doctors

We’re thrilled to welcome three new veterinarians to the team at Atlantic Veterinary Hospital: Dr. Kayla Cline, Dr. Ashley Bucklin, and Dr. Xuân Mai Võ.

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Dr. Kayla Cline | AtlanticVetSeattle.com

Dr. Kayla Cline

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Kayla Cline has joined us all the way from her sunny home state of Florida. Dr. Cline grew up in Daytona Beach, where she always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. After she helped raise some baby squirrels displaced from a hurricane, she was hooked!

She graduated from the University of Florida in 2014 with a B.S. in Animal Science and was a member of their Equestrian Team. She earned her DVM from the University of Florida.

During vet school Dr. Cline developed a love for internal medicine, shelter medicine, and pain management.

Dr. Cline is ecstatic about getting to experience and explore the Pacific Northwest, away from alligators, hurricanes, and hordes of mosquitos. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, trying new foods/drinks, fish-keeping, and spending time with her husband, her rescue dog, Echo, and two cats, Tortilla and Jackson.

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Dr. Ashley Bucklin

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Ashley Bucklin grew up in Bellevue, WA and then moved to Massachusetts to attend Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine outside of Boston.

Her special interests include surgery, dentistry, and canine behavior.

In her free time she can be found trail running with her golden retriever, Nala, a “career-change” service dog who was just too excited about other dogs to keep her cool.

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Dr. Xuân Mai Võ, DVM, CVA, CVPP

Relief Veterinarian and Pain Specialist

Dr. Xuân Mai Võ is our relief veterinarian. Recently hailing from the East Coast, she came to Washington for the mountains, which remind her of her native Switzerland.

Dr. Vo graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. She has earned additional professional certifications in veterinary acupuncture and pain management.

Dr.Vo has worked in both clinical practice and as a professor in academia. Her professional passions are cats, adventure pets, pain management, anatomy, and public health. She maintains a deep commitment to improving the quality of life in animals and supporting the bond between them and their families.

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Meet our other team members

Get to know the entire staff — click here.

3 Safety Tips for Traveling in a Car with a Pet

3 Safety Tips for Traveling in a Car with a PetA road trip with your pet can be fun for you and your furry friend. But one of the most common injuries to pets is due to accidents inside cars.

Unrestrained pets in a car are unsafe.

“You wouldn’t put your child in the car unrestrained, so you shouldn’t put your pet in the car unrestrained either.”
~Col. Frank Rizzo, superintendent of the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Here are 3 things to say “no” to before traveling in a vehicle with your pet:

1. Just say “no” to free-range pets

Allowing your pet to roam freely in a moving vehicle is a recipe for disaster. Cats love to crawl under the driver’s feet, which can interfere with accelerating and braking (plus, the cat can get squished). And dogs tend to get overly excited, jetting from one side of the car to the other and distracting the driver.

The safest place in a car for a pet is in the backseat, like a child, restrained in a tethered pet carrier or vehicle restraint harness. Even crates can go through windows during an accident, so tie the crate down, either with the seat belt guides that are fitted into the travel carrier, or on the floor of the back seat, with bungee cords or ropes.

2. Just say “no” to passenger seat pets

Even if your dog is big enough for the front passenger side seatbelt to fit over him, seatbelts and airbags are designed for adult-sized humans.

And even if your pet is in a carrier or harness in the front seat, it can be crushed by the driver’s body or the inflation of the airbag. In a collision, an unrestrained pet anywhere in the vehicle can become a projectile missile, seriously injuring itself and other passengers.

3. Just say “no” to distracted dogging

Holding your pet in your lap while you drive, while legal in many states, can be extremely dangerous for the driver, passengers, other motorists, and your pet.

Consider this: If you’re driving 30MPH and get in an accident, your 10-pound dog or cat can turn into 300 pounds of force.

In Washington state, our distracted driving law prohibits tasks not associated with operating a vehicle. Holding your pet on your lap might be considered a distraction. If you pet interferes with you handling your vehicle or you’re pulled over for erratic driving or leaving the lane of travel, you could be subject to a negligent driving ticket.

Smart drivers don’t drive with a human infant in their lap or a cell phone in their hand. Neither should we drive with an unrestrained pet.

Carsickness and pets

Another thing to be aware of when traveling with your pet is that some animals experience car sickness. Pet parents sometimes assume their pet just doesn’t like traveling in a vehicle, when, in reality, they are carsick.

Symptoms to watch for include:

  • Excessive panting
  • Drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Bowel movement while in the vehicle
  • Crying nonstop (cats, in particular, may vocalize or cry during the entire trip when they’re carsick).

We have a medication on hand that works well for pet car sickness. Ask us about it if your pet exhibits symptoms while traveling.

7 Ways to Help Your Pet Beat the Heat

Summer… what a great time of year here in the Pacific Northwest. But summer’s heat can be a dangerous time for your dog or cat.

To make sure everyone has a fun and safe summer, follow these 7 tips to help your pet beat the heat.

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Tips for Dogs

1. Provide plenty of shade and water.

Dogs can overheat quickly on warm days, and they’re not able to perspire as efficiently as humans. To cool off, they pant.

To prevent heat exhaustion, provide access to shade and water. If you have a short-nose “smooshy-faced” breed such as a pug, bulldog, Boston terrier or boxer, be extra cautious, because they are less heat-tolerant than other breeds.

2. Watch for signs of heat exhaustion.

Heat exhaustion can quickly lead to heat stroke, which can damage a dog’s vital internal organs and can be fatal. Be on the lookout for the following warning signs:

  • Excessive panting
  • Vomiting
  • Bright red tongue and gums
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Unsteadiness
  • Collapse
  • Seizures

If you suspect heat exhaustion, wet your dog with cool water and immediately take him to the vet for treatment.

3. Avoid walking or exercising on hot surfaces.

Have you ever walked barefoot on hot sand at the beach, or on sizzling pavement? You know how awful that feels!

Hot surfaces can cause your dog’s pads to burn. The problem: your dog can’t tell you that she has pad-burn! If you’re jogging with her, she’ll try to keep up with you even if she’s in pain.

It’s wise to avoid taking your dog for a walk or a run on hot days. Test the ground first with your own bare tootsies. If it’s too hot for you to comfortably walk on it, it’s too hot for your pup.

Exercise your dog early in the morning or in the evening, when the surface is cool.

4. Never leave your dog unattended in a parked car.

Not even if you are running into the post office for 5 minutes!

If the outdoor temp is 78 degrees, the temp inside the car parked in the shade can reach 90 degrees in minutes.

If the outdoor temp is 85 degrees and you roll your car windows down, your car can heat up to 102 degrees within 10 minutes. And it can reach 160 degrees when parked in direct sun! (See heat stroke tip, above.) Why risk your dog’s life? Just don’t do it.

Tips for Cats

While cats love to stretch out on a sunny windowsill and they tolerate the heat a little better than dogs, too much direct sunlight can cause overheating and may lead to heat stroke.

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5. Provide a cool spot.

This is like a heating pad in reverse. Freeze a water bottle, wrap it (to keep it from sticking to your cat’s hair or skin), and place it under a lightweight blanket or towel in your cat’s favorite sunning area.

6. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

When cats get hot, they get even thirstier than humans. The only way they can cool down is by drinking water. Make sure you replenish your cat’s water bowl frequently, and consider popping in an ice cube or two to keep it cool.

Or you can make CAT-sicles – popsicles for cats! Here’s how:

7. Apply sunscreen.

Yes, you read that correctly. Cats can sunburn. And overexposure to the sun can lead to skin cancer.

As you might imagine, hairless breeds such as the Sphynx are particularly susceptible to sunburns on the ears, nose, lips, eyelids, and belly. But don’t use “people” sunscreen on your cat. Ask us about appropriate sunscreens for your kitty.

Trail Buddies: Tips for Running With Your Dog, with Dr. Xuan Mai Vo

Trail Buddies: Tips for Running With Your Dog, with Dr. Xuan Mai Vo | AtlanticVetSeattle.com

Planning on training for the trail with your dog?

Our own veterinarian, Dr. Xuân Mai Võ, is a guest panelist on Trail Runner Nation, Episode #478.

Dr. Vo and ultrarunner and dog-lover, Victor Ballesteros, offer expert tips on:

  • What breeds are the best?
  • Where to find a good trail running dog
  • When can our pups start running?  How far?
  • Safety concerns for our dogs: How to deal with heat.
  • What can we learn from our pets?

Click below to listen (the discussion starts at 03:20):

How to Keep Your Pet Safe and Calm During July 4 Festivities

How to Keep Your Pet Safe and Calm During July 4 Festivities

Can you guess which day of the year pets get lost the most?

July 5.

The loud booms and shrieks of fireworks (and people) scare pets and they run off and can’t find their way home.

Planning ahead is the key to a more enjoyable holiday for both you and your pet. In this article, we’ll show you how to:

  • practice “pet fireworks safety”
  • reduce the noise factor that causes anxiety in pets

We’ll acquaint you with potentially toxic party items, and we’ll suggest tips for protecting your pet with a collar, ID tag, and microchip.

Practice Fireworks Safety

How to Keep Your Pet Safe and Calm During July 4 Festivities

Dogs seem to enjoy biting lit fireworks or chewing on spent fireworks. Lit fireworks can cause severe facial trauma and burns to the lips, nose, eyes, or inside of the mouth.

Spent fireworks contain hazardous materials. Even the dense cardboard that fireworks are packaged in can cause gastrointestinal upset when chewed or ingested.

The best preventive is to keep your pet away from fireworks

Reduce the Noise Factor

The explosive noise from fireworks scares the “pants” off many dogs and cats.

Secure your pet on a leash, or better yet, keep it inside, as far away from the fireworks as possible, in the most sound-proofed space in your home. A good location might be a closest or the basement.

Darken the room and shut the doors and windows (which not only reduces the noise but prevents your pet from running away).

Turn on white noise such as a fan, air conditioner, radio, or television.

Set your pet up with a comfortable bed and something to do to distract him from the noise.

If your pet experiences severe noise anxiety, we can recommend medications that may help decrease anxiety and relax your pet.

Banish Your Pet From Backyard BBQs

How to Keep Your Pet Safe and Calm During July 4 Festivities

Some of our prime picnic supplies spell “danger” for dogs and cats. The last thing you want to do on Independence Day is take an emergency trip to the vet, so keep your pet away from hot BBQ grills than can burn them (especially if they are sniffing around to find out what’s cooking).

Make sure your pet can’t get into any of these toxic items:

  • Alcohol and marijuana
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Corn on the cob
  • Raisins and grapes
  • Raw and under-cooked meat
  • Poultry, beef, and pork bones
  • Onions and garlic
  • Pie crust
  • Chocolate
  • Salty snack foods

For details, read these articles on our blog:

Protect your Pet with a Collar, ID tag, and Microchip

Proper ID for Your Pet: Even More Important While Traveling | AtlanticVetSeattle.com

You don’t want your pet to be one of the 7.6 million pets who are lost each year.

Even if your pet wears a collar and ID tag, those can fall off. Protect your pet with a collar, ID tag, and properly-registered microchip.

What is a microchip?

Microchips are implantable computer chips no bigger than a grain of rice. Each chip encodes a unique identification number to help reunite you with your lost pet.

The microchip is placed under your pet’s skin with a needle and syringe. The chip receives a radio signal from a scanner and transmits the encoded chip identification number back to the scanner.

Register the microchip

It is important to register your pet’s microchip, to maintain updated contact information, and to provide multiple emergency contacts in case your pet gets lost while you’re out of town.

Give your pet the best chance of being reunited with you. Call us today to schedule an appointment to have your pet microchipped.

Atlantic Veterinary Hospital in Seattle serves the following neighborhoods: Mt. Baker, Columbia City, Beacon Hill, Rainier Valley, Seward Park, Capitol Hill, Leschi, Central District, Madison Valley, International District, and Georgetown.