Runaway Farm Pet Hospital Frequently Asked Questions

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What months should I worry about flea and tick prevention?

We recommend year-round prevention because fleas can survive indoors throughout the winter months and ticks will be seen on any warm day in winter. When you need a quality vet, be sure to stop by our office.

 

Does my dog really need heartworm prevention?

Heartworm prevention is one of the easiest and most preventable diseases. If gone unnoticed or untreated, it can kill your dog. We recommend year-round prevention, although the months of most concern are from April through December when mosquitoes are most active. When you need a quality vet, be sure to stop by our office.

 

Why do dogs eat grass?

It is not entirely known, however, it seems to be a way for dogs to relieve gastrointestinal symptoms, parasites, or possible infections. Another theory is that they crave the micronutrients found in leafy plants or simply because they just like eating grass. If your dog is eating grass every day or large amounts of it, it could be a sign of something with greater concern and an evaluation would be recommended. When you need a quality vet, be sure to stop by our office.

 

Why does my pet have bad breath?

It could be a sign of a serious medical problem such as periodontal disease or an oral systemic infection. It should not be ignored and an evaluation is recommended. When you need a quality vet, be sure to stop by our office.

 

I don’t see any worms in my pet’s stool. Does that mean she doesn’t have any intestinal parasites?

Parasites have life cycles so the evidence of a parasite depends on the cycle it is in. The parasite could be shedding eggs in which you would not see that in the stool without analysis under a microscope. When you need a quality vet, be sure to stop by our office.

 

My dog has dandruff, should I bathe him?

What you are seeing is probably just scale, which is normally exfoliated and is a sign your pet is overdue for a grooming or a brushing. Bathing with an oatmeal-based shampoo is recommended. You could also be seeing crust, which is formed by dried serum or pus on the surface of the skin, often representing a ruptured pustule. This may require an appointment to determine treatment if it persists. When you need a quality vet, be sure to stop by our office.

 

How do I clean my dog’s ears?

Cleaning ears regularly can help minimize infection. Squirt a small amount of an ear cleaner on several cotton balls. Work the cotton ball around the ear canal and wipe the surface of the inner ear. Some ear cleaners will instruct you to place a small amount of the ear cleaner in the ear, enough where you can hear a slight “squishing sound” when you massage the ear canal by rubbing at the base of the ear. Allow your pet to shake its head then wipe away any discharge from the ear canal using a cotton ball or tissue. When you need a quality vet, be sure to stop by our office.

 

Why is my dog’s nose wet?

A dog’s nose acts as sweat glands and could mean they are discharging heat. If there is a clear discharge, it could be just a reaction to a change in temperature or seasonal allergies. Discolored discharge usually indicates something pathological such as an infection or a foreign body and should be evaluated as soon as possible. When you need a quality vet, be sure to stop by our office.