All of us at Waggin’ Wheelz Veterinary Services understand why it’s called the Great Canadian Outdoors! We also understand all the not-so-great things that come along with that. In the summer we see an increase in itchy skin, shakin’ ears, animal encounters and other injuries from the increased amount of travel and activities that the season brings.
With all this outdoor activity, ticks were a hot topic this year! We saw ticks early in the year with large populations proving to be a force to be reckoned with. We would like to give a shout out to all the wonderful and responsible pet parents in our area for taking preventative measures to protect their family members from sickness and disease that ticks can bring. We would like everyone to know we are doing our part as well. Waggin’ Wheelz Veterinary Services is participating in a tick surveillance study (specifically the Black-Legged Tick) through the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. We have our fingers crossed that next year we will not have such a brutal tick season, and that we will be able to learn more about populations in Saskatchewan.
Enough about ticks, we have some more exciting news! We now have our dental machine set up and are ready to start booking dental cleanings for your canine and feline companions. If dental disease is already present, brushing and other dental homecare remedies are not enough to remove the heavy plaque and tartar that builds up on the teeth. It is important to combine homecare with regular professional cleanings in order to maintain your pet’s healthy mouth. If you think your pet could benefit from a dental scale and polish please contact the clinic to book or to simply chat about dental care. We will also be offering complimentary dental exams.
Lastly, Waggin’ Wheelz Veterinary Services will be closed for summer holidays from Monday, July 23rd to Friday, July 27th. Please plan ahead for any food, medications, treats or any other needs your pet may have so we can have you covered! We will be open for regular business hours on Monday, July 30th. Dr. Kaylee will be resuming weekend call after the August Long Weekend. We wish everyone a safe, healthy and happy summer!! Happy tails!
A Little Q & A: Frequently Asked Questions
How long should I treat my pets for tick prevention?
A: As long as we see ticks! Ticks thrive in warm, humid areas (long grass, woody areas etc.). Previously, during the hot summer months they would tend to die off as they do not do well with extreme heat, however this year they seem to be never ending! That being said, if you are planning to spend your July and August in your dry back yard, you may not need further treatment. If you are going to be doing a lot of hiking, camping or other adventurous activities at the lake, it may be a good idea to continue treatment over the summer.
Does my pet need to go under anesthesia for a dental cleaning?
A: Yes. Unlike humans, we cannot tell our furry family members to stay still while we probe their mouth in some potentially painful areas, so anesthesia is necessary to complete a thorough cleaning, polishing, and oral examination. Furthermore, it is important to remove plaque from below the gumline and this is a feat that would not be possible with an awake patient. This hidden plaque can very quickly cause gum disease and affect the ligament attachments and bone surrounding the teeth, leading to loose, painful teeth. For this reason, “anesthesia free dentals” are absolutely not recommended. While they may make your pets teeth LOOK fabulous, they leave behind serious disease that will cause more problems in the long run.
Does my dog need any special medications for traveling outside the province?
A: The answer is generally yes. We strongly recommend all pets be up to date on their core vaccinations, including rabies. It is usually a requirement for your canine friends to have a Bordetella vaccine (“kennel cough”) if they are going to be spending time at a boarding kennel. If you plan to be travelling outside the province to heartworm endemic areas (ie BC, Manitoba, Ontaria, certain US states) then heartworm prevention is recommended as well. Please contact us about your specific travel plans and we can tailor your pet’s care accordingly.
What should I do if I see a stray animal?
A: We live in very small, tight knit communities. Chances are if you have picked up a stray, it belongs to someone close by. At Waggin’ Wheelz, we encourage pet owners to make sure their pet has at least one form of identification. Whether it is a collar with their name, town registry or an electronic microchip*, these all help us locate the owner quickly and efficiently. If the stray animal is found without identification, a great tool to help reunite the lost animal with the family is through social media. Talking to neighbours or calling your local vet to scan for a microchip and see if the animal is familiar to them is also another good first step. It is not always the case but usually the lost pet is claimed the same day it is found.
*Microchips are a permanent, low-cost form of identification for cats, dogs and many other species. A microchip, approximately the size of a grain of rice, is inserted between you pet's shoulder blades. Implantion is quick, easy and virtually painless (similar to a vaccine injection). Microchips are great for cats who notoriously lose or refuse collars or other pets where wearing a collar may present a safety hazard.