Newsletter

The veterinarians and staff at the Beach Veterinary Clinic are pleased to provide you with an online newsletter. This fun and fact-filled newsletter is updated on a regular basis.

Included in the newsletter are articles pertaining to pet care, information on our animal hospital, as well as news on the latest trends and discoveries in veterinary medicine.

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VIDEO: Keep Your Pet Cool This Summer

Keeping your pet cool in the summertime is a must! In this special report from the Veterinary News Network, Dr. Jim Humphries shares tips on preventing heat exhaustion and heat stroke when summertime temperatures climb.

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DOs and DON'Ts of House Training

The most important thing to remember in training a new puppy is this: puppies and dogs learn best by being praised when they do the right thing. They rarely learn by being punished when they do the wrong thing. House training is challenging, but can be made easier if you follow these basic dos and don'ts...and stick to them.

DO:
Keep in mind that a puppy is the equivalent of a human baby and has to eliminate frequently. Take the puppy out every two hours (by the clock) during normal waking hours, in addition to immediately after eating, waking and playing. It will also need to go out right before being bedded down for the night.

Pick the puppy up and take it to the same place each time. Praise and reward the puppy with a small treat immediately after it urinates or defecates in the designated place.



Allow the puppy to "go" several more times before bringing it in. Puppies don't have the ability to eliminate everything in their bladder and bowels on the first squat. If you bring it in prematurely, chances are you'll end up with an unwanted puddle or pile.

Make a loud noise to startle the puppy if you catch him in the act of eliminating in an improper place - this will make his body contract, and usually stop mid-stream - scoop him up and take him to the designated place to finish eliminating.

Thoroughly clean accident areas with a disinfectant and/or odor neutralizer.

Feed the puppy at regular intervals. This makes it much easier to regulate bowel movements and predict when it has to defecate.

Keep the puppy close to you when you are home. Confine it with a gate, or keep it on a leash that can be attached to your belt or slipped under the leg of a chair or table. This makes it easier to keep an eye on the puppy, and monitor when it has to go out.

Utilize crate training.

Be patient and consistent, and make your puppy feel like it is the best puppy in the world when it eliminates in the right place!

As important as it is to know the right things, it is equally important to know the wrong things to do for housebreaking your puppy. The "wrong" things not only hinder your house training efforts, but can cause permanent unwanted behavior. Remember, puppies and dogs learn by being praised when they do the right thing, not by being punished when they do the wrong thing.

Don't:
Reprimand or punish the puppy when it has an accident. Puppies don't have the ability to understand that they are "in trouble" because they went in the house. This only frightens your puppy and makes it think that the act of urinating or defecating in itself is bad.

Take the puppy over to it's "mess" and put his face in it or show it to him. This is meaningless to the puppy, and again only frightens or confuses it. Furthermore, their train of thought is very short, and it will not understand the message you are trying to send.

Put the puppy outside by itself to eliminate. If you are not there to praise it immediately after it goes, it will not learn that it is supposed to urinate and defecate outside. If you wait to reward it when it comes back in the house, it will think that coming back to the house is "good," not because it went to the bathroom outside. Remember, their train of thought is very short!

Have unrealistic expectations of your puppy. Puppies don't have the ability to "hold" their bladder and bowels for extended periods of time. On the average, during waking hours, they don't have the ability to hold for longer than three to four hours until they are six months old.

Bring the puppy in immediately after it goes. It takes several "squats" for them to eliminate everything in their bladder and bowels.

Feed irregularly or feed excessive amounts of treats. A treat only has to be the size of a pea, and should only be used to reward good behavior. When house training puppies, it is important that they associate urinating or defecating outside with the yummy treat that they are going to get. If treats are given "for free" then they don't develop the motivation to do the right thing.

Lose your temper, use corporal punishment, or loud verbal reprimands when the puppy slips up - because it will.

This is all part of the house training process. Your puppy's progress depends largely on your patience and consistency.

VIDEO: TICKing Time Bomb: Is Lyme Disease Increasing in Dogs Too?

We have all seen reports of increasing cases of Lyme Disease in people, but what about our canine friends? Since they spend more time outdoors and are often fond of running through high grass or brush, our dogs might be at a higher risk for contracting this tick borne illness. Symptoms can be mild, such as joint pain or arthritis or cases can become severe if the bacteria attacks the pet’s heart or nervous system. Watch this video to find out what you can do to keep your dogs safe from the “ticking” time bomb of Lyme Disease!


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Cat Scratch Disease in Humans

Cat-scratch disease is an infection caused by bacteria (germs) carried in cat saliva. The bacteria can be passed from a cat to a human by either a scratch or a cat bite. Doctors and researchers think cats may get the bacteria from fleas, although this has not been proven.

Cat-scratch disease is not a severe illness in healthy people. It can, however, be a problem in people with weak immune systems. People with weak immune systems include those who are receiving chemotherapy for cancer, those who have diabetes or those who have acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

In humans, cat scratch disease causes only mild illness. After an incubation period ranging from 3-30 days, small red papules develop at the site of the scratch or bite wound. Within 1-4 weeks, the regional lymph nodes are affected and symptoms begin to appear. Some of these symptoms include painful inflammation of the lymph nodes, fever, malaise, fatigue, headaches, and generalized aching. Chronic inflammation of the regional lymph glands is the hallmark of cat scratch disease.

Most cases of cat scratch disease do not require treatment beyond supportive care.

Most cases of cat scratch disease do not require any treatment beyond supportive care. Young cats generally transmit the disease. As cats mature, they are less likely to spread the disease.

Cat scratch disease typically begins after a scratch by a cat to the hand or forearm. The organism that causes the disease can also enter the skin through a pre-existing cut or sore. If the disease becomes severe, it can progress to a systemic or relapsing infection.

You should always wash any cuts, bites or scratches promptly with an antiseptic soap and water. Cat owners should discourage rough play with their cats, and children should be taught not to harass a cat to the point of scratching or biting.

How do I keep from getting this disease?

  • Wash your hands after handling a cat.
  • Discourage your cat from scratching or biting you.
  • Rough play should be avoided.
  • Keep your cat's nails trimmed short.
  • If your cat tends to scratch frequently, talk to your veterinarian about behavior modification or nail caps for cats to help minimize scratches.
  • Wash all bites or scratches immediately with an antiseptic soap and water.
  • Cats should not be allowed to lick open wounds on your body.
  • Use good flea control on your pet and in your home.

If you are scratched or bitten by a cat and symptoms of CSF appear, contact your physician immediately.

VIDEO: The Down and Dirty on Fleas!

Everyone knows that fleas can be a major nuisance, but, what’s the best way to get rid of these pests? Fleas reproduce very rapidly and have been known to carry a variety of diseases and parasites, so it is important to understand how to break their life cycle. Treating the pets to kill the adult fleas is essential, but you must also attack the remaining 95 percent of fleas living in the environment. Watch this video for a few tips and tricks about keeping fleas away from your pets!


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Speed Of Some Animals
Cheetah70 mph
Thompson’s gazelle50 mph
Quarter horse47.5 mph
Elk45 mph
Greyhound39.35 mph
Rabbit (domestic)35 mph
Reindeer32 mph
Coyote43 mph
Gray fox42 mph
Hyena40 mph
Zebra40 mph
Jackal35 mph
Whippet35.50 mph
Cape hunting dog45 mph
Mule deer35 mph
Lion50 mph
Wildebeest50 mph
Pronghorn Antelope61 mph
Giraffe32 mph
White-tailed deer30 mph
Wart hog30 mph
Grizzly bear30 mph
Cat (domestic)30 mph
Human27.89 mph
Elephant25 mph
Black Mamba snake20 mph
Six-lined race runner18 mph
Wild turkey15 mph
Squirrel12 mph
Pig (domestic)11 mph
Chicken9 mph
Spider (tegenaria atrica)1.17 mph
Giant Tortoise 0.17 mph
Three-toed sloth0.15 mph
Garden snail0.03 mph