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From the weight loss journey of Mac the Cat, to keeping your pets safe from household poisons, our experts will provide you with relevant, educational information. Together, we can keep your furry family members safe, happy and healthy!

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    My dog keeps itching…

    We know you’re starting to panic! When your pet seems to have an itch they just can’t scratch (enough), it’s time to check for the signs of fleas and ticks. These little parasites survive by ingesting blood from a host, like your pet. Typically, your pet will attract these pests after being outdoors, and while they can attract fleas and ticks year-round, we know they are about to spend a lot more time outside as it warms up.

    If your pet begins to experience abnormal scratching and licking, red patches of skin, hair loss, and flea “dirt,” there is a very good chance they have fleas. If your pet has a lump, wobbly walk, difficulty eating, cough, or inability to stand, a tick could be using your dog or cat as a host. Both fleas and ticks can cause your pet to develop very serious, and even life threatening, illnesses. It is very important that you consult a veterinarian right away if your dog or cat is experiencing these symptoms. Your vet will work with you to find the right treatment to get your pet back to good health!

    It’s all about prevention!

    While the repercussions of attracting fleas and ticks can be very scary, it is important to remember that you can ensure your pet is protected. With the help of your vet, you can pick a preventative option that fits your pet’s lifestyle and preferences.

    • Topical treatments will kill the parasites before they hatch and repel them from even contacting your dog or cat.
    • Collars are waterproof and odorless and prevent infestations.
    • Shampoos provides monthly control and relief if your pet if it has already experienced itching.
    • Sprays easily apply and can even be helpful for repelling mosquitoes.

    We also recommend trying to limit access to other wildlife in your yard like opossums and raccoons that may have exposure to fleas and ticks and consider professionally treating your home and yard.

    Give us a call at 563.441.7560 to schedule your visit for tick and flea prevention today!

    Bunny Basics

    They’re fluffy and cute but stop right there if you’re thinking about getting a pet bunny this spring. While bunnies can be great companions, they’re also pretty high-maintenance roommates.  Before the Easter Bunny brings your family a new pet, make sure you know the basics to ensure the best care possible.

    Let’s get the lingo down first. Bunny is an informal term used for rabbits. Rabbits have long ears, furry bodies, a divided upper lip, and legs designed for jumping, just like a similar mammal – hares! Hares are larger than rabbits, but their biggest distinction is how they choose to pick their residence. Hares create nests with grass, while rabbits create burrows. While there are exceptions, hares are not typically domesticated. The animal that would be best suited for your home is a rabbit.

    There are many rabbit breeds, so you will want to make sure you do your research for selecting the type of bunny that will fit cohesively with your family and home. After you’ve selected the breed, go through this checklist to prepare for your new friend:

    • Rabbits are considered exotic pets, so make sure your vet has experience with bunnies. At Klein Animal Clinic, we have many rabbits that come for their care and can help keep your new pet healthy and happy.
    • Bunnies need to be spayed or neutered to ensure more rabbits don’t arrive. Altering will also help with unwanted behaviors like marking.
    • Prepare your home by keeping loose items off the ground and define a specific space to keep a paper-based litter box.
    • They’re picky about where they sleep so make sure you have adequate housing. Rabbits minimum space should be four times their size, without a wire bottom. We recommend a pen or specific room for the bunny to roam.
    • Provide them with soft bedding and a place to “hide” like a pet playhouse.
    • Make sure you understand the food your specific breed of rabbit needs to stay nourished. Hay, pellets, vegetables, treats, supplements, and water are all part of a balanced diet.
    • Bunnies are very social so create a schedule that includes daily play and multiple spaces in your home for your pet to explore.

    Rabbits can live for 8-12 years, so before finally bringing one home, make sure you’re ready for the commitment!

    Need more assistance researching for your new pet? Visit www.petrabbitcare.org for more detailed tips and give us a call at 563.441.7560. Already have a pet rabbit? Share photos of your furry friend on Facebook!

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