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Holiday Cat Safety Tips

Holiday Cat Safety Tips in New Orleans, LA

From decorations to toxic foods, the holiday season can be a dangerous time for a cat, but the team at The Cat Practice in New Orleans is determined to make it safe for your feline friend. Consider the following holiday cat safety tips, and have a very merry Christmas and joy-filled new year with your family!

Christmas Decorations in NOLA

They shine, they sparkle, and they add a nice finishing touch to Christmas trees and gifts, but some of those decorations can be hazardous to your cat. High on the list are tinsel, garland, and ribbons. You’re probably well aware of the curious nature of cats and how easily drawn they are to stringy, sparkly things. Many cats have been known to even eat these things, but this can result in intestinal blockage and land them in the emergency room for pet surgery. We know that’s the last place you want to spend the holidays with your cat, so keep these stringy decorations out of your cat’s reach or simply avoid using them altogether.

Seasonal Plants Could be Dangerous for Cats

Is there mistletoe and holly hanging high above your doorway? If so, make sure it stays up there, out of your cat’s reach. Mistletoe and holly are just a couple of the many plants that are known to be mildly to moderately toxic to cats. If ingested, symptoms can include your cat to vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and even seizures. Other toxic seasonal plants include poinsettias (mildly toxic) and lilies (moderately to severely toxic). To keep your cat safe, simply keep these poisonous plants out of their reach or buy artificial plants instead.

Christmas and New Years Parties for Cats

Hosting a Christmas or New Year’s Eve party at your place this year? Don’t forget to consider your cat’s safety during the planning. If your cat is the social type, make sure to keep an eye on them around your guests, especially if your cat has claws. Remember to also consider the possibility of any of your guests having allergies. If you decide it’s best—both for your cat and your guests—to not include your furry friend on the party festivities, keep your cat in a separate room where they can relax.

If you have any questions about these cat holiday tips, or if you’d like to schedule an appointment at The Cat Practice, give us a call at 504-525-6369

New Orleans’ 2016 Cat Practice Calendar

Calendar for Cats and Kittens in New Orleans

It’s that time of year again. We all had so much fun with our 2015 “Cat Practice Family” calendar, we’re going to do it again for 2016! If you want your kitty to be a poster pin-up cat, take your best shot and send it to The Cat Practice so we can highlight your feline family member as a monthly model for our 2016 cat calendar. We will pick the best photos submitted to represent each month.

Photo Submission Rules and Instructions:

Kitty photos will be accepted until November 1, 2015. If you would like to submit your cat’s photo for display on our 2016 calendar, please e-mail it (maximum of three pictures per cat) to calendar@catpractice.com. Pictures should be no smaller than 1 megapixel. Please also include the following information with your e-mail submission:

  1. Your name
  2. Your pet’s name
  3. City, state, and country
  4. The following statement MUST be copied and attached to your photo:

I agree that I am an amateur photographer of at least 18 years of age. I hereby grant The Cat Practice, Inc. the non-exclusive royalty/free irrevocable rights, exercisable in its sole discretion, to use, reproduce, copy, publish, display, distribute, perform, translate, adapt, modify, and otherwise use the images (in whole or in part) and to incorporate the image(s) in any and all market and media. I have the exclusive right to grant such rights to The Cat Practice, Inc. I agree to allow use of my cat’s name in publicity or advertising without compensation. I understand and agree that The Cat Practice shall have no obligation to copy, publish, display, or otherwise use the images, nor shall it be obligated to prevent or have any liability for, any unauthorized copying, publishing, displaying, or use of images.

When Will the Calendars Be Available?

The 2016 Cat Practice Calendar will be available for Christmas, just in time for the New Year, and will make great stocking stuffers. So, send your best kitty pics today, and give us a call at
(504) 525-6369 if you have any questions. We can’t wait to see your photos!

Keep Your Cat Safe in a Heat Wave

The temperature is soaring, and it’s only going to get hotter. Make sure you know how to keep your cat safe in the summer heat.

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  1. Watch out for heatstroke. Symptoms include panting, lethargy, drooling, fever, vomiting and collapse. If you think your cat may have heatstroke, get the vet ASAP — the condition can cause permanent organ damage and death. Learn more about heatstroke in pets.
  2. Offer your cat several ways to cool off. Leave a fan on in a place where your cat can sit in front of it, add some ice cubes to her water or offer her a cool treat (check out our recipe for catsicles.)
  3. Let your cat find cool spots in the house. Your cat will seek out the cooler parts of your home, so make sure she has access to areas with tile floors or rooms that don’t get much sun.
  4. Play in the morning or evening. Any exercise should take place during the cooler hours of the day. This is especially important for young kittens and seniors, both of whom are very vulnerable to heatstroke. (If your cat has just eaten, make sure you give her some time to digest before you begin playtime.)
  5. Brush your cat often. A well-groomed, tangle-free coat will help keep your cat cool. (Learn more about grooming your cat.)

 

Article originally published by PetFinder.

Caring for pets during emergencies

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Nothing says it better than the horror story from Hurricane Floyd: A man was leaving his flooded home when he noticed a neighbor’s dogs swimming in circles around the yard. Wondering why the dogs didn’t simply swim to safety, the man swam over to investigate. To his horror, he found that the dogs had been left chained to a stake in the yard and were swimming frantically just to stay alive. He was able to rescue the dogs, but stories such as this pointedly demonstrate the need for to you to have a good action plan in place in case a natural disaster strikes your home. In this case, the dogs’ owner most likely had been told to leave everything behind and flee as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, his dogs nearly lost their lives as a result.

In the event of an emergency, your life and your family’s lives are the first you should be concerned with. You should only look to save your animals once you are sure you and your family will be safe. But once you are safe, you most likely will want to ensure the safety of your pets. Are you prepared?

Consider your location

First things first. You can only be prepared with a plan of action if you know what you’re planning for, so take some time to think about the area you live in. Some areas are naturally prone to certain disasters California’s earthquakes, for example. Find out what types of disasters have previously struck your area hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, blizzards, etc. Contacting your local emergency management office or Red Cross will help you to identify what could affect your particular neighborhood. You should also plan for non-natural disasters fires, gas leaks, chemical spills, etc. If, for example, there’s a big chemical processing plant in your area, then you need to be aware of the possible dangers so that you can react if need be. No matter where you live, you’ve got your own special brand of disaster just around the corner, and it may strike at any time.

If You Leave, They Leave

In the event that you have to leave your home, take your pets with you. If it isn’t safe for you to be there, it isn’t safe for them either. Too often people rationalize that their pets’ instincts will kick in, and they’ll be okay. Even if your cat, who has spent the last six years of his life hunting only the fake mice you pull around on a string for him, does have the instincts to survive, it doesn’t mean that the conditions are survivable. No drinkable water for you means no drinkable water for him too. Of course, you have to have somewhere to take your four-legged friends–Red Cross disaster shelters cannot accept pets. Make a list of all the places with in a 100-mile radius of your home where you might be able to take your pet if the need arises, include boarding facilities, veterinarians with boarding capabilities, hotels that will accept pets (ask if they’ll allow pets during a disaster situation), and animal shelters. (Use animal shelters only as a last resort, as they will be overburdened with other animals whose owners did not plan for them). Also, you need to gather your critters inside the house as soon as you are aware that you may have to leave, so that you can easily get them when it’s time to go. Then, when you do leave, make sure you have your little friends under firm control–even the best behaved dog can become scared during an emergency, making his behavior less than predictable.

Be prepared

Like a Boy Scout, you should always be prepared. This means having a disaster kit in your home as well as a smaller version in the trunk of your car if your pet routinely rides with you. Make sure that your pet’s kit is contained in something that is easy to pick up quickly and take out the door with you. You should replace this food and water every six months and rethink your pet’s needs for the kit once a year to make sure that the supplies meet your current needs the same collar that fits your new kitten is not likely to fit him a year later.

The kit should include a week’s supply of food and water in nonbreakable, airtight containers to ensure safety and freshness. If you pack canned food you’ll want to make sure you have a hand-held can opener too. And don’t forget a plastic dish that can double as a food and water dish. An extra collar and leash are also important things to have in your kit. You should also have a portable kennel for each of your critters handy. The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says that the official Red Cross policy is that there are no animals allowed in emergency shelters, but they have been known to make exceptions if the animal is securely confined. Pets such as birds will obviously have to have a carrier of some sort as they cannot be leashed. You will want to make certain that you have a well-stocked first-aid kit for your pet that includes tweezers, gauze bandages, first aid cream, antiseptic spray, and hydrogen peroxide. Ask your veterinarian about storing any medications that your pet may need to take regularly.

All the right papers

Many people have their home telephone numbers on their pets’ ID tags. You may want to have an extra set of tags made that list the number of a friend or family member outside the area so that if your phone lines are down, or you’ve been evacuated, your pets can still make it back to you. Another option is to simply include an out-of-area number on your pets’ everyday tag, which can be useful if you’re away on vacation too. And many people don’t have tags for their cats at all, even though they should. According to the 1996 National Council on Pet Population Study, out of one million dogs and 580,000 cats that were taken in as strays, only 17 percent of the dogs and two percent of the cats made it back to their owners. The American Humane Association strongly believes that tags are your pets’ ticket home. You may also want to consider having your pet microchipped or tattooed. And finally, don’t forget the paperwork. Have a copy of your pet’s recent vaccination records in your kit–some boarding facilities may require them before they will take your pet in. A recent picture of your pet may also come in handy if you should become separated and need to make “Lost” posters. Hopefully you won’t ever have to put them up, and hopefully you’ll never have to use your disaster plan. But if you do ever need it, you’ll be very thankful that you were prepared; it could make a trying time a bit easier for you and your faithful companion.

Source: http://www.aaha.org/pet_owner/pet_health_library/general_health_care/caring_for_pets_during_emergencies.aspx

Disaster Preparedness Tips

You may have heard about, if you were not part of, the natural disasters that have happened around the world.  One thing we know for sure is that hey can happen at any moment, so it is important to be well prepared.

Emergencies come in many forms, and they may require anything from a brief absence from your home to permanent evacuation. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep your pets safe. The best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to be prepared.

Here are 3 easy steps that will help you get started on disaster preparedness.

Step 1: Get a Rescue Alert Sticker to let people know pets are inside your home.

Step 2: Arrange a Safe Haven in the event of evacuation.

Step 3: Keep an Emergency Supplies and Traveling Kits handy and make sure everyone in your home knows where it is kept.

 

Source: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/disaster-preparedness

Dr. Cousins on WWLTV Discussing Feline Heartworms