Thursday, April 14, 2016

Product Focus: Hill's Prescription Diet C/D Multicare Stress

There are a lot of products and medications available for your pets. How do you know what each one is for and if it is the right choice for your pet? The best way is to ask your veterinarian! We are also going to take a look at certain products and what the do and what possible side effects they may have. The more information you have, the better decisions you can make for your pet!

This is a great new option for cats with urinary issues! (Image Source)

Today we are going to look at a prescription diet for cats. It is called C/D Multicare Stress. Although it is a long name, it also comes with a long list of benefits. Many pet owners shy away from prescription diets as they are afraid of the price tag that comes with them, however these foods have been thoroughly studied to provide the results they claim. In fact, most prescription diets come with a 100% guarantee that you can get your money back if your pet does not like the food or you are unhappy with the results. Talk to your veterinarian that has prescribed the food to make sure this is an option for you!
This balanced diet is safe for all adult cats to eat! (Image Source)

C/D Multicare Stress is designed to help address one of the biggest problems we see in our indoor cats. That is urinary issues. This could be cats that urinate outside the box, cats that are straining in the litter box or in emergency situations cats that cannot urinate. There are many reasons cats may struggle with litter box issues. Your veterinarian will likely recommend testing to rule out urinary tract infections, urinary stones or kidney disease. Once the reason for the urinary issues has been established, many times a dietary change can become an important part of therapy.
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The great thing about C/D Multicare Stress is that it can help with many of these medical issues but can also help with some behavioral components. One great aspect of this food is that in some cases, it can dissolve struvite stones (a common stone that cats can develop) within seven days. It also works to prevent the development of the certain stones. Many cats will with urinary issues will have an underlying issue with stress. This could be from their environment or internal stress. C/D Multicare Stress is designed to help combat this as well. Ingredients such as tryptophan (like what is found in Turkey!) can help your cat to relax. Omega 3 fatty acids can also help calm down certain inflammatory processes throughout the entire body. When used in conjunction with environmental enrichment strategies you could see a much happier and well-balanced feline!

We want our all feline friends to be this happy and sometimes a prescription diet can help! (Image Source)

Prescription diets can be a very valuable part of treating and managing certain conditions in our pets. To learn more about C/D Multicare Stress, you can visit their website here. If your cat is having issues with the litter box, we would definitely recommend a visit to the veterinarian. For information on Feline Cystitis or other urinary issues you can visit veterinary partner's website here.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Happy Visits!

Some pets are really intimidated by the vet's office, here are some ways we can help! (Image Source)

It is no secret that many pets do not like coming to the veterinary clinic. We joke sometimes saying they have white coat syndrome, but this can actually be quite serious. It is sometimes the reason many of our pets (especially cats) do not get the routine care they need. Owners begin to feel bad that their pets are so scared and stressed when they come to the clinic, so many times it is avoided all together. While there are options in some areas for house visits or mobile veterinary services, that is not always possible. So what can be done to help our pets? One option is considering happy visits!
We can't blame our pets for being scared, but we can help make veterinary visits a little less stressful (Image Source)

What is a happy visit? A happy visit is when your pet comes in and doesn't have anything painful or scary done to it. Maybe we give some treats, maybe we play with a favorite toy. Whatever your pet likes we make that happen at the clinic. Depending on your pets stress level, this will determine how involved the visits need to be. For example, if your pet is stressed before it even gets in the car, we need to work on desensitizing your pet to the car ride (or carrier for cats). Leaving the carrier out year round so your cat is used to it can make travel much easier. You can also offer treats and toss toys in there throughout the year so it is not a scary place. If your dog is scared of the car, reward them every time they go near it, maybe they get half of their meal near the car, and slowly work your way up to just sitting in the car and getting back out. Then over time (and each pet is different so this could be weeks or months) you start driving to different places and rewarding them.
Treats and special rewards can help make visits a little less stressful! (Image Source)

Sometimes our pets may need a little more help than just treats and rewards. There are products available that can help! Phermone sprays such as Feliway and Adaptil can help calm anxious pets when used appropriately. There are also supplements, such as Composure Pro, that help relax your pet without sedating them or having any harmful side effects. Sometimes we need to do a combination of therapies to help calm anxious pets. It is important to remember that patience and hard work pay off! Definitely ask your veterinarian for their recommendations.
When pets are more relaxed, it makes everyone happy! (Image Source)

Once the pet gets to the clinic we may start small just offering treats and letting them leave. Or maybe getting them on the scale is a challenge, so we work on treats and petting or special rewards near the scale. Overtime maybe we have them visit with the doctor or technician so they get used to strangers handling them. This will help when they need to come in for a medical appointment to make the clinic less intimidating.
This pug seems ok with his examination! (Image Source)

It is important to know what motivates your pet. In some instances it may not be food but rather play or exploration. We have one special kitten that didn't seem too interested in treats, but loved his toys. So with every nail trim we set aside time for him to play/ explore our exam rooms. While he may never love coming to the clinic and getting vaccines, he is definitely not intimidated and not fighting his owners to get here. That is a win-win for everyone.
While not all patients will be this relaxed, we can definitely make them more comfortable with each visit! (Image Source)

Although happy visits may take a little bit of time and commitment, they will reap huge rewards for your pet in the future. If you are stopping in to pick up their monthly flea/ heartworm or just driving by we always encourage you to stop in with your pet, in hopes of making their next visit less stressful.