National Pet Preparedness Month
Adopt a Cat Month
June 4 - Hug Your Cat Day
June 4-10 - Pet Appreciation Week
June 8 - Best Friend’s Day
June 13 - World Pet Memorial Day
June 18 - Father’s Day
June 21 - National Dog Party Day
June 23 - Take Your Dog to Work Day
June 28 - Insurance Awareness Day
Pet Cancer Awareness Month
Chip Your Pet Month
Mental Health Awareness Month
May 1 - National Purebred Dog Day
May 1 - Mayday for Mutts
May 5 - Cinco de Mayo
May 7-13 - National Pet Week
May 14 - Mother’s Day
May 19 - Endangered Species Day
May 20 - National Rescue Dog Day
May 31 - Memorial Day
National Heartworm Awareness Month
National Pet First Aid Awareness Month
Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month
April 2 - National Ferret Day
April 3-9 - National Public Health Week
April 4 - World Stray Animal Day
April 7 - World Health Day
April 9 - Easter
April 9-15 - National Dog Bite Prevention Week
April 10 - National Siblings Day
April 11 - National Pet Day
April 11 - Dog Therapy Appreciation Day
April 19 - Pet Owners Day
April 22 - Earth Day
April 23-29 - Veterinary Receptionist Week
April 23 - National Lost Dog Awareness Day
April 28 - International Guide Dog Day
April 28 - Hairball Awareness Day
April 29 - World Veterinary Day
April 30 - Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
April 30 - National Therapy Animal Day
Poison Prevention Month
Women’s History Month
March 1 - National Pig Day
March 3 - World Wildlife Day
March 3 - If Pet’s Had Thumbs Day
March 3 - Employee Appreciation Day
March 8 - International Women’s Day
March 13 - K-9 Veterans Day
March 17 - St. Patrick’s Day
March 23 - National Puppy Day
March 23 - Cuddly Kitten Day
March 28 - Respect Your Cat Day
March 30 - Take a Walk in the Park Day
February 3 - National Golden Retriever Day
February 13-17 - Veterinary Assistant Appreciation Week
February 14 - Valentine’s Day
February 19-25 - National Justice for Animals Week
February 20 - Love Your Pet Day
February 22 - Walking The Dog Day
February 22 - National Wildlife Day
February 23 - National Dog Biscuit Day
February 28 - World Spay Day
Walk Your Dog Month
National Train Your Dog Month
January 1 - New Year’s Day
January 2 - National Pet Travel Safety Day
January 5 - National Bird Day
January 6 - National Cuddle Up Day
January 14 - National Dress Up Your Pet Day
January 22 - National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day
January 24 - Change a Pet’s Life Day
January 29 - Seeing-Eye Guide Dog Anniversary
World Rabies Day - September 28th
World Rabies Day is September 28th.
This event helps bring recognition to the disease. Rabies is a viral disease that kills both humans and animals. This disease can be spread by the bite of a rabid dog and if not immediately treated will result in a terrible death that cannot be prevented once symptoms start.
How to prevent rabies:
1. Get your dogs vaccinated yearly against rabies. Dogs should be reasonably healthy when they are vaccinated to maximize their immune response to the vaccine. It is the law that your dogs need to be vaccinated by six months old.
2, If you are bitten by any animal, you must immediately wash the wound for 15 minutes with soap and running water. Use a disinfectant on the wound and then immediately need to get to a clinic or emergency room for medical advice and treatment.
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We appreciate all the hard work everyone put into making our vision work. We can't wait for all of our clients to see the new upgrade including our beautiful new tile!
Veterinary Technician Week
October 17th - 23rd is Veterinary Technician Week. We want to spend this week honoring not only our Registered Veterinary Technician's but also ALL of our staff members. We are proud to have such a great team to work with. Help us thank our wonderful staff here at Eastview Animal Hospital!
Katie Teninty, RVT
April is a very busy month for pet related awareness events. The month of April is considered Prevention of Lyme Disease in Dogs Month and National Heartworm Awareness Month. It is also Pet First Aid Awareness month, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, and there are weeks in the month that celebrate Dog Bite Prevention and Animal Control Officer Appreciation. There are also specific days in the month such as Earth Day, World Veterinary Day, Kids and Pets day, as well as National Bat Appreciation day, (those bats, although creepy to me, do a lot of good for us). Since I can't write about all of those things, I will devote this article to Lyme Disease. If you are interested, please check out the Eastview Animal Hospital Facebook page for further information on Bite Prevention, Pet First Aid, and Heartworm Disease.
Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi and dogs come into contact with it by being bitten by a tick that is carrying the bacteria. The ticks that can carry the bacteria are very common in our area. The ticks can be in grass, under decks, and in wooded areas. They favor biting areas on the dog that do not have much fur, such as the inside of the ears, around the eyes and in the "arm pit" area.
I think one of the most important points to know is that Lyme disease can affect any dog, even if they only use the outside as their restroom. I have seen Lyme disease in a chihuahua who weighed 4 pounds! Not every dog that gets exposed to the bacteria will get sick, and unfortunately we don't really have a good way to figure out which ones will get sick. If only a view into a crystal ball could help us out!
When dogs get sick with Lyme disease, they can have a fever, painful joints, and in some cases it can even result in kidney failure.
Once per year, a dog is should be tested for Lyme disease. This test is a part of the test that is done to check for heartworm disease. The test also looks for 2 other diseases that dogs can get from ticks. If a dog tests positive for Lyme disease, then we know that the dog has gotten exposed to Lyme disease. If this is the case, your veterinarian can discuss the options that you have an a pet owner. So, now it is time to address the best part of this article and that is how to prevent a dog from getting Lyme disease.
First of all, a product should be used that will prevent ticks from biting the dog. There are several products available, both in an oral and topical form. Talk to your veterinarian about the product which would be best for your dog. Please do not buy a product before consulting with your veterinarian.
The second thing that a dog owner can do is vaccinate their dog against Lyme disease. This shot is similar to dogs getting their distemper/parvo shot. It does not prevent the tick from biting the dog, but it does prevent the Lyme disease from developing.
It is also very important to check your dog for ticks every day. The least amount of time that a tick is attached to your dogs skin the better. Remember ticks are attracted to areas that have minimal hair.
Lyme disease is certainly a disease that we can associate with since it can also affect humans. It can be fatal for dogs, but it's also treatable in most cases.
I hope that after reading this, you have gained some knowledge about Lyme disease. Please make sure that you address any questions about Lyme disease with your veterinarian.
Article written by:
Dr. Lori Hickie