Are Dog Worms A Big Deal? (Yes!)

What Are Dog Worms?

Dog worms can be a serious condition for your pup, causing a wide range of symptoms, depending upon age and breed. There are five common types of worms that affect dogs: heartworms, roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, and whipworms; and some of these dog worms are transmittable to humans. The good news is that dog worms are relatively easy to treatIf you suspect your dog might have worms, it is important to contact an online veterinarian right away to talk about treatment options.

How Do I Know If My Dog Has Worms?

Certain dog worm symptoms are attributable to the specific type of infection. Tapeworm is typically the easiest type of dog worm to spot because it is common to see white segments on your dog’s behind, in his feces, and in his living space. Other infections, such as roundworm, whipworm, and heartworm, are hard to identify without a fecal or blood test from your veterinarian because your dog may not show any signs of infection. However, major infections from roundworm and whipworm often cause diarrhea, weight loss, and vomiting; whereas heartworm can cause shortness of breath, lethargy and coughing.

What Are Some Common Types Of Dog Worms?

1) Heartworms

Overview and Symptoms:

Heartworm disease is very common in dogs and, although very serious, are totally preventable. Heartworms can be contracted through a contaminated mosquito. When the mosquito bites a dog, it spreads infected larvae through the bite wound. Once the infected larvae enter the dog’s body, they migrates to the heart and lungs where they can grow over one foot in length. Heartworms can affect blood flow throughout your dog’s body and can damage the heart, lungs, and liver. In its early stages heartworm often doesn’t present symptoms; however, in more serious cases symptoms such as shortness of breath, lethargy, and coughing are common.

Treatment:

Dogs can be treated for heartworms through prescribed medication (usually taken once a month). It is important, especially in puppies, to begin treatment within the first two months of their lives. It is recommended that puppies are tested for heartworm before they are medicated; the American Heartworm Society also advises that you have your dog tested yearly for heartworm. Schedule an appointment with a mobile vet to discuss heartworm prevention, treatment, and testing options.

Risk to Humans:

It is extremely rare for humans to contract heartworm through direct contact with a dog.

2) Roundworms

Overview and Symptoms:

According to the Companion Animal Parasite Council, roundworms are one of the most common types of worms to affect dogs, and most dogs contract roundworms at some point in their lives. Roundworms are typically caused by ingesting something that contains worm larvae. Roundworms can live in your dog’s intestines and can move from there into his lungs. It is common that your dog will not show signs of roundworm infection; however, major roundworm infections often cause symptoms such as diarrhea, weight loss, and vomiting. 

Treatment:

Dogs can be treated for roundworms through prescribed deworming medications. Heartworm medications are also an effective way to treat roundworms. Schedule a virtual appointment with an online veterinarian to chat about how to prevent or treat roundworm infection.

Risk to Humans:

Roundworms can be contracted by humans through their dogs. Infections commonly occur through contact with contaminated fecal matter.

3) Tapeworms

Overview and Symptoms:

Tapeworms are long worms with multiple segments that attach themselves to dogs’ intestines; tapeworms aren’t a serious problem, but they can cause illness and discomfort in dogs. It is important that tapeworms are treated quickly because each segment of a tapeworm has its own reproductive organs allowing each tapeworm segment to reproduce and grow in length very rapidly. There are various types of tapeworms, each with specific, targeted hosts. Your dog can become infected when it consumes the infected host. Some species of tapeworms, such as the Taenia and Echinococcus, are hosted by smaller rodents and larger animals. The Dypilidium Canium species of tapeworm is spread to dogs through fleas. Symptoms of tapeworm often include weight loss, diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and lethargy. Another common sign of tapeworms is finding white segments on your dogs’ backside, in their feces, and in his living space.

Treatment

The most effective way to keep your dog from contracting tapeworms is to keep it away from hosts, especially fleas. Many prescribed heartworm medications also contain an active drug that prevents tapeworm. If you suspect that your furry friend has contracted tapeworm, schedule an appointment with one of our online veterinarians for further information on treatment options.

Risk to Humans

Although it is uncommon for dogs to transfer tapeworms to humans, there have been some instances of dog-to-human transmission of certain tapeworms to their owners, resulting in serious health risks to the owners.

4) Hookworms

Overview and Symptoms

Hookworms are a very serious and sometimes fatal threat to dogs. Hookworms are intestinal parasites that hook themselves to the lining of intestinal walls and feed on blood resulting in internal blood loss. Hookworm larvae live in soil and can be contracted by dogs through consumption of the larvae and through penetration of the skin. Hookworm is especially dangerous to puppies that haven’t fully developed. Symptoms of hookworm include poor growth, weakness, lethargy, weight loss, and death.

Treatment

Dogs can be treated for hookworm through deworming medication, and many heartworm medications also work to prevent hookworm. It is important that puppies are treated multiple times within their first few months of life as hookworms pose more of a threat to very young dogs. Schedule an appointment with an online veterinarian at TelePAWS to talk about preventative measures and treatment options for your pup.

Risk to Humans

It is rare for an infected dog to pass hookworms on to humans. However, if dog- to-human transmission of hookworms does occur, the infected person may experience mild discomfort and can be easily treated.

5) Whipworms

Overview and Symptoms

Whipworm is one of the most common parasitical worms a dog can contract. Whipworms reside in the lining of the cecum (where the small and large intestines meet) and colon (large intestine). Dogs can contract a whipworm infection by consuming larvae that are typically found in soil. In many instances, dogs don’t show signs of a whipworm infection. However, more severe infections can lead to serious health decline. Signs of a serious infection include diarrhea (bloody or normal), weight loss, and extreme lethargy. If left untreated, whipworms can result in death.

Treatment

Annual fecal tests are recommended to determine whether your dog has whipworm. Medications are available to prevent and treat whipworm in dogs. Some heartworm medications can also control whipworm infections.

Risk to Humans

Dogs are unable to pass whipworms to humans. However, humans are susceptible to a certain species of whipworm that can be contracted through contact with contaminated fecal matter.

An Online Vet Can Help With Dog Worms

It is very common for dogs to get parasites at some point in their lives.  However, by working with an online veterinarian and having your pup tested annually for parasites, you can protect your dog and your family.  Regular parasite preventatives are the best way to treat and prevent most dog worm infections and reinfections.  Contact an online vet at TelePAWS today to discuss parasite preventatives to keep your dog and your family safe and healthy.

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Flying with Dogs

Can I fly with my dog?

Flying with your dog is more complicated today, much like air travel can be for us humans. Gone are the days of simply putting your pup in a travel crate, shuttling him off with your checked luggage, and retrieving him at the baggage claim upon arrival. This is a good thing. Yesterday’s airline travel was unsafe and scary for our furry friends. Today, depending upon the airline and the size of your dog, you may choose between bringing your dog with you into the cabin or having Fido travel in the cargo hold. Generally speaking, it is safer to keep your dog with you in the cabin than having him ride in the cargo hold; however, airline policies regarding dogs also differ depending upon the dog’s size, breed, and temperament. Federal regulations require pets to be at least eight weeks old to fly.

How do you travel with a dog on a plane?

If you’re flying with your dog, be sure to book your airline tickets early, as some airlines restrict the number of pets allowed on a flight. Also, be aware that there are usually fees associated with flying a dog, and airlines charge anywhere from $75 to several hundred dollars each way, depending upon the size of your dog. Try to purchase direct flights, as connections and switching planes can result in additional stress and trauma for your pup (think flight delays, broken aircraft, fumbling baggage handlers, damaged dog crates . . .). Be sure to reserve a non-exit row seat if your bringing your dog into the passenger cabin with you, because pets are not allowed in exit rows. Also, it’s important get to the airport early to exercise and potty your dog preflight. Some airports have special doggie-do areas beyond the security checkpoint to allow Fido one more chance to “go” before takeoff. It’s a good idea to research what amenities are available for your dog at the airports you are flying to and from, as you may decide to book your tickets based on those amenities. Sometimes it’s worth driving a further distance to another airport if it would mean less stress for your dog.

Is it safe for dogs to fly in cargo?

Some airlines will allow your dog to fly with you in the passenger cabin if your pup is in a carrier or crate that can fit under the seat. Other airlines only allow dogs to travel in the cargo hold. If your dog has to fly in the cargo hold, The Animal Welfare Act requires that cages and other shipping containers meet the minimum standard for size, ventilation, strength, sanitation, and design for safe handling. (Sky kennels provided by the airlines meet these requirements.) Also, it’s important to consider the weather when flying with your dog. In winter, it’s best to fly during the day to ensure the warmest possible temperatures for your dog in the cargo hold. In the summer, fly early or late in the day to avoid the midday heat. Depending upon the length of the flight, regulations may require that you ensure that your dog has water or food in the crate.

Speak up!

Both you and your dog deserve a safe flight. Don’t be afraid to ask your flight attendant for help. When you board the plane, try to tell the pilot and a flight attendant that your dog is in the cargo hold. The airlines already have a system for providing this notification, but it is a good idea for you to remind them.

Flying with your dog along can make a family getaway all the more fun, but it’s best to prepare for traveling with a dog on a plane.  Understanding what you need to do before booking your ticket is important to ensure a smooth trip for you and your furry travel companion.

If you have any questions about flying with your dog, book an appointment to consult with a TelePAWS online vet.

Can I Give My Dog Thanksgiving Turkey?

Ahhh, Thanksgiving. A time for feasting. . . We all tend to indulge a little too much during the Thanksgiving holiday, including our dogs. Our online vets have weighed in on how you can safely enjoy this Thanksgiving with your dog.

Turkey meat is ok, but cooked turkey bones are dangerous to dogs.

While white turkey meat can be a great protein source for your pup, our online vets warn that you should never feed your dog Thanksgiving turkey bones. Cooked turkey bones are very dangerous and can lead to serious injuries, including broken teeth, stomach blockages, and bacterial infections.

Possible consequences of your dog eating cooked Thanksgiving turkey bones:

1. Your dog can break his teeth and injure his mouth.

If you feed your dog cooked Thanksgiving turkey bones, he could break a tooth and have to have the tooth surgically removed.  Our online vets warn that, even if your dog doesn’t break a tooth, Thanksgiving turkey bones can injure your dog’s mouth in other ways, including cutting the pup’s mouth or tongue or getting a bone sliver stuck in the jaw, also requiring surgery. If your dog seems to have a mouth-related issue after eating Thanksgiving turkey bones, our online vets can assist you in determining how to assess and best address how to help your pup. 

2. Your dog can become constipated from eating cooked Thanksgiving turkey bones.

Cooked Thanksgiving turkey bones can cause constipation in dogs. While this usually can be resolved easily, it can be very uncomfortable for your pup. Our online vets can help you with remedies, including offering your pup other Thanksgiving foods, like pumpkin, which are helpful to treat dog constipation.

3. Your dog can suffer serious internal injuries from eating cooked Thanksgiving turkey bones.

Cooked turkey bones can become stuck in your dog’s stomach and cause blockages. Also, bones can splinter apart and pierce your dog’s stomach or intestines, which can cause serious bacterial infections that are difficult to treat and can even be fatal.  If the bone fragments make it through your dog, they can still cause pain and bleeding from the rectum as your dog passes them.

Keep your dog safe this Thanksgiving.

Be sure to keep the Thanksgiving turkey out of reach of your dog’s prying paws, especially if your pup is a counter surfer.  If you are preparing the turkey and are letting it rest after cooking, place it well out of your dog’s reach.  Do not leave bones in the kitchen trash.  Immediately take the bones to your outside trash can so that your dog can’t get to them. Our online vets recommend that, if you want to share some of your tasty turkey with Fido, stick with the white meat.  Be sure not to give him the turkey skin. While delicious to us, the butter and spice rubs we use when cooking a turkey can cause stomach upset in dogs, and onions and garlic are toxic to dogs.  

What should you do if you think your dog has a cooked turkey bone?

If your dog gets his paws on a cooked turkey bone this Thanksgiving, try to be calm and act quickly to remove it from his mouth.  You won’t want to chase your dog in order to grab the bone from him, as a game of chase could cause your dog to choke on the bone.  

If you’re not quick enough to get the bone away from your pup before they’ve eaten some or all of it, a visit with one of our online vets is advised, as TelePAWS is here for you and your pup 24/7 and on holidays. Let the veterinarian know how big you think the bone was or how much your dog ate. The veterinarian will be able to advise you on next steps and what symptoms to look for if it is an emergency. 

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5 Low Cost Vet Options for Pet Owners

1. Spay/Neuter Clinics Offer Low Cost Veterinary Services

If you have a pet that needs to be spayed or neutered and you cannot afford the price at your regular veterinary hospital, there are spay/neuter clinics throughout the country that offer low-cost surgeries. Many of these clinics will also provide vaccines at lower prices as well.

2. Vaccine Clinics Provide Affordable Veterinary Care

Vaccination Clinics are conveniently located throughout the country and can usually be found in the larger pet stores. Most of these clinics are not fully equipped to provide full veterinary services, but most will provide affordable preventative veterinary care for your pet. They offer
pet vaccination, anti-parasitic treatment, and diagnostic screening for all dogs and cats.

3. The Humane Society Assists With Veterinary Services

In your area, the local Humane Society may be a source for affordable pet care services and options.  The Humane Society provides Low-cost spay/neuter services to prevent over-population of cats and dogs. The Humane Society provides vaccine clinics to keep your pets’ current with vaccines. Other services may include microchip implantation, dewormer, and flea control. You and your pet may struggle with nail trimming. Affordable Nail Trimming is another service that the Humane Society offers. Some Humane Society facilities offer pet training and pet behavior advice. Coming soon…TelePAWS will be offering affordable online Pet Training and Pet Behavior services. In some areas, the Humane Society may offer mobile vet services.

4. Charitable funds like AVMF Assist Pet Owners Obtain Veterinary Care for Their Pets

The Veterinary Care Charitable Fund (VCCF) is a program created by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) to provide veterinarians with a simple and effective way to offer charitable veterinary services to clients facing personal hardships as well as a means to support animals who are injured or rescued from abuse and neglect. Only veterinary hospitals that are enrolled in VCCF can offer low- or no-cost services to clients.

5. Teleadvice and Telemedicine Provides Lower Cost Veterinary Care

The TelePAWS has experienced/dedicated veterinarians to advise pet owners on preventive care options for their pets. The convenience and comfort (for pets and owners) of being able to ‘visit’ a veterinarian from home can be an invaluable experience for many. Because pet telemedicine is a relatively new service, there may be hesitation and skepticism. With the right online vet, the experience should be comfortable, easy, and informative. Be prepared for a lot of questions. The more information that the veterinarian gets about your pet, the better the advice and prognosis. Clients can access TelePAWS’ low-cost vet services from anywhere in the U.S. 

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Behavioral Problems in Pets: Can an Online Vet Help?

Is your dog or cat tearing up your furniture? Getting into the trash? Eliminating on the floor? Does your pet have anxiety with loud noises or new people?

Behavioral issues are common in pets and can be a strain on the human-animal bond. It is important to have a discussion with a veterinarian about the problems you are having with your pet’s behavior. In most cases, behavioral modification training techniques and/or medications can be very helpful to improving your pet’s anxiety and the bond you have with each other.

Making an appointment with an online vet is an alternative to taking your pet in to a veterinary hospital or clinic. This will save you time, expense, and the added stress of getting your pet to their office. Read further to find out how an online vet can help you with your pet’s behavioral problem.

An Online Vet Can Give Behavioral Modification Advice

Many behavioral issues can be remedied with specific training techniques or changes to their daily routine. Something as simple as increasing daily walks or allowing play time at a doggy day care can have positive effects on a dog’s behavior. Changing the way you get ready to leave the house can make a dramatic difference for dogs with separation anxiety.

An online vet will listen to your concerns about your pet’s behavioral problem and will determine the best plan to help alleviate these issues. If your pet has extreme anxiety or aggression problems, you may be advised to see a professional trainer or veterinary behaviorist. In many cases, though, behavior can be modified with at home training techniques.

Underlying Illnesses and Diseases Causing Behavior Issues Can be Discussed

There may be an underlying illness or disease process that is causing your pet to have a change in their behavior. For example, an underlying urinary tract infection will cause many cats to urinate outside of their litter box and well-trained dogs to urinate in the house. Hypothyroidism and Cushings disease can increase symptoms of anxiety in dogs. Ear infections can cause dogs to be painful, making them anxious or aggressive when petted on the head.

It is important to discuss behavioral changes with a veterinarian in order to determine if an underlying problem could be the cause. If a disease or illness is suspected, your vet will likely recommend testing such as blood work, urinalysis, and sometimes imaging. An online vet can help you decide what is the best course of action when your pet is exhibiting anxiousness or other changes in behavior.

Anti-Anxiety Medications May Help

Did you know that your dog or cat can go on Prozac too? For pets that are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder or other behavioral problem, they may benefit from medications that decrease anxiety. There are several types of anti-anxiety medications which can be used to treat cats and dogs. Many dogs commonly use anti-anxiety medications during times of stress such as thunderstorms, fireworks, and visits to the vet hospital. Pets with separation anxiety and certain fears may need to stay on an anti-anxiety medication long-term to give them the best quality of life.

Talk with an online vet about whether or not your pet could benefit from a medication for their anxiety. Your pet does not need to continue to feel anxious around loud noises or panic when you leave them alone at home. Your online vet can help you choose the best treatment for their particular behavioral issue.

An Online Vet Can Improve the Bond Between You and Your Pet

Behavioral problems in pets can be extremely frustrating for pet owners. These problems, if left untreated, can lead to abandonment, abuse, or loss of compassion for these animals as well as stress in the household. Pets with behavioral issues can be costly as well. They can be destructive to their environment and can cost a lot over time on trainer fees, home repairs, etc.

Improving the human-animal bond is important to veterinarians. The goal is to improve the bond which will then increase the care given to these pets over time, giving them longer, happier lives. If you are struggling with an unruly or anxious pet, there is help available through an online vet.

Schedule an appointment for just $50 at TelePAWS and get help for your pet’s behavior issue.

How Does An Online Vet Consultation Work?

Teleadvice has been used for many years to treat people’s illnesses and provide a convenient way for doctors to treat their patients. Did you know that teleadvice is also available for your pets as well?

We will discuss the use of teleadvice and what you can expect when you make an appointment with an online vet at TelePAWS.

1. When Would I Use an Online Vet?

Have you considered using an online vet for your pet’s needs? We are here when you don’t have the time to take your pet to your local vet hospital. Perhaps you live a long distance from a hospital or you will be unable to get an appointment with them sooner than you expected. TelePAWS online vets are available at a time that is convenient for you.

If your pet is terrified of the vet hospital, try using an online vet. Your pet will have no idea that they are being seen by a veterinarian in the comfort of their own home. If you dread the idea of dragging your cat or dog to see their vet, we are here to help.

Online vets at TelePAWS can help with many different illnesses and concerns that pet owners see regularly. Common problems we advise on most often are skin allergies resulting in itchy skin and skin infections, ear infections, urinary tract infections, arthritis, anxiety and other behavioral problems, food allergies, upper respiratory infections, intestinal parasites (worms), diarrhea, vomiting, superficial bite wounds, and much more.

2. When You Sign Up For an Appointment

At TelePAWS, we have created a simple website for you to use. Just visit www.TelePAWS.com to get started.

When you are ready to set up an appointment with a vet, click on the button that says, Request an Appointment, and fill out the form.

3. How Long Does it Take?

Once you have submitted the online form, you can expect a vet to contact you by text or email within a few hours. They will then set up a time for the appointment that works best for you.

Appointments typically last anywhere from 5-30 minutes depending upon the complexity of the problem. You will be given ample time to have your questions answered.

4. What Will You Need?

TelePAWS appointments take place through teleconference using an app called Zoom.

You can download this app for free on your computer, cell phone, or tablet. If you have a bigger pet or your pet is not able to move easily, it is best to use a phone or tablet that you can take to your pet in order for the vet to get a visual look at him/her through the video.

5. How Do I Get Prescriptions?

New laws and regulations regarding prescriptions have severely limited TelePAWS from issuing prescriptions. If you need a prescription, you may need to make a traditional appointment with your local veterinarian.

If you have concerns about your pet and need help from a reliable, trusted source, visit TelePAWS for the best online vet care available.

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An Online Vet Case Discussion

More and more pet owners are finding that they have access to vet care through online services. By using an online vet, they are able to save time, expense, and the headache of taking a pet to the vet hospital every time an illness or injury occurs. Their pets benefit as well because they don’t have to experience anxiety by going into a vet’s office. The following is an example of an actual case that was seen by one of the online vets at TelePAWS.

Sophie’s Story

Sophie* is an 8-year old Dachshund who lives in Florida with her owner, Maryann*. Sophie has been a healthy dog up until recently when Maryann started to notice some concerning symptoms including a hesitancy to jump up on the bed and couch like she normally does, and her back appeared to be more arched than usual.

Sophie is an anxious dog whenever she is in new situations, especially when she goes to the vet’s office. Maryann doesn’t like to see Sophie get so scared, so she decided to research online to find out if there are any online vets that could help her. Maryann was happy to find a vet telemedicine company called TelePAWS.

Appointment With the Online Vet

Maryann made an appointment through the TelePAWS website and a TelePAWS Veterinarian contacted her quickly to set up a time that worked well to meet on Zoom for a teleconference online later that day. Maryann had concerns about Sophie’s comfort and thought she might be in pain, so she was glad that she would be able to meet with a vet online so soon.

During the conference meeting, the Veterinarian was able to watch Sophie walk and see how she moved throughout the house. The Veterinarian was also able to coach Maryann on how to perform a basic neurological and orthopedic exam in order to determine whether or not there were any areas of pain or loss of neurological function.

One test that the Veterinarian had Maryann perform is called conscious proprioception. She had Maryann flip all four feet over so that the tops of the paws were touching the ground. A dog with abnormal neurological function will not sense that their paws are turned over, and therefore will not right them like they should. Thankfully, Sophie’s conscious proprioception was normal. The only abnormality found on exam was an arched mid back that was sensitive to touch.

TeleAdvice for Sophie

The TelePAWS Veterinarian determined that Sophie most likely was experiencing pain due to a herniated disc in her spine. This disease is commonly seen in breeds with longer backs, such as Dachshunds, Corgis, Beagles, Shih Tzus, and others.

Maryann learned, through her time with the doctor, how to recognize the signs of a herniated disc, treatment options, and prevention of symptoms. Thankfully, Sophie’s symptoms were mild, so she did not need to be sent to a neurologist, but the doctor did have some recommendations for treatment.

Treatment and Outcome

The TelePAWS Veterinarian suggested that Maryann should get Sophie three medications – a muscle relaxer, an anti-inflammatory medication, and pain medicine. Maryann was also instructed to strictly rest Sophie for two weeks to allow the herniated disc in her spine to heal.

Over the following two weeks, Sophie improved daily. Maryann was surprised by how rapidly Sophie started to feel more like herself. Before too long, Sophie was enjoying her regular walks and daily routine that she was accustomed to.

*Names have been changed for privacy.

If you have concerns about your pet and would like to talk with an online vet, visit TelePAWS.

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6 Ways to Keep the Holidays Merry for Your Pets

Create a stress-free and safe holiday season for your family pets by following these 6 tips.

1. Decoration Safety

Christmas trees and other decorations present multiple hazards for dogs and cats. Follow these suggestions to protect your pets from injury:

Anchor the tree to the wall with rope or wire to prevent it from being knocked over. You can also consider blocking off access to the tree with baby gates.

Do not allow pets to drink the water from live trees. This water can have chemicals and bacteria present that can make your dog or cat sick.

Keep ornaments out of the reach of pets by not placing any at the bottom of the tree. Avoid glass ornaments that pets could eat pieces of if they fall from the tree.

Keep all other decorations out of the reach of your pets. Many decorations can lead to GI obstruction if consumed, so be certain that they are placed in an area that is inaccessible to all pets in the house.

Decorative plants such as poinsettia, mistletoe, and holly can be toxic if consumed by a dog or cat. All plants should be kept out of the reach of pets at all times to avoid exposure.

Candles can be knocked over by pets, presenting a fire hazard. Candles should be kept high enough where pets cannot reach, or consider using electric candles instead.

2. Safe Holiday Treats

Your pets will want to enjoy seasonal treats as much as you do. Be careful to prevent sickness in your pets by following these tips:

No chocolate. There is a lot of chocolate and candy around the holiday season. Since this is toxic to dogs, be sure that you don’t leave any laying around where they can get to it.

Caution with table scraps. Foods high in fat can cause pancreatitis. This can be a serious problem that may require your pets to be hospitalized. Keep treats that are safe for your pets handy to avoid giving them food from the table.

Veggies only. If you do want to give people food to your pet, give safe foods only such as carrots, plain green beans or sweet potatoes.

Tell the guests. Let your guests know what is safe to feed your pets when they are visiting your home.

Take out the trash. Be sure not to leave trash cans full with holiday food scraps after your guests leave to prevent pets from getting into it and causing GI upset.

3. Stress-free Guest Visits

While we may greatly enjoy the excitement of visitors during the holidays, our pets can be very stressed by all of the new voices, noises, and smells. Plan ahead to help them feel more at ease when this season arrives by following these recommendations:

For pets that are fearful of increased noise, it is best to keep them in a back room or a crate in a quiet area.

Consider boarding your pet at a boarding facility during the busiest days if they are very fearful of people and new sounds in their home environment.

Some pets may benefit greatly from anti-anxiety medications during times of increased stress. Speak with an online vet about whether or not your pet should be prescribed one of these medications this holiday season.

If your dog or cat is fearful of other animals, explain to your guests that they should leave their own pets at home when they visit you.

Pets that tend to bite or scratch when scared should be kept away from the guests at all times. Let your guests know that your pet is too fearful to be petted and should be left alone.

4. Watch the Doors

Keep your pets safe during the holiday hustle and bustle by protecting them from getting loose outdoors.

Make sure your guests know to keep the doors to the outside closed at all times to prevent a pet from slipping out.

If your pet is notoriously good at sneaking out the doors, it would be best if they are kept crated or at a boarding facility.

Keep your pet’s microchip and collar tags up to date in case they do get outside accidentally.

5. Travel Safety With Pets

If you are traveling with your pet this holiday season, check these tips for the safest, most enjoyable trip.

Car restraint. Purchase a car seat or harness to attach to the seat belt to keep your pet safe in the case of an accident and to prevent distracted driving. Some pets are kept in a travel kennel in the car to keep them from moving around the vehicle as well.

Medications. Some pets, especially cats, will require sedation for long car rides or plane flights. Others will need anti-nausea or motion sickness medications to prevent vomiting in the car. Although, in many jurisdictions, TelePAWS cannot prescribe medication, speak with an online vet to see if your pet would benefit from one of these medications before your next trip.

Take breaks often. Make potty breaks often so your pet can stretch and relieve themselves. Offer small amounts of water and food periodically as well, especially if it is a very long drive.

6. Have a Plan If Your Pet Gets Sick

Even when precaution is taken, our pets will get sick from time to time. Be prepared for illness and injury by setting up a subscription with an online vet at TelePAWS.com. The veterinarians at TelePAWS will be able to give you the best advice and care for your pets this holiday season.

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Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Pets

Make sure your pets are safe this Thanksgiving by following these guidelines. By paying attention to the needs of your pets, the whole family can enjoy the season.

Decrease the Stress

Thanksgiving can be hectic and noisy with house guests, new noises, children running, and a busy kitchen. These stimuli can be overwhelming for some pets, especially cats. Dogs can have anxiety with increased noise and people, so don’t assume that they are enjoying themselves with all of the guests in your home.

Cats tend to do better when kept in a small, dark area where they can feel hidden like a closet in a back room. Anxious dogs should not be forced to mingle with guests and should be kept in an unused back room or in a crate in a quieter area. Let your guests know that your pet is anxious and not to try to pet them.

If your pets become stressed around other animals, make a request that your guests not bring their own pets to your home. Even if your guests’ pets are kept away from yours, the new smells and sounds will be upsetting to them.

Some dogs and cats have severe anxiety with changes in their routines, noises, and new people. These pets may benefit from receiving anti-anxiety medication on Thanksgiving Day.

Keep Pets Safe

Pets can get forgotten in the middle of the busyness of cooking, cleaning, decorating, and entertaining for Thanksgiving festivities. Remember that there will be guests coming and going through your home who will not know to keep the dog or cat from running out the front door.

Be sure to keep your pets crated or in a back room if they tend to dart for the front door. Make sure your guests know not to let them out of their rooms or crates. For pets that do not tend to run off, it’s still a good idea to make your guests aware to keep the front door closed so the pets are safe. Dogs will make a beeline for a squirrel if given the chance.

You may even want to consider boarding your anxious pets at a facility where they will be more safe. Though many pets are anxious while boarding, they will not be at risk of getting loose outdoors or getting into the turkey.

For pets that have fearful behavior and tend to bite when scared, they should be kept away from your guests at all times. Not everyone is able to pick up on the signals that dogs and cats give when they are getting ready to bite out of fear. Make a plan before Thanksgiving Day comes to ensure that your pets will be safe and comfortable.

Hide the Turkey

We’ve all heard the stories of the dog that ate the entire turkey prepared for the Thanksgiving meal. Not only will the guests be upset by the lost meal, but your dog can become very sick. The bones can be difficult to digest or result in an obstruction if too many are eaten at one time. The fat content in many foods can be much too high for a dog, resulting in a painful condition called pancreatitis where the pancreas becomes very inflamed. These dogs have to be hospitalized many times in order to help them feel better.

Many foods that are safe for people can be toxic for pets. Chocolate, onions, grapes, xylitol sweetener, and others are not digested the same way in dogs as in humans. It is important to keep food away from the reach of your pets, and if this is not possible, the pets should be kept in a crate.

Not only do you need to keep an eye on the food on the table and counters, but the trash can as well. Be sure to empty the trash cans before allowing your pets to have freedom to visit the kitchen after your guests leave.

Healthy Holiday Treats

It is also important to tell your guests not to feed your pets. It is tempting to want to slip a little treat to them when no one is looking, but this can make them very sick. Let your guests know that the foods we eat can be very bad for dogs and cats. Many pets also have food allergies which can result in vomiting and diarrhea after getting just a small taste of turkey or chicken. You can keep a jar of appropriate, safe dog treats for your guests to give to the pets instead.

If you can’t resist giving Fido a taste of what you are having for Thanksgiving, choose items that are low in fat and without sugar. Things like carrots, plain green beans, and baked sweet potatoes without the brown sugar are healthy snacks most dogs will enjoy.

Who to Call

If you do run into a problem on Thanksgiving and you are not sure whether or not a trip to the veterinary emergency hospital is necessary, make an appointment with an online vet. They can help assess your pet, discuss the symptoms, and make a plan to help your dog or cat get better.

Make an appointment with an online vet today and get further advice for your pet’s care for just $50.

TeleVet vs. TelePAWS: Which Online Vet Solution is Right For You?

Telemedicine/Teleadvice is increasingly being used more in veterinary medicine as a way for pet owners to care for their furry loved ones. With all of the apps and websites advertising telemedicine/teleadvice for pets, how do you know which one to choose? We will compare two veterinary telemedicine/teleadvice companies to help make this decision easier.

What is TeleVet?

TeleVet is a company that helps veterinarians communicate with their clients through online apps. In order for a pet owner to use the TeleVet app, their regularly visited veterinary clinic must be enrolled in a plan through TeleVet. Not all veterinarians will use this company for communicating with their clients.

See more information about TeleVet here.

What is TelePAWS?

TelePAWS is a company that provides high quality veterinary care to all pet owners. The veterinarians at TelePAWS provide video conferencing visits at times that work best for you, including after the hours that most veterinary hospitals are closed.

The veterinarians who are employed at TelePAWS are selected for their overall medical experience, good bedside manner, and caring for animals. You can be certain that you will receive the best care for your pet by trusting the vets at TelePAWS.

Read more about TelePAWS.

How Much Does it Cost?

TeleVet costs for pet owners depends upon the individual vet clinic through which they communicate. Veterinary clinics pay TeleVet monthly to use their telecommunication services, and the clinic then sets a certain price for their consultations with the pet owner. This can be highly variable depending upon the type of consultation and what problems they are treating.

TelePAWS costs $50 per call with a veterinarian. A 4-pack of appointments can be purchased at a discounted rate of $150.00 as well. You can also sign up for a monthly subscription for $20/month, allowing you to have up to 6 appointments a year with a TelePAWS veterinarian. There are no hidden fees and setting up appointments is quick and easy!

Find out more about TelePAWS pricing here.

How Does it Work?

Veterinary clinics will determine if they wish to enroll in the services provided by TeleVet. If your regular vet does not pay the monthly fee for TeleVet, you will not be able to use TeleVet to get veterinary care for your pet. If your regular vet is enrolled with TeleVet, you will asked to pay the fees that your vet decides to charge for their time to provide the telemedicine consultation.

With TelePAWS, you will be guaranteed a consultation with an online vet at a time that is convenient for you. After you sign up for the appointment through the TelePAWS website, you will be contacted by a vet who will determine a time to meet through video conference that works for you. You will be given instructions on how to use the app for the meeting with your online vet. The process from start to finish is simple, fast, and easy to understand.

Talk to an Online Vet Today! For only $50 you can book an appointment with a vet and get help for your pet today.