Is your beloved pet having a hard time standing after laying down? Not going up and down stairs lately? Had any decreases in activity or appetite? Is your pet over grooming or licking in a particular area? Humans and animals both suffer from pain. Unfortunately our pets cannot tell us they are in pain the same way humans tell their doctor, so we depend on changes in your pet’s behavior. September is Pet Pain Awareness Month so we would like to bring to light some common behaviors animals show when they are in pain. Painful behaviors may be the following but are not limited to: difficulty standing after laying down, not going up or down stairs, reluctance to jump up onto surfaces, over grooming or licking a particular area, limping, whining, decreased activity/energy, weight loss, submissive behaviors, guarded behaviors, decreased appetite, and reluctance to move. The majority of pain is chronic and hard to be detected. Many cats and dogs will not whine in pain to alert their owner because hiding pain is a natural “stay alive” instinct inherited by many animals including your pets. The best way to detect if your pet is in pain is to pay attention to changes in your pet’s behavior and speak to veterinary staff and veterinarians about your pet(s). If you are ever concerned about your pet’s pain or have any questions, we are more than happy to help you.
Did you know 95% of fleas live as immature stages in the pets surrounding? Adult female fleas lay 40-50 eggs on your pet per a day. These eggs fall off into the environment aka your house. Eggs hatch into larvae that feed on the blood found in flea feces and eventually form into Pupa. Pupa can remain dormant for months as they wait for opportunities hatch into adult fleas. Adult fleas find a host, take a blood meal, and find a permanent home on your pets. Female fleas find a home, and start producing eggs within 20-24 hours of their first blood meal on your pet. That means at a rate of 20-50 eggs a day, the adult female flea can produce 2,500 eggs in her 4-8 week adult life!