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Dog Bite Prevention May 18th – 24th

May 18-24, 2014, Is National Dog Bite Prevention Week!

Dog Bite Facts:Dog bite prevention

  • Each year, more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs.
  • Almost 1 in 5 people bitten by dogs require medical attention.
  • Every year, more than 800,000 Americans receive medical attention for dog bites; at least half of them are children.
  • Children are, by far, the most common victims of dog bites and are far more likely to be severely injured.
  • Most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs.
  • Senior citizens are the second most common dog bite victims.

There are many things you can do to avoid dog bites, ranging from properly training and socializing your pet to educating your children on how – or if – they should approach a dog. Information and education are the best solutions for this public health crisis.

Visit the National Dog Bite Prevention Week page for more information and resources to educate people about dog bite prevention.

Source: https://www.avma.org

For any questions regarding dog bite prevention, or if you would like a behavioral consultation for your pet, please call 843-884-9838 or fill out the contact form.

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February is Pet Dental Month!


February is National Pet Dental Month! Now is the time to evaluate your pet’s oral hygiene health. Many pet owners do not realize that poor dental hygiene can lead to serious health issues. Studies have shown that dogs begin to experience gum disease by the age of 4 years old. It is also important to be able to notice signs of problems – bad breath, excessive drooling, inflamed gums, tumors in the gums, cysts under the tongue, and loose teeth. Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with your vet to help you determine if your pet is on the right track to maintaining those pearly whites! Call Advanced Animal Care of Mt. Pleasant for more information @ 843-884-9838

The ASPCA has offered a great list of identifying mouth disorders:

  • Periodontal disease is a painful infection between the tooth and the gum that can result in tooth loss and spread infection to the rest of the body. Signs are loose teeth, bad breath, tooth pain, sneezing and nasal discharge.
  • Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums caused mainly by accumulation of plaque, tartar and disease-producing bacteria above and below the gum line. Signs include bleeding, red, swollen gums and bad breath. It is reversible with regular teeth cleanings.
  • Halitosis—or bad breath—can be the first sign of a mouth problem and is caused by bacteria growing from food particles caught between the teeth or by gum infection. Regular tooth-brushings are a great solution.
  • Swollen gums develop when tartar builds up and food gets stuck between the teeth. Regularly brushing your dog’s teeth at home and getting annual cleanings at the vet can prevent tartar and gingivitis.
  • Proliferating gum disease occurs when the gum grows over the teeth and must be treated to avoid gum infection. An inherited condition common to boxers and bull terriers, it can be treated with antibiotics.
  • Mouth tumors appear as lumps in the gums. Some are malignant and must be surgically removed.
  • Salivary cysts look like large, fluid-filled blisters under the tongue, but can also develop near the corners of the jaw. They require drainage, and the damaged saliva gland must be removed.
  • Canine distemper teeth can occur if a dog had distemper as a puppy. Adult teeth can appear looking eroded and can often decay. As damage is permanent, decayed teeth should be removed by a vet.

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THINK before you ADOPT- Gizmo’s story

Gizmo is back at the animal hospital as he continues his search for the perfect home. Unfortunately, the last home was not a good fit yet again. Gizmo is a very sweet and loving cat. He likes to keep to himself, although welcomes the opportunity to jump onto someone’s lap occassionally. He is 5 years old, neutered, and up-to-date on all vaccinations. Please share his story with family and friends who may be looking to add to their family. We would also like to emphasize the importance on educating yourself on adopting a pet before going through with an adoption. Please remember – these animals are desperately seeking a place to call home, and it may take a while for them to become comfortable in a new place. Imagine if you will, being rescued from living a life on the streets, sent to an animal hospital where you stayed for months, then placed in a home with a family you have never met before. Now think about staying with this family for months, slowing learning to trust them – only to have them send you right back to the animal hospital, never seeing them again. This has happened to Gizmo TWICE. He has no medical conditions, or behavioral problems, he just wasn’t a super affectionate cat. Please take the time to ask yourself some important questions before adopting a pet – What type of pet will best fit in with your family? How do you think your current pet(s) will receive a new addition? Are you prepared to cover veterinary costs in case of an emergency? Have you spoken to your veterinarian about how to introduce a new pet to your family? Adopting a pet requires not only a serious commitment on your part, but also kindness, compassion, and most of all – patience. Please feel free to call Dr. David Steele for more information on the adoption process 843-884-9838
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Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer?

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We currently have 15 kittens looking for loving homes here at Advanced Animal Care of Mt. Pleasant. They were all found outside in the harsh cold, and brought to us by compassionate people who wanted to help them. We are truly grateful to them for rescuing these kittens. Now that they are in our care, they have been vaccinated, spayed/neutered, dewormed, and are all thriving. We are currently working on socializing them, and making them comfortable with human contact. Please contact us if you or someone you know is interested in adoption @ 843-884-9838. You can find more pictures of the kittens at the following links:
http://www.facebook.com/aacmp
http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/SC297.html

Feel free to fill out an adoption questionnaire: http://www.advancedanimalcaremp.com/forms/AdoptionQuestionnaire.doc

Halloween Pet Costume Contest!

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It’s time for Advanced Animal Care of Mt. Pleasant’s HALLOWEEN PET COSTUME CONTEST!!

There are 3 ways you can enter your pet(s):
1. Post a picture on our Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/aacmp
2. E-mail us a picture at reception@aacmp.com
3. Or come into the clinic and we will take the picture for you!

ALL pictures will be posted on Facebook and the most’LIKES’ wins!

PRIZES:
1ST Place – 6 months of heartworm and/or flea prevention
2nd Place – One bag of Royal Canin Dog or Cat Food
3rd Place – One bag of C.E.T. Chews

GOOD LUCK!! Call AACMP for more details @ 843-884-9838

Gizmo & Archie: Nice Cats Finish Last

archiegizmoblog Gizmo, a 5 year old, domestic cat is on the search again for a loving home. Although things did not work out with his previous family, we have no doubt that he will be a wonderful addition to any home. This laid back cat is up-to-date on all vaccinations, neutered, and currently on flea & heartworm preventative. The reason he was returned has nothing to do with his personality or behavior, it was simply a matter of not being a “good fit” for this particular family.
Archie is in the same situation. He was originally returned, because his previous owner (for many years) moved out of the country and could no longer care for him. He, too, is neutered and vaccinated, but he doesn’t do well in a household with other cats. He was adopted by a single woman, who did not know much about cats, and couldn’t handle his “meowing” in the mornings. Clearly, this person has no previous experience with a cat or else she would know that this is quite normal behavior. Placing a small bowl of food out for him in the mornings would probably have remedied the situation. Alas, she opted to give him back to us, which we encourage all our adoption parents to do if things are not working out.
As many people know, the adult cats are always the hardest ones to place for adoption. So many who are looking to own a pet seem to be drawn to the small, cute, cuddly kittens and understandably so. Over the past couple of months we have noticed these two growing more and more depressed. They are both the type of cats who WANT and NEED a loving place to call home. They are both extremely affectionate, and although we give them as much love and attention as we can, it simply does not compare to the constant warmth and kindness they could have if they were taken into someone’s family. Please share their story with your friends and family. Please contact Advanced Animal Care of Mt. Pleasant for more details on our adoption process. You can visit our website @ http://www.advancedanimalcaremp.com, call us @ 843.884.9838 or find us on facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/aacmp
**UPDATE 10/15/13- Gizmo has been adopted, but Archie is still looking for his forever home!!

A Home for Archie

ARCHIEFB2Over the past couple of months we have noticed Archie growing more and more depressed here at the hospital. He is not the type of cat who thrives in an environment like this, because he is the type of cat who wants to belong to someone. He wants a warm lap to call his own, and a house full of love and kindness. Although we are providing as much love and attention as possible, it is clear that he is counting his days until that special someone comes in and decides he is the addition to their family they’ve been looking for. Please call Advanced Animal Care of Mt. Pleasant if you or anyone you know is interested in adopting this sweet boy. 843.884.9838http://www.facebook.com/aacmp