Sep 03 2006

U.S. War Dog Memorial, Pets and Weight, Help! My Pet’s Been Skunked!

U.S. War Dog Memorial
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial has just unveiled the first state-sponsered canine war memorial in the country. The memorial, located in Holmdel, NJ, honors the four thousand dogs that served in Vietnam, as well as some from World War II and Korea. U.S. War Dogs have also served in Panama, Haiti, and Bosnia, and are presently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Visit www.uswardogs.org for more information.

Pets and Weight
Did you know that up to 60% of all adult dogs are overweight or likely to be overweight due to age and activity level? Five pounds doesn’t seem like much, but on a 17 pound dog it is the same as 50 extra pounds on a 170 pound person. Obesity in pets can lead to heart and respiratory problems, diabetes, stomach ailments, and ligament and joint stress.fatcatweb

Help! My Pet’s Been Skunked!
skunkIt happens to all of us. You let Fido out for the last “go” of the night and he comes face to face with a skunk. If this happens to you, there are steps to take to rid your pet of the smell. First, check out your pet’s eyes, nose, and mouth, a skunk’s favorite spray area. If affected, try rinsing well with fresh water. If his eyes still look red or he keeps rubbing his face, he needs to be seen by a veterinarian who can treat these symptoms. If his head and face area checks out OK, there are remedies to try to remove the smell from his coat.

Home remedies include the traditional tomato juice or one might also try the following mixture: one teaspoon dishwashing liquid and one cup baking soda dissolved in one quart of hydrogen peroxide (3%). Both these remedies are more effective if the pet is bathed in pet shampoo first and then the remedy followed by a thorough rinse with clean water. Their true effectiveness, however, is up for debate.

Seemingly more effective are commercial products specifically designed to remove skunk odor such as Skunk-Off, which comes in shampoo and spray-on form. These are available from our hospital. With skunk season seemingly in full force right now, it might be a good idea to stock up. Better safe than sorry!

If your pet has encountered a skunk, it is extremely important to recognize the risk of contracting rabies from that skunk. If you believe your pet actually came in physical contact (biting, being scratched, etc) with a skunk, then a rabies vaccination booster would be necessary even if he is up to date on his shots. Please contact our office for a booster or any questions.

Most weight problems go hand in hand with inactive pets. If your pet falls in this category, check with any of the vets at the Blairstown Animal Hospital for advice on proper diet, exercise, and possible medical tests to help your pet live longer.

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