We’re all ready for warm weather and sunshine, but are your pets? The Companion Animal Parasite Council recommends monthly flea, tick and heartworm preventative medication monthly year-round. Heartworms are spread by mosquitoes and can cause severe, potentially fatal lung disease, heart failure and other organ damage. The parasite mainly affects dogs, cats and ferrets but there are reservoirs of infection in wildlife like coyotes as well.
There are many options for heartworm prevention including Simparica Trio and Interceptor Plus. These monthly chewable tablets contain low doses of a parasiticide that will kill any circulating heartworms before they grow into full size worms in your pet’s heart. If there has been a lapse in your pets’ monthly heartworm medications, make sure you schedule an appointment with us to ensure your dog is heartworm-free BEFORE restarting preventatives. For more information, please see the National Heartworm Society.
Hopefully by now, we are all making plans for our summer vacations! While you take this time to plan a trip for you and your family, don’t forget that your pets may need a place to stay while you emBARK on your travels! Consider boarding your pets with us at Riverside Pet Retreat! Here, your dog or cat will enjoy comfortable amenities and frequent playtime customized to your dog or cat’s personal needs and preference. During their boarding stay, you can also treat them to some additional niceties such as a private trail walk (dogs only,) a bath and nail trim, or individual cuddle time with one of our amazing kennel attendants!
If your dog needs a place to burn off some energy or to socialize with other dogs, we also offer doggy daycare. They can come for half a day or a full day to play and make new friends in a structured and supervised environment. Even the most energetic dogs will come home tired and happy! Many behavioral disorders arise when pets do not get enough exercise or are poorly socialized. Daycare can provide an outlet for those driven or anxious pups and interaction with other dogs can improve self-esteem.
You can purchase individual days as the need arises, or you can prepay for a package of 10 days for a discount. Those days can be scheduled at your convenience but are first-come, first-served so please plan ahead.
We are excited to now offer kitty daycare! This can be helpful to you if you have a long day away from home or construction projects planned and you anticipate stress or an escape risk.
Before boarding or daycare, your pet will need several required vaccines so don’t wait to reach out and learn more. Please note that the CIV (canine influenza vaccine) that is typically required is on backorder nationwide and will be temporarily waived for boarding. This is NOT the same as the Bordetella vaccine which is still required and available. We will notify you once the vaccine is in stock again.
With longer days and warm sunshine around the corner, we will soon welcome spring blooms! Keep in mind that certain plants in the garden can be toxic to your pet. One of the most common and dangerous plant toxicities we see is lily ingestion by cats. Many cats love to lick and chew on greens and ANY part of a lily plant from the pollen to the roots can cause potentially fatal kidney failure in cats. As Easter approaches, cat owners should always avoid lilies in pots or bouquets in the home. The ASPCA poisonous plant guide is the best place to check before you and Fluffy start your yard projects this season.
Warm wishes and BEE well!