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Our local groomers have informed us that they've been seeing a number of lice cases in dogs recently. We've also treated a few dogs in the past week for it. Lice are species-specific and are not transferable to humans, but can be spread from dog to dog.
If your dog has been scratching himself more than normal it could be due to lice. Lice are very small, but can usually be seen by the human eye. They look like little black dots and have a clear lining around them. They do not really look like bugs, but more like dirt. It is very easy to see the lice if your dog is infested, but many pet owners miss them especially in cases where dogs only have a few lice on them and they can be very hard to find. They attach themselves to the skin, so you have to push the fur around to look for them.
If you suspect lice, make an appointment and come and have us check your dog out. Lice is EASILY treatable with either a lice bath or a topical treatment like Frontline, K9 Advantix or Revolution (we offer all of the above). Below is a picture of a maltese with lice.
Today our friends at Animal Planet bring you some basic tips on how to train your first dog. We also have handouts in our clinic on kennel training, curbing destructive habits, and old-age pet care. As always, we appreciate our canine patients being on leashes and our feline patients in carriers. Don't have one or forgot your leash? Never fear, we have leashes and carriers in the clinic available for you to borrow.
Good Morning! We hope you and your pets are enjoying the snow outside. For some tips on how to keep your animals healthy and happy during inclement weather, check out this article by the ASPCA.
Brrrr—it's cold outside! The following guidelines will help you protect your companion animals when the mercury dips.*
Every Thursday for the month of January, St. Francis Pet Clinic will be offering a vaccination clinic at a reduced cost. A vaccination exam will be $20 and each vaccination will be $10. This is a great deal at half-off our normal cost! This offer won't last long, so call us today to schedule your Thursday appointment.
Bella was the most popular name for dogs and second most popular name for cats in 2012 in what Banfield Pet Hospital is calling a trend in pet titles inspired by pop culture, celebrities, fictional characters and athletes.
Portland, Ore.-based Banfield, researching the files of 2.5 million clients, pointed to the popularity of the movie series “The Twilight Saga” for the rise in Bella, the role played by actress Kristen Stewart. The name Renesmee, Bella’s daughter in the movie, became 42 percent more popular over the past year, Banfield reported Thursday.
The book series “The Hunger Games,” which was released as a movie in March, has influenced pet owners as well. Katniss, a protagonist in the trilogy, was 18 times more common as a dog name and 14 times more common as a cat name than it was in 2011, Banfield noted.
Others pet names likely derived from a popular film were Frankenweenie and Frankendoodle, Banfield discovered. The Tim Burton animated movie “FrankenWeenie” was released in September.
Names that may have had celebrity influence were Snooki, after “Jersey Shore” star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi; Lorenzo, after Polizzi’s son; and Blue Ivy, after singer Beyonce’s daughter.
The sports world apparently gave pet owners the idea to name their dogs and cats Eli and Ellie Manning, after New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.
A light bulb went off in the heads of viewers of TLC’s reality TV show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” because more than a few named their animals Honey Boo Boo.
In addition, music artists such as Ke$ha, Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga saw their names adopted by pets, Banfield stated.
“It's fun for us to see how creative our clients can be when it comes to their pets’ names,” said Elizabeth Lund, DVM, MPH, Ph.D., Banfield’s senior director of research. “Pet owners have strong, emotional connections with their pet, so it’s fitting they would give their four-legged family member a name that holds personal significance and reflects their interests.”
Top 10 Dog Names (2012): 1. Bella 2. Max 3. Buddy 4. Daisy 5. Bailey 6. CoCo 7. Lucy 8. Charlie 9. Molly 10. Rocky*
Top 10 Cat Names (2012): 1. Kitty 2. Bella 3. Tiger 4. Max 5. Smokey 6. Shadow 7. Tigger 8. Lucy 9. Chloe 10. Charlie*
*Source: Banfield Pet Hospital
Dr. Josh Frost, DVM is offering a special on male neuters for cats and dogs every Wednesday from now until May 1st. Canine neuters are offered at the discounted price of $100 and feline neuters at $70. Call us today at 208-726-1157 to schedule your Wednesday appointment! Neutering your male helps prevent unwanted litters and undesirable behavioral issues.
Welcome to St. Francis Pet Clinic's new website. Here, you can learn about how we started, who we are, what services we offer, and how to find us.
St. Francis was started in 1989 by Dr. Karsten Fostvedt, and the clinic has grown over the years mainly by word of mouth. This website's goal is to connect with another generation of pet owners to provide updates on clinic specials, services, and news. The blog portion of the site will also feature pet-care articles from time to time, written by our qualified and caring doctors.
We also have a Facebook page: www.facebook.com/stfrancispetclinic. Visit us there and "like" us!
Thanks for visiting us, and if you have any questions, comments, concerns or cures for cancer, contact us!
Dr. Karsten Fostvedt