By: David T. Smith, DVM Hurricane season officially runs from June 1st through November 30th of this year. Have you begun your hurricane preparations? While we are all advised to begin gathering the supplies we will need before the season begins, most people are not motivated to even think about assembling their hurricane kits until … Read moreA Pet Owner’s Guide to Preparing for Hurricane Season
What are the risks to dog walkers during the COVID-19 pandemic? As more of your clients begin social distancing, you may temporarily find yourself with fewer dog-walking jobs. However, many clients working from home may still want you to provide daily exercise for their dogs. It is important to understand how to do so in … Read moreDog Walkers During COVID-19
What are the risks to pet sitters during the COVID-19 pandemic? As your pet-sitting clients limit their travel in order to practice social distancing, you may find that you are faced with fewer pet-sitting jobs. However, some pet-sitting clients may still need pet-sitters if they are working long shifts, traveling to care for a family … Read morePet Sitters During COVID-19
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. Many parts of the world are practicing social distancing as a means to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve. The situation is changing rapidly and while people have been stocking up on non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies, and … Read moreCOVID-19 and Your Supplies for Your Pet
What is COVID-19? COVID-19 is a human respiratory disease that was initially discovered late in 2019. This disease is caused by a new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, that has not previously beenidentified. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause a variety of diseases. The common cold in humans is caused by a type of coronavirus. Different … Read moreSocial Distancing and Your Pet During COVID-19
The health and safety of all Meadowrun Affordable Pet Care employees and clients are of utmost importance and we wanted to provide you with information about the proactive planning measures and actions we are undertaking. We know issues like this can be stressful and we are saddened for the people and families who have been … Read moreAn Update on Our Policies & Procedures
What exactly is tracheal collapse in dogs? The trachea is the windpipe through which dogs-and all of us-breathe. It is a tube that is held open with circular rings of cartilage, just like rings that hold up the play tunnels through which young children crawl. When those rings break down and can no longer hold … Read moreTracheal Collapse in Dogs, Is Your Pet at Risk?
Beautiful, but deadly. Watch out for these toxic plants for pets! April showers bring May flowers! Now that the spring season is approaching, many people will begin gardening, as well as purchasing plants and flowers. As gardens begin to grow and homes and yards become filled with green plants and vibrant blooms, we need to … Read moreToxic Plants for Pets: Beautiful (But Deadly) Blooms This Spring
Grooming in Brandon, Do’s and Don’ts! There is more to bathing a pet than just soap and water! The most important consideration is how your dog or cat responds to a bath and what you can do to make the experience as pleasurable and pain-free as possible. Most cats are not fond of water, so … Read moreHow-to Bathe Your Pet Properly
Cats can get heartworm disease too! Many people are familiar with canine heartworm disease, but did you know that it is a serious condition in cats? The symptoms of feline heartworm disease are vague. They can range from a slight cough, vomiting, sluggishness or difficulty breathing. And, of course, the most common-and most terrifying-indicator: sudden death. Sudden death … Read moreSudden Death in Cats: Could It Be Heartworm?