We have had our former app, Pet Pro Connect for awhile now but it is getting a MAJOR upgrade! Pet Pro Connect is becoming Televet!! Here is what you need to know.
What is it?
Televet is our new client communications app! It can be downloaded as an actual app or accessed via our website! It has several classic and new functions for both our clinic and our clients:
Message our team directly via text message
Sign pre-anesthetic (and more) paperwork ahead of time
Automatic reminders straight to your phone or email
View & request medical records
How do we switch to the new app?
This is the best part, you don’t really have to! The new features can already be found on our website (see below) and can be accessed by anyone with an internet connection.
As far as the mobile app goes, please feel free to continue using your Pet Pro Connect app! It will slowly transition to include more and more of the new features until the new app comes out. At that point, when you open the app, it will redirect you to download the new app. Easy peasy!
A quick how-to guide for finding the app:
We are so excited to bring this technology to you & bring Mannford Animal Clinic into the technological age!
Questions? Please feel free to message us or give us a call at (918)865-4733!
The Mannford-area is experiencing a drastic increase in canine Kennel Cough cases the last few weeks. We thought it appropriate that we take a moment and share what it is, what to look for, and what we can do about it.
What is Canine Kennel Cough?
Kennel cough is similar to the common cold in that it is very contagious, usually mild, and is caused by a variety of “bugs”. It is very, very contagious and is transmitted by any droplet transfer: coughing, sneezing, nose-touching, etc.
Kennel Cough Symptoms
Kennel cough is usually mild in healthy animals however, symptoms can be quite irritating to the pet and your family. Common symptoms include the following:
nose and/or eye discharge
loss of appetite
These symptoms usually start out quite mildly, but a consistent, hacking cough that may end in gagging is the most common symptom we see. Unfortunately, this is also how the disease is spread.
How do we treat it?
Treatment of Kennel Cough is focused on clearing out bacteria causing the symptoms, bacteria that could worsen the disease (lead to pneumonia), and ease the symptoms. Treatment usually consists of oral antibiotics, mild oral steroids for the cough, with or without cough syrup if it is severe enough. There are many methods of management at home as well (see below) that can ease your dog’s symptoms.
Good news, we can prevent Kennel Cough!
There is a vaccine for Kennel Cough! As a bonus, it is an oral vaccine, so not pokes for Fido. It is recommended to be given yearly, although some facilities that house several animals at once (groomers, boarders, animal hospitals, etc) require it to be administered every 6 months, depending on risk levels.
Do we have Kennel Cough vaccines?
We absolutely do! Calling ahead is required however, we do routinely stock and administer Kennel Cough vaccines!
How old does my dog need to be to receive the Kennel Cough vaccine?
Your puppy must be older than 8 weeks!
Who is most at risk for Kennel Cough?
Dogs that have not been vaccinated, that are around unvaccinated animals are at the highest risk:
Dogs that run free in the country
Dogs that share fences with other dogs
Questions? Want to schedule an appointment? Please give us a call at (918)865-4733!
Spring & summer mean not only are we more active outside, but so are our pets! Today, we decided to make a quick how-to guide for putting together your very own Pet First Aid Kit!
Please note, this is not a comprehensive or exhaustive list. If your pet has a favorite snack, that is a good thing to add! Does your pet have any regular medications? Also, a great addition. Please see the bottom of this post for great online sources to learn more!
Per First Aid Kit Checklist
Here are the absolute essentials for what goes in your pet’s first aid kit. A lot of these items work for human first aid too so feel free to make a combo human + pet kit!
Important phone numbers:
Pet Poison Control
Your primary vet’s office
The nearest pet ER
Animal control (if anyone else’s pet is involved)
The nearest pet boarding facilities
This is especially useful for hyperthermia (overheating) & hypothermia (getting too cold)
Muzzle: even NON-aggressive patients can bite when injured and/or scared (even people)
Leash & collar with ID
Gauze roll or ACE BANDAGE
Spare towels & washclothes
For cleaning and as bandage material
Medical tape (non-stick tape)
Oral syringe (like the kind that come with children’s medicine)
Non-scented medical lubricant To protect eyes & wounds
To absorb toxins in the body
3% Hydrogen Peroxide
This is to induce vomiting if needed: but please ALWAY contact Pet Poison Control or a veterinarian before induing vomiting
Please note: hydrogen repeatedly used in wounds kills new cells (hence the fizzing) & will slow down healing
Saline Solution (contact solution)
To clean wounds
Location of pet carrier (small dogs & cats)
Quick Pet Disaster Tips
These tips are for YOUR safety & your pet’s!!
If your pet is injured, they are likely scared, confused, & panicky! Please try to not be bitten, scratched, or hurt.
A hurt you cannot help a hurt them
Please do not hug an injured pet. You may accidentally hurt them & they may not respond the way you expect them too!
When you are checking them for wounds, please go slowly & gently
If they get more & more agitated, pause and give them a minute.
Drive carefully to your vet clinic
A hurt you cannot help a hurt them
Being Financially Prepared
There are many strategies for being financially prepared for a disaster. Of course having savings in the bank is the most common form of preparedness! We do have some other recommendations as well.
Our favorite pet insurance: Trupanion
We have recently partnered with Trupanion pet insurance! It is an affordable insurance that covers accidents, illnesses, & injuries. Our favorite thing about them is that they pay your vet directly. So no waiting on tiresome reimbursements.
Just like with babies, there are a lot of substances (ie medications, allergens, etc) that can pose a health risk to our fur babies! We will be updating you on some common household poisons and how to handle them! Keep an eye out for our upcoming info!