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Get Help for Common Pet Health Issues

cat_thinking_about_eating_fish_1.jpgFor local pet owners or patients of Solomons Veterinary Medical Center, we have put together a quick reference page that will help you prevent and treat common pet issues at home. However, some pet issues need immediate medical attention. If you are worried about your pet, please don't hesitate to give us a call at (410) 326-4300 and we'll be able to help you asses over the phone the seriousness of your current pet issue. We commonly see pets from Solomons and Lusby, as well as the surrounding areas of California, MD, Dowell, St. Mary's, St. Leonard, Brooms Island, Port republic, and Prince Frederick.

  1. Your pet is vomiting or has diarrhea. When a dog or cat vomits or has loose stools only once, it is usually not a reason for concern. Make sure to take away any food and water for 6 to 8 hours to give your pet's stomach a chance to rest. For pet diarrhea, a bland diet (boiled rice, boiled plain chicken, strained meat baby food, etc) can be helpful in preventing another episode from occurring. If your pet's vomiting or diarrhea continues, call Solomons Veterinary Medical Center at (410) 326-4300 immediately to talk to one of our vet techs. They will ask you pertinent questions and be able to help you decide what the next course of action should be. We do offer emergency pet care services (whenever the center is open) to pet patients from Solomons, St. Mary's, and Lusby.
  2. Your pet has eaten something they shouldn't have. Certain medicines, chocolate, and some other common household items can be toxic to dogs or cats. If you saw your dog or cat eat something they shouldn't have, contact Solomons Veterinary Medical Center immediately at (410) 326-4300since the needed treatment will vary greatly depending on the product that was eaten. We offer emergency pet care services six days a week (whenever our veterinary clinic is open) to pet patients from Solomons, St. Marys, and Lusby.
  3. Your pet appears to be having an allergic reaction. For any allergic reactions, pet owners should call Solomons Veterinary Medical center at (410) 326-4300 immediately to see what to do next.
  4. Your dog or cat has been sprayed by a skunk. Skunk spray is mainly oil-based, and so the best methods of getting rid of the skunk spray smell from your pet is to bath them with something that will get rid of the oil. We recommend brushing out as much skunk spray as you can with a slicker brush(clean the brush immediately afterwards!) and then bathing the animal 1-3 times with a water solution that includes baking soda, peroxide and liquid dish soap. Mix 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide, ¼ cup of baking soda, and 1 teaspoon of strong liquid soap with water. After each washing, clean the brush from before and attempt to brush out the pet's fur to help remove the skunk oil.
  5. Your pet has fleas or heartworm. Keep on top of parasites! It is important that all pet owners follow a year round parasite control plan, even if your dog or cat spends most of their time indoors. Some statistics show that up to 20% of pets (both indoors and outdoors) may have some sort of internal or external parasite such as fleas or heartworm. These parasites are easily prevented with a monthly medication that is very effective. Talk to your veterinarian about obtaining a supply of parasite prevention medication that is formulated for your pet.
  6. Your dog or cat hasn't gotten their teeth cleaned in over a year. Pay attention to your pet's dental health and make sure to get dental care for your pet at least once a year. Some pets may need a dental cleaning more often so ask your veterinarian! Pets can have significant liver, kidney and urinary system problems or illness as a result of neglected dental problems, but these are all easily prevented with an annual teeth cleaning for your dog or cat.
  7. Your dog or cat hasn't been seen by a veterinarian in over a year. Your adult pet (ages 1-7) should be examined annually by a veterinarian to make sure that your pet is healthy and doesn't have any health issues creeping up. When pets are older or younger, they may need to be seen by your veterinarian more often since older and younger pets are more susceptible to disease or illness. Your veterinarian will be able to detect problems before they start, which will help ensure that your dog or cat lives a long, healthy life.

Solomons Vet serves St. Marys and Lusby

At Solomons Veterinary Center, we commonly see pet owners with their pets from Solomons, St. Mary's, and Lusby, as well as the surrounding areas of California, Dowell, St. Leonard, Brooms Island, Port republic, and Prince Frederick. Call us at (410) 326-4300 to schedule a veterinary appointment today!