Happy Pets at the Vets

Veterinary care is essential to maintaining your pet’s health and longevity. Many pets are incredibly tolerant of handling by strangers. These pets take visits to the veterinary hospital in stride. But some individuals are fearful of unfamiliar surroundings and events. Extra care must be taken to ensure that these pets have good experiences at the veterinary office.

Our Year In Review

2017 has been an amazing, full year here at Seattle Veterinary Associates. With so much going on it’s almost impossible to stay caught up!  Here’s what you may have missed!

  • Green Lake Animal Hospital underwent a MAJOR renovation!
  • We replaced the cages in our Green Lake Animal Hospital and donated the old but still sound cages to a small rescue called Preventing Homeless Pets located in Benton City, Wa.
  • Staff Attended an all-SVA meeting on creating a fear-free practice. From learning how to create a more calming atmosphere to new pet-handling techniques the all-day meeting was a great fit for our goals!

Your Place Or Ours?

There are many times when staying at home with your pet and having medical services come to you is a better option.  A few examples include: your pet is stressed by hospital visits, in discomfort and difficult to move, or coming toward the end of their life. For this reason, Seattle Veterinary Associates offers at-home veterinary technician appointments and euthanasia.

Rabies, Bats, and your Pets

So far in 2017 two bats have tested positive for rabies within the Seattle city limits. One was found in Green Lake Park while the other was located in Ballard. Anyone having direct contact with bats is at risk for contracting the rabies virus.  These two bats are part of a marked increase in the percentage of rabies positive bats in our county. This number is not so high as to be alarming, but it is high enough to take note and consider the possible impact to you and your family.

While humans can be told to avoid direct contact with bats, this is not so easy with our pets. With a large number of dogs walking with their owners every day and cats roaming the neighborhoods, sick or dying bats become an attractant that few animals can resist. These pets are at risk for contracting the disease which becomes a risk for their human family members.

Not every bat has rabies, but because of the seriousness of the disease, it is safest to treat any bat you or your pets come in contact with as being infected. Should you or your pet interact with a bat, the King County Department of health has created a page with instructions on how best to deal with the situation:

Animals in early stages of rabies infection may show no symptoms but are still contagious to both humans and other animals. In most cases, pets that become infected are not diagnosed until after they have begun to show symptoms. Once symptoms of rabies develop there is no treatment. 

Those who have already chosen to vaccinate their pets for rabies can take comfort in the fact that their pets are protected. For those who find their pets are due or overdue for a rabies vaccine, it is advisable to seek vaccination as soon as possible. Making sure your pet is vaccinated against rabies is the number one way to help ensure the safety and health of you, your family, and your community.

Joyeeta De, DVM

Pet Food and Salmonella

Summertime is picnic time.

Yummy meals of hearty foods we all love eating together, outdoors on our decks, in our yards, or at public parks. As a community veterinarian with my public health knowledge, summer also brings mild concerns for food poisoning and outbreaks of Salmonella for picnic goers like me. We all know a bit about proper food handling in order to prevent this serious warm weather problem.

But what about preventing a more hidden and similarly sinister problem, every single day that involves food handling of a different type? I’m talking about feeding our beloved pets THEIR daily meals and treats, yet avoiding Salmonella food poisoning while doing so.

Becoming a Fear-Free Practice

Seattle Veterinary Associates has one goal:  to make life better for pets and their people.

Part of achieving this goal means taking care of more than just your pet’s physical ailments. Over the last several years we have been at the forefront of the movement to be a “fear-free practice.” By striving to make your pet’s visit fear-free we feel we can make their visit to the clinic more pleasant for everyone, your pet, you, and us, too. This is why our doctors and technicians are becoming fear-free certified!