Laporte Animal Clinic Teams With Oxbow Animal Health to Care for Your Guinea Pig
FORT COLLINS, CO–(Feb 25, 2013) – When it comes to caring for your pet guinea pig, nobody knows your furry little friends like those at Oxbow Animal Health. Proudly offered at northern Colorado’s veterinary clinic of choice, Laporte Animal Clinic, Oxbow offers an array of food and supplies for guinea pigs in addition to a number of other small exotic animals including rabbits, rats, hamsters, gerbils, mice, chinchillas, tortoises and iguanas.
Laporte Animal Clinic is experienced in overall veterinary care, nutritional consulting and especially dental care in Guinea Pigs, Rabbits and other rodents. We strongly recommend an annual exam and dental check for all these pets to keep them healthy and discuss any nutritional or other concerns.
Oxbow Animal Health has been providing top-quality products and an overall care community for small exotic animals worldwide for over five generations. What started on the Miller family farm has turned into the Oxbow commitment to developing the very best in animal care products. Founder John Miller has created an internationally recognized brand that has become the most trusted name in small animal nutrition. Meeting the Oxbow standard of product is a rigorous task and includes ensuring that all materials are hand selected, personally inspected, routinely analyzed for nutritional value, test and retested before being shipped out and given to your little pet friends.
Oxbow provides a lengthy list of guinea pig care products including hay, guinea pig food, litter, hay accessories, treats, vitamins, as well as digestive, immune, joint and urinary support products. When it comes to guinea pig health, Oxbow understands that a lack of Vitamin C is the most common nutritional deficiency in guinea pigs, as they cannot manufacture their own. Therefore one of their most utilized products is the daily Vitamin C tablets which provide a reliable way to prevent disease and lengthen the life of your furry guinea friend.
Oxbow Animal Care also offers an unparalleled variety of all-natural farm-fresh hay and pellets. A complete and fortified high fiber pellet made from hay will help to ensure your guinea pig is getting all the vitamins and minerals they need to live a long and healthy life. The importance of hay in a guinea pigs diet is also quite essential. It is recommended that good timothy or other grass hay be given every day in order to ensure proper guinea pig care and keep their intestinal tracts running smoothly.
In addition to the top quality care products offered by Oxbow, they also offer pet care education, as well as a community for exotic pet owners to share their stories or voice their concerns. In 2004, the Oxbow Academy was created to seek and share knowledge pertaining to animal health and nutrition. It has developed and supported several programs created to educate and facilitate information among pet owners, veterinary professionals, veterinary students, and pet retailers. In addition to the Oxbow Academy is the Oxbow Community of pet owners and caretakers. A space for people to share stories and details about their pets, the Oxbow blog and Facebook page were created to establish a community amongst small pet enthusiasts.
Laporte Animal Clinic values teaming up with only the best animal care providers in the business. If you have a guinea pig or are considering just researching the best practices in guinea pig care before getting one of your own, make sure to check out the selection of Oxbow products at Laporte Animal Clinic or speak to one of their friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Located 15 minutes away from Old Town Fort Collins, Laporte Animal Clinic & Supply has been a northern Colorado staple since 1996 when doctors Andrew and Marta Dean founded the practice. The all-encompassing animal care center conducts everything from physical examinations to dental care to X-rays. They are located at 3333 W. County Rd 54G in Laporte. For more information visit the clinic’s website at www.laporteanimalclinic.com or call 970-490-1999.
Laporte Animal Clinic Encourages Pet Owners to Participate in National Pet Dental Health Month
FORT COLLINS, CO–(Jan 22, 2013) – February is National Pet Dental Health Month and the veterinary experts at Laporte Animal Clinic are encouraging pet owners in northern Colorado to consider their pets’ dental health as an important facet in their pets’ overall care regimen. Laporte Animal Clinic is offering 10% off all teeth cleaning for dogs and cats. While many pet owners spend time and resources on walking, grooming, and properly feeding their pets, dental health is often overlooked.
It was recently reported by the American Veterinary Dental Society that gingivitis and periodontal disease in cats and dogs have become widespread and that more than 85 percent of dogs and cats show signs of oral disease by the age of 4. When food and bacteria build up in your pet’s mouth it forms plaque and tartar which leads to gingivitis. If gingivitis is ignored it can then lead to even more serious dental problems like periodontal disease and tooth decay or even tooth loss. When bacteria from periodontal disease travels into your pet’s bloodstream, important internal organs like the lungs, heart, kidneys, liver, and nervous system can be negatively affected, and may even result in death.
If your dog or cat has stinky breath, it may actually signify a more serious health risk. The following symptoms are symptoms that can be remedied with teeth cleaning for dogs and cats:
- Bad breath
- Tartar buildup on teeth
- Swollen, receding, or bleeding gums
- Fractured or abscessed teeth
- Change in eating habits
If you notice any of these warning signs, take your pet to Laporte Animal Clinic, northern Colorado’s premier veterinary clinic, immediately.
When it comes to dog and cat health, there are a number of preventative measures that you can take to prevent any oral health issues from forming in the first place.
1. See your veterinarian at least once a year for a dental exam
This will involve an examination of your pet’s teeth and gums, as well as a teeth cleaning for dogs or cats, depending on your pet.
2. Start a dental care routine at home for your pet
An at-home pet dental care regimen usually involves regular brushing and feeding your pet a dental diet with the VOHC seal to help prevent accumulation of plaque, tartar, and calculus. Before starting an at-home dental care regimen for your pet, consult the veterinary experts at Laporte Animal Clinic.
3. Get regular veterinary clinic checkups to ensure proper oral health
Consistent veterinary checkups will not only keep your pet healthy, but any dental issues may also be identified and attended to during routine visits as well.
By paying attention to your pet’s dental health and participating in National Pet Dental Health Month, you can be confident that you are providing your pet with the utmost of care, which makes everyone happy.
Located 15 minutes away from Old Town Fort Collins, Laporte Animal Clinic & Supply has been a northern Colorado staple since 1996 when doctors Andrew and Marta Dean founded the practice Their animal care center can treat dogs, cats, exotics, rabbits, guinea pigs and horses and conducts everything from physical examinations, spays and neuters and other soft tissue surgeries to dental care to X-rays. They are located at 3333 W. County Rd 54G in Laporte. For more information visit the veterinary clinic’s website at www.laporteanimalclinic.com or call 970-490-1999.
Dr. Andrew Dean at Laporte Animal Clinic Publishes Winter Horseback Riding Guide
LAPORTE, CO–(Jan 16, 2013) – Just because it is getting cold outside does not meant you have to stop a favorite outdoor pastime, and Laporte Animal Clinic’s equine veterinarian and farrier, Dr. Dean, has some tips and services to help make your horse or pony more comfortable in the snow and ice.
Laporte Animal Clinic offers two types of different horseshoe pads that will enable you to ride your horse throughout the winter while still ensuring proper horse care.
The first type covers the entire foot and has a bubble in the center that pops the snow out. This pad is desirable if the horse already requires a protective pad or is tender footed. A medicated packing is used between the pad and the foot.
The second type is rim style. It leaves the bottom of the foot exposed and functions because the flexible rim material works the snow out. This pad lets the frog (a part of the horses foot) function normally which may help provide traction.
Laporte Animal Clinic co-owner, doctor and farrier Dr. Andrew Dean said proper pads will prevent snow packing from taking place under the shoes, which will enable your horse to be comfortable on winter rides.
“The most important horse care consideration when riding in the winter is good traction,” Dr. Dean said. “Giving your horse solid footing when navigating a frozen field or crossing ice patches is a safety concern, not to mention essential to providing proper horse care. North facing slopes or trails on the north side of hills may have ice on them even though the surrounding areas are clear. Areas of tall grass may also have ice underneath where the sun cannot reach to melt it.”
Dr. Dean also recommends applying a screw-in type caulk because certain areas of tall grass may be receptive to having ice underneath that the sun is unable to melt.
Ultimately, Dr. Dean believes you can still enjoy horse riding to its fullest during the winter as long as you take the right precautions.
For more information on these services or any other services the Laporte Animal Clinic provides visit their website at www.laporteanimalclinic.com. There you will find a wealth of information on the services the Laporte Animal Clinic provides and more information on their staff.
Feel free to call 970-490-1999 or stop by their Laporte location at 3333 W. County Rd. 54G.
Laporte Animal Clinic & Supply to Supply Feliway and Adaptil
FORT COLLINS, CO–Nov 28, 2012 – In an on-going effort to put animals and their owners’ needs at the forefront, Laporte Animal Clinic & Supply is now carrying Feliway and Adaptil for cats and dogs, respectively. The two agents, created by the company CEVA, act as pheromones, which help both cats and dogs better behave and adapt to different settings easier. Laporte Animal Clinic has Feliway and Adaptil in-stock for anxious pets visiting the clinic and for people looking to buy the products for home use.
Feliway serves as an artificial copy of a cat’s natural facial pheromones for cat care and anxiety easing purposes. Those pheromones are used by felines to mark everything from places to objects or people as familiar by rubbing their faces on surfaces and people. Feliway is available in either a spray or diffuser. It is encouraged to use the diffuser for at least four weeks to start to see results and then continuously for nervous or aggressive cats, or as the need arises for stressful situations. The pheromone spray for cat care should be used daily for a month to better gauge its effects. The spray is also great for spraying inside the cat’s carrier before transporting them to lessen stress going on trips or to the vet. Feliway is also used to help prevent urine marking in the house — spray it in the areas that your cat is marking, as well as cleaning the area with one of the enzymatic cleaners especially for urine available at Laporte Animal Clinic and Supply.
For man’s best friend, Adaptil also serves as synthetic pheromone by mimicking the natural pheromones of a lactating female. Adaptil can help reduce and eliminate fear and stress-related signs in puppies and adult dogs that often come with being around new places, people or things. The Adaptil collar is effective for up to four weeks. It is recommended that puppies begin wearing the collar as early as possible, especially when training and going to puppy classes, as it will better help eliminate stress and fear from developing through socialization and phobias — thus helping reduce the likelihood of greater problems occurring and continuing down the line.
Located 15 minutes away from Old Town Fort Collins, Laporte Animal Clinic & Supply has been a Northern Colorado staple since 1996 when doctors Andrew and Marta Dean founded the practice. The all-encompassing animal care center conducts everything from physical examinations to dental care to X-rays. Laporte Animal Clinic & Supply has treated and provided care for animals as small as mice to horses and everything in between — dog and cat care included. They are located at 3333 W. County Rd, 54G in Laporte. For more information on Laporte Animal Clinic & Supply visit the center’s website, http://www.laporteanimalclinic.com/, or call 970-490-1999.