Nellie’s Banana Bites

While pursuing Animal Planet’s website the other night with her mom, Nellie came across a new yummy banana treat recipe. As Nellie and her new baby sister both love bananas this recipe was a must!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • 1-1/4 cup of flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2-3 mashed bananas
Directions
  1. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and pre-heat the over to 350 degrees
  2. Mix all the wet ingredients together first (oil, honey, milk, and bananas),
  3. Add the flour and oatmeal until you have a smooth batter.
  4. The batter will be somewhat runny. Pour onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes.
  5. Once done baking, remove from the oven and let cool.
  6. Use a knife or pizza cutter to slice them into small, bite-sized squares.

 

Original recipe from http://animal.discovery.com/pets/5-dog-treats-recipes.htm

Asthma: it’s not just a gym class excuse

Although we all liked to try and convince our gym teachers we had asthma to get out of running in gym class, for our pets, asthma can be a very real issue. Unlike humans, we can’t ask our cats to breathe into a bag or tell them to stay calm and control their breathing. Asthma can be very difficult for cats to live with, but with a little help from you and your doctor, your cat can live a relatively normal life!

What is feline asthma? 

Feline asthma is inflammation in a cat’s lungs causing the airways to thicken and constrict, making it very difficult to breath. Compounding the issue, mucus may also begin to form which causes coughing and wheezing.

Many times, asthmatic coughing may be confused for a hairball, as hairballs can also cause coughing.

Common symptoms to watch for: wheezing, coughing, lethargy, or panting

How does a doctor diagnose feline asthma?

Your veterinarian will likely use several methods to check for and confirm a diagnosis of asthma. The first step will be a comprehensive wellness exam, lifestyle assessment, and review of your kitty’s medical history. The exam will definitely include the doctor listening to your cat’s lungs for wheezing. In addition to the exam, and depending on the doctor’s suspicions, chest x-rays to check for lung inflammation or a tracheal wash, involving a microscope-level check of cells from your cat’s airway, may be recommended.

How to treat feline asthma

Just like human asthma, feline asthma has no cure. Instead it can be managed through inhalers (yes, kitty inhalers do exist), and if needed oral medications. There are two main types of inhaler-medications prescribed to cats for asthma: corticosteroids, for inflammation, and bronchodilators, which help keep the airway open. For most cats, inhaler-based medications are enough to manage their asthma. In some instances though, an oral medication will also be prescribed.

If you suspect that your kitty may be experiencing an asthma attack, handle them as little as possible to avoid any added stress or injury. Call our hospital to make an appointment or let us know you are coming down. Then gently place your kitty in a carrier, come to the hospital, and one of our doctors will access your cat’s condition and start treatment.

Human Medications Toxic to Pets

Although we like to consider our pets to be the same as any other member of our family, there are a few areas in which they are naturally different. Some of these differences are obvious, such as the fact that they walk on all fours while we do not, but others are not so obvious and can be difficult to navigate. One such area is which medications are safe to give our furry family members.

We frequently have clients ask us if they can give their pet Tylenol for pain, or Benadryl for a bee sting. The best answer is that it depends. Some medications, with doctor’s instructions and dosing directions, can safely be given to some pets. However, other medications should never be given to pets.

 

Our pharmacy technician Linda is very familiar with pet medications and can always help answer questions!

Here are some of the most common human medications which are not safe for pets:

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (aka NSAIDS)

Certain NSAIDS such as Ibuprofen or Aleve can be extremely dangerous to pets. Even a single pill can cause stomach ulcers or even kidney failure.

Acetaminophen

Also known as, Tylenol, a regular strength pill can cause a depletion in red blood cells, limiting a cat or dog’s body’s ability to carry oxygen.

Antidepressants

Although there are antidepressants that can be prescribed to pets, the key is dosage and type. Many forms of human antidepressants can cause tremors, seizures, a drop or rise in heart rate, or other nasty side effects.

ADD or ADHD medications

Thanks to the media almost everyone in America is familiar with Adderall and its amazing ability to help humans focus. Unfortunately for pets, this same benefit does not exist and even a fraction of an ADD/ADHD pill can have devastating effects on your pet.

To find out if a medication is safe for pets, search on our pet handouts page! Or for more information about harmful toxins to pets, be sure to check out the ASPCA’s Pet Toxins page.

 

How to keep your pet safe

As silly as it may sound, an easy way to keep your pet safe is to baby-proof your house. Here are a few simple tips to get you started:

  • Keep all medications in child-proof containers
  • Store medications in high cabinets
  • Try not to keep any medications on the counter where a cat may find it or knock it onto the floor
  • If you tend to drop things, take your medications in a room with a closed door, temporarily separating you and your pet(s).
  • Never give a medication to your pet that has not been prescribed by a veterinarian
  • When in doubt, if you think your pet may have gotten into a medication, take them immediately to the hospital. If they have indeed ingested something toxic then time is of the essence.