Fourth of July is just around the corner!
Fireworks, picnics and other Fourth of July traditions can be great fun for people; but all of the festivities can be frightening and even dangerous for animals. Noisy fireworks and other celebrations can startle animals and cause them to run away; holiday foods can be unhealthy; summer heat and travel can be dangerous; and potentially dangerous debris can end up lying on the ground where pets can eat or play with it.
Whether or not you’re planning your own Independence Day celebration, it’s important to take precautions to keep your pets safe both during and after Fourth of July festivities.
Preparing in advance:
- Make sure your pets – cats and dogs alike – have identification tags with up-to-date information.
- If your pets are microchipped, make sure your contact information in the microchip registry is up-to-date.
- Take a current photo of all of your cats, dogs and horses – just in case.
- If your pet has historically been anxious on this holiday, or if you have reason to expect potentially harmful reactions, please call our office for medications to help with anxiety.
- Make sure the environment is safe and secure. If your neighbors set off fireworks at an unexpected time, is your yard secure enough to keep your pet contained? Evaluate your options, and choose the safest area for your animals; and make improvements if needed to make the area more secure.
Safety during July 4 celebrations:
- Leave your pets at home when you go to parties, fireworks displays, parades and other gatherings. Loud fireworks, unfamiliar places and crowds can all be very frightening to pets, and there’s great risk of pets becoming spooked and running away.
- Consider putting your pets in a safe, escape-proof room or crate during parties and fireworks
- Keep your pets inside if you or your neighbors are setting off fireworks.
- Keep sparklers, glow sticks, fireworks, charcoal away from curious pets.
- Avoid the urge to feed your pets table scraps or other foods intended for people.
- After the celebrations:
- Check your yard for fireworks debris before allowing pets outside to play or relax. Even if you didn’t set off fireworks yourself, debris can make its way into your yard, where curious animals may pick it up to play with or eat
Don’t forget to keep your pet up to date on their Flea and Tick medications! Once in your home fleas will thrive in warm areas and bedding. Ticks lie in wait hidden in leaf layers and as a warm body passes by, they jump on for their next meal!
Tick-borne disease is a growing threat to both canine and human health. Ticks are parasites that attach themselves to animals and people, feed on blood, and transmit diseases directly into the host’s system. The disease occurs when an infected tick bites a dog or a human and transmits the disease into the victim’s body. All can have serious health consequences for dogs and many can have serious health consequences for people as well.
Lyme disease is transmitted by the deer tick or black-legged tick. Clinical signs may not appear until several months after infection. Lyme disease presents acutely as: fever, anorexia, polyarthritis, lameness, rapidly progressive renal failure, neurological symptoms, and laboratory abnormalities. Untreated it can damage the heart, nervous system, and kidneys. Chronically infected dogs may develop a life-threatening form of kidney inflammation and dysfunction, called Lyme nephropathy or Lyme nephritis
Canine anaplasmosis is transmitted by the deer tick or black-legged tick. Clinical signs can present acutely as fever, anorexia, lethargy, polyarthritis, lameness, and neurological signs. Left untreated Anaplasmosis can lead to serious health complications for your dog including respiratory failure, organ failure, bleeding problems, and in severe cases can be fatal.
Canine ehrlichiosis is transmitted by the brown dog tick and the lone star tick. Canine Ehrlichia infections may progress to the subclinical phase, lasting days, months, or years. Clinical signs can present as fever, anorexia, lethargy, bleeding disorders, polyarthritis, lameness, neurological signs, anemia, cirrhosis of the liver, and protein in urine.
Tick prevention options:
This collar provides protection against fleas and ticks through contact with active ingredients. This protection lasts 8 months and can be used on dogs and cats. The active ingredients are located within the collar making it safe to touch, non-greasy and odor free protection.
Bravecto – Available for dogs and cats.
An oral tablet given every 12 weeks for protection against Fleas and Ticks. Pets must be at least 6 months of age. This product is processed systemically, and the flea or tick must bite the pet to be effective.
Simparica Trio is the only product that combines sarolaner, moxidectin, and pyrantel in one simple-to-give chewable given monthly. This product is processed systemically, and the flea or tick must bite the pet to be effective.
Lyme disease vaccine
You can help stop Lyme disease before it starts. We offer an Ultra Duramune Lyme vaccine which is given annually. Reduce the likelihood of positive results with the only Lyme vaccine that provided 92.2% efficacy against natural infection in a highly endemic area in a peer review study and 100% efficacy against the disease in a laboratory setting
We are excited to announce that Dr. Mary Driess has joined our GrandView family. Dr. Mary is seeing patients and performing surgeries as well. Dr. Lisa had the pleasure of working with Dr. Mary in the past and is sure everyone will enjoy getting to meet her. A little background on Dr. Mary, she grew up in North Tonawanda, attended Medaille College with a degree in Veterinary Technology in 2004. While working as a vet tech, she obtained her bachelor’s degree from Medaille. She then completed her schooling at St. George’s University of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Dr. Mary has 2 boys, Dominic and Matthew, Tino the cat, and Jetta the rescue pooch!
Be sure to bring your cell phone to your appointment!
Monday – 8:00am-8:00pm
Tuesday – 8:00am- 6:00pm
Wednesday – Closed
Thursday – 8:00am- 5:00pm
Friday – 8:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday – 8:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday – Closed
What to bring to your appointment:
Your pet! Cats MUST be in a carrier, and dogs need to be secured on a leash with a proper fitting harness or collar.
Your Cell phone. We will have one of our staff members call you to review the reason for your visit and ask the same type of questions we normally ask when you are inside for a visit.
A fecal sample. If your pet is being seen for an Annual Healthy pet exam, we recommend testing a fecal sample to ensure they are negative for intestinal parasites. A small amount in a clean container or baggie works just fine.
If your pet is experiencing a medical emergency, please contact Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center at 716-662-6660 or Northtowns Veterinary Emergency Services at 716-213-0283.
Please be prepared for possible extended wait times and curbside protocols.
To Live, To Love, To Learn, To Lose
Each one of your pets will offer you all four of these lessons in their lifetime. Our veterinary family has personal experience in all of these life stages and we are here to offer you personalized care for your four legged family members. We will do this through preventative medicine, which may involve routine screens of blood work, urine and stool samples. Early intervention may involve general surgery, behavior modification or a mobility assessment. We offer compassionate palliative care for all stages of your pet’s life.
We PROUDLY participate in the “Thank A Vet” Discount Program!!
10% appreciation discount on services with valid Military ID
Vaccines for Life Program!!
Contact us today for details and to set up an appointment!
Basic Obedience Classes:
Level 1 Obedience Class is a 7 week course for puppies and dogs of all ages and sizes.
If you haven’t taken this class, it is a great class for new puppies and new puppy owners as well as an excellent refresher course. Basic Obedience is the core for all other classes including agility and Canine Good Citizen as well as Therapy Dog International.
- Learn basic obedience commands and ways to use them in practical situations, along with different techniques to discourage undesirable behaviors.
- Students are given time at the end of each session to play and socialize. Positive socialization is imperative to your pet’s development.
- Puppies should be at least 12 weeks of age to attend. All dogs need proof of current rabies vaccine.
Level 2 Intermediate Obedience Class is a 6 week course.
This is a 6 week course designed to put all your dog’s basic skills to work in practical situations, and we will often meet in different locations to do so. This is also a prep course for your dog to take the Canine Good Citizen or Therapy Dog International test. Your dog NEEDS TO KNOW how to sit, stay and come when called to take this course.
Call us today for details! (716) 608-6383 Space is LIMITED. You do not have to be a client of GrandView Animal Care Center to attend!
Morgan Benaquist – “I can’t say enough about Dr Lisa and her staff. After having a negative experience at another vet office, I stumbled upon Grandview and made an appointment, and now I would never dream of going anywhere else in the future. My furbaby was very sick, but Dr Lisa and her team were always more than accommodating, going above and beyond in every way. I was a frequent visitor due to his condition, and everyone developed such a great bond with him, always excited to see him when I brought him in again. On days I didn’t have an appointment, they were calling to check on him and see if there was anything we needed. Just an amazing personal connection/care that you scarcely find anymore. And although my situation ended in having to say goodbye to my furbaby, I can’t imagine going through this anywhere else. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all that you do. Our community is so much better for it.“
Elizabeth Poole — “Excellent staff, beautiful clean facilities. They made my princess feel comfortable and safe. It was not easy picking a new vet after I moved, I am so glad I chose this one!”
Debbie Helmbrecht Cordone — “Such a nice atmosphere and great staff! Everyone is so friendly and caring. It’s great to have you in such a convenient location.”
Lisa Regan-Grosso — “Wonderful group of people! Animal lovers at their best!”
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