Hoof and Paw Information Board
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Please join us here to get the most updated information on clinic updates and changes, special seasonal information for your pets, and upcoming community events!
Hoof & Paw In Our Community
Hoof and Paw is so excited to announce our partnerships to support the youth and our community. We are currently so happy to be a part of:
~ GRAND SLAM SPONSOR FOR THE WESTERN LOUDOUN GIRLS SOFTBALL LEAGUE.
~ 2 BUCKLES FOR THE MAPLE HILL ARENA 2023 BARREL SERIES.
~ DOUBLE SPONSOR OF TEAM VIRGINIA ATHLETICS 10 & UNDER SOFTBALL
~WESTERN LOUDOUN GIRLS SOFTBALL LEAGUE.
~ MAPLE HILL ARENA 2022 BARREL SERIES.
~ LOUDOUN VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS VARSITY TENNIS TEAM.
~BARK IN THE PARK- PURCELLVILLE CANNONS BASEBALL TEAM.
~ 2022 WOODGROVE HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP- Awarded to Senior Harvest Hartwell
~ LOUDOUN COUNTY 4-H GAMBLERS CHOICE JUMP
~ LOUDOUN COUNTY 4/H GAMBLERS CHOICE RIDER- Awarded to Morgan Krens who took 1st place!
If you have a team or sponsorship opportunity, feel free to reach out to our office manager: email@example.com
Seasonal Tips... Spring
Welcome to Spring...and what you need to know!
Play it safe with plants
Most pet owners know that certain plants are poisonous to pets but even your pet-safe blossoms can be troublesome to your pet. Dogs love to eat bones. And bone meal is often used as a fertilizer or supplement when planting bulbs. Eating both the bulb and the bone meal can make for a very, very sick dog. If you dilute most fertilizers with plenty of dirt or water, it’s often safe to use around pets (unless you have a small dog). Cat lovers, remember that lilies can cause kidney failure if ingested by cats.
Use pet-friendly cleaning supplies
It’s spring cleaning time, but household cleaning products introduce a number of toxins to the home. Soaps, bleach, polishes, and cleaners can irritate your pet’s skin and damage their gastrointestinal tract. Cleaning supplies, like a sponge or pipe cleaner, can also present problems when ingested by a curious pet. To thwart troubles before they start, opt for pet-safe cleaning supplies, store unsafe chemicals out of paws’ reach, and keep your pet away from where you’re cleaning.
Secure your window screens
It’s that time of year when you can finally open your windows to experience warmer, breezier days. Keep in mind, after the long winter months, you won’t be the only one welcoming sunshine and warmth. Your pets are just as eager! As you open windows, make sure your furry friends aren’t at risk of sneaking out or falling. Install sturdy screens with a snug fit and supervise your pets around any open window.
Avoid using slug bait
Slugs are hard critters to love, especially when their slimy trails cut through your yard and destroy your plants and flowers. While you don’t want slugs around your house and garden, slug bait is extremely dangerous to your pet. The toxins in slug bait are often mixed with sugars to attract the slugs, but it also entices pets. Even a small amount can be fatal, so ask your veterinarian about pet-safe slug control options.
Avoid newly fertilized grass (for at least 24 hours)
Now that it’s warmer out, it’s time to show off that beautiful green lawn! Unfortunately, having the greenest grass on the block can mean using fertilizer that is poisonous and potentially fatal to pets. Keep your furry friend off the grass and away from any treated areas for at least 24 hours or opt for pet-safe products. Be cautious of organic fertilizer too — its captivating scent might tempt your dog to make a meal out of manure.
Keep an eye out for foxtails
It’s that time of year again: foxtail season. Foxtails, a tall grass with elongated, bristly spikes at the ends of each blade resembling a fox’s tail, can sneak up on your pet and cause serious problems. Once they embed in your pet’s fur, they can cause serious damage like ruptured eardrums and infections. Prevent foxtail problems by regularly examining your pet’s coat after they’ve spent time outside. Curious what veterinarians advise? Here are five steps you can take to keep your pets safe from foxtails.
Lose any winter weight
It’s hard to keep up on exercise when it’s cold out, but staying cozy inside can lead to extra winter weight on your pet. Overweight pets are more likely to develop serious conditions like diabetes, respiratory and heart diseases, and joint problems. Check with your veterinarian if you suspect your pet has gained weight. They’ll help you create a weight loss plan, which may include more exercise and watching food portions.
Schedule a teeth cleaning
I bet you didn’t know that February is National Pet Dental Health Month! In case you missed it, it’s a good time to get your dog or cat’s teeth cleaned. Periodontal disease is the most common disorder that affects cats and dogs. Dental disease can cause much more than just bad breath for your pet; it can cause tooth, bone, and gum loss and lead to heart disease.
Prepare for the dog park
What better way to spend a sunny spring Saturday than with your favorite furry friend at the local dog park? Here are a few tips for your park trip:
Study up on canine body language — know what both playful and aggressive behaviors look like.
Leave toys at home that your pet is unwilling to share.
Make sure your dog comes when called — don’t let them give dogs entering the park an overwhelming welcome, and always respect pets who need their space.
Know your dog’s “type” and avoid dogs they feel uncomfortable around.
Don’t bring your dog to the park if they’re sick, behind on vaccinations (including flea, tick, and heartworm prevention!), younger than four months old, or have any behavioral issues.
Thank you to our friends at: Truepanion for this great article.
Clinic Hours Update
As valued clients of Hoof & Paw Veterinary Service, we wanted to inform you of a change to our office working hours.
Beginning Monday, November 7th, 2022, we will be opening on MONDAYS AND FRIDAYS at 7am. These earlier hours will allow for your pet to be dropped off for procedures or surgeries before typical work hours, as well as open up a few additional technician appointments for nail trims, gland expressions, pre-surgical bloodwork, or laser treatments.
We will continue with our regular business hours of 8am until 6pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays.
If you have any questions regarding this change please ask your doctor, assistant, or the receptionist.
Thank you for your continued support in our care of your pets!
As valued clients of Hoof and Paw Veterinary Service, we wanted to inform you of some changes to our policies regarding scheduling a surgery.
A non-refundable deposit of $50.00 will need to be collected at the time of scheduling your pets surgery appointment. This deposit will be held and the day of surgery, applied to the total cost.
If you have any questions regarding this change or would like to schedule a surgery appointment please ask your doctor, assistant, or the receptionist.