Archive for the ‘Pet Health’ Category

Allergy Season Is No Joke

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It’s allergy season once again – not just for us but also for our furry friends!  Inhalant allergies, or atopy, can affect dogs and cats just as they do people, causing itching, irritated/watery eyes, sneezing, and coughing. Allergies can also cause other medical conditions such as otitis externa, or ear infections. To scratch their itches, most pets chew or lick at the site which can lead to self-inflicted trauma & excoriation (loss of the outer layer of skin), leading to secondary infections. It’s important to get seasonal allergies under control to prevent other health problems and for the comfort and…

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5 Signs Your Dog or Cat May Need a Dental Cleaning

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Bad Breath Dental plaque and tartar harbor millions of bacteria. These bacteria cause that horrible smell when your pet goes to give you kisses. Contrary to the myth, a dog’s mouth is NOT the cleanest part of their body.   Reluctance to eat, especially dry food When tartar builds up below the gum line where we can’t see it, it can make the gums irritated and painful. This may lead your pet to not to want to crunch on food they usually enjoy or they may not play with toys they usually play with.   Excessive drooling When the mouth…

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Coughing and sneezing and itching, Oh my!

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My Dog is Coughing and Sneezing! What could be happening? I do not know about you, but I really suffer from allergies in the Fall. Ragweed, pollen mold… My kids just started coughing and sneezing this week. This started me thinking about similar symptoms in our pets. First, I want to discuss the normal respiratory system in dogs to help everyone get a clearer understanding of what is happening when coughing and sneezing occurs. The respiratory system has a lot of defense mechanisms in place to protect the airway. Think of all the bacteria and debris we inhale in a day….

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Canine Influenza

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    Summer vacation is in full swing and many people are headed out of town to relax.  During your summer fun, Greenbriar is happy to see your furry family member(s) for a stay in our luxury pet resort.  We pride ourselves in keeping up on the latest medical and technological advances to keep your pet(s) safe and comfortable. One of our recent concerns involves canine influenza, a highly contagious respiratory infection that can be fatal to both dogs and cats (the H3N2 strain).  There are two versions: H3N8, first noted in 2004, and H3N2, first noted in 2015.  Both…

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What’s Bugging you this March?

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Lyme disease is a very common infectious disease in the northeast United States. It is especially common in Maryland.  It is also a very controversial topic among veterinarians because most dogs that test positive are not clinically ill. This makes it difficult to determine which dogs should be treated. Lyme disease also affects humans, so it is a topic of interest to everyone. CAPC says there were 57 new cases of canine Lyme disease diagnosed in Frederick County in January 2017. What is Lyme? Lyme disease is a bacterial disease, also called borreliosis burgdorferi, spread through the bite of an…

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February is Pet Dental Health Month!

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Dental health starts at a very young age and at this age you probably have not even considered dental care (or perhaps just fleetingly when you glimpsed at the gnawed sofa).  It is just as important for our pets as humans to develop good oral hygiene. Brushing your pets’ teeth is the gold standard to help safeguard your pup (or kitten) from severe dental disease down the road. Here are some other helpful hints in addition to brushing that can maintain good oral health. Choosing a dental diet such as t/d is a good choice for oral health. The crunching…

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Lilly Rehabilitation Week 3

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Let the strengthening begin! So after I identified my old girl was having issues, then confirmed the decrease in muscle with the measurements, it was time to start the old lady boot camp. The first exercise we have started, is getting her into the underwater treadmill. Ever see those water aerobics classes at the gym? The average age in those classes are collecting social security. There is a good reason for this. Water is wonderful! One benefit is that the water allows the dog to float decreasing the strain on their legs. This effect is buoyancy. It allows people/dogs with…

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Rehabilitation Lilly Week 1

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Now I have told you the back story of my old dog. Last week we began her rehabilitation process. First, we started by doing measurements. We measured all the angles of her joints in her hind end. We use the same instrument the human Physical Therapists use called a goniometer. Luckily, for Lilly, her joints are actually pretty flexible. However, when we began measuring her thigh girth, we quickly realized she does not have much muscle in her hind end. I took a video of her trying to get up which you can see is very hard for her. I…

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Rehabilitation – Lilly

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This is my first born, Lilly. Lilly was a graduation present to me from my parents and my aunt and uncle from veterinary school. She has taught me so much about being a veterinarian and even more about being a pet owner. I have been diligent about doing annual blood tests, exams, and recommended vaccinations. She has been a huge part of my veterinary life and anyone who had ever worked with me knows Lilly well. This May, Lilly will turn 13 years old. Ack. It is so hard to face that your puppy has become a senior. In the…

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Dasuquin

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Today, we want to keep up with the nutraceuticals we’ve been breaking down for you. There have been some great questions posed about which we recommend, if there are some that are “better” than others. Overall, we recommend the Dasuquin and the Welactin, as those are the ones with the most positive feedback from our clients. With that being said, all of the products we’ve posted here and mentioned are fantastic and have been proven to be great options for our patients. Don’t hesitate to talk to any one of our doctors if you are unsure as to which product…

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