Archive for the ‘Pet Health’ Category

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

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Today, owning a dog isn’t what it was 20, even 10 years ago. One of the biggest differences in today’s pet owning world is the importance of a healthy diet. Over these last years, doctors have discovered the incredible tool that a pet’s diet can be for delivering not only nutrients, but aiding in all kinds of different problems. And many of us can relate to the fact that we’ve heard our vet’s not only talk about diets, but supplements. In a world where essential oils are all the rage and the standard multivitamin gets lost in the vast array…

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Bailey

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Bailey is one of the faces we see regularly at Greenbriar. He is a very active day camper and regularly comes to  use the underwater treadmill for exercise and to strengthen his muscles. However, even a dog as happy as Bailey has ups and downs, some of which found him in need for rehab services. Bailey injured his cruciate ligament, and in an attempt to avoid a costly surgery, Bailey’s mom opted to try cold laser therapy combined with rest to help heal his injury. Bailey responded beautifully to the laser and was up and about with a quickness. After…

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A Look Inside Of Our Pets

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A Look Inside Of Our Pets “Ms. Smith, this is your doctor’s office calling with your lab results.  Good news, everything is normal.” These are the type of messages we like to hear.  When we go to our doctor’s for our yearly physical, we usually have blood work associated with that visit.  We may be following a known problem, monitoring a medication or just routine screening.  This is called the “Standard of Care” in medicine.  This is something we come to expect.  It is no different in veterinary medicine. Our standard of care screening begins when our pets are young….

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Give Us A Kiss

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“Give us a kiss” Nothing says “love” more than a big lick across the face. However, lets take a step back and think about what is really in a dog or cat’s mouth. I don’t know who came up with the myth concerning dog’s having cleaner mouths than humans, but they could not have possibly had a dog. For one thing, they love to clean up the yard and to clean out litter-boxes. Ew! Then, dogs and cats lick themselves. All over. They do not discriminate what part of their body they are licking. Above all, they do not even…

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My Old Dog

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My Old Dog Lately, I have been reminded over and over again that my dog is getting older. Lilly will turn 10 years old on May 2nd. I am not ready. She is my oldest child and my first child. Lilly is my first puppy as an adult and was the most incredible vet school graduation gift from my parents and my aunt and uncle. She was 8 weeks old when I went to pick her out. She was quietly playing with a stick minding her own business while the other eligible puppy jumped and greeted me at the gate….

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Lyme Disease

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Ticks! Ugh! Those little blood suckers give me the heebie jeebies. Not only do I have to worry about my dogs getting them, but I have to worry about my kids, and even me getting them. The worst: Lyme disease. According to the CDC, over 30,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year. Each year! Holy cow, that is a lot. In dogs, I am pretty sure it is even higher. The problem with dogs is so many are exposed but so few show symptoms.  Is my dog at risk? I mean, I only walk it on the side-walk…

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Static and Dry Skin, Welcome to Winter

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This time of year we love to cuddle under our blankets by the fire or just keep our heat turned up to a comfy temperature. I don’t know about you, but all these comforts come at a cost. My skin cracks, my socks stick to my sweaters out of the dryer, and my hair just sticks straight up from static. We need moisture! This is also true for our pets. Their skin gets just as dry but applying lotion to their entire body is just not practical. My solution, fish oil supplements.  Not just any fish oil, Omega 3 fatty…

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Osteoarthritis

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Osteoarthritis, also known as OA, degenerative joint disease (DJD) or simply arthritis, is a degenerative condition affecting the cartilage surfaces that line the ends of the bones as they articulate in the joints of the body.  Predisposing factors for the development of OA in dogs are orthopedic conditions of growing dogs known as OCD (osteochiondritis dissecans) and forms of dysplasia, trauma (such as fractures, especially those involving the joints), conformational abnormalities (such as angular limb deformities or as in chondrodystrophic breeds, like Dachshunds), or simply being of a large or giant breed of dog. OCD is a condition where the…

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