Posts Tagged ‘cat’

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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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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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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