Posts Tagged ‘dog’

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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Moxie’s Success Story

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Moxie is a beautiful older lady who came to us after she started having some trouble getting around. She wasn’t able to get up on her own and was really having a hard time using the stairs. After her initial evaluation, we got her started on a plan made just for her that included laser, some floor exercises, and hydrotherapy. After a couple months of work, Moxie has made a real 180 degree turn around. Not only is she back to her old habits, but she has the energy and abilities to keep up with her new little brothers! Moxie…

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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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Hannah’s Rehabilitation Story

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Hannah began coming to see us for rehab a few months after her brother, another rehab patient here, passed away. She began to slow down and have many of the common troubles older dogs get, and the passing of Taz seemed to make them worse. She began both laser and hydro therapy and now comes in 3 times a week. Hannah has made great strides (pun intended!) in her mobility and is much more active. She has gained muscle in her hind end so she isn’t collapsing when she eats or stands for longer periods of time anymore. She’s even…

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TriCox: Another Supplement That’s Worth it’s Weight

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In the land of pet supplements, the internet can be both your friend and your worst enemy. If you search “joint supplement for dogs”, you will likely get anything and everything ranging from legitimate, helpful, information to the most off the wall claims you could imagine. So this week, I will be breaking down and explaining the ingredients in TriCox, what they do, and why we recommend it for our patients. TriCox is one on the nutraceuticals that we often recommend to our rehab patients. It is a chew that your dog can take just like a treat, and we’ve…

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Laser Therapy- The Actual Facts

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Last month, a long time Greenbriar regular began coming to me for laser therapy. He had begun to show signs of many classic older dog problems that materialized in weakness on his hind end, being unable to go up and down stairs, struggling to stand up from laying down, and generally losing his ability to get around well. Discussions had even been had about his quality of life and whether or not he was really happy anymore without being able to do so many things he’s always enjoyed, like our day camp program. At one of our trainer’s recommendations, he…

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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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Hydrotherapy- What is it really?

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As many of you know, the phrase “hydrotherapy” comes up often in our blog posts. As does “cold laser therapy”, and a slew of supplement names. I was brainstorming over this last week, and decided that I want to give you, our readers, a little more insight into what exactly these terms mean and how they work. So for the next few weeks and intermittently moving forward, some of our entries will focus on the different components of rehab as well as our amazing clients. The first topic I want to cover is hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy is defined by the medical…

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