Posts Tagged ‘pet safety’

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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What To Expect When Boarding Your Pet

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What To Expect When Boarding Your Pet When you are getting ready to drop off your furry, feathery or scaly family member to stay with us. Here is a checklist of things to consider before you leave your beloved pet with us. Food You may bring your own food for your pet if you want but we do ask that you place it in individual baggies per meal with the pet’s name on it so we know it is for your pet and that is the amount you would like us to feed them. Any time you or your pet…

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Rehab Patient Portal: Chantilly “Tilly”

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Tilly, a young bulldog mix, was diagnosed with osteoarthritis and elbow dysplasia just a few months ago. Her condition manifested in a limp which plagued her and finally kept her from going into day camp here at Greenbriar, one of her favorite things to do. Tilly is such a happy and social girl, so a diagnosis of arthritis, which will progress as she ages, and dysplasia of her elbows really had the potential to put a damper on her happy spirit and active lifestyle. Lucky for Tilly, once she was diagnosed, her owners got her started in rehab right away….

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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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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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