Pet Dental Cleanings: What Really Happens

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A dental procedure has more benefit than just cosmetic appeal.  Periodontal disease is a progressive disease of the supporting tissue surrounding teeth and the main cause of early tooth loss.   The bacteria associated with periodontal disease can also travel in the bloodstream to infect the heart, kidneys, and liver.  Often times we recommend dental cleanings for our patients and owners often times do not understand all that a dental entails. We would like to walk you through the steps of a dental procedure from beginning to end so that you understand what to expect when you bring your pet in for this procedure.  Before we can perform a dental on your pet we first need to see your pet and perform an exam of the mouth and teeth. Your pet’s dental disease will be judged on a scale from zero-four, zero being no dental disease and four being severe dental disease. Good dental health is important to the overall well-being of your pet. Continue reading

Demodicosis – Demodex mites

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Hi guys! Floyd here and I wanted to tell you about mine and Dr. Murphy’s friend,  Willie, and his skin condition that he had when he was just a young pup. The disease is called Demodicosis, which is an infestation of the skin with a specific skin mite (Demodex canis). It can make dogs very itchy, as well as cause hair loss, redness of the skin, and secondary infections. Cats can also get a similar disease, but it is usually caused by a different mite (Demodex cati or Demodex gatoi). Good news is, after some treatment and time, Willie is feeling much better now! Continue reading

Resolve to a Healthier Pet in 2015- Weight Management

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                Every year many people make a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight in the upcoming year, why not do the same for your pet? Why not lose the weight together? Obesity in dogs and cats can lead to a shorter life expectancy, diabetes, arthritis and an array of other medical conditions. Talking about weight loss with clients can often be a difficult conversation. Owners feel as though they bond through feeding their pet’s treats/table food. We do not believe that you need to completely stop giving your dog or cat treats. Just like in people, we need to be more cognitive as to the quantity and the types of treats that we are giving.  Did you know that for a 20 pound dog, eating just 1 hot dog is the same as a person consuming 3 entire hamburgers? Before putting your pet on a strict weight loss program or if you are unsure if your pet needs to lose weight contact your veterinarian. Well let’s resolve for healthier eating and exercise in 2015, shall we? Continue reading

Living (and Thriving) with Diabetes Mellitus

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Have you noticed Miss Fluffy spending a lot of time at the water bowl lately? She seems like she might be a little thinner too… could that just be age? When we as veterinarians hear things like this, our “Spidey-Senses” perk up and our minds start running through the possibilities. One such possibility for a senior dog or cat is diabetes mellitus, often just referred to as “diabetes”. Continue reading

Ouch! My Aching Knee – Canine Cruciate Ligament Disease

It’s a beautiful sunny day, a great day to play.   The grass is green, the sky is blue, and I can feel the breeze flowing through my hair. It’s a great day to be a dog.

While chasing my favorite tennis ball, I take a sharp turn and feel a “pop”. A jolt of pain courses through my body as I hit the ground. I try to stand, but I’m in so much pain that I can barely place my foot on the ground.

Doc checks me out, takes an x-ray and says that I have torn my cranial cruciate ligament (similar to the ACL in people).

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Paw-ty Animals- Small Animal Enrichment

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Many of our small animal patients spend a lot of their time in cages or hutches inside or outside. These pets need boredom busters too. There are many things that you can do to help enrich their lives. Many of these ideas can come from recycled materials while others can be purchased at your local pet store! It is also important to get your small animal/pocket pet out daily for grooming, attention and exercise. Many can benefit from play time outside as well. One can purchase small animal play pens so that your small animal can enjoy the grass and catch some rays on a sunny day.  They also make small harnesses that can be fitted on a rabbit, ferret or cavy so that they can be supervised outside. We advise that pets are always supervised while outside and never left unattended. Just like other animals it is best if you rotate your pet’s toys frequently so that they have the excitement of playing with new things. Small animals who are not active also suffer from obesity just like their dog and cat counterparts. Some animals that experience boredom can also have behavior problems and can become destructive to themselves and their environment. Enrichment can appeal to any of the senses. Continue reading