A thorough veterinary exam involves multi-organ examination which includes but is not limited to the evaluation of the eyes, ears, heart, lungs, oral cavity, skin/coat, lymph nodes, joints and the palpation of the abdominal organs. While a lot of information can be generated from a physical exam, there are many things that may be happening on the inside we may not be able to see from the outside. This is why we suggest wellness diagnostics — a checkup for the inside of the body.
A dog’s ear canal has both vertical and horizontal canals. This anatomy, as well as floppy ears, can predispose a dog to ear infections because it is difficult to move debris upward out of the vertical canal. Moisture and hair can also hold debris within the canal. This debris, made of ear wax, skin oil, skin cells, and other organic matter, feed bacteria and yeast that are normally found within the ear canal and on the skin, causing an infection. Itchy dogs with allergies to food or environmental allergens can be more prone to ear infections, because the ears are just an extension of the skin.
Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is found in fruits and vegetables naturally. Xylitol has asweet taste and it is used as a sugar substitute in chewing gyms, breath mints, candies,ice cream, even tooth paste and mouthwash. Xylitol has a low glycemic index so it is often used as a substitute for baking cookies, cakes and breads.
Did you know? Dogs and cats get Dipylidium Caninum, the common tapeworm, from ingesting a flea! Tapeworms are long intestinal worms that live in the small intestines of a dog or cat by latching on the intestinal walls with its suckers from the head (Scolex). These tapeworms will pass proglottids containing egg packets in the feces. These proglottids are rice grain-sized and can be wiggly when first released. They eventually dry and look like a dehydrated grains of rice. You may find either the recently released or dried segments on your pet’s hind end, on a pet’s bed or blanket, or on the stool.
1. Before you start feeding feral cats or giving them shelter, seek advice from a veterinary professional or reputable animal rescue organization.
Animal lovers have big hearts and want to help homeless cats. Before you start feeding them, you need to take a moment and think about the consequences. When you feed or shelter feral cats, they will come closer to your home and stay. Oftentimes, because feral cats tend to form “colonies,” one cat can attract many more cats. Feral cats can carry diseases, which may cause harm to your cat and your family.
You just got a new puppy! Congratulations! Along with his getting your puppy a bed, new bowl, and puppy food, be sure to set an appointment at Vetsavers Pet Hospital. Your new puppy will need a health check-up and essential vaccinations to ensure he/she lives a happy healthy life. Puppies that receive the recommended vaccinations live a healthier and happier life. Many parents pet parents have questions about what vaccines their new puppies need. We’ll answer those questions today.
Whenever we think about the holidays that will soon be upon us, we can imagine the grand meals we’ll be having with family and friends to celebrate. But we must avoid sharing holiday food with our four-legged family members! Foods that are too fatty can be dangerous to pets in that they can cause a myriad of diseases ranging from mild gastroenteritis (stomach upset) to potentially life-threatening pancreatitis. Even foods that we would consider ‘low fat’ for ourselves have more fat than a pet’s GI tract can tolerate.
Every pet owner wants to see their furry friend live a long and healthy life, but not all of them know that one of the best ways to ensure this is to spay or neuter them. Pets that are spayed or neutered face a lower likelihood of cancer and will even have fewer behavioral problems, since aggressive and dominant behaviors are often related to the desire to mate. There is no question that spaying or neutering your dogs and cats is the best course of action for both owner and pet. It means a happier and friendlier companion to share your home with, and less health complications down the road!
How to Teach Your Cat Not to Scratch the Furniture
Cats can be great pets—they are cuddly but don’t need constant attention and daily walks. Almost every cat owner, however, has dealt with the annoyance of a cat who destroys furniture or other items in their house in a fit of scratching rage. While kitties cannot be made to stop scratching, as it comes naturally to them, they can be directed into scratching the appropriate places.
3 Ways to Keep Your Pet Cool and Safe in the Summer
In the height of summer, temperatures hit at 90 and above—great for pooches who love a good swim, but not great for other animals. If you are able to keep your pet in air conditioning all day, it’s great to spare them the summer heat and humidity. If you’re hot and sweaty outdoors, imagine being covered in head to toe fur! Since we don’t want to keep Rover all cooped up though, here are some steps you can take to ensure your pets can safely venture outdoors.