Posts Tagged: Pet Care
Disease of the cranial cruciate ligament in dogs is perhaps one of the most common orthopedic issues we see. This painful and debilitating problem can really sideline a pet, especially one who is larger or particularly athletic.
Several surgical approaches exist that attempt to create stabilization and relieve pain in the diseased joint, but none are perfect. In the quest to get better at helping dogs suffering from cruciate disease, Poulsbo Animal Clinic’s own Dr. Craig Adams was trained to perform the CBLO knee surgery. This technique puts us one step closer to getting affected pets back on their feet again.
Our homes are supposed to provide sanctuary from the outside world. While they give us shelter and protection, they also give us warmth, comfort, and a nurturing space in which to thrive. Pets experience the same benefits from the homes we keep, but paradoxically, they can be exposed to harmful products that come with modern living. When pet owners understand which products can lead to a pet poisoning, the better off everyone will be.
The mind-body connection is likely a term you’ve already heard, but what about mouth-body connection? In both humans and pets, it’s nearly impossible to maintain good health without paying attention to oral hygiene.
According to the American Veterinary Dental College, the majority of dogs and cats have some form of periodontal disease by age three. This puts them at risk for tooth loss, severe pain, and a variety of health issues. Owner education and action are essential to preventing and treating periodontal disease in pets.
As October winds to a close, many of us turn our thoughts toward the upcoming holiday season and its promise of family and friends, fun, and of course, food. Unfortunately, the holiday season is also when veterinarians see an increase in the number of food-related pet emergencies, especially pancreatitis.
By being aware of the principles of food safety for pets, you can help to keep your four-legged friend happy, healthy, and celebrating right alongside the rest of the family.
Pancreatitis In Pets
Although it may not seem like a big deal to feed a few Thanksgiving leftovers to your pets, it may pose a serious risk to their health. Pancreatitis, a dangerous and potentially fatal inflammatory condition, can result from the ingestion of even a small amount of fatty or oily foods such as poultry skin, gravy, or bacon. Pancreatitis is so common around the holidays that the day after Thanksgiving is sometimes known as “Pancreatitis Day.”
There are plenty of obstacles that can prevent pet owners from bringing their pets to the veterinarian for regular wellness checkups. For some, finances are the major concern, while others might only bring their pets in when an illness or injury crops up. Many owners simply don’t want to struggle with pets who are fearful of the vet’s office or resistant to car travel.
Regardless of the struggles involved, making a commitment to regular pet wellness is always in your pet’s, and your, best interest! The annual physical exam is one of the greatest investments you can make in your pet’s future. Taking care of his or her health and wellness now will help to ensure that your best pal is by your side for years to come.