Pawsitive Healing Energy with Reiki

In: Dog & Cat Health, Holistic Medicine, Home Page

Reiki is not a cult, religion or magic. It is a powerful universal healing energy for the mind, body and spirit that can benefit all living things. Rei, comes from Japanese characters meaning “universal”, and Ki meaning “spirit or energy”. It goes back to over 100 years ago, where a Buddhist man created this spiritual practice to heal himself and others. Anyone with the right mind set and inner spirituality has the capacity to use Reiki in humans, animals and ...

Why Call a Mobile Vet?

In: Dog & Cat Health, Home Page, Responisble Pet Ownership

Veterinarians tend to have some unique experiences at work when compared to the average desk job and mobile veterinarians are no exception. Along with my clients, I have been able to experience the joys of watching rescued dogs thrive at home after their tragic beginnings. I have also heard the screams for help from a new assistant when trapped in a corner by a sweet little grey kitty who turned into “Church” from Pet Cemetery after I left the room. ...

Pet Care for Senior Dogs and Cats

In: Cat Health, Daycare, Dog & Cat Health, Home Page

Once a year, conscientious pet owners visit their veterinarian for wellness visits and vaccinations. During the examination the doctor will ask about problems or concerns that may be affecting your pet.  When dogs and cats are young, these problems may be few but as the pets begin to grow older, owners may start to recognize symptoms and behavior trends that affect the overall picture of health. Pets go into middle age at around six to seven years of age and are ...

Seasonal Hazards

In: Dog & Cat Health, Home Page, Responisble Pet Ownership

Each season poses its own danger to pets and their well-being.  Keep your pet safe, while still enjoying all the fun that each season brings. Fall/Winter Fatty Trimmings and Bones While it can be tempting to treat your pet to a decadent treat around the holidays, doing so could upset their stomach or cause more serious conditions like pancreatitis.  Mild upset can cause vomiting or diarrhea.  Signs of pancreatitis include repeated vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and pain or distended abdomen. Bones are also ...

Impact of collaborative care on canine congestive heart failure patient survival

In: Cat Health, Dog & Cat Health, Dog Health, Home Page

Over the past few decades, veterinary medicine has responded to the shift of the pet being treated more and more as a member of the family. Specialty veterinary medicine, as well as 24/7 emergency care for companion animals, has become widely available in many areas as people continue to request a level of medical care for their pets that they would for themselves. Dogs and cats typically hide early signs of heart disease until the disease has progressed significantly and is harder to treat. Thus, ...

The Dangers of Xylitol for Pets

In: Dog & Cat Health, Home Page, Responisble Pet Ownership

Xylitol is a low-calorie sweetener that is finding its way into an increasing amount of products. The sweetener is not limited to food and is included in many dental products, as well as medications and vitamins. Although this sweetener is “natural,” it is extremely toxic to dogs and cats. Common products that include xylitol are candies/gum, chocolate, desserts, honey, jam/syrups, drink powders, medication/vitamins, and many dental products. A big surprise for many pet owners is that xylitol is now popping up in ...

Is Your Pet at a Healthy Weight?

In: Dog & Cat Health, Dog Health

One of the best things you can do for your companion animals is keep them at a healthy weight, and yet we see a lot of dogs and cats that are slightly to extremely overweight with corresponding chronic health issues like diabetes, arthritis, endocrine and metabolic imbalances, having difficulty breathing, and early onset heart issues. Many of these diseases can be prevented and / or reversed simply by paying attention to their diets and using some common sense approaches to ...

Laser Therapy

In: Dog & Cat Health, Dogs & Cats (Misc.), Rehabilitation

Takoma Park Animal Clinic has a new healing laser, the MR4 ActiVet. A LASER is a medical device that uses light waves to enhance healing in the body. There are several types of medical lasers that you may have heard about. Surgical lasers are used to cut and cauterize tissue, which reduces bleeding and speeds up healing. Class IV lasers use a wand with light waves that are moved in a sweeping motion over the affected area. The MR4 Activet ...

Annie’s Story

In: Dog & Cat Health, Dog Health

11+ years after Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) diagnosis, the most frequently seen congenital defect of dogs, Annie had surgery and continues to be a bundle of joy and energy!  Annie joined the Rollyson family via a rescue site called K9 Furbabies. Annie, who originally came from a puppy mill in West Virginia, was born with a congenital condition called Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA).  It is a failure of a large blood vessel (ductus arteriosus) to close after birth.  Pets with this ...

“Wellness Yearly Visit” series – Chew on This!

In: Dog & Cat Health

How many of you have taken a whiff of your dog or cat’s breath and were surprised at how bad it smelled?  How many of you chalked it up to just being “dog breath” or “fish breath”?  Well, our pets are not supposed to have breath odor, just like we aren’t!  Bad breath can signal a variety of oral symptoms from simple food residue to more serious mouth cancer. Dogs and cats develop plaque which leads to tartar.  Many times, you ...

Have You Looked in Your Pet’s Mouth Lately?

In: Dog & Cat Health, Dogs & Cats (Misc.)

Pets have teeth too and since it can be challenging to brush their teeth daily many pets suffer from dental disease.  By three years of age 85% of pets have some form of periodontal disease.  That “doggy” and “kitty” breath isn’t normal, it’s a sign of dental disease.  Take a look in your pet’s mouth, do you see redness on the gums, brown build-up of calculus, bleeding?  Those are signs that something isn’t right in his mouth.  It can be ...

The Importance of Blood transfusions in Veterinary Medicine

In: Dog & Cat Health, Dog Health

Anemia is a common, and sometimes life-threatening, problem in veterinary medicine. There are varying degrees of anemia and the severity of the anemia indicates a potential need for a blood transfusion. Aside from anemia, there are other disease processes that require transfusions of different types of blood products. Currently, there are very few veterinary blood banks available for hospitals to purchase whole blood and/or blood products. All blood banks also have their own blood donor program and own specific pool ...

On Pins and Needles: Acupuncture for Pets at Leesburg Veterinary Hospital

In: Dog & Cat Health

Acupuncture, an ancient healing art believed to have originated in China over 2000 years ago, has become widely accepted in western medicine and veterinary medicine over the past 30 years. Today, acupuncture is a valuable tool in the treatment of many conditions of pain and neurological disease. Here are some common questions to consider when thinking if acupuncture would be complimentary to your pet’s veterinary wellness needs: How does acupuncture work? Although we do not completely understand all of the mechanisms by which ...

Spring Allergies

In: Dog & Cat Health

Spring!!! The blooming flowers, bright green trees and the smell of a freshly cut lawn bring everyone delight—unless they suffer from allergies. Allergy sufferers know the torture that accompanies each spring with runny, itchy eyes, sniffles and sneezing. Our pets also suffer from allergies, except that pets mainly itch, and they bite, scratch and lick for relief. The constant biting, scratching and licking are a constant discomfort to them and set them up for secondary infections. However, there are things that ...

Regular Grooming—Good For You and Your Pet!

In: Dog & Cat Health, Grooming

Only a fraction of pet owners have their pets groomed regularly by a professional pet groomer. But those owners are possibly enjoying their pets more and improving some aspects of their pets’ health. A professional groomer may detect (and possibly prevent) certain disease processes. As a veterinarian, I recognize that some of the disease conditions that I see every day could be prevented by the regular care of a professional groomer. Here are just a few examples: Get clean. Get close. Get ...

Heart disease in Cat and Dogs

In: Dog & Cat Health

Our beloved pets deserve optimal health and well-being. Heart disease in pets is both common and many times, well hidden. If your primary care veterinarian suspects heart disease, a timely visit to a veterinary cardiologist could save your pet’s life. How will I know if my pet has a heart problem? Most often, the only sign is a heart murmur found on a wellness examination by your veterinarian. Some dogs and cats may exhibit symptoms such as coughing, fainting, developing a weakness, ...

Warmer Temperatures Bring Health Risks

In: Dog & Cat Health

We have been in the midst of a harsh winter, but believe it or not the warmer months are coming! Spring and summer bring us the opportunity for fun outdoor activities, but the warmer temperatures can also bring health risks for our pets that we should be cognizant of to keep them safe. As the temperature outside increases, be aware that dogs (especially brachycephalic, or short-faced breeds, overweight pets, and large breeds) and even cats are at risk of hyperthermia, or ...

Wellness Yearly Visit” series – Your Pet’s EYE CARE

In: Cat Health, Dog & Cat Health, Dog Health

There are a number of conditions with the eyes that can affect the well-being and safety of your dog or cat.  Any pet is susceptible to eye problems but those with flatter faces such as Pugs, Boxers, Persians, and Himalayans are more at risk. Many dogs have a condition called KCS or “dry eye”.  This is a chronic and very serious condition as it can lead to blindness if left untreated. You may see a lot of yellow or sticky discharge on the eyeball ...

Therapeutic Laser Treatment

In: Dog & Cat Health

Most of us are familiar with the scene: the doctor waves a device over an injury, the device emits some flashing lights, and moments later the patient is healed.  What you may not realize however, is that for many pets this scene isn’t only something from the movies or TV, but something they’ve experienced with their veterinarian.  The procedure is called laser therapy, and it’s used to speed healing and bring relief to your pet while treating a variety of ...

Healthy Pet Plans

In: Cat Health, Dog & Cat Health, Dog Health

A recent survey of pet owners shows that they are seeking veterinary care less often.  The rising cost of veterinary health care is a factor in many owners’ decision to wait longer to visit their veterinarian.  Preventive care can save, prolong, and improve our pets’ lives through disease prevention and early illness detection.  The current trend in the veterinary industry is to offer plans in which preventative care is bundled together at a discounted price. Olney Sandy-Spring Veterinary Hospital has designed ...

Heart Murmurs in Dogs and Cats

In: Cat Health, Dog & Cat Health, Dog Health

What is a heart murmur?  A heart murmur is an abnormal noise in your pet’s heart heard with a stethoscope.  The noise is a swishing sound in the midst of the normal lub-dub of the heartbeat.  It is often concerning for people to be informed that their pet may have heart disease.  The primary care veterinarian will typically refer the patient to a cardiologist upon suspicion of heart disease for a few reasons.  As with people, pets with cardiac disease in ...

Cardiology for Dogs and Cats

In: Dog & Cat Health

The family pet is now considered much more ‘family’ than ‘pet’. More and more families insist the best food, supplies and health care for their loyal companions. Specialty veterinary medicine has evolved and is now widely available to meet this need. Board-certified veterinary cardiology specialists now collaborate with primary care veterinarians to form a comprehensive health care team for pets just as they do in human medicine. In order to specialize they must complete three to five years of postdoctoral, ...

REDUCE Youe Pets Chance Of Cancer By 50%

In: Dog & Cat Health, Dog Health

Cancer is a word you never want to hear in the same sentence with your pets name.  Unfortunately, cancer rates are rising in both the human and animal populations.  What causes cancer and what can you do to prevent it?  I am seeing more cases in younger animals, and even more frightening, the same cancers in pets and humans of the sam family. (Especially thyroid cancer.) There is a strong genetic predisposition, but how much is uncertain.  Probably around 50%.  So, ...

Pet Nutrition – Feeding Your Pet a Biologically Appropriate Raw Food Diet

In: Dog & Cat Health

When I started practicing veterinary medicine 30 years ago, the pets exhibiting the most health problems were pure breeds. Now we’re seeing all dogs and cats, including mixed breeds, increasingly plagued with degenerative diseases like Arthritis, Diabetes, Cancer and many other serious and often fatal ailments. While Americans are spending billions of dollars on their pets’ health each year, the overall condition of the American pet has plummeted. The reasons for this decline in health include environmental pollutants, overvaccinations and an ...

What is AAHA?

In: Dog & Cat Health, Dogs & Cats (Misc.), Responisble Pet Ownership

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is an international association of more than17,000 veterinary care providers who treat companion animals. Hospitals that are accredited by AAHA meet high veterinary care standards. Each hospital voluntarily completes a detailed evaluation of its services and equipment. Then a trained practice consultant thoroughly inspects the hospital to make sure it meets AAHA’s high standards in the areas of: 1. emergency services 2. surgery and anesthesia 3. radiology services 4. pathology services 5. nursing care ...

Heartworm Disease

In: Dog & Cat Health

Mosquitoes are more than annoying to your dog -their bite can be deadly. This is because the potentially lethal, Heartworm Disease, is transmitted through mosquito bites. When a mosquito feeds on a heart- worm-infected dog, it takes in the immature form of the heartworm along with its blood meal. Then, it injects this immature form into the next dog it bites. Heartworms are spaghetti-like parasites that live inside the heart of an infected dog. The worms can cause damage to your ...

When your Pet Needs a Cardiologist

In: Dog & Cat Health

Your pet is a special member of your family. As such, you want the best possible care for every ailment that your pet must face during his or her lifetime. If your veterinarian faces a situation outside their area of expertise, they now have the option of referring you to a board-certified specialist, just like your family doctor does for you. A Board-certified veterinary cardiologist is the most qualified person to define the nature and type of heart problem when ...

Reading Pet Food Labels

In: Dog & Cat Health, Responisble Pet Ownership

Pet food labels can sometimes be misleading and confusing to owners. There are some key parts of the label that can give you information about the diet including the product name, nutrition claims such as “complete and balanced” or “natural”, ingredients, and guaranteed analysis. It is important to understand the terminology in the product name which gives a description of the diet, such as “chicken dinner”. The terms used in the product name are controlled by AAFCO, a pet food regulatory ...

Does Your Pet Have Oral Disease?

In: Dog & Cat Health

Despite giving our pet crunchy dry food, hard objects and flossing rope chews, many still have breath that can stop a freight train. Bad breath can be an early sign of oral disease and its associated pain and discomfort. Unfortunately our pets can’t talk about their oral pain, and therefore simply the act of eating alone does not constitute a clean bill of health! Obviously they want to live so they are driven to eat. But you must carefully monitor ...

Infectious Disease – Leptospirosis

In: Dog & Cat Health

Leptospirosis – Most pet owners had never even heard of this infectious disease before the widespread infections caused by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. But this disease, caused by a spiral shaped bacteria called leptospires, can affect dogs, cats, horses and even humans in many situations.The dangers posed by leptospirosis include kidney and liver failure, and possibly even death. It is spread through the urine of infected animals and can survive for weeks in water or soil. It was the ...

Fat Dogs, Skinny Cats

In: Dog & Cat Health

Is your dog lethargic and overweight? Does your cat eat everything in sight but still lose weight? They both may suffer from disease of the thyroid gland. Located in the neck, the thyroid gland controls the body’s metabolism. Dogs often suffer from hypothyroidism, a lack of thyroid hormone production, leading to a slowing of their metabolism. Cats often suffer from hyperthyroidism, an excessive production of thyroid hormone, leading to a speeding up of their metabolism. Hypothyroid dogs usually act lethargic, gain ...

Heart Murmurs in Dogs and Cats

In: Dog & Cat Health

Cardiac disease is a common cause disease in small animals, though they often do not show obvious signs until they are in severe congestive heart failure. Accurate diagnosis and treatment before your pet is in crisis greatly improves the outcome when cardiac disease is present. In most cases, your veterinarian may hear a murmur or an arrhythmia before the development of other signs. A heart murmur indicates that turbulent (disrupted) blood flow is present within the heart or major blood vessels ...

The Surgery Referral Hospital

In: Dog & Cat Health

The Veterinary Surgical Referral Practice has a lot of experience in a relatively small range of problems. Referral veterinarians generally have received an additional four years of training - after eight years of veterinary and undergraduate school-in their specific field. Whether it be orthopedics, abdominal surgery, chest surgery, cancer surgery, or reconstructive surgery - referral practitioners see the same type of problems over and over on a regular basis. Therefore, because of experience and “practice,” the referral veterinarian is more prepared ...

Parasites That Can Live on Your pets and YOU

In: Dog & Cat Health, Responisble Pet Ownership

Fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites can be dangerous for both pets and people. The common dog roundworm is the cause for most concern. Puppies and kittens may be born with intestinal worm infections contracted from their mothers and can easily acquire new infections from soil and other environmental sources. Because children's play habits ? in sandboxes, playgrounds, patios, and backyards ? bring them into closer contact than adults with objects that may be contaminated by pet feces, they are more ...

Cancer – Free Pets

In: Dog & Cat Health

We all want to do what’s best for our beloved pets, and that includes minimizing their chances of becoming ill. Veterinarians all over the world are seeing a disturbing trend - younger pets contracting previously rare forms of cancer. Leukemia, sarcoma, and lymphoma are not unusual now in four- or five-year-old dogs and cats. Your pet’s susceptibility is dependent on genetic predisposition and environmental variables. Right now, there is not much we can do about genetics, but the environmental influence on ...

The lowdown on labels: With pet food packaging, what you read is what you get.

In: Dog & Cat Health, Responisble Pet Ownership

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but the very opposite is true of pet foods. It’s not only possible to make an educated assessment of a product’s nutritional profile from its ingredient label, but it’s also a smart, responsible measure for those who love their four-legged companions. In the pet food industry, we have advisory and regulatory groups that guide the disclosure of product contents in packaging literature. As a result, today’s pet food ingredient labels are ...

Laser Therapy to the Rescue

In: Dog & Cat Health

The therapy K-Laser has been a part of pain management and healing at Pet Dominion for several years. It is a dual beam class IV laser that uses therapeutic laser light to increase cellular energy and brings health to a damaged area. This dramatically speeds healing time and reduces pain. The K-Laser is used successfully in the management of chronic pain and stiffness due to arthritis or joint injury. Our vets recommend laser therapy following routine surgeries such as spays and ...

Digital Radiography

In: Dog & Cat Health

Digital Radiography (DR) is the newest technology available for taking x-rays in animals (including dogs, cats, birds, and exotics). It eliminates the need for a dark room, developing chemicals, lengthy film processing time, and the storage of x-ray films. Digital x-ray equipment is used for diagnosing both soft tissue and orthopedic conditions, just like traditional x-ray equipment. This advancement in technology greatly enhances diagnostic capabilities and better assists in the treatment of your pet. Digital x-ray equipment has many benefits for ...

Pain Control For Your Pets

In: Dog & Cat Health

It wasn’t that many years ago that most veterinarians felt that pets didn’t experience pain in the same way that people do. We would spay and neuter dogs and cats everyday and send our patients home without even thinking about pain control. Veterinarians felt that if we relieved the pet’s pain they would be too active and may hurt themselves and delay healing. Nothing could be further from the truth. So many pets suffered because of this misconception. It is ...

Emergency & Critical Care – An Emerging Role for Veterinary Critical Care

In: Dog & Cat Health

The American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care is a relatively new addition to the specialties and sub-specialties currently available to the veterinary profession. Specialists in this field require additional, rigorous education after graduating from an accredited veterinary school. They must undergo a one-year internship followed by an additional 3-years of training focusing on the most up-to-date techniques for diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening disease processes. This intensive program is referred to as a “residency.” As an evolving specialty, our ...

Evolution of Specialty Veterinary Medicine

In: Dog & Cat Health

If a group of veterinarians decided to open a new hospital today, they may consider building a hospital that would house both a 24-hour emergency center and a group of various specialty practices. While there are many animal hospitals structured in this way today, the path taken by the veterinary community to arrive at this point is not as simple as one would imagine. As recently as 25 years ago, most veterinarians served as an all-in-one resource for pet owners. Veterinarians ...

What Constitutes an Emergency?

In: Dog & Cat Health

SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center in Fairfax, Virginia, offers a free booklet on Pet Emergency Care. The booklet is designed to help you recognize and handle emergency situations that arise with your dog or cat until you can get them to a veterinary clinic for an exam and further treatment. It advises pet owners about signs and symptoms to look for and actions to take. Topics covered in the booklet include: Vomiting – possible causes, including foreign objects or new ...

Pet Nutrition – What’s In Your Pet Food?

In: Dog & Cat Health

Concerns about commercial pet food have led to the rise of specialty stores focusing on pet nutrition needs and featuring natural foods, vitamins, and other supplies. The commercial pet food industry began as a way to dispose of food unfit for human consumption. It is now the largest consumer of waste products discarded by the human food industry. Most people assume that if a pet food is labeled “100% complete and balanced” that means it’s nutritious and healthy. “Let the buyer ...

Pet Nutrition – Healthy Pets are Happy Pets!

In: Dog & Cat Health

When you walk into DogGone Natural, you are greeted with a warm, caring and educated staff that cares about your pet. Co-owner Kimberly Mrozinski is brilliant when she explains pet nutrition, and the products. She educates people on the different foods, supplements and treats, explains the benefits and helps people decide what’s best for their individual pet. Nestled in the corner of Old Town Ashburn Shopping Center is DogGone Natural, a nutritional pet store which specializes in keeping a pet’s diet ...

Geriatric Changes in the Eyes of Dogs and Cats

In: Dog & Cat Health

Several “normal” aging changes occur in the eyes of dogs and cats, just as they do with humans. These conditions, described below, sometimes need to be differentiated from more severe problems. Lenticular Sclerosis The lens is made up of layers of protein. Because the lens cannot enlarge in size, the layers get compacted, leading to scierosis, or hardening of the lens, so that it no longer changes shape in order to focus. As this process progresses, dog and cat owners may note certain ...

Pet Rehab – Physical Rehabilitation and Veterinary Medicine

In: Dog & Cat Health

Physical rehabilitation and its application in veterinary medicine continues to be an exciting new field in which the potential for helping our pets has not yet been fully recognized. Human physical therapists have long been hoping to gain a foothold in this area and have had associations for animal therapy within their field for many years. But arguments between veterinarians and human physical therapists as to who should provide this service for our animals have moved to state legislatures while ...

Solving the Mystery of Fleas and Flea Control

In: Dog & Cat Health

Does your dog or cat scratch constantly? Does your dog lose his hair every summer? Is your cat covered by bumps and scabs? Do you notice small insect bites on your ankles or legs? Does your pet get tapeworms every summer? If you answered yes to any of the above questions - you may be dealing with FLEAS. Cats and dogs with fleas are uncomfortable not only from constant scratching, but from skin infections and allergic reactions to fleas. Add ...

Pet Health Goes Mobile

In: Dog & Cat Health

Do you get more anxious than your pet about going to the veterinarian? Is your pet gentle and sweet until it realizes that you just arrived at the veterinary hospital? Does just thinking about trying to get your cat in the carrier, spending time in the waiting room with barking dogs after a long day at work, or being pulled in two different directions by the dog and the children make you want to hide under the bed, too? There ...

Diagnostic Imaging and your pet

In: Dog & Cat Health

Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen accidentally discovered x-rays on November 8, 1895. The world was changed forever after the news of the discovery was released. On February 3rd 1896, Eddie McCarthy broke his wrist on a pond while ice skating. An x-ray of his fractured wrist was made. It was the first medical x-ray taken in the United States. Despite this early episode, the use of x-rays in medical diagnostics was slow to catch on. ...

Ear Disease: The Whole Picture

In: Dog & Cat Health

Ear aliments are one of the most common problems seen in dogs, and are intermittent in cats. Approximately 15-20% of all dog patients and 6-7% of all cat patients have some type of ear disease and not shown clinical signs until it becomes quite severe. Signs of ear disease are scratching at ears, shaking head, or whining when ears are touched. Some ear infections can be lifelong problems if the underlying problem is not ...

Laser Technology More Prevalent in Veterinary Medicine

In: Dog & Cat Health

Although in medical use since the 1960’s, it is only recent advances in micro-technology that have permitted the widespread use of lasers in both human and veterinary medicine. The word ‘laser’ is an acronym for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. A laser, in the simplest terms, is a machine that produces a highly concentrated beam of light. In the type of laser used in veterinary medicine, this beam of light is in the ultraviolet spectrum, which is not ...

What’s New In Veterinary Medicine

In: Dog & Cat Health

The first veterinary hospitals for pets appeared only about 80 years ago and did not change very much until the early 1980’s. Coincidentally that is when I graduated from veterinary school and I have seen remarkable advances in technology during my career. These advances have revolutionized the treatment of our pets, increased their life span and quality of life. Our medical knowledge is estimated to double every six months. Things that once seemed impossible are ...

Metabolism in Pets – Fat Dogs, Skinny Cats

In: Dog & Cat Health

Is your dog lethargic and overweight, or does your cat eat everything in sight but continues to lose weight? They may suffer from disease of the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is located in the neck and is responsible for controlling the body’s metabolism. Dogs often suffer from hypothyroidism, a lack of thyroid hormone production, leading to a slowing of their metabolism. Cats often suffer from hyperthyroidism, an excessive production of thyroid hormone, leading to a speeding up of their ...

Taste is a Major Factor in your Animal

In: Dog & Cat Health

Animals can be extremely difficult to treat with standard medications that are commercially available from drug manufacturers. Most companies do not take into consideration that their products may be used to treat your household pet. Taste plays a major factor in determining whether or not a particular drug is going to be accepted or refused by your pet. Using compounding pharmacies increase the likelihood that your animal will easily take his or her medicine ...

Pet Nutrition – The Importance of an Excellent Diet for your Pet

In: Dog & Cat Health, Responisble Pet Ownership

One of the most important things you can do for your animal is to give it and excellent diet. The tide in the canine/feline food market has definitely turned toward those foods that are formulated from high quality or human grade ingredients, specifically those with high meat content. I am encouraged as I see the label readers because an informed pet owner is our best customer. There is developing a greater understanding of the label. More consumers have an understanding ...

Gentle Massage Therapy – Cranial-Sacral Osteopathy

In: Dog & Cat Health

In the early 1900’s William Sutherland theorized that the bones of the head (cranium) moved at their junctions or sutures. This was contrary to anatomical teaching of the time which presented a solid skull that moved only at the temporo-mandibular joints and the tiny bones of the ear. Research at Michigan State University in the 1970’s confirmed Sutherland’s theory. Optical and electron microscopy as well as radio wave broadcasts between antennae placed on cranial bones of living subjects measured both ...

NEW DISCOVERY IN PREVENTIVE MEDICINE

In: Dog & Cat Health

The discovery of “Transfer Factors” represents a paradigm shift in the way we look at health maintenance and disease treatment. Transfer Factors occur naturally in all mammals. They are small molecules that “transfer the immune information from mother to newborn through the mother’s first milk called “colostrum.” These tiny molecules are what educates a newborn’s naïve immune system whether man or animal to defend the body against infection. The discovery of ...

Cancer Prevention In Pets

In: Dog & Cat Health

Although many forms of cancer in pets can be treated, it is always better to prevent a disease when possible. Pet owners can reduce the risk of cancer developing in their dogs and cats with some standard health care techniques. Mammary cancer (breast cancer) is a frequently deadly disease in dogs and cats. In dogs, we can prevent this cancer nearly always by spaying) a puppy prior to her first heat cycle. ...

Want A Healthy Pet? Go Hi-Tech

In: Dog & Cat Health

There have been a multitude of advances in Veterinary Medicine in the past few years. Ultrasound, endoscopy, and even CAT Scan or MRI are available AND within the budget of many clients. Fortunately, these advanced diagnostic tests are rarely needed over the lifetime of our pets - they’re expensive! Nevertheless, it’s nice to know they’re available . Recently, an instrument has found a place in the Veterinary Diagnostic market that is not only “Hi-Tech” but also useful for medical problems encountered on ...

Signs of Disease to Look for in Our Pets

In: Dog & Cat Health

All too often, as veterinarians, we see patients coming into our clinic in advanced stages of disease. Although some disease may progress quickly, other illnesses will show subtle clinical signs along the way. For example, with kidney disease in cats, animals exhibit classic clinical signs as kidney function deteriorates. These include: weight loss, increased water consumption with increased urination, varying degrees of anorexia, and vomiting. Owners need to be ...

Harmful Treats – Grapes for Fido – Raisin some Concerns

In: Dog & Cat Health

Ingestion of grapes and raisins (two of our favorite foods, full of vitamins, energy and antioxidants) are now being implicated and documented as the cause kidney failure, in a number of dogs, cats and ferrets, across the country, Most types of grapes and raisins are implicated, but the exact toxin and mechanism has not as yet, been identified. Most cases have occurred in dogs (most ingesting at least 1 grape or 3 raisins, per pound of body weight).Clinical signs occur ...

Surgery – Advances in Veterinary Surgery

In: Dog & Cat Health, Responisble Pet Ownership

Cold, hard steel—THE SCALPEL BLADE—the surgeon’s instrument of choice. Generally, this statement is still very true. The scalpel blade is the main instrument that most veterinarians use for cutting during surgery. It is sharp, sterile and dependable. However, new advances in surgery and technology have allowed for newer instruments to begin replacing the scalpel blade in the hands of your favorite veterinary surgeon. Radiowave and Laser surgery are two of the newer Hi-Tech forms of surgery that can be found at ...

Turning Back the Clock on Companion Animal Aging

In: Dog & Cat Health

How old is old? How fast do pets age and how can I be sure mine will live as long as possible to keep me company for as many years as I can? Many people say a dog or cat ages 7 years for every one year of a human's life. Well, there are many different formulas for calculating the lifespan and age of a dog or cat, but no one really has ever come up with one that truly ...

Pet Friends Mirror Human Lifestyle Trends

In: Dog & Cat Health

Many of the biggest lifestyle trends in America today, such as natural foods, concern for environmental issues, and the rise of holistic therapies, are having a major influence on the pet market. The phenomenon is occurring because people are treating their pets more like family members than ever before, wanting to extend their pets’ lives and keep them healthy and happy. In a 1999 American Animal Hospital Association survey, two thirds of survey respondents said they take their pet to the ...

Specialist Veterinarians – The ACVS Diplomate.

In: Dog & Cat Health

Setting the Standard of Excellence in Veterinary Surgery Only veterinarians who have sucessfully completed the certification requirements of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) are Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (DACVS) and have earned the right to be called specialists in veterinary surgery. Candidates seeking Diplomate status in the ACVS must have (a) received a degree in veterinary medicine from a school accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, (b) served a one-year rotating internship (or equivalent), and ...

Hospice Care for Animals

In: Dog & Cat Health

In today’s society, more and more people are considering their pets to be family members. There are now veterinary specialists in many fields from surgery and rehabilitation, to radiation oncology. These specialists help to prolong the lives of our animal family members. There is now also a demand for veterinarians that can assist with end of life care…hospice care. Hospice care for animals is based upon the human hospice care philosophy, which began in England in the 1960’s. Hospice care ...

Transdermal Gels for Pets – Rub Rover the Right Way

In: Dog & Cat Health

Chasing down your pet to medicate may be a thing of the past with this new drug delivery system. Medications usually available orally (i.e. suspension, or tablets), intravenously, or rectally may now be compounded with a veterinarian’s approval and a compounding pharmacist’s expertise into a topically applied gel, making the administration of your animal’s medication as stressfree as possible. Transdermal gels give your animal care specialist a new option in the treatment of a variety of medical conditions. Pets currently ...

New Millenium Brings Veterinary Specialists

In: Dog & Cat Health

Like all other health professions, veterinary medicine has experienced dramatic advances in knowledge and expertise over the past 20 years. Veterinarians are now able to provide their patients access to the same health services physicians provide to human patients How do they do it? Most of us grew up in an era of veterinarian medicine characterized in books and television programs such as ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL. From these important roots, today’s veterinarians are discovering how modern medical advances can ...

Team Spirit: The Winning Formula for Wellness Care

In: Dog & Cat Health

Friendship’s commitment to high quality care is well established. When your pet is sick or injured it’s reassuring to know that Friendship is not only open with great staff available 24 hours every day, but that those services are of the highest caliber. Friendship received the highest ranking from the American Animal Hospital Association following its most recent evaluation. Equally important is the care that Friendship Hospital for Animals in Northwest Washington provides when your pet is well. Friendship has created ...

Ultrasound – Seeing your Pet through Sound

In: Dog & Cat Health

Most everyone has seen those cute pictures that pregnant mothers show off of their babies before they are born. Those pictures were made by gently bouncing sound waves off the baby. A machine then records those waves and turns them into a picture of a baby sucking it’s thumb or waving at it’s new, excited, expectant parents. Ultrasound examinations (also known as sonograms) are now a regular part of diagnosing many conditions in veterinary medicine. Closer examination of the heart (also ...

Vet Specialists: Key Care for Your Injured or Very Sick Pet

In: Dog & Cat Health

Patients are living much longer. As a result, they have more diabetes, cancer, heart disease, blindness, deafness, as well as neurological problems akin to multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s. Luckily, as more and more patients have these diseases of aging, and other complex, unusual and/or chronic diseases, medical technology has lurched forward, with much better treatment to keep patients alive and living happy lives. In some cases, new drugs and technology have brought cures for previously incurable diseases. Sounds like a discussion of ...

Natural Threapy to Train and Care for your Pet – TTouch and Best Friends

In: Dog & Cat Health, Holistic Medicine

The red clay cliffs danced with sunlight and I watched the shadows shimmer off the rocks onto the memorial head stones. Here I was in Kanab Valley Utah at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary sipping my coffee and taking in the beauty. But how did I get to the largest no kill animal sanctuary in the United States for this week filled with incredible animals and people? When I became a TTouch practitioner, I had an idea that volunteering at Best Friends ...

What is a veterinary cardiologist?!?!

In: Dog & Cat Health

Your pet is a special member of your family. As such, you want the best possible care for every ailment that your pet must face during his or her lifetime. If your veterinarian faces a situation outside their area of expertise, they now have the option of referring you to a board-certified specialist, just like your family doctor does for you. A Boardcertified veterinary cardiologist is the most qualified person to define the nature and type of heart problem when ...

What You Should Know About Pet Grooming Salons

In: Dog & Cat Health, Grooming

There are important factors that you should consider when selecting a grooming salon for your pet. These include: salon environment, staff professionalism, and how much time your pet will spend at the salon. The Salon The salon should be bright, clean, well-ventilated, temperature controlled and void of foul odors. You should be able to tour the salon and see where your pet will be caged and groomed. An attendant should be able to view caged pets at all times. See if the ...

There is a Whole New World of Veterinary Medicine

In: Dog & Cat Health, Rehabilitation

Well, rehabilitation may be the answer to your problems. Rehabilitation is a wonderful new field of veterinary medicine, similar to physical therapy that is performed on people. Rehabilitation can be of benefit for animals with arthritis, knee injuries, muscle injuries or weakness, spinal problems, and in any animal recovering from an orthopedic or neurologic surgery. There are numerous benefits of rehabilitation, including decreasing the recovery time and potential complications following a surgery or injury, decreasing pain and swelling, improving joint ...

Pet Pharmacy – Getting the Most Out of Your Pets Medication Through "Compounding"

In: Dog & Cat Health

When a medication prescription is given by your veterinarian the most important thing to remember is to give it the way it was intended. If you give a medication that was supposed to be given two times a day only once daily there will be little to no therapeutic benefit leading to a longer recovery time. The most common reasons for not dosing an animal correctly are: • The animal refuses the medication • It becomes too difficult to fight with ...

Your Pet and Anesthesia

In: Dog & Cat Health

It is inevitable that your furry loyal companion will need anesthesia multiple times during his or her lifetime. Although anesthesia is not without risks, it is much safer and predictable than it has ever been thanks to new anesthesia agents and technologies. Many of the new safer anesthesia agents are the same agents employed in human medicine. These newer anesthetic agents, coupled with an adequate physical exam, pre-anesthetic blood testing and other diagnostic tests can greatly reduce risks to your loved ...

Weight Loss – Comprehensive Rehabilitive Therapy for Surgical Recovery or Weight Loss

In: Dog & Cat Health

What’s the hottest new thing for your “pleasingly plump” pet? How can your “Fat Fido” ever hope to get up off that sofa and resume a reasonable level of exercise and activity? Obesity and lack of exercise is not only the most common source of health problems in the human population in America today, it is the number one reason for pain and discomfort in our dogs and cats as well. But, there’s hope: Pet Spas and Rehabilitation Centers are cropping ...

Pets in Pain

In: Dog & Cat Health

When faced with the fear of being injured or sick, our major concern is how much it’s going to hurt. When confronted with a medical procedure we must endure, likewise, we stress over the pain. We seem to feel even more anxious when a family member, and that includes a pet, is faced with a potential painful event. This anxiety is associated with our inability to control the situation, knowing that a loved one might suffer, feeling helpless. Well, it doesn’t ...

Taking Veterinary Medicine To A New Level

In: Dog & Cat Health

Like all other health professions, veterinary medicine has experienced dramatic advances in knowledge and expertise over the past 20 years. Veterinarians are now able to provide their patients access to the same health services physicians provide human patients. How do they do it? Most of us grew up in an era of veterinarian medicine characterized in book and television shows like All Creatures Great and Small. From these important roots, today’s veterinarians are discovering how modern medical advances can further ...

Important Diseases of Puppies and Kittens

In: Dog & Cat Health

In order for a pet to live a long and healthy life, one of the first things a new pet owner needs to do is to take their new friend to a veterinarian for an initial examination. This checkup initiates a lifetime preventative health program. During this initial appointment, vaccinations are provided to protect against the following important diseases. •Rabies is a fatal virus that affects the nervous system of many animals, including cats, dogs and people. It is spread mainly ...

Developing Technologies – Can Computers Help Your Pet?

In: Dog & Cat Health

Most likely your veterinarian uses a computer to help track the vaccinations your pet receives and when they will be due again, but today computers are playing a vital role in maintaining the health of your pet. Many modern veterinary practices use computers to manage your pet’s complete medical history, to note findings during physical examinations and to document surgical and medical findings with digital images. Technology and the internet allow your veterinarian to consult with other veterinarians and veterinary ...

Grooming- The Importance of Grooming All Pets

In: Dog & Cat Health, Grooming

If you think that grooming is only for fancy French Poodles and Cocker Spaniels, think again! Grooming is important for every pet in your home. From cats to bunnies, to birds- an all-pet groomer can give your pet more than just a makeover. Keep in mind that not all grooming involves cutting hair and clipping to show dog perfection. Many animals can benefit from a simple haircut. German Shepherds and Labradors, for example, can have undercoats removed professionally, and dramatically minimize ...

Understanding The Importance of Pet First Aid

In: Dog & Cat Health

Pet first aid is the immediate care given when a pet is injured or suddenly takes ill while at home and, when necessary, with veterinary help. This knowledge can mean the difference between life and death; temporary and permanent disability; expensive veterinarian bills and reasonable home care. It is estimated that 25 percent more pets can be saved if just one basic skill or technique was applied prior to receiving veterinary care. Learning the skills and techniques of pet first aid ...

CPR or Preparedness…Choose Wisely!

In: Dog & Cat Health, Responisble Pet Ownership

There is a wave of interest in pet cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) among kennel workers, pet daycare personnel, dog trainers, groomers, and pet owners. Though the effort to learn the methods to bring a pet back from the brink of disaster is laudable, I feel it is much more important for pet owners and caregivers to learn to recognize the signs which indicate an animal may be getting into medical trouble. Recognition of the clinical signs associated with impending severe illness will ...

What Is Lyme Disease?

In: Dog & Cat Health

Lyme disease is tick-borne and affects both humans and animals. The causative organism is a spiral shaped bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi. While it has been reported across the United States, it is more common in the Northeastern states. The most common sign of Lyme disease is polyarthritis (arthritis in more than one joint). Other signs that may be seen are fever, loss of appetite, and lethargy. Despite the uncommon occurrence of the disease in dogs and humans, the importance is ...

Pets get Diabetes Too!

In: Dog & Cat Health

Doctor, my pet is thirsty all the time and now he’s been having accidents in the house! “He’s been eating okay, but he seems thinner and acts a little tired.” These are common observations made by the owners of diabetic pet. Diabetes Mellitus is a common disease of both dogs and cats due to a deficiency of insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas. Insulin is necessary to transport glucose (sugar) from the bloodstream to the cells of the body. Without ...

Solving Medication Problems – Here Rover, Swallow This!

In: Dog & Cat Health, Responisble Pet Ownership

One of the wonderful things about owning a pet is their strange likes and dislikes. You may have a pet who will only eat one kind of food, sleep in one spot, or even go to only one family member. Taking medication is probably the most universal problem associated with your family pet. Most medicines have a very distinctive taste or odor with which most animals simply refuse to be associated. In order to assure that your pet not only ...

Local Vets Go Hi-tech

In: Dog & Cat Health

Three Veterinarian offices in the Maryland/DC area, Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital in Laurel, All Creature Animal Clinic in Frederick, and Friendship Animal Hospital in Washington D.C., now offer a unique service which allows clients to manage their pet’s health through a secure Internet service called Pet Portals. In Pet Portals, clients can check their pets’ vaccination status, medication history, prescription instructions, and health reminders 24 hours a day. There are also forms that allow clients to request changes to their account, ...

Laser Surgery for Pets

In: Dog & Cat Health

Laser technology has revolutionized the dental and surgical field of medicine for humans in recent years. Thousands of people have benefi ted from the ‘laser boom’ and now this advance in medicine is available for a whole new group of patients - dogs, cats, and exotic pets. Pet owners should be aware of the possibilities for improved care by utilizing this technology. Animals are treated with a carbon dioxide laser, the most widely used type of laser in the world. The ...

What is a Board Certified Veterinary Specialist?

In: Dog & Cat Health

Veterinary medicine has changed over the years due to the increasingly important role of pets in our society. This has resulted in the emergence of a number of veterinary specialties comparable to those in human medicine. The American Veterinary Medical Association recognizes sixteen veterinary specialties. Certification for one of these specialties requires completing 3-5 years of training in an area of specialization beyond the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degree. In addition to comprehensive training in his/her area of expertise, before being ...

Want a Healthy and Happy Pet? Spay and Neuter

In: Animal Welfare, Dog & Cat Health

There are not enough homes for the number of dogs and cats that we have and more are being born everyday. Being a responsible pet owner includes a responsibility to your pet and the pet population in general. Every year millions of dogs and cats find their way into shelters and humane societies. Some are lost pets, abandoned pets, or pets that are brought in by their owners because they are inconvenient or impractical to keep. Millions of these dogs and ...

Brush Your Dog Regularly

In: Dog & Cat Health

Rain, snow, swimming, and humidity are ain, snow, swimming, and humidity are Rthe number one enemy of dogs with an number one enemy of dogs with an Rundercoat (Poodles, Bichons, Old English, Cockers, Schnauzers, etc.), because water causes the soft, cotton-like undercoat to mat very close to the skin when the hair dries. If you took a cottonball and put it in a glass of water,it would absorb the water. If you then took the cottonball from the glass and ...

Alternative Treatments – Acupuncture Medicine For Your Pet

In: Dog & Cat Health, Holistic Medicine

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) is an ancient practice of medicine for animals. The Chinese perspective, on the workings of the body, is different than what we are used to in conventional Western medicine practiced in this country. Chinese medicine focuses on the body as an energetic whole, and sees disease or injury as a disruption or blockage of the normal flow of energy in the animal. This energy is the intangible essence that makes us alive; it’s called Qi ...

Early Age Spay and Neuter

In: Dog & Cat Health, Responisble Pet Ownership

Early-age spaying/neutering is being performed more and more frequently and the range of benefits provided for both animals and people is great. Research has shown that it is safe to spay and neuter kittens and puppies at a much younger age than veterinarians once thought. Many veterinarians are now safely and routinely performing spay and neuter surgery on kittens and puppies at eight weeks of age. The low body fat makes these surgeries easier to accomplish and puppies and kittens ...

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