Is My Dog in Pain?

In: Dog Health, Home Page

Dogs are sentient creatures like us—they feel pain and can suffer with both acute and chronic pain. As we age, many of us will have at least minor aches and pains on occasion. What do we do? Take our choice of over-the-counter pain medications. But what happens when that headache or back pain lasts for hours or days? How does it affect you? Your sleep or performance with athletics or your job? What happens with your interactions with your friends, ...

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, ...

Yes, Peanut Butter CAN be Dangerous for your Dog!

In: Dog Health, Home Page

How many times have you had Pet Professionals, your local pet supply store, your neighbors and your friends tell you about using Peanut Butter in your pup's favorite toy, to re-activate a bone, or to give medicine in a tasty treat? In all fairness, it has been relatively safe all these years, but now there is a hidden danger in SOME Peanut Butter brands that could be lethal for your favorite companion. That danger is a sugar substitute called Xylitol, and ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

What It’s Like Leaving Your Dog In A Hot Car!

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

  Nick Beam, trainer at Off-Leash K9 Training, LLC  spent 40 minutes inside of  a hot car  which went up to 138 degrees! to show what dogs left in cars can experience. Watch the the video!! And Please Share! What It's Like Leaving Your Dog In A Hot Car! 40 Minutes and 138 Degrees http://youtu.be/L59-Cxhgvyw

Keep Fido Fit, Not Fat

In: Dog Health

An estimated 45% of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, putting them at risk for serious health problems, including diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, and a shorter life expectancy. How to Spot a Portly Pooch Unfortunately, many people don’t know that they have an overweight dog. Veterinarians report that nearly 50% of dogs are overweight, but only 17% of pet owners agree. An easy test is to stand behind ...

The Real Scoop on Dog Poop

In: Dog Health

Time is a precious commodity, and of all of the things on your to-do list, picking up after the pooch is probably down there towards the bottom. But as unpleasant and time-consuming as this chore may be, keeping pet waste off the ground is an important responsibility held by all pet owners. Unbeknownst to many, dog waste is more than just a gross and unsightly mess—it’s an environmental pollutant and a human health hazard. That’s because dog poop carries disease-causing bacteria ...

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 ...

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 ...

Paula Deen’s Cheesy Dog Treats

In: Dog Health

Bake up a batch of these good and easy treats for your dog. They are a healthy, nutritious, snack. Store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks. INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk 2 teaspoons garlic salt 1/2 cup water DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix cheeses with oil. Stir in flour, dry milk, and salt until blended. ...

Back Care For Your Dog

In: Dog Behavior, Dog Health

Our dogs both active and sedentary are susceptible to back injury just as we are. It can occur at anytime and may seem to have come out of nowhere. The symptoms can be subtle like just not walking as long on walks or reluctant to go up stairs. Or it could be dramatic with full blown paralysis and inability to rise. Here are a few preventative tips to help your dog avoid back pain. 1. Use a harness instead of a ...

Planned Pet Parents

In: Dog Behavior, Dog Health

The Olney-Sandy Spring Veterinary Hospital (OSSVH) has developed a progressive reproductive management program called “The Breeder’s Edge.” Breeding stock selection, by reputable breeders, is based on such factors as conformation, temperament, and lack of hereditary defects. The American Kennel Club allows registration of litters bred by artificial insemination using fresh, fresh-chilled, or frozen semen. This allows the breeding of dogs that are geographically separated, but without the cost and risk involved in shipping them. It also provides more information on ...

It’s Flu Season Again

In: Dog Health

But For Our Dogs, It Is Always Flu Season Ever have a fever, runny nose, persistent cough, lose your appetite and feel achy; in other words the kind of sickness that you wouldn’t wish on a dog? Actually, your dog can feel that bad, but now, just as for humans, help can be just a vaccination away. Canine Influenza outbreak was first recognized in thousands of Greyhounds at 20 different race tracks in eight different states from 2003 to 2005. In ...

Finding Quality Pet Care at Affordable Prices…

In: Dog Health

With the current economic environment on the decline many pet owners are feeling the rconomic pinch when it comes to pet health care and medical expenses. Advances in veterinary medicine over the past thirty years have allowed veterinarians access to sophisticated diagnostic tools, and to perform sophisticated surgical procedures. “In today’s economic environment, it is important not only to recognize the medical needs of the pet, but also to recognize the financial feasibility of the pet owner,” says Dr. Goldstein ...

Wellness Exams and Preventive Treatments Good Medicine Or Marketing?

In: Daycare, Dog Health

Twice yearly wellness exams can help your veterinarian detect problems in your pet earlier. Since your dog cannot tell you how they are feeling, you must rely on regular physical examinations by a veterinarian to assess your pet’s health. Exam protocols vary from veterinarian to veterinarian. You can typically expect your pet’s wellness exams to include a body temperature check, mouth, eye and ear check, listening to heart and lungs, gently feeling lymph glands, throat and abdominal organs for abnormalities, ...

Senior Pets The Next Big Marketing Trend In The Pet Industry

In: Dog Health

Catering to senior pets is the next big opportunity for manufacturers, retailers and veterinarians. Savvy shop owners already knows that Rover’s status has been elevated from that of a “ mere critter” to “a member of the family”, they are expanding their product line to include more geriatric products. Much has been written about the spending habits of pet parents. Available data indicates that in 2011, pet parents spent $48 billion dollars on their pets. From all indications the spending habits ...

Human Foods Safe for Dogs

In: Dog Health

Sometimes it’s hard to resist your dog’s sweet stare as he begs you to share some of your meals. Here are some foods that are OK to share with your dogs. Check with your veterinarian first if your dog has any food allergies or specific dietary requirements before feeding anything out of ordinary for your dogs. Popcorn - an easy treat you can share with your dog in front of the television or out on the go. Popcorn that has been ...

What’s Causing My Dog’s Lameness??

In: Dog Health

It’s all too common, a dog suddenly comes back from the park limping, or even holding up the hind leg after chasing a Frisbee, stepping into holes, or from strenuous exercise following a long winter of inactivity. More often than not you will end up seeing your veterinarian. Injuries to the CCL of the stifle (knee) are common in dogs. These injuries may be sudden or may develop slowly over months with gradual breakdown of the ligament or may be brought on by ...

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, ...

Canine Incontinence

In: Dog Health

Involuntary passing of urine in dogs is called 'incontinence in dogs'. Urinary incontinence occurs when a housetrained dog loses control of his bladder. This problem causes your dog to have little accidents. The animal is not deliberately urinating but as a result of the condition, urine will dribble out without the pet being able to control it. It’s very important to realize that urinary incontinence is something completely different from the act of scenting or marking territory. When a dog ...

Cent Glands -Hey Doc! What

In: Dog Health

Have you ever noticed your dog scooting along the ground on her rear or your cat having a funny scent after being startled? If you have, you may have noticed a unique characteristic of certain animals called anal sacs or scent glands. These sacs are located just under the skin on either side of the anus at the 4 o’clock and 8 o’clock positions. The sacs store a foul smelling, dark colored material similar to the material that is sprayed ...

Information about Canine Influenza and the vaccine

In: Dog Health

A great deal of information has circulated recently regarding Canine Infl uenza and its health risks. This is due to a recent outbreak in Fairfax County this summer, with positive cases identifi ed in Loudoun County. We would like to provide you with some background information so that you can make an informed decision as to whether or not to vaccinate your dog. Canine influenza is a relatively new virus that has emerged just in the past three or so years. ...

Physical Rehabilitation

In: Dog Health

As time goes by I have seen many changes in veterinary medicine and how we take care of our pets. My own experience with the relationship I have with my own four legged friends has not changed much over time but I have noticed that these days the love and appreciation in those relationships is more publicly accepted and the ways in which we can celebrate and show those relationships has blossomed! How we approach veterinary medicine is one of ...

My dog has been diagnosed with hip dysplasia… What do I do?

In: Dog Health

Well, first, don’t panic. Having hip dysplasia does not necessarily condemn your dog to a life of crippling debility. The fact is, most dogs with hip dysplasia are minimally affected and can lead active lives with little or no treatment. For those dogs with significant lameness, a good quality of life can often be achieved with medical or surgical therapy. Hip dysplasia is an inherited disease. Dogs with hip dysplasia should not be bred because they will pass the genes onto ...

The Breeder’s Edge

In: Dog Health

The Olney-Sandy Spring Veterinary Hospital (OSSVH) has developed a progressive reproductive management program called “The Breeder’s Edge.” Breeding stock selection, by reputable breeders, is based on such factors as conformation, temperament, and lack of hereditary defects. The American Kennel Club allows registration of litters bred by artificial insemination using fresh, fresh-chilled, or frozen semen. This allows the breeding of dogs that are geographically separated, but without the cost and risk involved in shipping them. It also provides more information on ...

What’s going on with my Dog?

In: Dog Health

She has really slowed down, her coat has really thinned out, she has a pot belly, she looks boney and she drinks all the time. I am getting tired of cleaning up after those accidents! But she can’t be too sick, because she still loves to eat!” If this sounds like your house, your pet may have Cushing’s Disease (Hyperadrenocorticism), one of the more common maladies of older dogs. It is the result of improper function of the adrenal glands and/ ...

Knee Injury in Dogs – TTA Surgery:

In: Dog Health

Possibly the BEST Surgery for your dog The most common knee injury in the dog is rupture of the Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL), also frequently called the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). This injury can occur at any age and in any breed, but most frequently occurs in middle aged, overweight, medium to large breed dogs. Rupture of this ligament leads to instability of the knee which leads to the development of painful arthritis. An injured Cruciate Ligament can only be corrected by ...

Cushing’s disease

In: Dog Health

Cushing’s disease is an overproduction of steroids by the adrenal glands. The most common breeds to develop Cushing’s disease are poodles, dachshunds, beagles, boxers, and terrier breeds. Steriods are produced by the adrenal glands which are small glands that are located near the kidneys. The adrenal glands are told to produce steroids by a small gland at the base of the brain called the pituitary gland. The signaling hormone is called ACTH (See figure). The majority of dogs (80%) have ...

My dog constantly chews on his feet and hind legs. What can I do?

In: Dog Behavior, Dog Health

The problem may not be with his feet but with his nose! That is because the most common reason for dogs to chew their feet is due to allergy to things they inhale. The same pollens, dusts, and molds that give us “hay fever” symptoms will give dogs itchy skin – typically chewing or biting of the feet, rubbing of the face and ears, and scratching in the armpits. Ear infections are ...

Diet Allergies May Cause Skin Problems

In: Dog Health

It is estimated that of 100 dogs with skin problems, one dog has a true food allergy causing signs of skin disease, most commonly, pruritus (itching). Food trials with a hypoallergenic diet are currently the method or test for diagnosing food allergies by identifying which ingredient(s) is the cause. Many steps must be followed to ensure accurate results. Therefore, food trials should be done under your veterinarian’s guidance. Hypoallergenic simply means the ...

Canine Glaucoma

In: Dog Health

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in middle-aged dogs and occurs in approximately 8% of dogs in the U.S. Normal healthy eyes contain and have a continuous flow of liquid substance called aqueous. In glaucoma, there is an obstruction to this flow and a consequent build-up of pressure inside the eye. Some cases of glaucoma are congenital while others develop secondary to infections, cataracts, tumors, etc. Certain breeds of dogs are more predisposed to this disease including the Cocker ...

Dental Hygiene – Bad breath is a big problem!

In: Dog Health

80% of dogs over 3 years of age have bad breath due to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is the most common infectious disease in the world for dogs. We all understand the importance of good dental hygiene for ourselves. Let's consider our 'other' family member's dental health and well being. As a puppy, start good dental health with a quality diet and tooth friendly toys. Begin brushing and playing with the teeth at an early age to make the pet accustomed to ...

Weakness in Pets – Exercise Intolerance

In: Dog Health

Pets can experience changes in their strength and stamina from a number of causes. The generic term for it is “exercise intolerance”. Sometimes, animals are referred to specialists for declining ability to walk as far as they used to, for weakness on stairs or inability to jump into the auto, for changes in muscle mass, stiff muscles, for generalized weakness and lethargy, or specific weakness in one or more limbs. Some dogs and cats have nervous system disease, musculoskeletal disease, cardiovascular ...

Canine Osteoarthritis

In: Dog Health

Canine osteoarthritis is a common, potentially debilitating joint disease in dogs. Approximately 20% of all adult dogs in the United States have some degree of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is characterized by lameness, decreased exercise tolerance and joint pain. The degree of these clinical signs can vary from mild to severe, depending on the stage of the disease process. Unlike humans who can develop osteoarthritis with age, dogs almost always develop osteoarthritis secondary to a ...

Dogs Thrive on Raw Food Diets

In: Dog Health, Responisble Pet Ownership

BARF may not sound very appetizing to the human ear, but to dogs it sounds like heaven on earth. That’s because BARF stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food, and it’s what canines have craved for millennia. Just what is considered biologically appropriate? Think about what dogs in the wild naturally lived on. Wild canines will eat any type of food available to them, but they prefer meat and are more nutritionally sound when provided a meaty diet. Unfortunately, most dog foods ...

Muscle and joint therapy for Pets – Has Lassie Lost his Step?

In: Dog Health

Dogs suffer the same muscle and joint problems as humans. If you love to be physically active on the weekends and then end up suffering for it on Monday, you will understand how your dog feels after he has “done too much”. His muscles are sore and uncomfortable. Muscle and joint therapy (MJT) help to get rid of soreness and strengthen muscle tolerance of activity. MJT also offers many other benefits. ...

The Truth about the New Dog Flu Virus

In: Dog Health

With all the media attention lately on how the bird flu is putting the human race in danger it is no wonder that the new canine flu would be subject to the same media frenzy. The truth is that the dog flu is a real danger for your dog to contact but it is not nearly as severe as the reports you may have heard. Influenza (flu) virus is commonly seen in people and animals. Until now it has been very ...

Arthritis – Facts on Torn Cranial Cruciate Ligaments

In: Dog Health

The cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) is a major component in the stability of the stifle (knee) joint and rear limb function, and helps to keep the femur (thighbone) and tibia (shin bone) from rubbing together at the joint and causing arthritis. The most common cause for a CCL rupture is an acute trauma or injury, such as landing wrong when playing Frisbee or getting a foot caught in a hole. Other causes would be degenerative changes caused by obesity, kneecaps ...

Swimming Is Good Exercise for Dogs and Horses

In: Dog Health, Holistic Medicine, Rehabilitation

Just as swimming is an excellent way to get fit for humans, it is also good for dogs and horses. Swimming provides an aerobic workout that strengthens the heart and lungs, cuts weight, tones and builds up muscles, and provides an enjoyable break from the normal exercise routine. For animals that have leg, foot, muscular or skeletal problems that make exercise painful, or are rehabilitating following surgery or injury, swimming provides a weight free form of exercise that promotes healing. All ...

Heartworm- Death by Lethal Injection

In: Dog 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 ...

Grooming- Want Your Dog To Shed Less?

In: Dog Health, Grooming

Shed Less is a new treatment that reduces pet hair shedding problems in between regular groomings. This unique process is offered by a Pleasant Groom ‘N Inn. According to the Salon, Shed Less reduces unwanted shedding problems by 60% to 80% in only 1 to 2 treatments. The Salon claims that after initial treatment, your pet may noticeably shed for up to 24 hours due to hair follicle disturbance and/or stress shedding. However, your pet’s coat will settle down after ...

Blindness in Dogs – Glaucoma

In: Dog Health

Did you know that dogs get glaucoma? Not only do they get glaucoma, it is a leading cause of blindness in dogs. Glaucoma is a disease of the eye in which fluid builds up within the eye causing pressure inside the eye. The pressure damages the structures of the eye causing pain and ultimately blindness. There are two forms, primary and secondary. The primary type is hereditary, breed specific, and is not caused by other diseases. There are many breeds that ...

Pet Treats – Treat-ing Your Dog Right

In: Dog Health

Everyone enjoys a tasty morsel, so why shouldn't your best friend get a yummy treat too? It may even feel cruel to deny those adoring brown eyes begging you for just a bite of whatever you are snacking on. Good news! You can give your dog treats. A treat, by definition, is an especially unexpected source of joy, delight or amusement. Unexpected is the key word. If you are giving so many treats that they are no longer special, they ...

What is Aquatic Therapy? Exercise and Water

In: Dog Health, Rehabilitation

Aquatic exercise offers many benefi ts to our pets, whether they are service pets, sporting pets, competition pets, or good old couch potato pets. One type of pool that is used is the specially designed Endless Lap Pool. It offers the smoothing effects of warm water during exercise. This allows the pet’s muscles to relax and stretch. Some other added features are water jets that help stimulate circulation and increase relaxation. Your pet with arthritic joints will have the ability to walk, ...

Fitness Goes To The Dogs

In: Dog Health

Two years ago, Shadow, a six-year old Labrador Retriever mix owned by Maurice Chaput developed problems with her right knee. Shadow required surgery to repair her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Her veterinarian recommended aquatic therapy twice a week to strengthen her knees. The Chaputs searched for a pool where Shadow could swim. The closest pool was an equestrian facility 60 miles from their home. After one trip, they decided to look into the possibility of building an aquatic therapy center. Canine ...

Doggy Breath

In: Dog Health

Bad breath is a big problem! 80% of dogs over 3 years of age have bad breath due to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is the most common infectious disease in the world for dogs. We all understand the importance of good dental hygiene for ourselves. Let's consider our 'other' family member's dental health and well being. As a puppy, start good dental health with a quality diet and tooth friendly toys. Begin brushing and playing with the teeth at an early age ...

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