This is a lie.
There has been a trend noted of pet’s not getting proper refills of medications. When owners are surveyed, they report that their pets are on preventatives. However, when compared to medical records, no refills were approved, authorized or prescribed. THIS IS A BIG CONCERN.
Prescription medication for people and pets is a huge industry. Pharmaceutical costs continue to rise and rise. So, it makes sense that consumers would like to save money when possible. However, the purchase of online mediations (especially those without a written prescription) may wind up costing you more money in the long run as well as the potential to harm you and your pets.
According to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, “Buying from rogue online drug sellers puts consumers at risk of:
In the worst cases, people have died from receiving counterfeit medications that didn’t treat their serious medical conditions.”
Do not purchase medications if it’s from an online site that is in the following list: https://nabp.pharmacy/initiatives/dot-pharmacy/not-recommended-sites/
Heartworm, flea and tick preventatives are guaranteed by the manufacturer when purchased from your veterinarian. This means the manufacturer has certain provision in place for your pet’s wellbeing should the medication cause issues or not perform as indicated. You lose this guarantee when purchasing online from non-approved websites.
Don’t take a risk with your pet’s health (or your own) by purchasing medication from unverified websites and from sites that do not require a prescription. They do not have your pet’s best interest at heart and are only looking for profit.
Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D., Brenda Scidmore – “The Puppy Primer”
American College of Veterinary Behavorist and Karen White – “Decoding Your Dog”
Gwen Bailey – “The Perfect Puppy”
David Weston – “Gentle Modern Method of Dog Training”
Debbie and Kenneth Martin – “Puppy Start Right” and “Puppy Start Right: Foundation Training for the Companion Dog”
Ian Dunbar’s free copies of “Before You Get Your Puppy” and “After You Get Your Puppy”
Kersti Seksel – “Training Your Cat: A New Approach to Caring for Your Cat and Protecting Wildlife”
Most of the causes are unknown. Abnormalities to the mother’s metabolism, trauma or extreme body temperature variations can cause birth defects. Infections and exposure to chemicals or drugs can also cause. Some are more common in certain breed of pets as well, indicating there may be an inherited component.
Some of the common defects may be noted at birth or shortly thereafter. Cleft palates, umbilical hernia, inguinal hernia, and limb deformities can be readily visible. Other abnormalities that may be subtler, such as heart murmur, will require veterinary examination. Some defects such as retained testicles or liver shunts may not be seen until the pet is maturing or older, which may also be true of heart murmurs.
All newborn pets should be presented to the veterinarian shortly after birth for a physical exam to evaluate them for birth defects that may not be visible or known to the owner. The veterinarian can also discuss treatment options if there are abnormalities noted.
Cleft palate: Puppies and kittens with cleft palates should be fed with a bottle that has a long nipple that allows the food to go beyond the cleft into the back of the throat, but in front of the voice box. A feeding tube inserted into the stomach may be needed for severe cleft defects until surgery can be performed. A recheck of the pet’s weight should occur daily to ensure the pet is getting the proper amount of nutrition and growing. Surgery can be performed at 3-4 months of age. Lack of proper nutrition can quickly exacerbate a pet’s condition and may result in mortality.
Limb Deformities: Since newborns don’t walk, this may not be an issue until they start trying to crawl or walk. Ensuring that the newborns get access to the mother for nursing or bottle-feeding may be needed. The ultimate treatment depends on the limb(s) affected and will change as the pet grows. Padded braces or splints may be needed. Carts with wheels can allow pets to be mobile. These can be made for front or rear limb deformities. Surgery can assist some pets with limb deformities. Self-trauma needs to be prevented as these pets may harm themselves trying to move around or walk.
Most other pet birth defects will require aid from the veterinarian. Deformities of the eyes, nose, palate, heart defects, hernias, retained testicles, liver shunts, etc will require veterinary specific care and treatment. This may be a combination of medical and surgical. Home care to maintain a high quality of life will vary and depends on the defects present. Other care is the same as for those pets without birth defects and includes proper nutrition, housing, access to fresh water at all times, proper sanitation, deworming and vaccinations, heartworm preventives, social enrichment and proper handling by all. This is especially important in teaching the very young how to properly handle their new family members.
This notice is being sent out to provide up-to-date and accurate information about the Canine Influenza Virus to help prevent the spread of the virus to healthy (unexposed) dogs. The information provided is not intended to alarm dog owners and handlers.
There are recently confirmed cases of the Canine Influenza Virus (H3N2 strain) that was first brought to and identified in Chicago, Illinois in the spring of 2015. The most recent outbreaks concern the following states: Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina.
Canine Influenza Virus is an extremely contagious airborne disease that is easily spread among dogs, and in rare instances, can be contagious to cats. If you believe one of your dogs may have contracted the Canine Influenza Virus, immediately isolate it from other animals and contact your veterinarian.
Here is some additional information about Canine Influenza Virus and tips for how to minimize the risk and reduce the spread of the disease:
Written by Dr. Jerry Klein, a veterinarian in the emergency room at Chicago’s largest veterinary emergency and specialty center. He was personally involved in treating hundreds of dogs sickened by the H3N2 virus during its initial outbreak in Chicago in spring of 2015.
We know that howling is a non-specific behavior. It can occur when a dog is stressed or distressed, territorial, in a situation where there is no way out, or in response to some other stimuli, such as noise, like a siren.
Wolf-like breeds (Huskies, Malamutes, etc) are more like their ancestors who howl to alter an enemy they are ready for a tussle or to help members of their family return safely. So, this howling can be seen as a warning or as a come home signal.
When howling is a problem, then behavioral training is needed. Training can help to determine the cause of the howl and the methods to best reduce its occurrence. Keeping a dog occupied, mind at work and play can help avoid unwanted howling. Playing music or the TV can help drown out noises that can stimulate howling. And a dog with plenty of exercise is a tired dog and let likely to howl out of stress or anxiety.
There are many reasons why a dog (or cat) may eat grass. However, most veterinarians’ consensus is that pets will eat grass as a way to reduce, eliminate or relieve GI upset, nausea, parasites or possibly infection. Many pets will eat grass and then vomit. It’s the purging act that the pet seeks. Generally, the pet will feel better after vomiting. Seek veterinary care if this is occurring on a repeatable basis.
Another school of thought is that these pets may be craving a nutrient that they are not getting with their diet and is found in grass.
Lastly, some pets may just like the taste of chlorophyll in the grass or the texture of the grass blades.
Almost every pet will need general anesthesia at some point in their life. With today’s excellent pre-anesthesia physical examinations, modern anesthetic drugs and protocols, advanced monitoring and prompt recovery, pet anesthesia has never been safer. Read this article by Robert D. Keegan, DVM.
Dr. Keegan is a board certified veterinary anesthesiologist. Didn’t know those existed in veterinary medicine? Well they sure do, as well as a host of other specialties. Dr. Keegan is an
Associate Professor with the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Washington State University. Click the link below to read Dr. Keegan’s article.
Targeted Pulsed Electromagentic Field Therapy (fPEMF)
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy is a means of using electrical currents to heal tissue and improve health. These fields, when placed near a conductor (such as any portion of a pet’s body) will induce a current flow. These currents are induced from outside the body, without their needing to be any actual body contact.
These magnetic fields penetrate through fur, bandages, clothing, etc. It is this induction of electrical currents in the tissue that is the therapeutic effect. This happens by activation of the Nitrous Oxide (NO) cycle. Nitrous Oxide is a principle anti-inflammatory molecule. This is because Nitrous Oxide reduces pain, improves blood flow and reduces edema. The Nitrous Oxide cycle also increase the production of the cellular energy molecules that drive growth factor production, which then leads to stimulation of new blood vessel growth formation, tissue regeneration and tissue remodeling. This is the basics of what we call “Healing”..
Our hospital recommends the use of an Assisi Loop. This loop generates the necessary electromagnetic current and applies it in a controlled, pulsed manner. The Assisi Loop treatment recommendations are to start with a minimum of 3 to 4, 15 minute treatments per day for both acute and chronic disease. This is generally done for 7-10 days, or until there is healing, improved mobility and less pain. Then we begin a slow taper down to 1-2 sessions per day for a few weeks, then down to maintenance levels.
The Assisi Loop is used for pain management, Inflammation, post surgical healing, osteoarthritis, wound healing. The loop can also be used for any inflammatory process in the body such as cancer, cystitis, pancreatitis, ear infections, hot spots, etc. Contact us to see if an Assisi Loop is a good addition to the treatment plan for your pet. We commonly use the Assisi Loop in combination with our holistic services of Laser Therapy, Acupuncture, Herbal medicine and supplements. We have these loops for purchase and use at home.