Are you and your pet ready for winter weather? For tips on keeping your pet active and safe this winter stop on by and check out our board on winter weather hazards. Or, ask our technicians while you're in for your appointment. This month we will look at different hazards and challenges winter weather can bring.
What is diabetes
Diabetes mellitus refers to a condition in which the animal's pancreatic cells do not produce enough insulin, or the body forms an incorrect response to the insulin being produced. Insulin acts to facilitate the movement of the glucose (sugar) from the animal's blood stream into the cells. Diabetes is divided into two types:
Type 1 – Lack of insulin production - more common in dogs.
Type 2 – Inadequate response to insulin production - more common in cats.
Some common symptoms of diabetes include:
*Increased urination - the excess glucose in the bloodstream gets filtered into the kidneys, and causes an increase in urine production
*Increased thirst - due to the excessive urination
*Increased appetite - levels of sugar in the brain control appetite, but since glucose is not making it to the brain, the brain does not register that it's receiving food
*Weight loss - improper use of nutrients causes pets to lose weight, even despite an increased appetite
A thorough exam by a veterinarian is the first step in diagnosing diabetes. Bloodwork and a urinalysis will need to be performed to accurately diagnose diabetes - diabetic pets will have a high blood glucose level, and will also have glucose in their urine.
Most dogs and cats will benefit from twice daily insulin injections to control their diabetes. The dose of insulin to be given will vary between each individual animal. Blood glucose levels will need to be monitored to ensure the proper dose of insulin, this is done via a glucose curve - small blood samples are taken every couple hours for a 12-hour period, to determine how effective the insulin dosage is. The veterinarian will make any necessary changes to the dosage based off these results. Insulin doses should not be changed without first consulting a veterinarian.
Changes in diet can also be beneficial in managing diabetes. Generally, diets high in protein and low in carbohydrates are preferred. Canned foods are lower in carbohydrates than dry food.
Socialization plays a large role in keeping our pets happy and healthy. Behavior problems like fear and aggression can be the result of no socialization, or socialization done improperly - this is a main reason why pets are rehomed. Socialization begins with young puppies and kittens, when our pets are most curious and accepting of new things, but should be maintained throughout the pet's life! The goal of socialization is for every experience to be fun and positive for your pet, leaving them with good feelings about the things they've been exposed to. A well socialized pet is comfortable with new people, environments, animals, sounds etc. making them an enjoyable member of the family!
Pet insurance is a helpful tool for pet parents avoid a financial crisis due to unexpected veterinary expenses from accidents and illnesses. Our pets have become a part of our family, and just like the rest of our family, we want to do everything we can to keep them healthy and happy.
With the advances in veterinary medicine and the higher cost of treatments, pet insurance allows pet parents to give their pets the best care available while controlling costs. With pet insurance, they can seek the care their pet needs because they know they will be reimbursed for the cost of the procedures and treatments.
When looking into insurance and different providers, see if they offer a free trial and make sure to ask many questions. Some common questions are: How much does the plan cost? What will affect your reimbursements? Is wellness coverage available? How much experience does the provider have? What do they ask you and your vet to do?
Just like humans, animals need vaccines too! They are important in preventing many illnesses your cat or dog may get. Keeping current on vaccinations and following a proper vaccine schedule can prevent your pet from contracting numerous diseases. The type and frequency of vaccines is determined in part by your pet's age, their exposure to disease, and the other animals in your home. Stop by the clinic to learn more information on the vaccines your pet needs today! :)
Just like people, as our pets get older they may have a harder time getting around or other health/behavior issues may arise. This does not mean it’s the end of the line. With a good wellness plan in effect we can often help slow disease processes and help your pet be more comfortable in their golden years. Talking to your veterinarian about changes you have noticed in your pet can help us develop a wellness protocol that helps increase your pets quality of life and keeps them doing what they love longer. Stop into the clinic and check out our board about senior pets or talk our staff about any questions you might have about your senior companion.
Microchipping your pet is a safe and effective way to make sure your pet is never without ID.
1 in 3 pets will be lost in their lifetime. Without ID, 90% of animals never return home.
The microchip is approximately the size of a grain of rice. The chip is inserted under the skin, between the shoulder blades. This procedure can be done at any time.
Call to make an appointment with our technicians for your pet’s microchip!
Did you know that an estimated 54% of dogs and cats in the US are overweight or obese? This makes it one of the most common preventable diseases amongst our pets.
Health problems that are more common in overweight dogs and cats include pancreatitis, diabetes, heart disease, disc rupture, ruptured cruciate ligaments, hip dysplasia and other forms of joint disease, surgical complications, compromised immune system, and even many forms of cancer.
Just like people, proper diet and exercise are the keys to keeping our pets lean and healthy. We can help you determine your pet's body condition score, and provide you with a weight loss plan if needed.
April is Heartworm Awareness Month!
There are 22 different mosquito species that carry heartworm in the United States! When a mosquito takes a blood meal from an infected animal, it picks up the baby heartworms called “microfilaria” that are circulating in that animal’s bloodstream. This baby stage matures and develops into the “infected stage larvae” while in the mosquito. When the infected mosquito bites another animal, the infective larvae are deposited on to the animal’s skin and enter through the bite wound. From here, it takes about six months for the larvae to mature into adult worms.
Only a mosquito can transmit heartworm disease- a healthy dog cannot be infected by being around an infected dog.
Even indoor pets can and do contract heartworm disease!
The cost to treat a medium size dog for heartworm disease is equal to purchasing 10 YEARS of heartworm preventative.
START PREVENTING TODAY!
March is Poison Awareness Month!
Each year thousands of dogs and cats accidently ingest household poisons.
Poisons or dangerous substances include: plants, food, medications, foreign materials, household cleaners, rat poison, etc.
Your pet ingests something that could be poisonous/ dangerous, what do you do now?!
- Remove the pet from the area
- Check breathing/ are they acting normal?
- Do NOT give any home antidotes or induce vomiting without consult
- Contact your local veterinarian
- If necessary, call the Pet Poison Helpline: 1(800)-213-6680 ($49 charge per incident)
- Provide an accurate and timely identification of the substance
- Have the container/package/ label in hand to save time and to help save the life of your pet
With any possible ingestion of a toxic substance, contact your veterinarian or the Pet Poison Helpline immediately! The sooner a dog poisoning or cat poisoning is diagnosed, the easier, less expensive, and safer it is to treat your pet.