Let’s face it; pet nutrition is vital to your pet’s health. There are many places to seek information on-line, some of them good and some bad. In fact, a recent survey reported six out of ten pet owners are researching pet health topics online before or after visiting their veterinarian. Dr. Anna Coffin recommends consulting with your veterinarian about your pet’s nutrition and ask them for a reputable on-line place to search these topics. Continue…
October is “Adopt a Shelter Dog” month! To help you prepare for bringing home a shelter dog, Stefani Fortney has some professional tips to remember:
Written by Tank Watts When Dr. Anna asked me to tell my story, I was hesitant. I didn’t really want to talk about it. I mean, it’s personal, right? But she kept asking, and telling me how others had the same problem, and how talking about it was the best way to teach people about it, so here goes- my name is Tank, I’m a male cat, and I suffer from chronic urinary crystals. Continue…
October 2nd is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day. Did you know that more than 50% of pets in the United States are overweight? Pet Obesity is a growing problem and is becoming an epidemic. Unfortunately, many pet owners don’t recognize that their pet is overweight. This week’s blog will help you determine if your pet is overweight. Continue…
Since September is National Pain Awareness Month, Dr. Anna Coffin will discuss arthritis in cats. Dr. Anna says that many owners do not recognize the signs and symptoms that cats display when they are in pain. 90% of cats over the age of ten are affected by arthritis. Continue…
Here is some startling Rabies Statistics:
- 100% preventable.
- 99.9% fatal.
- 59,000 people die every year due to Rabies (half are children).
- Most human cases are from dog bites.
- Millions of dogs are slaughtered every year as a result of the fear of Rabies.
- Post-exposure treatment in people is very expensive compared to the cost of a vaccine for your pet.
- Rabies occurs in every continent except for Australia and Antarctica
Rabies is the oldest disease known to mankind. The most noteworthy is a written description of a bite from a Rabid dog in the 23rd century B.C. This virus is transmitted by the bite of an infected animal. In North America, the fox, skunk, raccoon, and bat are the most common source of infection. The most common source of infection is stray dogs in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. As a result, millions of dogs are slaughtered to try and prevent this disease. Also, human exposure and fatalities are more common in the latter countries.
Signs in animals:
- Change in behavior
- Biting without being provoked
- Pica (eating abnormal items such as rocks, nails, and dirt)
- Running for no apparent reason
- A change in vocalization (Hoarse bark or growl or inability to bark or growl)
- Excessive salivation
Signs in humans:
- 80% of cases show pain or itching at the site of the wound
- Fever, lethargy and headache lasting 2-4 days
- Fear of water (Hydrophobia)
- Intolerance to noise, bright lights, and air
- Fear of impending death
- Change in behavior
- In the later stages, the sight of water will provoke spasms in the neck and throat
There is no treatment for animals suspected of Rabies. Therefore, animals must be either quarantined or euthanized, and brain tissue tested for the virus. Post-exposure treatment with antiserum is very successful in humans if started early.
- Vaccinate your pets
- Avoid being bitten by a dog (or another animal)
- Understand dog body language
- Don’t tease or attach dogs
- Teach children how to act around dogs
- Teach children to ask before petting a dog
- If you feel threatened by a dog, stand still and stare at the ground
You can also find more information in my blog Fact vs. Fiction about Rabies from a Guthrie Vet
Guthrie Pet Hospital is offering Rabies vaccines for $7.00 from September 19th-24th. Call to schedule your appointment today.
Written by Stefani Fortney, ABCDT and Dog Groomer When I tell folks what I do for a living, they usually say something about how much fun it must be to play with dogs all day. I agree—that sounds like it would be fun. What I (and my fellow groomers) do is much more involved than that. Continue…
By Stacey Frazier There are a huge number of pets that fail to receive the veterinary care they need simply because of the anxiety they experience when a trip to the clinic is necessary. Here at Guthrie Pet Hospital we decided to face that problem head on, leading us to become the first Fear Free certified staff in the state of Oklahoma. Fear Free is an approach to veterinary care that focuses on the sources of anxiety in pets and provides a proven method of managing fear and anxiety through considerate approach and gentle control. Continue…