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Arthritis In Cats

arthritis in catsSince 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…

Rabies: Educate. Vaccinate. Eliminate.

RabiesThis year World Rabies Day is September 28, 2016. Guthrie Pet Hospital is offering a discount on Rabies vaccines from September 19th – 24th.

 

 

 

 

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.

Prevention:

  • 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-24thCall to schedule your appointment today.

Introducing Our New Dog Groomer: Jennifer Owens

dog groomingWritten 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…

Happy Pet, Happy Vet With Fear Free Veterinary Care

veterinary careBy 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…

Dog Training “Back-to-School” Special: Save 10% When You Sign Up In August!

dog trainingby Stefani Fortney, ABCDT  August is here, and it’s time to learn! Did you know that Guthrie Pet Hospital offers dog training for obedience and behavior modification? For the month of August, if you sign up for obedience group classes or private instruction, you’ll get a10% discount! All classes and lessons are taught by me—Stefani Fortney—using positive reinforcement techniques. I’ve said it before, and I’ll keep saying it… training your puppy or dog is a great way to bond and build a stronger relationship with your canine companion. It keeps dogs in their homes and out of shelters. It contributes to happier owners and happier pets.  Continue…

Microchip 101

microchipDid you know that pets with microchips are twenty times more likely to be reunited with their owners?  However, but there are many other reasons why microchipping is recommended by veterinarians and animal shelters around the world.  If your pet is already microchipped, you need to know how to keep your information up to date.  Did you lose your paperwork and pet’s microchip number?  No worries, Dr. Coffin is here to help. Continue…

Parvo: Easy To Prevent, Difficult To Treat

parvoNothing makes veterinary staff sadder than seeing pets die from preventable diseases.  At Guthrie Pet Hospital, Parvo is one of the most common preventable diseases that we treat.  Many puppies die a horrible death because they were not properly vaccinated.  Continue…

Obedience Basics: Building a Foundation of Focus

obedienceStefani Fortney, ABCDT  If you’re anything like me, bringing a new dog or puppy into your life and home awakens childhood fantasies of having a bond with your pet that is both magical and transcendent. You imagine Rover saving you from bandits, alerting you to the presence of a major goldmine on your property, then winning the Iditarod—and that’s just during your first week together. Taking dog obedience classes or lessons together never crosses your mind. It seems like the bond you share should be enough. Continue…

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