Posts from March, 2014

Intestinal parasites in dogs

intestinal parasites in dogs

A large number of dogs are infected with hookworms, roundworms, whipworms in the United States.  This article explains prevalence, transmission and clinical signs of these common intestinal parasites in dogs.

In the United States, intestinal parasites in dogs are high considering that monthly heartworm preventative contains additives that help prevent and treat these parasites.  These parasites also pose a risk for human infection and regular deworming recommend by your veterinarian should be strictly followed. Continue…

Cat weight loss just got easier #HillsPet

cat weight loss

Cat weight loss just got  easier with a new revolutionary diet called Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution.  It’s proven to work in real homes with real pets!

Over 50% of dogs and cats in the United States are overweight and unfortunately, that number is on the rise.  As many of you know from experience, cat weight loss is not easy.  In fact, I’m sure many of you have probably had the same experience as the person in this video.

 

cat weight loss

Admitting that your pet is overweight is the first step in the right direction.  Unsure if your pet is at a healthy weight?  Schedule an appointment and talk with your veterinarian.  Once you have determined your pet’s ideal body weight it’s as easy as open, measure and pour with love!

I know that many of you have tried diets and not been successful, but Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution is different.  Instead of a low calorie, high fiber diet Hill’s has formulated this diet to naturally activate your pet’s metabolism to burn fat and to regulate appetite.  It actually helps them to feel full and satisfied.  Still need to be convinced?   Hill’s performed an at- home feeding study with 314 pet parents just like you.  Amazingly, 88% of pets lost weight in two months at home, without strict protocols and precise measuring of food!  8 out of 10 pet parents say they would recommend this diet to a friend with an overweight pet.

Hill’s has given me the awesome opportunity to give away 10 trial kits!  Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution is available for dogs and cats.  This product line is available in dry, canned and treats and is designed to work together for easy, flexible weight loss success!  This is a prescription diet and will need permission from your veterinarian.

For your pet’s opportunity to try Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution for free we’re giving away 10 Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution trial kits with your veterinarian’s authorization. It’s a $70
value! cat weight loss  This is what each kit includes:

Canine Metabolic Starter Kit
• 1 Weight Loss Success Tote Bag
• 1 Weight Loss Success Guide
• 1 6lb bag of Metabolic dry dog food
• 2 (13oz) Metabolic cans
• 1 (16oz) Metabolic treats
• (2) $25 coupons

cat weight loss
Feline Metabolic Starter Kit
• 1 Weight Loss Success Tote Bag
• 1 Weight Loss Success Guide
• 1 4lb bag of Metabolic dry cat food
• 2 (5.5oz) Metabolic cans
• 1 (2.5oz) Metabolic treats
• (2) $25 coupons

To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment and tell us about your pet who can benefit from Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution. Be sure to include all of the required information below:

  • What is your pet: dog or cat
  • Pet’s age
  • Pet’s current weight or close guess
  • Your name
  • Your email address

Just like us, before starting a weight loss program a doctor should be consulted. Your veterinarian’s authorization is required before starting Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution food.

This giveaway is limited to one winner per household and is for U.S. residents only. Be sure to use a valid email when leaving your comment so we can contact if you are chosen as a winner.

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution, but Dr. Anna only shares information she feels is relevant to her readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

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Dr. Anna was born and raised in Guthrie, Oklahoma. As a teenager, Dr. Anna found her beloved pet dead on the side of the road left to die without any help. That was the moment she decided to become a vet and vowed to help other people and their pets. After a few years of practicing in New Hampshire, Dr. Anna became homesick and decided to return to Guthrie to be with her parents and five other siblings. Family and friends are a major part of our lives which is why we treat our clients at Guthrie Pet Hospital as family.  Dr. Anna and her husband do not have children but are very proud pet parents and therefore, treat every four legged friend as part of the family. 

Common home pet poisons

pet poisons

What do Lilies, Ibuprofen and Clorox have in common?  They are all common pet poisons that are in lurking in your home.  March 16-22 is National Animal Poison Prevention week.  This is a perfect time to make yourself aware of the pet poisons that are in your environment.  Continue…

Wordless Wednesday: What’s your diagnosis #12?

Whipworm egg

This is a fecal float from a dog that was having bloody diarrhea.  What’s your diagnosis and treatment?

I will post the answer in the comment section later in the week so be sure to come back to see if you were correct!

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Wordless Wednesday: What’s your diagnosis #12?

Whipworm egg

This is a fecal float from a dog that was having bloody diarrhea.  What’s your diagnosis and treatment?

I will post the answer in the comment section later in the week so be sure to come back to see if you were correct!

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Wordless Wednesday: What’s your diagnosis #11

x-ray urinary stones

This is an abdominal x-ray of a dog that was urinating small amounts frequently of bloody urine.  What’s your diagnosis and treatment?

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Wordless Wednesday: What’s your diagnosis #10

struvite crystals

This is urine sediment from a dog that was urinating small amounts frequently.   The red arrows are pointing to an abnormal finding.  What’s your diagnosis and treatment?

I will post the answer in the comment section later in the week so be sure to come back to see if you were correct!

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Decrease dog behavioral problems by environmental enrichment

Decrease dog behavioral problems

You need to stimulate your dog’s mind and body on a daily basis.  Bored dogs tend to  get into trouble.  You can decrease dog behavioral problems by following these simple techniques.

This winter has been brutal for many American across the United States.  Oklahoma has had its fair share of ice and snow this year.  Along with bad weather comes school and business closing and cabin fever!  I don’t know about you, but my dogs suffer from cabin fever also.

These easy tips will help decrease dog behavioral problems through environmental enrichment.  I wish I would have known some of this information before Dharma chewed up three leather couches!

  • Exercise:  I have always said a tired dog is a good dog.  Not only is exercise important to keeping your dog healthy but it can help decrease dog behavioral problems especially in puppies and young, highly energetic dogs.   However, dogs with anxiety issues must engage in high-intensity endurance running (moderate pace for 3-5 miles) to benefit from exercise.  
  • Social interaction:  Dogs are pack animals and were bred to interact with their pack, which includes their human counterparts.  You can decrease dog behavioral problems by providing some type of social interaction on a regular basis.  I have a multi dog household, so my dogs are constantly interacting with each other.  If you have a single dog household set up a play date with a friend or family member’s dog.  Dog parks are also a good outlet for social interaction.  My youngest weimaraner, Dharma, also enjoys playing and interacting with the clinic cat so interaction with other species can also be beneficial
  • Visual and hearing:  I leave the television on for my dogs when we are gone.  In fact, there is a new television network just for dogs.  In the clinic, we have a radio playing in the boarding area.  I find that classical music soothes the savage beast.  Allowing your dog to see outside through a window or door is another good visual stimulus.  However, I would not recommend this on dogs that reactive to seeing people or other animals as this can lead to more bad behavior, especially excessive barking.
  • Smell:  Hide and seek with food treats or toys is an excellent way to keep dogs busy.  Toys can be enhanced with different scents by placing them in the dirty clothes basket or spraying them with animal scents or essential oils.  Chamomile and lavender help to calm dogs and peppermint and rosemary can stimulate them. Food toys2
  • Oral:  Food toys!  I highly recommend dual purpose toys that release tasty food treats when the dog interacts with them.  For my dogs, I stuff sterilized beef bones with canned food and freeze them to keep them engaged for a longer time frame.  Kong, Magic Mushroom and Everlasting Treat Ball are a few items I sell in the retail portion of my clinic.

Dogs get acclimated to olds toys and will show a disinterest in them so it’s important to provide new, novel toys.  In fact, they are attracted to new toys.  It’s important to rotate their toys daily and even vary the color and scent of the item.  To help maintain novelty, I recommend removing toys and reintroducing them every 5 days.  You should provide 3 items/dog/day.  I’ve got to go shopping for some more toys.

By following these simple environmental enrichments you can decrease behavioral problems in your unruly dog!

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Dr. Anna was born and raised in Guthrie, Oklahoma. As a teenager, Dr. Anna found her beloved pet dead on the side of the road left to die without any help. That was the moment she decided to become a vet and vowed to help other people and their pets. After a few years of practicing in New Hampshire, Dr. Anna became homesick and decided to return to Guthrie to be with her parents and five other siblings. Family and friends are a major part of our lives which is why we treat our clients at Guthrie Pet Hospital as family.  Dr. Anna and her husband do not have children but are very proud pet parents and therefore, treat every four legged friend as part of the family. 

photo by bertknot via flickr

Wordless Wednesday: What’s your diagnosis #9

Fractured tibia

This is an x-ray of a dog’s leg.  What’s your diagnosis and treatment? 

I will post the answer in the comment section later in the week so be sure to come back to see if you were correct! If you have an Ask Dr. Anna question you would like answered, please post them here. Stay up to date on all the latest by subscribing to my blog.  Also “like” me on Facebook.

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