Posts from May, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

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Help prevent dog bites

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National Dog Bite Prevention Week occurs during the third full week of May every year.  This week is meant to focus on educating people about preventing dog bites.

Dog bite facts:

  • 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs every year.
  • 1 out of every 5 dog bite requires medical attention.
  • Children are the most common victims of dog bites followed by senior citizens.
  • Most dog bites involving children occur during everyday activities with familiar dogs.

Watch this great video from the AVMA:

Here are some tips to help your kids understand dogs and avoid getting bitten:

  • Avoid unknown dogs.  If the dog is unattended leave the area and contact animal control.
  • Don’t ever pet a dog without asking the owner first, even if you know the dog.
  • If confronted by an aggressive dog:  Tell your child to “act like a tree” by standing quietly with their fisted hands to their sides, remain still and look down at their feet.  If they are knocked over, teach them to cover their head and neck with their arms and curl into a ball.
  • Avoid yelling, running, hitting or any sudden movements toward the dog, as this will escalate the situation and make things worse.
  • Don’t bother a dog when it is in it’s crate or bed.
  • Don’t tease a dog by taking their toys, food or treat. 
  • Don’t pretend to hit or kick a dog.
  • Never pull on a dog’s ears or tail.  Don’t climb on dogs or try to ride them.
  • Infants and young children should never be left unattended with a dog.
  • Leave a dog along if it is sleeping or eating.
  • A yellow ribbon or orange bandanna on a leash or dog is a sign that the dog should not be approached.

There are 70 million nice dogs… but any dog can bite.  Protect yourself, your family and help educate others this week![Tweet “There are 70 million nice dogs… but any dog can bite. Protect yourself, your family and help educate others this week!”]

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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. 

#HillsPet redefining love with weight loss for cats

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Redefine your love for your pet with this “new” kitty comfort food.  Proven weight loss for cats in two months!weight loss for cats

As a pet parent, it’s our responsibility to show our pets that we love them. Personally, I love to cuddle with my fur babies!  What’s your definition of love?  How do you show your pet’s you love them?     Many of us show love by feeding them food and treats.  In fact, I think Alan D. Wolfelt said it best when he said “Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.” 

Unfortunately, too much food and treats and not enough exercise leads to an overweight and often unhealthy pets.    As a veterinarian, I see this problem all too frequently.  Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution is managing weight loss for cats without the guilt!  This diet is available as dry, canned and treats for both dogs and cats.

This is not your average, ordinary prescription diet food that contains high fiber and reduced calories.  Most diets require restricting food intake but not this one!   With Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution, it’s not about withholding love, it’s about redefining love.  This diet has been clinically proven in weight loss for cats and dogs.  In fact, 88% of pets lost weight in two months at home.   With this diet you don’t have to restrict their food or feel like your are depriving them from your love.  This extraordinary nutrition allows your pet to feel full and satisfied in between meals.

Extraordinary nutrition + redefined love = YOUR PET AT THEIR VERY BEST!  Embrace feeding a food that is beneficial to your pet and love them a little while longer.[Tweet “Embrace feeding a food that is beneficial to your pet and love them a little while longer.”]

I want to help you love your pet longer, so help me spread the gift of health through the Tell-a-Friend Program!  Since this is a prescription diet, it will require a trip to your veterinarian.   This program includes a $25 Wellness Visit Rebate for your next veterinary visit.  Once approved by your veterinarian, participants will receive a $25 rebate for Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution.  That’s a $50 value!weight loss for cats 

To be included in this great program clink on this link  https://blogpaws.wufoo.com/forms/hills-rebate-and-coupon/, fill out the form and submit!

Need more information about this amazing diet? 

This post is sponsored by Hill’s and The Pet Blogger Network.  I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill;s Prescription Diet Metabolic Food, but Dr. Anna only shares information that she feels is relevant to her readers.  Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is or 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. 

Wordless Wednesday: What’s your diagnosis #14

Casper

Dog had severe swelling on right side of face which suddenly occurred and progressively worsened.  Dog is lethargic, not eating and has bloody drool coming from right side of mouth.

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This is what the inside on the cheek looks like on the right side.  No wounds were visible.  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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10 Treatment Options For Allergies In Dogs

Allergies in dogs

May is Allergy Awareness Month.  Many treatment options are available to help alleviate the symptoms due to allergies in dogs.

Inhalant allergies are commonly diagnosed in dogs between 1 and 3 years of age.  Unlike our upper respiratory symptoms, pets become itchy when they have allergies.  These symptoms are seen seasonally when trees, grass, and weed pollens are high.  Golden retrievers, all terriers, Irish Setters, Lhasa Apsos, Dalmatians, and Bulldogs are genetically predisposed to this condition.  Continue…

Wordless Wednesday: What’s your diagnosis #13

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This is an x-ray that was taken during a cat dental cleaning.  On physical exam, prior to anesthesia the cat had multiple, visible red lesions along the gum-line that were painful to the touch.  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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How to help your dog’s fear of thunder

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Fear of thunder and other loud noises is one of the most common behavioral problems seen in dogs.  Follow these tips for immediate treatment of thunder or any other noise phobia.

The best way to treat your dog’s fear of thunder is to use behavior modification techniques with the help of a trained professional.  Behavioral modification should be during a time of year when thunderstorms or fireworks are not likely to occur.  This type of training takes time and commitment.

Here is some helpful information for the immediate treatment of thunderstorm or noise phobia:

Medication:  Most medication will need to be given before your dog begins to show signs of fear.  Always consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog any medication.

  • Sedatives will not help decrease your dog’s anxiety due to its fear of thunder.  However, these types of drugs may help your pet rest and they can make them less aware of the noise.
  • Anti-anxiety medication will reduce anxiety and panic
  • Natural products like melatonin also work for some dogs.  I use and recommend a homeopathic product called storm stress.  This is a safe, non-sedating remedy that promotes calm in pets exhibiting fear from: thunderstorms, winds, hurricanes & tornadoes

Punishment:  DO NOT scold or punish your dog due to its fear of thunder as this will only make it worse.  Remain calm, if you are upset or anxious this may make your dog more anxious.

Reassurance:  DO NOT fuss, pet or reassure your dog when it is showing signs of noise phobia as this is only rewarding the behavior.  In fact, doing this can make future episodes worse.

Environment changes:  Make sure your environment is safe and secure at all times as many dogs will behave unpredictably when frightened and may escape or injure themselves.

  • Close all windows and doors to muffle the sound as much as possible
  • Confine your dog to a well-curtained or non-windowed room to help remove additional stress from flashes of light.
  • Provide toys and games to help distract your pet.
  • Arrange company for you dog instead of leaving them alone.
  • Background noise such as a radio or television.  Music with a lot of constant drum beats, like rap music, actually help because the strong beat acts as a distraction and prevents them from concentrating on their fear of thunder.

Thunderworks products:  This company has an entire line of products that helps alleviate some of the anxiety issues associated with thunderstorms.  Many people are familiar with the Thundershirt which applies gentle, constant pressure and helps 80% of dogs with fear of thunder. 

Pheromone therapy:  These products mimic a natural pheromone produced by lactating female dogs.  This pheromone helps alleviate fear and stress in many different situations.  A product called Adaptil is available as a spray, collar and plug in.[Tweet “Follow these tips for immediate treatment of thunder or any other noise phobia.”]

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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. 

 

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