Posts from February, 2015

How to get your pet to the #PerfectWeight in 10 weeks

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Do you know if your pet is overweight?  There is a good chance that your pet is, based on the fact that 50% of pets are overweight.  Dr. Anna Coffin wants pet owners to be informed about weight loss and how to get your pet to the perfect weight.

Overweight pets live an average of 2 years less than those at a perfect weight.  Obese pets are also more prone to developing serious health problems.  42% of pet owners admit to not knowing if their pet is a perfect weight.  [Tweet “Overweight pets live an average of 2 years less than those at a perfect weight. “]

How to tell if your pet is a perfect weight:

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There are so many pet owners that are loving their pets to death by feeding them too many calories and not providing enough exercise.  It’s time to make yourself aware of the dangers and get your pet on track to a perfect weight!

Recipe for perfect weight:

  • Visit your veterinarian and determine your pet’s perfect weight.  This will help determine the amount of food you will need to feed and gives you and your pet a goal. 
  • Get everyone in the family on board with the plan.
  • Measure your pet’s food for every meal.  Every bag of food has a recommended feeding amount, just make sure you are feeding according to your pet’s perfect weight.
  • Choose a food that is appropriate for its age and size.  Puppies need more energy and fat for their growing bones, small breed need more nutrition packed into a smaller meal and senior pets often need fewer calories and fat.
  • Get physical.  Try a new activity with your pet!  Incorporate more playtime in your daily routine. 

  • Stay positive and be patient.  Losing weight is not an easy task and there may be set backs.  Regular weigh-ins with your veterinarian are important to make sure you are on track or to make adjustments to get back on track to the perfect weight.

perfect weightThis post is sponsored by Hill’s. Dr. Anna is being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Science Diet® Perfect Weight 10 Week Turnaround, but Dr. Anna only shares information she feel is relevant to her readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

Proper nutrition is the key to your pet’s health and maintaining the perfect weight.  Dr. Anna Coffin recommends Hill’s® Science Diet® Perfect Weight for the following reasons:perfect weight

  • 70% of pets loose weight within 10 weeks when fed this nutrition.
  • Improved quality of life and increases life span.
  • Contains prebiotic fibers for gentle digestion.
  • Contains breakthrough blend of natural ingredients.
  • 100% precisely balanced nutrition.

Hill’s® Science Diet® Perfect Weight formulas are available for adult dogs, small and toy breeds, and cats.   The Hill’s Science Diet Adult Perfect Weight Formulas are available at your local veterinarian, your favorite pet specialty store or online at Pet360.

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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.

Tooth resorption: Don’t let your cat suffer in silence

Tooth resorption

Fifty percent of cats over the age of three will have at least one tooth affected with tooth resorption.  Tooth resorption  is painful and quite frequently not noticed by the owner.

Tooth resorption is also known as feline oral resorptive lesions, cavities, and cervical line lesions.  The exact cause of tooth resorption is unknown.  Lesions can occur on any tooth and it is common for a cat to have multiple teeth affected.  [Tweet “Tooth resorption is painful and quite frequently not noticed by the owner.”]

Tooth resorption typically begin on the outside layer of the tooth and works its way into the sensitive portion.  This is a progressive disease and can present in many different stages.  These lesions can be hard to see because they commonly occur along the gum line.  Dr. Anna Coffin recommends full mouth radiographs on cats diagnosed tooth resorption.  Cat’s that have had tooth resorption will most likely develop additional lesions in the future.

Signs of tooth resorption

  • Some cats show very subtle or no signs at all; many cats suffer in silence
  • muscular spasms or trembling of the jaw when lesion is touched
  • excessive salivation
  • gingival inflammation:  gingiva growing onto or into the resorptive lesion
  • oral bleeding (monitor around food or water bowls)
  • change in food preference from hard to soft
  • accumulation of tartar because cat is painful and not chewing on that side

Treatment is extraction of all affected teeth.  Unfortunately, since we do not know what causes tooth resorption, we do not know how to prevent it.  Annual to semi-annual dental examinations by your veterinarian can help minimize pain and suffering from tooth resorption.

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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.

What’s your diagnosis #33

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This is an x-ray from a 12-year-old mixed breed dog.  Non weight-bearing on left hind leg for about one month.  What’s your diagnosis?

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Dog dementia is on the rise

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Dog dementia, also known as canine cognitive dysfunction, is being diagnosed more frequently because dogs are living longer than ten years ago.  It’s important to be able to identify the signs and symptoms of dog dementia in order to slow the progression of the disease. [Tweet “Identify the signs and symptoms of dog dementia in order to slow the progression of the disease.”] Continue…

#DogDentalHealth is vital to keeping your dog healthy

Dog dental health

Over 80 percent of dogs show signs of dental disease by three years of age.  Dental disease can lead to other serious health complications and can ultimately decrease your dog’s life span.  Dog dental health needs to be a part of you and your dog’s daily routine!

Periodontal disease is the most common cause of dog dental health. It all starts with bacteriadog dental health attaching to the tooth surface and forming plaque. The attached bacteria form calculus, which harbors additional bacteria. The bacteria produces toxins that cause injury to the soft tissue. As the disease progresses the teeth become loose and bone loss begins to occur which is painful. Once it has progressed to this phase damage is irreversible and extraction is necessary. Bacteria can also shed into the bloodstream causing heart, liver and kidney disease.

Unfortunately, two-thirds of owners do not provide dental care that is recommended by their veterinarian for dog dental health.  Most owners are unaware of what their dog’s teeth look like and many are not providing daily home dental care.  Dr. Anna Coffin says this lack of home dental care leads to periodontal disease that requires professional dental cleaning.  Professional dental cleanings required anesthesia and are expensive. [Tweet “lack of home dental care leads to periodontal disease that requires professional dental cleaning. “]

A professional dental cleaning is required if you pet has periodontal disease.  Once your dog’s teeth are clean, you can slow down or prevent the progression of dental disease with some type of abrasive action against your dog’s teeth.  Brushing is the best way to improve dog dental health.  On days when life is just too hectic and you don’t have time to brush your dog’s teeth, consider giving them a daily dental treat. 

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This post is sponsored by PetSmart, and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. Dr. Anna is being compensated for helping spread the word about Dental Health Month, but Dr. Anna only shares information she feels is relevant to her readers. PetSmart is not responsible for the content of this article.

Dental treats are convenient, easy and effective at preventing tartar buildup.  PetSmart ® Dog dental healthunderstands the importance of dog dental health and has a huge variety of dental treats for you to choice from.  Today, Dr. Anna Coffin will tell you about BLUE Bones ® for dog dental health.  BLUE Bones are tasty, highly digestible dental chews that will help freshen your dog’s breath and make his teeth sparkle.

What makes BLUE Bones unique from other dental treats?

  • Ingredients:  BLUE Bones are made with the finest natural ingredients.  In fact, they are a great choice for dogs with food allergies because they are corn free, wheat free, soy free  and poultry by-product free.  dog dental health
  • Variety:  BLUE Buffalo has a wide variety of dental chews for dog dental health.  You have the freedom to choose which treat is best for your dog.  Your dogs will quickly gobble up the BLUE Bones which are highly digestible.  Dr. Anna Coffin has Weimaraner that love to chew so she likes the BLUE Wilderness Wild Bones and antler chews because they last longer.
  • Sizes:  BLUE Bones comes in four sizes.  Mini for dogs 5-15 pounds, small for dogs 15-25 pounds, regular for dogs 25-50 pounds and large for dogs 50 pounds and above.
  • Overall health:  BLUE Bones are the only natural chews that support joint health, heart health and immune system health.
  • Puppy product:  It is very important to check labels as many dental chews are not recommended for dogs less than 6 months of age.  BLUE Bones for puppies is made just for growing mouths.  These dental chews are textured to help soothe sore and aching gums during teething.  They also contain DHA to help promote cognitive development, taurine to help promote heart health and Vitamins A, C and E to help support the immune system.

Don’t wait until your dog has developed periodontal disease.  Prevention is the key to dog dental health.  In fact, VPI Pet Insurance conducted a study in 2013 and discovered the average cost to prevent dental disease in pets is $171.82, but it costs $531.71 to treat dental disease.  Check out BLUE Bones or head on over to PetSmart and check out the large variety of dental treats available for your pets.

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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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