Posts Tagged: Animals

A Guthrie pet clinic reveals the secret to happiness.

Ms. Lucy
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An inspiring video by Shawn Achor said that success does not equal happiness because as humans we are always striving to succeed.  He believes that happiness is all about how we process the world around us in our mind (positive, negative and neutral thinking).  He said that there are five things that we can do to increase our happiness.  These five things help release dopamine into our bloodstream which helps us to feel happier.  According to a Guthrie pet clinic, pets are always happy because they are always doing these five things.

Gratitude:  Our pets are always grateful for everything we give them in life!  No matter how many times we give them the same food or throw the same toy they are just as happy the first time we fed or played with them as the last.

Journaling:  Ok, our pets aren’t able to actually write down words on a piece of paper.  However, journaling is a form of mental stimulation and pets, if allowed and given the proper tools, long for mental stimulation.  A Guthrie pet clinic recommends mental stimulation by using interactive toys, obedience training and learning tricks.  Animals are very intelligent.

Exercise:  If allowed and given access, pets will choose to live very active life styles.  Those that don’t are usually not happy and have behavior problems such as excessive barking, chewing, and digging.  Our Guthrie pet clinic motto is a tired dog is a good dog!

Meditation:  How many times do you catch your pet just laying peacefully?  Many are content for hours just being who they are and enjoying the environment that is around them.

Random acts of kindness:  We have all heard heroic animal rescue stories, but all pets show random acts of kindness daily by giving us kisses, laying their heads on our laps, staying right by our side when we are sick and unconditional love no matter how they are treated.

A Guthrie pet clinic agrees that we can all learn something from animals. Shawn Achor is on the right track!  If you are interested watch his video.

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 as family.  Dr. Anna and her husband do not have children but our very proud pet parents and therefore, treat every four legged friend as part of the family.

Allergies in pets by a vet in Guthrie

A vet in Guthrie discusses treatment for atopic dermatitis.

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If your dog meets more than 5 of the following criteria it’s highly likely your dog has atopic dermatitis due to inhalant allergies:  Onset of itching occurs before 3 years of age, dog lives primarily inside, the itching responds to steroids, has chronic or reoccurring yeast infections, front feet are itchy, ear flaps are inflamed but the margins of the ears are not affected and is not itchy around the tail.  The good news is a vet in Guthrie can help you reverse the allergy rather than mask signs with steroids with a fairly new treatment.

Many of you are probably familiar with taking allergy injections for yourself or a family member to desensitize you to the allergy.  This treatment is the same concept but instead of having to give your pet a shot you give the medication orally.  Sublingual immunotherapy has been used a lot in Europe for treating people for allergies and a vet in Guthrie says it is just recently becoming available for treatment of animals in the United States.  The allergens that your pet is allergic to is formulated and administered in a metered pump dispenser that delivers drops into the mouth and is absorbed through the gums.

Currently this treatment is limited to environmental allergies and not food allergies.  However, this type of therapy has been used to successfully treat patients with peanut allergies which may be an indication that this may be useful for treating food allergies in pets in the future.  Interestingly, one study showed that 50% of dogs that failed allergy injection treatment responded to sublingual treatment.

I know it all sounds too good to be true but there are some disadvantages to this treatment.  The main disadvantage is that is does not work immediately (3-6 months) and sometimes doesn’t work at all.  A recent study showed a 60% response rate.  The other downfall with this product is that it requires long term (6-12 months) twice daily treatment where injections are typically given once weekly.  Feel free to contact a vet in Guthrie if you think your pet will benefit from this type of treatment.

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 as family.  Dr. Anna and her husband do not have children but our very proud pet parents and therefore, treat every four legged friend as part of the family.

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