Posts Tagged: arthritis

5 Ways To Help Your Dog With Arthritis

arthritis pet pain managementTwenty percent of all dogs are affected by arthritis.  Arthritis is a progressive disease that worsens over time, so it is important to keep your pet as comfortable as possible and minimize pain so that they can function as normally as possible.  Dr. Anna Coffin will discuss ways to help your dog with arthritis. Continue…

Hip Dysplasia: What Is It And How To Treat

hip dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is abnormal growth of the hip that occurs during a puppy’s growing phase.

This week’s article is the answer to Wednesday’s blog post titled what’s your diagnosis. If you missed it, I would recommend you go back and take a look at the x-ray.  Hip dysplasia is a hereditary condition which is more prominent in large breed dogs, especially German Shepherds, Saint Bernards, Labradors Retrievers and Golden Retrievers. Continue…

Meet the pack! Bella

Bella

This is Bella AKA Bella the Beast.  She is the senior in the family and is the top dog in the pack.

Bella was nicknamed Bella the Beast by her grandma.  In her younger years she destroyed and ate a lot of things.  She has eaten numerous shoes, underwear, and a can opener just to mention a few things.  After she destroyed one shoe we let her keep it and she would carry it around everywhere.  She has us trained now, we put our shoes up off the floor.  Bella is now 11 year old and enjoys sleeping and playing in the back yard.  If the other kids get out of line or start playing to rough, she tries to get in the middle of it and break it up. 

Bella tp collage

She was diagnosed with discoid lupus when she was a few years old.  Discoid lupus is an auto- immune disease that primarily affects the skin around their nose, mouth and eyes.  It gets worse with sun exposure which was more of a problem when she was younger because she spent more time outside.    Bella has some arthritis in her left elbow now so we manage her pain with daily metacam and a joint supplement called Dasaquin. 

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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. 

 

Pet winter survival tips prepare yourself now!

Pet winter survial tips

Winter Weather Preparedness Week is October 20th through November 9th.  Use these pet winter survival tips to prepare your pet for this winter.

For 2013–2014, Farmer’s Almanac is forecasting a winter that will experience below average temperatures for about two-thirds of the nation and higher precipitation for many parts of the country.  Pets become acclimated to temperatures just as we do, so it is important to take pet winter survival precautions to keep your pet warm and safe.

Outside pets tend to have less problems acclimating to weather because temperatures gradually change over time. However, if your pet is use to the indoors it can take up to two weeks to acclimate your pet to cold weather. Huskies and Malamutes (Artic breeds) are specifically bred to withstand colder temperatures. In generally, larger animals can withstand colder temperatures for longer periods of time, while very young and very old animals are more vulnerable to the cold. Health conditions can also compromise your pet’s ability to regulate its own body temperature.  Here is a list of survival tips for your pet winter survival:Pet winter survival tips

1.  Shelter:  No matter where your pet stays, it’s important to make sure they have a warm shelter that protects them from the wind and rain. 

2.  Clothing:  Many pets are not suited for cooler weather and will be more comfortable with a warm weather coat.  Coats are available in all sizes and thicknesses. 

3.  Hiding spots:  During the winter, your pet winter survival is based on being resourceful.  Cats are especially resourceful critters and will curl up in many things including fire places, clothes dryers and especially car engines, so make sure to know where your pet is at all times and honk your horn or make noise before starting your car.

4.  Fresh water:  It’s always important to keep a fresh supply of clean water available at all times. Pets that don’t have access to fresh, unfrozen water are more likely to drink from puddles and gutters which can be contaminated with antifreeze, oil and other harmful chemicals.

5.  Paw protection:  Be sure to check your pet’s paws for frozen ice, salt and other chemicals which can cause discomfort, and if eaten cause stomach irritation.  Booties can help minimize exposure to all these elements but it can take some time for pets to get use to wearing these.

6.  Monitor for signs of arthritis: Older pets are more prone to arthritis which typically worsens with colder weather.  Snow and ice can also make walking more difficult and cause your pet to slip and fall.  Signs of arthritis include limping, slow to get up and move around,  difficulty jumping or difficulty climbing stairs.  See your veterinarian as there are many options to help alleviate these signs of pain.

Unfortunately, I do see several cases of hypothermia (below normal body temperature) every year. Some of the symptoms include shivering, lethargy, weakness, decreased heart rate, decreased breathing, and unresponsive to stimulus. Pets exhibiting these symptoms need to be seen by a veterinarian immediately. You can start to warm your pet by using a warm blanket or towel that has been heating in the dryer, warm water bottles, heating blankets or socks filled with rice and heated in the microwave. These objects may need to be wrapped so that they do not cause skin burns.   Your pet winter survival is up to you so get out while the weather is nice and be prepared!

I would love to hear from you, so please share your comments and questions.  If you have an Ask Dr. Anna question you would like answered, please post them in the comments. Stay up to date on all the latest by subscribing to my blog.  Also “like” me on Facebook.

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 are very proud pet parents and therefore, treat every four legged friend as part of the family.

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