10 Mistakes Even Loving Pet Parents Make Way Too Often

10 Mistakes Even Loving Pet Parents Make Way Too Often

Written by Dr. Karen Shaw Becker | Article Featured on Mercola Pets

Even the most well-intentioned pet parent makes mistakes every now and then in caring for their dog. Sometimes, we don’t even recognize a mistake for what it is! However, it’s important to know when something we’re doing (or not doing) might cause harm to furry family members. Common mistakes dog parents make often involve socialization and training, exercise, and diet.

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Opioid Overdoses in Pets: What Are the Risks?

Opioid Overdoses in Pets: What Are the Risks?

By Carol McCarthy | Article Featured on PetMD

How’s this for a scary statistic? Every day, 91 Americans die of an opioid overdose. Also alarming, most pet parents may not know that the widespread availability of these morphine-like painkillers, whether by prescription or illegal purchase, can put animals at risk.

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How Can I Get My Dog to Lose Weight?

How Can I Get My Dog to Lose Weight?

By Dr. Sarah Wooten | Article Featured on PetMD

Have you been frustrated because your dog doesn’t lose weight, no matter what you do? Obesity in dogs is one of the biggest health concerns that veterinarians and pet guardians battle.

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Patellar Luxation Causes Sudden Limping and Pain, Then Disappears Just as Quickly

Patellar Luxation Causes Sudden Limping and Pain, Then Disappears Just as Quickly

By Dr. Karen Shaw Becker | Article Featured on Mercola

Patellar luxation, also called luxating patella and floating kneecap, is most often seen in small and tiny dogs. The condition can sneak up on pet parents, because often dogs with a floating kneecap seem fine, with no history of injury, limping or pain. They’re very active, running and playing normally.
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Frostbite on Dogs

Frostbite on Dogs

Even if they have thick fur, dogs who are exposed to extreme low temperatures run the possibility of freezing their extremities—the tips of their ears, tail and toes. Frostbite on dogs is not usually a life-threatening condition in and of itself, but it does often proceed hypothermia in dogs, which can be fatal.

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Your Cat's Dental Health

Your Cat's Dental Health

By Arden Moore | Featured on carecredit.com

A sudden boycott at mealtime might be due to dental pain.

Ever chomp down on a piece of taffy only to have it tear out a filling? This is a surprising – and painful – event. Trust me, I know.

I’ve been through this situation that prompted me to immediately see a dentist to relieve the ache and repair my teeth. Now, imagine your cat has a dental issue. He doesn’t have a veterinary dentist on speed dial. And as a species with a reputation for being both predator and prey, he is not keen on alerting anyone – even you, his most trusted human ally – that he is in a weakened, vulnerable state due to mouth pain. Even though he might prowl strictly indoors, he doesn’t want to show any sign of weakness to avoid drawing the attention of any predator – real or imagined.

Dental issues are more common in cats than most people realize. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, about 70 percent of cats develop some degree of gum disease by the age of 3. Yes, you read right: the young age of 3. That’s why you must take on the role of pet detective and look for any clues that your cat might be experiencing a dental issue. And a key “crime scene” occurs at mealtime.

Be on the lookout for these serious clues:

  • Your sweet cat suddenly swats you when you attempt to pet his head.
  • Your feline foodie now stares at his filled food bowl and walks away.
  • Your normally neat eater is littering your kitchen floor with pieces of kibble.
  • Your steady eater is taking twice as long to finish his meal.
  • Your cat seems to have difficulty swallowing food or treats.

All these clues can point to the fact that your cat might be dealing with a dental issue like a broken tooth or infected gum. Or worse: He might be coping with stomatitis, or a life-threatening disease, such as hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver disease).

Many of us brush our teeth at least twice a day and gargle with mouthwash. We book semi-annual visits to our dentist to undergo cleanings and professional exams. We would not consider going a week without brushing our teeth – yuck!

Sadly, that’s not the case for our cats. Without our help, they are at serious risk for developing tartar buildup, gingivitis, and abscesses. They can suffer tooth loss, incur oral tumors, and even develop infections that can spread to their lungs, heart, liver, and kidneys, causing life-threatening conditions. That’s why I urge you to be “down in the mouth” with your cat and pay attention to his teeth and gums.

For the sake of your cat’s health:

  • Monitor mealtimes. Cats who eat slower than usual, back away from a bowl, or suddenly spill kibble might be experiencing oral pain. Report these changes immediately to your veterinarian.
  • Shop smartly. Purchase cat treats, dental chews, dental toys, oral gels, and toothpastes that carry the VOHC seal of acceptance. VOHC stands for Veterinary Oral Health Council, a group comprised of veterinary dentists who regularly evaluate and determine which products meet their standards of earning the VOHC logo on the packaging.
  • Look for effective brush-free options. If your cat won’t let you mess with his mouth, minimize the accumulation of tartar with feline-safe dental mouth rinses that contain chlorhexidine, considered the gold standard for anti-plaque antiseptics by the American Veterinary Dental College. Give him dental chews or chlorophyll-based dental treats to help remove surface tartar.
  • Establish a dental routine. If you are lucky to live with a laid-back cat like my tabby, Casey, who doesn’t kick up a fuss when you handle his mouth, brush his teeth daily or at least a few times a week. Use only cat-safe toothpaste and toothbrushes (or finger brushes). Teeth brushing works best if you wrap your cat in a big bath towel and work on his pearly whites inside a losed bathroom to minimize the chance for escape.
  • Dish up dental-friendly diets if warranted by your veterinarian. Several commercial pet food companies offer dental-friendly diets that contain fibrous materials that scrub surface tartar off teeth as well as enzymes that aid in blocking plaque from attaching to your cat’s teeth.

Laurelwood Animal Hospital,located near Jesuit High School on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway offers a full range of companion animal services, including surgery, nutrition and behavior counseling, parasite control and preventative medicine. The hospital also offers advanced imaging through an all-digital spiral CT scanner, a comprehensive dental program and laser treatment.

If you’re looking for quality, compassionate veterinary care in Beaverton, Oregon, come visit us at Laurelwood Animal Hospital.

Laurelwood Animal Hospital

9315 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway
Beaverton, Oregon 97005

Phone: (971) 244-4230
Fax: (503) 292-6808

E-mail: info@laurelwoodvets.com

How to Silence Your Dog’s Obsessive Barking

How to Silence Your Dog's Obsessive Barking

By Dr. Karen Shaw Becker | Featured on Healthy Pets

Puppies perform many impossibly adorable behaviors, and among them are those endearing little squeaks and yips that pass for barking:

Of course, the problem with the off-the-charts cuteness of puppy yips is that many pet parents wind up encouraging their little precious to bark. Inevitably, little precious turns into big precious, and the barking is no longer so cute. In fact, it can become quite annoying and problematic — sometimes highly problematic, as in, “I have to move because of my dog’s barking.”

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What to Do If Your Pet has an Ingrown Nail

What to Do If Your Pet has an Ingrown Nail

Article Featured on Douglas Feed & Pet Supply

An ingrown nail can be painful for your pet, and if left untreated, could lead to sores, infections or in severe cases, even lameness or more severe complications. Fortunately, it is easy to deal with ingrown nails and keep your pets on sure footing. Continue reading What to Do If Your Pet has an Ingrown Nail

Wintering with Horses

Wintering with Horses

Article Featured on Pet Health Network

Just as the summer months bring fly spray, bathing, sunscreen, and heat protection, the winter months bring their own special care requirements for our horses. Fortunately, preparing for winter can be an easy task as long as you plan ahead.

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Learn How to Spot Urinary Problems in Your Dog

Learn How to Spot Urinary Problems in Your Dog

Changes in urination are often signs of medical conditions

By  | Article Featured on Spruce Pets

Urinary problems in dogs are common. Signs can range from barely noticeable to the inability to urinate (this is an emergency).  If your pet has changes his urinary habits, please see your veterinarian as soon as possible.

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