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What is heat stroke and how do I recognize it in my pet?

Heat stroke occurs when a pet’s internal body temperature rises to 105 degrees F or higher. Heatstroke can come on quickly and result in brain damage or death. Beating the heat can be difficult for dogs and cats because they can only cool themselves through panting and sweating through their paw pads. During the “dog days” of summer, the temperature inside a parked car can…

April is National Heartworm Awareness Month

Do I really need to give my pet heartworm prevention? April is National Heartworm Awareness Month! In honor of heartworm awareness month, we will discuss the basics of heartworm disease and answer the most common questions: Do we really need to give heartworm prevention living in Colorado and do I really need to test my pet so frequently? Heartworm disease is a serious and fatal…

How do I know if my pet is in pain?

Pets of all species are very good at hiding pain. Their symptoms may be so subtle that it is unrecognizable. Pain can affect the long term health of your pet along with decreasing his/her quality of life. Dogs: May lick the affected joint Fall behind on walks Loss of muscle mass Stiffness on rising or lying down Reluctance to go up OR down stairs Reluctance…

What are treatment options for my pet who is painful?

Medications: Some medications have side effects (that while not common can occur) and most of the time your veterinarian will request lab work be run prior to starting these medications. The biggest category of medications for pain are the NSAIDs. NSAIDs stands for Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. These drugs are very good at controlling pain and inflammation associated with trauma, sprains, arthritis, and many other types of…

Flea & Tick Control

Flea & Tick Control

The harmful effects of fleas and ticks can reach far beyond severe discomfort. In fact, both fleas and ticks can carry serious diseases that are dangerous to both pet owner and pet. Thankfully, today there are a variety of products available through veterinarians that can help ensure safety from these pesky parasites.

Fleas

Other than itchiness, or pruritis, fleas can cause numerous health problems to a pet. In fact, fleas can carry tapeworm larvae, which a pet can ingest and pass in its feces. Fleas can also carry the organism Bartonella henselae , which is one of the causes of “cat-scratch” disease in humans. Many pets are allergic to flea bites causing a single bite to initiate an intense allergic reaction, or flea bite dermatitis (FAD). From this allergic reaction, the pet’s skin can go on to become infected with bacteria and other pathogens.

Nutrition in Cats and Dogs

Nutrition in Cats and Dogs Proper nutrition for pets is one of the most imperative, yet easiest, methods of ensuring superior health. As in people, the appropriate diet help pets to live longer, healthier lives. In addition, a high-quality diet can even help prevent and/or manage certain disease processes. In order for pets to be well nourished, they should be fed a high quality diet…

Weight Loss & Obesity in Pets

Weight Loss & Obesity in Pets

Too commonly seen in people, there are also an increasingly amount of overweight pets in today’s society. True, obesity can be the result of a metabolic disorder, but is frequently the product of excessive caloric intake and not enough exercise. Likewise, weight loss can be the result of an intentional weight loss program or a disease process.
Obesity in Pets

It is no secret that obesity is in direct relation to a myriad of health problems in humans; the same can be said for pets. An overweight pet is in jeopardy for diabetes, heart and respiratory problems and numerous joint, ligament and tendon disorders. In fact, obese felines often develop skin diseases from being incapable to properly groom themselves. In essence, obese pets play against shorter and more uncomfortable lives, just as obese people.