New Buzzword on the Street: All About BEG Diets

If you dabble in social media and love pets like we do, you have probably seen the FDA release about BEG diets. A lot of attention has fallen to these pet foods manufactured by boutique companies, containing exotic ingredients, and/or identifying as “grain-free”.

There is a lot of information to sort though, though, and opinions abound. The staff at Rutland Veterinary Clinic wants to help shed a little light on what is going on so that our pet owners can make the best decisions for their pets

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What Can You Do About Pet Noise Anxiety This Summer?

It seems impossible to avoid all situations that result in fear, stress or confusion, but we do our best for our pets, right? Some pet owners know from experience that the sound of the blender or vacuum cleaner upsets their dog, or that they cannot walk anywhere near a construction site. Other owners are just beginning to get to know their pets, an experience that can take many months together.

Whatever the case may be, pet noise anxiety is a real threat to an animal’s well-being – especially during the summer months.

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At Your Fingertips: All About Our Online Veterinary Pharmacy

Ordering your pet’s prescription food, medication, or parasite preventives from the comfort of home sounds like a great thing – and, for the most part, it is. Shopping online for pet meds certainly has its place in our modern world, but it can also expose your pet to some serious risks.

At Rutland Veterinary Clinic, we offer the convenience of online ordering combined with the safety of receiving medications that are backed by manufacturers. Keep reading to learn more about our online veterinary pharmacy and why it’s one of your best options when it comes to ordering your pet’s prescriptions.

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Avoiding a Common Problem: Dog Bite Prevention

In honor of Dog Bite Prevention Week in April, we’d like to call attention to the serious nature of dog bites in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. Of those, nearly 1 in 5 will need professional medical attention.  

If you’ve ever been bitten by a dog, you know how painful and scary it can be. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to avoid a dog bite (in fact, most incidents are entirely preventable). Let’s take a moment to review some tips to avoid a dangerous situation.

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Springin’ into Spring Pet Safety Like it’s No Big Deal

To fully experience their surrounding environments, pets rely heavily on their sense of smell and taste. This leads to a greater understanding of the world around them, but unfortunately, this tactic can also land them in hot water.

Pet poison prevention is a priority all year long, but with an entire week devoted to raising awareness (March 17-23), we can set the tone for spring pet safety here and now!

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The Dangers of Decay: Great Pet Dental Health Can Extend Lives

Kids have a tough time learning the concept of cause and effect, but grown-ups employ it every single day. Not filling the car up with gas has its own set of consequences, just as not paying the bills on time. Indeed, without an understanding of our action’s possible results we’d likely make all the wrong decisions.

When it comes to pet dental health, there are a lot of terrible consequences that result from ignoring their teeth and gums. Alternatively, routine cleanings and brushing at home sets a pet up for a longer, healthier life.

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Unleashing the Best: Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center’s Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2018

If you blinked, it may seem like 2018 just flew by. Between career, family, and spending time with our pets, there never seems to be enough time in the day! Hopefully, the advent of a new year has given you some time to pause and reflect on the moments that really mattered in 2018, and what you want to “do different” in 2019.

If one of those things is to focus more on your pet’s health, we salute you! To that end, we’ve compiled Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center’s top 5 pet care blogs of 2018, to get you quickly up to speed with what’s new, important, and interesting about Rutland pet health.

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Fear Free Certified and Proud

A fear free certified veterinarian is good pet care.

Can you imagine bringing your dog or cat in for a vet visit where every possible effort is made to minimize or eliminate fear, anxiety, and stress? Look no further! The staff members of the Rutland Veterinary Clinic have recently become Fear Free Certified, and we are proud of it!

All About Fear Free

As we get better at understanding animal behavior, we appreciate more and more how fear, anxiety, and stress can affect the health and well-being of our pets. For many of our patients, these problems are amplified when visiting the veterinarian. As a group of professionals who are dedicated to helping animals, this is just not acceptable to us.

In 2016 the Fear Free Initiative was founded in order to help veterinarians and other animal industry professionals to better recognize, prevent, and help pets have a better experience while in our facilities and at home.  This panel of 160 members contains experts in areas like animal behavior, anesthesia, and even industry representatives and has helped to formulate guidelines and best practice recommendations for veterinary hospitals.

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When Awareness Leads to Prevention: Guarding Against Pet Diabetes

Pet diabetes is a serious pet health concern, but it also very treatable

As it’s commonly referred to in pets, diabetes mellitus is a disease of the pancreas. Responsible for the production and secretion of insulin, a healthy pancreas will produce enough insulin to keep blood sugar levels under control. In a diabetic cat or dog, there’s either a shortage of insulin or there isn’t a normal response to the hormone. Since 2011 the diagnosis of diabetes has increased 32% in canines and 16% in felines.

While the exact cause of pet diabetes is unknown, it’s well-documented that extra weight can dramatically impact the development of the disease. Over 50% of all dogs and cats are overweight or obese. Since we can control the type and amount of food that pets receive, preventing diabetes is possible.

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On the Cutting Edge: How Laser Therapy for Pets Can Help

Laser therapy for pets is a great option for pet healing and pet pain management.Lasers have been used to treat a variety of medical conditions in humans since the 1960’s. Today, low level laser therapy is marketed for use in everything from carpal tunnel syndrome to smoking cessation. The use of low level laser technology in veterinary medicine is just now beginning to take off. Here at Rutland Veterinary Clinic, we couldn’t be more excited to offer this treatment modality for our patients!

Decoding Laser Therapy for Pets

Therapeutic laser, also called cold laser therapy, uses a focused beam of light to deliver photons (light energy) to a specific part of the body. The photons are absorbed into the cell where they initiate a series of chemical reactions that result in healthier, more resilient cells. Laser therapy can produce the following benefits: Continue…