Rutland Veterinary Clinic Blog
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.Continue…
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!Continue…
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.Continue…
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.
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.
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.
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…
With the ever changing landscape regarding marijuana, it is hard to keep up on the do’s and don’ts when it comes to this now legal to use substance in the state of Vermont.
Many Vermonters are taking advantage of the new laws that went into effect this year in our state. This means that pot is increasingly becoming a household substance, putting our pets at increased risk of exposure.
Rutland Veterinary Clinic has been seeing more and more cases of marijuana intoxication in our patients. We want you to know how to keep your home safe when it comes marijuana and pets. Read on to learn what you should be doing in your home. Continue…
While it may often seem like our feline friends are forever-protected by their mythical nine lives, the truth is; that’s simply not the case. Cats are susceptible to disease, just like any other living creature, and need the protections provided by cat vaccinations throughout their life if they are to remain happy and purring members of our families.
Thankfully, your veterinary team at Rutland Veterinary Clinic have the prowess your pussycat needs to live a long and full life. As a certified cat-friendly practice and working towards our Fear Free Certification, we pride ourselves on providing excellent veterinary cat care – both in our office and through home visits – and know that the cornerstone of your cat’s wellness care is keeping your cat’s vaccinations (and boosters) current throughout their life. Continue…
While we provide general care for our pets year-round, it’s important to pay special attention to seasonal issues. The associated risks of extreme weather are always significant, but issues that appear in January don’t necessarily turn up in July. As a result, let’s discuss the in’s and out’s of summer pet care!
Preventive care offers tremendous insight into your pet’s general wellness, and it enables us to get ahead of any developing issues. A major part of summer pet care is disease prevention, especially if you plan on being outside with your pet.
Likewise, parasite prevention is an absolute must to keep fleas, ticks, and heartworm-carrying mosquitoes at bay. Please let us know if your pet needs to update their year-round prescription. Continue…