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…

Smart Safety Tips Regarding Marijuana and Pets

Please be safe and smart when it comes to marijuana and petsWith 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…

Cat Vaccinations: What You Need to Know

Cat vaccinations promote feline health. 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…

Is Summer Pet Care Different Than Other Seasons?

Summer pet care is important to pet safetyWhile 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!

Getting Ahead

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…

Lost and Found: The Principles of Pet Microchipping

pet microchipping helps pet owners find their missing petLosing a pet is a terrifying scenario for pet owners, and one that is all too common. Millions of dogs and cats go missing from their homes each year, and even the most well behaved pet can easily slip out of a gate or door accidentally left open. Hanging up “lost pet” signs and posting to social media can help locate a missing pet, but did you know there is a way to significantly boost your chances of being reunited with a missing pet?

Pet microchipping is an easy, affordable, and highly effective strategy for locating missing pets, and we couldn’t be more in support of this widely used technology! Continue…

Do You Know What’s Out There? Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases in Pets

Ticks and tick-borne illness are a serious threat to pet healthLike Mungo Jerry says, in the summertime when the weather is hot, we got… well, to be honest, we got ticks on our mind. It’s not quite as romantic as the song, but warm weather definitely has the team at Rutland Veterinary Clinic thinking about ticks and your pet. Why? Ticks can transmit many serious illnesses to your pet and even to you. It’s no laughing matter, which is why we want to share more about how to protect your pet against ticks and tick-borne diseases.

Ticks 101

Ticks are an arachnid and are closely related to spiders. There are more than 80 species of ticks in the United States. Only a few are harmful to pets and people. The most concerning is the brown dog tick, deer tick, and American dog tick.

Ticks are found in all 50 states. They’re most prevalent in early spring through late fall; however, many species are well adapted to temperature extremes and can go dormant in cold temperatures, only to revive with the first warm day. They live in wood piles, brushy areas, and tall grasses, preferring dark, moist places in which to lay their eggs.   Continue…

Just One Bite: The Importance of Heartworm Disease Prevention

heartwormModern pet owners have their hands full in making sure their pets are happy and healthy. Regular wellness exams, good nutrition, daily exercise, and plenty of snuggle time are all essentials when it comes to life with pets. Parasite prevention often takes a back seat, especially in the winter months, but this comes at a cost to our furry friends.

Heartworm disease is present in all 50 states. The risk of heartworm disease is increasing, despite safe, efficacious once a month prevention.  Allowing your pet to miss doses of heartworm prevention medication, or skipping it altogether, puts them at risk of contracting this deadly disease. Providing your pets with protection from heartworm is essential, and it begins right at Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center

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Pet Poison Prevention: What Every Pet Owner Needs to Know

Pet Poison PreventionSince its establishment by congress in 1961, the third week in March has been designated as National Poison Prevention Week. The event was originally intended to educate the public on the dangers of accidental poisonings in children, but your friends at Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center would like to take this opportunity to discuss pet poison prevention as well.

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