A Smelly Subject: Anal Glands and Your Pet 

Ew, right? The subject of anal glands is not something most people want to explore. They’re there. We know about them (or maybe you did not?) but isn’t that where the curiosity ends? Well, there is a lot to know about these scent makers and what they are all about.

The team at Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center is here to expand upon this icky, yet important topic of anal glands and your pet’s health.

What Are Anal Glands?

Anal glands are sacs that secrete an unmistakable scent that is believed to mark territory and communicate to other animals. These glands are about the size of a pea and are positioned in the rectum, on either side. The secretions range from a thin liquid to a paste-like substance. 

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A Year In Review: Rutland Veterinary Hospital’s Top Blogs of 2019

As we embark on a new year and all the fresh starts it brings, we can’t help but think back to 2019 and take stock. What worked well for us? What successes did we have? How did we share our gifts and talents? 

Rutland Veterinary Hospital has been ruminating on those same questions. And we are ready to embark on a new year by thinking about how we can continue to share our learning and knowledge with you, and to make it easier for you to take great care of your four legged friends. 

To that end, we write and publish this blog, and it’s our honor to do so. As we looked back, we checked our most popular blogs of 2019, and we are sharing them here with you. We hope you enjoy! 

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Holiday Pet Adoption Basics: Bringing Home A New Pet for the Holidays

As your family gathers together for the holidays, is there a lonely spot on the couch? Perhaps you’ve been considering adding a new pet to your home and are thinking about adopting one for the holidays? 

There are certainly some wonderful things about adopting a new pet for the holidays but we do not recommend giving pets as gifts. Based on a new ASPCA study, 86% of pets given as gifts are still in the home which is wonderful to hear but still, one has to wonder about the other 14% of pets that were returned, re-homed, or abandoned.

There is a lot to consider before bringing home a new pet for the holidays. 

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Fright Night: How To Practice Halloween Pet Safety

Ghouls, jack-o-lanterns, and the tricks and treats of Halloween are fun for  adults and children alike. At this time of year, anticipation runs high as we approach this most beloved holiday. We spend hours planning our costume, making Halloween treats, and setting up our yard as a scary scene – but have you thought about what Halloween means for our pets? 

There are several pet emergencies that are unfortunately common on or around Halloween. And the decorations, costumes, and candy can land your pet in a cauldron of hot water. 

Like most things, a little awareness and preparation can make Halloween pet safety a breeze. Read on for some ideas and thoughts about how to make Halloween both fun for you and safe for your pets. 

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Are You Ready to Brush Your Pet’s Teeth?

Many pet owners shudder at the prospect of opening the jaws of a highly resistant animal. Like getting a rectal temperature or cleaning up a hairball, it just doesn’t come naturally. However, with time and patience, brushing their teeth becomes a normal part of responsible pet ownership. 

In fact, when you brush your pet’s teeth regularly they adapt to this new routine. The best part about this? Your efforts will be rewarded with overall health and wellness.

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Is It Time to Spay or Neuter Your Pet?

A white and gray kitty sitting on a fancy chair

There are a multitude of reasons to spay or neuter your pet, but it can still be a tricky choice, and surgery for your beloved pet is certainly a big deal. That’s why we recommend learning as much as you can about this procedure from your Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center team. 

The Basics

In a spay surgery, the ovaries and uterus are removed. Also known as an ovariohysterectomy, this procedure prevents pregnancy and eliminates future heat cycles for female pets. A neuter is the surgical removal of the testicles in male pets so that they cannot mate.

Both of these procedures are performed in the surgical suite under general anesthesia. We take your pet’s safety seriously, and will evaluate her health before, during, and after the procedure. We use the most advanced anesthetics, patient monitoring, and pain medication to ensure your pet’s safety and comfort.

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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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