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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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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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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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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