Posts in Category: Pet Health & Wellness
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…
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…
Like 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 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…
Top-of-the-line, nutritious food in your pet’s bowl? Check! An array of interesting and pounce-worthy pet toys all over the house? Yep! Daily walks that show up all the other owners with your dog’s incredible training and personality? You got it! It may seem like nothing is missing in your quest to be the most responsible pet owner around (and we agree!), but it’s always good to brush up on your skills.
At Rutland, we’re happy to celebrate Responsible Pet Owners Month and recognize people like you who keep their pets healthy and happy. In observance of this special month, we thought we’d outline some of the skills and talents exemplified by amazing owners like yourself.
It might start with a little extra begging between meals or cute, treat-worthy antics. Sometimes, pets are allowed to free-feed, a practice that inhibits portion and calorie control. Other times, owners feel guilty for leaving their pet alone and decide to treat them. Since pets don’t typically feed or exercise themselves, the root of pet obesity is overfeeding. However, there is good news. Pet obesity is entirely preventable and, once diagnosed, manageable!
A veterinary house call can be of great value to pets, owners, and veterinarians. A house call veterinarian is capable of doing most things available within the veterinary clinic. At a veterinary house call, we can perform wellness exams, vaccinations, deworming, microchipping, and pedicures; we can treat routine illnesses such as allergies, eye and ear issues, skin problems, and gastrointestinal issues; and we are able to manage a wide variety of chronic conditions such as arthritis, behavioral issues, diabetes, kidney disease, seizure disorders, and thyroid disease.
Benefits of a Veterinary House Call
The first (and most obvious) benefit of the veterinary house call is convenience. House calls bring veterinary care into your home. That means no driving to and from the vet clinic and less time commitment for owners. House calls also make veterinary care more accessible to people who are homebound, have mobility issues, or are unable to drive.
The importance of pet immunization may not be something most pet owners consider, but the fact remains that immunization saves millions of lives. Infectious diseases that once plagued our animal companions are no longer as common, thanks to advances in veterinary medicine and the introduction of vaccines.
Vaccines are integral to the lifelong health of both cats and dogs. By following your veterinarian’s recommended vaccine schedule, you’re also reducing the spread of infectious diseases to others.
To observe National Pet Immunization Month, the team at Rutland wants to highlight some of the reasons vaccinations are so vital to the life of your pet companion.