Lower-stress care for dogs starts at home
September 28, 2022Recent years have seen veterinary clinics make great strides to alleviate patient stress during routine exams and procedures. Notably, many clinics have taken measures to provide stress alleviation for pets through various desensitization and counterconditioning techniques. This may include having treats on-hand as a positive distraction, providing separate waiting areas for dogs and cats, and timing appointments to allow nervous pets to bypass waiting areas and go directly into an exam room.
Exploring alternatives to scruffing cats
September 27, 2022Scruffing refers to a restraining technique involving firmly grasping the loose skin of a cat’s back, located between the shoulder blades. While scruffing is often meant for safely controlling and settling a cat, research shows the contrary. The scruffing method is often counterproductive, causing many cats to resist or even fight back more aggressively than when alternative handling is performed.
Getting to the root of nutritional allergies
September 27, 2022It is very common for pet owners to believe their itchy pet has a "food allergy." While cutaneous adverse food reactions (cAFR) are certainly not rare, when it comes to pruritic pets, atopic dermatitis (AD) is actually more prevalent than cAFR. Sadly, however, a physical exam is insufficient to distinguish atopic disease from a food-associated dermatopathy.
Early detection key in hip dysplasia cases
September 26, 2022Puppies are born with normal hips, but changes associated with dysplasia can develop rapidly with earliest changes noted as soon as 30 days after birth. In developing puppies, joint incongruity or malalignment prevents normal development of the acetabulum and femoral head, perpetuating the development of dysplasia.
Why you should increase lab compliance
September 22, 2022Every day, we see pets come and go from our practices. Every day, we have the opportunity to be proactive as opposed to reactive when it comes to their health. One of the greatest gifts we can offer our clients and their pets is the early detection of diseases that have the potential to be managed for many years.
Spice up a pet’s life through diet and nutrition
August 11, 2022Whether pet parents are looking to support their pet’s medical needs through diet, are aiming to align their pet’s diet with their own nutritional approach and philosophies, or they are just trying to eliminate food boredom, there are ways we can safely support and guide them.