Summer Plants that are Poisonous to Dogs   

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The sun is shining. The wind is rustling your dog’s fur. So, you place a leash around your dog’s neck and take Spot or Lassie for a walk around the park. Your dog even wants to stop and smell the roses, literally. There’s no harm in that. Except, when Spot or Lassie ingests plants that are poisonous to dogs. Depending on the plant, side effects can be mild or serious. Learning about the various poisonous plants for dogs is the first step, so you know how to walk a dog safely. Below is a list of some of the poisonous plants to be on the lookout for this summer, no matter where your travels take you, along with common side effects.   Be Wary of These Plants Amaryllis, Belladonna lily, or St. Joseph lily, is a flower commonly red, white, or pink with burgundy marks. If your pooch ingests this…

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Signs Your Pet May Have Glaucoma or Cataracts

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As you age, you begin to experience the obligatory aches and pains. Your body is unable to move in the same way it once did. These whole-body changes include changes in your eyes. Two common eye conditions include glaucoma and cataracts. These same eye conditions can occur in your pet. Therefore, it’s important for your animal to receive a regular eye exam, including a pet glaucoma screening. Certain dog breeds, such as cocker spaniels and poodles, are especially prone to cataracts and glaucoma. Even though the animals may possess symptoms, discussed below, they are capable of masking their pain, including loss of vision in one eye, and go about their day without your awareness.   Cataracts A cataract is an abnormality in the eye that causes blurred vision. As cataracts become thicker and denser, they can result in blindness. Along with old age, cataracts are also the result of trauma,…

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4 Reasons You Should Talk to Your Vet About Pet Acupuncture

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Acupuncture has been around for centuries, at least in China. In the Western world, acupuncture is considered a newer, alternative form of treatment. Some insurance companies have realized the many benefits of the treatment and even cover the costs of acupuncture for human patients.   What to Expect from Pet Acupuncture An expert trained in veterinary acupuncture lightly inserts tiny, sterile needles into specific spots where nerves and blood vessels convene (also known as acupuncture points) to activate the balance of energy throughout your pet’s body. Ultimately, acupuncture helps the body heal itself. The animal may feel brief, mild discomfort with the needle insertion (laser options, instead of needles, exist in certain cases). Overall, acupuncture is a safe procedure, and more often than not, the animal gets very sleepy or falls asleep. Many practitioners, pet owners, and (human) patients rave about the calming effects. Yet, still not everyone finds the…

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Guide to Pet Vaccine Schedules

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For most pet owners, pets are like family. They are loyal companions, and we want them to live vibrant and playful lives. We spend a lot of time walking, feeding and playing with our pets to ensure they stay healthy and happy. In addition to these responsibilities, pet owners need to look out for their pet’s health. This is where pet vaccinations come in, playing a vital role in preventing unnecessary and dangerous diseases. Whether you’re a dog or cat owner, giving your pet routine vaccinations is essential for maintaining their good health. Additionally, it’s important to stay informed about pet vaccines. Let’s look at the benefits and the risks of cat and dog vaccination schedules, as well as their role in your pet’s health and wellness.   About Pet Vaccinations Pet vaccinations provide immunity for many infectious diseases affecting pets. Vaccines contain an agent similar to the disease-causing microorganism….

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How Vets Use Pulse Oximetry to Keep Pets Safe During Surgery

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Your pet is about to undergo surgery. You are likely to be worried and confused, especially as the vet bandies about medical jargon unfamiliar to your lexicon. You find yourself looking up words on the Internet dictionary or Web MD or jotting down unknown terms, so you can ask the vet follow-up questions later. Note-taking and personal research are good approaches to have before your pet’s surgery, so you are familiar with all the steps of the procedure and how the vet plans to keep your loved one safe. One such term that may come your way during discussions is pulse oximetry. Below are some details about pulse oximetry and how a vet uses a pulse oximeter, so now you have one less term you have to look up later! What is Pulse Oximetry and What Does Pulse Oximetry Measure? In a nutshell, pulse oximetry is a non-invasive approach to…

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5 Signs Your Pet Needs Professional Dental Treatment

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You love your pets and want to take care of them. You feed them, walk them, show them affection and look out for them. It’s just as important to take your dog or cat’s dental health seriously. Pet dental issues can cause animals pain and discomfort. If they are left untreated, the complications can lead to very costly procedures and treatments. Additionally, the overall quality of your pet’s life can be affected and their lifespan shortened. If you notice any of the signs below it is time to take your pet in for a teeth cleaning. Professionals in the Animal Medical Center can help. Bad Breath – Bad breath is one of the surest ways to tell if there’s something off about your dog’s dental health. Many people assume dogs and cats simply have bad breath and just live with it. However, if your pet’s mouth is healthy and clean,…

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Surgical Monitoring: How Vets Keep Your Pets Safe During Surgery

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A major concern among pet owners whose pets go into surgery is ensuring they are kept safe during the procedure, especially when it comes to the potential risks associated with anesthesia. Even the most minor surgery can seem like a frightening experience if you don’t have a full understanding of what’s going to happen once your pet is on the operating table. It’s important to be aware of your vet’s surgical monitoring protocols so you can ensure that your pet is safe before, during, and after surgical procedures that require anesthesia. For more information about pet surgery and the advanced surgical monitoring services at Animal Medical Center, call today at (814) 443-6979. Understanding the Importance of Careful Surgical Monitoring Pet surgery and the administration and monitoring of anesthesia for surgical procedures requires a significant amount of knowledge and skill. And, the safety of your pet in surgery depends a great…

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What to Expect During Your Pet’s Ultrasound

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If your vet orders an ultrasound for your pet, there is no need to panic or sound the alarm. The pet ultrasound is a routine procedure that can offer clarity for your pet’s medical condition. Your vet can walk you through all the necessary steps, so you feel confident about what to expect from the procedure. In the meantime, the information in this blog can give you a starting point of reassurance. Before and Day of the Ultrasound The following are several important tips to remember before and on the day of your pet’s ultrasound appointment: First and foremost, follow any instructions your vet gives to you, and make sure the vet knows about any and all special circumstances about your animal, such as anxiety issues. The more your vet knows about your pet, the more the vet can take all the right precautions to make the procedure run smoothly….

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Second Opinions: When You Should Ask Your Vet for a Referral

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When your pet is sick or injured, no doubt your first step is to call your local veterinarian.  Most likely, they know your animal pretty well, especially if you have an established relationship.  And not only does the vet know your pet, but they know hundreds of other animals and have all the medical experience that goes with it.  So, when that sick or injured pet needs care, chances are that your local vet can provide it. However, in certain instances your pet may need care beyond what your vet can provide, or you or your vet may feel more comfortable seeking the opinion of another veterinary professional.  In these situations, talk to your vet about his or her referral services.   What Is A Vet Referral? A vet referral is a recommendation from your local vet telling you to consult another doctor, typically a veterinary specialist.  It is different…

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Why Young Puppies are at Risk for Heart Disease

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When you think of heart disease, you probably picture a middle-aged man– not a frisky little puppy.  The reality is that heart disease, including congestive heart failure, is not only found in humans but can strike other animals as well.  Though you might associate congestive heart failure with being overweight and sedentary–and that is not necessarily wrong–congestive heart failure can occur in dogs that look outwardly healthy, and it can even be found in puppies.  Heart disease in dogs is a serious matter, and just like in humans, it cannot always be cured. However, with proper treatment heart disease in dogs can be managed, allowing your dog to live for many more years in relatively good health.   What is Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs? Congestive heart failure in dogs is a condition caused by other forms of heart disease.  When the heart starts to fail, it no longer properly…

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