February is Veterinary Dental Month, and we want to share our philosophy of dentistry and dental radiographs (xrays) with you! Dental radiographs are one of the most important diagnostic tools available to a veterinary dentist. Veterinary dental radiology is vital for diagnosis, treatment planning, follow-up evaluation, and legal medical record information for a pet's dental health. Without quality radiographs, the veterinary dentist would be treating pet patients while only guessing at the diagnosis and quality of treatment.
The knee is a fairly complicated joint. It consists of the femur (thigh bone) above, the tibia (shin bone) below, the patella (knee cap) in front. Soft tissues structures called the medial and lateral menisci fit between the femur and tibia like cushions. Four main ligaments hold everything together, allowing the knee to bend the way it should and keep it from bending the way it shouldn’t.
If you’ve read the book or watched the movie Marley and Me, then you probably remember the bloating scene. Bloating or worse, a GDV, Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus, affects deep-chested dogs such as German Shepherds, Great Danes, Dobermans, and Bassett Hounds. Great Danes are the number one breed for bloat and GDV. Bloat is when the stomach greatly expands in size, usually with air, but can also occur with food. This can be resolved by passing a stomach tube, administering simethicone, or a number of other ways. A GDV is when the stomach enlarges in size and then twists on itself.
Pet owners are always being told to have their pets vaccinated for rabies. However, you seldom here of domesticated animals contracting this deadly virus. Rabies is a virus spread from animals to other animals by bite wounds, and, unfortunately, it is almost always fatal. Thankfully, it is very easy to prevent this deadly infection by immunizations in the form of vaccines.
Poet Jean Burden once said that a cat “is still only a whisker away from the wilds” and for many cat enthusiasts, this is the exact reason they love their self-sufficient felines.
Experts believe that cats and humans have interacted with each other for more than 10,000 years. From their humble beginnings chasing rodents away from our food, cats have vaulted into our homes and hearts as North America’s favorite pet. Unfortunately, despite their popularity, cats aren’t treated to the same veterinary care that we provide our canine friends.
It's been said that "eyes are the windows to the soul" and certainly when you look into the eyes of your beloved pets, you can see the affection and loyalty reflected there. Unfortunately, some owners look deep into their pet's eyes and see problems. As part of a pet's regular check up, I routinely will spend time peering into the depths of the animal's eyes.
Town & Country Veterinary Clinic is proud to offer ProHeart® 6 as a heartworm preventative for your dog! ProHeart® 6 provides six months of continuousprotection in one dose! Unlike monthly pills you administer yourself, ProHeart® 6 is an injection given to your pet by one of our veterinarians. No more wondering when or if you gave the heartworm preventative.
I have had so many owners call the clinic either trying to give away their pet or looking for training tips because their best friend is tearing their home apart in their absence. I always suggest crate training because it’s the easiest way, not only to housetrain your friend, but also to keep them safe when you are not home.