Is Your Dog an Athlete? Read this Story!

Taho Dock DogsTaho is an athlete and a necessary member of Team Dalton, a DockDogs team well acquainted with VetriScience. When we heard that he had experienced an injury, we wanted to find out more and share his healing process with you. We spoke with Taho’s owner Jen through email to get a better picture of what Taho is experiencing, and how you can take steps to ensure your dog heals quickly in the face of an unexpected injury.

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ACL Tears in Your Dog: Why They’re Common and What Not to Do

ACL tear dogThe ACL is the Anterior Cruciate Ligament, often called the Cranial Cruciate Ligament, or CCL, in veterinary medicine.

A tear of this ligament is by far the most common orthopedic injury in dogs, and while it’s relatively easy to fix with the correct diagnosis and therapy, the best way to deal with a torn ACL in your pup is to avoid it in the first place.

So what are some common causes of ACL tears?

We can often point to underlying causes, rather than acute injuries as the offender in ACL tears. One cause, obesity, is a rampant medical issue that adds extra stress to the joints. Dogs also experience constant flex on their knees, as they are always bent, causing the ACL to bear a constant load.

Another possible underlying causes: genetics.

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Does My Pet Have Allergies?

cat allergies Pet allergies can leave you scratching your head. In fact, dogs and cats, like humans, can develop allergies. But because your pet can’t tell you what they think is bothering them, it’s up to the responsible pet owner to recognize and avoid common allergens, and to respond appropriately during those times your pets do have reactions.

This two-part blog post will highlight some important facts about cat and dog allergies and help you begin the process of dealing with them.

 

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What You Need to Know about Parvovirus

Last September, we shared the news of a parvovirus outbreak in New Jersey. We just caught wind that several dogs in Virginia Beach have tested positive for the acute virus, which is shed in dog feces for a few weeks after infection.

When we talked about parvovirus last time, we mentioned that it can be a concern all year round, but it’s more often spread in the warmer months. Officials in Virginia Beach are saying that it’s spreading especially early this year.

parvovirus dogRead on to see our previous post, find out about symptoms and learn how you can protect your dog from parvovirus.

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Dogs, Cats and Toxic Household Plants: Know Your Botany

Because animals are curious creatures and humans are creatures that celebrate beauty, striking a balance in the household can be difficult, especially when it comes to balancing dogs, cats and toxic household plants. 

33189013_lToxic plants are a serious problem for the animal world. Just as you might unknowingly grab a red berry off a vine only to end up in the hospital hours later, your cats and dogs may sneak a nibble of your favorite leafy green only to end up—where else? The vet’s office.

So what can you do to protect your pets?

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What is this Lump on my Dog? It Could Be a Wart!

Hadley doesn’t have many medical issues. She’s a bit excitable occasionally, but this little Husky isn’t known for constant vet trips. So when Adrienne, her mom, found a funky lump on Monday night, it was a rush trip to see her trusted vet advisor, Viola Chu, DVM, CVA, at River Cove in Williston, VT.

Dr. Chu identified the little lump quickly: it was a wart.grossness

And that’s more common than you might think. Dr. Chu says she most often sees these growths in poodles and cocker spaniels – anecdotally, they’re found more in smaller breeds—and Hadley was a rare visit.

But, she assures us, owners shouldn’t really be concerned. “It’s mostly cosmetic. General rule of thumb we tell people: if any growth starts growing or changing quickly, then let us know,” Dr. Chu says.

In answer to the big question “Can dogs pass these warts to humans?” Dr. Chu says that one type of wart, viral papilloma, is contagious from dog to dog, but not dog to human. Most visits, though, are a result of an owner spotting the non-viral type.

“We won’t remove them unless they’re causing a problem; for example, if they’re in a location where the dog is catching them on something and it’s causing bleeding or pain,” Dr. Chu notes.

In short, dog warts, at least the common kind, aren’t a really big deal. But if they grow or change it’s always best to get a quick look from your vet.

Has your dog ever had warts? Were they viral or non? Share with us in a comment!mosquitoes-and-dogs

6 Unexpected Truths About Owning a Dog

new dogWhen you adopt or find your first dog, you’re on top of the world. You have what you’ve always wanted: a snuggle buddy, a travel companion, a loyal friend on four legs. But there’s a lot about dog ownership that comes with the territory—and for you, it’s unfamiliar territory. Here are 6 truths about being a pet parent you might not expect—but should.

1. You spend an inordinate amount of time cleaning up bodily fluids, and solids.

Your dog will poop, pee and yes, vomit. He’ll do it in the yard, maybe in the car, maybe on the carpet. It doesn’t really matter where he does it—you have to clean it up. And the amount of time you’ll spend doing that is quite high, given the frequency. The real shift in expectation there is this: you can’t predict when and where it will happen, so you’ll need to be ready at all times.

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Dogs in the Bed: Health Risks or Must Haves?

dog bed shareThe cold weather here has us thinking about alternative ways to stay warm. Do you let your dogs sleep in your bed? Ask any dog owner and you’ll find that the subject is hotly debated. Some owners love the feeling of a pup breathing next to them while they sleep. Others believe no dog should rule the roost in this fashion.

We’re looking a bit deeper than opinion, at the possible health risks or benefits that come with a canine bedtime companion.

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Periodontal Disease and Your Pet: The Facts

periodontal diseaseHeading into February, we tend to pay special attention to pet dental health—because it’s Pet Dental Health Awareness Month.

Realistically, though, dental health is important all year round, and a clean mouth, or a dirty one, can affect many of your pet’s organs.

 

In fact, periodontal disease can cause serious long-term health concerns if left untreated. And it’s surprisingly common.

That’s why it’s valuable to know these facts—today and always – about periodontal disease. If nothing else, this knowledge will motivate you to follow up with regular cleanings – an important part of the dental health equation.

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