Don’t Pass on That Mass: Top 5 Pet Lumps & Bumps

We’ve all been there. Happily watching Die Hard (the original is always the best) on the couch with a glass of wine in one hand, and the other on your pup (cuddling by your side). As you’re scratching around, you notice a weird bump under his skin. Wait.. what? How long has THAT been there? Maybe it’s the only one, or maybe you notice a second or third. Your brain is going a mile a minute; “well, THAT wasn’t there before”, “is it serious?”, “could it be cancer?”

There are a number of reasons for lumps and bumps on your pet (some not serious at all, and others more worrisome), but the only way to find out is to chat with the Doc! And don’t worry about “going in for something small”. Lumps are among the top 10 reasons why owners head to the vet. They’ve seen ’em all. [Read more…]

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Chew On This: Tips for Clean Teeth & Better Dental Health!

Dental disease is the #1 illness in pets that owners and veterinarians are fighting. What may seem small to some can actually turn into some pretty big issues (such as heart, kidney, liver, and joint disease). We’ve answered one of the biggest questions already: Why Does My Pet’s Breath Stink?, but in order to keep those pearly whites…well… pearly, you need to be proactive! In celebration of Pet Dental Health Month, here are great tips for brushing your pet’s teeth at home and why dental cleanings with your vet are so important!

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My Dog Has Diarrhea: 3 Steps to Help Settle Their Stomach

Ugh. If you have a dog, you’ve undoubtedly had to deal with varying degrees of diarrhea. We even have a special name for it in my house: “poop carpet”. (Hey, when you have 4 dogs there has to be some humor in it!)
It’s no fun for anyone to have an upset stomach and there are some ways to help your pup rest a little more comfortably until they aren’t racing for the door to go outside. [Read more…]

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Pet Food: 3 Things Your Veterinarian Probably Won’t Tell You

There are thousands of commercial pet foods out there. Standard kibble, organic, grain-free, canned, raw, dehydrated. Home cooking is also becoming more popular. Everyone from the pet store clerk to your veterinarian to your neighbor has a different opinion of what the best pet food is. Unfortunately, many pet owners are unable to ask their vet about alternative diets because they are afraid they’ll be berated for wanting to feed something other than kibble. This makes it super confusing when trying to find the right food for your pet. Here are three tips to use when considering a change in your pet’s diet:

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How to Give Your Pet Subcutaneous Fluids: Part 1 (The Set-Up)

This article is Part 1 of a 2-Part Series on how to help you give your pets subcutaneous fluids. Subcutaneous (or SQ) fluid treatments are most commonly recommended for pet’s with chronic renal disease (CRD) or kidney failure. As a Certified Veterinary Technician, I have worked with many families, teaching them out to perform these treatments at home to help them manage their pet’s disease. Although it sounds overwhelming, it can be very manageable with the right information, help, and practice.

How to Give Your Pet Subcutaneous Fluids- Part 1
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Your Special Needs Pet: Managing Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease we are all too familiar with. It’s so prevalent in people that most of us know at least one person who is dealing with this illness. What some people may not be aware of is that it’s also very common in animal medicine.

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What To Do When Your Dog Has a Grand Mal Seizure

I was lucky the first time my dog had a seizure.  I have a background in the therapeutic field and I knew exactly what was happening to him and I was able to keep my head about me to help him. It was still scary and unnerving, but it wasn’t the end of the world for him (or for me!)  Here are some tips on how to get your dog (and yourself) through his seizure: [Read more…]

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4 Tips on How To Give Your Pet a Subcutaneous Injection

A large part of being a certified vet tech is interacting with clients.  One of the most common appointments I am called in to help with is for newly diagnosed diabetic or kidney disease pets that would need a regular subcutaneous injection or fluids at home. Most of the time these parents are a little overwhelmed, trying to wrap their minds around such a new aspect of their pet’s at-home management. Each time I give the same tips and advice, and these parents usually (with practice) do perfectly fine at home. For those that don’t like or want to do the injection themselves, there are still a number of options (including an experienced pet sitter!) that they can work with to provide their pet with at-home treatments.

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Your Special Needs Pet: Kidney Disease

What is Kidney Disease?

Kidney Disease, known as Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) in cats and Canine Kidney Failure (CKF) in dogs, is a diagnosis that no one wants to hear for their beloved companion.  It is, however, one of the more common problems seen in aging pets.  While chronic renal failure is more common in cats, it is certainly a problem we see in dogs as well. Although this disease is progressive and terminal, with some love, effort, dedication, patience, and early diagnosis, this condition can be managed effectively for some time. [Read more…]

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New Advances in Providing Pet CPR to Dogs and Cats

For many years Pet CPR (or cardiopulmonary resuscitation) was performed the same way, with very little or no variation. This is a life saving technique utilized when an animal’s heart has stopped beating and the breathing mechanisms in their chest cavity are not functioning, preventing oxygen from reaching the animal’s vital organs. Similar to how human CPR is performed, animal CPR consists of chest compressions and mouth to snout breathing in order to improve circulation. The end result being to hopefully either revive a victim or provide enough life support until more advanced life saving care is provided.  

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