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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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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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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How to Give Your Pet Subcutaneous Fluids: Part 2 (Tips & Tricks)

This article is Part 2 of a 2-Part Series on how to help you give your pets subcutaneous fluids (see Part 1 on how to set up your fluid line). Subcutaneous (or SQ) fluid treatments are most commonly recommended for pets 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.

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