Dec 072016
 

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Many of us will be counting calories over the next couple of months and perhaps we should do the same for our furry friends.
An increasing number of dogs and cats are becoming overweight. It can be difficult to determine your pets body condition but below are a few questions that may help:

Can I feel my dog or cats ribs?  Although you should not be able to see your pets ribs, one should be able feel the ribs under a thin layer of muscle.

Does my pet have a waist?  There should be a natural indentation just below the ribcage.

 

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A good chart for determining your pet’s waist.  http://purinaveterinarydiets.com/resources/Files/dog_chart.pdf

How much does my pet weigh?  Has that weight changed significantly over the past year? 

Just like in people, an accurate weight can be a great way to monitor your pets body condition from year to year. Most pets weight much less than an average person and one pound of weight gain in a 15 pound cat or dog is comparable to a 165 pound person gaining 11 pounds. This could significantly impact the overall health of that animal.

Obesity can cause or exacerbate health problems in your pet. Arthritis pain, allergy or other airway disease, dermatologic, and cardiovascular conditions may all be negatively affected by extra pounds.

If it is determined that your pet is overweight, reducing caloric intake through measured meals or a switch to a lighter diet may help. Limiting table scraps and treats can have a tremendous impact on weight control as well. A bite of ham tossed to your anxiously awaiting dog will add up to 25 calories a pop (for a 1/2 ounce serving).

Increasing physical activity is also important. Adding a walk around the block, throwing a ball in the yard or using a laser pointer or other play toys to encourage activity are just a few ways to help your dog or cat stay fit.

Body condition is a great subject to discuss at your pets annual wellness exam.

Enjoy your holidays!!

 

 

 

Sep 122015
 

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Giving your dog a round bone such as round steak bone, may sound like it is a real treat for your furry friend, but it can be hazardous to a dog.” Mackinnon” found this out first hand recently. It is not uncommon for a dog to get the bone stuck over their teeth and around their lower jaw.  The dog becomes so upset and frustrated by this that many times they have to be sedated so the bone can be removed or cut. 

It also can be swallowed and become a gastric foreign body and may require anesthesia and surgery to remove it.

If you want to give your dog a “real bone”, go to the butcher counter and ask for at least a six inch BEEF BONE only. Usually they will give it to you free of charge.  Boil the bone first then let your dog enjoy it.  NEVER give your animal PORK BONES of any size because there is a direct correlation between pork fat and pancreatitis.

Keep your dog happy and safe!

Medication Toxicity

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Apr 252014
 

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Many of the medications that we use for ourselves and our pets can be dangerous when taken inappropriately.  Recently, here at Mobile Animal Clinic, we have seen several cases of  Vitamin D toxicity.  All three cases occurred when dogs got hold of their owner’s supplements.  Vitamin D overdose can result in kidney failure of not treated aggressively.

This is just one example of human medications that can cause toxicity, but there are many others.  Other medications that may cause problems include: anti-depressants, blood pressure medications, hormone and vitamin supplements, and pain relievers.  In addition to prescription medications, illicit drugs like marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine can cause life-threatening reactions.Each drug causes a different reaction and clinical signs.

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If you suspect that your dog or cat has ingested a drug, please call and speak with one of our veterinarians.  We will most often ask that you come in to the clinic so that we can induce vomiting to remove any remaining drug from the system prior to beginning symptomatic therapy.

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Jul 162013
 

 

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It is the season to be aware of the possibility of Leptospirosis in your dog.  Mobile Animal Clinic continues to diagnose this disease and it reminds us that as dog owners, we need to be concerned in this hot, humid time of the year.  We are republishing our PET HEALTH ALERT from Spring of 2012 regarding this disease.

LEPTOSPIROSIS IN DOGS

WHAT IS IT? Leptospirosis is an ever-increasing concern for our dogs. It is a bacterial disease of the liver and kidneys. It spreads from wildlife, i.e., deer, raccoon, opossum, skunk, and some rodents. Leptospirosis is transmitted through the urine of wildlife into our pets’ water and food. This includes creeks and lakes, stagnant water, and our back yards after a rain. We see it most commonly in the summer and early fall months. Another concern is that people are also susceptible to this disease and can be infected through contact with their own pets

.SIGNS/SYMPTOMS: The signs of Leptospirosis are flu like in nature. Usually these include fever, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, depression and lethargy. The symptoms are not necessarily all present. It can progress to liver and kidney disease and even death. If you think your dog may have been exposed, or is showing any of these signs, it should be examined and proper tests submitted to the lab. Diagnosis consists of urine tests and several blood tests. It can take up to 5 days to get a confirmed diagnosis, but treatment will begin immediately if leptospirosis is suspected. Treatment consists of supportive care for the pet. This includes IV fluids and hospitalization along with a 30-day course of antibiotics, beginning with a series of antibiotic injections.The other dogs in the house may also need to be tested since they may have been exposed, but are not currently showing any symptoms. If the tests come back positive they will also be treated with a 30-day course of antibiotics. Because they are not symptomatic, they do not require hospitalization unless further signs develop. This disease does not seem to affect cats.

PREVENTION: Leptospirosis can be prevented with a proper vaccination protocol. We start with a series of two vaccinations 3-4 weeks apart and then annual revaccination. In the past, there had been a concern for the vaccine because it had caused a significant number of vaccination reactions. We are currently using a purified vaccine that has been shown to have a reaction rate of only 0.008% (8/100,000), which is significantly lower than the other vaccines that were available. We now feel confident we can safely vaccinate our dogs without significant concern for reactions to the vaccine. Because of the increasing rate of diagnosis of dogs in the Omaha area, we are recommending vaccination of our house dogs and especially hunting dogs.

This is a conservative, but safe and effective response to the increasing incidence of the deadly disease of Leptospirosis in our area.

For more information, you can access Leptoinfo.com which is a paid advertisement but the information is good.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 333-3847

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May 172013
 

 

Summer weather has finally arrived.  With this nice weather comes the issue of ticks and fleas.  Ticks can transmit diseases such as Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.  Mobile Animal Clinic wants to encourage owners to use some form of flea and tick prevention on your dogs and outdoor cats.  We also want to inform you of the options available for the prevention of fleas and ticks.

Seresto ad-17 at 11.50.55 AMNew this year is a product called seresto TM.  It is a flea and tick collar for dogs and puppies 7 weeks of age and older, and for cats 10 weeks of age and older.

It is extremely safe to both animals and humans. (Of course it is not to be used on humans.)  Adjusting to the seresto TM collar should not be an issue if your dog or cat is comfortable wearing a collar.

The cost of the seresto TM collar is $77.00, less with the $20.00 rebate, and lasts for 8 months.  It is very similar in cost to a season’s worth of other products for flea and tick prevention.

Flea and tick PreventionWe continue to offer other products which include Frontline Plus, Certifect, and Revolution.  As with any product or medication prescribed for your animal, we recommend giving the correct dose as prescribed for as long as prescribed.  If unsure of any directions, please ask one of our veterinarians. We want all our clients to be able to enjoy the outdoors with their pets.  Please protect them against fleas and ticks.

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Apr 022013
 

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Healthy dogs from one to seven years of age have the option of getting the Proheart injection. Heartguard is also available to all dogs and is an excellent choice for owners who prefer the monthly chewable tablets.

We know you love your dogs. It is important that you make an appointment to get your dog tested for heartworm disease and get started on one of the available  HEARTWORM PREVENTION programs.

Mar 062013
 

 

 

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AS DOG OWNERS, we have brought these wonderful animals into our homes to love them & make them an integral member of our families. The more you include your dog in your everyday activities, the more he will bond with you & want to work for you.  The more time you spend training him, the more he will learn what you expect.

Have you ever noticed how quickly your dog figured out that the door bell means someone is coming into the house?  Or what the can opener means?  Or what is going to happen when you put on your coat or bring out your suitcase?  It seems almost magical that our little canine friends can interpret & process these cues so quickly.  Dogs are very intelligent animals.  Considering how closely we live with our dogs, we often don’t realize that we understand very little about them.  In order to devise the best training methods possible, it helps to understand a little about why dogs behave like they do & what motivates them to learn.  This means owners need to make a concerted effort to get an education on how to behave & interact with their dogs in a way that makes it easiest for their dogs to learn what they want & to understand the rules of your home.

 

Housebreaking Your Puppy

  1. Feed & water on a schedule
  2. Use a dragline.  A dragline is a leash or rope that is approximately 8 to 10 feet in length that you can hold on to or tie around your waist for the first few weeks of housebreaking.  The dragline allows you to be in close proximity to your puppy at all times to monitor his behavior & to notice when he is about to go potty.
  3. Use a crate for short intervals when you leave the house (usually no more than 2 to 4 hours at a time during the day.)  Crate the puppy at night in your bedroom.
  4. Use the same door to exit the house each time for potty breaks.
  5. Take him out, on a leash, to the same 10×10 square foot area to eliminate.
  6. Use an elimination word only when the puppy is in the act of relieving himself.
  7. Use soft praise when the pup completes the act & take him back inside.  This helps the puppy to understand that he is in the yard for the purpose of elimination and not for running around, digging holes or barking at the neighbors etc.
  8. When you are back inside the house, set the kitchen timer to alert yourself at set intervals (like every 1/2 hour, or one hour, or two hours etc,) so you will remember to take the puppy out again & thereby create a dependable schedule for both the puppy & you as the “supervisor”.
  9. No punishment for housebreaking accidents.  Accidents are the result of an unsupervised puppy.
  10. Paper training or the use of Piddle Pads can sometimes confuse a puppy.  If you want your puppy to eliminate outside, teach him that from the start.
Feb 232013
 

Do you know what your pet’s teeth look like?

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At Mobile Animal Clinic, during every regular examination, we give your pet a dental health score of 0-4 with 0 being like brand new teeth and 4 being severe periodontal disease.  With use this information to track your pet’s dental health and make recommendations that may be needed to protect the overall health of your animal.

We believe routine at home dental care and professional exams and cleanings can prevent problems such as infections, tooth loss and even heart, liver or kidney disease.

Click on our Resources page and choose Pet Dental Care on the drop down menu.

Nov 172012
 

Now that it is getting colder outside, we want to remind everyone that Ethylene Glycol, the main ingredient in antifreeze can be very dangerous and fatal to animals. As little as one teaspoon can be fatal to a cat and two ounces can kill a dog.

Because it has a sweet smell and taste, it is very attractive to your pet. Some states have even passed laws that requires a bittering agent be added to antifreeze, or Ethylene Glycol.

Antifreeze is highly toxic and quickly absorbed. It damages the kidneys almost immediately after it is absorbed and can cause kidney failure and death.

Symptoms of antifreeze poisoning within the first 12 hours include not eating, vomiting, depression, hyper-excitability, stumbling, wobbling, and possibly seizure activity. Within 24 hours after consumption, the animal exhibits rapid-breathing and panting. At 48-72 hours the symptoms become more severe as kidney failure occurs. This is when death can occur.

If immediate and intensive therapy does not take place the prognosis is grave.

The treatment involved in anti-freeze poisoning falls into two categories:

a) Preventing damage to the kidneys, and b) Supportive care

1) To prevent the kidney damage from anti-freeze, the animal is placed on large volumes of IV fluids.  Along with these fluids, IV medication (either fomeprazole or alcohol) is given to prevent the liver from breaking down the ethylene glycol  into the toxic metabolites that ultimately damage the animal’s kidneys.

2) Supportive care is centered around controlling nausea, vomiting and neurological signs through monitoring and injectable medication.

 

Treatment is only successful if it begins before any clinical signs of kidney involvement occurs.The most identifiable clinical signs owners will notices is a mental stupor and ataxia. Sometimes we say your animal appears drunk.

 

Preventing your pet from consuming anti-freeze is easy.

1) Keep any antifreeze in your home sealed and in a cabinet away from dogs.

2)  Make sure your vehicles do not leak antifreeze and that all spills are thoroughly

cleaned.

3) Do not allow your dog to drink out of puddles.

4) Do not let your animal roam, as they could be exposed to anti-freeze at

another home.