AVMA’s Thanksgiving tips for pet owners
(SCHAUMBURG, Ill.) November 14, 2013—The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) provides top tips that will leave pet owners thankful they don’t have to make a trip to the animal “ER” this holiday season.
“This is the time of year that many veterinary hospitals report a significant increase in emergency calls particularly those relating to digestive tract disturbances resulting from exposure to foods pets simply should not have received.” says Dr. Clark K. Fobian, president of the AVMA. “Thanksgiving is a special holiday that brings together family and friends, but it is also one that can carry some hazards for our pets. Overindulging in the family feast can be unhealthy for humans, but fatty and bony table scraps, like the turkey neck or skin or other dietary indiscretions can lead to severe and sometimes even deadly digestive track conditions.”
AVMA resources, alerts, and information for Thanksgiving:
The AVMA’s top tips for keeping pets healthy on Thanksgiving are:
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As we are approaching the holiday season, we wanted to discuss some common household toxins that are harmful to your furry friends.
Our pets are not just smaller versions of people, animals react to medications and food differently than we do. Most pets are very curious and don't understand the repercussions of their consumption choices. If something smells good, looks tasty, fits into their mouth they don't know any better and will try to consume it. Just because something we eat doesn't make us sick, doesn't mean that it won't make pets sick or even cause death in our furry friends.
Please be cautious to what your furry family members have access to during this time. There are many other fun ways to involve your furry friends in the holiday season that aren't going to lead to costly medical bills.
Here is a list of some common household/holiday toxins to watch out for this time of year.
Xylitol (gum, candy, some peanut butter, etc.) Alcohol
Yeast dough Lilies
Macadamia nuts Poinsettias
If you think your pet has ingested any of the above listed products or have any other concerns please call one of the following numbers.
High Plains Veterinary Hospital
Powers Pet Emergency
24 Hour Emergency Care
24/7 Animal Poison Control Center
$59USD per incident fee applies
Have you ever wondered if your pet should be on year-round heartworm prevention, even during the winter months?
The answer is YES! The highest risk of your pet contracting heartworms is typically in the summer and fall when the mosquitoes are the most active. During the winter mosquito larvae lay dormant. When the temperature reaches 60 degrees, mosquitoes are able to hatch and feed. Here in Colorado, we have fairly inconsistent weather, especially in the winter months. They can even emerge earlier or later in the seasons, which makes it hard to know when the first mosquito is going to come out and when the last one is going to die. Living in Colorado, where we are a colder climate, doesn’t eliminate our pets risk from contracting heartworms since they have been reported in all 50 states. Giving your pet heartworm prevention all year is more cost effective, less invasive and healthier for your pet than if they need to be treated for heartworms. It is important to give prevention during the winter months as well to protect against intestinal parasites like roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms. Intestinal parasites are not restricted by the colder weather like mosquitoes are. Not all heartworm preventatives on the market protect against the parasites listed which is why we recommend and carry Interceptor plus.
Misconceptions of Heartworm in the state of Colorado
Some pet parents are in belief that their pet is safe from heartworms if they don’t go outside during dusk or dawn, don’t interact with other animals and stay indoors most of the day. Heartworm is not transmitted from direct contact from one animal to another. It is carried by mosquito from biting an infected animal and then going on to bite a different one, therefore infecting that animal. There is absolutely no way that you can tell which mosquito is infected and which one is not. If you let your dog outside at anytime, open house doors or windows then your pet is at risk of contracting heartworms if they are not on any prevention.
Why change now?
We have recently changed our recommendation to protecting your pet year round due to the increase of positive dogs from higher heartworm risk states. We have already seen a few heartworm positive cases this year here at High Plains Veterinary Hospital. It is an expensive, lengthy and scary condition to treat, as the dying adult worms have no place to go.
We have all heard about Diabetes mellitus as Type I and Type II in regards to the human diabetic condition. The difference between the two forms is that Type I is where the pancreas is not producing any insulin and Type II is where the pancreas is producing insulin, just not enough. Dogs most commonly suffer from insulin dependent diabetes (Type I) which is why they are treated with insulin. On the other hand, Cats suffer from non-insulin dependent diabetes (Type II). This is where it can get a little confusing since you might think that a cat could get away without insulin injections, but that isn’t usually the case. Cats do have the potential for the pancreas for resolve itself and improve the ability to secrete insulin. This can occur with a proper diet and good Glucose control; however, dogs are not as lucky and virtually never have their pancreas return to proper insulin function. Insulin injections are still used to help regulate Cats, and in some lucky cats, even oral medications and/or prescription diet can help manage in mild cases. Humans can tell when their blood glucose becomes high or low and can quickly compensate for them by either taking their insulin or eating something. Diabetic animals are strictly reliant on their humans to help regulate their condition.
Miniature Schnauzers, Beagles, Keeshond, Poodles and Labrador Retrievers are only a few of the dog breeds which are predisposed to diabetes. Another significant risk factor for the development of diabetes is obesity. Unfortunately, obesity can target any breed of cat or dog. Feeding your pet a healthy diet, giving them regular exercise, and monitoring their treat intake are simple ways to prevent obesity. When should you seek medical attention for your pet? There are definite signs of diabetes:
Drinking and urinating more frequently
Weight loss despite an increased appetite
Poor coat condition
If you are noticing any of the signs listed please consult
your veterinarian for further evaluation.
The earlier the diagnosis, your beloved pet can have a better chance of living a longer, healthier life.
What is Laser therapy?
A surgery-free, drug free, noninvasive treatment to:
Class IV Deep Tissue Laser Therapy
Uses a beam of laser light to deeply penetrate tissue without damaging it. Laser energy induces a biological response in the cells called “photo-bio-modulation”, which leads to reduced pain, reduced inflammation, and increased healing speed.
How it works
The laser light is delivered through a noninvasive hand piece to treat the affected area. Your pet may feel gentle and soothing warmth. Most treatments take a matter of minutes.
What are the Costs?
Treatment protocols are unique to each patient and condition. Therefore, treatments will vary in time, complexity, and cost. Laser therapy can be used to enhance other treatment plans recommended by your veterinarian.
Laser Therapy has been scientifically proven to be successful in treating post-surgical pain and many acute and chronic conditions.
Acute Conditions Chronic Conditions
Wounds Degenerative Joint Disease
Allergies Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Infections Periodontal Disease
Cuts/bites Lick Granulomas
Inflammations Geriatric Care
Tooth Extraction Pain Relief Hip Dysplasia
Sprains, Strains and Fractures Feline Acne
Post-Surgical Healing and Pain Relief Tendonitis
Call us to schedule an appointment to see if Laser Therapy is right for you. 719-574-8920
This is an important message from one of our clients:
Okay, my friends and family, I am going to share what happened last night in hopes you never have to go though it. Please take your dogs collar off if you have more then one dog. My dogs were playing last night when Tank's mouth became tangled in Gizmo's collar. As we frantically tried to get them loose, Gizmo became unconscious. We finally got them apart. I thought my dog had died right in front of me. I quickly gave him two breaths into his mouth and was about to start CPR on him when he opened his eyes. He was still out of it but he was alive. They were checked by the vet and both seem to be doing good. Tank has some scratches from the collar on his mouth but is okay. Gizmo is doing good and being watched for abnormal breathing. So please take your dogs collars off when at home.