X-Ray for Your Pet

Many people are familiar with radiographs (x-rays) through personal experience or through their pet having them done. It is a very common procedure done in pets to diagnose problems such as broken bones, masses (tumors), obstructions, bladder stones, or hip dysplasia. X-rays were discovered in 1895. Since then, they have become a valuable tool in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Radiographs rely on the different densities of various parts of the body. The tissue images that show up on the radiograph consist of white, black, and shades of gray. The more dense the body part such as bone, the whiter it appears on the x-ray. The less dense the body part such as the lung filled with air, the blacker it appears on the x-ray. Muscle and internal organs show up as various shades of gray depending on the density. A contrast media (dye) can be injected into the patient as with a myelogram, or given to the patient as with a barium series to provide further information. With experience reading it, the veterinarian is able to use the radiograph to help make a diagnosis.

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How Often Should Your Pet See a Veterinarian?

Kitten or Puppy: Birth to 1 Year

You’ll need to bring your little one in for vaccines every 3 to 4 weeks until he’s 16 weeks old.

Dogs will get shots for rabies, distemper-parvo, and other diseases. They may also need shots to protect against health woes such as kennel cough, influenza, and Lyme disease.

Cats will get tests for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus. They also get vaccinations that cover several diseases.

At this stage, your pet will also start heartworm and flea- and tick-prevention medications, if they’re recommended for your area.

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Pet Dentist

Signs of oral and dental diseases in dogs and cats:

– Bad breath.
– Loose teeth or teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar.
– Your pet shies away from you when you touch the mouth area.
– Drooling or dropping food from the mouth.
– Bleeding from the mouth.
– Loss of appetite or loss of weight (this combination can result from

diseases of many organs, and early veterinary examination is important).

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Pet Thanksgiving Safety

Poison Risks

Overindulging in the family feast can be unhealthy for humans, but even worse for pets: Fatty foods are hard for animals to digest. Poultry bones can damage your pet’s digestive tract. And holiday sweets can contain ingredients that are poisonous to pets.

  • Keep the feast on the table—not under it.  Eating turkey or turkey skin – sometimes even a small amount – can cause a life-threatening condition in pets known as pancreatitis. Fatty foods are hard for animals to digest, and many foods that are healthy for people are poisonous to pets – including onions, raisins and grapes. If you want to share a Thanksgiving treat with your pet, make or buy a treat that is made just for them.
  • No pie or other desserts for your pooch. Chocolate can be harmful for pets, even though many dogs find it tempting and will sniff it out and eat it. The artificial sweetener called xylitol – commonly used in gum and sugar-free baked goods – also can be deadly if consumed by dogs or cats.

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