In discussing prevention, our strategy has been to provide a Heartgard Plus, monthly chewable treat that contains a drug that effectively kills any Heartworm larva that may have been injected by a mosquito. But clients often report that they have forgotten to give a dose (or two or three) during the preceding six months or year. This reduces the effectiveness of the preventative treatment. There is an alternative that is gaining popularity for prevention of Heartworm disease
Rabies is the most fatal disease known I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts this past week and thought that you would enjoy it as well. For our clients, the take-home message is that Rabies virus is not something to be messed with. It is imperative that your dogs and cats be vaccinated on a timely basis. I hope I can someday retire having never seen a single case of Rabies. If you are not sure of the vaccination status of your pet, please call the clinic for more in
Update to incidents of Rabies cases in Maricopa County The Maricopa County Department of Public Health reports that more cases of rabies have been diagnosed in animals in our county this year (2017) than last, even though 2016 one of the worst in recent history. Three bats have tested positive for rabies in the past few weeks (as of Sept. 2017). Craig Levy, an epizoologist for Maricopa County states, “The best thing for a resident to do is to make sure that their pets are vac
A recent diagnosis of Canine Influenza in Maricopa County, our hospital is getting a lot of calls from concerned pet owners. We want to provide you with up-to-date and accurate information on this infectious disease. Below are links to a couple of credible websites that have the latest information on the two strains of canine flu H3N2 and H3N8. We do offer vaccines to prevent or minimize the impact of this highly infectious disease in our family’s pets. The vaccine protocol i
Update – If we dispense Sileo to you, it is imperative that you understand how to adjust the dosing syringe so that you administer the proper amount of the paste to your pet. There was a recent report by the FDA about accidental overdosing of pets when the wrong amount of Sileo was administered. You possibly are not familiar with noise aversion and phobia in dogs. It is real and a terrifying condition of your pet is affected. It is seen when there are loud noises in the envir
With the recent storms, there is a huge increase in the mosquito population in the East Valley, especially Chandler and Gilbert. I (Dr. Tenney) know this first-hand as one morning this past week I ventured out into my back yard in the early dawn hours. In less the 15 seconds, I was under a full-blown assault by mosquitoes. Many of you realize that mosquitoes are required for the transmission heartworm disease. Stagnant pools or water are breeding grounds for mosquitoes. There
Omega-3 supplementation for the health of skin and joints The answer to this is YES, they do work. There are scientific studies verifying the benefits of Omega-3 for both skin and arthritic conditions. If you are interested in reading one actual journal article verifying the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids in dogs with arthritis, Multicenter assessment of effects of omega-3 fatty acids in osteoarthritis in dogs. If Omega-3 fatty acids are known to be effective in preventing a
There are new treatment options in allergy treatment! Apoquel® is a new drug that has the potential to greatly assist allergies in dogs. See the recent article on our website. CADI Injections (Canine Atopic Dermatitis Immunotherapeutic) are a new, long-lasting, targeted and safe treatment option for dogs suffering with allergies. If you are interested in learning more details concerning allergies and the source of the sensation for itching, here is a great resource for you t
(Remember the old song, “Them Bones”? The title of that song came to mind when I decided to write this article.) What could be more natural than giving a dog a bone to chew on, right? After all, aren’t bones good for dogs teeth? Besides, they seem to love them.
While many millions of dogs have eaten tens of millions of bones with few complications, we still strongly advise against giving dogs bones to chew on.
– Bones may be so hard that the dog shears off part of his tooth
I invite you to review the signs of parvo and review other pertinent information. This link is to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s website. There is a lot of useful information out there on the prevention and treatment of parvovirus. Unfortunately, there are many myths that circulate as well. The only thing you can really do to prevent your pet from contracting this serious and potentially fatal disease is to keep vaccines current. One depressing situation happe
We are excited to announce that we are providing Nexgard™ to our clients with dogs. This is a once-a-month chewable from the makers of Frontline that is just as effective — if not more so. It’s a chewable treat and thus there is no chance the medication will rub off on your hands or come off if your pet gets wet. It’s also beef flavored so dogs tend to love them. Is a prescription required? We only sell this product to our clients. We welcome new clients for any reason. If yo
Brushing your pet’s teeth is not as hard as you may think. While some dogs are pretty wiggly, most will allow you to to do this if you are patient enough. How do you start? We wanted to share this handout with you. (Guide to brushing teeth) #oralhealth #dentalcare #brushing #dogs #dental #teeth #prevention
A very good resource for information and recommendations for the prevention of parasites is the Companion Animal Parasite Council. Are you looking for a complete recommendations for parasite prevention for dog owners or cat owners? Common parasites seen in our practice: Internal parasites: Giardia (more information on giardia) Roundworms (more information on roundworms) Coccidia (more information on coccidia) Tapeworms (more information on tapeworms) Heartworm disease (more i
Nonprofessional dental scaling (NPDS), also known as anesthesia-free dentistry, is gaining popularity with an increasing number of dog and cat owners. These are concerned pet owners that are worried about the safety of anesthesia or may not be able to afford professional veterinary dental care. They want to provide care for their pet and this seems like a reasonable alternative.. If removing the calculus and tartar from the crowns of the teeth was the essential activity of de
Heartworm is contracted when a mosquito feeds on your pet after feeding on a pet that is infected. Over a period of a few months, the parasite grows and enters the bloodstream. Eventually, the adult worms live in the blood vessels on the right side of the heart. As adults, the worms can reach 12 inches in length. Symptoms There is a difference between a dog being infected with heartworms and a dog suffering from heartworm disease. Here is a link to a useful website that discu
I was recently listening to one of my favorite podcasts, TED Talks when I came upon the following talk. What veterinarians know that physicians don’t. I found this interesting and inspiring. In my career, quite a few times a client wished to express gratitude and admiration. In so doing, they have said something to this effect. “You did a great job with my dog. You should have become a ‘real doctor'”. I knew what they meant. It was given and taken as a real compliment. But a
There is a vaccine available for F.I.V. at this time. The success rate in preventing infection is estimated at about 80%. But that means that one in 5 cats that are vaccinated will still contract the viral infection. One negative of this vaccine is that it will cause all current methods of testing to show the cat to be “positive”. It is a concern for us that we could have truly positive cats that we couldn’t recognize as such. Here is a link to useful website that has more in
Remember: Make sure that your dog has access to fresh water at all times. Dehydration is a common complication leading to heat stress or heat stroke. Near leave your dog in a closed vehicle without the refrigeration on. This scenario is one that plays out on the evening news in the Valley with disturbing frequency. Keep dogs indoors or in a well shaded area during the summer. Consider installing a mister to cool the ambient temperature in the dry summer months. Our pets are l
The battle against ticks and fleas has been going on for years. Recently, a new collar was introduced that holds the promise to give pets and clients the peace of mind of having a truly effective collar that prevents and kills fleas and ticks.
Seresto® collars offer eight months of protection (!) with a single collar. Not only does this collar protect you dog or cat, but using it can save you a significant amount of money as well.
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Two recent cases of pyometra serve as a reminder… We recently wrote an article about one of the serious diseases that is PREVENTABLE, Pyometra. Over the past few weeks, we have had an unusual number of critically ill dogs that have been diagnosed with pyometra. Let me briefly review. Dogs go into “heat” or estrus approximately twice a year. Over time, the lining of the uterus thickens. During each heat cycle, the cervix dilates and bacteria in the urinary tract has a pathwa