Canine Rehabilitation Therapy: An Awesome Option for Many Pets!
Canine rehabilitation is a rapidly expanding area of veterinary medicine. This specialized field is represented all over the internet through informative articles and eye catching advertisements from rehab providers stating how physical rehabilitation therapy will benefit your pet. Then, of course, there are the amazing videos everywhere that perfectly demonstrate super cool rehab exercises (with well trained and healthy dogs, naturally). It all seems so easy and straight forward. Get a needy dog into the clinic, have them complete a few customized exercies and other therapies, then send them on their way with some “home work”. The road to recovery is all rainbows and sunshine, right? Well, not when you are dealing with the reality of real-life pet ownership. Daisy is a great example of the canine rehabilitation process for many of our cases.
Introducing Daisy, a Typical Post-Op Rehab Case
Mz. Daisy is a young bulldog who tore her cruciate ligament and had an artificial suture placed to stabilize her knee. She began rehab therapy 1 week after surgery and has continued her sessions once weekly for the next 10 weeks. Here is a typical day with this energetic female powerhouse: Continue…
The Parasite Control Dilemma: Navigating All of the Products and Choosing the Best One for Your Pet.
For anyone owning a pet, fighting the dreaded fleas and ticks can be a daunting task. These parasites can expose our pets to a variety of debilitating diseases and spark a cascade of itchy, infected skin reactions. In today’s market, there are so many products to choose from that it can be overwhelming for the average pet owner. Each product seems to make claims to be the best one and the safest for your pet. Some are topical, some are given orally, some treat just fleas OR ticks, some work for more than one parasite pest, some are given once a month while others every 8 months. Another factor to remember when deciding on parasite control is home environment. With most topicals and collars, you need to consider young children and their possible unwanted exposure to a pesticide. A pet that gets bathed or swims regularly may wash their product out and leave it less effective or need more frequent applications. If a pet lives in an area that does not see ticks as an issue, do you need a flea AND tick product? So with all of this in mind, how do you pick one?
Be Informed About the Good and Bad Aspects of Each Product
The best way to pick the right parasite product for your pet is to know how they work, what their limitations are, and possible side effects to consider. It is safest for your pet to use products recommended by your veterinarian as the product label directs. Inappropriate application and using inferior products can easily result in a life threatening toxicity issue for your animal companion. At Haven Lake Animal Hospital we carry our favorite products that cover a wide spectrum of pet needs and possible applications. Continue…