Author: Jeanne Bennett

‘Bloat’ can be deadly for a dog

Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV), or “bloat” as it is more widely known, is a rapidly progressive life-threatening condition affecting dogs. The condition is commonly associated with large meals and causes the stomach to dilate, because of food and gas, and may get to a point where neither may be expelled. As the stomach begins to dilate and expand, the pressure there begins to increase. Increased pressure and the size of the stomach may have several severe consequences, including: prevention of adequate blood return to the heart from the abdomen; loss of blood flow to the lining of the stomach; a rupture of the stomach wall; or pressure on the diaphragm preventing the lungs from adequately expanding leading to decreased ability to maintain normal breathing. The entire body suffers from the poor ventilation, leading to death of cells in many tissues. Additionally, the stomach can become dilated enough to rotate in the abdomen, a condition called “volvulus.” The rotation can lead to blockage of the blood supply to the spleen and the stomach. Most pets go into shock due to these effects on their entire body. The treatment of this condition involves stabilization of your pet, decompression of the stomach, and surgery to return the stomach to the normal position permanently (gastropexy). Abdominal organs will need to be evaluated for damage and treated appropriately as determined at the time of surgery....

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There is nothing loving about heartworm in pets

Heartworm is a term that is probably familiar to most pet owners but not many people know what it really is. We know that veterinarians seem to want to have all cats and dogs on a heartworm preventative and that treating the disease can be costly and very hard on the effected animal, but not much else. With the help of folks at the American Heartworm Society, hopefully we can shed some light on this terrible disease and save a life or two. As most pet owners already know, heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in...

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Depression affects pets just like humans

Cats and dogs can suffer from depression just like people. Life events that can have adverse effects on humans can lead to depression in our pets. Pet depression can be caused by a variety of reasons, from something as simple as a change in routine, to something life-changing like the death of a human or another pet family member. Some pets can become depressed when left alone for long hours. Dogs are especially prone to loneliness, as they are pack animals that prefer to be accompanied. It’s not as easy to diagnose depression in a dog or cat as...

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Pork is not your dog’s friend

Since 1987, when the National Pork Board first launched its campaign, Pork: It’s The Other White Meat to increase consumer demand for pork and to dispel its reputation as a fatty protein, consumers have increased consumption as leaner more appealing cuts of the meat have become available. Since its inception, The Other White Meat campaign has gained tremendous recognition with consumers. In 2000, a study conducted by Northwestern University found The Other White Meat brand to be the fifth most memorable promotional tagline in the history of contemporary advertising.  Today, the campaign continues successfully positioning pork as a lean protein and excellent choice for all meal occasions. As you may have guessed, more pork on our dinner tables means more pork in our dogs’ bowls. But what does this mean for our dog’s health? Pet owners are constantly reminded not to feed dogs table scraps for fear of everything from choking to the ingesting of toxins that could prove fatal. Surely, that nice and juicy tenderloin featured in the pork commercials can’t be harmful; and what about the ham you had for dinner? What harm could a few small pieces do? After all, look how happy the dog is after you feed it to him, right? Most importantly, pork (except for the occasional mention of bacon) doesn’t appear on any of those lists of foods that you should never...

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Are you ready for Black Friday shopping?

It is no secret that shopping on Black Friday has become a tradition for some people.  After all, some of the best deals of the year are offered on Black Friday, a name given to the day when many major retailers realize big profits, thereby putting their bank accounts “in the black.” But like with everything else in life, you have to be at the right place at the right time to cash in. Here are simple steps you can take that give you an edge over other bargain hunters. Plan, plan, plan. Leave nothing to chance. Before you...

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