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Veterinary OphthalmologyMany eye problems in dogs and cats can look the same, at first glance. Everything from allergies and dry eye to ulcers and glaucoma can look very similar. It is important to realize that any change in the way your pet’s eye looks can be an emergency.
Behavioral CounselingDepending on the cause of your pet’s stress, your pet may benefit from working with an animal behaviorist – especially in severe cases. If behavior modification through counter conditioning or desensitization is not fully successful, your pet may need medication to help ease anxiety and make it easier to deal with new things, loud noises (e.g., thunderstorms), separation anxiety, or compulsive behaviors like excessive licking.
Comprehensive ExaminationOnce a year, you should take your pet in for a check-up. This will include a full physical exam, and may include teeth and gum cleaning if needed. Dr. Olatunji Bandele will check the health of your pet from head to tail, and you will be very happy you came to LA Central Animal Hospital for service.
Dental CareFinally, give your pets access to safe chew toys. Chew toys not only help reduce your pet’s stress level and eliminate boredom, but these toys can help to reduce tartar buildup. Be sure to use a chew toy approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC). Chew toys that are too soft are a danger because pieces may be swallowed causing an obstruction. Chew toys that are too hard, such as nylon, bones, and antlers break teeth. Rope toys can cause threads to get caught between the teeth.
VaccinationDog and cat microchipping is a simple procedure. A veterinarian simply injects a microchip for pets, about the size of a grain of rice (12mm), beneath the surface of your pets skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to a routine shot, takes only a few seconds, and your pet will not react any more than he would to a vaccination. No anesthetic is required.
Lab and X-Rays
Dental Radiology4. Schedule regular dental cleanings with your veterinarian. Be sure your pet has his teeth cleaned at least once every year. Anesthesia is required to do a good job of evaluating the entire tooth, and dental x-rays are needed to evaluate the tooth roots and surrounding bone.
MicrochippingA HomeAgain microchip is permanent pet ID. The microchip itself has no internal energy source, so it will last the life of your pet. It is read by passing a microchip scanner over the pets shoulder blades. The scanner emits a low radio frequency that provides the power necessary to transmit the microchips unique cat or dog ID code and positively identify the pet.
Chronic Condition Treatment
Arthritis TreatmentIs your dog carrying a few extra pounds? If so, then he might be facing joint pain down the road. Veterinarians warn that obesity can put extra stress on the weight-bearing joints, causing osteoarthritis or other degenerative joint diseases. Excess weight also makes existing joint problems much worse. Schedule a wellness evaluation so your veterinarian can check your dog's weight and make any appropriate dietary or lifestyle recommendations.
Hip Dysplasia TreatmentA dog's joint problems may result from a variety of orthopedic injuries and illnesses. In some cases, these vulnerabilities are partly inherited. For instance, certain small breeds such as Yorkshire Terriers and Pomeranians are especially prone to luxating patella, a dislocation of the kneecap that can be painful (although even giant breeds can develop this problem). Hip dysplasia, an abnormality of the hip joints that causes pain and loss of mobility, is another common issue that seems to target certain breeds; the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals has found that 61 percent of Bulldogs and 80 percent of Pugs are troubled by it, although in general, large breeds have worse rates of hip problems than small breeds. Age plays a role in orthopedic problems as well. If your senior dog has trouble getting up, climbing stairs, or running, for instance, he may have developed arthritis in his elbows, knees or hips. Last but not least, traumatic injuries may include a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) or one of the other ligaments in the knee.
Knee Problems TreatmentFortunately, many of these conditions can be treated successfully by your veterinarian. Mild disorders may respond well to anti-inflammatory medications or glucosamine. Your veterinarian may also recommend physical therapy to help your dog's joints. Surgery may help pets whose dysplasia, arthritis, or other degenerative condition has progressed to where it is painful or disabling. A luxating patella, for example, can be repaired by surgically reshaping the end of the femur and modifying the surrounding tissues.
Kidney Disease TreatmentTreating bad breath starts by identifying the cause and taking steps to correct the underlying problem. Other than dental disease, causes of bad breath are oral tumors, tonsillitis, or foreign material in the mouth or voice box area. Even systemic diseases like kidney disease and diabetes can cause a change in the odor of the breath.
Periodontal Disease TreatmentHowever, bad breath in dogs and cats is most commonly linked to the build up of bacteria in the mouth due to poor oral hygiene. In fact, bad breath is the most common warning sign of dental disease. Periodontal disease starts out as plaque. Plaque is a biofilm that contains bacteria which causes gingivitis. Over time, plaque hardens, forming a substance known as tartar. Plaque and tartar lead to swollen, inflamed gums, along with bad breath.
Parasites Treatment and ControlOften times topical products for fleas and ticks made for dogs are labeled NO CATS. This is not a labeling trick or a marketing ploy. Cats are very sensitive to many topical medications and exposure can result in muscle tremors and seizures which can lead to severe fevers and death without emergency care.
Pain ManagementBecause human NSAIDs cannot be used for pain management in pets, animal pharmaceutical companies have been successful in developing very effective NSAIDs for dogs and cats that have a lower risk of side effects. These medications are available from any veterinarian.
Skin Condition and Allergy TreatmentLA Central's Magical Grooming, offers affordable grooming for your pets using premium, all-natural products. Keep your pet healthy! Grooming your pets is absolutely necessary to fend of illnesses and skin problems. Your pets will be much more comfortable especially in the summer, when the heat, fleas, ticks and bugs tend to irritate their coat and delicate skin. (Dogs should be groomed at least once every 1-2 months)
General Pet Care
Dog TrainingFeather's journey from veterinary school dropout to racetrack exercise rider to working dog (schutzhund) competitor have all informed her exciting breakthroughs in real-world dog training techniques. Feather's approach is not only scientifically sound but takes a humane, animal-focused approach to changing unwanted and even dangerous canine behaviors. Feather has been mentored such illustrious canine behaviorists as the Academy Award and Golden Collar Award-winning studio trainer Omar von Mueller (The Artist) and champion working dog trainer Joel Monroe. Her highly original distillation of animal behaviorism, working dog training techniques and intuitive grasp of dogs as distinct personalities that have been shaped by their own individual experiences allows Feather to get astounding results with the most hard-case canines.
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