Stomatitis – Cat Mouths Gone Bad

stomatitis in a catImagine your mouth being so inflamed and painful that you couldn’t eat. Maybe it would hurt to talk. And maybe you’ll drool constantly. Doesn’t sound pleasant does it? Sadly, this does happen with cats from time to time and it can be a devastating problem most often referred to as stomatitis (though also called gingivo-stomatitis, ulcerative stomatitis, or lymphocytic-plasmacytic stomatitis).

How did kitty get here?

That’s the million dollar question because despite years of research, the exact cause is unknown. It is thought to have multiple contributing factors including bacteria, viruses, and a poor immune system. It’s impossible to predict if it will happen but it appears in adult cats and perhaps more often in purebred cats such as Persians or Siamese. Most cases are going to end up being chronic and progressive though some sudden onset or shorter term cases can be due to toxic burns. Continue reading

Sedation is Not a Bad Word

Sedation in Pets

Veterinary medicine has a few words or phrases that nobody wants to hear…”maggots”, “hit by car”, and “quiet”, to name a few.  However, “sedation” is not one of them.  As a pet owner, you undoubtedly can be concerned about your pet being sick and needing to undergo sedation or anesthesia because those are often emergency situation.  Most younger pets undergoing anesthesia for a spay or neuter will do quite well and potentially may be less of a concern for pet owners.  Older pets can often do fine under anesthesia or sedation as well as long we monitor closely and take proper precautions. Continue reading

Wide World of Dog Sports

dog sports

Photo by Lindy Martin Photography

You and your dog have a unique bond, perhaps one only you share.  Long gone however are the days of just simple walks and feeding being the only way to bond with your canine companion.  Now there is so much more to do than 40 years ago when “man’s best friend” simply relied on having a place to call home and a family to love them.  Yes, dog sports!  It’s time to unleash the inner athlete in your dog, bond with them in ways you never imagined, and help them live happier, healthier lives.

Agility

No doubt you’ve seen or heard of agility in some form; there’s countless videos on the internet including chicken agility.  For dogs, agility is a fun interactive sport for a dog and their handler.  Agility can help your dog out by staying fit to help keep that excess weight off and you can even participate in the winter as there are often indoor classes or trials in many areas.  Additionally, it helps your dog learn to focus their attention on what they’re being told the next obstacle is.  Different obstacles or games can teach your dog patience, how to take commands from a distance, and coordination.  Your dog can start training before they reach adulthood with the only restriction on the jumping as a Continue reading

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