Local Anesthesia

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If your pet is having a minor surgical or diagnostic procedure performed, we sometimes use a local anesthetic to help control pain. For example, when we perform a biopsy (in which a small portion of tissue is surgically removed so it can be examined), we often use a local anesthetic. Local anesthetics cause a loss of sensation in the area where the procedure is being performed. We sometimes use a sedative and/or anxiolytic (anti-anxiety medication) in combination with the local anesthetic to keep pets calm during a procedure.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your pet receiving local anesthesia or about the procedure for which your pet is scheduled.

 

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Patient Monitoring

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We monitor our patients closely to keep them as safe as possible during procedures that require general anesthesia. A veterinary technician will continually assess your pet’s heart and respiratory rate, blood pressure, and other vital signs to help prevent any anesthetic risk.

Please feel free to ask us about our patient monitoring protocol or any concerns you might have about your pet’s procedure. We’d be happy to discuss these matters in more detail.

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Tick Prevention

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Ticks are becoming more and more prevalent in North America, and they’re now being found in areas where people and pets didn’t previously encounter ticks. These parasites aren’t just a nuisance; they can cause serious—and sometimes deadly—diseases, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, and tick paralysis. Contact us immediately if your pet starts coughing or has joint pain, trouble breathing, fever, weakness, or loss of appetite, weight, energy, or coordination.

The best method for keeping ticks off your pet is by keeping your dog or cat on a tick preventive. Even indoor-only pets are at risk because ticks can hitch a ride inside on your clothing or shoes. Tick preventives are safe and highly effective at controlling ticks and the diseases they carry. Call us to get your pet protected today!

Don’t panic if you find a tick on your dog or cat, even if your pet is on a preventive. Some preventives kill ticks after they’ve come in contact with your pet. Ticks can hide easily under your pet’s fur, so as an added measure of protection, we recommend checking your pet for ticks every time your pet comes in from outside. And don’t hesitate to ask us any questions you might have.

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Make an Appointment

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We will do our best to accommodate your busy schedule. Request an appointment today!

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Training your puppy to stay off the furniture

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Some puppy owners encourage their puppy to sit beside them on the couch, while others find this behavior unacceptable. If you choose not to let your puppy on the couch, or other furniture, it’s best to train him to stay off the furniture while he is still a puppy, before he gets too used to getting comfortable on the couch. The following article will provide you with tips on training your puppy so he understands the “off” command.

Why does he want to sit on the furniture anyway?

Your puppy may not be misbehaving when he jumps up on the couch; he may not know that you don’t want him on the furniture. It’s natural that a puppy who doesn’t know the rules will make up his own. If you’ve invited him to snuggle up on the couch with you even once, then he may take that to mean he’s welcome on the furniture all the time. Let your puppy know what is allowed, in a clear and gentle manner.

Your puppy may like to be on the furniture for many reasons. First, he may want to be as close to you as possible. And if you’re sitting on the couch, then the closest spot is up there beside you. If you’re not on the couch he may want to be there anyway, because he’s lonely and the couch smells like you. It may also give him a view of the room that he doesn’t get from the floor. If the couch is located near a window it may be even more appealing, as it may give your puppy a look outside.

Consistency

First, decide right from the beginning if you will allow your puppy to sit on the furniture. And stick to your decision at all times. Consistency is key. Everyone in the family needs to know the rules, and help your puppy to remember them. If you allow your puppy to cuddle up beside you on the couch at some times, and not others, he won’t be clear about what the rules are. Remember, too, that puppies grow. If you decide as he gets bigger that you don’t want him on the furniture anymore it may be a hard habit to break. You should also take into consideration that he will lie on the furniture when he’s dirty if you let him lie there when he’s clean. Also, some puppies become more aggressive when they are allowed on the furniture—they may confuse their role in the dog hierarchy because they are on the same level as you, the pack leader.

The “off” command

The “off” command tells your puppy that you want his paws on the floor, not on the furniture. Some people use the command “down” for this, while others differentiate between the commands “down” and “off”, using “off” for when their puppy jumps up on furniture, or people, and “down” for when they want their puppy to lie down on the floor. Whichever you choose, be consistent.

To get your puppy off a piece of furniture take him gently but firmly by his collar and say “off” while helping him down from the furniture. Release your puppy’s collar once he is on the floor and give him praise and a treat. Do this consistently to encourage the behavior you want, and eventually you will not have to physically lead your puppy down from the furniture—giving the command in a firm voice will be enough. You may want to provide your puppy with his own bed so he can get comfortable on the floor and will be less likely to climb up on the furniture. The bed should be kept in a central area of the house, where your puppy is not lonely and can interact with the family.

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Leashes for Active Dogs

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There are so many varieties and styles of leashes on the market these days. So how do you know which one is best for your active dog? Here are a few ways to make a better-informed decision. And, because many dog owners also buy a collar (or harness) when they choose their leash, we’ll take a look at those, as well.

Material differences

Search the shelves and pegboards of a large pet supply store and you’ll find that leashes, collars, and harnesses can be made of leather, nylon, metal chain, and even mountain-climbing rope. Many of those products feature one (or more) of these characteristics: they can be lightweight, reflective, lighted, personalized, decorative, and breed-specific.

Making the right choice

No matter what your dog’s size, shape, or breed, you want a leash that’s durable, safe, and that makes it easy for you to control your dog. And, of course, the collar or harness must fit your dog well. Beyond that, you will find yourself trying to decide between many different varieties.

Here are some of the best leashes, collars, and harnesses for your active canine:

Basic Leashes. A sturdy, six-foot leather, nylon, or chain leash with a good quality metal clip is great for the majority of dogs. It’s practical and lets you keep control of your active dog. The clip should securely fasten to a metal ring on your dog’s collar/harness, and the weight of the leash should always be proportionate to your dog’s weight.

Training Leashes. A short leash helps teach dogs to heel. For larger dogs, a one-foot leash is best, while for medium- or smaller-sized dogs, two-foot leashes are ideal.

Mountain Rope Leashes. These leashes are perfect for large dogs. They’re strong, yet lightweight, made of genuine mountain-climbing rope. The mountain-climbing snap hook is strong and dependable, and because it’s made of brass, it won’t rust or chip.

Basic Collars. Nylon and leather collars with either buckled or snap closures are generally a good choice. Snap closures work well for many dogs, but if your dog is large and/or strong, a robust buckled collar is the safer choice.

Head Halters. These collars can help you control your large, energetic dog. When you pull on the leash (attached to a ring under your dog’s chin), you place pressure on his muzzle and neck. This guides his head and body in the direction you want him to go. Head halters, such as the Gentle Leader, are humane alternatives to traditional training collars, and are often much more effective. They also help enable small adults and children to handle big, boisterous dogs. If you decide on a head halter, plan to spend time helping your dog get used to it. And remember, some dogs do not adapt immediately to this alternative.

Double-Layer Collars. These durable, double-woven everyday collars are extremely dependable for big, strong dogs with a lot of get up and go!

Breed-Specific Collars. Many breeds do better with collars designed just for them. For example, Greyhounds, Italian Greyhounds, and Whippets have extremely sensitive necks. So their collars are wider and thicker against the front of their neck, and thinner at the back. This protects them when they pull, which is often, since they were born and bred to run.

Body Harnesses. Ideal for small or toy dogs, a body harness lets you control him without putting pressure on his delicate neck or back.

No-Pull Harnesses. These choke-free, pain-free harnesses offer more control for playful, vigorous dogs of all sizes and breeds.

Special features to look for

In addition to finding leashes and collars that can be customized in a variety of ways, you’ll also find these special feature products:

ID leashes, collars, and harnesses. “Safety first” identification leashes, collars, and harnesses are custom imprinted or embroidered with your dog’s important information. If your energy-filled dog somehow manages to get away from you, he needs all the help you can give him to get home safe.

Reflective/lighted leashes, collars, and harnesses. These are made with reflective and/or lighted material that’s often waterproof. They are invaluable when the sun sets because they reflect headlights from cars and trucks, making your dog much more visible.

Leash, collar, and harness checks

Once a month, do a quick check. Give the collar and/or harness a detailed look. Are they becoming frayed, chewed, or worn? Also, examine your dog’s leash—and don’t forget to examine the leash’s connection to the collar or harness. While you’re at it, it’s also a good time to check his tags to make sure all his info is still legible and accurate.

And each time you take your dog out for a walk, be sure his collar or harness fits properly. If your dog is going through a growth spurt, his collar could be a lot snugger than it was a week or two ago. Also, tug firmly on the fastener between his leash and collar—or leash and harness—to make sure it’s secure. With an active dog like yours, you can never be too safe.

 

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