<p>As pet owners, we tend to spoil our pets with love, treats and attention. Part of our normal routine may include taking our pet for walks, to the dog park, hiking and camping. In most cases, this is uncomplicated and your pets get to reap the benefits. So, what happens when the unexpected happens? What do you do when there is an emergency?</p>
Kennel Cough is a term typically used to describe any infectious and contagious coughing condition that is spread from dog-to-dog. There are a myriad of bacterial and viral pathogens that can cause Kennel Cough; however, the bacteria known as Bordetella Bronchiseptica is by far the most commonly implicated pathogen. Accordingly, most veterinary facilities either recommend or require each and every dog to be immunized with the Bordetella vaccine.
<p>The holidays are a fun and exciting time! From decorations, to shopping, vacations, and delicious holiday treats. Our pets, as part of our families, often are able to partake in some of the holiday festivities. While this is a great way to get some awesome Instagram and Facebook pictures, it can be a dangerous time for your pet too. At Dr. Boyd’s Pet Resort and Veterinary Center we want to make sure that your pet partakes in all safe and fun holiday activities, yet avoids the potential dangerous aspects of the holidays. To help keep your pet safe, we have created a list of potential dangers that tend to be more commonly seen during the holidays. Make sure to avoid the things listed below, and we can ensure a safe holiday for all!</p>
Knowing when a health problem is a serious concern can be a tough call. This makes it a little easier.
Mosquitos have the potential to spread the life-threatening Heartworm Disease. How does my pet contract heartworm? If a mosquito that is carrying heartworm larvae bites your pet, the heartworm can move to the pulmonary arteries of the heart and develop into mature worms.
<p>Dogs are notorious for getting into the trash, counter surfing and breaking into cabinets to find yummy stashed goodies. This is not limited to edible items; as many people are all too familiar with our favorite shoes, pillow cushions, toys and furniture being destroyed. As veterinarians, we have seen dogs vomit up, or have surgically extracted, countless types of items from their stomachs and intestinal tracts. So, the question is, when does it warrant a trip to the veterinarian?</p>
<p>The recent movie, titled “Marley and Me,” brought a lot of attention to a condition in our canine patients that is called “bloat.” The medical term for this condition is called Gastric Dilatation Volvulus, or GDV, for short. The condition is something that is near and dear to several of us at Dr. Boyd’s Pet Resort and Veterinary Center because one of our family members, Chief Boyd, passed of this condition a few months ago. This condition is always life threatening and one that requires emergency medical treatment.</p>
<p>Many pet owners want to know, “what is a dental?” Unfortunately, the answer varies dramatically depending on where you live and which veterinarian you ask. These differences in definitions surrounding what constitutes a “dental,” explain why there is such a wide variety of services provided, and fees charged to pet owners who want to have their pet’s teeth cleaned.</p>
<p>At Dr. Boyd’s Pet Resort we require that all pets be free of all internal parasites as well as external parasites (such as fleas and ticks). There are many types of internal (or gastrointestinal) parasites; such as, Roundworms, Whipworms, Hookworms, Tapeworms, Coccidia and Giardia. Coccidia and Giardia, along with all of the various worms’ eggs, are extremely small organisms which cannot be seen without laboratory microscopic magnification. Unfortunately, there is not one perfect fecal examination test that can accurately confirm the presence, or absence, of each one of these parasites.</p>