Monthly Archives: January 2016
Sammy is a veterinary student visiting Craig Road Animal Hospital from the University of Missouri. He originally thought he wanted to get into dentistry or human medicine until a personal experience changed his mind.
“My dog was severely attacked by a coyote my freshman year of college,” Sammy said. “We all thought we had to say our good-bye’s but the doctor placed him into surgery right away and saved him.” He said the moment he saw his pup running around and playing the next day as if nothing happened was when he realized saving animals was what he wanted to do with his life.
“As I progressed in my studies and through the hands on experience I learned just how much I love this industry,” he said. “You get the satisfaction of treating the patient and then seeing the smile on the client’s face when they’re reunited.”
After he graduates, Sammy would like to move back to L.A. where he can practice small animal medicine. Sammy says that his ultimate goal is to have his own practice. Thanks for choosing to learn from our hospital, we are so happy to have you here!
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Veterinarian Orlena Tampira of Craig Road Animal Hospital in North West Las Vegas discusses the importance of proper dental care for canine and feline teeth.
By Orlena Tampira, DVM
Dental hygiene is just as important for your pets as it is for you. Not only can your loved one experience pain while chewing and bad breath, dogs and cats can experience the same diseases as humans like gingivitis, gum disease, and tooth decay. Without proper care, this bacteria can travel to the liver, kidneys, and heart through the blood stream.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is very common in pets. Studies show that 85 percent of pets have gum disease by the age of three. A professional cleaning, is the only way to remove harmful plaque and bacteria, and assess the health of the mouth.
A proper dental cleaning involves placing your pet under anesthesia then scaling, polishing, and evaluating each tooth. Without anesthesia, these steps could not be performed properly thus decreasing the benefit of performing a dental.
Things that you can do at home involve daily tooth brushing with pet toothpaste and certain foods or treats.
Dental health is very important in keeping a happy, healthy pet. Signs that your pet may need a cleaning could be bad breath, drooling, pawing at the mouth, loose or missing teeth, or discomfort while chewing. As always, it is best for a veterinarian to evaluate the mouth, any of our doctors would be more than happy to help you out with any questions or concerns you have.
Want to watch the entire dental cleaning process? You can see what a difference we made on Chip, a Greyhound, here:
Veterinarian Christopher Roberts, D.V.M. of Craig Road Animal Hospital in North West Las Vegas explains how a common canine treat can be dangerous.
By Christopher Roberts, DVM
We all love a little treat now and then, and so do our dogs. As many of you are aware, peanut butter is a healthy and safe snack for your fur baby. But did you know that some peanut butters can also be life threatening to him?
Xylitol is becoming an increasingly popular sugar substitute in many items that we eat. It’s just as sweet as sucrose and the amount of insulin released by the human body is negligible, which makes it a great sugar substitute.
But Xylitol can be deadly for dogs.
Xylitol is starting to show up into some peanut butters as well as other sweets such as cookies, cupcakes, and muffins. Sugar free gum almost always contains xylitol. Vomiting occurs almost immediately after xylitol indigestion. Within 30 to 60 minutes, your dog can experience hypoglycemia, low blood sugar. He can also experience lethargy, collapse, liver failure, and seizures.
This can all be caused by just a few grams of xylitol.
It is important to read the ingredients of what you’re giving your pets as well as making sure your human snacks aren’t in his reach. But peanut butter, when safe, can be given to your dog. Veterinarians often use it to help pill fussy dogs. It can also help give your dog nutrition he does need as well as being a tasty treat. Peanut butter contains Biotin which helps promote a shiny coat, healthy skin, and strong nails. The Vitamin E found in the product helps support a healthy immune system.
There are many peanut butter brands that are perfectly safe for your dog. If it says sugar free, you can almost bet that the product contains a sugar substitute and is not suggested to give to him. The easiest way to find out is by simply reading the ingredients on the label. There are many different ways to feed your dog peanut butter from giving them a peanut butter flavored treat to filling a Kong with peanut butter for him to play with.
So just remember to read the labels, keep human treats out of reach, and pay attention to what your dog is eating. Happy snacking!
Veterinarian Courtney Daniels D.V.M. of Craig Road Animal Hospital in North West Las Vegas discusses the importance of a yearly exam for your pet by a professional. Wellness exams are one of the few ways to help detect a problem before it becomes a serious illness.
By Courtney Daniels, DVM
We all love our pets, and we all want to do what’s best to take care of them. A wellness exam allows a veterinarian to evaluate your pet’s overall health and can detect a problem before it turns into a serious illness. Dogs and cats do not have the gift of speech, so they cannot verbally tell you what is wrong. Having a thorough examination on your pet plays an important role in keeping them happy and healthy. A thorough wellness exam can include a physical exam, vaccinations, blood tests, urinalysis, and a parasite screening. Depending on the results, your veterinarian may recommend further diagnostic testing. This may include radiographs (X-rays) and additional blood tests. We recommend having your pet examined at least once a year.
Senior pets and those experiencing chronic health issues should have a wellness exam more frequently. Your veterinarian will start by asking you questions regarding your pet’s health history. They will then follow up with your pet’s diet, how much water they are consuming, and their daily behavioral patterns. It is very important to mention any unusual behavior including:
excessive drinking of water
eating more or less than usual
difficulty walking, running, or getting up in the morning
Your veterinarian will go over your pet’s potential exposure to fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites. Depending on your pet’s age, breed, life style, where you live and other factors, your veterinarian will recommend screening tests. During the exam your pet’s eyes, ears, skin, joints, reproductive systems, weight, heart, lungs, mouth and teeth will all be carefully examined. A vaccination schedule will be tailored for your pet. Core vaccinations for dogs include canine distemper virus, parvovirus, adenovirus, hepatitis, and rabies. Core vaccinations for cats include feline panleukopenia (distemper), feline herpesvirus, calicivirus, and rabies. Other vaccinations will be recommended based on lifestyle, geographic location, or travel history, breed and age.
A wellness exam is one of the simplest ways to detect and prevent major health issues from puppies and kittens to senior pets. Having a veterinarian examine your pet once a year or more means that you are helping them live a longer and healthier life.