This is an interview @SteveDale did with the musician and one of the authors behind the new book ”A Sound Beginning: Setting the Right Tone for your Newly Adopted Dog”. It’s a great book and a wonderful tool for those bring home new dogs - especially from the shelter. I highly recommend it.
Blog post I contributed tips for on @SheKnows.com. Also contributing was Dr. Tina Wismer of ASPCA-Animal Poison Control Center. Please give a read and help spread the word. Have fun at the beach this summer everyone!
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month - here’s a thorough blog post that talks about this potentially devastating, and often preventable, condition in cats. Please check it out and please help spread it around.
Plan Ahead to Keep Cats and Dogs Safe During Natural Disasters
As it does each year, September 1st marks the beginning of National Emergency Preparedness Month. Established in 2004, National Emergency Preparedness Month is designed to encourage us all to learn about and take some simple steps to become better prepared for a range of potential emergencies and/or disasters. After all, it’s often the “little things” that can make a big difference when the s*#t hits the proverbial fan and a little advanced planning and awareness can go an awful long way.
First Aid for Dogs & Cats - Awareness (guest post)
April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month!
After the response I got from Dr. Shafford’s guest blog posts in February, I’ve decided that I’m going to ask some more of my veterinarian friends to write guest blog posts. I believe that doing so will help me bring you all some additional and unique perspective from the veterinary community that will help to further the mission of The Preventive Vet - to help you keep your pets happy, healthy, safe, and well. Let me know if you like what you’re seeing and if there are any particular subjects that you’d like to see covered. At the end of the day… this is your blog - let your voice be heard :-)
Knowing what to do (and what not to do) in the event that your pet suffers an injury or any number of other emergencies is of course very important. Equally as important though is having handy the supplies necessary to administer first-aid!
Below I’ve listed the items that every pet owner should include in their pet’s first-aid kit. Depending on your particular pet’s medical history, they may benefit from the inclusion of additional items too. It’s always a good idea to talk with your veterinarian to ensure that your own pet’s first-aid kit is as complete as it can be.
You can often pick up many of these items at your local pharmacy or superstore. But it may be easier and better just to see if you can purchase them through your veterinarian instead. They likely have most of these supplies in their office, and they may even have pre-made pet first aid kits to save you the trouble.
Easter is just around the corner and, if you’ve got pets, there are a few extra things you might want to think about if you want to keep them happy, healthy, and safe as you prepare to host the family for dinner and the traditional egg hunt.
Beautiful can prove deadly
Some of the plants and flowers that commonly adorn tables at this time of year can cause some serious problems for your pets. A few of the more common, and more dangerous, Easter-associated plants & flowers are listed below, but for a more extensive list of poisonous plants and flowers – and some non-toxic alternatives – click here. If you want to keep your pets happy, healthy, and safe, and avoid an emergency trip to the pet ER this holiday, keep an eye out for these common Easter plants and flowers.
Our newly redesigned website went live 3.22.12, have you seen it yet? The site is much more interactive and informative already, and will become even more so soon.
You can now download our Kitchen Pet Safety Guide for FREE, directly from the site. If you like it, we have the other rooms of the household available for download individually ($0.99 each), or the whole home (indoors and out for only $4.95). It’s a great way to safeguard your pet’s health and happiness!
We also now have the ASPCA toxic & non-toxic plant list embedded into the site.
Come check it out and help us spread the word. And while you’re there, don’t forget to sign up for our weekly pet safety email!
Thanks for helping to spread the word about pet safety!
Talking about the importance of proper home and veterinary dental care for your cats and dogs. Highlighting the important role anesthesia plays in a thorough and useful dental evaluation and cleaning. Talking about the guest blog posts written by Dr. Heidi Shafford regarding anesthesia in veterinary dental care and the questions all pet owners should ask of their pet’s veterinary team to ensure the safest anesthetic procedure possible.
Previously, Dr. Heidi Shafford of Veterinary Anesthesia Specialists discussed reasons for having dental work performed on your pet under general anesthesia. In today’s post, Dr. Shafford continues her discussion of anesthesia for dental patients.
Minimizing the Risks of Anesthesia 1: Role of the Veterinary Team
Anesthesia is like any medical procedure, there are benefits and risks. We previously discussed the benefits of anesthesia for dental procedures. The risk of anesthetic-induced death is uncommon: approximately 1 in 1000 for healthy cats and 1 in 2000 for healthy dogs. While the incidence of anesthetic death is low, it could and should be much lower. Why isn’t it? In part, its because many practices aren’t actively taking the necessary steps to reduce anesthetic risk. One goal of these blog posts is to help you become a more well informed advocate and learn about the ways in which you can help to lower anesthetic risks for your pet.
Anesthesia occurs in several steps, with opportunities at each step to minimize risks for your pet. Below I present a simple outline of the steps involved in anesthesia. Following this outline is a list of questions you might ask your veterinary team to find out what they are doing to minimize and manage anesthetic risks.