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Wow! Dogs and cats have all sorts of expressions, but this ‘guilty’ look has an explanation that stems from their ancestry. If you need any of your pets’ behaviors or tendencies explained, give us a call in case they’re telling you that it’s time to come see us for a visit!

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We'll take a furry best friend any day of the week! Be sure to look out for your pet just as they look out for you. Call us to schedule a wellness exam for them to ensure that they're in good health! 

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We might think cats are just being cute and particular when they insist on climbing inside the smallest boxes possible… but it turns out that they find confined spaces to be a place of comfort and safety. If you have a cat a home, try to make sure that they have a little hiding place to curl up in! 

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Our operating room offers the most up-to-date methods of anesthesia and related procedures (monitoring equipment, pain management protocols, etc). Our doctors are qualified to perform a wide range of surgical and dental procedures in our modern facilities. Some of our hospital’s more common procedures include:

Sedation and anesthesia
Dog and Cat Spay (ovariohysterectomy)
Dog and Cat Neuter (castration)
Cat Declaw
Puppy tail dock and dewclaw removal
Wart/Cyst/Mass Removal
Suturing lacerations
Wound Repair
Routine dental cleaning and oral surgery
Foreign Body Removal
Ear Hematoma Repair
Hernia Repair
Soft tissue and orthopedic surgery
Cherry Eye Surgery (third eyelid)
Caesarean Section (C-section)
Exploratory Abdominal Surgery
Corrective cosmetic surgery

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Introducing Home Dental Care for Your Pet
Dental disease in dog and cats is not just a cosmetic problem. Studies have shown that the bacteria in the mouth shower the other organs every time your pet chews. This can result in heart, lung, kidney or liver disease(s). An unhealthy mouth can actually shorten your pet’s life. Good dental care can have a positive impact on your pet’s life and overall well-being.

Does your pet have bad breath, red or bleeding gums, tarter build-up or loose teeth? Is he refusing to chew hard food or toys? Is he dropping food from his mouth despite being hungry? Is your pet rubbing his face with his paw or on the carpet? All of these may be subtle signs of dental disease. To treat these problems your pet will very likely need to have a dental procedure performed by your veterinarian. But regular and proper home care of your pet’s teeth and gums can substantially reduce the need for dental surgery.

All dogs and cats can benefit from a regular home dental care routine that is recommended by a veterinarian. This home care program often will include both regular brushing and a proper, nutritional diet.

Introduce a brushing program to your pet gradually. At first, dip a finger into pet dental toothpaste and rub gently over the pet’s mouth and teeth. Make the initial sessions short and positive. Gradually, introduce gauze over the finger and gently scrub the teeth in a circular motion. Finally, you can introduce a soft toothbrush. Use a brush specifically designed for pets.

Your pets oral cavity will be evaluated for dental disease by one of our veterinarians at his/her biannual examinations. 

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The veterinary profession has finally come to the same realization that we at Family Pet Hospital have been practicing for a long time now, that treating pain in our pets is a fundamental part of practicing good medicine. Through research and clinical experience outdated beliefs have been debunked about the biology of animal pain, and the number of treatment options and their efficacy continues to increase. There is growing concern in our society for the ethical and compassionate care of animals, and pet owners are routinely seeking out practices that provide comprehensive and humane care.

Busting the myths about animals and pain

For a long time, misunderstandings about the way animals experience pain devalued the concept of pain management in the veterinary community.

Myth 1: Animals do not feel pain like people do. In fact, the basic anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of pain are remarkably similar in animals and people.

Myth 2: Pain benefits an animal by limiting its activity. Pain may actually make it more difficult to control an animal's activity because unmanaged pain can trigger a stress response, including increased arousal and other changes detrimental to healing.

Myth 3: Elective surgical procedures do not require "take-home medication." Acute pain is most intense during the first 24 to 72 hours after surgery, but pain often persists for days or even weeks after the patient returns home. Postoperative pain is not determined by whether the surgical procedure is elective or not.

Myth 4: Animals tolerate pain better than people do. Human and animal pain thresholds are about the same. Animals, however, will instinctually hide the signs of pain so potential predators do not see them as easy prey. This behavior is true even in pets.

Myth 5: Pain relief "masks" physiologic signs of patient decline. In cases in which pain management is effective, patients are less likely to experience detrimental tachycardia, hypotension and other stress-induced abnormalities. Blood pressure, heart rate and partial pressure of carbon dioxide and oxygen will all still change and can be monitored for evidence of patient decline.

Myth 6: Analgesics are toxic and can cause adverse events. When used appropriately, many analgesics are considered safe and effective for pain management. As is the case with any medication, it is the responsibility of the veterinarian to weigh the risks and benefits and make the appropriate recommendation for each patient.

Myth 7: Pet owners won't pay for pain control. The reality is that the vast majority of pet owners see their animals as members of the family. They are sensitive to their pets' comfort and well-being and are likely to pay for what they perceive as compassionate care.

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While this dog consumed a large quantity of gum, even one or a few pieces of gum containing xylitol can be toxic to pets! If your pet got into a treat containing xylitol, or if they’re exhibiting signs of food poisoning, give us a call right away! 

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Animals need nurturing and companionship just like we do! If your pet is telling you that need something or may be sick, listen to them and bring them in for the care they require. 

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If you have a dog, then you’ve most likely had to deal with an “accident” at one point or another! Here’s a good read on the canine digestive system what is and isn’t normal. Be mindful of these symptoms in your pet and give us a call if anything seems amiss! 
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