A Quick Guide to Senior Pet Wellness

It makes sense to continue providing all the same things your pet expects and relies on, but as pets age so do their needs. The once super-crunchy kibble hurts their teeth or the GI tract. Their usual daily jog turns into a slower, longer walk. The flawless jump they used to make becomes a huge challenge. 

Your senior pet probably won’t slow down overnight, but even the gradual shift between adulthood and their golden years can be surprising. Prioritizing senior pet health and wellness can help your aging cat or dog live their remaining years in comfort and safety.

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How to Tell if Your Pet Is Sick

When a pet is sick, it can be hard for a pet owner to notice. Not only can they not tell us that they’re feeling under the weather, but most pets are good at hiding the signs of illness, too.

There are a few clues, though, that can help you determine if something is amiss in your pet’s health and well-being. The team at Advantage Veterinary Center is here to help you sort through these clues and get your pet treated right away, if it’s needed.

Clues That Your Pet Is Sick

One of the early indicators that your pet is ill is when they just seem off somehow; they’re not their normal self. 

We encourage you to follow up with us if your pet suddenly seems different. This can help us diagnose your pet early and begin treatment, should they happen to be sick. If not, then you will get peace of mind knowing they just had a bad day.

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What Could Possibly Explain the Phenomenon of Corn Chip Paws?

Being an owner of a dog can be downright confounding at times. Whether it’s their odd behaviors or questionable manners, dogs do some pretty weird stuff.

In the case of “Frito Feet”, some dogs emit an unmistakable corn chip odor from their paw pads that can be incredibly off-putting. Don’t worry: it’s perfectly normal, and combating the smell is within reach.

Smelly Dog, Smelly Dog

It’s true that many types of dogs like to get dirty and will stop at nothing when out and about. This could mean they roll around in poop, wade in murky water, or jump around in muddy puddles. And, generally speaking, the smells from their essential dog-ness are par for the course. 

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Why Home Pet Dental Care Is So Important 

Many pet owners think doggy or kitty breath is normal, but in fact it’s an early hallmark of periodontal disease. Once you notice your pet’s bad breath, dental disease is likely a foregone conclusion. The good news is that this condition is entirely preventable!

At Advantage Veterinary Center we’ve seen over and over again how a professional dental care program as well as at home pet dental care can benefit every dog and cat!

The Problem With Pet Dental Disease

Unfortunately, by the time pets reach 3 years of age, over 85% of them already have some form of dental disease. Genetics play a role in dental disease, but it’s also the result of a persistent lack of dental care, including regular brushing. 

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Advantage Veterinary Center’s Top Blogs of 2019 

Nothing causes us to mark the passage of time more than the beginning of a new year. Along with winter holiday celebrations, perhaps we can take time to  wind down and reflect on the year past. And although 2019 has its ups and downs, all in all we couldn’t be more grateful for the time we shared with you and your pets. 

One of the things we’ve been reflecting on at Advantage Veterinary Center is that owning a pet comes with lifelong learning. From exercise to a healthy diet, regular wellness, training, and fun things to do with your pet. There’s no shortage of topics to learn about. 

One way we support that learning is through our pet care blog. And brainstorming topics, writing, and publishing our blog has been our pleasure this year. We hope to provide our readers with practical, timely, and fun information about how to keep pets not only healthy, but thriving. So here we present our top blogs of 2019, and we hope you enjoy!

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Pet Diabetes: Early Detection & Successful Management Have Positive Effects

A gray-striped cat with golden eyes lays on a colorful bedspread, looking wary.

All animals are unique in the ways they behave, but there are generally tell-tale signs that something’s amiss. Sure, domestic and wild animals alike may try to hide symptoms of illness or injury, but there’s no mistaking excessive thirst and increased urination in our four-legged friends. With undiagnosed pet diabetes, pets may beg for food and continue to lose weight. Early detection is the key to successful long-term management, and marks the beginning of a chapter in the lives of both pets and their owners.

Risk Factors

Pet diabetes can develop at a higher rate in overweight or obese pets. Higher risk pets may include senior pets, those with Cushing’s disease, hyperthyroidism, or chronic pancreatitis, pets on steroids, and pregnant females. Older female dogs are more likely to be diagnosed than older male dogs; senior male cats are considered higher risk than aging female cats.

That being said, pet diabetes can occur in any pet regardless of age or lifestyle. Genetics may also play a part.

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Leptospirosis and Your Pet: Know the Risks

When we think of contagious canine diseases, things like canine parvovirus and rabies usually come to mind. Of course, these deadly diseases strike fear in the heart of every owner and are included in the core vaccination series every dog should receive.

Leptospirosis, however, poses a lesser known but just as dangerous threat. Depending on your dog’s exposure to the outdoors, doggie daycare, or boarding kennels, the leptospirosis vaccine may be just as important as the core vaccines. Take a moment to learn more about leptospirosis and what may be needed to protect your pet.

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A Growing Concern: Pet Obesity

Slipping your sweet pet a morsel of whatever you’re eating or offering a liberal amount from their treat jar is a daily occurrence for many of us. After all, nothing makes our furry friends happier than food, right? But when your pet gets too much of a good thing, the pounds can creep on, and this affects their health. If you can prevent pet obesity and keep them at an ideal weight, they have a better chance at a longer and healthier life.

Pet obesity is quickly becoming a major problem for our nation’s dogs and cats – studies show that over 50% of pets in the US are either overweight or obese. What’s more, as many as 95% of pet owners with overweight pets perceive their pet as falling within a healthy weight range. This disconnect is concerning and shows the veterinary community that we need to do a better job in educating pet owners about identifying and preventing pet obesity.

Fortunately pet obesity is recognizable and preventable, and we may even be able to reverse the condition. To that end, Advantage Veterinary Center gives you our best tips on pet obesity and nutrition.

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The Magic Wand: How Laser Therapy Can Transform Your Pet

Pet laser therapy can help with pet pain and post veterinary surgery healing. Pain is a part of life, but when it starts to take over quality of life, it’s time to kick it to the curb. While there is a place for medication when it comes to mitigating pain, there is a powerful alternative for pets coping with wounds, arthritis, and the healing process following surgery. Laser therapy, an FDA-approved modality, is on the cutting edge of veterinary medicine, and helps us deliver the highest care possible to our patients struggling with certain health issues.

Safe and Incredibly Sound

Laser therapy employs a cold laser as opposed to surgical laser designed to cut. The light emanating from the laser has been found to have therapeutic qualities for over 40 years. The light energy is passed from a handheld probe in the form of photons to the area of focus on a pet’s body. This safe procedure uses light energy to help cells produce and function the way they should, and: Continue…

Decoding Pet Urinary Problems

Most pet urinary problems need to be treated by a veterinarian near me.Almost nothing is more frustrating than a pet who is urinating in an inappropriate place. Not all issues related to the urinary tract are created, equal, though. Advantage Veterinary Center wants to shed a little light on decoding pet urinary problems for our fed up pet owners.

Sometimes There’s a Medical Issue

Pet urinary problems may present in several ways. There may be increased or decreased frequency of urination, straining to urinate, blood in the urine, loss of housetraining, or urinating in inappropriate areas. The hard part lies in the fact that no matter the underlying cause of the issue, the symptoms often appear similarly.

We do see urinary troubles related to true medical problems in our patients on a regular basis. We may find a pet is experiencing symptoms due to: Continue…