Saturday, April 11, 2015

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Lyme Disease, Lumps and Bumps, and more ...

Five Signs of Lyme Disease in Dogs

Deer tick. Photo Today's Homeowner.
We are just trying to figure out what we're going to use for tick prevention this year because Cookie had a reaction to Advantix. There are a lot of options out there but none of them really stands out as ideal.

Lyme disease is spread by ticks and one of the biggest problems is when it goes undetected. Would you recognize the signs?

What if I Find a Lump on My Dog or Cat? 



If you haven't checked out Dr. Andy Roark's Cone of Shame YouTube channel yet, forget this article and go visit it. Great information presented in short videos with original style and sense of humor. How often do you get to have fun and learn something at the same time?

This video clip on lumps and bumps is inspired by Dr. Sue Ettinger's See Something, Do Something campaign. Perhaps the bump on your dog is nothing to worry about. But neither you, or even your vet can tell just by looking at it with plain eyes. And if the lump really is cancerous, do you really want to sit there and watch the cancer grow?

Do I have to bring my dog to the emergency vet? 

I admit I am not a fan of emergency vet either. Not because of the cost, which I can appreciate, but because of our past horror experience. Up here we are actually lucky in a way because there is no ER vet hospital around, instead, hospitals have on-call vets on an emergency number. Better yet, the hospital we have chosen has their own on-call emergency for their patients.

The bottom line is this - if your dog is in serious medical trouble, you have to take them somewhere. Darn, I'd take them to human ER if I didn't have any other choice. Would you know when you need to take your dog to emergency vet no matter what?

Are Annual Exams Really Necessary?

The simple answer to this question is yes. Just because your dog seems fine it doesn't mean you should wait until they are visibly sick or even require emergency care. Annual exams can catch things long before they become apparent. And the sooner problems get caught, the better outcome for your dog.

Personally, I prefer doing this twice a year. This is recommended for senior dogs; with a young healthy dog you might get away with annual exam just fine.

Red Eye – A Common Problem With Huge Implications

I don't like to take chances with eyes. Well, OK, I don't like to take chances with anything. But eyes can get really bad really quickly. They can also be a source of excruciating pain. And they can get damaged for good.

For me, even a little squinting puts me at attention.

Allergies are not the only cause behind reddening of the eyes and it should send you to your vet right away. You could be looking at a sign of a serious and potentially blinding problem, including glaucoma.

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