Saturday, May 30, 2015

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Diabetic Emergencies, Chronic Kidney Disease and more ...

Preventing and Handling Diabetic Emergencies

Just recently there was a post on the Dog Health Issues group from a concerned owner who's do was just recently diagnosed with diabetes and they were still figuring out the care and ironing out the kinks. They could smell ketones in the dog's breath and the vet was closed.
With a diabetic dog, monitoring and management are the key to dog's longevity and quality of life. While the whole proposition is quite scary, the management is relatively simple once you get it all figured out.

The most critical complication to watch for is hypoglycemia. Other diabetic emergencies, that can indicate an impending emergency include appetite changes, vomiting or diarrhea, straining to urinate or blood in urine or ketones detected during testing.

Is Peanut Butter Safe For Dogs? Please Beware – Some Could Be Deadly!

I like to give a bit of peanut butter to our guys from time to time and they love. While high in calories, you figure it's a yummy, nutritious snack. But one cannot let their guard down for a moment these days. A new line of nut butters was introduced to the market that now uses the artificial sweetener, xylitol, on their products.

Xylitol is making it to all kinds of products where you wouldn't look for it. I have already became quite paranoid, studying the labels of every little thing. Yet, I admit I had to go and double-check the peanut butter I got for my dogs.

The best rule is to read a label on EVERY product you are about to give your dog, no matter how unreadable and small the type. (I actually have a magnifying glass specifically for that reason, because often the text is impossible to read.)

If you can't find the information on the label, look for it on the internet. If you cannot find it anywhere, just don't use the product. Be safe.

Chronic Kidney Disease in Dogs and Cats

Finding out that your dog has kidney disease is very scary. I'm sure there would be a million questions on your mind. It is, however a common health problem of older dogs. It is progressive and cannot be cured but there are options for slowing the progression.

Understanding the situation, what the treatment options are and what is the prognosis is always important with any disease.

Preventing Overvaccination

Vaccinating is important. But how much vaccination do our dogs need and how often? And why does it matter?

Watch Dr. Patrick Mahaney's interview on the subject.

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