Saturday, September 9, 2017

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Osteochondritis Dissecans, Disaster Preparedness Tips, and more

Were You Smarter Than a Vet Student About Ear Infections?

Dr. Nancy Kay/Spot Speaks

Did you take Dr. Kay's Are You Smarter Than a Vet Student About Ear Infections quiz? If you haven't, you can still see how you'd answer the questions before you check out the results. You can't win a copy of one of her books anymore, but you can test your knowledge and learn what you don't know.

I love taking Dr. Kay's quizzes. I did pretty well, I think, considering we never had any real problems with any of my dogs' ears. What about you? Do you know more about ear infections than a veterinary student?

Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD) – Defective Cartilage in Young Dogs

Dr. Christopher Byers/CriticalCareDVM

Does your dog suffer from OCD? No, this article isn't about psychological problems. While I actually love veterinary terminology, I wish there was no overlap in naming conventions.

In this case, OCD stands for osteochondritis dissecans. You're only likely to know what that is if your dog has been diagnosed with it. But what if your dog does have the condition but has not been diagnosed?

To learn about osteochondritis dissecans, symptoms and treatment options, read Dr. Byer's article.

Be prepared if disaster strikes – Three simple things to do now!

Dr. Karen Louis/VetChick

Photo Global Pet Foods

Disasters happen. They can happen anytime, anywhere, not just during the hurricane season. Disaster preparedness is a crucial part of being a good caregiver to your dog. Having a solid plan saves a lot of panic and unfortunate tragedies.

A disaster plan can be quite detailed and complex. Dr. Louis highlights three main things that one can do to be ready. Two of them sound funny, but they are not, particularly if you have more than one pet. The one that strikes me as something people might not even think of is whether you actually could transport all of your pets in one vehicle? Could you? As silly as it might sound, it's a pretty important question. So, could you?

Lawnmower Safety and Pets: What Owners Need to Know


Up here, the season of mowing the lawns is just about over. Where we live, cutting grass is most crucial in the late spring and summer. Now, it's not growing as crazily.

Safety around lawn mowers is necessary every time you start one up, though. Goes for people too, even though they should know what they're doing. My brother-in-law almost cut off his toe not being smart around one.

Dogs don't understand what a lawn mower is and how it works other than it moves around and makes a lot of noise. For some dogs, that is enough to keep them away from it. For some, it makes it more interesting. But a running lawn mower can pause a risk even from afar or when it's not running.

Check out the petMD article to find out how to avoid any risk to your dog.

The Breathtaking Adventures of Ticks - Plain and Simple (Part 2)


Did you enjoy part 1 of Else-Vet's video about ticks? As awful as ticks are, the videos are priceless and done with a great sense of humor.

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