Saturday, January 20, 2018

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Injury Prevention, Bone Diseases, and more ...

Bone Problems That Can Affect Your Pet

Dr. Mindy Cohan

Bones provide crucial support for the entire body. A long time ago I read a science fiction story about a man who was terrified of his own bones as he felt it was some kind of an alien. He managed to remove his bones. It didn't work out so well for him as he ended up a blob on the floor.

For dogs, in particular, movement is life. Healthy bones help to facilitate all the running, jumping and play dogs do. Like any other tissue, there are diseases to which bones are susceptible. Dr. Cohan breaks down condition affecting bones starting with fractures, arthritis, infections, metabolic disorders, and cancer.

The main take-home point is that many problems can look alike. And that's not counting soft tissue injuries that can be behind your dog's limp.

Proper diagnosis is key to effective treatment. Read Dr. Cohan's article to learn about the potential bone diseases behind your dog's limp

Scents That Could Be Harmful To Your Pets

Dr. Jason Nicholas/Preventive Vet

Not everything what might smell lovely to us is good for our dogs. The best rule of thumb is to hold back the sweet-smelling products. And there are a lot of them. In our house, the only thing we use are certain essential oils, diffused. The oils we have used are lavender and jasmine. Some concentrated essential oils can be harmful if they contact the skin or get ingested. Dogs are in less danger than cats would be.

On the other hand, essential oils can provide significant therapeutic benefits. It is important to be cautious and make sure that anything you do won't hurt your dog. Beware of potpourri, scented candles, air fresheners, and incense.

Read Dr. Nicholas' thoughts on the subject.
If you want to learn more about the safe use of essential oils for your dog, check out the Essential Oil Vet.

Essential oils dangerous to dogs with topical or internal use are Birch, Tea Tree, and Wintergreen. Oils that warrant caution are Oregano, Cassia, Cinnamon, Clove. Rosemary, and Thyme.

The Dangers of Scented Candles and Plug-ins

Dr. Karen Becker

Grass & Your Pets – Why Dogs & Cats Mow the Lawn with Their Mouths!

Dr. ChristopherByers/CriticalCareDVM

The world is a vast place with all kinds of climate. For me, writing about grass in January just makes me laugh ... all we got here now is snow. However, an interesting article is timeless. Why dogs eat grass is one of the most commonly asked questions out there. I have a pretty good idea why my dogs do that, and they have more than one reason for doing so depending on the circumstances. Do you know why your dog does it?

Check out Dr. Byer's take on the subject.

Keeping Your Dog Exercise-Ready Is a Stretch. (Literally)

Dr. Marty Becker

One of the first things I was taught when I started going to a gym was a proper warm-up before any strenuous exercise. Warm muscles move and stretch more efficiently than cold ones. Same applies to dogs. What about stretching, though?

Injury prevention is about strength, endurance, agility, and flexibility. It's not really about the passive stretching as we think of it in the human world, but rather flexibility exercises. Things like play bows, high five, front legs standing on a higher ground and stuff like that. Active, rather than passive stretching.

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