Saturday, May 26, 2018

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Bladder Stones and Infections, Motion Sickness, and more ...

Bladder Stones and Infections in Dogs

Dr. Donna Spector/Radio Pet Lady

What happens when your veterinarian finds crystals in your dog's urine? Should automatically you put your dog on a prescription diet to avoid the risk of bladder stones?

What does the presence of urinary crystals mean? What actions should you take?

Dr. Spector's podcast is an absolute must-listen-to.

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Bladder Stones and Infections, Motion Sickness, and more ...

Pets’ Motion Sickness Is All in Their Ears

Dr. Marty Becker

Does your dog like going for rides or do they get sick in the car? I used to get sick in a car, so I know how those who don't do well with rides feel.

Did you know, though, that your dog throwing up during car rides has nothing to do with their stomach? Except for when your ordinarily ride-happy dog throws up because their stomach IS upset from something they ate.

The root of motion sickness lies in the ears. How much does it have to do with actual motion though? Turns out that stress and anxiety are likely playing a much larger role than anything else. Many dogs that experience motion sickness while in a car, get it even when the vehicle is not moving.

Read Dr. Becker's article to learn more about it and how it could be helped.

How To Choose The Right Pet Insurance

Dr. Anna Coffin/Guthrie Pet Hospital

I concluded my book with a word on insurance. My advice can be summed up with two words, "get one." I explain in detail why I believe that based on my experience with how much in veterinary bills life can throw at you.

Once you make that decision, though, you're still left with another one--which insurance is right for you and for your dog. These days, some companies even include coverage of routine things such as dental, blood work. It's a great idea; with Jasmine's vet, we used a combination of insurance and the wellness plan he offered. Our local vet here does not have that option. Is it a good idea to pursue an insurance plan that does?

You'd be combining insurance with a "subscription" of sorts, and that's quite cool. Your premium will naturally be higher. More importantly, I would make sure that my actual insurance coverage isn't lower because of that.

What you don't want is to end up paying for insurance to find out that your dog's arthritis treatment, for example, is covered up to $125/year. Seriously, it happened to a friend of mine.

Do your homework carefully and check out Dr. Coffin's article for some useful tips.

Related articles:
Does Being Insured Equal Being Covered?
My Take on Emergency Fund versus Pet Health Insurance
Veterinary Care Plans

Residue and Resistance: Antibiotics in the Meat

Dr. Jean Dodds

Antibiotic resistance is continuously becoming a more pressing issue by day. Bacteria are becoming resistant faster than we can come up with new antibiotics. And those that can tackle some of these strains are right down nasty.

The most important ways to protect your dog is to only agree to antibiotic treatment when it is needed,  and when you do start your dog on antibiotics, finish the treatment thoroughly. But perhaps it is not as simple as that.

Problem solved, right?

Or not? Read Dr. Dodds' article to learn more.

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