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Springtime pet safety

Warmer weather, blooming plants and buzzing insects can all spell trouble for the pets in your care, but depending on where you live, winter hazards may still apply! Stay alert to weather patterns, don’t allow pets outside unsupervised and wash melting salts from paws to prevent poisonous ingestion.

If, however, the bright and beautiful days of spring are upon you, remember that doggie dangers and cat-astrophes can happen anywhere, so professional pet sitters must be prepared to prevent disasters and stabilize injuries before veterinary care is available.

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Senior Dogs and detecting health problems early

Senior check ups are extremely important

Bella is 11 and Fitz will be 10 in June. They are big dogs, and they do age faster than the littles. It happens so fast, and we have to prepare for what is to come. Have you changed your dogs food to senior food? have you done a senior screening? Do they have arthritis? Do I give all of the supplements they need? Some things to think about as our loved ones age. Please make an appointment with your vet and come up with a solid plan to make your pups senior years comfortable ones. Both of my dogs have arthritis, so we give them MSM/Glucosamine as well as fish oil and several others. We have recently started pain medication as well.

When I took my boy Fitz in, he weighed in at 109lbs. He is a big boy! I have noticed he does not go upstairs at night anymore, and he is getting up less and less to greet us at the door when we come home. These are signs that something is off with him. I had a full senior blood and urine panel done on him. The results came back, and most of the report was good. The liver enzymes were elevated quite a bit, so we decided to schedule an ultrasound and have his body X-rayed for arthritis while he was sedated. We are so very happy we decided to do this. It turns out he has a a gallbladder mucocele. What that is, is the distention of the gallbladder by an inappropriate accumulation of mucus. Decreased bile flow, decreased gallbladder motility, and altered absorption of water from the gallbladder lumen are predisposing factors to biliary sludge. It is the reason his liver levels were so high. We will now need to do an ultra sound every 3 months to make sure it is not enlarging too much. He may have to have his Gallbladder removed.

We also found severe arthritis in three different parts of his back. We have come up with a good treatment plan to keep him comfortable. I will also be looking into acupuncture. My point is, we would never have known all of this was going on if we did not take him in. This is a part of being a responsible pet parent. Please read below on some more information on how we can care for our senior dogs and what to look for.

After our vet appointment, we stopped to get our boy Fitz some ice cream.

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Meet our adoptable dogs of the week, Peas and Carrots!

Peas & Carrots

  • Chihuahua & Papillon Mix
  • Mission Viejo, CA
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Small
  • UTD on vaccinations
  • Spayed

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Treatibles for Cats and Dogs- Learn more about how this great company is helping our loved ones with Cannabinoids!

 

I have been on a hunt for the best CBD products for our animals. I have researched a ton of companies and have found my favorite one. The name is Treatibles, and they offer a variety of products. They are the first company to offer Cannabinoid products on the market for pets. Not only is it an amazing product, but they are an amazing company. They help rescues and give back. Right now,  $1 of every package goes directly towards veterinary expenses for Villalobos rescues. One of my favorite rescues! I will be writing another blog that explains more information on the benefits of Canabinoids and CBD for our animals.

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Health Insurance for Dogs in 2018

 

Knowing exactly what you need in an insurance plan for your dog can reduce insurance-claim letdown.

As we gathered information for this update, we immediately noticed an improvement in what the various insurance companies cover and don’t cover. We also noticed that there are many more companies offering pet insurance than there were three years ago; perhaps the competitive rates are due to the greater number of insurance-company choices.

We’ve listed the major players in pet health insurance, and the details of each plan, at the bottom of this article. But first, here are 15 things to pay attention to when deciding which of these plans might be best for you and your dogs.

If your dog becomes seriously ill or has an accident requiring surgery or other advanced treatment, having even lousy pet health insurance is better than having none at all. And having a good plan and knowing you can afford the co-payments can give you peace of mind at an otherwise terrible time.

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Meet our Adoptable Dog of the week, Jane!

Maltese/min pin
Female, 4 years, 10 pounds

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The Best Orthopedic Dog Beds

Whole Dog Journal reviews 9 top-rated orthopedic dog beds so you can find the best bed on the market for your dog!

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Merry Christmas from the Auntie Em’s Team!