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April 2017

Love Your Pet, See Your Vet

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National Pet Month is April and this year’s theme celebrates the importance of regular veterinary exams with the message, “Love Your Pet, See Your Vet.”

So, what exactly are you getting when you bring your pet in for a check-up? More than you might think!

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Annual and bi-annual exams are actually a complete head-to-toe physical for your pet, including examination of the eyes, ears and mouth, heart and lung auscultation and abdominal and overall body palpation.

Here’s a closer look at what these exams can tell us:

  • Ocular exam: Looking into your pet’s eyes allows us to visualize current or potential problems in the external and internal eye.
  • Aural exam: Ear infections are very common in dogs. A dog’s ear canal is very long and deep; often, we find infections in a dog’s ears that the owners were unaware of.
  • Oral exam: A look at your pet’s teeth and gums can give us an idea of potential dental problems as well as your pet’s overall health. For example, did you know you can tell how a pet is feeling by the color of his/her gums?
  • Body Condition Score (BCS): The BCS is a scale (1-9) that allows us to assess your pet’s weight. This helps us formulate a diet and exercise plan that best suits your pet’s body, activity level and lifestyle.
  • Abdominal palpation: Palpation is the act of feeling with one’s hands. By doing an abdominal palpation, we can actually feel some of the pet’s liver, kidneys, intestines, spleen and bladder. Most importantly, we can find abnormalities that warrant further investigation on perfectly normal and healthy pets.
  • Overall body palpation: This allows us to scan the body for abnormalities, such as enlarged lymph nodes or tumors.
  • Heart and lung auscultation: Auscultation is the act of listening to the internal sounds of the body with a stethoscope. This allows us to listen for normal rates and rhythms, as well as pick up murmurs and arrhythmias in otherwise normal and healthy pets.

In addition, wellness exams are the perfect time to discuss any concerns regarding behavior, nutrition, weight, grooming, sleep patterns, family interaction and more.

The American Veterinary Medical Association created National Pet Week in 1981 to foster responsible pet ownership, recognize the human-animal bond and increase public awareness of veterinary medicine.

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Spring is Here: When Should My Dog Visit the Groomer?

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All dogs usually grow thicker coats during the colder months of winter, including our short-haired pups too like Chihuahuas, Boxers and even Dobermans! While pet owners may not notice the difference during the winter months, they will start to notice now that spring has sprung. This is due to increased shedding or as groomers call it, “blowing their coat.” Below are some telltale signs it may be time to see your groomer:

Pollens: All this fresh grass and new blooming flowers brings about more pollen in the air. These pollens can cause irritants to dogs with sensitive skin or skin allergies. Our trained groomers in Arizona, Phoenix and Gilbert can help ease some irritations with a hydrating oatmeal shampoo and conditioner. However, a groomer is never a substitute for a veterinarian when it comes to treating skin issues. Please see your vet if you believe your pet is suffering from skin allergies or if their skin just seems more irritated than normal during this spring season.

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Tangles, Knots, Mats, and Dirty Fun: With spring also comes lush green grass, bright flowers and plenty of sunshine.  That extra dose of sunshine and extra green grass is the perfect mixture of good old-fashioned dirty fun for your dog. Nice weather means more time for your pup to play outside, either with friends, toys or just running wild and rolling around. All this romping around may leave your pet with dirt and grass stains. Unfortunately, rolling in the grass wont give them that fresh-cut grass smell either and may lead them to smelling a little stinky. Leave the bathing hassle to the groomers and let them clean and pamper your pet in Arizona, Phoenix and Gilbert after a day of fun! This extra dose of fun in the sun can also lead to knots, tangles and matts for those breeds with long hair, such as Australian Shepherds, Doodles, and Malteses. Whether you live in Arizona, Phoenix and Gilbert, don’t let your dog miss out on those fun spring days because you are worried about the upkeep of keeping them tangle-free. Spring is the perfect time to bring your dog to the groomer to ensure they stay knot and matt free.

Blowing Their Coats: Pet owners can help keep the shedding down by brushing, brushing, and more brushing. All that hair has to go somewhere though. It usually ends up all over the house and may even clog up your bathroom drains during bath time. Let your pup enjoy a nice massage, bath, extra brushing and a nail trim with their groomer! Leave the mess at the groomers’ and enjoy your clean and soft pup. For dogs with extreme shedding many groomers, including our own in Arizona, Phoenix and Gilbert, offer special de-shedding treatments.

Don’t wait until spring is over; make your grooming appointment today!