Archive for October, 2012

Halloween Safety for Your Pet

October 27, 2012

Protect your pets from pranks.

Don’t leave animals unattended outdoors on Halloween, the day before, or the day after. Cruel pranksters can hurt animals, especially black cats.

Don’t feed candy to animals.

Treats that are delicious for children and adults can be harmful or fatal to pets. They can choke on wrappers and chocolate is poisonous to dogs and cats. Keep candy out of the reach of pets and keep a lid on the candy you are handing out.

Do keep pets away from lit pumpkins.

Spooky colored candles and jack o`lanterns can singe pets’ noses and light fur on fire.

Don’t put a reluctant pet in a Halloween costume.

Some cats and dogs don’t mind dressing up but don’t force an anxious animal into a costume. Make sure your pet is comfortable, can see, hear and can move freely.

Do license  your pet.

Make sure your pet has a current pet license and consider micro-chipping your pet. This may help the pet get returned to you. Try to keep your pets away from the front door to avoid them getting out.

If you will be gone, make sure the pet is in a quiet room away from the front door in case your doorbell is rung.

The Veterinarians of Arrow Springs Animal Hospital 918-455-7107

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Lameness

October 24, 2012

Lameness refers to the disability of one or more limbs. It is more often associated with pain or injury resulting in a pet holding the injured limb up or avoiding using it. The most common causes of lameness in dogs is injury to a joint, bone fracture or dislocation. Osteoarthritis and hip dysplasia also cause lameness in dogs. Lameness can affect dogs of any age from growing puppies to senior dogs.

Puppies- growth defects or injury

Adult Dogs- Limb injuries sometimes without any history of accident

Senior Dogs- Degenerative injury disease (DJD) or arthritis

Lameness of unknown origin is common in dogs of all types and sizes. If they could only talk! Depending on the severity and duration, additional testing or anti-inflammatory medications may be necessary. We will determine the best course of action for your pet’s condition.

Most of the time, we are able to accurately diagnose the cause of lameness and provide your pet with specific treatment. Some forms of lameness require lifelong treatment while others can be treated with surgery or weight reduction.

We also offer joint support medications and prescription diets. Please call us if you have any questions.

The Veterinarians from Arrow Springs Animal Hospital 918-455-7107