Cancer is nobody’s friend. As our pet population lives longer and longer than ever before, though, we are faced with a cancer diagnosis for our four-legged friends more often than ever before.
At Vaughn Road Veterinary Clinic, though, we refuse to roll over and let cancer win. While not all situations are ones that we can beat, we continue to look for ways to help our pet patients whenever possible. Chemotherapy for pets is one weapon we have in our arsenal against cancer, and we aren’t afraid to use it.
Cancer is a condition in which cells of a particular tissue within the body begin to divide out of control. This unchecked growth can interfere with other adjacent body tissues or organs and may even spread (metastasize) to other areas of the body.
A diagnosis of cancer does not have universal implications. The type of cancer, its location, and its behavior can have important influences on how quickly and aggressively we need to act. Continue…
School is out, vacations are on, and it’s HOT out there! It’s no surprise that many of us have our eyes on swimming and lounging poolside during the warm summer months. For those with pets, however, there are some considerations to take when it comes to ensuring the safety of your furry friend. Each year, hundreds of accidental drownings occur among dogs (and other pets). To help prevent such tragedies, Vaughn Road Veterinary Clinic wants to spotlight how to keep your pet safe around pools (and other bodies of water).
An Unfortunate Misconception
Contrary to popular belief, your pet may not be any better at swimming than you were when you first started. Not all pets are suited to the water, such as brachycephalic breeds (e.g., pugs and bulldogs), young pets, senior pets, and those will compromised health. In addition, certain pets may not like water, and all pets need some form of supervision and training in order to swim like a pro. Continue…
Summer’s high heat and humidity spell trouble for pets and people alike. While it means different things to different folks, when we apply a healthy dose of prevention, we’re all better off. As far as animals are concerned, it’s vitally important that they stay out of direct heat and always have access to fresh, cool water. To promote their well-being during the season’s hottest days, we have a few ideas for deliciously cool pet treats. Bon(e) appetit!
Responding to Heat
Dogs and cats pant in reaction to climbing temperatures, but it’s not the most effective method of losing body heat. They can sort of perspire through their paw pads and skin surface, but not like humans can. As a result, heat is retained by the body and can lead to a dangerously elevated body temperature, or hyperthermia.
Flat-faced animals, young pets, seniors, those overweight, and ill pets are at greater risk due to their inability to regulate body temperature. Continue…
There are so many things about the great outdoors that, if we really stopped to seriously fret over them, we might never leave the house again. While the endless possibility of outcomes shouldn’t inhibit our adventures, it is important to proceed with caution. That’s why we recommend parasite prevention, microchipping, vaccinations, and more. When it comes to dogs and bee stings, there are not only ways to prevent this potentially painful situation, but also options for treating allergic reactions.
Buzz, Buzz, Buzz
Bees are really cool insects, and we owe them a lot for pollinating our plants and crops. Dogs don’t know that, of course, and just cannot resist their buzzing, flying coolness. Their curiosity and playfulness can truly get the best of dogs who have serious or even life-threatening allergic reactions to bee venom. Continue…