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The Fun in the Sun Photo Contest is back. Please send us a Cheesepicture of your pet enjoying the summer days. Whether it be outside or taking a cat nap we want to see. All the photos will be posted on our Facebook page.

We have some new rules this year about voting be sure to read the details below. This year the winner will Scan0002receive a $50 dollar gift card to Baring Blvd Veterinary Hospital. Be sure to follow these steps below to register.

1. Find an adorable picture of your pet enjoying the summer season.

2. Email it to us at Baringvet@gmail.com (as a jpeg please). Subject line : FUN IN THE SUN 2015, be sure to include your first and last name, your pet’s name and your phone number.

3. Login and check out your pet’s picture on our Facebook page. (And don’t for get to like it! )Facebook-Like

4. Ask your friends and family to help by liking the picture on OUR page (if you share it ask them to click through to our page, other wise their like won’t count).

Rules:

The winner will be determined by a percentage of the likes on facebook, and votes from the staff. Photos can be submitted from July 1- August 12 (to the email above). We will post all the photos at the same time on August 15. The voting will take place from August 15 through August 22. The winner will be announced after the staff vote on August 29. Good Luck !

Vaccines,What are the Risks and Benefits to Your Pets.

By: Dr. Bob Baker Dr baker with penny

As a veterinarian I am faced with questions about vaccinations every day, what are the risks? what are the benefits?  To say that vaccines are safe is true, however there are adverse effects associated with vaccination.  While extremely rare, anaphylactic allergic reactions can occur and must be dealt with immediately. Other allergic reactions, fever, vomiting, facial swelling occur on occasion, but are still rare. The old feline vaccinations were associated with development of an injection site sarcoma; this occurred more commonly in patients with a genetic predisposition to cancer. So yes there are some risks associated with vaccination.  When it comes to vaccination, we have to assess the relative risk of vaccination vs. the risk of the disease.  Rabies vaccine however is always indicated as it is state law to vaccinate dogs and cats.  Most pets however, do not have the social risk factors of humans, there  are some such as those that go to groomers, boarding kennels, and day care.  These pets have risk factors more like us, where we go to work, school, shopping; where we interact with others that may or may not be vaccinated or be incubating or spreading a contagious disease.

DSC_0854When an animal or person is vaccinated, most will form antibodies to the false infection that will protect from the real infection when the subject is exposed to the pathogen.  There are however, some individuals that are genetic non-responders, meaning they cannot form antibodies to the vaccine.  These are the individuals that get sick despite vaccination.  This happens in canine parvovirus on occasion because the dog, no matter how many times they have been vaccinated, simply cannot respond to the presented antigen.  So how do we protect these “non-responders” in the population, along with the individuals that cannot receive vaccines because of illness, immunocompromise, or allergies.  The key is a concept called herd immunity, and it derives from infectious disease management mostly in the cattle and dairy industry.  The more individuals that are vaccinated, the more protected the herd, including those that cannot be vaccinated or are non-responders.  The more individuals that do not receive the vaccine, the more likely the herd immunity will fail and an outbreak will occur.

Measles is a virus that belongs to a group of viruses  called Morbillivirus.  It evolved from a cattle virus called Rinderpest around  1100-1200 A.D.   When the measles virus first adapted to infect humans, it had a high mortality rate, killing up to 60% of those infected.  Over time, the virus (and us) have changed to be less fatal, but still is very infective.  It is interestingsierra to note that Rinderpest, the cattle morbillivirus, has been eradicated by a global vaccination protocol, similar to what we did with the Smallpox virus in humans, and almost did with the Polio virus until the Taliban in the tribal areas of Pakistan started shooting the vaccinators.  The canine morbillivirus causes a disease called distemper, which most veterinarians in practice today will never see because enough people continue to give their dogs the vaccine to keep herd immunity up and individuals protected by a highly safe and effective vaccine.

Dental Month is Back!

That’s right everybody dental month is back ! If your pet comes in for a dental cleaning during the month of February you will receive a $35 discount off the cost of the dental cleaning, and a dental kit (values at around $10).  Spots are limited so please give us a call if you would like to make an appointment. Here is a sample of a before and after picture from one of our dental cleaning.

Pre dental cleaning Post dental cleaning

Dr. Laura Leautier
 What’s the Scoop with Anal Glands ?
Laura Leautier
If you’re a lucky pet owner, you’ve never had to think about your pet’s anal glands.  Maybe you didn’t even know dogs and cats have anal glands.  But if your pet has ever been stressed out and expressed its anal glands, you’ll never forget the smell for as long as you live!  Since cats rarely have anal gland issues, I’ll focus on dogs here.
1029569Anal glands are scent glands located back by your dog’s anus, hence the name.  Every time it defecates, it expresses a small amount of fluid on its feces to “mark” its territory.  The fluid should be gray or tan watery material.  Sometimes, though, it’ll get thicker, and have a hard time exiting the anal gland ducts and get overfilled.  You may notice your dog dragging their bottom across the carpet (also known as the “butt scoot boogie”), licking back there excessively, or you may smell that tell-tale stale fish odor.  These are all signs that your pet is uncomfortable back there, and you’d need to bring him in to get the anal glands expressed.  (We promise we actually clean their butt afterward, but it’ll smell for a bit like we haven’t!)  If the material gets too thick (like dried toothpaste), it won’t flow out of the duct, and the material will actually push out through the skin and cause a big sore back there — an anal gland abscess, which is treated surgically.

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It seems our smaller dogs have the most issues, and many come in every month or two to get them expressed.  So if you notice your dog obsessing back there, or scooting his bottom, bring him in, no appointment needed!

How Often Does My Pet Need Bloodwork Done?

Jackie Pulver,  DVM Dr. Jackie Pulver

 

As veterinarians, there are many times in a pet’s life that blood work is needed.  The first time blood work is usually performed on an animal is when they have their spay or neuter surgery.  We perform blood work at this time to make certain there are no underlying issues that may affect their ability to safely undergo anesthesia.

Golden Retriever puppyIf you pet becomes ill, many times we will advise you to check blood work.  This is to allow us to better find the underlying cause of the change in your pet. Many times the blood work will better allow us to direct treatment by identifying specific issues that need to be addressed either with medication, surgery, or supportive care.

If your pet has been diagnosed with a chronic illness, many times monitoring blood work will need to be performed.  Dogs diagnosed with diabetes, Cushing’s disease, Addison’s disease, seizures, and hypothyroidism will need several visits that include blood work during the diagnosis of theses diseases and in starting them on the appropriate medications. Once these pets are on appropriate doses of their medications, they will only need blood work a few times a year to make sure they continue to be well regulated.  Your vet will let you know the best schedule for your pet. Cats diagnosed with diabetes, hyperthyroidism, and kidney disease will need several initial visits 99059361-choose-cat-litter-632x475during the diagnosis and starting of their medications.  Once stabilized on their specific medications and treatments,  blood work will only need to be performed a few times yearly for monitoring.  Your vet will let you know the schedule that is best for your pet.

Healthy adult dogs and cats need and annual exam by their vet.  At that time, a physical exam and history of events from the past year will be obtained.  After discussing the physical exam findings with you, your vet will determine if your pet will need any blood work to further monitor their well-being.

foster-cat-and-dogGeriatric pets should have a biannual exam, and they should have blood work performed annually or biannually. This is allowing us to stay abreast of changes in our aging pets, and give appropriate treatments to maintain their comfort in the golden years. Many of our older patients are also on chronic NSAIDS for arthritis, and they need biannual blood work to monitor the kidney and liver function.

Valentine’s Day 2013

Happy Valentines Day

Dental Month Starts February 1st !

Ok mark your calendars Dental Month is right around the corner. Here is a sample of the dental report we send home with your pet. Call us today find out how you can save on your pet’s dental cleaning.

CK

Pet Insurance

What is it, Who is it for, and Why Should You Get It ?

By: Bob Baker DVM 536604_279328702147215_148247985255288_629051_1974042811_n

More and more people are opting to purchase health insurance for their pets.  Health care costs have been rising steadily each year, and advancements in the procedures and equipment in veterinary medicine have led to higher and higher fees.  Most of this is driven by the cost of medical equipment and drugs, much of it the same as in human medicine and influenced by the same economic factors.  There is also an increase in demand from pet owners for state of the art diagnostic equipment and the newest technology for delivering health care and these technologies are expensive to acquire.

The result of this is higher fees usually across the board for the pet owning population.  For better or worse, insurance on the human side of medicine has become large part of the health care delivery system.  This is not the case in veterinary medicine, but insurance is becoming  a rising factor of how pet owners manage the expenses of veterinary care for their pet.

dog-take-ibuprofenThe first thing to remember  when considering pet insurance is  that it is completely different from human insurance.   In veterinary health insurance, the client pays the veterinary provider directly and is reimbursed by the insurance company. This also eliminates veterinary offices only excepting or working with certain companies.  With our office we will submit a claim for any insurance company.  Second, pre-existing conditions ARE excluded by most insurance companies.

In an “average pet” life expectancy you are going to pay more in premiums each year than you are likely to pay if you paid as you went. If you have the discipline to take the money you would have paid in insurance premiums and banked it specifically for your pet’s health care, you would “on average” come out a little ahead.  You can think of pet insurance as an enforced 5073b95e64c1f36647afb72075c09a73savings plan for health care for your pet.  In some cases, where a pet is very healthy and you don’t have much health care costs…you will end up losing money over the pet’s life expectancy.  On the other hand, if you have a pet that is accident prone (IE..lacerations, eating things it shouldn’t, etc), or ends up with a chronic illness (IE.. ear infections, skin/eye issues, renal disease, cancer, etc), you will definitely save money in the long run.  With some cases getting into the thousands of dollars, this can be a financially saving device for people, affording people to take care of their pets where they would not have the opportunity before.
There are too many companies providing pet insurance to list, and companies have different plans to suit individual needs of the client. Plans can include everything from basic medical coverage, to complete health maintenance programs including vaccinations and dental care.
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We at Baring have started promoting Trupanion. They offer some of the best coverage out there and the client care is above and beyond. For more information on Pet Insurance, please contact our office and one of the members of our staff can go over it with you.

Helpful Guidelines and Tips On What To Do If Your Pet Has A Seizure

By: John Crumley, DVM JPC

 

Seizures (often called convulsions or fits) are involuntary behaviors caused by abnormal firing of the synapses in the brain. The behaviors vary depending on which part of the brain is involved. The classic seizure is a grand mal type convulsion where the pet may fall over, paddle its legs, lose consciousness, and possibly lose control of its bladder and/or bowels. There are three phases to the seizure: 1) the pre-seizure or “pre-ictal phase” which is a period of disorientationyour pet may cry out, or seem anxious and try and seek you out during November-27-2012-18-40-11-mqwthis stage, 2) the seizure itself – where the pet usually falls over and displays classic convulsions, and 3) the post-seizure or “post-ictal”phase – marked by disorientation, stumbling, and anxious or even aggressive behavior. Sometimes this may appear to be a “regrouping” or a recovery/rest period after the seizure and can last from a few minutes to several hours.

Seizures are fairly common in dogs and cats, but are always very frightening and stressful to the family of a cherished pet. There are many causes of seizures, some relatively benign (such as juvenile epilepsy, while others are much more serious (such as brain tumors). A thorough examination and full labwork are warranted if your pet has a seizure. In this blog, I would like to focus on the seizure itself and what you can do at home if your pet unfortunately has a seizure.

The first thing to remember is that in most cases the seizure is harder on you and the family than your pet. During a seizure your pet is unconscious and will have no memory of the event. They may vocalize, thrash, and yelp like crazy, and this often appears as if they are in pain, but they are not. They are unconscious and unaware of what their body is doing. So, don’t panic (I know, easier said than done, right?). The average seizure lasts about two minutes, some shorter and some longer, but it can seem like Cat-and-Clockan eternity. Try and stay objective, note the time, then start timing the seizure. Look at your pet’s surroundings and see if there is any way your pet could be hurt (e.g.,are we at the top of stairs, in the street, are there other animals around, etc.)? If there is danger, try and move your pet, but be careful you do not get hurt! Stay away from your pet’s mouth as you may be inadvertently bitten during the seizure. Do not place anything in your pet’s mouthyour pet will not swallow its tongue. I am not sure where this myth came from, but it is simply not true. Now, back to the clock. Hopefully, the seizure has stopped in a minute or two, but if it lasts longer than 10 minutes, try and safely get your pet to a veterinary hospital. cropped-baring-vet-3.jpgHaving long, sustained seizures (greater than 10 minutes) is called status epilepticus and requires immediate veterinary attention to stop the seizure. Similarly, if your pet has more than three seizures in a day, regardless of how long they lasted, you should get to a veterinary hospital as quickly (but safely) as possible.If it is just one or two seizures lasting less than 10 minutes, make sure your pet is comfortable and call your veterinarian for an appointment for a medical workup to try and determine the cause.

After the initial evaluation and labwork has been run, your veterinarian may begin medications to control the seizures, depending on the severity and frequency of the seizures. We always want to monitor the seizures whether medications are indicated or not. Keeping a “seizure log” is a simple tool to help your veterinarian decide if your pet needs to start medications. Make three columns, one for the date, one for the duration (not the pre- or post-ictal phases, just the fit or convulsion’s duration), and a third one for the severity. You could use a numbering scale (such as 1 through 5) for severity, or you could just jot down some information, like “lost consciousness”, or “this was much milder than the first seizure.” Just pensomething that you and your veterinarian will understand. This log will help us make medication adjustments based on increases or decreases in frequency, duration, and severity and make sure your pet is treated appropriately.

 

The Night Before Christmas A Feline Tail ……….

T’was the night before Christmas and all through the house I was stalking and searching for one little mouse. I went feliwaythrough the stocking that were hung on the chimney with care in hopes that my feliway would soon be there.The kids were nestled and snug in their beds while visions of hairballs were stuck in their heads; and my mom in her pjs and I not in bad settled my brain to attack her instead.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter I jumped from the winder to hide in the shower. Away to the window my mom flew like a flash, she broke the shutters and screamed like a cat. The moon freaked her out and she saw in the snow a luster of objects from the dog next door. When to her wandering eyes should she see, but a miniature sleigh with goodies Santa-christmas-sleighfor me.

I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick more rapid than eagles his courses they came quick. He whistled and shouted some really silly names. Now Dasher, now Dancer, now Pancer, and Vixen! On Comet, on Cupid, On Donner, and Blitzen! Like they mean anything to me??? He was screaming to the top of the porch to the top of the wall dash away, dash away, dash away all. He was moving like wild hurricanes fly when he hit the plastic Santa on the neighbor’s side.

So on to the housetop they flew with the sleigh full of my goodies oh and some for mom too, and then in a twinkling I heard on the roof a sampling of what sounded like little reindeer poop. As my mom drew in her head and we turned around, down the chimney St. Nick came falling down. He was dressed in faux fur from head to foot, and his clothes smelled of ashes and he was covered in soot.

My bundle of goodies flung on his back he looked like a peddler hurry Santa open that sack! His eyes how they twinkled, his dimples how merry- wait a second he looks like a cherry. His mouth had drawn up like a big bow and his beard on his chin not quite white a snow. The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth- oh Santa don’t you know smoking can stain your teeth. He had a broad face and a round belly he reminds me of me as we laugh like a bowl full of jelly. He is chubby and plump and a right jolly old elf and my mom left him weight watcher cookies in spite of herself.

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head soon told me, he was flirting with my mom instead. He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work and filled my stockings with my feliway goods. He turned with a jerk and he gave a nod up the chimney, I screamed after hey Santa you forgot your eggnog.

He sprang to his sleigh and to me he whistled Merry Christmas Lincoln you little stinker! lin