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April 20, 2018
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Our Office will close at 4:45 PM on Tuesday, May 8th for our Monthly Staff Meeting. 

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By contactus@northwoodah.com
April 16, 2018
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You come home from work and greet Fido with a pat. Suddenly you notice hair missing, and a moist red spot on his head. After examining him further you see multiple spots. Fido starts to scratch and lick those areas without pause. These painful and itchy spots are known as hot spots.

Dogs experience hot spots for a slew of reasons. If your dog is part of the itchy and scratchy show, he may be suffering from hot spots.

 

What Are Hot Spots?

Hot spots, also known as acute moist dermatitis, are red, moist, hot skin lesions. Hot spots often grow EXTREMELY FAST within a short period of time because dogs tend to lick, chew and scratch the affected areas, further irritating the skin.

The most common areas to find them are on the head, chest, and hip area. If you notice your dog licking or scratching those areas excessively, check for hot spots.

 

What Causes Hot Spots?

– bug bites from fleas or other insects
– allergies
– poor grooming
– underlying skin infection
– constant licking or chewing due to stress or boredom

It is important to figure out what is causing the hot spots, so you can eliminate it. Otherwise, the spots will continue to spread. This will cause Fido to be in a lot of unnecessary pain and discomfort.

 

Hot spots are always caused by something. It is just the symptom, so it is vital that you find the culprit.

How To Get Rid Of Them

Once you figure out what is causing the hot spots you can start the treatment phase. The itching can be so intense that you may need to put a cone around their neck, to prevent them from reaching the hot spot.

 

If the reason for the hot spots was bug bites then you need to eliminate the bugs. 

 

If allergies are the cause, you will need to visit the vet and find out what your dog is allergic to. It may be the food you are feeding, or the detergent you are using. Some dogs are allergic to environmental irritants like grass, mold, or pollen. Once you figure out the allergen you can focus on eliminating it.

Other topical treatments range from sprays to salves. Sprays are easy to apply, just be sure it does not contain alcohol. Alcohol will dry out and irritate the skin more. Burt’s Bees spray is a natural solution that will provide itch relief for Fido.

 

Last, but certainly not least, you can use coconut oil. The great thing about this oil is that is can be used internally and externally. Coconut oil is all natural with anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. The recommended dosage per Dogs Naturally Magazine, “1 teaspoon of coconut oil per 10 pounds of bodyweight, or 1 tablespoon per 30 pounds of body weight.” Start with a quarter amount and gradually work your way to full amount.

Fido will thank you with endless kisses for relieving those itchy spots. Hot spots are common and can pop up suddenly, so be sure to inspect Fido daily.

By contactus@northwoodah.com
April 04, 2018
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Are your dog’s teeth pearly white?

If not, you are not alone. Over 80 percent of dogs and cats will have dental disease by the age of three. It is one of the most common problems that veterinarians encounter. But it can all be avoided with proper oral hygiene.

Dogs cannot brush their own teeth, so it falls on the parents to make sure their teeth stay plaque free. You may be thinking, “My dog does not want anything in his mouth that is not food.” Well, there are many ways to keep your dog’s teeth clean.

Plaque can build up and cause periodontal disease, just like it does in humans. Plaque collects at the gum line and causes the gum to separate from the tooth. The separation will then become infected with bacteria. The bacteria from the infection will enter the bloodstream and cause serious health problems and pain. Periodontal disease has been linked to kidney, liver, lung, and heart disease. The good news is that the plaque and infection can be cleared up with regular brushing before it turns into periodontal disease.

However, some breeds are predisposed to dental disease. Toy breeds and short-nosed breeds are more susceptible, because their teeth are more crowded. They need to have extra care to avoid plaque build-up. A yearly dental inspection by a vet is recommended for all dogs.

 

Signs Of Dental Disease

– red inflamed gums
– plaque on teeth, yellow teeth
– smelly breath
– bleeding gums
– pus under the gum line
– loose teeth

So if you think your dog is in the early stages of dental disease, here is what to do.

Ways To Prevent Dental Disease At Home

The tried and true, toothbrush and toothpaste. Daily brushing is recommended as the best way to prevent plaque buildup and to maintain optimum oral health. You are already an expert at brushing your teeth, so just get Fido his own brush and you can do his too. Purchase a dog-appropriate toothpaste that can be swallowed. This may take some patience on your end, but the payoff is healthy teeth and gums for your dog. Be sure you brush the gum line well, since this is where plaque likes to live.

Chew sticks are great for dental health. Bully sticks are always a dog favorite. It is a win-win! You get to relax and read a book, while Fido chews to his delight and dental health.

For dogs that refuse to have a toothbrush in their mouth, there are tooth and gum wipes that can assist in removing plaque. It is still recommended that you use them daily.

No matter what method works best for you and Fido, it is important to be consistent and to perform it daily. Good oral hygiene will keep your dog healthy and happy. Now that is something to smile about.

 

 

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By contactus@northwoodah.com
March 28, 2018
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It is important to feed Fido a balanced diet with fresh and species appropriate food. Here is a simple way to enhance your dog’s diet with these 5 super foods. A super food is full of nutrients with multiple health benefits.

Start with balancing your dog’s gut so he can properly digest food. Probiotics are the easiest way to strengthen his immune system. They are “good” bacteria that balances the gut and are essential for optimum health. Did you know that probiotics are located all throughout your dog’s body?

 

Raw Goat Milk

Raw goat milk contains easily digested probiotics. Dogs Naturally Magazine says “Goat milk contains vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, trace elements, enzymes, protein, and fatty acids. In fact, the body can digest goat’s milk in 20 minutes.”

Make sure you are buying from a reputable source or buy local, if you can. If you want to feed your dog a product that has goat milk in it, try The Honest Kitchen’s Pro Bloom.

Prebiotics feed probiotics and are necessary for the best results. Together, they keep your dog at peak health from snout to tail. They are like Batman and Robin in the body. They strengthen the immune system and keep it balanced so it can fight off viruses.

 

Apple

Apples make a great treat and are full of prebiotics. Cut some slices and add to Fido’s food. Most dogs love apples because they are sweet and crunchy. Do not feed the apple core or seeds. “Apple seeds contain amygdalin, a substance that releases cyanide into the blood stream when chewed and digested,” according to Healthline. Apples are also higher in fiber, so start feeding in small amounts to avoid an upset stomach.

Now that the gut is balanced and happy, we can move onto the rest of the body.

 

Carrot

This mighty vegetable is packed with vitamins and minerals for optimum eye health. They are inexpensive with huge benefits. Carrots contain beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is good for bones, vision, and skin. This is not a myth, so add some to your dog’s food. Baby carrots make great treats for you and Fido with natural sugar, so they are a little sweet.

 

Blueberries

The dark, sweet berries are full of antioxidants and nutrition for your dog. Grab a handful and rinse then share with your dog. According to Animal Wellness Magazine, “Blueberries contain two very important eye healthy carotenoids – lutein and zeaxanthin. Lutein and zeaxanthin are like sunscreen for eyes.” Be sure to start off slow, or your dog may get loose stool.

 

Kale

This leafy green vegetable is full of nutrients. Now this may not be your dog’s favorite treat since it is not sweet, but it is worth a try. Food Matters states “Kale possesses phytonutrients, which quell inflammation, improve the liver’s detox ability, and can even protect brain cells from stress.” Try baking up some kale chips for you and Fido.

 

Dogs love to eat and are usually begging for table scraps. Now you can feel good about sharing food with your pet. As with all things, variety is key. Just start with one at a time and introduce slowly to avoid an upset stomach.

By contactus@northwoodah.com
March 21, 2018
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It’s extremely contagious and can lead to death if not treated immediately.

The symptoms include coughing fits, fever, mucous discharge, fever, loss of appetite, and sluggishness. And it’s getting worse.

The virus can’t be transmitted to humans, but it can affect cats.

Canine H3N2 influenza was thought to be restricted to parts of South Korea until 2015, when it was identified in Chicago, the AVMA maintains. A year later, cats in an Indiana shelter were diagnosed with the virus.

This flu is most commonly passed on to other animals through coughing, barking, or sneezing, and the risk increases where animals are kept in close quarters. Shared water bowls and toys can also carry the virus for at least 48 hours if not disinfected.

Symptoms of the disease will appear within 2-3 days of exposure. Severe cases of CIV have resulted in pneumonia, but proper vaccinations are effective in preventing the virus. Still, the number of confirmed cases of this disease is causing a stir.

Animals suspected of carrying the virus should be quarantined from other pets until a veterinarian can confirm it has passed.





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