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Pet Health Spotlight: Healing Journeys – Winnie’s Wholesome Weight Loss Story

Meet Cindy, the heart behind this incredible journey, and her delightful companion, Winnie, a Basset with a story of resilience and transformation.

A Rescue Turns into a Journey of Healing:

Cindy, a Las Vegas Basset Rescue volunteer, welcomed Winnie into her life on August 30, 2022. Once burdened with an 87-pound weight, this four-legged friend needed more than just a home; she needed a healing journey.

Navigating the Path to a Healthier Life:

Cindy, determined to help Winnie shed those extra pounds, embarked on a comprehensive weight loss plan. The initial attempt, known as the “Green Bean Diet,” faced resistance. Adapting swiftly, Cindy transitioned to a weight loss kibble, replacing traditional treats with a healthier alternative – veggies, and fruits like carrots, celery, bell peppers, and cantaloupe.

Simultaneously, daily walks commenced. In the beginning, in a mere 5 minutes, they tested Winnie’s stamina. With persistence and love, they gradually increased to a commendable 40-minute daily walk.

Milestones and Triumphs:

Despite infrequent weigh-ins, Winnie’s progress manifested in numerous joyous moments. Longer walks, stair climbing, mastering the bed with doggy steps, and carefree rolls in the grass mirrored her weight loss success.

Critical milestones coincided with vet visits, with Winnie’s weight dropping from 69 pounds in November 2022 to an impressive 55 pounds in December. Even amid health challenges requiring mass removals, Winnie’s commitment to her weight loss journey remained unwavering.

A Life Transformed – For Both Pet and Parent:

The weight loss journey wasn’t just about shedding pounds; it brought both Winnie and Cindy positive lifestyle changes. Daily walks became a cherished routine, and Winnie’s newfound love for fruits and vegetables (except green beans) added a delightful touch to her days.

Reflecting on the journey, Cindy shares, “Winnie and I continue to enjoy daily walks, and she still loves her fruits and vegetables – except green beans. Oh, and she lost her foster status a long time ago. She is now a permanent member of our family.”

Winnie’s Tale – An Inspiration for All:

Winnie’s story is a testament to the incredible transformations possible through dedication, love, and a tailored weight loss routine. It’s a beacon of hope for every pet parent navigating the path to their furry friend’s healthier, happier life.

Keeping Your Pup Fit and Fabulous in Vegas

Beating the Heat: Keeping Your Pup Fit and Fabulous in Vegas!

Welcome to the city where the sun always shines! While the Las Vegas summer can be sizzling, keeping your furry friend active and healthy doesn’t have to be a challenge. Pet Health has the scoop on how to exercise your dogs in the hot Las Vegas summer while ensuring their general health and weight loss journey stays on track.

Early Morning or Late at Night: Cooler Canines Keeping Your Pup Fit and Fabulous in Vegas

In the scorching Vegas summer, timing is everything. To beat the heat, schedule your dog’s exercise for the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler. The pavement can be especially hot during the day, potentially burning your pup’s delicate paws. Enjoying the cooler parts of the day ensures a safer and more comfortable workout for your four-legged friend. 

Dive In: Make a Splash with Swimming!

If you’re lucky enough to have a pool, take advantage of this fantastic exercise opportunity. Swimming is a low-impact, joint-friendly workout for weight loss and overall fitness. Ensure your pet’s safety by gradually introducing them to the water, using pet-friendly life vests if needed. Swimming not only cools them off but also provides an excellent full-body workout. 

Mount Charleston: Hiking Escape

Escape the summer heat with a short drive to Mount Charleston. The nearby hiking trails offer a refreshing change of scenery, and temperatures are often 20 degrees cooler than in Las Vegas. It’s a win-win! Check trail regulations for dogs, and bring plenty of water for you and your pup. 

Keeping Your Pup Fit and Fabulous

Wet Belly, Happy Paws: Cool Water and Towels

Help your dog regulate their body temperature by wetting their belly and paws with cool water or a damp towel. This simple trick can provide instant relief during walks or playtime. Carry a portable water bowl to keep your pup hydrated, and if you’re feeling extra fancy, consider investing in a cooling vest for added comfort. 

Monitor for Heat Exhaustion Keeping Your Pup Fit in Vegas

Vegas heat can sneak up on anyone, and your pup is no exception. Watch for signs of heat exhaustion, such as excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, or unsteadiness. If you notice these symptoms, immediately move your dog to a cooler area, offer water, and contact your Pet Health veterinarian. Prevention is key, so be mindful of your pet’s limits and don’t push them too hard. 

Seize the Cooler Months

While summer in Vegas can be intense, the cooler months are a golden opportunity for focused exercise and outdoor adventures. Take advantage of fall and winter to establish a fitness routine, making summer workouts more manageable. Building a solid foundation during the non-summer months ensures your dog stays active and healthy year-round. 

Las Vegas summers may sizzle, but with these tips, keeping your dog active, healthy, and on track for weight loss is a walk in the park. At Pet Health, we’re committed to ensuring your furry friend enjoys the best of this vibrant city. So, grab that leash, lather on the sunscreen, and let the Vegas fitness journey for your pup begin! 

Keeping Your Pup Fabulous in Vegas

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Pet Health Spotlight: Healing Journeys – Caico’s Inspiring Weight Loss Story 🌟

Welcome to “Pet Health Spotlight: Healing Journeys,” where we celebrate the remarkable stories of our pet patients. This month, we’re thrilled to share the inspiring weight-loss journey of Caico, a spirited 2-year-old silver lab, and her dedicated pet parent, Ester. Get ready for a heartwarming tale of determination, support, and the joy that comes with a healthier, happier pet!

Meet Caico:

Caico, a playful silver lab, turned 3 on January 4th. Her zest for life includes a love for fetching and tugging and a special fondness for carrots and peanut butter.

The Turning Point:

Ester shares, “Dr. Clarke cautioned us about Caico’s risks if she continued to be overweight—joint problems, heart issues, and a shorter lifespan. We wanted Caico to lead a long and healthy life, so we decided to make major changes to her diet.”

Seeking Professional Guidance:

During a checkup, Dr. Clarke raised the topic of Caico’s weight. Ester recalls, “Dr. Clarke spent time with us reviewing Caico’s diet and gave us a specific calorie count based on her age, size, and breed.”

Crafting the Plan:

“We calculated everything Caico ate and adjusted portions to meet the calorie goal,” Ester explains. “Weighing her food on a scale ensures consistency for every meal, and we introduced changes gradually to avoid drastic shifts.”

Overcoming Challenges:

Ester reflects on challenges: “Calculating portions was tough—we had always ‘eyeballed’ her meals. Writing it out and using a food scale removed the guesswork. Being strict after years of treats was hard, but Caico adjusted without complaints.”

Milestones of Success:

Tightening Caico’s harness was a tangible victory. Ester proudly notes, “We noticed her weight loss and increased energy. She’s lighter on her feet during playtime.”

Support from Pet Health:

“Pets Health has been so supportive,” Ester expresses. “Dr. Clarke and the team answered every question, making us feel like Caico is a family member, not just a patient. Their excitement for her positive changes is heartwarming.”

Positive Lifestyle Changes:

Caico’s increased energy is evident, and Ester emphasizes, “We have peace of mind knowing she’s less likely to face serious health issues. Pet Health played a crucial role in her transformation.”

Advice for Fellow Pet Parents:

Ester shares valuable advice: “Work with your vet for a realistic weight loss plan. Ask questions, make gradual changes, and experiment with low-calorie treats. Make the process fun with praise and encouragement. Stick with it; positive changes will follow.”

Caico’s journey is a testament to the power of commitment, guidance, and a supportive veterinary team. If you’re on a similar path with your furry friend, take heart in Caico’s story, and remember, every small step toward a healthier pet is a giant leap for their well-being.

Stay tuned for more uplifting tales in our “Pet Health Spotlight: Healing Journeys” series. Until next time, may your pets thrive and shine!

Contact us if you have questions or if your furry friend needs help.

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Paws Up for Librela: A Game-Changer in Pet Pain Relief!

Hey there, Pet Health enthusiasts! We’ve got some exciting news for you and your furry friends. Get ready to meet Librela™, the newest superstar in the world of pet healthcare. This innovative medication is taking the canine world by storm, bringing a burst of energy to your pet’s life while managing those pesky aches and pains.

🐾 Introducing Librela™: Woof-tastic Relief for Your Furry Friend!

Librela™ is more than just your average medication. It’s a game-changer specially designed to manage pain and inflammation in dogs, primarily focusing on tackling osteoarthritis. The secret sauce in Librela is bedinvetmab, a monoclonal antibody that zeroes in on nerve growth factor (NGF). NGF is like the villain behind those pain signals in your dog’s spinal cord, and Librela steps up to the plate to neutralize it. Say goodbye to those doggy discomforts!

🌍 From Europe to the USA: Librela’s Success Story!

While Librela might be a newcomer in the United States, it’s already a superstar across the pond. European veterinarians have been using it for over two years, administering more than 4.6 million doses! It’s like a red carpet rollout for your pet’s comfort and well-being.

📅 Keeping Your Pooch in the Groove: Monthly Treatment is Key!

For effective management of your dog’s osteoarthritis, Librela is administered monthly. The dosing frequency depends on your dog’s response to the medication. Osteoarthritis can be a lifelong companion, so your pet may need ongoing treatment with Librela. Missing doses is a no-no, as it can reduce the therapy’s effectiveness. Keep a journal of your pet’s symptoms to track progress over time.

Patience is a Virtue: Give It Some Time!

While we’d all love to see our pets return immediately, the full effects of Librela may take a few weeks to months. Some lucky dogs might feel better within a week, but remember, patience is vital. If there’s no noticeable improvement after two treatments, don’t fret! Consult your Pet Health veterinarian for alternative options.

😺 Keeping the Tail Wagging: Few Side Effects!

Good news, pet parents! Librela is generally well-tolerated by dogs, with very few experiencing side effects. When side effects do happen, they’re usually related to injection site reactions, like a bit of swelling or redness. These local reactions typically go away in a day or two. In rare cases, dogs may experience urinary tract or skin infections as side effects, but don’t worry; these are uncommon.

A Few Things to Keep in Mind:

Librela is not for everyone. If your dog is hypersensitive to the active substance or any of the ingredients, it’s a no-go. Puppies under 12 months of age, breeding dogs, and pregnant or lactating animals should also avoid it. Ensure your Pet Health veterinarian knows your dog’s medical history to keep everything running smoothly.

🔗 Exploring New Horizons: Combination Therapy

Librela plays well with others, especially nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory products (NSAIDs). They can be administered together in healthy dogs. However, it’s crucial to remember that the long-term concurrent use of NSAIDs and bedinvetmab should be cautiously approached under your Pet Health veterinarian’s guidance.

🔮 **A Perfect Fit: Librela and Other Medications**

In the world of pet health, it’s all about compatibility. And Librela is a true team player! In field studies, there were no hiccups when Librela was administered alongside various veterinary medicinal products. Whether it’s parasiticides, antimicrobials, topical antiseptics with or without corticosteroids, antihistamines, or vaccines, Librela is -the best buddy that gets along with everyone.

So, there you have it, fellow pet lovers! Librela™ is the exciting new player in town, ready to bring a world of difference to your pet’s life. With its innovative approach to managing pain and inflammation, this medication is like a breath of fresh air for your furry friends.

Say goodbye to those aches and pains, and say hello to a more vibrant and active pet. Your dog deserves the best, and with Librela, you’re on the right track to ensure their comfort and happiness.

Remember, for the full scoop on how Librela can work its magic for your pet, consult your trusted Pet Health veterinarian. We’re here to ensure your four-legged family member enjoys a happy and pain-free life. Let the adventures begin! 🐾✨

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Pet Health Expertise Unleashed: Weight Loss Tips from Our Top Vets

Welcome back, pet enthusiasts! Today, we’re diving into the expertise of our fantastic team of doctors at Pet Health, each unleashing their go-to weight loss tips for your beloved furry companions. Let’s get started with some pawsitively great advice!

Dr. B’s Cat‑ Friendly Approach

Dr. B understands the challenges of managing a cat’s weight. His must-have solution? Automatic feeders. Dr. B shares, “Automatic feeders are my go-to for weight loss in cats. Setting them for random times keeps cats on their toes, and precise feeding amounts make all the difference, especially when I’m away. It’s a game-changer!

Dr. Lewis’s Portion Control Wisdom

Dr. Lewis emphasizes portion control for our doggie patients. “Decreasing portions to match their caloric needs is crucial. And let’s not forget the treats – everything counts! Green beans are a healthy snack that satisfies and helps maintain the right caloric balance. Oh, and ensure the whole household is on board. Teamwork makes the dream work!”

Dr. DeVilbiss’s Simple Food Journal Trick

For Dr. DeVilbiss, simplicity is key. “A food journal works wonders. Track everything, reduce the food by 20 percent, and stay consistent. Managing treats is vital; keep them under 10 percent of daily intake or opt for healthier alternatives. It’s a straightforward approach that yields results!”

Dr. Clarke’s Veggie Delight

Dr. Clarke, our feline aficionado, suggests a treat makeover. “Ditch high-calorie treats for veggies like carrots and green beans. For cats, switch to meal feeding instead of free feeding. It’s a win-win – treats with fewer calories and a healthier meal routine.”

Dr. Mkhitarian’s Fiber-Rich Strategy

Dr. Mkhitarian recommends a fiber-rich diet for weight loss: “High fiber, low-calorie diets are my go-to. Hills Metabolic prescription food is a fantastic choice. Satiety is crucial – pets shouldn’t feel hungry during their weight loss journey.”

Dr. Pizzillo’s Three Wise Tips

Dr. Pizzillo, our triple-tip expert, shares, “First, watch those treat calories – they add up quickly. Consider healthier options or adjust portion sizes. Second, treat-dispensing toys are a game-changer – they beat boredom, provide exercise, and make treats last. And finally, measure your pet’s progress regularly. Weighing every 2-3 weeks keeps you on top of their journey and avoids creeping weight gain.”

🎉There you have it – expert advice from our stellar team at Pet Health. Remember, each pet is unique, so finding the right combination that suits your furry friend is key. With these tips, weight loss can be an enjoyable journey for you and your pet. Stay committed, stay playful, and let’s keep those tails wagging and whiskers twitching towards a healthier lifestyle! 🐾

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The 5 Reasons Your Pet Deserves
a Fear-Free Veterinary Visit

Fear Free™ Veterinary Approach at Pet Health

At Pet Health, we’re not just a veterinary clinic; we’re dedicated to revolutionizing and enhancing your pet’s healthcare journey. We’re thrilled that our team includes Fear Free Certified® professionals committed to providing a Fear-Free Experience for your furry family members. Wondering why your pet deserves this extraordinary approach? Here are the top five reasons:

Comprehensive Well-being 

“Taking the ‘Pet’ Out of Petrified”

Fear Free is more than a certification; it’s a revolutionary perspective on veterinary care, encompassing your pet’s physical and emotional well-being. At Pet Health, we prioritize Fear Free techniques to alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress, ensuring a positive veterinary experience for your pet.

Positive Reinforcement

Treats, Encouragement, and Kindness

Positive reinforcement is the cornerstone of our Fear Free approach. Every interaction from treats to verbal encouragement is designed to create a positive association with Pet Health, making your pet’s visit a rewarding experience.

Considerate Approach

Tailored to Your Pet’s Emotional State

Fear Free veterinary medicine is all about understanding your pet’s emotions. We consider your pet’s disposition and emotional state during each visit, ensuring a personalized approach. If your pet exhibits signs of stress, we may adapt the visit to make it more comfortable.

Gentle Control

Caring, Positive, and Patient

Our Fear Free practices prioritize gentle control. We’ve crafted a consistent approach emphasizing care, positivity, and patience. Your pet’s emotional health is never compromised for medical care at Pet Health.

Fear Free Practices in Action

Creating a Stress-Free Environment

You’ll notice Fear Free practices throughout our facility:

  • Waiting Room and Lobby: Stay in the car with your pet until the exam room is ready, minimizing stress.
  • Pheromones and Music Therapy: We use calming and stress-reducing music throughout our hospital to create a soothing environment.
  • Positive Reinforcement with Treats: Our treat menu caters to different preferences, making your pet’s visit enjoyable and stress-free.
  • Examinations: We initiate appointments by avoiding direct eye contact, providing a non-slip surface, and using gentle control techniques for a stress-free experience.
  • Additional Help with Fear: We can prescribe anti-anxiety medications or supplements, ensuring a more relaxed visit.
  • Emotional Medical Records: We keep detailed records of your pet’s emotional responses and preferences, enhancing our ability to provide personalized care.

Elevating Your Pet’s Experience with Fear Free

Fear Free is more than a concept; it’s a commitment that fits Pet Health’s philosophy of reinventing the veterinary experience. Part of that philosophy involves believing that your pet’s healthcare journey involves prioritizing their emotional well-being and creating a stress-free environment for everyone involved. At Pet Health, we believe in fostering a positive and Fear-Free Experience because your pet deserves nothing less.

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New Year, New Tail 

As we welcome the New Year, it’s the perfect time to think about resolutions, not just for ourselves but for our beloved pets, too. One common goal for pet parents is to ensure their pets maintain a healthy weight, and that’s exactly what we’ll be talking about today!

🌟 Recognizing the Epidemic 🌟

Let’s kick off the year by tackling the obesity epidemic in our furry friends. It’s a startling fact that excessive weight gain has become the most common preventable disease in dogs and cats throughout the United States. In 2020, 56% of dogs in the U.S. were overweight or obese, surpassing those at an appropriate weight. For our feline friends, almost 50% are affected by obesity.

Why does this matter? Well, overweight pets face an increased risk of various health issues, including diabetes, joint problems, cardiovascular disease, and even cancer. It’s a harsh truth, but overweight pets tend to have shorter lifespans than their healthy counterparts.

💡 Finding the Ideal Body Weight 💡

Before we jump into the fun stuff, like treats and exercises, we need to determine the ideal body weight for your pet. At Pet Health, we use a Body Condition Score (BCS) system, ranging from 1 (emaciated) to 9 (obese), with 5 being the sweet spot for most breeds. This is performed at every Lifetime and Focused Care visit to determine if your pet is overweight, establish goals, and monitor progress for your pet’s weight loss journey.  

🍽️ Step 1: Count Calories and Portion Control 🍽

Now that we’ve set our goal, it’s time to focus on what your pet consumes. At Pet Health, we often start with calculating the energy requirements for your pet.   This is essentially a starting point for the number of calories we will want your pet to consume each day.  We can use this number, along with the calories per cup of your pet’s current food, to determine if their current diet can be safely reduced.   

For those free-feeding your pets, it’s time to switch to scheduled meal times and get out a measuring cup.   Cats can be a bit more challenging, and we often recommend using automatic cat feeders to avoid those pesky “I’m hungry” wake-up calls at 3 AM  and 3 PM.

🍬 Step 2: Healthy Treats 🍬

Who said treats can’t be a part of a weight loss plan? Although treats should make up no more than 10% of your pet’s daily calories, there are plenty of healthy options that are both tasty and low in calories!  Specifically, miniature marshmallows, raw bananas, applesauce, and boiled vegetables are great choices!

Remember the calorie content when giving treats, as it’s crucial for your pet’s weight loss journey. Miniature marshmallows have approximately 3.5 calories per gram, while boiled vegetables have about 0.5 calories per gram. Fruits like apples with skin, blueberries, and raspberries are also fantastic low-calorie options.

🏋️ Step 3: Fun and Energetic Exercises 🏋

Let’s get the party started! Exercise is not just for us; it’s also essential for our furry companions. For dogs, low-impact activities like short leash walks, tag at the dog park, or playing fetch are fantastic ways to kickstart their weight loss journey.

For cats, interactive playtime with toys, climbing on cat trees, and puzzle feeders can make losing weight feel like a fun game. Rotate their toys regularly to keep them engaged and interested in playtime.

🥦 Step 4: Prescription Weight Loss Diets 🥦

If portion control, healthy treats, and exercises aren’t enough to shed those extra pounds, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered! Your Pet Health veterinarian will most likely recommend a prescription weight loss diet. These diets offer a nutritionally balanced and safe option to help your pet lose weight while keeping them feeling full and satisfied.

It’s important to remember that every pet is unique, and sometimes, it takes trying multiple prescription diets to see results.

📊 Step 5: Measure Progress 📊

Last but not least, monitoring your pet’s progress is crucial. At Pet Health, we recommend regular weight checks every four weeks to see how your pet is doing. The goal is often to lose 1-2% of body weight weekly.

🐶New Year, New Tail! 🐱

As we embark on this journey to help our furry companions shed those extra pounds, remember that it’s all about making small, positive changes. With the proper guidance, determination, and lots of love, your pet can have a healthier, happier year ahead. Let’s make 2024 the year our pets’ tails wag a little brighter!