Update – Canine Influenza Outbreak In Las Vegas 

Las Vegas Specific Information

Recently, there have been reports of confirmed cases of canine influenza (CI) from reputable Las Vegas shelters and animal organizations such as the Animal Foundation, Henderson Animal Shelter, and Nevada SPCA. While Pet Health Hospital has not identified any confirmed cases of CI, pet parents must be vigilant and well-informed about this contagious respiratory illness. We are updating our previous CI vaccine recommendations to allow our pet parents to best safeguard their pets against CI and other potential health threats.

Summary of Canine Influenza

Canine influenza, also known as dog flu, is a highly contagious viral respiratory infection caused by two strains of the influenza A virus: H3N8 and H3N2. The H3N8 strain was first recognized in racing greyhounds in Florida in 2003, while the H3N2 strain emerged in dogs in Asia in 2007 before spreading to the United States in 2015. Both strains of CI cause respiratory illness in dogs, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe.

CI outbreaks are often associated with high-density dog populations, such as boarding facilities, shelters, and dog parks, where close contact between dogs facilitates viral transmission. Dogs infected with CI can be contagious to other dogs for up to seven days after exposure, leading to outbreaks in congregate settings.

Clinical signs of CI include coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, fever, lethargy, and reduced appetite. While most cases of CI cause mild respiratory illness, some dogs may develop severe pneumonia. In rare instances, CI can be fatal, with mortality rates typically less than 1-2%.

Diagnosing CI involves PCR testing of respiratory specimens to detect the presence of the influenza virus. Additional diagnostic tests, including bloodwork and chest radiographs (X-rays), may be performed to assess the severity of respiratory disease and rule out other underlying conditions.

Treatment for CI is primarily supportive and focused on managing clinical signs and preventing complications. Rest, hydration, and symptomatic relief may be sufficient in mild cases, while more severe cases may require hospitalization, intravenous fluids, oxygen therapy, and antibiotics to address secondary bacterial pneumonia.

Preventing CI is critical to minimizing its spread and impact on canine health. Vaccination is available for both H3N8 and H3N2 strains of CI. The CI vaccine does not provide complete immunity but can reduce the severity and duration of illness and viral shedding in vaccinated dogs.

Information About the Canine Influenza Vaccination

The vaccination protocol typically consists of two doses administered two to four weeks apart, followed by annual booster vaccinations to maintain protective immunity. Overall, the vaccine is considered safe, with few adverse reactions reported. Some dogs have underlying health conditions for which vaccines pose an increased risk; your Pet Health veterinarian will discuss these conditions before deciding to vaccinate for CI.

Historically, Pet Health veterinarians have not recommended canine influenza vaccination except when a daycare or boarding facility requires the vaccine. However, in the face of the increased risk in our community, we now recommend the vaccine for any dog exposed to other dogs with unknown health status. If the incidence of influenza in the community changes, we will update our recommendations accordingly. Our goal is constantly adapting to the changing health environment to give your pets the best care.

Imo’s Dental Diaries: A Dachshund’s Day at the Dentist

Adventures in Pet Dental Care: Through the Eyes of Dr. B and Imogene

Greetings, Pet Health family! I wanted to share a slice of life from our recent dental escapade with Imogene, my spirited Dachshund. In honor of National Pet Dental Month, let’s dive into the intriguing world of professional dental cleanings for our furry friends.

The Prelude: Nervous Anticipation

Picture this: a bustling morning at the clinic, but today’s not just any day—it’s Imo’s dental day. As a pet parent and a vet, the excitement tinged with nerves is all too familiar. Many of you have shared your apprehensions when bringing in your pets, and I’m right there with you.

Pre-Anesthetic Prep: Crossing T’s and Dotting I’s

Imogene gets the standard VIP treatment with a pre-anesthetic exam and vital checks. Her heart and lungs sound great, but a comprehensive pre-anesthetic blood profile is non-negotiable. Why? To rule out any underlying metabolic conditions that could complicate the anesthesia process.

Medication and the Art of Relaxation

Armed with the right information, Imo is pre-medicated to ease her into the dental adventure. It’s fascinating how medications can be fine-tuned based on each pet’s anxiety levels and the anticipated pain. A delicate balance, indeed!

Dr. B’s Note: Adjusting medications for each pet allows us to tailor medications based on her anxiety level and expected pain.

The Grand Entry: Imo Takes Center Stage

Now comes the moment we’ve all been waiting for—the actual procedure. Imo, the star of the show is prepped with an intravenous catheter and induced with propofol. Ellen, our skilled licensed veterinarian (LVT), took charge and deftly intubated Imo.

Dr. B’s Insight: Have you ever wondered why intubation is crucial? It allows us to administer gas anesthesia and safeguards the airway during cleaning.

Beyond the Surface: Unveiling Hidden Truths with X-rays.

As the dental journey progresses, we delve beneath the surface with dental X-rays. A snapshot of Imo’s dental health reveals more than meets the eye. It’s a vital step, and here’s why:

Dr. B’s Tip: Routine X-rays unearth hidden issues, helping us catch problems lurking beneath the gum line, such as infections and broken teeth.

Scaling and Polishing: Ellen’s Expertise Unleashed

With X-rays as our guide, Ellen sets to work, scaling and polishing Imo’s teeth with finesse. Let’s debunk a common misconception—most of the time, our amazing LVTs, not the veterinarians, perform these procedures.

Dr. B’s Insight: LVTs, like Ellen, are dental superheroes, conducting cleanings with precision and care every day.

Charting the Course: Assessing the Aftermath

Post‑cleaning, it’s charting and probing time. Imo’s mouth is meticulously inspected, and any additional procedures needed are determined.

Dr. B’s Reality Check: Most dental cleanings are not straightforward; often, extractions are necessary. In Imo’s case, eight teeth bid their farewell.

Advanced Procedures: Extractions and Beyond

Veterinarians handle advanced procedures like extractions, and Imo’s experience emphasizes the importance of addressing underlying issues. Genetics and my vigilance, or perhaps the lack thereof, played a role in Imo’s dental journey.

Dr. B’s Lesson: Addressing dental issues promptly is crucial. Imo’s extractions went smoothly, but it’s a reminder to be more diligent with daily toothbrushing.

The Road to Recovery: Imo Bounces Back

Monitored and cared for post-surgery, Imo recuperates well at Pet Health. A soft-food diet and diligent care become the norm during the recovery phase.

Dr. B’s Pledge: Improved daily brushing habits are now on the agenda. Imo’s dental adventure reinforces the significance of preventive care.

Homecoming: A Happy Ending

Soft food, a bit of initial discomfort, and Imo gradually bounces back to her vibrant self. It’s a story of dental care, recovery, and the importance of post-extraction attention.

So there you have it—Imo’s dental diaries, a firsthand account of a Dachshund’s day at the dentist. As we celebrate National Pet Dental Month, let Imo’s journey inspire you to embark on your pet’s dental adventure. Here’s to healthy smiles and wagging tails!

Kovu

Pet Health Spotlight: Healing Journeys – Kovu’s Dental Transformation

Meet Kovu, the charming American Eskimo with a heartwarming tale of dental care redemption!

Initiation of Dental Care: A Pup’s Wake-Up Call

Jennifer, Kovu’s devoted pet parent, embarked on the journey of dental home care when her beloved pup faced dental decay and gingivitis at the tender age of 3. Jennifer shares, “We were cautioned that he was set to have teeth extractions in his next cleaning. We knew this would affect his health and quality of life if we didn’t take his dental care more seriously.”

Dental Routine: An Artful Blend of Tools and Love

Pet Health’s recommendation of Virbac Enzymatic toothpaste became the cornerstone of Kovu’s dental routine. Jennifer reflects, “Kovu free-feeds, so his teeth need to be brushed once at any time every day.” To reinforce Kovu’s dental resilience, Jennifer adds Fresh Breath Dental Health solution to his daily drinking water, creating a holistic approach to canine oral care. She adds, “Kovu’s dental genetics are particularly susceptible, so we also incorporate the Fresh Breath Dental Health solution water additive in his drinking water daily.”

Challenges and Solutions: Turning Training into a Treat

Jennifer candidly shares that the length of the training period posed a challenge, but in retrospect, it was a small price to pay for Kovu’s well-being. She recalls, “Training was roughly two months. We spent the first month getting Kovu acquainted with his mouth being handled using a finger glove.” Treat rewards and the ‘down’ command were instrumental, making the training not just practical but a delightful experience for Kovu.

Improvements Observed: From Bleeding Gums to Puppy-Fresh Breath

Jennifer beams with pride as she narrates the delightful transformations in Kovu’s oral health. She says, “His kisses are sweet again! Kovu’s breath is just like a puppy’s breath. His gums no longer bleed when chewing on hard toys and bones.” A stronger bite and an improved grip during playtime tug-of-war sessions are signs of Kovu’s newfound dental health.

Favorite Dental Products: Jennifer’s Top Picks

Two standout products have become Jennifer’s go-to for Kovu’s oral care: the Fresh Breath Dental Health for Dogs Solution and Virbac C.E.T. Enzymatic Toothpaste in Beef Flavor. These products contribute to Kovu’s oral hygiene and become integral to his overall well-being. Jennifer affirms, “We do not brush his teeth after meals because he free-feeds. Instead, we ensure that it is done at least once a day, which has been sufficient to maintain his dental health.”

Meet Kovu, the charming American Eskimo with a heartwarming tale of dental care redemption!

Initiation of Dental Care: A Pup’s Wake-Up Call

Jennifer, Kovu’s devoted pet parent, embarked on the journey of dental home care when her beloved pup faced dental decay and gingivitis at the tender age of 3. Jennifer shares, “We were cautioned that he was set to have teeth extractions in his next cleaning. We knew this would affect his health and quality of life if we didn’t take his dental care more seriously.”

Dental Routine: An Artful Blend of Tools and Love

Pet Health’s recommendation of Virbac Enzymatic toothpaste became the cornerstone of Kovu’s dental routine. Jennifer reflects, “Kovu free-feeds, so his teeth need to be brushed once at any time every day.” To reinforce Kovu’s dental resilience, Jennifer adds Fresh Breath Dental Health solution to his daily drinking water, creating a holistic approach to canine oral care. She adds, “Kovu’s dental genetics are particularly susceptible, so we also incorporate the Fresh Breath Dental Health solution water additive in his drinking water daily.”

Challenges and Solutions: Turning Training into a Treat

Jennifer candidly shares that the length of the training period posed a challenge, but in retrospect, it was a small price to pay for Kovu’s well-being. She recalls, “Training was roughly two months. We spent the first month getting Kovu acquainted with his mouth being handled using a finger glove.” Treat rewards and the ‘down’ command were instrumental, making the training not just practical but a delightful experience for Kovu.

Improvements Observed: From Bleeding Gums to Puppy‑ ;Fresh Breath

Jennifer beams with pride as she narrates the delightful transformations in Kovu’s oral health. She says, “His kisses are sweet again! Kovu’s breath is just like a puppy’s breath. His gums no longer bleed when chewing on hard toys and bones.” A stronger bite and an improved grip during playtime tug-of-war sessions are signs of Kovu’s newfound dental health.

Favorite Dental Products: Jennifer’s Top Picks

Two standout products have become Jennifer’s go-to for Kovu’s oral care: the Fresh Breath Dental Health for Dogs Solution and Virbac C.E.T. Enzymatic Toothpaste in Beef Flavor. These products contribute to Kovu’s oral hygiene and become integral to his overall well-being. Jennifer affirms, “We do not brush his teeth after meals because he free-feeds. Instead, we ensure that it is done at least once a day, which has been sufficient to maintain his dental health.”

Consistency and Routine: A 20-Second Investment in a Lifetime of Health

Jennifer’s secret to maintaining consistency in Kovu’s dental routine is the quick 20-second toothbrushing ritual. This brief yet impactful task ensures Kovu’s gums remain healthy, motivating Jennifer to stick to this routine. She emphasizes, “Brushing his teeth realistically takes 20 seconds, so it’s easy to remember and complete the task. We do this daily or every other day if necessary.”

Advice for Others: Starting Small and Growing Strong

Jennifer’s parting advice to fellow pet parents is grounded in her journey. Unaware of the importance of dental care for dogs, she empathizes with those starting. However, knowledge is power, and understanding the ‘why’ behind dental care motivates her to continue the routine. Jennifer encourages others, saying, “Starting small was the best approach. No rush. We didn’t immediately start brushing his teeth but familiarized Kovu, as most training suggests.”

In Closing: Celebrating Kovu’s Journey

Kovu’s dental transformation is a testament to the positive impact of consistent and thoughtful dental care. Jennifer’s commitment and Kovu’s resilience have turned what once seemed a daunting task into a joyous daily ritual. May Kovu’s journey inspire countless pet parents to embark on their path to healthier, happier pets through dental home care. Join us next time for another edition of Pet Health Spotlight: Healing Journeys!

Jennifer’s secret to maintaining consistency in Kovu’s dental routine is the quick 20-second toothbrushing ritual. This brief yet impactful task ensures Kovu’s gums remain healthy, motivating Jennifer to stick to this routine. She emphasizes, “Brushing his teeth realistically takes 20 seconds, so it’s easy to remember and complete the task. We do this daily or every other day if necessary.”

Advice for Others: Starting Small and Growing Strong

Jennifer’s parting advice to fellow pet parents is grounded in her journey. Unaware of the importance of dental care for dogs, she empathizes with those starting. However, knowledge is power, and understanding the ‘why’ behind dental care motivates her to continue the routine. Jennifer encourages others, saying, “Starting small was the best approach. No rush. We didn’t immediately start brushing his teeth but familiarized Kovu, as most training suggests.”

In Closing: Celebrating Kovu’s Journey

Kovu’s dental transformation is a testament to the positive impact of consistent and thoughtful dental care. Jennifer’s commitment and Kovu’s resilience have turned what once seemed a daunting task into a joyous daily ritual. May Kovu’s journey inspire countless pet parents to embark on their path to healthier, happier pets through dental home care. Join us next time for another edition of Pet Health Spotlight: Healing Journeys!

National Pet Dental Month

Smile Bright: Celebrating National Pet Dental Month at Pet Health!

February is National Pet Dental Month, and we’re all set to dive into the world of pearly whites for our furry friends. If you’ve been diligently flossing and brushing your own teeth but haven’t given a second thought to your pet’s dental care, fear not! We’re here to guide you through the importance of dental home care and how it can keep those canine and feline grins gleaming. 😁

Step 1: Dental Disease in Pets National Pet Dental Month

Let’s start with the basics: What exactly is dental disease, and why should you care? Dental disease is more than bad breath; it’s a bacterial infection and inflammation of the gums that can seriously affect your pet’s overall health. If left untreated, it can lead to oral pain, tooth decay, and even systemic health complications. 😱

Step 2: Periodontal Disease Symptoms and Complications

Imagine a world where your pet’s breath is as fresh as a summer breeze! Unfortunately, untreated dental disease can lead to many symptoms, from inflamed gums to discolored teeth and tooth loss. But it doesn’t stop there—periodontal disease can take a toll on your pet’s organs, leading to infections, organ damage, and, in severe cases, early death. Yikes! The good news is that proper dental home care can be a game-changer. 

Step 3: Home Care Products

At Pet Health, we believe prevention is the key to a bright and healthy smile. We have various home care products to make dental care a breeze for pet parents and their furry companions.

  • Toothbrushing: If your pet is up for it, brushing their teeth is the gold standard. Aim for once a day, and if that’s a tall order, occasional brushing is better than none. For tips and tricks, please check out our blog on the Importance of Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth
  • Dental Wipes: For the non-brushers, dental wipes or pads provide a plaque-removing benefit similar to brushing. Daily use is ideal for maximum effectiveness. 
  • Preventative Gels: These magical gels protect your pet’s teeth, shielding them from plaque and tartar buildup. A weekly application is all it takes!
  • Dental Chews and Treats: Make dental care a treat with specially formulated chews that reduce plaque and tartar. They’re perfect for pets who won’t tolerate brushing and even come with fresh breath benefits.
  • Dental Diets: Swap out regular kibble for dental diets designed to promote healthy teeth. They encourage chewing, helping to remove plaque and tartar.

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Step 4: How to Choose Pet Dental Care Products

When shopping for dental care products, look for the Veterinary Oral Health Care (VOHC) seal of approval. These products are vetted by dental specialists and proven to slow the buildup of plaque and tartar. Check out the list of approved products on the VOHC website, or better yet, ask our veterinarians during your next visit! 🏆

Step 5: Why Professional Pet Dental Cleanings Are Essential Dental Month

Like us, our pets benefit from regular professional cleanings. Despite your best at-home efforts, your pet will still need extra love from our dental team. Professional cleanings, including scaling and polishing, are akin to a spa day for your pet’s teeth. They’re safe, effective, and conducted under general anesthesia for your pet’s comfort.

Step 6: How Often Should a Pet Have a Professional Dental Cleaning?

The frequency of professional cleanings depends on genetics and home care. While you can’t change your pet’s genetics, you have control over their dental care routine at home. The better you care for those teeth between professional cleanings, the less often they’ll need to visit our dental spa. 🛁

So there you have it—a crash course on the importance of dental home care for your pets! Let’s commit to bringing out the sparkle in our pets’ smiles this National Pet Dental Month. Whether it’s a toothbrushing session, a tasty dental treat, or a visit to our dental spa, your pet’s smile is worth celebrating. Here’s to radiant grins and wagging tails all year long at Pet Health! 📆

The Importance of Brushing Your Pet's Teeth

The Importance of Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth

We’re told to brush our teeth at least twice daily; some even brush after every meal. Just like we must brush our teeth to prevent gum disease, pets must have their teeth brushed, too!

Pets need their teeth brushed for the same reason we do – to remove food, debris, and plaque from the surface of their teeth. This prevents plaque from hardening into tartar and creating pockets between the teeth and gums, leading to gingivitis (bacterial infection and inflammation of the gums).

Left untreated, gingivitis eventually leads to periodontal disease (bone deterioration, bone loss, and tooth loss caused by the bacterial infection of the tooth’s attachment, the periodontal ligament, to the jawbone). In addition to causing oral discomfort, periodontal disease can lead to bacterial infections throughout the body that damage organs and can even cause death.

Although gingivitis can be reversed, periodontal disease is irreversible. So, prevention is key to preserving both your pet’s oral health and their general health.

How Often Should I Brush My Pet’s Teeth?


Ideally, a pet’s teeth should be brushed once a day to remove plaque and prevent the accumulation of tartar.

What Do I Use for a Toothbrush?

When brushing your pet’s teeth, using a toothbrush designed for your pet’s species and size is best. We don’t recommend using human toothbrushes because their bristles are generally too hard and designed specifically for a person’s teeth.

With medium and large dog breeds, you will likely use a toothbrush with soft bristles, a long handle, and an angled brush head to help you reach your pet’s back molars.

Finger brushes (like nubbed and textured rubber thimbles) usually work best with small dog breeds and cats.

If your pet won’t tolerate these tools, you can start by using a small piece of nylon pantyhose. Wrapped around your finger, the slightly abrasive fabric will feel better in your pet’s mouth while still helping clean their teeth’ surface.

What Do I Use for Toothpaste?

Do not use toothpaste formulated for people. These contain detergents, salts, sudsing agents, and baking soda that should not be swallowed. Since pets can’t rinse, pet-friendly toothpaste formulas are designed to be safe for ingesting.

Instead, look for a formula designed for cats and dogs at your favorite pet store. These kinds of toothpaste are safe for pets and come in pet-friendly flavors. Additionally, most dog and cat toothpaste contain enzymes to help control plaque.

How to Brush Your Pet’s Teeth

Although it’s simplest to start brushing when your pet is still a puppy or a kitten, mature pets can still be taught. Like teaching your pet any new trick, the key to training your pet to have their teeth brushed is to start slowly and to encourage good behavior with positive reinforcement techniques (i.e., with lots of treats and love).

Pet Health Expert Tip: While brushing, remember that you only need to brush the outside of your pet’s teeth. Their saliva will naturally wash plaque away from the teeth’s inside surface.

Toothbrush Training Step 1

First, help your pet get accustomed to having your fingers in their mouth.

Practice two times a day, using just your fingers, to gently rub your pet’s teeth with a back-and-forth motion like you would with a toothbrush. Do one side (left or right) at a time, making sure you reach the back teeth (molars and premolars) and the front teeth (canines and incisors).

Be sure to praise your pet and reward their good behavior for making toothbrush time a positive experience.

Toothbrush Training Step 2

After a couple of weeks of Step 1, or once your pet is used to the process, add a toothbrush (without toothpaste) and brush your pet’s teeth like before.

With the toothbrush’s bristles at an angle to reach below the gum line, try to brush two or three teeth at a time for ten back-and-forth motions before moving on to the next section. Ideally, brushing all of your pet’s teeth would be best, but their molars and premolars are the most important.

Like before, offer your pet plenty of praise and rewards and continue practicing two times a day until your pet is used to the toothbrush.

Toothbrush Training Step 3

When used to their toothbrush, you can add pet-friendly toothpaste. Perform the same technique as Step 2, and continue offering praise to ensure your pet always has a positive, rewarding experience during toothbrushing.

If you have questions about toothbrushing techniques or dental health supplies for pets, we welcome you to talk with a Pet Health™ veterinarian.

Dental Pain in Pets

5 Signs of Dental Pain in Pets

Hey there, Pet Parents! Dr. B here, and I’m thrilled to kick off Pet Dental Month by shedding light on the top 5 signs that your pet might be dealing with dental pain. February is all about those pearly whites, and it’s crucial to recognize the signs because, guess what, dental disease isn’t just a cosmetic concern – it can be downright painful for your pets.

February: The Month of Healthy Smiles

5 Signs of Dental Pain in Pets

February, the month of love, is also the perfect time to show some love to your pet’s dental health. I’m diving into the month’s first blog with the top 5 signs indicating that your pet might be silently suffering from dental pain.

Dental Disease Stats – It’s More Common Than You Think!

According to numerous studies, 80% of dogs exhibit signs of dental disease by age 3. Cats aren’t exempt either, with 50% to 90% showcasing dental issues by the time they hit 4. So, why should you care? Beyond the cosmetic concerns, dental disease can cause actual discomfort for our four-legged pals.

Causes of Dental Woes

You might wonder, “What’s causing all this trouble?” Gingivitis, broken teeth, resorptive lesions (especially in cats), and, yes, even cavities are common culprits. Remember that throbbing toothache you had once? Imagine your pet dealing with that kind of pain – not fun, right?

We can ask our pets if a tooth is bothering them. Our responsibility is to recognize early signs of tooth pain, and being proactive in diagnosis and treatment is key. 🤔💡

Signs of Dental Pain in Pets

5 Signs Your Pet May Be Experiencing Dental Pain

Halitosis – The Not-So-Fresh Breath

Bad breath isn’t just an inconvenience; it might signal bacterial disease linked to plaque, calculus, or unhealthy tissues. Other causes range from malodorous foods to underlying health issues. So, if your pet’s breath is less than pleasant, it’s time to investigate.

Changes in Eating and Chewing Habits

Is your pet chewing slower than usual or favoring one side of the mouth? Dropping kibble while eating could be a sign of oral pain. Sneaky tartar buildup on one side might go unnoticed, but it is a subtle clue to watch out for.

Teeth Chattering – More Than Just Cold!

Signs of Dental Pain in Pets

Oral pain might be the culprit if your dog starts teeth chattering out of the blue. Cats with resorptive lesions commonly exhibit this behavior. Other causes include jaw problems, seizures, pain, and more.

Drooling – Not Always a Sign of Affection

While some drooling is normal, excessive drooling can indicate pain. Differentiating whether the pain originates from the mouth or elsewhere is crucial.

Behavioral Changes – They Speak Louder Than Words

  • Head Shy: Pets love head scratches, but if they become reluctant, it could be due to oral pain. Severe cases may lead to biting.
  • Scratching at the Face: Pawing or scratching at the mouth or face is a clear sign of discomfort.
  • Decreased Grooming: A matted coat might result from decreased grooming in a cat with a painful mouth.

Reason 6 (An Extra Sign) – When You Don’t Notice Anything

“But my dog doesn’t seem like they are in pain?” This typical response I get from pet parents when discussing dental disease highlights a significant challenge. Most pets maintain their usual routines even with oral pain. Some pets endure pain for extended periods without it being addressed. Sometimes, pet parents only notice a difference after extracting diseased teeth, realizing their pets feel better.

Dental Pain in Pets

Additional Blogs This Month

Stay tuned for more dental wisdom this month! We’ll discuss dental home care recommendations and the importance of professional dental cleaning to evaluate and treat underlying conditions. Let’s keep those tails wagging and those smiles sparkling!

To Healthy Smiles, Dr. B 

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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.