When Should You See a Veterinarian Other Than Your Own?
It is almost inevitable that once in a while the owner of a dog, cat, horse or other pet will feel unsure or doubtful about her own veterinarian’s response to her pet’s problem. This is not unusual, and it is ok. Especially when an animal has a problem which is complicated and difficult, the diagnosis is not always clear-cut and straightforward. Sometimes it is appropriate, if not called for, to see the opinion of a Board-Certified specialist in your areas of concern.
This has been my experience a few times, and I always was profoundly grateful to find a Board-Certified doctor to help my animal with the most modern diagnostic techniques and equipment. Highly experienced Board-Certified veterinarian specialists offer sophisticated medical and surgical treatment. They frequently resolve the most difficult medical problems.
On occasion, spending valuable time and money actually means saving valuable time and money, to say nothing of lives. Having lost the life of a dear animal once due to lack of adequate experience, I learned. So have others. You are in charge. The animal is depending on you to protect its life.
–Natalie Owings, Sept 2017
I Think About Chew Toys Carefully…
Having had a Sanctuary for rescued animals for many years, I have a special interest in toys for dogs and puppies.
Since some of us are aware that hard “chew” toys can cause soft tissue lacerations, we avoid them in preference to soft toys. In severe cases hard toys – such as nylon bones, ice cubes, cow hooves and anthers, to name a few – have caused mandibular and endodontic disease. Very painful, but the dog won’t tell you about it.
Sometimes teeth are broken and infection ensues. The oral cavity is delicate and sensitive, and should not be exposed to the trauma that so called “indestructible toys” can cause.
In the words of widely recognized oral surgeon John Lewis, (VMD, FAVD, Dipl. AVDC):
Oral pain rarely stops a dog from chewing, eating or working. … When a dog presents with a fractured tooth, I ask the owners what the pet has been chewing. Common culprits include actual or nylon bones, antlers, hooves, rocks and ice cubes.*
Dr. Fraser Hale, a veterinary dentist in Canada, offers this advice to the owners:
If a toy or a treat looks like something they would not want to get hit in the kneecap with, they should avoid giving it to their dog.*
So, since we love our dogs and puppies to pieces, let’s look at their mouth regularly. Having worked in the veterinary hospital environment, I have learned first hand the profound importance of dental care for our best friends. Its is just important as our own.
–Natalie Owings, Feb. 2017
* : from Veterinary Practice News magazine, December 2016.