Sunday, 22 July 2018

Should You Give CBD Oil to Your Pet?

By Veselina Dzhingarova If you have a pet, then chances are you want only the very best for them. We all want to keep our cats and dogs healthy and give them the best in terms of nutrition. You may have heard that cannabidiol (CBD) oil can be beneficial to cats and dogs, but is […]

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Thursday, 19 July 2018

Promote Water Safety for Pets All Summer Long

Water safety for pets makes having a pet at the pool more fun.One of the easiest ways to combat a heat wave is to simply get wet. This might take some of us out of our comfort zone (that is, a nice air conditioned environment), but the bottom line is that splashing around is not only effective, it’s fun, too! Chances are, your pet agrees with the fun factor. You want to make them happy and comfortable, but water safety for pets absolutely must be enforced.

The Basics

There are quite a few precautions when it comes to summer in general. We recommend scheduling your pet’s wellness care exam before any upcoming adventures to ascertain the quality of their overall health. If they aren’t fully vaccinated yet or microchipped, these help protect them from unseen dangers this summer.

The Gear

A great protective measure against the threat to water safety for pets is acquiring the right gear. Investing in a doggie life jacket, or personal flotation device (PFD), is a terrific idea. You can depend on the PFD to help keep your pup afloat, but they also come with handles to help you lift them out of the water, if necessary. This is an absolute must for any dog that frequents the water.

Imparting Skills

Teaching your dog to swim might seem like a reach, as many dogs are natural swimmers. Others need a bit of encouragement. Always be sure that your dog knows:

  • How to safely enter and exit any body of water
  • That you are with them, and can help if needed
  • They don’t have to go swimming if they don’t want to
  • To stop and get out when they are tired
  • Not to drink the water they’re swimming in

Water Safety for Pets

A thorough understanding of pet water safety will guide your success this summer. It is most important to keep your pet hydrated. As with any physical activity, bring along fresh, clean water for your pet to drink. Also:

  • Stay away from algae-filled or brackish water.
  • Be watchful of anglers nearby, hooks on the beach, broken glass, and fishing line.
  • Do not let your dog eat dead fish or other marine life.
  • Watch the weather and be prepared if the wind picks up.
  • Strong currents and riptides are always a threat to water safety for pets.
  • Check the temperature of the water.
  • Have a pool? Keep it fenced/gated, covered, and install an alarm.
  • Never allow your pet to swim unsupervised.
  • Rinse your dog’s skin and coat off completely, and dry their ears carefully.

If you have other questions or concerns about water safety for pets, we hope you’ll let us know. Our veterinarians and staff are always here for you and your pet, no matter the season. Enjoy!

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Saturday, 19 May 2018

The Role of Pet Rehabilitation Therapy in Veterinary Care

Pet Rehabilitation therapy is important to your pet's health and recoveryMany people seek out the care of physical therapists throughout their lifetime. Whether it be for a bad back, strengthening a limb after surgery, or regaining function after an injury, physical therapy plays a huge role in helping us stay healthy, active, and comfortable.

Animals are no different. Pet rehabilitation therapy is fast becoming a cornerstone of veterinary care. Godspeed Animal Care knows how important it is to provide the very best for our furry patients, which is why we offer pet rehabilitation therapy services for animals in the Williamsburg, Virginia area.

Pet Rehabilitation Therapy Basics

Much like physical therapy in people, pet rehabilitation therapy focuses on the relationships between muscles, bones, nerves, tendons, and ligaments in order to decrease pain and improve function.

Some veterinarians, such as our very own Dr. Pamela Dumont, have undergone additional training in order to receive certification in veterinary rehabilitation therapy. This certification requires many hours of studying and hands-on experience to be better able to help our pet patients.

Pets being seen through our rehabilitation services are assessed individually and a treatment plan is designed based on the patient’s needs. Most patients can benefit from a multi-faceted approach, incorporating therapies, such as:

  • Massage
  • Passive range of motion and stretching exercises
  • Therapeutic laser sessions
  • Therapeutic exercise programs
  • Underwater treadmill sessions

These techniques, when utilized correctly, can help pets with a wide array of problems and needs. In particular, animals with decreased function and pain related to osteoarthritis and aging can benefit, as well as those recovering from an injury or surgery.

Rehab by Sea

While rehabilitation therapy typically relies on utilizing several techniques to produce the best outcome for our patients, we are particularly proud of our underwater treadmill.

Also known as hydro-treadmill therapy, an underwater treadmill is a valuable tool that has a myriad of uses. These might include:

  • Helping to increase strength and function after injury or surgery
  • Encouraging neurologic function
  • Promoting weight bearing
  • Conditioning athletes  
  • Weight management
  • Improving function in geriatric pets

Underwater treadmill therapy achieves its benefits due to the ability to exploit the buoyancy or resistance of water, depending on the goals for a patient. The warm water is also invaluable for muscle relaxation, tendon stretching, and improving edema or swelling.

An underwater treadmill allows the patient to maintain the the normal gait during the session, as opposed to actual swimming, which exercises different muscles. Most patients seem to enjoy the sessions, especially when we utilize favorite treats or toys for motivation.

Speed, water height, turbulence, and water temperature can all be controlled, making underwater treadmill therapy very customizable. We can find a way to use it to help almost any patient.

Pet rehabilitation therapy is an important part of pet care for so many of our patients. If you think that your four-legged friend could benefit, please feel free to contact us for more information. We love to help animals feel better and are happy to assist you in any way possible.

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Thursday, 17 May 2018

The Role of Pet Rehabilitation Therapy in Veterinary Care

Pet Rehabilitation therapy is important to your pet's health and recoveryMany people seek out the care of physical therapists throughout their lifetime. Whether it be for a bad back, strengthening a limb after surgery, or regaining function after an injury, physical therapy plays a huge role in helping us stay healthy, active, and comfortable.

Animals are no different. Pet rehabilitation therapy is fast becoming a cornerstone of veterinary care. Godspeed Animal Care knows how important it is to provide the very best for our furry patients, which is why we offer pet rehabilitation therapy services for animals in the Williamsburg, Virginia area.

Pet Rehabilitation Therapy Basics

Much like physical therapy in people, pet rehabilitation therapy focuses on the relationships between muscles, bones, nerves, tendons, and ligaments in order to decrease pain and improve function.

Some veterinarians, such as our very own Dr. Pamela Dumont, have undergone additional training in order to receive certification in veterinary rehabilitation therapy. This certification requires many hours of studying and hands-on experience to be better able to help our pet patients.

Pets being seen through our rehabilitation services are assessed individually and a treatment plan is designed based on the patient’s needs. Most patients can benefit from a multi-faceted approach, incorporating therapies, such as:

  • Massage
  • Passive range of motion and stretching exercises
  • Therapeutic laser sessions
  • Therapeutic exercise programs
  • Underwater treadmill sessions

These techniques, when utilized correctly, can help pets with a wide array of problems and needs. In particular, animals with decreased function and pain related to osteoarthritis and aging can benefit, as well as those recovering from an injury or surgery.

Rehab by Sea

While rehabilitation therapy typically relies on utilizing several techniques to produce the best outcome for our patients, we are particularly proud of our underwater treadmill.

Also known as hydro-treadmill therapy, an underwater treadmill is a valuable tool that has a myriad of uses. These might include:

  • Helping to increase strength and function after injury or surgery
  • Encouraging neurologic function
  • Promoting weight bearing
  • Conditioning athletes  
  • Weight management
  • Improving function in geriatric pets

Underwater treadmill therapy achieves its benefits due to the ability to exploit the buoyancy or resistance of water, depending on the goals for a patient. The warm water is also invaluable for muscle relaxation, tendon stretching, and improving edema or swelling.

An underwater treadmill allows the patient to maintain the the normal gait during the session, as opposed to actual swimming, which exercises different muscles. Most patients seem to enjoy the sessions, especially when we utilize favorite treats or toys for motivation.

Speed, water height, turbulence, and water temperature can all be controlled, making underwater treadmill therapy very customizable. We can find a way to use it to help almost any patient.

Pet rehabilitation therapy is an important part of pet care for so many of our patients. If you think that your four-legged friend could benefit, please feel free to contact us for more information. We love to help animals feel better and are happy to assist you in any way possible.

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Sunday, 22 April 2018

Slow and Steady: Caring for Your Pet After Surgery

post surgery pet careSome pet owners are given ample time to prepare for their pet’s upcoming surgery, as in the case of a scheduled spay or neuter procedure. Pet owners coping with an emergency illness or injury don’t have time to consider all the in’s and out’s of prepping. However, what is possibly more important is taking care of a pet after surgery. Post-operative care can be a cause for concern, but with the right information your pet can get through it with flying colors.

Straightforward and Simple

Recovering from a routine surgery can be quite simple, but it’s not always without certain challenges. The day of and after surgery, pets are typically groggy, tired, and nauseous. Special handling and consideration are absolutely required for these two days.

Once the effects of the anesthesia fully wear off, you’ll see less sleepiness and more control of motor functions and balance. However, your pet must be discouraged from running, jumping, and roughhousing. A cone, or Elizabethan collar, may be necessary for up to two weeks, to keep them from licking or biting at their sutures.

Post-Op Tactics

You will be sent home with specific instructions about caring for your pet after surgery, but the following general guidelines apply:

  • Anesthesia will inhibit their ability to regulate body temperature. Keeping your pet warm after surgery is important, but they shouldn’t be allowed to overheat.
  • Because of their semi-wobbly state, you may decide to keep them as comfortable as possible on the floor. Set up a nice bed with cushions, blankets, and pillows. Clear away any potential obstacles, in case they need to get up or go outside to eliminate.
  • Due to the intravenous fluids they received during the procedure, your pet will need regular bathroom breaks. Depending on their needs or abilities, they may need to be carried outside or walked on leash, even if it’s a fenced-in yard. Your pet probably won’t feel thirsty, but they should have access to clean, fresh water (and constant reminders to drink). Be prepared to deal with accidents.
  • For at least the first full day afterwards, limit food portions to minimize tummy troubles or vomiting.
  • Keep a close eye on the wound, dressing it as necessary. Typically, sutures simply need to just stay dry in order to heal faster. If you are given any medications, use as directed.
  • Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding drainage, discharge, or bleeding.
  • Take your pet on short walks 1-2 times a day, but watch for any signs of exhaustion or overexertion.
  • Try to keep them isolated from kids and other pets for a few days, if possible.

Normal Pet After Surgery

It’s common to see pets bounce back from surgery within a few days, and be back to their normal selves in short order. If you have any concerns about your pet’s behavior or recovery time, we are always here to help you. Hopefully, with a few great snuggle sessions, some great food, and fresh air, your pet will be back in action in no time at all.

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Saturday, 21 April 2018

Slow and Steady: Caring for Your Pet After Surgery

post surgery pet careSome pet owners are given ample time to prepare for their pet’s upcoming surgery, as in the case of a scheduled spay or neuter procedure. Pet owners coping with an emergency illness or injury don’t have time to consider all the in’s and out’s of prepping. However, what is possibly more important is taking care of a pet after surgery. Post-operative care can be a cause for concern, but with the right information your pet can get through it with flying colors.

Straightforward and Simple

Recovering from a routine surgery can be quite simple, but it’s not always without certain challenges. The day of and after surgery, pets are typically groggy, tired, and nauseous. Special handling and consideration are absolutely required for these two days.

Once the effects of the anesthesia fully wear off, you’ll see less sleepiness and more control of motor functions and balance. However, your pet must be discouraged from running, jumping, and roughhousing. A cone, or Elizabethan collar, may be necessary for up to two weeks, to keep them from licking or biting at their sutures.

Post-Op Tactics

You will be sent home with specific instructions about caring for your pet after surgery, but the following general guidelines apply:

  • Anesthesia will inhibit their ability to regulate body temperature. Keeping your pet warm after surgery is important, but they shouldn’t be allowed to overheat.
  • Because of their semi-wobbly state, you may decide to keep them as comfortable as possible on the floor. Set up a nice bed with cushions, blankets, and pillows. Clear away any potential obstacles, in case they need to get up or go outside to eliminate.
  • Due to the intravenous fluids they received during the procedure, your pet will need regular bathroom breaks. Depending on their needs or abilities, they may need to be carried outside or walked on leash, even if it’s a fenced-in yard. Your pet probably won’t feel thirsty, but they should have access to clean, fresh water (and constant reminders to drink). Be prepared to deal with accidents.
  • For at least the first full day afterwards, limit food portions to minimize tummy troubles or vomiting.
  • Keep a close eye on the wound, dressing it as necessary. Typically, sutures simply need to just stay dry in order to heal faster. If you are given any medications, use as directed.
  • Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding drainage, discharge, or bleeding.
  • Take your pet on short walks 1-2 times a day, but watch for any signs of exhaustion or overexertion.
  • Try to keep them isolated from kids and other pets for a few days, if possible.

Normal Pet After Surgery

It’s common to see pets bounce back from surgery within a few days, and be back to their normal selves in short order. If you have any concerns about your pet’s behavior or recovery time, we are always here to help you. Hopefully, with a few great snuggle sessions, some great food, and fresh air, your pet will be back in action in no time at all.

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