Saturday, 22 September 2018

Tips for Caring for a New Dog

By Alex Paul Having a dog comes with an abundance of responsibilities. It may be challenging, but it’ll prove to be well worth it in the end. As a pet parent, you’ll be able to form a lifetime relationship with your pooch. He or she will become loyal to you, and you can pretty much […]

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Emergency Preparedness for Pets Before You Actually Need It

Pet emergency preparedness can save your pet's lifeMost pet owners spring into action to prevent, recognize, and treat a pet emergency, but what’s the right approach when it comes to disaster preparation? There are similarities, of course, but to truly tackle emergency preparedness for pets, you have to widen the scope quite a bit. Between hurricanes, floods, fires, and more, pets can quickly become separated from their owners, and suffer from injury or illness.

If You Gotta Go

Evacuation is one of the most common results of a natural or man-made disaster. The rule of thumb for owners of all types of pets is that, in the case of evacuation, pets must go, too. In other words, if it’s unsafe enough for people, it’s certainly no place for animals.

Acceptable Alternatives

A major part of your emergency preparedness for your pet must include a list of alternative places to safely stay in the case of evacuation. Have an evacuation route all mapped out, and mark places along the way that you know are pet-friendly. Hotels, motels, friends, and family members are all excellent, safe choices, but if there’s a lack of availability, you may not be able to keep all your pets together.

Depending on the type of emergency, there could be temporary Red Cross shelters positioned around the area. Designed to help people, these shelters cannot accept pets except for service animals. Check with us about pet boarding.

Tips and Tricks

In the spirit of preparation, cover your emergency bases in these ways:

  • Train your pet to leave the house. This will help them move quickly when it really counts.
  • Have your pet microchipped and always update your contact information if it changes.
  • Ensure that their vaccinations are all up to date.
  • Print up your pet’s medical records just in case.
  • Have a picture of your pet printed and placed on their travel kennel or crate.
  • Keep a backup collar, ID tags, and leash in your car.
  • Store a few days worth of food, water, waste disposal bags, toys, and bedding.
  • Keep some first aid items on hand.
  • Affix a sticker to the door or window near the entrance to alarm rescue workers that a pet lives there (be sure to remove them or write “evacuated” across them before you leave).
  • Before moving back into your home, be sure to carefully inspect your property for any potential hazards to your pet’s health and wellness.

Emergency Preparedness Pets

No matter the type of destruction your home or block experienced, it’s an uphill battle to get back into the normal swing of things. You may notice subtle to major shifts in your pet’s behavior. Aggressiveness, resource guarding, or anxiety are typical results of trauma or stress. Please let us know if we can help you address certain behavioral problems.

Also, if we can answer further questions about emergency preparedness pets, we encourage you to reach out to us at Godspeed Animal Care.

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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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