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Hi. I’m Dr. Fiona Caldwell; I’m a veterinarian at Idaho Veterinary Hospital. I’m answering questions from Pets Best Facebook page today. This question comes from Joe, who asks: Why are you so expensive?
This is a great question. Veterinarians, I think, deal with the misconception that veterinary medicine is overpriced. We go into this profession because we love animals, and regardless of how big our hearts are, at the end of the day, veterinary medicine does cost money. I think there’s a couple big reasons why it is that it’s so expensive.
Veterinarian Dr. Fiona discusses your dog health questions for the highly rated pet insurance provider, Pets Best.
Hi. I’m Dr. Fiona Caldwell; I’m a veterinarian at Idaho Veterinary Hospital. Today, I’m answering some questions from Pets Best Insurance Facebook page. This question comes from Joey, who asks: Why does my dog’s eyes water constantly? It looks like she’s crying, but she’s never in any discomfort.
This could be due to potentially a variety of different problems. If it’s something that he or she’s always done, it’s probably not a big deal. If it’s a new thing, if it’s one-sided, if it’s accompanied by redness, squinting, or more of a thick green discharge; those can potentially be for more serious problems.
Dr. Fiona, DVM, is a guest blogger for the highly rated pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance.
Hi. I’m Dr. Fiona Caldwell; I’m a veterinarian at Idaho Veterinary Hospital. Today, I’m answering some questions from the Pets Best Insurance Facebook page. This question comes from Donald, who asks: How do you assess the health of my pet?
This is a great question. I think it really allows me to explain what your veterinarian is doing when you have those annual exams, and why are they important.
There’s basically two big ways that we can assess the health of a pet:
-One is with a physical exam, and
-Another is with regular blood work
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On a physical exam, specifically the things I’m looking for is your pet’s body condition. Is it overweight? Is it too thin? I’m looking for lumps, bumps, and masses. I look for oral health; it’s a huge issue in pets. Dental disease can be a source of infection, so we want to make sure your pet’s mouth looks really good.
Dr. Fiona is a veterinarian guest blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance.
April is Lyme disease prevention in dogs month. Lyme disease has likely been around for centuries, but we have only started to understand more about the disease in the past 30 years.
What is Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is an infection caused by a species of bacteria called Borrelia. The bacteria is transmitted by ticks when they bite.
Lyme Disease in Humans vs. Dogs
It is important to understand that dog Lyme disease and human Lyme disease are very different.
Human Lyme Disease
Most people will develop the classic ‘target’ shaped skin rash at the bite, then develop flu-like symptoms. Human Lyme disease can cause serious long term illness with arthritis, potential heart problems, and neurological problems.
Hi. I’m Dr. Fiona Caldwell; I’m a veterinarian at Idaho Veterinary Hospital. I’m answering some questions from Pet’s Best’s Facebook page today. This question comes from Rebecca, who asks: Why does my Lab always have a skin problem; itch, scratch?
This is a great question, and obviously, very, very common. There’s several different reasons that can cause a pet to be itching and scratching. Probably the biggest ones to consider, external parasites are a big one; making sure your pet doesn’t have fleas or mites that kind of thing. The other large thing that can cause an itchy dog are allergies. There’s really 2 big components to allergies, one is your food allergies and other are environmental allergies.
Working with a veterinarian is really important because allergies are really frustrating. There isn’t a magic pill;
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Please note: This blog is designed to be a community where pet owners can learn and share. The views expressed in each post are the opinion of the author and not necessarily endorsed by Pets Best Insurance. Always consult your veterinarian for professional advice.