Hi. I’m Dr. Fiona Caldwell, I’m a veterinarian at Idaho Veterinarian Hospital. I’m answering questions from the Pets Best Insurance Facebook page today. This one comes from Diane who asks, “How many times a week should I brush my dog’s teeth?”Read More…
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On the Pets Best Insurance Facebook page, Justin asked about cherry eye and if there’s a quick way to treat it. Great question Justin, cherry eye can be a common condition in dogs so I’ll go over the basics and how it’s treated.
What is Cherry Eye?
Dogs have an opaque third eyelid with a tear gland, which usually can’t be seen. When there is defect in the tissue of the third eyelid, the tear gland prolapses (bulges).
What Does Cherry Eye Look Like?
It looks like a fleshy red mass in the corner of the eye. It can be in one eye or both.
Do you Need to Treat Cherry Eye?
Treatment is needed to prevent the tissue from drying out, and to prevent future problems with ‘dry eye’ which could require daily artificial tears for your dog.
How Do You Treat Cherry Eye? Is There a Quick Way to Help Cherry Eye?Read More…
Humans aren’t the only ones who pack on the pounds throughout the year. And sometimes despite your best intentions, your dog still can’t seem to slim down.
Julie, one of our Pets Best Insurance Facebook friends asked, “Why won’t my dog lose weight?”
Dr. Fiona, DVM, responded to Julie’s question for Pets Best Insurance. Dr. Fiona says, this is a very difficult question to answer without knowing how old your dog is, how overweight he or she is, what diet you are feeding, and what his or her lifestyle / activity level is like. However, here are two reasons a dog may be overweight and two solutions to help.
In general, there are two reasons for an overweight dog:
1) Underlying Health Problems
There are some underlying endocrine disorders, such as hypothyroidism that can contribute to weight gain in dogs. Once illnesses such as underactive thyroid have been ruled out by a veterinarian (usually a blood test is needed for this), it is a simple formula of calories consumed versus calories burned that is responsible for determining a dog’s weight.
2) Calories In vs. Calories OutRead More…
As pets gain more and more footing as members of our families, they’re increasingly allowed into every aspect of our lives – even our beds. A 2010 Pets Best Insurance policyholder survey revealed that 27% of dogs and 8% of cats sleep on their owners’ beds all night, every night – with another 40% sharing sleeping space at least part of the time.
The image of multiple species curling up together as a source of warmth and comfort is a delightful one, but is it a good idea? Here are three points to consider before you open your bed to your fur family.
Zoonotic diseases are those that can be transmitted between species, specifically from pets to humans. Any time close spaces are shared, the risk of spreading diseases is greater. If your pet is in bed with you, please be sure to have them up to date on deworming, flea prevention, and free of illness. Pets can transmit ringworm and scabies and even be a source of bacteria, to name a few examples. People with compromised immune systems and small children probably shouldn’t share sleeping quarters with a pet due the increase risk of contracting illnesses.
Pets Best recently asked Facebook friends to share some of the worst pet-related gifts they’ve ever received, and here’s what they said:
“The worst is chicken treats made in China.” – Monica, CA
“A bomber jacket complete with lambs’ wool lining for our miniature Schnauzer, Gus.” – Cathi, MS