Video: Best Day of My Life

At the Barkery, we can’t tell you how much we love to meet newly adopted dogs and cats – and neither can they tell you how happy they are to be adopted!

But we think this video is pretty close…

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Are we Spaying and Neutering too Early?

According to research from Animal Wellness Magazine, spay and neuter procedures are often done too early in life, and may cause health issues later on.

Pet overpopulation is definitely an issue in the United States, but are we spaying and neutering too soon?

“Conventional veterinary wisdom recommends that dogs be spayed or neutered between six and nine months of age, and preferably before the first estrus cycle in females. But this recommendation is based less on scientific fact and more on practicalities; younger puppies can be riskier candidates for anesthesia, though current drugs and methods are safer than they used to be. In other words, there is no scientific evidence for spaying or neutering at an early age.

Opponents of early spay/neuter (especially younger than five-and- a-half months) contend that a variety of orthopedic and other issues can result from these procedures. Deprivation of sexual hormones and development through puberty may create long-lasting physical and psychological harm.”

There are also some side effects that can become very problematic:

  • Higher risk of certain types of cancer
  • Orthopedic issues
  • Obesity
  • Urinary issues

Of course there are also benefits:

  • Reduce behavioral problems
  • Prevent some cancers
  • Additional benefits

Click hear to read more in detail 

5 Tips for a Healthy Feline Report Card

Cat’s don’t generally have wonderful breath, but what do you do when it’s unbearable?

Animal Wellness Magazine comes to the rescue again with these excellent tips on feline dental care.

Periodontal disease can be the culprit when it comes to bad pet breath.

Ann Brightman notes that, “bad breath is one of the main signs that a cat’s teeth and gums aren’t in the best of shape. If your cat’s breath is foul, take a look in her mouth. If you see brownish teeth or reddened gums, it’s time for a visit to the vet.

Other signs of periodontal issues are difficulty eating, dropping food or failing to chew it properly, drooling or pawing at the mouth. Any or all of these clues mean your cat is in discomfort and needs attention, even if she otherwise seems fine. Remember that cats are good at hiding pain.

Ignoring the symptoms of periodontal disease can lead to more serious problems down the road, such as painful abscesses and tooth loss. And since the harmful bacteria in a diseased mouth can spread to other parts of the body via the blood, her heart, kidneys and other organs may eventually be affected. In other words, dental disease that is left untreated may ultimately shorten your cat’s life.”

Some tips from Brightman include:

1. If your cat has existing signs of dental disease, take her to the vet to have her teeth professionally cleaned.

2. Look at your cat’s diet. If she’s eating poor quality food, make it a priority to switch her to healthier fare.

3. Toss the commercial cat treats, especially the semi-moist ones that are full of artificial colors and other chemicals.

4. See if you can brush your cat’s teeth. Not all kitties will allow this, but if you have a kitten or young cat, make an effort to get her accustomed to having her mouth handled on a regular basis.

5. If your cat won’t accept brushing (and don’t force it if she won’t), check out the variety of brushless dental products on the market.

The article goes into greater detail – read more by clicking here.

And finally, “preventing or reducing dental problems in your cat isn’t that challenging. The younger your kitty is when you start, the better – but cats of any age can benefit. Remember…a pain-free mouth means better overall health and a happier, more contented kitty.”

 

Dentistry Without the Anesthesia

Animal Wellness Magazine recently shared a great article on anesthesia-free dentistry for pets noting the option as one to consider, but to be certain to find a well-trained professional to handle the procedure

Because dental disease is the number one issue in dogs, it’s pertinent that pet owners schedule regular veterinary cleanings  to maintain canine tooth and gum health. Sadly, many dog owners avoid or postpone due to nervousness over having their dogs anesthetized. In recent years, anesthesia-free dentistry has become more common, despite not being available at many clinics. It all comes down to proper training to ensure the procedure goes smoothly and safely.

Some questions you may have are answered in the article:

What are the benefits?

What can be done during this procedure?

How are animals kept calm during the procedure?

What are the limitations?

Read more by clicking here

FREE Dental Xrays from Mariposa Veterinary Wellness Center

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During the month of February, Mariposa is offering free dental xrays (a value of up to $115!), and free application of Ora-Vet, a plaque prevention gel, with the purchase of an Ora-Vet take-home kit.  Anesthesia is necessary for a dental cleaning and oral health assessment. In order to receive free dental xrays, the pet must receive a complete oral health assessment and cleaning under anesthesia. Call us for details regarding how much this costs, as it varies for dogs/cats and depending on age. This is an amazing opportunity to have your pet’s mouth thoroughly evaluated for any source of pain. 

Call Mariposa today to schedule an appointment for your furry family member! 

913-825-3330

 

Dental Health and Raw Bones

Just in time for Pet Dental Health Month, the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal shared an article on raw bone safety. 

Jodie Gruenstern, DVM, CVA says, “The major purpose of feeding raw bones is to clean the teeth. This can only be accomplished if the pet chews the bone. Gulping is not beneficial…A variety of bone types are generally fed as part of a raw diet. In addition to eating flesh and organs, these raw-fed dogs need to ingest a variety of bone types that also contain meat, marrow and cartilage, to satisfy nutrient needs. When bones are simply fed for recreational purposes, the composition becomes less important, but has an impact on safety and enjoyment.”

Gruenstern goes on to discuss factors to consider when giving your pet a raw bone, and how to choose the right-sized bone for the right-sized pet.

“It is not as simple as small pet/small bone or large pet/large bone. Owners should be encouraged to observe how their pet chews and ingests a bone.” She then covers different types of bones and bone parts pertinent for cleaning teeth.

Reported problems include:

Too much bone can harden stool

Too much marrow causing diarrhea

 Dogs can sometimes chip or break teeth on raw bones

• Bacterial contamination is a possibility

 

Continue reading the full article by clicking here

Video: Lotus Models our Winter Weather Gear

Inclement weather arrives again – but your pet doesn’t have to suffer!

Have you stopped in lately to check out all of our winter weather gear? Everything from sweaters to booties and in between!

Yes, we said booties – Muttluks, to be precise. Proudly designed and made in Canada since 1994, Muttluks are not just fancy footwear for canines. They provide superior performance and “Pawsitive Relief” for your canine companion.  Available in eight sizes and two models: Fleece Lined Muttluks and All Weather Muttluks.

Protect your pet’s paws from the cold and chemicals used to treat sidewalks and streets – pick some up before the next storm hits!

Barkery Owners Delena and Larry Stout’s pup Lotus strutts her stuff in the cold:

Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Pet MD Shares Helpful Information for Pet Owners with Anxious Pups

According to the experts at Pet MD, “Separation anxiety in dogs usually results in destructive behavior when an owner leaves the pet. Behaviors that may be seen include vocalization, destroying objects, digging or even depression. However, these behaviors may also be due to other conditions or environmental cues. Therefore, it is important for the behaviorist or veterinarian to obtain the history of the dog before attributing separation anxiety as the primary or sole cause of the behavior.”

Everything you need to know to control separation anxiety

Signs & Symptoms of Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety causes some pets to be extremely destructive while their owners are away. Typically separation anxiety occurs during the first hour of the owner leaving. They may also vocalize, attempt to follow the owner, defecate or urinate in the house. Some dogs will stop eating, act depressed, hide, whine or pant. These dogs will usually behave in an excessively excited manner when the owner returns home.

Diagnosis of Separation Anxiety

Other behavioral conditions may mimic separation anxiety so it is important to analyze the symptoms and history of the dog. There may be underlying medical issues, so seeing a veterinarian is an important step. Also, young animals may have other reasons for similar behaviors. For example, teething kittens may need appropriate things to chew on or not be fully housetrained and may not truly be experiencing separation anxiety.

Treatment for Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is based on fear. It is important to ensure the dog that they are safe when the owner is not present and that the owner will return. Behavioral and environmental modification is important. By gradually eliminating the dog’s fear and fostering a sense of safety for the pet, many behaviors can change. The first step is to assess the current environment and behaviors:

  • What does the dog do as the owner gets ready to leave?
  • What does the owner do as he/she gets ready to leave?
  • What does the dog destroy?
  • Where is the dog? Are there other pets?
  • What toys does the dog have available?

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Please stop in today and visit with us about your dog’s anxiety issues. We have many calming solutions available!