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Heal Your Pet with Laser Therapy

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PETERINARY MATTERS BLOG-APRIL ISSUE

We are happy to announce a new and exciting therapy to our hospital.

A surgery free, drug free, non invasive treatment to:

  • Reduce Pain

  • Reduce Inflammation

  • Speed Healing

Our class IV laser therapy uses a beam of laser to deeply penetrate tissue without damaging it.

Little boy trying to walk an obese black dog

Weight Loss Pearls for Your Pet

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PETERINARY MATTERS BLOG- JANUARY ISSUE

 

  • If you can’t feel the ribs easily, your pet needs to lose weight.

  • Always use a measuring cup when feeding.

  • Read label guidelines regarding amount of food your pet needs.

  • Cut 30% from the guideline amount.

  • Replace treats with pieces of: Apple, celery, carrots, banana, cantaloupe, strawberries, or broccoli.

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CANNED FOOD ONLY FOR CATS?- Here’s Why

By | Peterinary Matters

Of the top 10 reasons why cats are brought to their veterinarian, urinary track infection is number one and chronic renal failure is number three (based on data taken from medical claims submitted to veterinary pet insurance in 2007).

I have been recommending 100 % canned food, low carbohydrate, high protein diet to my feline owners for the last 8 years — ever since I attended a lecture given by a known expert on bladder stones (calculi) and urinary track diseases in cats.

The title of the lecture was “The solution is in the can, idiot.”

The central point on which the lecturer focused was that because canned food has 60-70% moisture content, it is similar, in fluid content, to a natural diet, which the feline would eat in the wild (prey, such as mouse/bird with 70 % of the body being blood). Feeding our cats with canned food thus protects their kidneys from sediments, such as crystals, which may accumulate and form stones and, as a result, damage the kidneys.

Cats do not drink much water unless they have a medical problem. They usually get most of their fluid from their food, so by feeding them dry food we are forcing them to be on a diet that is very different in water content then their natural diet.

Given that we all know how important it is to drink a lot of water on a daily basis – as it simply flushes the system and gets rid of toxins — a diet that is 100 % canned food may prevent, over a long period of time, damage to your cat’s kidneys and bladder.

Your cat will live longer and healthier.

Dr. Ohad Barnea is a 1992 graduate of Tufts University, School of Veterinary Medicine and the owner of Tenafly Veterinary Center and Cliffside Animal Hospital.

Is it important to take dental x-rays during dental cleaning of your pet’s teeth?

By | Peterinary Matters

Yes it is. Dental x-rays allow us to see “under the gums” things we cannot see when conducting a dental exam.

Because 85 % of all pets over the age of four in America have periodontal disease (an advanced form of dental disease) dental x-rays are necessary. Cats are prone to odontocalstic lesions (often called tooth neck-lesions), which often hide under the gums and make it easy to miss without x-rays. Adult dogs and cats can suffer from abscesses or fractured teeth under the gums. These two conditions make x-rays a necessity.

Puppies and pets under four years of age may also need dental x-rays as some may have a an impacted tooth or a deciduous tooth growing in the wrong direction — a condition that can only be diagnosed with dental x-rays.

Finally, since your pet is already sedated for the procedure, why not do a thorough job? You would expect it from your dentist too.

Dr. Ohad Barnea is a 1992 graduate of Tufts University, School of Veterinary Medicine and the owner of Tenafly Veterinary Center and Cliffside Animal Hospital.

THE HEARTWORM TEST VS. THE 4DX: IS IT WORTH THE EXTRA CHARGE?

By | Peterinary Matters

When I graduated veterinary school, almost 20 years ago, veterinarians used to take blood samples from dogs and screen them under a microscope for microfilaria — the baby stage of a blood parasite, called heartworm. The heartworm lives in blood vessels and it is transmitted via mosquitoes.

Later on, a special test that detected small particles from the microfilaria was developed. It was called the Elisa Test and it was, by far, more sensitive in detecting the disease. Over the last several years, the compounded 4dx test (four different diagnoses) was developed. It combined the annual heartworm screen with three different tick-transmitted diseases (Lyme, Anapalsmosis and Ehrlichiosis) thereby raising our ability, with only one blood sample at a very efficient cost, to detect more common diseases early on. With today’s economy, I am often asked if it is worth spending the extra money (usually about $15-$20) on a 4dx test as opposed to the heartworm test. This question is even more prevalent when clients tell me, “my dog looks healthy” and “I don’t see any ticks on my dog.” But dogs may carry Lyme disease, for example, for a few months before they become symptomatic and sick from it. Moreover, deer ticks are tiny, and it makes it very difficult to detect them. The 4dx screen, therefore, is beneficial for two main reasons:

1. The test provides for an early detection of any tick-transmitted diseases, permitting treatment before the patient gets very sick, or before it is too late.

2. If a patient is positive for a tick-transmitted disease, better tick-control must be exercised, not only to protect the dog, but the family members as well.

The benefit to you and your family is with the 4dx screen – it is worth the extra dollars and it may actually save a lot in medical bills later on, not to mention a healthier pet.

HOWLING, CRYING, HUNGRY OLD CATS: THE CARDINAL SIGNS OF HYPERTHYRODISM

By | Peterinary Matters

Lilly is a very old cat with an intestinal mass in her abdomen. I discharged her today after a few days of intensive care at my hospital. Lilly, along with her owner, were fighting for a good quality of life for her, for just a little bit longer. Lilly was certainly showing some improvement as she was eating and responding well to my treatment.

When her owner came to pick her up today, she mentioned to me that her other cat, who was “very healthy,” would be happy to see Lilly back home. The owner continued: “Doc, you have to meet my other cat, so full of energy, and so funny, howling and crying all night long, looking for me to give her more food…she lost some weight though.” I had to stop Lilly’s owner and tell her that as much as I did not want to spoil her excitement and enthusiasm, she needed to know that her cat could have an over-active thyroid gland. Indeed, feline owners should not be misled when they see that their cats are eating a lot and seem very active, as opposed to lethargic (weak) or anorexic (lacking appetite).

Attention owners of senior cats (over 7 years): if your cat is always hungry, eats everything in sight, drinks and urinates a lot more than usual, and, despite the caloric-intake, loses weight, you need to have him or her examined ASAP.

Hyperthyroidism is a very common disease in senior cats and it is often associated with renal (kidney) disease. We do not know what causes the disease, but it can be controlled with medication and, sometimes, even cured with surgery or radioiodine therapy.

Without treatment, however, the patient can develop cardiovascular diseases, such as, hypertension and heart failure, or kidney and liver diseases. The patient can become blind if hypertension goes undetected for a long time. Early detection and treatment, therefore, are always the best.

While some cat-owners choose oral or topical (cream spread on tip of ear) treatment, the best option is radioiodine therapy, performed in special centers. Surgery is the second best choice for patients who have no underlying kidney or heart disease and need their teeth cleaned at the same time. In fact, those cats that are in need of teeth-cleaning, benefit the most as they get two problems solved in one procedure, in one day.

The moral of the story: get your cat checked annually with a simple blood screen and a blood pressure measurement, and always remember that early detection is much healthier and cost-efficient than treating an advanced disease.

Dr. Ohad Barnea is a 1992 graduate of Tufts University, School of Veterinary Medicine and the owner of Tenafly Veterinary Center and Cliffside Animal Hospital.