Daily Archives: January 6, 2016

How to Manage Gingivitis in Boxers

Has your Boxer been diagnosed with gingivitis or other types of periodontal disease? If so, your vet may suggest that you make changes to your Boxer’s diet and dental hygiene routines. For example, you may need to switch your Boxer from a moist dog food to a dry dog food. Dry kibble can help naturally break down plaque and other build-up on your Boxer’s teeth. Your vet may also suggest that you start cleaning your Boxer’s teeth on a regular basis either at home. In severe cases, your Boxer may need to be scheduled for routine professional cleanings. Additional aids for keeping the gums and teeth clean may also include specially formulated dog treats and chews such as the popular Greenie brand. All of these steps can help manage your Boxer’s dental care long-term. Talk to your vet Southside, IN if you have additional questions or concerns.

How to Manage Gingivitis in Boxers

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All About the Akita

The Akita is a large size dog that originated in Japan. It first made its appearance in the U.S. in 1936. They are described as fully alert, docile, responsive, courageous and dignified dogs. The Akita is known for its versatile colors of pinto, red, fawn, brindle and white. The coat of the Akita is a double layer featuring a course under layer and a super soft top layer. The undercoat provides warmth while the outer coat is designed to protect against water and all weather in general. The Akita’s tail is tightly curled. The ears are almost always fully pricked forward in alert mode. The Akita can grow anywhere from 24 to 28 inches in height and reach between 77 and 130 pounds depending on the sex of the dog. The Akita also has an average lifespan of 11 to 15 years. If you’d like to learn more about this amazing dog, contact your vet Southside, IN.

All About the Akita

Trimming Your Cat’s Nails

Make nail trimming a regular part of cat care. Long nails can snag and cause pain or actually reduce your cat’s grip. Start when your cat is young so nail trimming becomes routine. Get your cat used to you touching her nails and feet. When your cat is relaxed, handle her feet and toes to flex the nails. Introduce your cat to the clipper by touching the nails without clipping. As your cat becomes comfortable with the clipper, press your cat’s claw to extend her nails and clip one nail. Only continue if your cat allows it without protest. Clip straight across the nail and cut only a little piece at a time. Avoid the quick, which is the blood and nerve supply to the nail. The quick can cut and bleed if you nick it. Work efficiently but carefully and be careful not to reward resistance. Learn more from your Biloxi, MS veterinarian.

Trimming Your Cat's Nails

Paw Care and Your Dog

Your dog’s paws cushion his feet to protect bones and insulate your dog’s feet from hot or cold weather. Check your dog’s paws often for debris such as pebbles, broken glass or thorns. Remove any of these irritants promptly. Keep the hair between the toes trimmed short so there is no matting or collection of debris. Snow and ice can also make painful balls in long hair in this area. Use a dog-safe moisturizer to condition the paw pads and treat any minor wounds with an antibacterial cream and a bandage if needed. Lawn chemicals can be toxic to dogs and easily absorbed through your dog’s paws. And de-icing chemicals can cause sores and damage your dog’s paws. These chemicals can also be dangerous if ingested. Protect your dog’s paws with booties as appropriate and wash your dog’s feet as needed. Contact your Biloxi, MS veterinarian for more information.

Paw Care and Your Dog

Treating Gingivitis in Dogs

Treating Gingivitis in Dogs
Did you know that more than 80 percent of pets (this includes dogs) three years and older will develop some form of gingivitis? If you suspect gingivitis in your dog, check for the following symptoms: red or swollen gums, inflammation, and irritated gums. Inflammation is especially present on the side of the gums facing the inner cheek. Call your vet to schedule an exam. If your vet concludes your dog has gingivitis then you should start taking steps to help fight the disease. For instance, try brushing your dog’s teeth at home on a regular basis. You should also schedule more frequent professional teeth cleanings with your vet. Other steps to take towards treating and reversing gingivitis include the possible removal of overcrowded teeth or baby teeth that are present in your adult dog. If your dog responds well to initial treatment, your veterinarian Greenville, SC may schedule routine cleanings every six months to a year.

King of Dogs – The Afghan Hound

King of Dogs – The Afghan HoundDid you know that the Afghan hound is one of the world’s oldest dog breeds? According to legend it was the Afghan hound that was on the ark with Noah in Biblical days. Today, the Afghan hound can be traced back to ancient Afghanistan. Several of the northern caves in Afghanistan actually feature drawings of the hound. The Afghan is known for his elegant physique, which includes a long flowing, silky coat. The coat helps sustain the hound against the harsh weather of high altitudes such as those found in Afghanistan. It’s important to know that this long, shiny coat requires daily brushing and maintenance. In addition to his coat, the Afghan is known for the conformation of his hips, which are high and wide apart enabling him to run at fast speeds and maneuver easily over rough terrain. Your vet Greenville, SC can tell you more about the Afghan hound.