We will be closed on Thanksgiving day and only limited staff will be here Friday 8-5pm and 9-12 noon Saturday. No doctor appointments will be available while Dr. McClain tends to family needs following the death of his father. If you need a doctor during business hours, we will be referring you to our sister clinic, Richmond Road Vet Clinic , (859) 263-5037, located at 3270 Richmond Road. For after hours or on the holiday, please contact Bluegrass Vet Specialists and Emergency at (859) 268-7604, located on Winchester Road. Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday.
Hold onto loved ones while you can, because tomorrow never comes.
Is your pet a Senior Citizen?
The old adage that a year in a dog's life is equal to 7 years in a human life isn't true. The process of aging varies by breed. Generally small dogs and cats are considered geriatric at 7 years of age. Larger breeds tend to have shorter life spans and are considered geriatric at
6 years old.
However, today's pets are living longer now than they ever have before due to improved vet care and better dietary habits. Pets and their pet parents are facing age-related conditions. We see the same problems in pets now that we see in older people, such as cancer, heart, liver and kidney disease, diabetes, joint/bone disease, and senility.
Extensive research on pet's aging problems show that if most diseases are caught within the early stages, they can be managed easier and can help increase your pet's quality of life too.
Weight control can help prevent obesity, diabetes and joint issues like arthritis. Dental care can help prevent Heart and Kidney disease. Spaying/neutering decreases mammary, testicular and prostate cancer. High quality diets deliver Omega Fatty Acids and Anti-oxidants that naturally reduce joint and tissue inflammation and protect the body from potentially cancerous changes. New medications can help cognitive dysfunction issues like increased vocalization, confusion and anxiety that some of our senior pets exhibit. Today's safer N.S.A.I.D.s help decrease joint pain and discomfort.
If you see your pet is exhibiting any changes in behavior like sleeping more, not wanting to jump, decreased interest in play, irritability, decreased appetite, increased thirst, vomiting, has a poor hair coat, or started having accidents in the house; call us and schedule a senior pet exam to talk to Dr. Bev McClain about what we can do to help your pet's "Golden Years" be the best years yet to come.
By Dr. Marty Becker from HealthyPets.com
A couple of years ago, Petfinder conducted a survey to learn which types of pets are least likely to be adopted from animal shelters across the U.S.
Of the shelters and rescue organizations surveyed, almost all had pets they were having a very hard time finding homes for.
About a third of these facilities housed pets who had been waiting for homes for one to two years, and over a quarter had animals who had been waiting over two years.
Pets with medical problems, dogs suffering from breed prejudice (primarily pit bulls), shy pets, and dogs or cats who need to be the only pet in the home have hard time finding a new home.
Large dogs, black dogs, and pets with special needs also tend to languish in shelters much longer – and are euthanized more often -- than animals considered more desirable by adoptive families.
By far the pets least likely to find new homes are older pets and this is perhaps the most heartbreaking situation of all.
Older pets who have lived their whole lives with their owner or family are relinquished to shelters for any number of reasons – ill health, incontinence or another condition of old age, or perhaps the pet's owner has passed away and the family doesn't want to care for the dog or cat left behind.
Adoptive parents tend to shy away from older pets.
They're not as cute as puppies or kittens.
They may develop serious, expensive health problems.
Sitting in their cages, they don't seem as perky or eager to please as younger animals.
Also, many people who come to shelters looking for a new pet have recently lost one, and the thought of losing another beloved companion to old age within a few years is just too much to bear.
Tragically, many older pets live out the remainder of their lives in shelters, or are euthanized to make room for more adoptable animals. This is no way for a once cherished pet to live, or to die.
If you're thinking about adopting a shelter pet, an older dog or cat just might be exactly what you're looking for, so I encourage you to keep an open mind.
This was Lotza. I lost her in November 2011 due to bladder cancer. Within a 3 hour time frame, she went to having trouble urinating, thinking she had developed a bladder infection to finding a tumor inside her bladder on x-ray that prevented her from urinating. Ultrasound indicated the position of origin of the tumor would have made surgery impossible. I made the decision every pet owner hopes they never have to make. She will forever be missed.
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1 in 4 dogs will develop cancer in their lifetime!
Pet Proof Your Home
Want to help all pets but can't convince your wife or husband to buy a big enough farm? Consider becoming a monthly donor for a local animal charity. Check out The Lexington Humane Society's Constant Companion. For as little as $3 a month you can make a difference.
Did you know ? Kentucky, United States has had: (M1.5 or greater)
Are you ready? Do you know how to help your pets?
Remember! If it's not safe for you to stay at home during an emergency,
it's not safe for your pets either!
Know which hotels and motels along your evacuation route will accept pets.
MOST RED CROSS SHELTERS WILL NOT ACCEPT PETS!
Microchips save lives!
If you evacuate with your pets, write across your "In case of Fire/Emergency pet sticker "EVACUATED" so rescue workers don't waste time looking for pets in the house.
Your pet's behavior may change dramatically after a disaster becoming aggressive or defensive. Be aware of their well being and protect them from hazards to ensure the safety of other people and animals. Pets may become disoriented, particularly if the disaster has affected their scent markers and they relied on that instead of good eyesight. Be aware of hazards at nose, paw or hoof level such as sharp metal debris, glass, nails, spilled chemicals and fertilizers.
Did you know that 53.9% of all dogs seen at vet clinics in 2016 were overweight or obese? As pet owners we need to realize that we are, in fact, killing our pets with kindness! Our pet's (and LISTEN TO THIS! AND OUR OWN!) risk of Diabetes, Cancer, Heart issues, Arthritis, Thyroid Disease increases as weight increases. Fat causes inflammation in the body. Inflammation causes bad things to happen in the body. Even the best quality of food given at excessive quantities is bad. Stop overfeeding. Stop over treating. Your pets will still love you. In fact, they will love you much longer not dying from Cancer and Diabetes!
Weight loss tip: Set out daily foods/treats to meet an IDEAL calorie count. When the supply is gone, Savana is done eating for the day.
Need to figure out how much your pet needs to eat? Ask us what your pet's ideal weight should be and use this calculations. Example: I have a 9.1 pounds dog that should weigh 8.5 pounds. 8.5 / 2.2 x 30 + 70. She should eat 185.9 calories a day. Her food has 389 kcal/8 ounce cup. I should feed her a little less than 1/2 cup per day. If I want to feed her treats, I need to take away more kibbles. For even more control over those calorie packed kibble: her food bag says each 8 ounce cup weighs 105 grams. So I could feed her 52.5 grams a day to get her to her ideal weight. A small food scale is a better way to control portion size for our pets and one of the first things Dr McClain recommends to start our pet's weight loss program.
How much exercise does your pet get? Want to find out? Check out this Fitbark Dog Activity Monitor
Now your pet can be tracked too with activity level, sleep, and behavior results. This can be used in many situations to monitor health issues like pruritus/dermatitis, separation anxiety, arthritis/pain. It can also give you peace of mind verifying your dog walker is doing 2 miles like they advertised or a motivation device to get your own Fitbit out, strap it on and take Fido out for a walk. You both will benefit from it!
Did you know that you have 24/7 access from us to your pet's most important health records like previous medications, microchip number and vaccine records? Go to our website and click on the icon that says "See your pet on Petly".
Shelters require proof of Rabies vaccines to protect humans and other pets not just your pet. Rabies vaccines are mandatory in all U. S. states. Not having your pet vaccinated for Rabies is actually breaking the law.
Take lots of pictures of your pets from all different angles. This proves ownership and helps ID your pet when lost. Microchips are the gold standard and BEST WAY in reuniting you with your pet.
Do you have a fire alarm drill for your home? You should, not only for your family members, but also for you pets. Train your dog or cat to go to the door if he/she hears the smoke detector go off.
Cathy-Licensed Vet tech with 28 year experience.