Veterinary Care Canton Vet Tips

10 Tips from Dr. Bryant on Veterinary Care

What your vet wishes you knew about your pets

Dr. Bryant was recently featured in Canton Family Life.  She shared several tips for owners on care and animal behavior.

Veterinary Care Canton Vet Tips

1) Regular physical exams are the most important thing you can do for your pet’s health. This allows you to tell your vet about symptoms or behaviors that might alert the doctor to problems. Animals naturally hide symptoms. By the time the illness is apparent to owners, it is often late stage and our treatment options may be limited. Clients frequently describe things they think are no big deal, but are signs of a possible underlying disease. Physical exams and blood tests can help identify many of these diseases.

2) Animals feel pain, just like we do. They can’t tell us what hurts and rarely cry or whimper. Animals tend to curl up and sleep to try to avoid pain.

3) Human medications such as Aspirin, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, other over the counter anti-inflammatories and decongestants are dangerous and potentially fatal. Always call your veterinarian before giving any medication to your pet. Many veterinarians will answer these types of questions over the phone.

4) Dental disease is real, and really hurts. Most animals won’t show signs of pain and will keep eating. However, owners describe how much more alert and spunky their pets act after those painful teeth are treated or removed. There are no shortcuts in dental care. There are many people out there in the business of selling shortcuts, but safe and thorough dentistry requires anesthesia and dental x-rays.

5) Heartworm disease is caused by mosquitos which are around all year long in Georgia. No winter breaks for them. Heartworms lead to heart failure and is nearly 100% preventable with a simple preventative every month, all year round. 80% of unprotected dogs in Georgia will get heartworms at some point in their lives. Cats get heartworms too.

6) Most people know chocolate is toxic to pets, but did you know grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure? Onions and macadamia nuts can cause problems as well. Xylitol is a common artificial sweetener in chewing gum, medications and other foods like yogurt. This can cause rapid and severe liver disease in pets. And it doesn’t take much. A half of a stick of gum can make a small dog sick.Best Veterinarian Canton Ga

7) Food does not equal love in your pet’s eyes. They may surely enjoy snacks. But they will still know how much you adore them, even if you minimize snacks to keep them at a healthy weight.

8) Speaking of foods… quality matters. Many of the less expensive, popular foods are high in fat. This is why your pet likes them so much. Better foods do cost more, but tend to have lower fat contents and less non-digestible materials. This often means less poo! Labeling on foods is notoriously untrustworthy. There are all kinds of gimmicks and loopholes in the claims they make. Just because it’s on the label, doesn’t mean it’s true.

9) Cat foods are a bit easier… the best food for most healthy cats: Canned Fancy Feast. Avoid dry foods when possible. Bottom line; ask your veterinarian for two or three good food options that are available in stores. The vast majority of our patients eat regular store foods and we are happy to make recommendations.

10) If your pet is drinking more than usual, urinating more than normal, vomiting, not eating, sleeping more than usual, is less active or having soft stools…don’t wait. At least call and ask for advice. Most veterinarians, or one of their veterinary nurses, will be able to talk to you and get you some basic information. Unfortunately, waiting to see if things get better on their own, or using old fashioned home remedies, often makes things much worse.

You can view the full article on Veterinary Care in Canton Life Magazine Here

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Healthy Teeth ~ Happy Pet ‘Tips from your local veterinarian.’

A Veterinarian, near you, can perform services to keep your your dog and cats’ teeth cleaned.

Just like us, animals need regular dentist check-ups and teeth cleanings for oral health.

A complete dental cleaning, from a vet, means the cleaning each tooth, under all the gums and then polishing each tooth.

This is then followed up with x-rays to find any hidden disease. The costs of dental care are associated with the time involved, the anesthesia needed, and advanced equipment and training.

Professional dental cleanings are much more than simple brushing of the teeth. True dental cleanings involve scaling the teeth (the scraping your dentist does to your teeth). This can be time consuming, especially after years of tartar build up. Disease also occurs under the gums as well, it is important we reach those areas too.

Once cleaning is complete we take X-rays of the teeth to ‘see’ if there are any underlying issues or if disease is present. If there are concerns or teeth that must be extracted, we will contact you and give our advice based on what the x-rays show.
Learn more about Dental cleanings and our process Here in our Pet Care Library

Healthy Pet Care from your local family veterinarian in Canton, GA.

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7 Holiday Foods Not To Feed Your Pet – Veterinarian’s Advice

Tips from our friendly veterinarians in Canton, Ga. to ensure your pet stays safe.

The holidays can be a wonderful time of year.

We all love to give our pets a special treat now and then. Sometimes that treat is a table scrap or two. Here is a video explaining 7 foods most likely around during the holidays that you should not feed your pet.

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What Are Pet Vaccines (shots)? – Free Vaccines for Life from vets in Canton

Canton vet advice on vaccines.

New puppies and kittens are born with natural antibodies supplied from their mother.

These antibodies are the only way puppies and kittens can fight disease, and they wear off very quickly. For puppies and kittens to survive the viruses and pathogens they will undoubtedly come into contact with, it is critical for them to get their vaccines.

Cherokee Animal Hospital VeterinarianVaccines stimulate the immune system to create antibodies to the most prevalent diseases found in cats and dogs. Antibodies are the only ways puppies and kittens can fight off diseases. Without these antibody-building vaccines, cats and dogs that come into contact with diseases may become very sick or even die. Vaccines are very critical to your puppies’ and kittens’ health.

You can enroll your new puppy or kitten in our FREE Vaccines for Life program and after they receive their initial shots – at each yearly visit we will continue to provide vaccinations for them at now extra cost. You can learn more here: Cherokee Animal Hospital FVFL

Our friendly and helpful veterinarians at the Cherokee Animal Hospital in Canton can also provide an accurate timeline for vaccinating your puppies or kittens when you bring them in for examinations at the animal care clinic.

Tips for happy living with a family dog.

Your local vet can help your family adjust to furry members.

The family dog is a welcomed part of the family, we as humans can help them stay safe and happy with these few tips from your veterinarian.

– Consider installing childproof cabinet locks or using baby gates to block off areas of the home that are off-limits to your dog. Especially when you’re newly welcoming a dog to your home, it’s important to set boundaries. Keeping dogs out of under-sink cabinetry that contains …chemicals, trash cans, medications and other common household hazards….

– Never approach a leashed, tethered or confined (including in a car) dog.  They are in their territory and will often defend it.  This is normal dog behavior.

– A dog’s bed, food bowl and toys are also their territory, and defendable. This is also normal dog behavior.

– Let sleeping (and eating) dogs lie.

– Most dogs will avoid confrontation if at all possible. Humans generally fail to recognize dogs repeated requests to be left alone. Their communications are subtle but recognizable with practice.

– Young children and dogs should NEVER be unattended, regardless of how well either party behaves. Never leave a dog unattended in a car, not even for “just a few minutes.” Keep all pets dewormed and flea free to prevent transmission of certain diseases to the family.

For more information on healthy and happy pet instructions… get Dr. Bryant’s Owner’s Manuals for cats and dogs.

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What happens during a pet dental cleaning?

A Veterinarians’ take on dental care.

Professional dental cleanings are much more than simple brushing of the teeth and a dental cleaning really must be done under anesthesia.

Many owners are fearful of anesthesia for cleaning their pets teeth. However, there are several safety precautions that are taken before a pet is prepped for dental cleanings.

True dental cleanings involve scaling the teeth (the scraping your dentist does to your teeth).  This can be time consuming, especially after years of tartar build up.

Disease also occurs under the gums as well, it is important we reach those areas too, cleaning only the part of the tooth you can see is nothing more than a cosmetic procedure.

Pets will not willingly sit still for these cleanings. For the safety of the veterinarian and your pet it is important they are not awake for these procedures.Vet Tech Pet Dental Cleaning

Don’t be fooled by those selling cleanings while your pet is awake. “Awake” procedures are unethical, ineffective and they trick owners into thinking they have done right by their pets

Dental cleaning instruments are very sharp. Use of these instruments in a moving patient is unsafe and ineffective.

Once cleaning is complete we take X-rays of the teeth to ‘see’ if there are any underlying issues or if disease is present. If there are concerns or teeth that must be extracted, we will contact you and give our advice based on what the x-rays show.

Finally, the teeth are fully polished and any grooves left in the enamel are smoothed. This is so plaque and tartar do not reform into these grooves.

Polishing requires a rotating device just like your dentist uses, and the polish is applied under the gums.

This final step decreases how quickly future disease will occur. Just like in people, oral health is a daily battle and at home brushing is the best way to slow recurrence of disease and oral infection, improving the quality and health of your furry family member.

Dental cleanings are continued on an ‘as needed’ basis usually between 1-2 years. Infection in the teeth can lead to heart and kidney disease if left unchecked. Regular, frequent cleanings keep costs and risks to a minimum.

Our main goal is to maintain a high quality of life for your pet as long as possible.  Thankfully, our pets live a lot longer now, and their teeth can last longer too.

Contact your local vet, in Georgia, to schedule a cleaning and exam.

 

“My pet doesn’t seem to be in pain. Wouldn’t he stop eating if his teeth hurt?”

Bad news from your veterinarian?

The truth is most pets will continue to eat despite constant and throbbing dental pain.

Sadly, pets can’t easily tell us about it and the painful teeth often look totally healthy from the outside.

There is hope! Many owners comment on how much more lively and playful their pet is after we have removed infected, painful teeth and have given the others a good cleaning. More than anything this increased activity confirms the amount of pain the pet was in before the procedure.

New information is allowing veterinarians to understand dental disease. It is highly treatable if caught early. We can minimize pain and tooth loss through physical exams, testing, and regular, frequent cleanings.

To learn more Click this link: Dental Care Booklet for Owners

What better time than now to schedule your pets dental cleaning at a vet in Canton.

How do I keep my pets teeth clean? Advice from Canton Vets

Vets in Canton agree Healthy Teeth equals Healthy Pets.

As veterinarians, we know it would be great if pet owners could brush their animal’s teeth every day.

We realize; that’s probably unrealistic, so once a week is good. You will still make an impact for the better of your pets health.  Use a Plain toothbrush, plain water, you don’t need special paste to brush your pets teeth.

We recommend brushes, the little finger brushes that you can find in pet stores really don’t have enough abrasive abilities to them to do the job.  But a plain, little soft kid’s toothbrush on the outer surfaces of those teeth, brushing once a week, you can make a pretty big impact.

Your pet will still need to have their teeth professionally cleaned by a veterinarian, but we can, hopefully, do that less frequently.

Allergies and Your Pet from a Georgia Veterinarian

A vet’s guide to pet allergies.

Allergies are a very common, and very frustrating problem for people and pets alike. People often get sinus symptoms and itchy, watery eyes.

While we sometimes see these signs in pets (especially cats), it is much more common to have skin and ear problems.

Pets often shake their heads, scratch their ears, lick and chew at their feet, or are itchy all over. Secondary skin and ear infections are a common result.

Pets can be allergic to all the same things we are. Pollens, grasses, molds, foods and insects (fleas). Just like in people, these problems come and go throughout the year and are managed rather than cured.

This means that a certain amount of itching and chewing will usually remain but, that we minimize the secondary problems with medications such as antihistamines.

Not all antihistamines are safe for pets. Some are even toxic if they contain other ingredients such as decongestants. Always call and ask if a medication is ok before giving it. We will be happy to answer or offer alternatives.

If you notice an allergic reaction from your pet. Take them to your veterinarian or pet doctor for help.

The veterinarians at Cherokee Animal Hospital talk about fleas.

Vets in Georgia understand the need for year-round flea and tick treatment.

Just a few fleas can turn into a massive infestation in a hurry. Dr. Bryant, a vet in Canton, talks about fleas and your pet.

Your yard is constantly being visited by wildlife such as deer, raccoons, and opossums, as well other neighborhood pets (cats are notorious roamers). These animals can spread fleas and flea eggs, which can infest your pet when he goes outside.

In warm, humid areas like Georgia, fleas thrive year round. Plus, fleas can survive on your pet and inside your home all year! Year-round flea control is best for your pet. Fleas carry disease that can make both you and your pet sick.

All pets in your household need to be treated— especially the cats (fleas’ favorite host). Some pets are more sensitive to fleas than others, so if you treat only the pet that’s scratching, she’s likely to be re-infested by other pets that also have fleas but aren’t giving you any itchy signals.

Generic or older over-the-counter flea control products are not as safe or effective and do not last as long as the newer products. Don’t be fooled by label claims that these products are the same. Many old products are particularly dangerous to cats. Even if they just rub against a dog treated with these products.

Unlike “natural” products, prescription flea control agents have been extensively tested and approved by the FDA.

Ask us for recommendations. We will take into consideration your pet’s environment and lifestyle to help you make the best choice.

In Georgia, our vets suggest the need to use these products consistently year-round.