The Best Pet Apps: Make Life Easier and Fun

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Got a pet problem? Don’t worry. There’s a pet app for that! Tablets and smartphones app marketplaces like iTunes or Google Play offer apps designed specifically for animal lovers with solutions to important pet issues.

We’ve seen a range of apps from the very functional to the downright silly so we decided to make this list of must-haves. They’re the ones that actually do what they’re designed to do, without making you want to tear your hair out in the process. Best of all, they’ll not only make your life more fun and easier, they’ll improve your relationship with your pets and make you a better advocate for their health and wellness. Read the rest of this entry »

New Life for a Limping Dog: ACL Repair

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Damage to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee is a well-known source of disabling injury among humans. It can strike elite athletes or weekend warriors, and usually requires surgical repair. Just like knee injuries in football, injury to the ACL is the most common orthopedic injury in dogs.

Why Is My Dog Limping?

This injury is due to a partial or complete tear of a ligament inside the stifle (knee). The resulting instability leads to pain and arthritis. The CCL is vital for maintaining stability within the knee joint because it keeps the upper bone (the femur) from sliding off the lower bone (the tibia). In most cases, the tear occurs abruptly, often in association with exercise or activity. It results in a sudden limping with the dog often unwilling to bear any weight on the affected leg. Read the rest of this entry »

Pet Insurance: What you Need to Know

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What happens if your furry family member suddenly falls ill or gets into an accident? We all want to provide the best healthcare for our pets, but will you be ready if a really big (and expensive) problem develops? A recent survey by the Associated Press found that a significant number of pet owners (41 percent) are extremely or somewhat worried they could not afford the medical bills for a sick cat or dog. Is pet insurance the answer? When people ask us that question our answer is always the same: It depends… Read the rest of this entry »

Puppy Training: Starting Off on the Right Paw!

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As new puppy we often make the mistake of endlessly worrying about finding the right accessories, puppy treats, or bed. We spend little or no time thinking about how we will train our new puppy. Yes, a puppy needs nutritious food and a safe, warm place to live, but another equally powerful and important biological necessity is the need for a pack leader to give the puppy direction and purpose in life. Here are some quick tips on the steps to puppy training and maintaining an obedient and balanced dog from the start: Read the rest of this entry »

Pet Dental Disease: Not About the Cavities

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Just like our mouths, companion animals have very important healthcare needs. Pet dental disease starts with plaque and bacteria on the surfaces of the teeth, but instead of leading to cavities (uncommon in dogs and cats),  this buildup eventually leads to infection of the gums and jaw bones. This process can be stopped and reversed, but without proper dental care your pet can suffer from:

  • Painful mouth and loss of appetite
  • Bad breath
  • Irritated or bleeding gums
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Infections that spread to other areas of the body

Owners taking charge of pet’s dental care every day ensures they have a long, healthy life. Here are some specific ways to help your furry friends pass their check up:

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New Year’s Resolutions Include Shedding Pet Obesity

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In the United States alone, an estimated  43.8 million dogs and 55 million cats are overweight or obese – yes, that’s a lot of fat cats! Even though we bipeds have our own weight issues, pets are quickly catching up to us on the scales. Pet obesity is a major epidemic that affects every age, breed, and locality. Common consequences of pet obesity  include:

  • Heat intolerance
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Breathing problems
  • Ligament injuries
  • Kidney disease
  • Many types of cancer
  • Decreased life expectancy (up to 2.5 years)

Regardless of where your pet is on the scales, our Goldorado team is here to help! Here are our best strategies for addressing obesity in pets: Read the rest of this entry »

Your Guide for a Pet-Friendly Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving brings families together around the dinner table which includes every family member – including pets. It’s hard to withstand those puppy dog eyes any time of year, and can seem next to impossible at holiday meals during the “season of giving.” Despite all the begging though, most of our holiday foods can cause major issues for pets.

For the holidays we have compiled this helpful list of foods to help keep you have a safe and pet-friendly Thanksgiving.

The Good (in moderation):

Turkey — As a lean protein, turkey can be good for your cat or dog. Stick with well-cooked white meat and remove the skin, which can be hard to digest. Read the rest of this entry »

National Adopt a Senior Pet Month

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Old Boxer DogYour new best friend might be anyone but new; he or she just might be a senior pet. November is “National Adopt a Senior Pet Month” and a time worth considering the many benefits of senior pet adoption.

Mature dogs and cats have many advantages when compared to their younger counterparts, yet are often the first to face death or permanent homelessness as adopters overlook them in favor of puppies and kittens.

How Older Pets End Up In Shelters

While senior pets are in shelters for many of the same reasons as younger animals, they are often surrendered or abandoned simply as a function of their age. Their previous pet parents may be ill or elderly themselves, and no longer able to care for them physically or financially. Some mature pets are given up by their families as they age, and become sick, incapacitated or simply unable to participate in activities they enjoyed as younger animals. Others are cast aside when their guardians tire of caring for them, or become intolerant of the inevitable infirmities of an aging pet. Read the rest of this entry »

“Howl”-oween at Goldorado!

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Dogs in disguise for Halloween

Candy? Check. Spooky Spotify playlist? Check. Hot dog costume for your Dachshund? Check. There is much to love about Halloween, and for all of us pet owners it can be a fun opportunity to dress pets up.

Although we think of Halloween as full of innocent fun, many pets can easily become stressed or be put in compromising situations. The constant ringing of the doorbell, strangers walking around in the dark, unattended candy bowls, and even some pranks can cause pets undue stress and increase their risk of illness or injury.

Fortunately, it’s possible to have a pet-friendly Halloween. Our pet safety tips are here to help you have a spooky (but not so scary!) night:

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We Love Our Veterinary Technicians!: Celebrating National Vet Tech Week

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It’s National Vet Tech Week, and we would like to take  a moment to celebrate our wonderful veterinary technicians. These are highly trained and dedicated individuals  that are essential to our animal hospital. Dr. Barnes and Dr. Prince will be the first to tell you that our veterinary technicians are the backbone of Goldorado Animal Hospital.

What can Veterinary Technicians do?

Registered technicians earn a bachelor’s or associate’s degree in veterinary technology.  Under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian, technicians can monitor and care for patients, obtain specimens, perform laboratory testing, take X-rays, run anesthesia, perform dental cleanings, administer medications, take blood draws and perform tests, give first aid, and much more. Often a veterinary technician will be the one to take an initial patient history and even perform a physical examination.   Read the rest of this entry »