Beware the Pesky Weed: Foxtail Season

Many pet owners have been confronted with an unexpected veterinary visit in the spring and summer months after their dog has a run-in with “foxtails”. Common in our foothills, the head of this weed is designed to burrow into the ground when it falls off of the plant, but its sharp awns can also burrow into your pet if you are not careful. Here’s what to know about foxtails and your pet: Read the rest of this entry »

New Life for a Limping Dog: ACL Repair

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!

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

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

 

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 »

Four-legged Workout Buddies: Pet Exercise!

Hispanic Children Taking Dog For Walk In Countryside

Maybe you’ve heard the old adage, “a tired dog is a good dog.” This is true for many different behavior issues, preventable health problems, and even for your dog’s self esteem. While many of us struggle to meet our own exercise goals, our pets are usually struggling right along with us. Access to a backyard or property doesn’t guarantee a dog will get the amount of pet exercise they need – just like us they often need interaction and stimulation to be interested. A dog workout together will help everybody get moving!

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Don’t Take a Bite: Rattlesnake Season!

20160511_173914Meet Doc, a happy-go-lucky hound who decided to get a little too close to our local wildlife. He was rushed in to our hospital after receiving a rattlesnake bite right on top of his nose. His owners recognized symptoms quickly so luckily Doc was able to get the care he needed right away. A couple years ago we published a brief overview on rattlesnakes after seeing several bites in the same week. It seems our resident snake population is getting set for another busy year so we wanted to share our best tips for keeping your dog safe:
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Wildfire Season: Don’t Forget the Pets!

Not too far from us in Northern California, two massive wildfires—the Valley Fire and the Butte Fire—are now contained after weeks of burning. Hundreds of structures are destroyed, people have died, and animals have died as well. The images on the news are hard to look at: walls of flame, family homes reduced to smoking piles of grey ash, bewildered animals with burned paws being tended to by veterinarians. Read the rest of this entry »

The Standard of Veterinary Excellence

Front DeskMany of you have already come in and seen our new exam rooms, food store, and reception area – thanks to our remodel this summer we have seen a lot of big updates to Goldorado. Additionally, many of the “behind the scenes” treatment, lab, and surgery areas were also refreshed to better serve your furry family members. One thing that hasn’t changed however, we remain an AAHA Accredited Hospital. Read the rest of this entry »