Camping Essentials: Your Summertime Guide to Camping With Dogs

For some of us, there can be nothing better than spending time in the great outdoors. Pitching a tent near a lake, in a forest, or anywhere else can be what recharges us.

Have you ever included your pets on these excursions? Camping with dogs can be fun and entertaining. It can also be stressful, unless you follow the Scout motto: “Be Prepared”. With that in mind, Goldorado Animal Hospital shares our best tips for camping with dogs.

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Avoid Standing Water, Prevent Canine Leptospirosis

Who knew puddles and ponds could be so dangerous to a frolicking, curious, and thirsty dog? A sloppy drink from standing water may not always get your pooch in trouble, but unknown water sources can absolutely be contaminated with dangerous bacteria called leptospira. Known for causing canine leptospirosis, a bacterial infection, people can also become sick from this zoonotic illness.

In other words,  a quick slurp from a suspiciously still body of water probably isn’t worth the risk.

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Benefits for All: Crate Training 101

There are plenty of internet articles touting the “easy” way to crate train your puppy or dog, but no matter which way you slice it, crate training requires patience, gentleness, and positivity. With those three ingredients in mind, we’ll share some reasons crate training can be beneficial as well as our tips for success!

First Things First

Different people have different circumstances that may make crate training a good idea. Here are some common reasons:

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March Is Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month!

When a pet first comes home, there’s a lot to do to ensure their safety. Not unlike baby-proofing, creating a safe environment is paramount for a four-legged friend that ceaselessly explores with their nose and mouth.

As time goes by and a pet matures there will be less anxiety about what they may be exposed to. After all, they’ve likely proved they can be trusted in the kitchen or in the garage. But all it takes is one chance encounter with a toxin to bring about a life-threatening poisoning. That’s why Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month remains a major highlight of the year.

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Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew: Non-Anesthetic Pet Dentistry

Anesthesia is a scary event for many of us. Many pet owners recognize how important professional dental care is for their furry friend, but get a little antsy about the risk (and cost) involved with full anesthesia.

As opportunities arise for pets to receive dental care in other ways, such as a tooth scaling at the groomer or a non-anesthetic dental service facility, it is no wonder that people are jumping on board. But is it really the best choice? Goldorado Animal Hospital hopes that some more context about non-anesthetic pet dentistry will help you to decide how to best proceed with your pet’s care.

Pros and Cons of Non-Anesthetic Pet Dentistry

It is not hard to understand why anesthesia-free dentals are tempting for pet owners. Anesthesia always carries with it some risk, and the monitoring, equipment, training, and time it takes can add expense.

As an AAHA Accredited veterinary hospital we can assure you that we take anesthesia very seriously. Following the more current guidelines and safest practices our staff ensures that your pet’s anesthetic experience is as risk-free as feasibly possible. This is important, because we stand behind the belief that anesthesia is essential for the best dental care.

There are a few reasons that we need to anesthetize your pet in order to provide a thorough oral examination and dental cleaning:

  • Even the most docile pet doesn’t open wide and say “ahhh”, meaning that we cannot fully evaluate every surface of every tooth effectively in an awake animal.
  • 60% of your pet’s teeth, and potential periodontal disease, are under the gumline. We need to take radiographs and probe carefully in order to evaluate the health of each tooth.
  • If we find a problem that requires extraction or other surgical treatment, we can often address it right then and there without the need for another procedure.

This means that anesthesia-free dental cleanings are often incomplete and can create a false sense of security when it comes to oral health.

Potentially Dangerous Territory

Besides being overall a subpar method of dental care, there are some dangerous aspects of non-anesthetic pet dentistry. Consider the following:

  • Most pets will need to be physically restrained in some manner in order to accomplish the task. This can be dangerous for the pet as well as the person performing the cleaning.
  • Because the status of the tooth roots and surrounding bone cannot be assessed, serious and painful issues may go unrecognized. This leads to unnecessary discomfort as well as potential progression of the problem.
  • Some of the instruments utilized in a dental cleaning are quite sharp. Sudden or unexpected movements by the patient can result in injury.
  • Because pets are not intubated during a non-anesthetic dental cleaning, water and other debris can potentially be aspirated.
  • Because anesthesia is regarded as standard of care by organizations such as the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary Dental College, you can assume that those performing anesthesia-free pet dental care are either lay people or people who do not subscribe to the most current recommendations. Is this who you wish to entrust your pet’s care with?

Anesthesia-free pet dental cleanings may sound appealing, however the old adage that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is stands. Our staff takes your pet’s care to heart, and there is a reason that we insist on anesthetic for all dental exams and cleanings. Give us a call today so that we can formulate a dental care plan for your pet that we all can agree on.

Pet Dental Care – Is it Really Necessary?

Pet dental care is a cornerstone of pet health

Did you know that the less-than-pleasant doggie or kitty breath you’ve come to know and love isn’t normal? By far, dental disease is the most common cause of bad breath in pets, and according to the American Veterinary Dental Association, up to 80% of dogs and cats develop some form of the disease by the age of three.

Making pet dental care a priority is one of the most proactive things you can do for your pet’s long-term health, and Goldorado Animal Hospital is here to get you started!

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Drumroll, Please! Presenting Goldorado Animal Hospital’s Top 5 Pet Health Blogs of 2018

Whether you’re busy preparing for a big end-of-year bash or planning a quiet evening at home, you’ll probably spend some time reflecting on the past year and setting a few new goals for the future. Here at Goldorado Animal Hospital, we’re so grateful for the productive and successful year we’ve had, and we can’t wait to see what lies ahead in 2019.

With our blog, we always strive to cover a wide array of meaningful topics, such as dental care, dog training, pet loss, and parasite prevention. Whether you’re new to our website or a long-time reader, we invite you to enjoy our picks for the top 5 blogs of 2018!

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How to Introduce A New Pet to Your Current Pets

Introduce a new pet to your other pets with love and compassion.

Congratulations! You’re adding a new pet to your furry family. This time is exciting of course, but can also be stressful for both you and all the pets involved. When you introduce a new pet to your existing pets, there are some best practices to follow which can help alleviate everyone’s nerves. Below, we walk you through how to seamlessly integrate a new pet into your home.

How To Introduce A New Pet…

Because the old adage, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression” is true in the case of how to introduce a new pet to your household, take special care in that initial meeting. We do recommend making introductions before you are fully committed to a new animal. It’s important to take things slow. If you need help, please call your team at Goldorado Animal Hospital.

Let’s get started!

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Tips and Tricks: Helping Your Pet Take Medication

Helping your pet take medication can be trickyWhen it comes to administering medication, there is no more formidable foe than your pet. And since a spoonful of sugar is not the way to help the medicine go down, at least for pets, giving pets their medication easily can seem like a daunting task.

Since you never know when your pet might need medication, it’s a good idea to learn some basics about helping your pet take medication safely and effectively. With a few tips and tricks from Goldorado Animal Hospital, you can forego all the acrobatics and ease your pet into the task. Read the rest of this entry »

Controlling the Mouthy Puppy

Everybody loves to play with puppies—- until those needle-sharp teeth sink in!  It’s entirely appropriate that puppies explore their world with their mouths and teeth, but important that they learn to inhibit their biting, and to restrict chewing to approved toy.  Here are a few tips until this normal phase of development has passed. Read the rest of this entry »