The Pet Doctor

Pancreatitis and Giving Thanks

As our families gather to give thanks, we as pet parents need to remember that our pets can become anxious by the over load of or rapid changes that are occurring during the festivities. All the new people coming over and wanting to see the dog or cat can be a scary thing for them. If your pet isn’t the most social butterfly then maybe having them in their own private area during the festivities. Or you could have your family go slow with them and get to know your pet at their own pace. Possibly enticement with treats or toys and some positive reinforcement for them coming towards you. It’s a joyous holiday, there is no need for anyone to be bit or for your pet to go through this kind of anxiety.

The other turkey in the room that we need to address is all the rich and decadent foods being cooked and the GI (Gastrointestinal) upset that comes with them. I’m talking simple gassy toots to full on pancreatitis. I’ve said it before and I’m going to say it again, no matter how cute those little begging faces are they don’t need any food from your table. An abundance of table food can induce pancreatitis in your pet. Vomiting, diarrhea, severe dehydration, DIABETES, and DEATH can be the outcome of giving your pets food from the table and inducing pancreatitis. I’m not trying to scare you, but in our business we see this horror movie play out over and over again. No one should have to live through this especially your pet. For the holidays you should get them a bag of their favorite treats or have a handful of their own food near your when you all gather to eat. When they come to beg for your food hand them their own treats and let them think that they are getting something special for the holidays. Mind over matter is  a powerful thing.

Still, Enjoy the holidays! The Pet Doctor wants to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, but be smart about it with our pets!c8ed3ee1de1ab2e4e48c687094f668e9

Gift Ideas

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It’s truly the most wonderful time of year because it fills our hearts with cheer and makes us want to give the ones we love special gifts. There aren’t many special gifts that can top the joy a new puppy or kitten can give someone. But just because they give joy, it doesn’t mean they aren’t a lot of responsibility. With that in mind maybe you shouldn’t run out and adopt/buy a pet for your loved one. It may be better to wrap a new pet kit for them. In this kit you can include, but aren’t limited to: a Leash, collar, harness, identification tags, a bed, food, treats, and a gift certificate to cover the adoption fees for your local shelter.

You and/or your loved ones should visit the shelter and make getting your new friend an event, and a memory like no other. But don’t try to take on more than you or the person you’re gifting can handle. The pet may be a gift, but it’s still a new family member in need of your love and care. Learn all you need to have in your home and prepare to take your new pet to the veterinarian to make sure it’s vaccinated, spayed/neutered, and dewormed. Remember this is a gift that will keep on giving for years to come so one has to be financially prepared for this. Don’t let that deter you, just let it enlighten you. Give an animal a new home this holiday, but be smart about it too!

Frederick’s Findings: Diabetes

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Frederick here with a super important finding coming at you! It’s November so what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Obviously is booking our pet’s stay out our Doggie Daycare for your holiday festivities, but did deeper than that. The next thought is Thanksgiving right? Well even though it’s baffling I, the food connoisseur, am not talking about this food filled holiday of thoughtfulness and giving. I’m talking about the fact that November is National Pet Diabetes Month.

Diabetes Mellitus

It effects dogs just like it can humans. Diabetes Mellitus is a diseased state by which the body suffers from either an absolute shortage of insulin (Type 1), or from an incorrect response from the cells to the insulin that is being produced, a condition termed insulin resistance (Type II). Either one of these conditions will prevent the muscles and organs from converting the glucose to energy. That simply means there will be excessive amounts of glucose in the blood, a condition known as hyperglycemia. The hot topic issue here is the insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is produced by the pancreas. It is released into the cells in response to the digestive conversion of proteins into glucose in the bloodstream.

Diabetes is a common condition for humans, but it is also common for domestic animals like dogs. The most severe form is Type I. This form is dependent on daily injections for maintaining the blood sugar balance. This is called insulin Dependent diabetes mellitus.

Symptoms

  • Excessive Urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • Hunger
  • Weight loss even with normal appetite

Later Signs

  • Anorexia – complete loss of appetite
  • Lethargy and depression
  • Vomiting

There is also the development of Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA). It’s the metabolic acidosis caused by the breakdown of fat and proteins in the liver in response to insulin deficiency

Other Symptoms

  • Enlarged Liver
  • Cataracts
  • Bladder of kidney infection
  • Obesity

Causes

Diabetes mellitus is caused be a plethora of things, but genetic predisposition is one likely cause.  Dogs that have diabetes often have relatives that have diabetes. It’s also thought that pets going through Hormone therapies could get diabetes as dogs receiving drugs to control their heat cycles are at a higher risk for developing the condition as well. Problems with the pancreas/insulin production are also a cause so Pancreatitis can be a factor as well.

Breeds that are at a higher risk:

  • Keeshond
  • Puli
  • Miniature Pinscher
  • Samoyed
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Poodle
  • Dachshund
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Beagle

Diagnosis

Your veterinarian will be monitoring and recording your pets every symptom and will run a battery of tests such as a complete blood count, chemical profile, and a urinalysis. These test alone should be enough to diagnose diabetes and start the initial treatment.

Typically with the disease there is usually a high concentration of glucose in the blood and urine. Abnormally high levels of liver enzymes and electrolytes imbalances are also common. High levels of ketone bodies can be present in the urine. Ketones are water-soluble compounds produced as a by-product of fatty acid metabolism in the liver and kidney.

Treatment

The Veterinarian will prescribe treatment that will include adding daily exercise into your pets schedule. Balancing your dog’s food and liquid cravings to healthy levels and lowering the insulin demand are the first priority. Obesity is a risk factor and makes management of the condition a lot harder, but it can be brought under control, slowly with great care and attention to detail. A diet will need to be strictly enforced. If necessary the Doctor can prescribe a diet specifically formulated for diabetic pets. Lastly, insulin therapy will be used to regulate your dog’s glucose levels. You will be given an initial insulin dosage will be taught how to give it to you pet. Most pets need it twice a day, but sometimes it’s only a once a day dosage. You can be taught to check the blood glucose levels at home with a glucometer, and the doctor will be bringing you in to recheck the blood glucose levels and how your pet is doing.

The doctor will also teach you the symptoms to monitor for if your pet goes into hypoglycemia (Low levels of glucose) or hyperglycemia (high levels of glucose) Keeping a log of your dog’s diet, behaviors, insulin dosing and times will help you manage the condition.

See this month is for more than just turkey. We need to raise awareness for this disease that causes a lot of hurt for people and pets daily. If you suspect this condition take your pet to be examined immediately. Don’t risk it, knowledge is power and early detection makes things more manageable.

Have a good day all!

Boarding Info part 1

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Hello everyone, our kennel has been open for a little while now, but we’re still getting questions about how things work here. I have a few tidbits of information for you that should clear things up for you all.

The Requirements to Board:

  • Current yearly Examination by a Veterinarian
  • 1 year or 3 year Rabies vaccination
  • 1 year DHLLP
  • Yearly Heartworm Test
  • 6 month Bordetella
  • 6 month Fecal exam
  • Proof of purchase of flea and heartworm from your veterinarian (ONLINE PHARMACY PURCHASE DO NOT COUNT! Support your local veterinarians and their products)

Daycare Prices and Packages:

            4 hours or less:

  • Monday-Friday – $9.00
  • Saturday-Sunday – $11.00
  • 3 days – $25.00
  • 5 days – $42.00
  • 7 days – $58.00
  • 10 days – $79.00
  • 14 days – $99.00

More than 4 hours

  • Monday-Friday – $14.00
  • Saturday-Sunday – $15.00
  • 3 days – $40.00
  • 5 days – $64.00
  • 7 days – $88.00
  • 10 days $120.00
  • 14 days $165.00

All packages are good for 1 year from the date of purchase. Packages are not transferable, and you cannot split packages with other pets.

 

 

 

Overnight Rates and Packages

Suite Size                   4 x 8           4 x 8 (Intact)   4 x 7          6 x 6

1 Night                $20           $30                $40            $35

3 Nights              $59           $89                $119          $104

5 Nights              $95           $145            $195          $170

7 Nights              $130         $200            $271         $233

10 Nights           $180         $280            $380        $308

14 Nights           $245        $385            $528        $434

 

**Intact = Not spayed or Neuter or Anti-Social

**Additional Dog in Suite is $10/Night added to package

**All packages are good for 1 year from date of purchase

**Packages are not transferable

**You cannot split packages with other pets

Pick up for overnight Boarding is 10am

 

Payment Policy

 

**All Pricing is subject to change without warning

 

**We accept: Cash, Visa, MC, Discover, AMEX, Care Credit

 

**We do not accept checks

 

**50% Deposit for all Overnight boarding reservations (24 hours notice of cancellation for full refund)

 

**50% Deposit for all holiday overnight reservations (must give 72 hour notice of cancellation for full refund)

 

**$7/overnight stay for Holidays (added for each pet staying)

**Easter

**Memorial Day

**Independence Day

**Labor Day

**Thanksgiving Day

Christmas Eve

**Christmas Day

**New Year’s Eve

**New Year’s Day

 

More to come on the other services we offer! Stay posted!!!

Reader’s Choice: Last Leg of The Race

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It’s the 26th of October so there is no time like the present to vote for us in The Myrtle Beach Herald’s Reader’s Choice Award. We have until October 31, 2016 at 11:59pm to garner as many votes as possible and win the title of Reader’s Choice! Please head over today and for the next 4 days to help us out daily by voting!

Check out the process:

1. Head over to this link: http://myhorrynews.secondstreetapp.com/l/MBH-Readers-Choice-2017/Ballot/Pets

2. You can cast your vote for “The Pet Doctor” by selecting the Veterinarian tab and voting by our name.

3. You can cast your vote for “The Pet Doctor: Doggie Daycare & Boarding facility” by selecting Boarding tab and voting by our name.

4. If you don’t see our name, simply write it in to cast your vote

5. You can vote once every 24 hours, so set an alarm and vote daily, this increases your chances of winning the $150 prize!!!

 

Come on and support us! That $150 prize isn’t going to win itself. Go on and vote!

Go Vet Techs, You Rock!!!

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This week in October is annual hailed as Vet Tech Appreciation week! So We the Furry staff of The Pet Doctor would like to gladly say Thank you to our dedicated team of Veterinary Technicians. We Love you guys so much and appreciate all the literal blood, sweat and tears you pour into your jobs here at The Pet Doctor daily.

We also want to thank the veterinary technicians the world over for the job that they do, and you should too! These members of society are apart of a special “brotherhood” of people that go out of their way each day to educate and serve the public with their skills and knowledge. By definition they are readily available to help you and your fur baby, not only because it’s their job to do so, but because they have a passionate desire to do so within them. Many hours are poured into learning, training, teaching, and actually doing this job that most people as clients don’t get to see, but the technicians wouldn’t change any minute of it. We’re grateful for that fact, and we appreciate you all! Enjoy your Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week!

 

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(Don’t forget to vote for The Pet Doctor in The Myrtle Beach Herald’s Reader’s Choice Award contest!!!)

vote here–> http://myhorrynews.secondstreetapp.com/l/MBH-Readers-Choice-2017/Ballot/Pets

Reader’s Choice: Vote Vote Vote

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Hey guys and gals, it’s only the 13th of October, so you still have another half a month to vote for The Pet Doctor, and The Doggie Daycare for The Reader’s Choice award this year. There is no time like the present to Vote, Vote, Vote! The process is simple, instructions posted below:

1. Head over to this link: http://myhorrynews.secondstreetapp.com/l/MBH-Readers-Choice-2017/Ballot/Pets

2. You can cast your vote for “The Pet Doctor” by selecting the Veterinarian tab and voting by our name.

3. You can cast your vote for “The Pet Doctor: Doggie Daycare & Boarding facility” by selecting Boarding tab and voting by our name.

4. If you don’t see our name, simply write it in to cast your vote

5. You can vote once every 24 hours, so set an alarm and vote daily, this increases your chances of winning the $150 prize!!!

 

Don’t hesitate to Vote, remember it ends on October 31st, at 11:59pm. Go ahead and vote now and tomorrow too, and every single day up until the 31st. Thank you so much in advance!

-The furry staff of The Pet Doctor

 

Reader’s Choice Award 2017

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Hey friends and family, Frederick here with some fall excitement! It’s time again for that awesome Reader’s Choice award by The Myrtle Beach Herald! The ballot has just gone live and will be open until October 31st for you to vote for some of your favorite business’s around town. Naturally, we hope that we have your vote for most awesome Veterinary Clinic, and for the Best Boarding facility as well! *Nudge Nudge* *Wink Wink*

It’s an awesome honor to be considered and it would be even more so to win. But, the fun isn’t just in it for us, you could win a prize too! With your vote you stand a chance of winning $150 for yourself. Isn’t that awesome? Its definitely worth a vote in my opinion.

Here’s how it works my friends:

  1. Head over to this link: http://myhorrynews.secondstreetapp.com/l/MBH-Readers-Choice-2017/Ballot/Pets
  2. You can cast your vote for “The Pet Doctor” by selecting the Veterinarian tab and voting by our name.
  3. You can cast your vote for “The Pet Doctor: Doggie Daycare & Boarding facility” by selecting Boarding tab and voting by our name.
  4. If you don’t see our name, simply write it in to cast your vote
  5. You can vote once every 24 hours, so set an alarm and vote daily, this increases your chances of winning the $150 prize!!!

Don’t hesitate to Vote, remember it ends on October 31st, at 11:59pm. That date will sneak up on us and say Boo before you know it! Vote Vote Vote,

Please and Thank you in advance!

-Sir Frederick

World Rabies Day

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Annually for the past 10 years the world has been celebrating World Rabies Day. A day that came into being to promote rabies awareness and help educate the masses on this disease that has been killing more than 55,000 people every year around the world. Right here in our own united states one to two people die annually. In 2014 right here in the United States there were over 6,000 reported cases of animal rabies. This disease has been reported in every state except Hawaii, and has also everywhere around the world with the exception of Australia and Antarctica. Sadly, once symptoms appear, the disease results in fatality.

Rabies is a viral disease that affects the brains of humans and other mammals. It does so by causing acute inflammation of the brain. This virus reproduces heavily in the saliva glands of the infected animal so it’s usually transmitted via a flesh breaking bite from the infected animal. It can be transmitted through a scratch if the wound has contact with the infected saliva, the same can be said of the infected saliva hitting a mucous membrane. In the United States the most common rabies carriers are: Bats, Raccoons, Skunks, and foxes. When it comes to domestic species far more cats see it than others such as dogs and ferrets.

When it comes to your furry best friend, they may show significant behavioral changes when infected. They may become apprehensive or restless, and start showing signs of aggression. Your once friendly dog may become highly irritable, or a normally high energy/highly excitable pet may become more docile than usual. With the slightest stimulus your pet may bite or snap at you, or even inanimate objects. You may start to see them bite/chew at the site where they were bitten or even start to constantly lick it. Your pet may even have a fever at this time.

As the disease progresses your pet may become hypersensitive to light, sound, and touch. They could start hiding in dark places and eating weird things. The most known symptom is the foaming at the mouth. What’s not known is that foaming is caused by paralysis of the throat/jaw muscles. Paralysis of the hind legs may develop causing staggering and incoordination of your pet. Lastly, some other known signs are loss of appetite, weakness, seizures, and sudden death.

Not so Fun Fact: The virus usually incubates from 2-8 weeks before signs are noticed, but transmission of said virus through saliva can happen as early as 10 days before symptoms appear.

Not So Fun Fact: Unvaccinated dogs and cats who are allowed to roam outside are at the most risk for infection. Your pets that are exposed to wildlife have a higher chance for infection as well. Not to mention if they encounter a stray dog or cat with the virus.

Not So Fun Fact: There isn’t an accurate test to diagnose rabies in a live animal. The most accurate diagnostic that can be ran is a direct fluorescent antibody test. The test requires brain tissue though and the test can only be performed after death of the animal.

Not so Fun Fact: THERE IS NO TREATMENT OR CURE FOR RABIES ONCE SYMPTOMS APPEAR. It’s a disease that is a serious threat to the world at large so pets that are suspected of the disease are more often than not euthanized.

The best thing you can ever do is get your Pet vaccinated once a year, or once every three years if you use the three year version of the vaccine. Make sure to schedule your appointment with The Pet Doctor if you haven’t had your pet vaccinated this year, or if their due date for vaccines is near. In this case, Prevention is the best medicine! Vaccinate, Vaccinate, Vaccinate!!! Call us today to capitalize on our Annual vaccine specials for Dogs and cats. Celebrate World Rabies Day by going out and educating your friends and family about the disease and having them vaccinate their pets annually.

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You can find more information on Rabies, and World Rabies Day at the sites listed below:

https://rabiesalliance.org/world-rabies-day/

https://www.avma.org/Events/pethealth/Pages/world-rabies-day.aspx

See you soon, Bring your pets to the office and we’ll gladly look them over.

Sea Otter Awareness Week

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Hokie here and I’ve been losing my mind over these awesome animals I’ve had the pleasure to encounter the other day. All the staff here can agree that these guys are awesome! It’s like a combination of water, dogs, cats, and awesome. I’m talking about Sea Otters! Did you guys know that it from September 18th– September 24th is Sea Otter Awareness Week. This week is always the last full week in September and it is to bring about recognition to the vital role sea otters play in the nearshore ecosystem. All around the world people in aquariums, zoos, natural history museums, filmmakers, researchers, ETC participate in events or activities highlighting sea otters and their natural history. All the scientific stuff aside, have you seen those sleek little guys go? They zoom through the water, they adorably cuddle with each other, and they Juggle! Come one, they juggle, and that is so awesome.

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This year marks the 14th annual Sea Otter Awareness week. That means for 14 year people have been inspired to learn about and protect our little otter friends. You can do the same by visiting your local zoo or aquarium and inquiring about them. We here at the Pet Doctor will post a few tidbits of facts here, but that’s just scratching the surface of the Awesomeness that is Sea Otters.

  • They are a keystone species in the ecosystem, as they promote healthy kelp forests. Those in turn support thousands of organisms.
  • They are the top predator of their ecosystem
  • Sea Otters are Indicator Species. This means they reflect the conditions of the world around them. If they are dying in tremendous amounts, there is a land based connection.
  • Humans and sea otters eat many of the same foods, so high rates of sea otter disease may be a warning for both human and marine ecosystem health.
  • Their common names: Southern or California Sea Otter; Northern Sea Otter; Russian Sea otter
  • They are the smallest marine mammal in Northern Hemisphere, but the largest member of Family Mustelidae
  • Their relatives include Ferrets, badgers, minks, and river otters.

So much more can be found out about Sea Otters, and you can find out ways to help them by following these links:

 

http://www.seaotters.org

http://www.dfg.ca.gov/ospr/Science/marine-wildlife-vetcare/

http://www.mbayaq.org/cr/sorac.asp

http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/owcn/

http://www.seaotterresearch.org/

http://www.seaotters.com  http://ecos.fws.gov/speciesProfile/profile/speciesProfile.action?spcode=A0A7  http://www.werc.usgs.gov/Project.aspx?ProjectID=91  http://alaska.fws.gov/fisheries/mmm/seaotters/recovery.htm

Happy Sea Otter Awareness Week!!!

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