Posts made in April, 2016

May Pet of the Month

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Our Blog, Pet of the Month | 0 comments

Weiner, a 15 year-old Dachshund, came to the clinic one morning after getting in a tussle with the family Yorkie. Weiner sustained multiple lacerations, including a serious puncture wound on his right inguinal (groin) area, and injury to the upper palate of his mouth. When we first saw Weiner, things were not looking good. He was very lethargic and could not stand on his own. His parents were very worried about him, as he has been a part of the family since he was just a puppy. They wanted to make sure Weiner had the best shot at a full recovery, so he was taken into surgery right away....

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Indoor vs. Outdoor Cats

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Our Blog | 0 comments

Whether a cat should be kept indoors or let out has become a bit of a controversy in recent years. Most cats love going outside to explore, but there are many risks in the great outdoors that can be avoided by keeping them in. There are also concerns about their effect on the environment, as many cats are avid hunters and will kill prey regardless of how well fed they are. Whether your cat goes outside is up to you, but here are some considerations to keep in mind when making that decision.     The outdoors can be a dangerous place for cats. They can get hit by cars, or attacked by...

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April Pet of the Month

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Our Blog, Pet of the Month | 0 comments

Dora is a spunky little 11 year old Dachshund that was referred to us from an outlying clinic in Linn, Missouri. When she went in for a routine dental cleaning the veterinarian noticed some areas of gingivitis and pus around her canine teeth. She probed the area and found an oronasal fistula. Unfortunately, Dachshunds are very prone to developing this condition.   An oronasal fistula is an opening between the oral cavity (mouth) and the nasal cavity (nose) that is abnormal. These pockets result from dental disease. As tartar builds up on our pets teeth, bacteria adhere to the tooth...

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