Friday, June 28, 2019

Helpful Knowledge Regarding Therapeutic Laser

While the words “Laser Therapy” may have you think of some super-futuristic way of taking away pain, it’s actually a viable option of veterinary treatment today! CJ here, with my pal, Rex; and our favorite feline friend, Whiskers! We’re back in the writer’s room this week to talk to all of the Bulverde-San-Antonio area pet owners about the possibilities of Therapeutic Laser. While we may not be certified practitioners of veterinary medicine, we do have some general information that we’d like to share with you on this topic!

Woof, woof! So, furry friends, what exactly is a Therapeutic Laser?

Well, CJ - the Therapeutic Laser itself comes from professional, medical equipment at a veterinarian facility. The deep-penetrating light allows for the relief of pain, and this method of therapy has been cleared by the FDA.

I must say I find it disappointing that it is not the type of magical laser you’re able to catch – meow   much like the one I often see crawling up my wall when my owner is home! I never seem to be able to catch that thing… but little does it know; I’m coming for it next time it creeps up on me… 

You’ll get it one of these days, Whiskers! The Therapeutic Laser is definitely different than the magical one you’re speaking of, though – this one is not magic, it is science.

Woof; science indeed! Therapeutic Lasers are used to target areas on the body that are experiencing pain. The light itself stimulates the release of endorphins, promotes freer blood flow,
and stimulates injured cells to heal at a faster rate.

Interesting! What sorts of things can Therapeutic Laser help to treat?

Lick Granulomas and chronic ear infections are great for Laser Treatment, as the laser can provide almost instant relief from the discomfort that these afflictions cause.

Other good uses for Therapeutic Laser include treating the pain of wounds, fractures, infections, inflammation and post-surgical procedures!

Not to mention, it can also be an alternative treatment to pharmaceuticals if you have a pet in your life that doesn’t take medication easily! For them, laser treatment may be a better option. Woof, woof.

Wow, and all this time I thought lasers were just a weapon in space… So is there a certain kind of pet that Laser Therapy is recommended for?

Therapeutic Laser can be used for all kinds of dogs, but it’s most typically used for geriatric dogs with arthritis. Some older dogs have livers that are unable to process pain medication, so Laser Treatment is a much more viable option.

Meow. This method of pain relief is also great for kitties! A lot of pain control options are not considered safe for cats, but Therapeutic Laser is definitely a suitable alternative. Birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, ducks, and more are also candidates for Laser Therapy!

It sounds like everyone is invited to this laser show! Rex, Whiskers, I appreciate your seemingly endless supply of relevant veterinary information. Thanks for letting the readers know more about this emerging trend in pet pain relief. If they want to find out if Therapeutic Laser is right for their furry friend, they can contact the experts at Bulverde Animal Hospital to learn more!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Why Cats and Dogs Don't Always Get Along

Are you all having a ruff day? Don’t worry – its CJ here, with Rex and our feline pal, Whiskers; we’re here to make it better! While we three may be close friends, we know that other cats and dogs are the reason why humans have the expression, “fighting like cats and dogs.” Though we may compete for food scraps, leftovers and attention, we also can live in perfect harmony. Right, Rex?

Rex: Exactly, CJ - woof! It all starts with humans understanding where our personality differences lie and how we essentially speak two different languages.

CJ: Couldn’t have said it better myself – woof, woof! I mean, come on, what does “meow” mean anyway?

Whiskers: *eye roll* I think Rex was referring to our body language differences, CJ. For example, you two love to run around and wag your tails where I run away when I’m scared and only wag my tail when I’m feeling a tad aggressive. Meow.

Rex: Ah, that helps explain your reaction to me playing with your yarn ball the other day.

CJ: Woof! Even I know, as close as we all are, you don’t touch Whiskers’ yarn ball. Anyway, it’s obvious that cat and dog communication styles are complicated. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t train and teach your cats and dogs to understand each other and get along better.

Whiskers: It starts with territory! Us cats, we need our protected space – a territory that is just ours. Make sure this space has tall surfaces as us felines are pawfectly natural climbers.

Rex: And while your cat is romping around, make sure your dog has had lots of stimulation! If we’re able to run around or play with toys then we will be less likely to chase things (or cats!) in the house.

CJ: Let’s not furget to mention that this process takes time! While it starts with a first impression, it needs to be a process that gradually takes place overtime. Schedule your cat-dog meetings during mealtime, because who doesn’t love food, but keep your dog on a leash and both animals on opposite sides of a closed door.

Whiskers: Then, once you, the human, feel comfortable, you can continue feeding them separately, but on either side of a gate or screen, before finally removing the barrier all together.

Rex: Let’s be honest though, sometimes, cats and dogs are just not going to be friends. We come from different descendants and all have different backgrounds. However, that doesn’t mean you should listen to the stereotypes and not at least try to have us cohabit!

CJ: Well said Rex! Jeez – this talk has me grateful that I have you two as my best friends furever.

Whiskers: Purrr – you’re too sweet! Now come on CJ and Rex, I believe I have a yarn ball that’s calling all our names.

CJ and Rex: Bark, Bark, let’s get to it!

If your humans ever have any questions about pet care, just have them contact Bulverde Animal Hospital.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

General Guidelines for Pet Nutrition

Welcome back, humans (and fellow pets that learned how to read)! It’s CJ and Rex here, and we are once again joined by our fine feline friend, Whiskers, to talk about pet nutrition. It’s assumed that pets are naturally bubbly and energetic – but this is only partly true. A lot of your furry friend’s temperament will be a result of a balanced diet rich in nutrition! Can I get a woof woof, Rex?

Rex: Woof woof indeed, CJ! Dogs like us require six basic nutrients in our diet: water, proteins, fats, carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins. 

CJ: Well said, Rex! And how should our humans go about providing us with a diet that includes those nutrients? 

Rex: There’s a lot of information out there about picking the best dog food, and a lot of it can be misleading. When it comes to choosing a nutritious option, pick a food that includes recognizable, whole-food ingredients. The price tag and the ingredients don’t necessarily indicate the quality, so just make sure that you find something that contains important ingredients that dogs want and need. 

CJ: Sounds good to me! For the feline side of things, we’ll turn to Whiskers!

Whiskers: Thank you for allowing me to share my purr-spective, CJ! While dogs can enjoy an omnivorous diet – meaning they can get all of their necessary nutrients from plant and meat-based sources – cats require an animal-based diet to meet their nutritional needs. The amino acid known as taurine helps with cats’ heart function and vision, and that can only be found in meat-based proteins. 

CJ: Interesting! So cat owners should I always keep chicken or fish around for kitty?

Whiskers: Right! Or it would be a real fur paw… y’know, like faux paus?

CJ & Rex: Hmm… 

Whiskers: Anyway! A high-quality, animal-based diet – paired with free access to fresh, clean water – will keep cats happy and energized! Meow.
CJ: Thanks for the insight, Whiskers! So is there any reliable rule of thumb to follow when picking out a pet food? Even though we don’t have thumbs?

Rex: Yes! When searching for a pet food company, it’s best to select a well-established company with a long history in the business. 

Whiskers: These companies are more likely to have robust test feeding systems that improve their products and achieve the best nutritional content possible. Can I get a meow, boys!?

CJ & Rex: Woof! Woof!
Whiskers: That’ll do!

CJ: With that said, I think this is a great place to stop; we’ve covered a lot! Thank you, Rex and Whiskers, for sharing your thoughts with us. If any of our readers have more questions about pet nutrition, reach out to the expert veterinarians at Bulverde Animal Hospital.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

How to Keep your Pet's Dental Care on Track

Hi everyone! CJ & Rex here with our good friend Whiskers who has surprised us with another visit! We’re here to share some important information about dental hygiene because having dirty, smelly teeth is nothing to smile about! Dental health is a very important part of our overall health, wouldn’t you agree, Rex?

Rex: Woof. Unfortunately, yes CJ. I hate when my mom brushes my teeth, but I do feel cleaner once it’s done!

That’s great, Rex - woof! Your teeth should also be cleaned at least once a year by your certified veterinarian, like Dr. Kothmann, to check for early signs of problems and to keep your mouth healthy. If left untreated, plaque and tartar buildup can progress to painful inflammation and gums disease. You wouldn’t want that, right Whiskers?

Meow – nope! But even worse, you’ll have bad breath!

That’s why it’s really important for our parents to brush our teeth two to three times a week to prevent this from happening! Also, plaque builds up and bacteria can infect the gum tissue and even the roots of teeth, which will result in tooth loss. This can end up affecting more than our oral health - bacteria can travel though the bloodstream from vessels near the gums. This puts other organs, such as the lungs and kidneys, in risk of also getting an infection. WOOF.

Woof. Woof. That sounds scary, CJ! One time my friend’s gums got really red and began to hurt him, woof. It hurt him so bad, he couldn’t eat sometimes! When his mom took him to the veterinarian it turns out he almost had gingivitis!

I hear that most dental disease occurs below the gum line, where it’s harder to see. That’s why it’s so imperative to brush your teeth!  

Well said, Whiskers – sure glad you were able to be part of this conversation! If your parents have any questions about dental care, feel free to call the experienced veterinarians at Bulverde Animal Hospital for more information.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Client Appreciation Month

Hello, everyone! We hope that you are enjoying the winter season, getting a chance to spend time with friends, family, and, of course, your beloved cats and dogs. Its CJ here with my good pal, Rex, and we’d like to share why January is such an exciting month for us here at Bulverde Animal Hospital.

We’ve been in business since January 1995 and are celebrating our 24 year anniversary – woof, woof! In celebration, this January has been client appreciation month at the hospital as we feel that our clients are more than deserving of some exciting offers!

Rex: Woof! Woof! We want to thank all of our fellow doggies and kitty friends for supporting us, and their parents for choosing Bulverde Animal Hospital!

CJ: Agreed! In order to show our appreciation, we’ve been offering all of our clients a 20% discount on tumor removals throughout the month of January and dental procedures for the months of January and February!

Rex: Wow!  That’s such exciting news, CJ – it sure makes me smile! I’m going to tell all of my friends to have their parents bring them down to Bulverde Animal Hospital for all their health needs. Here’s to all of the successful years in business!

CJ: Well said, Rex - woof! We look forward to seeing you all soon!

If your parents ever have any questions about pet care, just have them contact the professional doctors at Bulverde Animal Hospital.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Keeping your Pet Healthy

We hope everyone had a happy holiday and is looking forward to the New Year! It’s CJ here with my good old pal Rex and we wanted to take some time to discuss our new year’s resolutions. Rex and I decided we’re going to be healthier in 2019 and wanted to remind all pet parents that we need their help to accomplish our goals!

Rex: Woof, woof! That’s right! My mom takes me over to the experts at Bulverde Animal Hospital for routine wellness checkups to monitor my health. Dr. Kothmann is the best and he makes sure I’m at a healthy weight and am eating right.

CJ: That’s great, Rex. A balanced diet is fundamental in keeping us healthy. Like our human companions, diet has a direct effect on our skin, coat, weight, and energy level. It’s important for our parents to research the ingredients of dog food before they buy it, or learn how to make a homemade diet!

Rex: Woof – my mom and I also go on long walks and play ball at the dog park. It’s so much fun and it’s a good way for me to release my energy.

CJ: We need at least 1-2 hours of exercise per day, so exercise is a great way to release some of that energy! However, being outside a lot means we’re more susceptible to fleas and ticks, so it’s important for our parents to take the proper preventative steps, such as vaccinations, to ensure we don’t get sick!

Rex: Woof, woof – you’re right, CJ! I had a tick once and boy did that hurt! My parents took me to Dr. Kothmann and he created a prevention plan that was best for me.

CJ: It sounds like the professional veterinarians at Bulverde Animal Hospital know what they’re talking about! If your parents have any additional questions regarding pet health, just have them give Bulverde a call – woof!