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Leaf Piles, Labs and other Dogs!

October 16, 2017 | Filed under: Uncategorized — Trumann Staff @ 6:40 pm

Pet Talk

By Dr. Norette L. Underwood

 

Leaf Piles, Labs and other Dogs!

 

Fall is here! Such a beautiful time of colorful falling leaves and leaf piles.  Labradors, kids and many other dogs love to play in piles of leaves.  There are hidden dangers lurking in piles of leaves such as sticks, twigs, and debris.

 

One of the most common injuries can be a wound to the cornea.  This is the clear part of the eye that is in front of the colored part of the eye, the iris.  Sticks and small twigs can cut, and cause an abrasion and even poke a hole in this clear part of the eye. Just rustling through the leaves can cause small pieces of leaf debris to get in the eye. This can be very painful and cause your dog to rub and cause irritation to the eye. Your dog could suffer a very serious injury leading to loss of vision or even loss of the eye.

 

Dogs can sprain a foot or leg by jumping into the leaf pile.  Running and turning and rolling in the leaves can cause undo stress on the joints and also cause muscle strain.

 

Large sticks can puncture the skin and sometimes go into the chest or abdomen.  These can be a very serious injury and require immediate veterinary attention.

 

Sometimes your dog may have a stick get in their foot causing a puncture wound that can get infected. Leaf pile injuries are not an everyday occurrence but as an owner you should be aware that they could happen.  Let your dog play in the leaves but check the pile first for large sticks, twigs with ends poking out and glass or other foreign objects.  Have a Happy Autumn with your best friend frolicking in the leaves!

 

If you have questions about pet care contact Dr. Norette L. Underwood of the Trumann Animal Clinic and Best Friends Vet Mobile Service at catdoc56@gmail.com



Should I Wake My Dog while Dreaming?

October 9, 2017 | Filed under: Uncategorized — Trumann Staff @ 7:24 pm

Pet Talk

By Dr. Norette L. Underwood

 

Should I Wake My Dog while Dreaming?

 

I had a client who asked me about her dreaming dog. She said her dog does a log of dreaming—you can see her limbs twitching and she often emits little cries.  It looks like she is in distress.  Should I wake her at those times to relieve her of the anxiety she may be experiencing?

 

What she is describing does not sound like a nightmare or bad dream.  Good dreams for dogs often involve twitching and soft sounds. Dogs also can twitch more during sleep when they feel cold.  So gently placing a blanket on them may help.

 

If you pet is having somewhat unpleasant dreams consider that just like people, dogs may dream to process things they have experienced, commit new things to memory and work through emotions.  If you interrupt the brain’s working to resolve issues during sleep this will hinder the psychobiology that restores equilibrium to the brain.

 

Some dogs do experience nightmares, where they scream in their sleep and are clearly afraid.  Should you wake a dog in the throes of a nightmare? If your dog is growling or crying or appears distressed during a dream, try to wait it out. Dogs like people, go through cycles in their sleep, including REM cycles.  Letting a nightmare continue and end is part of this natural sleep progression.

 

If your dog is clearly screaming or seems frightfully disturbed, you might consider gently calling their name. Don’t touch a dog to rouse them from a nightmare. You could be bitten.  When they come to reassure them with sweet words and gentle petting.  If this happens regularly consider taking to your veterinarian who can tell you the proper steps to take.



Who Cut the Cheese?

October 2, 2017 | Filed under: Uncategorized — Trumann Staff @ 5:49 pm

Pet Talk

By Dr. Norette L. Underwood

 

Who Cut the Cheese?

Do you ever wonder, “Why does my pet have so much gas?”

Years ago I had a cat named Marcel. We would all be sitting in the family room and all of a sudden this disgusting aroma would drift my way.  I had to ask my husband was that you are the cat? Fact is some pets are just more flatulent that others. So why is so much nasty gas coming out of the business end of nature’s most efficient composter?

 

Here is a short list of possibilities:

  • Eating food too quickly causes excess air ingestion.
  • Chewing certain toys or rawhide-style chewies may cause chronic, inappropriate ingestion of air.

Too much gas production inside the digestive tract

(bacteria, the gut’s co-digesters, cause the release of gas during digestion)

  • Dietary intolerances
  • Food allergies (sometimes it’s not just the skin that is affected)
  • Bacterial overgrowths secondary to dietary indiscretion (garbage eating, etc.)
  • Chronic bowel diseases (parasitism and cancer)
  • Pancreatic disorders

Flatulence (passing gas) is 100 percent normal and physiologically appropriate in most cases but too much gas or excess stink needs to be checked out by your veterinarian. To determine causes for excess gas, stool checks, blood work, X-rays, and ultrasound are standard methods of diagnosis.  But sometimes Endoscopy, abdominal exploratory surgery, and CT scans are required to get to the bottom of the problem.

 

Here are some Vet-Approved tips for resolving gas in dogs and cats.

 

  • Your pet maybe intolerant of certain proteins and/or carbohydrates. So eliminating ingredients one by one every eek is a good approach, or picking out a new, lower residue diet may help. Your vet can help you make a food selection.

 

  • Feed smaller meals more often.

Some pets are just pigs and gulping mouthfuls of air along with their food can cause gas.

  • Probiotics/Prebiotics

These may improve your pet’s digestive health b increasing numbers of beneficial bacteria in the gut.

 

  • Charcoal

Apparently, some gastrointestinally-focused internal medicine specialist like to use charcoal tablets to speed the nasty bacteria through the GI tract.

 

If your pet has a gas problem please consult with your regular veterinarian.  If you have questions about gas please contact Dr Norette L. Underwood of Trumann Animal Clinic and Best Friends Vet Mobile Service at catdoc56@gmail.com or 870-483-6275.