Hi, I’m Dr. Al Paredes, and I’d like to welcome you to Day and Evening Pet Clinic and tell you an interesting story about one of our clients and a pet Pit Bull puppy that we treated recently.
Well, yesterday we had a young man come in and say that his engagement ring disappeared. He and his wife [to be] had a little debate over where it went, and they finally decided that their young Pit Bull puppy ate it. So he brought him in to get an X-ray.
We took some X-rays and found the wedding ring and we were able to get the dog to vomit the wedding ring out. We gave him a little peroxide to induce that, and he’s a happy man again. He has his wedding ring back, and they are happily engaged once again.
If you like to see the X-ray, I could show you the X-ray.
Here’s the lost jewelry item here in the stomach of the dog [pointing to the X-ray.] We were able to get it out without surgery, and the dog was pretty happy and the owner was very happy, and the fiancé, she was very happy also.
It ended up with a happy ending. It’s kind of a cute story.
If we can be of help to your pet, give us a call at Day and Evening Pet Clinic 727-785-7200. A brief exam can insure that your pet and family remain healthy and happy.
Wishing you and your pet the best of health!
Dr. Al Paredes DVM
Veterinarian in Palm Harbor FL
According to Dr. Al Paredes at Day and Evening Pet clinic, “The earlier you start dental care and dental cleaning with your pets, the better. We can teach you how to care for your pet’s teeth to prevent problems.”
A dog’s 28 baby teeth will fall out and be replaced by 42 permanent teeth. In cats, the 26 baby teeth will be replaced by 30 permanent teeth. If the baby teeth don’t fall out and the permanent teeth come in under them, it can cause gum irritation and increased tartar formation. Bad breath is often the very first indicator of dental problems.
Up to 80% of pets over the age of 3 years are affected by dental disease with serious consequences. Bacteria formed by dental problems can migrate to, and infect, the intestines, the kidneys, the heart, and even cause joint problems in dogs and cats. You can prevent some of these serious side effects with regular dental cleanings.
“If your pet is over 3 years of age, I recommend scheduling a dental checkup at our clinic. If we determine a dental cleaning is necessary, we can do pre-anesthesia blood work to make sure your pet does not have any underlying problems. We can check to make sure that kidneys liver and blood counts are within an acceptable range,” said Dr. Paredes.
The dental cleaning we perform is similar to the human cleaning you get at your dentist. We remove tartar and check for gum disease, cavities, loose teeth and any abnormal growths.
We offer a special value price on dental cleaning for dogs and cats at our pet clinic in Palm Harbor, FL. Click here to get your discount coupons. Leave a reply if you have a story to tell about your pet’s teeth. With good, regular dental care and dental cleaning, your pet can enjoy a healthy life.
“There’s nothing like the loving companionship a pet can bring to a home,” says Dr. Al Paredes, Veterinarian in Palm Harbor, Florida, “and a puppy or kitten for Christmas is a wonderful gift for a single person or a family.” Sure they require care, but the unconditional love and companionship they give in return is well worth it.
a puppy or kitten should be seen by a veterinarian for their vaccines and even spay neuter services are something that should be considered as soon as the puppy or kitten is old enough is a good option. Here at the Day and Evening Pet Clinic in Palm Harbor, Florida, January and February are some of our busiest months as people who got a puppy or kitten for Christmas bring them in for veterinarian services like, spay, neuter and vaccines.
We offer low cost spay neuter and vaccines coupons for puppies and kittens, as well as older pets and it is gratifying to see the owners taking such good care to make sure their pet stays healthy and happy.
All of us here at Day and Evening Pet Clinic wish you a happy holiday season.
Dr. Al Paredes
Most of the nation’s 74.8 million dogs and 90 million cats make at least a twice-yearly visit to the veterinarian. Those visits often include at least some vaccinations to keep the family pets from suffering from serious infectious diseases. We asked Dr. Al Paredes, Veterinarian Palm Harbor, Florida about vaccines and protecting pets against the risk of disease.
“Vaccinations are still the foundation of preventive medicine for dogs and cats,” said Dr. Paredes, “Vaccinating a pet is considered to be a beneficial medical procedure by most veterinarians trained in the science of canine and feline medicine. Vaccinations, in fact, carry very little risk of adverse reactions in your pet. However, as with any medical protocol, the rare instance of an adverse reaction always exists.”
How Do Pet Vaccinations Work?
“As in humans”, reported Al Paredes, “canine and feline vaccines protect pets against disease by allowing pets to build up a protective immune response before exposure to the disease the vaccine protects against. There are a few different ways which vaccines function. They typically provide
1) a killed form of the infectious agent which cannot cause the disease, or
2) a tiny portion of the infectious agent which, by itself, cannot cause the disease, or
3) a live, but modified form of the infectious agent which has been custom-made so that it does not produce disease.
All three of these types of vaccines allow the animal to react mildly to the vaccine in such a way that it provides protection to the pet against the actual disease itself. Some vaccines (such as the Bordetella vaccine) can cause mild symptoms of the disease in the pet for a short time, but also produce immunity against a much more serious case of the disease.”
What Are Normal Pet Vaccinations Reactions?
Dr. Paredes stated, “An overwhelming majority of pets have no ill effects from the vaccinations at all, but it is not a cause for alarm if your pet has mild symptoms after vaccination. Symptoms may include:
lethargy and listlessness for a short time,
very mild fever,
mild swelling or discomfort at the site of the injection.”
What Are Abnormal Pet Vaccinations Reactions?
Dr. Richard B. Ford, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVPM (Hon) said at the 2008 ACVIM Forum* “Vaccination is, in fact, a medical procedure. Despite a relatively good safety record, there is always some degree of risk in administering biological agents in a dog or cat.”
Dr. Paredes concurs, saying, “In rare instances, a pet may suffer from an abnormal, allergic reaction after vaccination. Symptoms that warrant a return trip to the veterinarian pet clinic that administered the vaccine are:
itching or developing a rash or “hives”,
swelling of the face and/or eyelids
the formation of a specific type of tumor, known as a sarcoma (especially in cats.)”
Sarcomas are known to be extremely locally invasive and aggressive in nature. However, vaccination sarcomas are rare. The current estimate of vaccination caused sarcoma is less than 1 in 10,000 cats according to a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association by Drs. GE Moore et al (Vol. 231, 2007).
Good Reasons for Vaccinating Pets
Despite the fact that vaccinations can cause adverse reactions in pets, many of the diseases routinely vaccinated against can, and do, cause serious and life-threatening disease in dogs and cats. Moreover, some of these diseases also pose a serious health risk to people. Protecting family pets against these diseases can also help to protect the pet owner themselves as well as the general public. “In some cases,” Dr. Paredes cautioned, “vaccines are mandated by law, as with vaccination against rabies.”
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