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1. "The FDA-approved drugs in this class are Bravecto, Credelio, Nexgard and Simparica. These products are approved for the treatment and prevention of flea infestations, and the treatment and control of tick infestations" - In clinic we use and will continue to offer Bravecto and Simparica and in the past have offered Nexgard, all without complication.
2. "Veterinarians should use their specialized training to review their patients’ medical histories and determine, in consultation with pet owners, whether a product in the isoxazoline class is appropriate for the pet" - Every pet is different and requires different considerations when using any medication, an increased awareness of this side effect is the goal of the FDA in order to better protect pets.
3. “working with Canadian manufacturers of drugs belonging to the isoxazoline class to include new labelling information that neurological adverse events have been reported in animals receiving this class of drug." - These drugs have been used for a number of years already, the goal of the FDA is the improve labeling to include this noted adverse effect.
4. "The FDA considers products in the isoxazoline class to be safe and effective for dogs and cats but is providing this information so that pet owners and veterinarians can take it into consideration when choosing flea and tick products for their pets." - The bottom line here is that the FDA still considers these products safe for use in pets and therefore are simply changing labeling vs. removing product from the market.
For more information visit https://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/ResourcesforYou/AnimalHealthLiteracy/ucm620940.htm
Ever wonder why exactly we use anesthesia for dental cleanings? Well here we are today to share some great information. With all the hype surrounding anesthesia free dentals we need everyone to understand that some pets are not good candidates and that anesthesia is important for a complete and thorough cleaning for your pets teeth. Here are 5 reasons we believe that
1. Plaque lives below the gumline
Sub gingival plaque is a real threat to your pets oral health. A majority of the tooth lies below the gum-line and this is the plaque that will break down tissues further progress dental disease. Plaque by definition is a film of bacteria and sugars. Plaque is the main cause of dental disease. Cleaning pets teeth includes cleaning both above and below the gum-line. Unfortunately anesthesia free dentals only attack the plaque above the gum-line leaving much room for improvement. This means that every anesthesia free dental is leaving plaque behind unfortunately.
2. Training is key
Dentistry is best left to the professionals. Would you rather have someone cleaning your pets teeth that has hundreds of hours of training and experience of just 4 hours of class time to be able to be certified to clean your pets teeth free of anesthesia. I expect my dentist to be trained, expect the same from your pets care providers.
3. Polish to keep plaque away
Anesthesia free dentals include a scaling with a rough instrument removing large and small debris from the surface of the tooth. Even the most experienced teeth cleaning technicians and doctors will polish to remove the rough surface in order to prevent further build up quicker that what would have been a potential before the procedure. To date there has been no polishing included in anesthesia free procedures because pets wont tolerate it.
4. X ray vision isn't standard
Unfortunately pets can't tell us when it hurts so we have to use diagnostic tools such as oral radio-graphs to get to the root of any dental troubles. When practicing anesthesia free dentals problems can be easily missed by even the most experienced anesthesia free dental provider. This is why we complete full mouth radio-graphs with all of our dental procedures.
5. Comfort is key
Your pet needs to be comfortable and anesthesia can help with that. Anesthesia free dentals require your pet to lay on their back with a stranger for an extended period of time. Some pets may be okay with this but many are not. Dentals completed in clinic are much more suited for the masses as pets are completely anesthetised for the entire procedure following your pets intial exam and sedation.
These are just a few of the reasons we do not support anesthetic free dentals. Ever wonder what we do for your pet when they stay with us for a dental? Stay tuned for a day in the life posts.
This biscuit recipe is courtesy of a great website we often frequent for information.
Remember, these are treats, so give them sparingly.
Brenda adds: Next time, I am going to try finely ground rolled oats in place of the flour. I am sure that lots of other changes could be made, and these would still work. For example you could replace the carrot with apple or pear.
Every pet food bag has an ingredient list that goes in descending order and there is alot of hype around what ingredients are in food but what about what nutrients are in your dog food?
1. Tricky labeling.
Often you need to watch for ways companies will up the weight of an ingredient by including it whole, therefor showing it higher in the ingredient list itself. For example whole chicken will weigh more that chicken meal often because of water weight. But what is chicken meal? According to AAFCO chicken meal is chicken dehydrated that can not include things like feathers, entrails, feet and heads, this results in a lighter product but not devoid of nutrients unlike whole chicken. But does this mean that the initial weight of the chicken if compared "apples to apples: wouldn't have been the same?
2. Selection based on nutritional value
Since often the only feedback you get on nutritional values are the min and max values in the guaranteed analysis I often suggest contacting your food company or searching their literature for a few tidbits of further information. Have they gone so far as to offer not just a range of what nutrients will be in a bag but instead offer exact values? This bodes well for a company for a number of reasons it shows that they have spent time researching the diets as well as that they are producing a consistent product with every batch that will sit well with your beloved pet.
No one ingredient or ingredient list is the recipe for perfection for every dog. As with us balance and moderation are the keys to successful management of nutrition. If your pet is getting too much protein it can negatively effect organs, if it is getting too much fat your pet may becomes overweight. Balance is hard to come by and is often done with some trial and error in trying different balanced food options for your pet to keep them happy healthy and satiated after every meal.
4. Fairy Dust
The ingredients that we look to for some valuable nutrients should not fall in the last ingredients on your food bag. If a diet claims to use cranberries for urinary health it should be in the early to mid section of your label to truly offer value. Often things like cranberries and blueberries are snuck in at the very end of the list unfortunately meaning you truly aren't going to get the benefits from such a small quantity, and that it may not indeed be enough to substantiate the claim on label. Again as about that nutrient list from your company, how many grams of cranberries is there actually in each meal?
Want to learn more? Check out AAFCO's website and learn about what all that fancy wording on your label actually means https://www.aafco.org/Consumers
Ever hear of fixing a medical issue with use of a toy? With the use of a simple ball and continued play at prime times of development a complex dental problem resulting in narrowly erupting adult teeth can be reduced or even completely eliminated. Ball therapy is encouraged by dental specialists world wide and is just one of the many tidbits we have picked up from our staffs many hours of continuing education this year alone. Ball therapy requires a plastic ball fitted to your puppies mouth by your veterinarian and is an incredibly simple process. This is just one more reason to ensure your puppy gets regular examinations every 30 days until 4 months old and then again at 6 months of age to discuss spay neuter planning and monitoring of teeth eruption and normal development. Have questions about your puppies teeth or anything else in this article? Comment below or call us today!
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