Our good friends at the Logan County Humane Society work hard to care for the stray and abandoned animals of Logan County. We want to reach out and say thank you for all that you do. Caring for an excess of animals is taxing on resources as well as manpower. We are proud to participate in the Stock the Shelter challenge.
The Logan County Humane Society is in need of supplies. Help us to band together and show our support. Join in. Donate what you can. Every little bit aids in providing, food and comfort to these otherwise unwanted animals. Donations may be dropped off at the Logan County Humane Society located at 1230 Morgantown Road in Russellville, Kentucky.
Please call 270-726-2186 for additional information.
It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
As our furry friends age our thought process should begin to shift towards performing preventative maintenance to aid in ensuring that our loyal companions are with us for years to come. With individualized anesthesia protocols and appropriate monitoring, dental procedures are safer than ever before. The importance of proper dental care can not be underestimated.
As pets age their prevalence for periodontal disease increases. The older or smaller the animal, the greater the risk for periodontal disease .Without proper treatment this condition is likely to worsen until it results in tooth decay and loss. In addition there is a strong correlation between periodontal disease and such conditions as diabetes, renal disease and congestive heart failure. In addition to periodontal disease oral tumors are also seen more often in our aging pets. Often, the early detection and identification of oral masses can provide a crucial window in which adequate treatment can be performed.
Do you have concerns with your beloved family member undergoing a dental cleaning? Each case is examined on an individual basis. During this time the risk of retaining the dental disease as well as the potential irreversible effects that it can have on the rest of the body are weighed against the potential risk of treatment. An individual treatment plan is customized to meet the needs of each patient. The customized treatment plan involves pre anesthetic diagnostics, and stabilization therapy during the pre and post periods of treatment if needed.
You might wonder; What exactly does a dental cleaning entail for our companions? Upon arrival an individualized treatment protocol is discussed and developed for the patient. From this point pre anesthetic diagnostics are performed and an intravenous catheter is placed. The specific pre anesthetic diagnostic program is customized to each individual patient. This allows us to perform an internal screening on the internal organs. Such screenings aid in the diagnosis of such conditions as diabetes and renal inefficiencies.
Once diagnostics are evaluated supportive care can begin to be administered if needed. What is supportive care? Supportive care comes in many forms. The most common of which is the administration of intravenous fluids to aid in keeping the animal hydrated as well as allowing toxins to be flushed into the bloodstream and excreted out of the body. From here the animal is fully sedated using the safest medications possible. An tracheal tube is placed and supportive oxygen care begins.
While under anesthesia vital signs are monitored to ensure utmost safety. The scaling process may officially begin. What is scaling? This is the process of removing and eliminating the dental plaque. Dental tarter is adhered firmly to the surface of the teeth. The removal of tartar is accomplished using ultrasonic scalers as well as hand instruments. This is performed on the surface of the teeth both above and below the gum line.
Now that the plaque and debris is removed the teeth are ready to be polished. This allows us to remove any remaining small particles of debris that is left behind from the scaling procedure as well as cleanse the tooth with a polishing agent. Unfortunately this do not come in new car smell.Now that the teeth have been cleansed and polished it is time to rinse and spit. An antiseptic rinse is applied.
Congratulations the dental cleaning is complete! From here our constant companions are moved into recovery. During this stage the animal is monitored vigorously. Once the animal begins to regain consciousness the tracheal tube is removed. The animal is now able to recover peacefully while still being monitored.
Good Dog! How To House Train Your New Addition.Do you have a new addition to your furry family? You know what that means. It is time to develop our sense of patience and begin house training. House training is not complex, however we understand how frustrating this process can be.
Puppies have high metabolism and small bladders. These two facts add up to a frequent need for elimination. When house training, puppies should be taken outside often. It may even be essential to do this every two hours to avoid them having accidents. While your new addition is outside allow them ample time to sniff around. This is an important part of the training process.
What if my puppy just continues to plow ahead sniffing without any true interest in elimination? Try mimicking the animals natural behavior. Consider stopping and walking quickly back and fourth. This movement simulates normal behavior. Be sure and use a short, fixed length lead when training your puppy. This will allow you to be able to quickly encourage and respond to your puppy. This is a good opportunity for positive reinforcement. When your puppy does go potty in the designated location, take time to reward them. A small treat works wonders.
Did you know that it takes approximately 15 to 45 minutes for eating to stimulate the intestines to move? This means that each time your new puppy eats they need to be taken outside. Set yourself up for success. If your new puppy suddenly stops what they are doing, beings circling, whining or pacing then this should alert you that they need to go potty. Placing a bell on their collar is a good way to monitor your puppies movement. Any time that your puppies bell stops immediately take the puppy outside. Be aware of your puppy's behavior. Keen observations can aid in detecting an accident prior to it happening.
Remember to always take your puppy out after they nap, or play; even if it is in the middle of the night. If your puppy has been crated over night be sure that you are prepared to take them out as soon as you approach their crate. Puppies that have been crated need to go out as soon as you approach their crate.
Do you have an older dog that is already house trained? Take them out on walks with you. Puppies learn extremely well by observation. This may also expedite the house training process. In general puppies will more quickly become trained to defecate in a designated area as apposed to urinate. This is in part due to the fact that they urinate much more frequently. If you are having an especially difficult time training your furry family member a good idea is to take either a urine soaked sponge or some fecal material of the puppies and place it in the area which you would like them to use.
There are a few rules of thumb to remember when you are house training. Be patient. Be consistent. Be diligent. Promote good behavior with positive reinforcement. Set yourself up for success. Follow this and then there is only one thing left to do, celebrate all that you and your new addition have accomplished.
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