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The Most Common Knee Injury in Dogs

Most of us have heard of ACL knee injuries from the NFL as many professional football players fall victim to this type of knee injury at some point in their career. A Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) rupture in dogs is just like an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury in humans. In the veterinary orthopedic world, CCL repairs are like spays and neuters. They are considered elective operations and a single clinic veterinary orthopedic clinic may do 3-4 CCL surgeries a day. What causes the most common knee injury in dogs? Several factors leave a dog at risk for a CCL injury.   Breed: CCL disease can affect dogs of all sizes, breeds, and ages. However, certain breeds are known to have an increased chance of a CCL rupture. They are Labrador & Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Rottweilers, Newfoundlands, Saint Bernards, Staffordshire Terriers, Mastiffs, and Akitas. Large breed dogs and mixes are more prone to CCL injuries than smaller breeds & mixes are. Ligament Aging: As a dog ages so does his or her body. Decreasing cell density and loss of collagen is a regular part of aging, and over time the ligament weakens leaving the dog susceptible to a CCL rupture. Obesity: Like many other diseases & ailments, Obesity is a common factor when a CCL ruptures. An excessive amount of weight place a strain on the body and can weaken the ligaments over time. Genetics: Labrador Retrievers and Newfoundlands are genetically predisposed to CCL ruptures. But breed genetics is not the only concern. Improper breeding from puppy mills and backyard breeders cause malformation in the stifle joint (knee), tibia, & femur. These malformations place a strain on the...

Pet Dental Health

  Your pet’s bad breath is not just unpleasant; it can be a dangerous health concern. Periodontal disease is severe and can lead to an abscessed tooth, gingivitis, heart disease, kidney disease, and more. Pet dental health is an important part of keeping your pet happy and healthy!     Brush Your Pet’s Teeth Daily Brushing your pet’s teeth once a day can help keep your pet’s mouth clean. Even pets have bacteria in their mouths. After eating, food mixes with saliva and bacteria and forms a film that covers the teeth called plaque. The plaque sits on your pet’s teeth and over time forms tartar. This traps bacteria under your pet’s gum line causing gum disease, inflammation, and infection. A daily teeth brushing removes the plaque keeping your pet’s breath fresh and their gums healthy. Daily brushing is essential! Only brushing their teeth every now and again allows the plaque to turn into tartar which can only be removed by dental scaling which requires anesthesia. Be sure to buy a toothpaste made explicitly for animals as human toothpaste contains fluoride, which can be poisonous to our furry friends. Dental Water Additives To Freshen Breath If brushing your pet’s teeth daily is not your thing, dental water additives are safe, convenient, and plentiful There are many water additives on the market. Placing an additive in your pet’s water kills bacteria and freshen breath in between dental cleanings. Dental water additives are easy to use, just follow the directions and add it to your pet’s water bowl each time your clean and refill. Checking the label on is essential! Artificial colors, flavors, alcohol,...

Pet Insurance Comparison

Pet insurance may seem unnecessary until your pet ends up at the vet for a broken leg or has been diagnosed with a chronic illness like kidney disease. Pet insurance reimburses you for part of the medical expenses accrued when your furry friend is sick or injured. Not all pet insurance is created equal. Some policies cover treatment only for emergencies such your pet getting hit by a car, accidental poisoning, or bowel obstruction, while other plans cover emergencies and chronic illness. Some companies also offer coverage for wellness visits, such as annual vaccinations, prescription diets, and treatment for chronic illnesses. Like human medical insurance, pet insurance plans often include copays, exclusions, payout limits and do have waiting periods before reimbursement is given. Here’s a pet insurance comparison for a few of the leading pet health insurance providers in the United States. Embrace Pet Insurance Offers both an accident-only plan and a comprehensive plan covering both accidents and illnesses. Offers “Wellness Rewards,” which works like a health savings account which can be added to over annual vaccinations, prescription diets, and flea/heartworm medication. Covers pets 14 years and younger. Covers breed-specific conditions, veterinary specialist care, and alternative therapies. Offers additional prescription medication coverage. Annual coverage limits of $5,000 to $15,000, choice of deductibles from $200 to $1,000, and reimbursement levels of 65%, 80% or 90%. Offers a “Healthy Pet Deductible” which drops $50 a year when you do NOT make a claim. Offers a free “ask-a-vet: service which has available online access to a veterinarian 24/7. Trupanion Offers one plan with no payout limits. Choose any deductible between $0 and...

Why Pet Waste Removal is Important!

  Let’s face it; Pet Waste is a stinky topic! Many pet owners hate even thinking about doing it. Every dog poops, but not every pet owner cleans up after their dog. Here are a few reasons why pet waste removal is not just about stinky poop, it is apart of being a responsible pet owner. Disease Control Common diseases are transmitted to dogs, cats, and people through pet waste. These diseases include giardia, roundworms, salmonella, and E-coli. Doga can spread parvovirus and coronavirus through infected pet waste, which can cause severe illness and even death!. By picking up after your dog whether it be in your yard or when on a walk helps control the spread of disease. Keep Your Yard Clean Usable When out playing in the yard, it is all fun and games until someone steps in dog poop! Picking up the poop will keep your yard clean for activities for you, your children, and your pets. Keeping the Flies Away Flies love pet waste. The eat it and lay eggs in it. After landing on feces in your yard, the flies then come into your home and land on your counters, food, and other surfaces. The only way to prevent the cycle is to keep your yard free of feces. Responsible Pet Ownership Being a responsible pet owner includes more than proper diet & veterinary care. It also includes making sure you clean up after your pet. Pet waste in your yard may not bother you, but it can harm aquatic life in local waterways by encouraging algae growth in the water which restricts oxygen...

Why is my cat so finicky about drinking water?

Why is my cat so finicky about drinking water?   Felines can be finicky creatures. Often changing sleeping, eating & drinking habits. Many pet owners ask, “Why doesn’t my cat drink a lot of water?” There are several reasons for this. No matter the reason, not drinking enough water or not eating a diet that has a high water content can lead to several medical conditions such as kidney disease, the leading cause of death for most domestic cats.  Do you ever wonder why your feline friend doesn’t drink a lot of water? Read on to find out why and what you can do to encourage your feline to hydrate.     House cats still use survival instincts Centuries have passed since the first cat was domesticated in Ancient Egypt. Even after all this time, the same instincts used for survival in the wild are used by house cats.  Place a bowl of fresh water out for Fluffy and chances are, she may just let it sit there. Cats are prone to be weary of still water. They instinctively avoid it in case the water is old, stagnant, or full of bacteria. They also feel vulnerable when drinking from a bowl as it leaves them open for attack from a predator. Fluffy also has a hard time finding where the water begins within the bowl, especially if the water level does not stay consistent day to day. So if you see Fluffy dipping her paw into the bowl, chances are she is not playing in her water dish, she is trying to see where the water level starts. It is best to keep the...

Pet Christmas Safety Tips

Pet Christmas Safety Tips Christmas wouldn’t be the same without our four legged furry friends. Fluffy climbing the tree and knocking down ornaments every time you turn your back or Fido doing his part by “watering” the Christmas tree. Having our pet companions around is an absolute must, but we also have to keep their safety in mind each holiday season. Here is our list of Pet Christmas Safety Tips. 1) Keep the human food out of reach! Number one on our list of Pet Christmas Safety Tips, is keep the human food out of reach! Table scraps are always a big no-no when it comes to the health and safety of your pets. Holidays celebrations do not change that fact. Food is always a plenty when family and friends gather to celebrate. But human food and be dangerous and even deadly if Fido or Fluffy get a taste. Chocolate, onions, grapes, nuts, and alcoholic beverages can cause severe illness. Turkey & chicken bones can prove to be deadly if ingested or at least cost you a pretty penny if surgery is needed. High-fat foods can lead to pancreatitis which is costly to treat and may lead to the pancreas digesting itself, which is fatal! Just remind family and friends that the human food is for the humans and that Fido & Fluffy will be just fine eating their regularly scheduled diet. 2) Have updated identification & collars for your pets Tip two on our list of Pet Christmas Safety Tips is, have updated identification & collars for your pets. Your family and friends are not used to your...

Pet Thanksgiving Safety Tips

  Pet Thanksgiving Safety Tips by Julie Gajewski   Fido & Fluffy are part of the family, always underfoot and table while the family gathers for the yearly Thanksgiving feast. You wouldn’t want it any other way! But keeping Fido & Fluffy safe and healthy during the celebration is just as important as achieving that perfectly cooked bird!   1) Leave the food to the two-legged kind!  Numero uno on our list of Pet Thanksgiving Safety Tips is leaving the people food to the people. Humans have a hard time digesting the yummy offerings that Thanksgiving brings. The high fat content in most Thanksgiving feasts can prove to be deadly to your canine companion, by increasing the risk of pancreatitis which is inflammation of the pancreas. When working normally, the Pancreas produces enzymes that help digest food after it reaches the small intestine. But when a diet or food that is high in fat is consumed, it can cause the pancreas to become inflamed and release the enzymes too soon. Pancreatitis is a medical emergency! When the enzymes are released too soon, it can cause the pancreas to digest itself! In addition to pancreatitis, consuming people food can cause severe stomach upset with vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation. No one wants a sick pet and a houseful of guests! High-fat content in our Turkey dinner is not the only concern. Bones from turkey and other poultry can cause your pet to choke and if swallowed may cause punctures in the intestines which could lead to another fatal illness, peritonitis. We also have to be careful that Fido doesn’t eat goodies for snacking like chocolate & nuts...

Benefits of Hiring a Professional Pet Sitter in Brandon, FL

Benefits of Hiring a Professional Pet Sitter in Brandon, FL Hiring a professional pet sitter like Fuzzy Friends provides you peace of mind knowing that your pet is in excellent hands. Professional pet sitters are bonded & insured. They are trained in Pet CPR & First Aid. Your pet is able to stay in the safety and comfort of their own environment, which allows them to follow his or her regular diet, daily routine, & medication schedule. Because your pet is not in contact with other animals exposure to illness & parasites is virtually eliminated. Emergency pet care is just a call away and when you arrive home your pet is there to happily greet you. Professional Pet Sitters place trash and recycle out for pick up, rotate lights & curtains, collect mail, newspapers, and package deliveries and give your house an “at home” appearance.  Professional Pet Sitters are  View our services & rates to find out everything that is included with a reservation. Why hire Fuzzy Friends Pet Care? We are Bonded & Insured. We have been serving the Greater Brandon area since 1997. Our phones are answered 24/7, 365 days a year, even on holidays! We are owned and operated by a veterinary technician. We are the only PSI Certified Professional Pet Sitter in the area. We are a proud member of Pet Sitters International. We are Pet CPR & First Aid Certified. We are an eco-Friendly paper-free company. We are “A” rated by the Better Business Bureau & Angie’s List. We received the 2014  & 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Awards....
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