Hey Baltimore: February is National Pet Dental Month!

February is National Pet Dental Month

baltimore veterinarian Brushing Dog teeth

Pet Dental Month is a prime time to schedule preventive annual cleaning for pets. About 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age 3, according to the American Veterinary Dental Society. It’s a fact, regular dental care, including professional cleaning, keeps the mouth pain-free, promotes good overall health and prolongs life!

Kai went to the Cardiologist yesterday!

Kai went to the Cardiologist yesterday!

Despite a tiny heart murmur the Doctor gave her a clean bill of health!!! She is now ready to be adopted out to a kind loving fur-ever home!

Come visit her in our Orphanage!!

Hey Baltimore Pet Owners: Here are Some Home Exercises for Your Dog!

Prone to Half Sit

This exercise will strenghten abdominal muscles, particularly the obliques. It is important that the pet use the abdominal muscles and not the neck. Placing your hand on the dog just behind the curve of the rib will help to activate the abdominal muscles as the initiation phase of this exercise. DO NOT do this exercise unless your rehabilitation specialist or surgeon recommends it and demonstrates proper technique.

Half Sit

This is essentially a squat movement. With dogs recovering from surgery it is useful to strengthen the hamstring and quadricep muscles. We find that having the dog back-up and sit between that owner/handlers legs on a step is useful. The handler can control the position of the legs as the dog sits and support the pelvis as the dog stands back up.

Sit, give paw

This exercise is a good tool to strengthen shoulder extensor muscle. It also requires body control and strength on the supporting forelimb. This exercise should be done on both front legs, not just the affected leg.

Stand, give paw

This is a more advanced form of shoulder exercise. It requires strength, balance and shoulder extensor strength. Do several repetitions of this on both forelimbs. Have the dog reach out and low toward your hand or toy.

Cookie stretch

The cookie stretch is a useful basic flexibility tool. We ask the dog to gently look in all directions with a neutral neck position. This should only be done if instructed to do so by your veterinarian.


This is a more challenging strengthening exercise for the rear legs and back. It requires balance and core strength and the ability to support the body in a hip and spine extended position. We will incorporate this activity into a plan for dogs who do agility or who are recovering from a iliopsoas injury. Both forward and back movements are useful. When beginning this we start with the dog’s spine at about 45 degrees and progress to a more “vertical” stance.

American Kennel Club Says Dognapping Cases Are Up By Almost 70%

Experts: Most Important Step To Keeping Pets Safe Is Microchipping Them

Dogs are being stolen out of cars, yards, off sidewalks and even out of shelters at an alarming rate, according to the American Kennel Club.

“It only takes a minute for a theft to occur,” American Kennel Club spokeswoman Lisa Peterson told CBS 2′s Dave Carlin on Friday.

Making any pet owner think twice is surveillance video from last week that showed “Marley” the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel being menaced by a stranger, who picked up the frightened dog and walked off with him, leaving 7-year-old Mia Bendrat heartbroken the day before Christmas.

“You knew that was somebody’s dog and it was Christmas Eve. I mean really?” Bendrat said.

Marley was sold to a woman in Greenwich Village, who thought the situation was fishy.

Marley was checked for a microchip and Mia and her best friend were reunited.

But happy endings are rare as dognapping cases rise nationwide by almost 70 percent, according to the American Kennel Club.

“Last year for example we tracked more than 432 pet thefts and that’s just scratching the surface,” Peterson said. “For the first time ever we’ve seen a trend now where shelters are being broken into and purebred and mixed breed dogs are being stolen.”

Dognappings from stores, shelters and backyards and off sidewalks are preventable.

Experts say to safeguard your pet as you would a child.

“Don’t leave it unattended,” Peterson said.

There are products available so you don’t let your pet out of your sight.

The American Kennel Club recommends doing anything you can do, but most importantly to get your pet microchipped.

“Because that’s the only way you can prove ownership and get your dog back should it turn up at a vets office or shelter,” Peterson said.

And if you are running errands, experts advise keeping your pets home to stop making things so easy for a new breed of criminals.

What is Hip Dysplasia?

Hip dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe form, can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints. It is a genetic (polygenic) trait that is affected by environmental factors. It can be found in many animals and occasionally in humans, but is most commonly associated with dogs, and is common in many dog breeds, particularly the larger breeds.

Hip dysplasia is one of the most studied veterinary conditions in dogs, and the most common single cause of arthritis of the hips.

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pet laser therapy
Laser Therapy (also called “Cold Laser Therapy”) involves the use of a cold laser light applied directly to the affected muscles.  It’s a non-invasive, painless form of therapy that works to heal compromised tissue, increase …blood circulation, and helps to manage pain. Each session takes between 10 and 30 minutes, depending on the animal’s size and medical condition. Laser Therapy offers the following benefits:
• Reduces pain
• Loosens muscles
• Increases blood circulation
• Stimulates and improves cellular function
• Facilitates protein synthesis
• Releases endorphins

BARC Dog Park at Hannah More

BARC Dog Park

BARC Dog Park

BARC (Baltimore Animal Recreation Center) Park includes a 1.5-acre park for large dogs and a .75-acre park for small dogs. Both parks include water fountains for the dogs.

BARC Park’s mission is to provide a clean, safe and secure off-leash area where well-behaved dogs can socialize, exercise and play. A core group of area dog lovers worked cooperatively with the Department of Recreation and Parks to develop plans and regulations for the dog park.

To ensure that BARC Park is a safe and enjoyable experience for both canines and humans, all dogs must be immunized and licensed. Park membership is required each year, as the registration form verifies immunization and licensing. Annual family membership is $25. The Reisterstown Recreation Council manages BARC Park’s membership.

For membership information, go to: http://www.reisterstownrec.com/dog.htm

Way to Go Joe!

Not only is he a great QB, he is very supportive of the Baltimore Humane Society!

For more information, go to: www.bmorehumane.org

 Baltimore Humane Society

Baltimore Humane Society