How to Identify if your Pet has Dental Disease

Signs of pet dental disease or pain are:

◾Bad breath

◾Redness or bleeding along the gum line

◾Drooling, which may be tinged with blood

◾Difficulty chewing

◾Pawing at the mouth

◾Loose or missing teeth

◾Facial swelling, especially under the eyes

◾Nasal discharge

What causes pet periodontal disease

What causes pet periodontal disease? Pet periodontal disease starts when bacteria form plaque on the teeth. Within days, minerals in the saliva bond with plaque to form tartar, a hard substance that adheres to the teeth. The bacteria work their way under the gums and cause gingivitis, which is an inflammation of the gums.  These bacteria can then travel in the bloodstream to infect the heart, kidneys and liver.

Frederick County Rabies Alert

WARNING If You Traveled to Frederick County Recently

We received a new release from Frederick County Health Department that there were two cases of rabies in foxes in Thurmont last week. Please make sure your pets are up to date on their Rabies vaccine and avoid contact with wild or stray animals.

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.

If you’re Cooking for the Holidays, Beware!

TURKEY SKIN. Seems harmless enough, right? It’s just the skin, right?
Well not really. High-fat foods, such as turkey skin, can be hazardous to your pet. Since the skin is hard to digest, it can… lead to pancreatitis in dogs (symptoms are vomiting, extreme depression, reluctance to move and abdominal pain). It can also cause diarrhea in cats.
The skin isn’t good for you either (but that’s a conversation for a different day)!

Intervertebral Disk Disease ( IVDD) in Dogs

Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) in dogs is a condition where the cushioning discs between the vertebrae of the spinal column either bulge or burst (herniate) into the spinal cord space. These discs then press on the nerves running through the spinal cord causing pain, nerve damage, and even paralysis.

Breeds of dog that are predisposed to IVDD include the Dachshund, Beagle, Basset Hound, and Shih Tzu.

Symptoms and Types

Made up of a gelatinous substance surrounded by a thick outer layer, intervertebral discs are basically the shock absorbers of the spine. There are two types of disc herniation seen in dogs: Type I and Type II, of which Type II generally has less severe signs and symptoms.

Symptoms of IVDD may include:

•Unwillingness to jump
•Pain and weakness in rear legs (lameness)
•Crying out in pain
•Anxious behavior
•Muscle spasms over back or neck
•Hunched back or neck with tense muscles
•Reduced appetite and activity level
•Loss of bladder and/or bowel control (urinary and fecal incontinence, respectively)

Pet Halloween Safety Tip: NO CANDY PERIOD (and not just chocolate)

Just don’t do it! It’s not just chocolate that you should be worried about. That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. Xylitol is a sugar substitute that is safe for humanes but it takes only a little of this toxin to send a dog into hypoglycemia-induced seizures and sometimes fatal liver failure. All dogs are susceptible, some more than others. Indeed, it has been calculated that as little as a gram of sweetener can kill a 10-pound dog.