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!

Please Help Mayzie

The Food Drive we are doing for Mayzie is still going on!
For all who are wondering what type of food she eats it is called Natures Recipe- Lamb. You can find this product at your local Petsmart!

Thank you to all who are participating !!

For those of you who may not know the full story, please read: http://www.paradisecaninerehab.com/uncategorized/an-inspirational-story-about-emilia-mayzie/

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.


Baltimore Humane Society

The Baltimore Humane Society has teamed up with Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco to encourage Marylanders to adopt, volunteer, and donate to the organization.

Baltimore Humane says the campaign is to help the shelter standout from other animal welfare groups and answer common misconceptions such as the fact the organization is supported by money from local government or organizations like the Humane Society of the United States.

In a statement, the Baltimore Humane Society says it hopes the community understands they are a private shelter with no association to any other local shelter and they rely completely on private donations.

In fact, just a few months ago, Joe Flacco selected the Baltimore Humane Society to be his charity of choice through the “Take Joe on the Go” campaign, a fundraiser with Dunkin Donuts and donated $9,000 to help maintain the shelter.

Part of the campaign also includes billboards located on the Jones-Falls Expressway near Druid Park Lake Drive and others in Timonium, Owings Mills, and Reisterstown showing Flacco holding an adoptable puppy.

The organization is also trying to get the public involved by giving away autographed prizes including a football, jersey, and photographs. They are also giving away dog water dishes, dog t-shirts, and toys all signed by Flacco.

The Baltimore Humane Society is also asking people to share pictures of their pets all geared up in support of the Ravens. Some of the pictures they receive will be shared on the organization’s Facebook page.

For more information on the give-a-ways and to submit a picture, you can visit the Baltimore Humane’s website at  www.bmorehumane.org



Not Only is Joe Flacco a Great Quaterback…

…he’s also a great advocate and supporter of pets in our community! GO RAVENS!

Baltimore Humane Society

To learn more about the Baltimore Humane Society, go to: www.bmorehumane.org