Dental Disease and Anesthesia
Most pets have periodontal disease that must be addressed. This involves cleaning the teeth, and a proper dental cleaning must be done under sedation/anesthesia in order to thoroughly treat the periodontal pockets that accompany dental disease.
A holistic approach to anesthesia is a safe alternative to traditional anesthetics. The holistic approach allows minimal amounts of sedation/anesthesia to be used, minimizing risk to the patient, even older dogs and cats, and ensuring a quick and complete recovery. (We typically do dental cleanings and tumor removals using this approach on dogs and cats 15 years of age and older without any harm to the pet!)
We’ve had great success using this holistic anesthetic approach, so much so that we get patients from around the area (and even from out of state) in order to minimize the risk of sedation and anesthesia. By using this approach we’ve been able to help even high risk patients have necessary surgery for cleaning the teeth and removing tumors.
The approach involves a proper pre-sedation evaluation, and choosing the right anesthetic based upon this evaluation. Tiny doses of sedatives/anesthetics are used, just enough to allow the pet to lightly sleep while the teeth are properly and thoroughly cleaned. With this approach, the pet is barely asleep, minimizing the risks so often seen with more traditional anesthesia (depressed heart and lung function, lowered body temperature, etc.) Once the procedure is finished the pet can go home fully awake (without the hangover effect so commonly seen with traditional anesthesia) and acting totally normal.
There is no reason your pet, even an older pet, shouldn’t have proper medical care just because of a fear of anesthesia. Look into a more gentle, natural approach to anesthesia and surgery and your pet will not only survive but even thrive and awake healthier!
Yes it’s flu season, which means we’re getting many calls about the dog flu. There is a lot of misinformation out there, so here are a few quick facts to keep your dog healthy this flu season.
1.First, as is true with the human flu vaccine, the vaccine DOES NOT prevent the flu….the goal of vaccination is to minimize the chance of the flu causing illness, but the vaccine does not prevent infection. Ideally vaccination would minimize the severity of the illness, but as we see every year this is based, in people, upon correctly guessing which is the most prevalent strain. Last year many people were vaccinated even though the guess as to which strain was going to be a problem was wrong, making the vaccine ineffective. No data is available to determine this problem in dogs.
2.Unless your pet is at high risk for getting the flu (ie, show dogs,) it’s unlikely your pet will ever come in contact with the flu virus.
3.Still there is no way to know if the flu virus might have an opportunity to infect your dog. Therefore, boosting/maximizing your pet’s immune system is the best way to prevent diseases including the flu.
4.Maximum vitamin D level (blood levels of around 100 in dogs and greater than 50 in people) is the best, easiest, safest, least expensive way to boos your immune system and your dog’s immune system. Vitamin D is given based upon recent blood testing, your pet’s weight, and your pet’s health status.
If your pet has not had a vitamin D test within the past 6 months, call us to schedule this so your pet can get started on the correct dose of vitamin D. It’s the best thing you can do to minimize the flu causing a problem this year (and maximum vitamin D levels reduces the risk of your pet developing cancer and other infectious and immune diseases.)
As you know, we are really aggressive when it comes to diagnosing and treating cancer. We have developed a number of unique therapies to boost your pet’s immune system and fight the cancer, and often we can do this without using chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Our protocols are so successful that we even get referrals from area oncologists whose patients want our help!
One such therapy is our autosanguis detoxification therapy, a unique blood therapy involving various herbal and homeopathic remedies. This detoxification is designed as a gentle cleansing for all of our patients with any chronic illness, but especially those patients with cancer. At the time blood is drawn every 3 months for testing and monitoring, a tiny amount is mixed with the remedies and injected back into the pet’s body with some diluted even more and given to the pet orally at home, along with the pet’s other cancer supplements. This is one of our therapies that help our cancer patients live, on average, 6-12 months longer than expected (most pets with cancer treated only with chemotherapy or radiation tend to live shorter lives as the immune system is not supported and the cancer spreads quicker.)
We’re often asked whether or not a lump should be removed from the pet. We painlessly aspirate all lumps using a tiny needle and syringe. If the lump is a fatty tumor or cyst, removal may not be needed as many of these will not grow (if the lump is in a location where the pet could be uncomfortable, or if the owner has insurance and cost is not an issue, we will remove it.) For those cases where the lump is or may be cancerous, it is removed and a piece sent to the lab for diagnosis and prognosis, allowing us to fine tune our treatment to give the pet the best chance at cure and longevity.
Speaking of cancer, we have completed 2 years’ worth of blood testing pets to allow early diagnosis of cancer and other immune disorders. To date, over 90% of our canine patients show abnormalities on this testing. Some of these pets were diagnosed with cancer or other serious problems BEFORE acting ill, showing the benefit of this testing. Those not diagnosed with a serious problem had their blood abnormalities corrected to prevent serious problems later in life. If you have not had this testing done (the test measures your pet’s CRP, TK, and Vitamin D levels,) please call us to schedule this important testing.