In case you haven’t noticed, it was a very warm winter, which is wonderful if you are spring-lover like me. But not so great when pests like flies, mosquitoes and ticks start to emerge. Yes, you read that right: We have been seeing ticks in the clinic already. I pulled my first one of the season in the last week of February!
Last month we talked about dental care in cats and dogs. This month I’d like to focus on horses that also need routine dental care. Many horse owners have heard of floating a horse’s teeth, but some may not understand what this means or what we are floating — or filing — when we perform a dental procedure on a horse.
February is not only the month that contains that famous kissing holiday — it is also the national month of Pet Dental Health Awareness. If the thought of getting a smooch from Garfield or Odie is leaving you a little green due to some bad breath, it may be time to think about getting them a dental cleaning for Valentine’s Day. Routine dental cleanings and home dental care are good at keeping bad breath at bay, and there are more major health benefits behind maintaining your pet’s pearly whites.
My husband and I live close to Pioneer Park, and on our nice evening walks with our two old lady dogs it is not unusual to hear the calling of the peacocks in the aviary. Recently I have been surprised to also notice roosters crowing in our area.
When I first moved to Walla Walla I was delighted to discover the diversity of bird species that migrate through this area, as I am a bit of an amateur birder. However, the veterinarian in me also became a bit nervous, as all of these migratory birds put us at risk for West Nile virus.
Laminitis, or founder, is a debilitating and unfortunately common cause of lameness seen in horses, ponies, mules and donkeys. The horse’s hoof is equivalent to the human fingernail. The pedal bone, which is inside the hoof, is suspended from the hoof wall via thousands of fingerlike projections called sensitive laminae, which fit like a key into a lock of insensitive laminae present on the hoof wall.
Small pets like rabbits, guinea pigs and gerbils are often the first pet a child will have.
“My cat is just a really big cat, he’s not fat, just big!”
Springtime has me in full planning mode with thoughts of fun summer camping destinations and pet-friendly weekends for our family and our little old-lady dogs, Abby and Jazmin. I am lucky that they both love to travel in the car and will tolerate long trips with gusto.
Spring is a magical time of year for veterinarians, with newborn calves, lambs and foals being born. However, the warm, wet conditions are also a recipe for a less pleasant thing: parasitic worms.