Summer Safety Tips

Summer Safety Tips! 
Today is the first day of summer! Here are a few tips to help keep you pets happy and healthy during the hot and sunny season. 
•Make sure to keep your pets hydrated and always have fresh, clean water available to help avoid dehydration. 
•Keep pets off of cement and asphalt. The scorching temperatures can cause it to burn your pets paws! 
•Always supervise your pets in pools and any bodies of water. 
•NEVER leave your pet unattended in a parked car that is off. Even with the windows cracked temperatures still rise rapidly and pets can overheat and die! 
•Keep table scraps to a minimum. We all love a good BBQ, but many of the foods we enjoy can make our pets sick. 
•Be cautious of new, unknown grassy areas; there can potentially be harmful pesticides or chemicals used to treat it. 
•Be sure to keep your pets safely secured inside during your Fourth of July celebrations. Fireworks are often very frightening for pets and can cause them to try to run away to hide. 

We we hope you find these tips useful and have a safe & happy summer!

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Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is a disease caused by contact in a wound with infected urine or water contaminated with infected urine.This disease causes fever, loss of appetite, excessive drinking, jaundice, and excessive bleeding. It is also transferrable to humans!! Leptospirosis is treatable with antibiotics, but requires immediate attention from your vet to prevent it from getting worse.

 

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Veterinarian Appreciation Day

As well as being Father's Day, June 18th was also Veterinarian Appreciation Day! At Royal Oaks we are so lucky to have 2 of the most compassionate, intelligent, amazing veterinarians attending to our patients. Dr. Dwyer and Dr. Giangreco constantly go above and beyond for their patients and their passion for what they do shines through. We are so thankful for you guys and for what you do for our patients and for us!

                                                                     Thank you Dr. Dwyer and Dr. Giangreco!!!! 

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Thunderstorm Anxiety

With summertime in Florida making its arrival in Florida, thunderstorms are a near daily occurance. Many animals suffer from thunderstorm anxiety. Luckily, there are many options for managing symptoms. For pets who experience mild to moderate symptoms you can try creating a "safe haven" for them to access at all times to help them feel safe and secure. The Thundershit is another medication-free option you can try. Unfortunately some pet's experience severe symptoms of thunderstorm anxiety and require medication therapy to manage their symptoms. If  you suspect your pet is experiencing thunderstorm anxiety you should speak with your veterinarian to have them help you determine what therapy is the best option for your pet.

 

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Hepatic Lipidosis

Hepatic Lipidosis, also known as fatty liver syndrome occurs when an obese cat loses weight too rapidly. Usually we rejoice when our full-bodied feline friends shed a few pounds, but when it happens too rapidly they can become very ill. Often times owners won't notice an issue until the cat stops eating or begins vomiting. It is crucial to have cats who are rapidly losing weight or not eating normally evaluated by your veterinarian. If caught early enough, with supportive care they can recover most of the time. High-protein diets, IV fluids, and in some serious cases a feeding tube are used to treat hepatic lipidosis.

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Canine Influenza

Canine influenzais a highly contagious virus that has been rapidly spreading over the years. We now offer a vaccination for the canine influenza and recommend that all dogs who are going to boarding, grooming, or dog parks to be vaccinated. Canine influenza is highly contagious and 80% of dogs who contract the virus show symptoms. Symptoms of canine influenza include lethargy, inappetence, coughing, and nasal discharge. Unlike the human flu, canine influenza can be contracted year round. If you suspect your dog has contracted canine influenza it is important to have them assessed by your veterinarian to determine the best course of action. It's important to note that it can take 2-3 weeks for dogs to recover from this illness with supportive care like medications and fluids. 

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Seizure Disorders

Seizures can be a very scary things for both pets and their owners to experience. If your pet experiences a severe seizure, a seizure lasting longer than 2 minutes, or multiple seizures within a 24 hour period these are medical emergencies. There are many causes of seizure and diagnostic tools to help pin point the cause and other factors. There are multiple medications that your vet can help you find which medication gives your pet the best seizure control. Like with most long term medication, regular bloodwork is necessary to monitor the effects of the medication on the body overtime. 

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Summer Dental Extravaganza!!!

Have you notcied a foul smell coming from your pet's mouth? Maybe your pet isn't eating normally or is acting painful? These can be signs of dental disease!! From June through August we are running our Summer Dental Extravaganza! 20% off dental cleanings! 

*Please note this excludes dental extractions, x-rays, and other elective procedures. Pets must have a current exam within 6 months and must also have bloodwork done within 30 days of procedure* 

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Obesity

Obesity is an issue affecting many pets these days. Sometimes the root of the problem is overtreating and lack of exercise, but sometimes it's more than that. Obesity is something that should be addressed as soon as possible because it can be caused by multiple other health issues, such as diabetes mellitus, and hypothyroidism, and can exacerbate others, like arthtritis and respiratory issues. There are a few prescription diet option, your vet can help you select the diet right for your pet. 

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Malassezia Dermatitis

Malassezia Dermatitis is a fancy way of saying yeast infection of the skin. Small amounts of yeast on the skin is normal, but when the conditions change yeast may overgrow and cause odor, itchiness, rashes, and skin thickening in some cases. To diagnose we use a few different tests, like the impression smear. Treatment is fairly simple, sometimes as simple as a medicated shampoo. In more serious cases an antimicrobial may be prescribed as well. 

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Counterfeit Products

An unfortunate trend occuring in the world today is counterfeiting. A CEO of a california based online pharmacy recently pleaded guilty to federal counterfeiting charges. A link to the original article will be below. A way to ensure you are not accidentally purchasing counterfeit medications is to purchase directly from your veterinarian. 

https://www.securingindustry.com/pharmaceuticals/packaging-firm-ceo-pleads-guilty-to-veterinary-med-counterfeiting/s40/a3912/#.WSXiPWjyuUm

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A Tribute

Today, at the Royal Oaks Veterinary Hospital would like to take a moment to remember the pets whom we have lost this week. We consider ourselves honored to have been apart of your lives, Ty, Noel, & Blaze for all these many years. And to those we only got to know for a short time, Diesel, Lippy, & Phoebe, we will miss you as well and are so glad we were fortunate enough to know you for the time we had. Our hearts are with all the families hurting and offer our deepest sympathies. 

 

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Annual Blood work

Blood work for our pets is an important part of annual care. Having a baseline blood panel includes a complete blood count which checks the blood cells to see what type and how much are present and a serum chemistry that checks your pets internal organs. Doing these panels annually can show gradual changes that may not have otherwise been noticed that may indicate the early onset of some diseases. Having a baseline blood panel done when your pet is healthy can also be useful in an emergency situation. It will allow your vet to compare values when your pet is sick versus when they are healthy. This can show what values are considered normal for your pet. Another benefit of annual blood work is that it can show how continual medication use is affecting your pet's health and can help your vet determine the therapuetic value of the medication for your pet. 

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Dog Fights

Dogs can fight for many different reasons; from fear, feeling like they need to protect resources, working out pack dominance, pain & illness, and even being around an intact dog can all be causes for dog fights to break out. Once dogs have been in a fight it is important to get to the root of the reason and fully assess whether or not your family is prepared to handle the responsibilty of maintaning the delicate balance of pack life after a fight. Sometimes training and keeping dogs who have fought in the past separated can help, but it makes for a very delicate home situation. Even just leaving for a few days and having someone stay with the dogs or having them boarding seperately at a facility can upset the balance of home life. If no amicable solution can be found it may be in the dog's best interests to rehome one of them where they're the only dog. A new home should be chosen carefully to ensure it is the appropriate fit. You can also try meeting with a veterinary behavior specialist. If a dog fight occurs in your presence DO NOT PUT YOURSELF BETWEEN THE DOGS!!!!   Adrenaline is usually very high during a dog fight so they may mistakenly bite you. You can use water or loud noises to distract the dogs and lawn chairs to separate them safely. Since adrenaline is so high during these events dogs also may not feel pain so it is very important to have all dogs involved in the fight examined by a veterinarian as soon as possible after the fight. Wounds may not look as serious as they are and there is a huge risk for infection with dog bites. 

 

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Cardiomyopathy in Cats

Cardiomyopathy is the disease of the heart muscle. There are a few different types of cardiomyopathy; restrictive, unclassified, hypertrophic, and dilated. Some symptoms in cats include loss of appetite, lethargy, difficulty breathing/panting, and abnormal heart sounds to name a few. If your cat is experiencing one or more of these symptoms you should have your veteruinarian evaluate them. Cardiomyopathy is diagnosed by doing an electrocardiogram to examine the electrical currents in the heart muscles and by doing radiographs and echocardiographs to use images of the heart to visually identify heart enlargment or thickened walls. There can be many causes of cardiomyopathy so it is important to fully assess your pets health from head to toes using multiple diagnostic tools. 

 

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Royal Oaks Veterinary Hospital

Located at:

2105 Hartwood Marsh Road,
Suites 1 & 2
Clermont, FL 34711

Hours:

Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.