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    Signs your dog has an eye infection with Dr. Laura Brown

    Signs your dog has an eye infection with Dr. Laura Brown

    How do I know if my dog has an eye infection? If your dog's eyes are weeping, watering more than usual, or you notice yellow, green or white coloured discharge, they may have an eye infection. Other signs of eye infections in dogs include pawing at their eye, blinking more than usual, swelling, redness and squinting

    • 7 min
    Join in on Colorado's statewide movement! On the first Tuesday of December since 2010, Coloradans have come together to support the nonprofits that make a difference in our lives. Colorado Gives. Help the animals this year.

    Join in on Colorado's statewide movement! On the first Tuesday of December since 2010, Coloradans have come together to support the nonprofits that make a difference in our lives. Colorado Gives. Help the animals this year.

    This week on Bark & Wag 15 Minute Vet Talk podcast we will learn about Colorado Gives Day on 12/6 with Joan from Foothills Animal Shelter. When is your state non profit fundraiser? Join in on Colorado's statewide movement! On the first Tuesday of December since 2010, Coloradans have come together to support the nonprofits that make a difference in our lives. Colorado Gives Day has grown to be Colorado's largest 24-hour giving event, raising more than $362 million for nonprofits across the state since it began. ColoradoGives.org is home to Colorado Gives Day, and your one-stop shop for making good happen for our community. Time to help the animals! Please like and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, iHeartRadio and YouTube 🐾❤️

    • 4 min
    Teach your dog to drop it with Kersti Moss, Professional Dog Trainer

    Teach your dog to drop it with Kersti Moss, Professional Dog Trainer

    Dogs get into things they shouldn’t. They pick up dead animals and try to eat garbage. Although you should train a solid “leave it” cue to tell your dog to leave certain things alone, you might not always notice what your dog is doing until it’s too late. Therefore, an equally important behavior to teach is “Drop It.” This cue tells your dog to immediately drop whatever they have in their mouth. Sometimes this will simply be to prevent an annoyance like your dog stealing your shoe. But at other times this cue can be lifesaving such as when your dog picks up dropped medication or toxic food like chocolate.
    Why You Should Teach “Drop It” “Drop It” allows you to get items away from your dog without having to run after them. In fact, as most dogs love the game of chase, this will only increase the likelihood of your dog taking forbidden things in the future. They quickly learn it’s a great way to start what they see as a fun way to play with you. Chasing your dog also increases the chance they will swallow the object to prevent you from getting it first. Even non-toxic items can pose a choking hazard or create an intestinal blockage.
    Nor should you ever have to pry your dog’s mouth open to retrieve an object. That puts you at risk of a bite and again may persuade your dog to swallow the object. Fighting with your dog over anything can also lead to problems with resource guarding down the road. If your dog already shows issues with guarding objects, consult a dog trainer or animal behaviorist for help before beginning any of the following exercises.
    Teaching your dog to drop items on cue is also a useful component of fetch as it helps your dog bring objects back to your hand rather than leaving them on the floor for you to retrieve. And finally, “drop it” is perfect for trick training. You can have your dog putting their toys in their toy box or playing dog-sized basketball in no time if they understand how to drop things on cue.

    How to Teach “Drop It” With a Treat The trick to training your dog to drop items is to make it all about trading – give them something else in exchange. In addition, during the training process, you will also give the original item back again. Although you would never do that with something dangerous, this teaches your dog that “drop it” is a double bonus. They get a reward for dropping the object and then they get to play with the object some more. That makes trading incredibly enticing. Here are the steps for training “drop it” with treats:
    Offer your dog a low-value toy. It should be something they have an interest in but don’t feel overly excited about. You want to make it easy for them to give it up. Let your dog play with the toy for a few seconds. Place a high-value treat in front of your dog’s nose. If you chose a low enough value toy and an exciting enough treat, your dog should willingly drop the toy in exchange. As soon as your dog drops the toy, praise or use a clicker to mark the behavior, then give your dog the treat. While your dog is eating the treat, pick up the toy and hide it behind your back. Once your dog is finished eating, present the toy again and repeat the process. When you know your dog will drop the item as soon as you show the treat, you can add a verbal cue like “drop it,” “trade,” or “out.” After several repetitions, give your cue without showing the treats. If your dog drops the item, click and praise and provide a jackpot reward (many treats in a row) to convince them how great it is to play this game. If your dog doesn’t drop the item without seeing the treats, try waiting one second between saying your cue and showing the treats. Then slowly increase that time across repetitions until your dog understands to drop the item before the treats come out. If you run into trouble with this technique, here are a few troubleshooting tips. First, if your dog runs away with the toy, do this tr

    • 12 min
    When to say good bye to a pet with Wellness Specialist Nicole Birkholzer

    When to say good bye to a pet with Wellness Specialist Nicole Birkholzer

    The overwhelming joy of having pets is unfortunately accompanied by the inevitable sadness that comes with ending their lives. As humans, we must be witness to the death of our family member, our pet. And unlike the movies, rarely is it that they gently fall “asleep” for eternity. Instead, dog owners are in the unique position of having to decide when it’s time to say goodbye, a process called humane euthanasia.
    When age or illness changes a pet’s ability to function in a normal capacity, your veterinarian, as well as friends and family members, start to discuss with you “quality of life.” What is this quality of life, and whose lives are we talking about — you or your pet?
    As an emergency veterinarian for over thirty years, I have been there for clients needing sound advice to make that most difficult decision, a decision that they often have never been faced with before and have little or no training. Veterinary medicine is now capable of allowing our pets to live longer more “normal” lives, but there will come a time in our lives when no amount of medicine, money, hopes, or wishes will be able to keep your dog or cat alive.
    Signs to Look For Any time a pet starts showing signs of illness, whether visible changes in appetite or thirst, movement or behavior, it is time to consult with your veterinarian. Sometimes, after appropriate evaluation by your veterinarian, an assessment will be made regarding your dog or cat. When those signs relate to the ability of your pet to live life comfortably in their normal routine, various things need to be assessed.
    Some of the most worrisome signs are the inability to breathe normally and eat or drink. Another sign is the inability to get up to perform routine tasks such as getting to their food or water bowl and the failure to get up as not to soil themselves. In other words, when your pet loses the ability to live their lives in comfort and with a modicum of grace and nobility, it is a sign that something is wrong.
    Questions to Ask Your Veterinarian Your veterinarian is the person who has guided you and your pet throughout its life. They understand your situation, and it’s important to know that every situation is unique. Ask your veterinarian their opinion on options available. The age, breed, and condition of your pet, the financial reality of your case, such as the costs involved in any form of treatment or therapy compared with the benefits and length of time of benefit (if any) that can be offered, will all play a part in the making of your decision.
    It is never easy to come to that realization, but I have found it especially difficult for first-time pet owners to make that call. Ask your veterinarian to go over the process. Try to remember that this difficult decision is being made to ease your pets’ suffering rather than your own feelings is not only helpful but imperative. When the time comes, it may be useful to have a comforting friend or family member, especially one that may have previous experience with the procedure, come along for emotional support. I usually recommend that owners stay with their pets during the process, both as comfort to their pets as well as some form of closure for themselves.
    The Final Goodbye Various people have different ways to honor their pets: cremation is the most common choice, and the ashes can be stored in a vase in your home, on your property, or dispersed over a favorite area of your lost pet. Some choose burial at a pet cemetery or on their own property if the local laws allow it.
    Another way of honoring and giving tribute to them is to donate in their name to a meaningful organization, such as your breed’s rescue or health fund, or an organization devoted to research in canine health, such as the AKC Canine Health Foundation.
    It is never an easy decision, but as a long-time mentor once told me, “it’s better to do it one day too early than one day too late.” It took many years to understan

    • 17 min
    Dr. Laura Brown explains what is pancreatitis in dogs

    Dr. Laura Brown explains what is pancreatitis in dogs

    What Is Pancreatitis in Dogs? The pancreas is an organ in the abdominal cavity. One of its roles is producing digestive enzymes, which helps break down food products.
    Pancreatitis in dogs is an inflammatory reaction within the pancreas that can result in abdominal pain, inappetence, and vomiting.
    The inflammation results from the inappropriate, early activation of an enzyme within the pancreas, which causes the pancreas to digest itself.
    What Causes Pancreatitis in Dogs? Classically, the typical history of a canine patient that is diagnosed with pancreatitis is one in which the dog ate a high-fat meal or got into the garbage. Unfortunately, this is not the most common cause of pancreatitis.
    In reality, 90% of the time, the inciting cause of pancreatitis in dogs is idiopathic (cannot be determined).
    Are Some Dogs Predisposed to Pancreatitis? Some breeds are more prone to the development of pancreatitis, as well as dogs taking certain medications.
    Miniature Schnauzers are considered to be a predisposed breed due their tendency to have problems with high blood triglyceride levels.
    Another example is the English Cocker Spaniel. Immune-mediated diseases, which result from abnormal activity of the immune system, are seen at a higher frequency in this breed in general, and the immune system attacking the pancreas is no exception.
    Medications that are known to cause inflammation of the pancreas include, but are not limited to, some chemotherapy medications and some antibiotics.
    What Are the Symptoms of Pancreatitis in Dogs? Pancreatitis can present as a sudden-onset (acute) illness or as a more long-term (chronic) illness. 
    A dog that has acute pancreatitis will have more serious clinical signs, such as:
    Severe lethargy
    Abdominal pain
    Persistent vomiting
    Severe dehydration
    Collapse and shock (sometimes)
    A dog with chronic pancreatitis is typically not as sick. The clinical signs may include:
    Decreased appetite to not eating at all
    Abdominal pain and/or vomiting
    In general, chronic pancreatitis is not as common in dogs as acute pancreatitis.
    Dogs with chronic pancreatitis can suddenly develop worsening pancreatitis. This is a situation where chronic pancreatitis presents acutely. 
    How Do Vets Diagnose Pancreatitis in Dogs? Disease of the pancreas can be difficult to identify because, oftentimes, the signs of illness are not specific to the pancreas, and routine blood tests are often not helpful.
    However, there are pancreatic-specific blood tests that can be performed when the veterinarian has a high suspicion of pancreatitis.
    Unfortunately, even these special tests are not 100% accurate.
    Abdominal X-rays are also not very helpful in diagnosing pancreatitis in dogs. However, in a vomiting patient, it is important to take X-rays to rule out a potential foreign-body obstruction of the stomach and/or intestine (something your dog ate, like a squeaker out of a toy).
    The best method to image the pancreas is via abdominal ultrasound. However, the tissue of the pancreas has to be abnormal enough to visualize using the ultrasound, which is more common in dogs with acute, severe pancreatitis, when compared to those with chronic, mild pancreatitis.
    Overall, blood testing and abdominal ultrasound are better in helping to diagnose pancreatitis in dogs when it is acute and severe.    
    How to Treat Pancreatitis in Dogs Treatment is primarily supportive care regardless of whether the patient has acute or chronic pancreatitis. 
    Severe Pancreatitis in Dogs Patients with severe, acute pancreatitis often require more extensive medical intervention and treatment.
    These patients are often in need of several days, if not weeks, of treatment, including:
    Intensive intravenous (IV) fluid and electrolyte support
    Pain-control measures
    Antinausea medication(s)
    Stomach-protectant medications
    Nutritional support in the form of a feeding tube
    Antibiotics (sometimes)

    • 8 min
    Sarcoma question asked by a listener is answered by Dr. Laura Brown

    Sarcoma question asked by a listener is answered by Dr. Laura Brown

    What is a soft tissue sarcoma? Soft tissue sarcomas are a broad category of tumors including those that arise from the connective, muscle, or nervous tissues in dogs and cats. These tumors are the result of abnormal production of these cell types in an uncontrolled manner. Connective, muscle, and nervous tissues are present throughout the entire body; therefore, these tumors can develop over the chest, back, side, legs, and facial tissues of your pet.
    Soft tissue sarcomas make up about 15% of cancers of the skin affecting dogs and about 7% of those affecting cats. Fibrosarcomas are common in dogs and are a type of soft tissue sarcoma (see handout "Fibrosarcoma in Dogs" for more information).
    "Soft tissue sarcomas make up about 15% of cancers of the skin affecting dogs and about 7% of those affecting cats." Even though soft tissue tumors arise from many different types of cells, they all behave in a similar manner and their treatment is typically the same.
    What causes soft tissue sarcomas? The reason why a particular pet may develop this, or any tumor or cancer, is not straightforward. Very few tumors and cancers have a single known cause. Most seem to be caused by a complex mix of risk factors, some environmental and some genetic or hereditary.
    For most cases of soft tissue sarcomas, no direct cause has been determined for their development. Sarcomas at injection sites occur in cats but are rare in dogs (see handout “Post-Vaccination Sarcoma in Cats” for further information on this type of sarcoma). In cats exposed to a form of the feline leukemia virus (called feline sarcoma virus), the development of sarcomas on the head and neck sometimes occurs.
    What are the clinical signs of soft tissue sarcomas? The clinical signs depend on where the tumor is located and the tissues that are affected. Often, pets have a noticeable mass that is growing in size.
    Signs associated with soft tissue sarcomas include the following:
    Pets that have tumors arising from muscle tissue may show signs of pain in the affected region and may have a distinct firm and growing mass (tumor). Tumors that are located on the limbs may cause changes in your pet’s ability to walk and the limbs may have obvious swelling. Pets that have tumors arising from nervous tissue may be unable to use the affected limb or may show other neurological signs. Pets with intestinal tumors may have signs of an intestinal blockage, such as vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, weight loss, and abdominal pain. Pets with soft tissue sarcomas in the mouth often have halitosis (bad breath), difficulty eating, loss of appetite, bleeding in the mouth, or obvious tumors in the mouth. Signs of a soft tissue sarcoma affecting the reproductive system depend on the location of the tumor. For example, if the prostate is affected, difficulty with urinating or defecating may be observed. How are soft tissue sarcomas diagnosed?
    In some cases, a fine needle aspiration (FNA) may be performed. FNA involves taking a small needle with a syringe to suction a sample of cells directly from the tumor and placing them on a microscope slide. A veterinary pathologist then examines the slide under a microscope. If a diagnosis is not confirmed by this method, a biopsy may be needed. A biopsy is a surgical excision of a piece of the tumor. Pieces of the tumor are then examined under the microscope. This is called histopathology. A biopsy is beneficial because it gives an indication as to how aggressive the tumor is and how its treatment should be approached.
    Staging (searching for potential spread to other locations in the body) may be recommended. This may include blood work, urinalysis, radiographs (X-rays) of the lungs, and possibly an abdominal ultrasound. If any lymph nodes are enlarged or feel abnormal, further sampling may be pursued to determine if any spread is present.
    "If any lymph nodes are enlarged or feel abnormal, further sampling may be pursued to determine if any spread i

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