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Backyard BBQ Precautions

James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT
August 31, 2015

Backyard BBQ Preparations Summertime might be winding down, but grilling season still runs through the fall, especially with Labor Day and football around the corner! But when you’re entertaining in the backyard with your pets around, you’ll need to take some precaution so we don’t see you in the emergency room! Check out our quick reference list below:
  1. Do not feed pets bones! Splintery poultry bones are the worst, but beef and pork bones break teeth, get stuck in the mouth, esophagus or intestine, and can cause gastrointestinal perforation. Bones of any kind do little good for any pet.
  2. Do not feed chocolate, xylitol, grapes, or raisins – they are all toxic. Xylitol is commonly found in sugar-free gum and more recently in a variety of specialty peanut and nut butters.
  3. Keep the alcohol away from pets, seriously. They can become intoxicated just like your guests, and it won’t be...
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Pet Proofing Your Backyard

James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT
August 14, 2015

Pet Proofing Your Backyard With a little over a month left of summer, you might still find yourself trying to tackle backyard projects complete with building materials, ladders, paints, stains, or gardening supplies. But when these projects include our pets, there might be some consequences that could result in injury or intoxication if you don’t think of your pet’s safety. Here are a few recommendations to help “pet proof” your backyard:

Chemicals. Many common chemicals used in backyard projects such as petroleum distillates (i.e. deck stains and paint thinners) are toxic to pets. Swimming pool chemicals and cleaning agents can be toxic or fatal to pets if ingested, or can cause extreme skin irritation with skin contact. Always make sure that chemicals are in secure containers so they aren’t chewed up or otherwise broken into by pets. You would be surprised to know what some dogs and cats think is tasty! Beware of glues that contain polyurethane, like Gorilla Glue. When pets chew the containers, the moisture in the mouth or stomach causes the polyurethane in the glue to expand dramatically causing suffocation, or stomach rupture. We have done more than a couple of surgeries to remove a perfect cast of the stomach out of Gorilla Glue!...

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Laser Therapy In Pets

James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT
August 7, 2015

Laser Therapy in Pets Laser therapy in veterinary medicine is being used more commonly as a therapeutic aid to many different maladies. There are two types of lasers used in veterinary medicine. There are surgical lasers, which are used as a scalpel to cut tissue, and then there are therapeutic lasers that are used to help tissue heal.

What is a laser? LASER stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Wow! What this means is that a particular type of crystal is bombarded with electricity so that the wavelength of light emitted is all lined up and in sync with each other. One can think of this like a group of soldiers marching in step. Each soldier has to take the same length of step and the legs of the soldiers have to coordinate with each other. So with a laser, depending upon the wavelength emitted and the degree of amplification (boost), the light can be powerful enough to cut tissue, or emit energy into the tissue that can be used to speed healing...

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