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  • Otitis Externa (Ear Infections)

    OTITIS EXTERNA (EAR INFECTIONS) Spring time tends to bring our clinic lots of itchy pets and more than a few ear infections.  Recurrent ear infections are often caused by an underlying allergy.  If this allergy is to pollen or other allergens outside, symptoms can become more severe in ...

    Posted at April 16, 2013 | By : | Categories : Pet Health | Comments Off on Otitis Externa (Ear Infections)
  • Rattlesnake Envenomation

    As the temperatures rise in the Southwest, snakes are beginning to emerge.  My first siting was 2 weeks ago in Phoenix.  Last year I saw a post by a veterinary technician friend on Facebook of a snake den as she went for a hike in Catalina.  There must have been 100 large western diamondbacks. ( No thanks!! ) As you walk your dog the highest risk factor for a rattlesnake bite ...

    Posted at April 9, 2013 | By : | Categories : Pet Health | Comments Off on Rattlesnake Envenomation
  • Feline Inappropriate Elimination

    Inappropriate elimination (defined as urination or defecation outside the litter box) in cats is the most common behavioral problem of cats and a common cause for relinquishment of ...

    Posted at April 1, 2013 | By : | Categories : Pet Health | Comments Off on Feline Inappropriate Elimination
  • Brushing your pet’s teeth

    February is National Pet Dental Health Month!   Does your pet have bad breath?  Do they occasionally drop toys or food?  Do they drool more than they used to? Don’t ignore these possibly important symptoms of a diseased mouth!   Dental homecare is an important part of any healthy mouth.  Imagine if you didn’t brush your own teeth for a week or a month!  Brushing your pet’s teeth, in addition to the ...

    Posted at March 10, 2013 | By : | Categories : Dental Health | Comments Off on Brushing your pet’s teeth
  • Your dog ate what?

    Nearly all gastrointestinal foreign bodies are ingested by dogs or cats, it is rare for a hairball to cause an obstruction, called a trichobezoar. Many common everyday objects can be a foreign body in an animal - underwear, socks, rubber duckie, baby nipples, dental floss, etc. Younger animals are predisposed to this condition. Cats are often diagnosed with ...

    Posted at March 8, 2013 | By : | Categories : Veterinary Care | Comments Off on Your dog ate what?
  • Obesity in Pets

    Obesity – prevalence and health concerns The most recent studies have determined that as much as 40% of our pet population is currently overweight. (1) In one study, it was determined that pets maintaining an ideal body weight throughout life lived an average of 1.8 years longer than those that were overweight (2). Similarly to humans, obesity can predispose our dogs and cats to a variety of diseases including arthritis, ACL rupture, disk disease, diabetes, Cushing’s syndrome, heat ...

    Posted at February 19, 2013 | By : | Categories : Preventative Care | Comments Off on Obesity in Pets
  • February is National Pet Dental Health Month

    The first picture is a dog with moderate to severe periodontal disease. The second is after a thorough cleaning we did at Briarcrest.  February is National Pet Dental Health Month. But dental care for your pet is important every day and every month.

    Posted at January 26, 2013 | By : | Categories : Dental Health | Comments Off on February is National Pet Dental Health Month
  • Orthopedics at Briarcrest

    Here's a list of the orthopedics we performed at Briarcrest in 2012: Hip surgery to treat hip dysplasia Hip surgery to repair hip fratures Fracture repair of long bones-humerus, radius, ulna, femur, tibia, etc. Knee ligament repair Corrective patella surgery Amputations for cancer

    Posted at January 15, 2013 | By : | Categories : Briarcrest | Comments Off on Orthopedics at Briarcrest
  • Fracture!

    Unfortunately a dog was hit by a car and sustained a fracture of her tibial bone. Fortunately we were able to do surgery to fix it by using a stainless steel pin. The pin will remain in place until the bone is healed and then it will be removed. We expect a full recovery! Here are X-Rays of the fracture and the repair. Initial ...

    Posted at January 5, 2013 | By : | Categories : Briarcrest | Comments Off on Fracture!
  • New Year Wishes!

    Happy New Year to all of our furry friends and their families. Thank you for being a part of our Briarcrest Veterinary Care Center team in 2012. Our doctors and staff want to extend their best wishes for a happy and healthy 2013. Don't forget annual wellness checks and dental exams to ensure your pet has a great year!

    Posted at December 29, 2012 | By : | Categories : Briarcrest | Comments Off on New Year Wishes!
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