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Correct Diagnosis is Important for Treatment of Cranial Cruciate Injuries

Correct Diagnosis is Important for Treatment of Cranial Cruciate Injuries By Dr. Ed Mapes Stonebridge Animal Hospital McKinney,Tx Damaged cranial cruciate ligaments comprise a large proportion of the rear leg lameness we see in dogs. Detecting the degree to which these structures are injured is a key consideration in devising the most appropriate treatment protocol, and using the proper technique is essential in making this diagnosis. In many cases, the owners have no idea how the injury occurred; the dogs are often running and playing in the yard and are seen favoring one of the rear legs when they come Read more
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Dog Itching Treatment

We’ve got some important news about two new medications that we can highly recommend to counteract allergic dermatitis in dogs. These drugs have been a long time in development, but are finally available to veterinarians and they are changing the way we approach allergy in dogs. Apoquel is a daily tablet and Cytopoint is an injection that is effective for anywhere from four to eight weeks in alleviating the itch caused by allergic dermatitis. These medications are immunosuppressants that interrupt different points along the cascade of events that occurs when an allergic reaction is stimulated, effectively blocking the itch sensation Read more
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Environmental Control Measures in Treatment of Dermatophytosis (Ringworm)

Confine pets to a room that is easy to clean and disinfect. Thoroughly vacuum floors and furniture to remove infected hairs and spores. Discard or empty vacuum cleaner bag. Wash hardwood/concrete floors and other contact surfaces with detergent and water. Dust other surfaces with Swiffer cloths to remove spores. Launder (hot water wash with hot dryer) area rugs, animal bedding, and bed linens. Launder, disinfect, or discard pet toys and grooming aids. Disinfect hard floor surfacing with bleach solution (1 part bleach : 30 parts water). Vacuum and disinfect, if possible, any vehicles and transport cages used for pets. Repeat Read more
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Digestive Upset and Visiting the Animal Hospital in McKinney, TX

It seems like the more we know about dog health, the more there is to watch out for. If your dog spends time outdoors, there are dangers that you may not know exist. Locale can be an issue for dogs eating critters that they shouldn’t. In the southern states, your dog could try to eat a lizard or a small frog. These tiny critters can cause digestive upset in your dog and some shots might be required. Even if you don’t live in these areas, keep an eye on what your dog is getting into. If you think your dog has eaten something they shouldn’t have, call Stonebridge Animal Hospital to Read more
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Getting a Certificate of Health For Pet Travel from McKinney, TX

If you are considering taking your dog on a trip, you might need a travel certificate. The airlines can let you know if one is required based on where you’re traveling to. Your vet will examine your pet as a part of the health certification process. The vet checks the shot records and may run some blood tests. The blood tests help ensure that your pet is healthy enough to travel. You will then receive a certificate of health to carry with you while you’re traveling. Keep this certificate handy so you can grab it quickly if asked for it. Contact Stonebridge Animal Hospital to get your certificate of health for pet Read more
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Ring Worm

Ring Worm By Dr. Ed Mapes Stonebridge Animal Hospital McKinney,Tx The term “ringworm” refers to a fungal infection that can involve the skin, hair, and toenails in animals and humans. It is concerning when we diagnose pets with ringworm due to the possibility of spread to family members. There are three fungal organisms responsible for the vast majority of infections in animals, and all are transmissible to humans. These are Trichophyton Mentographytes, Microsporum canis, and Microsporum gypseum. These fungal organisms that affect the skin, hair, and nails are known as Dermatophytes; the correct term for infection is actually dermatophytosis. The Read more
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Pug Rear Leg Weakness

Hind Limb Weakness/Paralysis in Chinese Pugs By Dr. Ed Mapes Stonebridge Animal Hospital McKinney,Tx Spinal disorders can afflict dogs of any breed. Common symptoms usually include weakness of the rear legs (paresis) that can lead to paralysis, a decreased sensation of rear leg positioning (proprioceptive deficits), along with urinary and fecal incontinence. Some conditions cause pain while other dogs are pain free. Spinal conditions that can cause these symptoms include: intervertebral disc disease, spondylosis deformans, hemivertebra, neoplasia, fibrocartilage embolus, spinal cyst, meningomyelitis, degenerative myelopathy, syringomyelia, and subarachnoid diverticulum. These are all spinal problems that we’ve been aware of for quite Read more
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What Vets in McKinney Say About an Older Puppy Trying to Nurse

Bringing home a new puppy is a great joy for your family and the puppy. As time goes on, you might notice that your puppy still tries to nurse. They may find the nearest blanket, knead it with their paws and suck on the blanket. Some will even fall asleep while firmly biting on the blanket. Some dogs will do this as they get older as well. It is not uncommon to see a dog that is a few years old still trying to nurse. This usually happens because the puppy was removed from the mother too soon, or the mother weaned the dog too soon. If this behavior worries Read more
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Nutritional Supplements

Innovative Enhancement in Patient Care By Dr. Ed Mapes Stonebridge Animal Hospital McKinney,Tx A conscientious doctor constantly searches for new and innovative ways to improve patient care. I have discovered a fabulous line of supplements that has proven to help our patients in a variety of ways, and have implemented them where beneficial in our protocols. These products were originally designed for human use; predominately to neutralize the effects of aging. I figure it this way: if they’re efficacious and safe in humans, then they should be good enough for our patients! Among the wide range of benefits that these Read more
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What Vets in McKinney Think You Should Use to Bathe Your Dog

At some point, most people want to give their dog a bath. Some dogs will appreciate this time, while others won’t like it at all. However, it is a necessity to have a healthy dog. Keep your dog’s skin healthy by using a shampoo with oatmeal. After working the shampoo into the dog’s skin, let it sit for about 5 minutes. This allows the oatmeal an opportunity to work into the skin, making it healthier. A dog with healthy skin is comfortable, and a dog that’s comfortable is more relaxed and happy. Call Stonebridge Animal Hospital when you need advice Read more