Counterfeit veterinary products, especially veterinary drugs, have become a big problem as online pharmacies grow. Many companies are selling counterfeit flea and tick preventatives and pet owners have no way of knowing. These products are not only ineffective, but can be harmful to pets. The only way to ensure that the product is genuine is to purchase directly from your veterinarian at the clinic or from the clinic’s online pharmacy.
You can visit Brentwood Veterinary Clinic’s online pharmacy at http://brentwoodvet.vetsfirstchoice.com/
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As we come into Spring, and the weather gets warmer and the plants start to bloom, many pets experience itching (pruritus). The constant licking, chewing, and scratching can be irritating for owners but can also cause skin wounds and infections in our pets. Allergies are a common cause of itchy pets and include environmental allergies(atopic dermatitis), flea allergies, food allergy.
Environmental allergies occur when pets develop skin irritation secondary to common substances like pollen, trees, or house dust mites. There are many options for treatments of these types of allergies including antihistamines, like benadryl, and short term steroids. There are also new anti-itch medications likes Apoquel (a pill) and Cytopoint (an injection). We carry both at Brentwood Vet Clinic.
In pets with flea allergies, a single flea bite can cause a severe reaction, even if owners don’t see any fleas on their pet. Flea medications and cleaning the environment are the most important factors in treating these patients. Brentwood Veterinary Clinic carries several flea medications for cats and dogs.
Food allergies are uncommon in pets, but can happen when pets develop a hypersensitivity to certain foods (in most cases a specific protein source). A food trial, which lasts 6-8 weeks is the the only way to diagnose a food allergy. In this food trial, pets are fed a novel or hydrolyzed protein diet strictly to see if there is any improvement of the itching.
If you have an itchy cat or dog, please call Brentwood Veterinary Clinic at 615-373-4777 to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors.
February is national pet dental health month. Not only does plaque and tartar build up cause bad breath in your pet, but it can lead to oral pain, decreased appetite, and periodontal disease. Periodontal disease affects your pet’s mouth and can also cause damage in the liver, kidney, and heart muscle.
Most dental disease occurs below the gum line, where it’s hard to see. This is why it is important for pets to have a thorough dental exam and cleaning done under anesthesia. Brentwood Veterinary Clinic also has a dental xray machine to help evaluate the jaw and tooth roots below the gum line. Call 615-373-4777 to schedule an exam and dental for your pet!
For more information go to www.AVMA.org/PetDental
Dogs and cats, like humans, can get diabetes. Diabetes mellitus is a condition where the body can’t use glucose normally. Glucose in the blood is controlled by a hormone made in the pancreas called insulin. If the pancreas does not make enough insulin or is unable to utilize insulin correctly, glucose builds up in the blood (hyperglycemia) and spills over into the urine (glucosuria) drawing water with it.
There are several signs of diabetes in pets including increased drinking and urinating, decreased appetite, and chronic skin infections or UTIs.
Diabetes is diagnosed by a veterinarian via blood and urine tests. It is normally treated with insulin injections given daily at home. At Brentwood Veterinary Clinic we carry several types of insulin and take the time to go over how injections are given with our clients. We also carry prescription diets for pets with diabetes.
Click the link for more information on Pet Diabetes http://www.petdiabetesmonth.com/
Dr. Kelsey Gapstur
Brentwood Veterinary Clinic
Leptospirosis is a disease in dogs caused by a spiral shaped bacteria that live in the water and soil. Leptospirosis is mainly transmitted through urine of infected animals (usually wildlife like deer, raccoons, and skunks). So dogs that have access to wetland areas (swamps, streams, lakes, and rivers) and live/hunt near wild life are at high risk.
Leptospira bacteria affect the kidney, liver, brain, lungs, and heart, so clinical signs may vary, but usually include fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, and even jaundice.
The best way to protect against infection is through annual vaccination.
Brentwood Veterinary Clinic carries the Leptospirosis vaccine that protects against the 4 most common types of leptospires. Call 615-373-4777 to schedule your appointment to discuss if the vaccine is right for you dog.
Click the link for more information http://www.leptospirosis.org/veteri...
More than 20 species of mosquitoes are known to spread heartworm, and they can carry the infected larvae for miles, even transmitting the disease from wild animals (such as coyotes) to pets.
Year round heartworm protection is very important for all dogs in Tennessee. Brentwood Veterinary Clinic has recently started carrying ProHeart6, which has been on the market for several years.
ProHeart6 is a heartworm protection injection that lasts 6 months. ProHeart6 can be given to healthy dogs over 6 months old. It is great for dogs that are difficult to give pills or for owners that have a hard time remembering giving a heartworm prevention pill every month.
Please call to schedule an appointment to see if ProHeart6 is a good heartworm prevention option for your dog.
Click here for more information http://www.proheart6.com/
One of the most common medical concerns with cats is urinary disease. If your cat has started to urinate outside the litterbox, he/she may have urinary tract disease. Symptoms include inappropriate urination, bloody urine, straining, or overgrooming at the urinary opening.
Cats should always be seen by a veterinarian at the first sign of a problem. Testing such as a urinalysis, urine culture, bladder xrays, or bloodwork may be done to try and diagnose the cause. Once infection, stones, and tumors have been ruled out, a common diagnosis is Feline Idiopathic Cystitis (FIC) which is an inflammatory disease of the bladder.
Indoor, young, overweight cats are at the highest risk for FIC, but any cat can be diagnosed with this. Stress also seems to play a large role in FIC, and often it is hard to determine if a cat is stressed or what the cause of the stress is.
Treatment for FIC is multimodal-often including pain medication, a 100% canned diet (possibly a prescription veterinary diet), and reducing stress with medications, supplements, or environmental changes.
Brentwood Veterinary Clinic carries several options for treating FIC-give us a call today if you think your cat may be displaying symptoms of urinary disease.
Dr. Brooke Frautschy
Did you know a 12 pound Yorkie is the same as an average female weighing 218 pounds and a 14 pound cat is equivalent to a 237 pound man? An estimated 53% of dogs and 58% of cats in the United states are considered overweight or obese.
There are many risks of excess weight in pets, including osteoarthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart and respiratory disease, cruciate ligament injury, kidney disease, cancer, and decreased life expectancy.
Diet and exercise are the mainstays of weight loss in overweight pets. Brentwood Veterinary Clinic carries weight loss diets such as Hill’s Metabolic, Hill’s r/d, Hill’s w/d. We also carry joint supplements, such as Dasuquin, to help pets that have already developed osteoartthritis.
Go to this site for more info. http://petobesityprevention.org/
Canine influenza is a relatively new disease commonly referred to as "dog flu" and can be caused by two different canine influenza viruses. Just like human flu is among humans, canine influenza is highly contagious among dogs. In fact, unless a dog has already had the illness and recovered, almost every dog exposed to the virus will become infected.
Two different strains of canine influenza virus have been isolated in the US. These strains are not related. Therefore, dogs at risk should be vaccinated against both strains. This is because the viruses are relatively new, and dogs have no natural immunity to it.
Just recently Merck Animal Health launched Nobivac Canine Flu Combo vaccine. This vaccine aids in the control of disease associated with Canine Influenza Virus H3N8 and H3N2 infection. It has been clinically proven to significantly reduce the severity of influenza and the length of time that a dog is sick. The vaccine has a reasonable expectation of efficacy and safety. Brentwood Veterinary Clinic is now carrying this vaccine.
Your veterinarian can advise you whether canine influenza vaccines should be added to your dog's vaccination schedule. Call us today if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment.
Brentwood Veterinary Clinic 615-373-4777
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine, sterile needles into specific points on the body, causing a biochemical reaction within the tissue that stimulates healing and/or pain relief. Recent studies have proven that acupuncture in pets increases circulation, stimulates the body’s immune system, endorphin levels, and serotonin levels. Modern acupuncture is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture. We employ current knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathology, all in keeping with evidence-based medicine.
What to expect on the first visit: The initial exam includes a physical exam with myofascial palpation that allows the doctor to help determine the source of discomfort. Once the animal is calm and comfortable, Dr. Gapstur will begin to place needles to treat the problem. The needles are left in place for a therapeutic time period of 10-20 minutes, depending on the points selected. Many times, Western veterinary medications may be administered as well to help the patient until the benefits from acupuncture can be fully achieved and appreciated. Some animals will need 4-6 visits before the owner can recognize a change in the pet, however, it is not uncommon for results to be noticed as soon as the first visit.
If you are interested in learning more about the process and benefits of animal acupuncture, please call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Kelsey Gapstur. 615-373-4777