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April 2016

Lack of Mobility May Mean Less Time With Your Pet

By Educational, Guides

Here are five ways to improve your senior pet’s health-and maybe even his life expectancy-by helping him get back to the things he used to do.

Take your pet to the veterinarian for for a physical exam.

Find out if he has any medical conditions that might affect a workout routine, such as arthritis, a heart condition or respiratory issues.

If your pet is overweight, work with your veterinarian to form a diet plan that is palatable, keeps your pet satiated and still allows for occasional treats.  Weight loss reduces excess strain on joints and weakens muscles, which may reduce pain.

Slow and steady wins this race.

Start your senior pet with five minutes of walking, adding an additional five minutes each day for five days until a daily 30 minute walk is manageable and routine.

If your pet is limping, lagging, panting excessively or refuses to continue, stop the activity and check with your veterinarian.  Some pets may require pain medication to get moving or to complete an exercise.

Once you and your pet have achieved a daily exercise routine, you can step it up.

Increase duration, speed, even incorporate hills or different surfaces like sand to add more challenge.  Walks will become easier as your pet becomes stronger.

If your pet can’t jump onto the couch or climb the stairs well these days, it’s likely because, like many older dogs, he has lost strength in his hind legs.  Focus on building back those muscles with exercises recommended by your veterinarian.

Senior pets need to exercise their minds as well as their bodies.

Obstacles courses can be a fun way to stimulate your pet’s mind and improve neurological and muscle control.

If you use simple household objects, you can stimulate your pet’s mind with physical games.  For example, coax your pet to step over a garden hose fashioned in a serpent pattern in the backyard-broom handles or pool noodles also work well.  For pets already at a food fitness level, try rally events, agility classes, tracking or field events.

Discomfort and a lack of strength and flexibility may make achieving mobility seem like an insurmountable task.

But don’t give up!  Exercise can be tailored to fit the needs of any pet and will not only improve your pet’s  health but strengthen the bond you share with your pet as well.

If physical injuries prevent your pet from exercising, ask your veterinarian about rehabilitation.  Rehab specialist can use methods such as joint mobilization, massage, stretching, laser therapy and acupuncture to help get your pet up and moving again.

Source: Dr. Kara Amstutz

 

 

Dr. Google

By Educational, Guides

 

When you’re searching the web for medical information about your pet, make sure you’re getting accurate medical information from reliable sources. Use these six tips for safer web surfing.

  1. Make sure the advice comes from a veterinarian. Writers can contribute fun and entertaining animal information, but for medical material, you want to be sure the author is a licensed practicing veterinarian.
  2. Check more than one source. When you read a piece of advice, even if it seems legitimate, find similar information from other veterinarians. You’ll find the best and most valuable information on many veterinarians’ websites. High-quality information often features citations of original studies or other articles.
  3. Keep it classy. Professionals don’t disparage other people. If there’s new and groundbreaking information, professionals will present the new facts in a way that doesn’t make anyone seem wrong. Be skeptical of any advice that tells you your veterinarian is doing something to hurt your pet.
  4. Beware of catchy captions and information that feels like a tabloid headline. If the information seems incredible, listen to the alarm bells that sound in your mind.
  5. Remember there no checks and balances on the World Wide Web. Information on the Internet often isn’t peer-reviewed or run through any approval process, but veterinarians are bound to uphold professional standards and have reputations at stake. They are less likely to jeopardize their medical licenses by spreading untrue rumors or recommending unneeded services.
  6. Phone a friend—as long as that friend is your own veterinarian. If you have a question about something that you read on the Internet, always ask your own veterinarian. Your veterinary team is happy to explain why we make the recommendations we make, and we’re able to make suggestions specific to your pet.

Rocklin Road Animal Hospital Celebrates 38 years with an Open House

By Events

Rocklin Road Animal Hospital Celebrates 38 years

 with an Open House

Rocklin Road Animal Hospital will celebrate 38 years of service with an Open House on Sunday, May 15, 2016 from 11 am to 2 pm.

The community is invited to take a tour of the hospital, boarding and grooming facility.  There will be BBQ, ice cream stuffed donuts along with lots of biscuits for the dogs.  Police Dogs and Agility Training will provide an entertaining demonstration of their skills.  Pet painting, Rocket Photo Booths, Rocklin Residents Unite for Fido Dog Park (RRUFF) and other vendors will be on site.   Placer County SPCA will have pets up for adoption with the Pet Mobile.  Gift bags to the first 100 visitors will be available.  Parking will be available at Better Health Chiropractic and at Little Caesars Pizza Center. As a reminder, all dogs must be on a leash.

Dr. Grunder expressed “I am excited to open our doors and invite the community to our Open House.  I have owned Rocklin Road Animal Hospital since 1998 and have been proud to be a part of this community.  This is my way of saying thank you to Rocklin!”

Joanne A., a client since 1998 shared, “Dr. Grunder, Dr. Willams and all the staff at Rocklin Road Animal have taken care of all my animals.  The genuine care we receive is truly appreciated at all times. When my dogs are there for boarding, I have no worries.  Why do I go to Rocklin Road Animal Hospital?  Because they are a part of my family!”

If you would like more information about this event or about Rocklin Road Animal Hospital, please contact Donnette Larson at 916-624-8255 or email at Marketing@RocklinVet.com.