Jan 6, 2016

World of Animals at Elkins Park

World of Animals at Elkins Park 
is a full service animal hospital. We offer a range of veterinary services, including, but not limited to: physical examinations, spay/neutering, vaccinations, Dental care, surgical care, digital radiology, heart worm prevention, flea and tick control and allergy testing /relief. Our veterinarians Dr. Sandra J. Platt and Dr. Tanya Kameneva are here to share their knowledge and expertise, allowing you the peace of mind that we are only a phone call away.

Aug 6, 2013

Types of Veterinary Service Available in Center City Philadelphia

Types of veterinary service available in Center City Philadelphia
Are you looking for a Veterinary Clinic in Center City  Philadelphia?  Do you know what types of services are available or even what to do look for?   Choosing a veterinarian is tough and you want to make sure you make the right choice. World of Animals at Rittenhouse offers all the services you’re looking for in a veterinary clinic. Whether you’re searching for a vet because you just moved or need a new one because you’re not satisfied with the level of care at your current vet, World of Animals at Rittenhouse is your answer.


The best way to treat an emergency is to prevent it in the first place. At World of Animals at Rittenhouse, we provide a superior level of preventive care to make sure your pet stays well and avoids any unnecessary medical emergencies. Dogs or cats can become infected with a parasite at any point in their life and at World of Animals at Rittenhouse, we will perform an annual fecal examination as a part of a thorough preventive health program. Routine physical examinations, blood work, dental care, and communication between you and your provider will help to prevent problems before they start and manage any problem we discover.


Pets are excellent at hiding illnesses and while that may be great if they are wild animals, it isn’t so great for domesticated pets. Kidney disease, diabetes, and hypothyroidism (dogs) hyperthyroidism (cats) are common diseases in senior pets and many treatments are available if detected early. At World of Animals at Rittenhouse, we conduct blood tests to provide a detailed look at your pet’s health. We’ll check for anemia, infection, diabetes, liver, kidney and thyroid disease. Plus, at our clinic we installed a new state-of-the-art in-clinic laboratory system allows our doctors to get those blood test results the same day.

Any pet can get lost or stray from the home and if your pet doesn’t run across a good Samaritan this could end up being a very traumatic experience for your family—and your pet. A collar with your name on it often isn’t enough. But at World of Animals at Rittenhouse, we can help you avoid this situation by inserting a microchip the size of a small grain of rice into the tissues beneath the skin on the back of the neck between the shoulder blades. Most veterinary hospitals, animal control bureaus, SPCA's and other organizations likely to receive stray animals routinely scan dogs and cats whose owners are unknown. We will even help you register the chip so in the event your pet becomes lost, once your pet is picked up, he or she will be returned to you.

These are just some of the services available at World of Animals at Rittenhouse. Call today to schedule an appointment.

Jul 9, 2013

Heat Stroke

Heat Stroke
 
Heat stroke is an elevation in body temperature above normal range caused by environmental
conditions. Although normal values for dogs vary slightly, it usually is accepted that body temperatures above 103° F (39° C) are abnormal.

 
Because dogs do not sweat (except to a minor degree through their foot pads & nose), they do not tolerate high environmental temperatures as well as humans do. Dogs depend upon panting to exchange warm air for cool air. But when air temperature is close to body temperature, cooling by panting is not an efficient process.
Hyperthermia can become a life threatening situation quickly and requires immediate treatment. Heatstroke generally occurs during the summer when dogs are exposed to hot and humid conditions. Incidence is often increased in early summer before dogs are able to acclimate to the warmer weather. Situations that generally lead to heat stroke are: vigorous exercise, spending extended time outdoors with no shade, or after being left in a hot vehicle with inadequate ventilation. Overweight dogs, brachycephalic breeds (pug, bulldog, Pekingese) puppies, and geriatric dogs are at increased risk for heatstroke.
Symptoms  include:
  • Excessive Panting
  • Restlessness
  • Dehydration
  • Reddened or almost purple gums
  • Rapid heart rate
  • vomiting
  • Wobbly, uncoordinated or drunken gait or movement
  • Unconsciousness in which the dog cannot be stimulated to be awakened

 
Heat stroke leads to cell damage in the blood vessels, brain, and other organ systems. If heatstroke is caught early and treated aggressively the prognosis is often good. However, if clinical signs are severe, multiple organ failure and death may occur.
If you believe your dog may have heatstroke remove your pet from the hot environment, direct a fan towards your dog, and place cool, wet towels on the paws, neck, armpits and groin. Do not use cold water or ice as this will cause vasoconstriction and slow the cooling process. Transport your pet to a veterinarian immediately.
 
 
 
 

Jan 18, 2013

Basic Dog Training

Basic Dog Training

Basic Dog Training
Although there are various techniques used to train dogs, the basics of any training regime are consistency and plenty of exercise. Discipline and affection are also key to a well-trained dog. Dogs need a leader - they feel more confident with a leader. If their owner is not the leader, they will take the role instead of their owner or anyone else. No matter what training methods you implement, without consistency, your dog will be confused. Consistency should include the whole family and any friends whom your dog regularly encounters.
Dogs tend to follow precedent, if you allow your dog to jump up on a passerby, then your dog will try to jump up on other people too. Make sure the whole family understands and follows the rules with your dog, or else your dog will learn when and with whom it can misbehave.
Children are at a greater risk for injury because dogs learn quickly that they don't have to follow the rules with them. Kids should learn the dog's obedience commands, and with an adult's supervision, the dog should learn that they have to obey children, too.
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To establish more leadership in the dog's mind, family members should eat before feeding the pets. In the dog's world, who ever eats first is dominant. Another great way to establish dominance and leadership is exercise. As many dog trainers say, "a tired dog is a good dog," so regular exercise is a must.
There is no better way to demonstrate you're the leader than by walking your dog. Walking your dog when it is tired makes it much easier to keep your dog from pulling you. Your dog should walk next to you calmly with a loose leash; walking incorrectly will reinforce to your dog that it is in fact the leader. If your dog pulls at the leash, wanders, zig-zags, or stops to relieve or mark, it is the one making the decisions and this reinforces the fact the dog is the leader.

Affection and rewards are good, but too many people only give praise and treats without discipline. Make sure you are not sending mixed signals, do not give your dog any positive attention while it is misbehaving. For example, when a dog whines, some people think they should reassure it, by stroking it and saying it is okay. Not only is this telling the dog that it is okay to whine, but it also tells the dog that when it whines, it will get praise and attention. This is where people have to pay close attention to the signals they are sending to their dogs, because miscommunication is always a possibility and difficult to correct.

Another common mistake is repeating obedience commands to your dog. If you tell your dog to "Sit" and it does not do so, repeating the command "Sit" multiple times encourages the dog to ignore you more. The best training technique is to tell your dog to "Sit", and if it does praise it. If it does not sit, make it sit by pulling up gently on the leash and pushing down with your hand on their pelvis. Dogs start to ignore commands when people repeat commands and don't follow through. A command should be said once and then you should follow through with making your dog do what you asked. Remember, in any method of dog training, consistency and exercise are key to training an obedient dog. The dog will be happier and will be a wonderful family member.

Jan 13, 2013

Do Cats Really Love Milk?

Do Cats Really Love Milk?


Cats, unlike dogs, are true carnivores which means they thrive on meat only diets and require no vegetable, grain, or dairy supplementation. Cows milk is not recommended for cats because it can be too rich for their digestive systems. This is because most cats can't digest milk properly because it contains lactose and most cats are lactose intolerant. The proteins in cow milk are too large for cats to properly digest which can cause intestinal upset, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Kittens especially can have difficulty digesting milk. There are other things that you can provide for your cat which are healthier. For young kittens that have been separated from their mothers before the age of weaning, try kitten milk subsititute. Recently, special new lactose-free milk has been developed and is now sold at pet food stores and most large pet supply stores. It is formulated to contain the same vitamins as the mother's milk and is gentle on kittens' digestive systems. These specially formulated kitty "milks" do not have cow's milk in them and are treated with the enzyme lactase to break down the milk sugar and make it digestible. Please consider looking for one of these the next time you would like to treat your kitty with milk.

Not all cats react badly to milk, but it is better be on the safe side. Generally speaking, milk is not recommended for cats, however, some experts advise that cream is better than regular milk if you must give it to your cat, most likely because cream has less lactose than whole or skim milk.

Essential to a cat's health is plenty of clean water. Change your cat's water dish regularly and keep it within easy reach.

Put Some Teeth Into Your Pet’s Dental Care

Put Some Teeth Into Your Pet’s Dental Care


According to the American Animal Hospital Association, nearly two-thirds of pets suffer from dental problems because their owners do not provide dental care for them. Imagine what would happen to your own teeth if they were never brushed or examined by a dentist,
The same thing can happen with your pet’s teeth. Just as in humans, not brushing leaves bacteria and plaque in your pet’s mouth. As this hardens into tartar and builds up on the teeth, it starts invading between the teeth and gums. Left unchecked, your pet can experience gingivitis, loss of the gum and supporting structures, and eventually the loss of a tooth. Abscessed teeth frequently develop from this process or from a fractured tooth. These can lead to an infection, problems eating, or serious health complications in your pet’s heart, kidneys or liver. Studies show that poor dental care shortens their life span by 20%.

Fortunately there are many steps that can be taken to insure good oral health for pets. Most importantly, you can begin at home by brushing your pet’s teeth regularly, this means every day! Don’t use your toothpaste, it creates suds, which is ok for humans since we can rinse and spit. There are special pet toothbrushes you can use on pets and toothpastes that are ok for pets to swallow. It’s best to start when you first bring your puppy or kitten home, but even an older dog or cat can be taught to tolerate regular brushing. Chewing hard food and playing with hard toys can also help dislodge some of the plaque in your pet’s mouth, but make sure the chew toy is not too hard or your dog could fracture a tooth.

You should also be sure to make regular appointments with your veterinarian for dental care. Dental specialists recommend annual dental cleanings under anesthesia with your veterinarian. He will examine your pet’s teeth and may take x-rays to look for hidden lesions of dental decay, abscesses at the tip of the root, or retained roots from broken teeth. The doctor will remove accumulated plaque, clean and polish your pet’s teeth, and may apply fluoride or a protective sealant. In certain cases your veterinarian may need to perform dental surgery such as a root canal or extraction.

One sign that your pet may be having dental problems is bad breath. Other signs may include a disinterest in eating, drooling, loose teeth, pain when touched, inflamed or red gums, or bleeding. If you notice any of these signs in your pet, it is important to make an appointment with your veterinarian right away. But don't wait for these signs to develop, brush their teeth daily. With annual dental cleanings and treatments and regular brushing, you could prevent these symptoms!

Don’t ignore your pet’s teeth. Work together with your veterinarian to take the steps necessary to insure your pet keeps those pearly whites for a long time to come!

Sources:
American Animal Hospital Association, Dental Care Guidelines
ASPCA, Ten Steps to Your Dog’s Dental Health
American Veterinary Dental College