|Sugar listening to Dr Dannis’ lecture|
|Sugar says “That didn’t hurt a bit.”|
My name is Sugar, I am a healthy 3 year old American Bulldog. My mom works at KAH as a CSR. I overheard her talking about acupuncture & had to see what this was for myself. So, when I heard KAH was looking for a demo dog for an acupuncture lecture, I was first to volunteer.
I attended the acupuncture lecture that Dr. Dannis, a veterinarian, hosted last Friday with all of my friends from KAH. We learned all about acupuncture & how it works. Basically, acupuncture is a form of triggering the nerve fibers to fire from minimal stimulus so that they don’t fire due to other causes ( can you tell I took notes ;)) It also promotes healing by encouraging the growth of the new blood vessels into areas of the chronic inflammation. This stimulation can also release opiods within your body for pain.
|Dr Dannis inserting the needles into Sugar’s back|
This all sounded great but I wanted to experience this for myself. Well, after seeing another animal first of course. So when I noticed Baby Kitty raising her paw to go first I was relieved. I watched her get her acupuncture without a flinch. I knew needed to be brave in this moment. Dr. Dannis called my name, I started eating cheese & the next thing I knew I had all these needles all over my body & I was feeling really relaxed. Great job Dr. Dannis! What a great experience! I’m sure this will benefit other pets that need additional therapy for their treatments of arthritis, pain, and other health issues. Great job KAH for adding a service to go above & beyond for pets as usual!
What a great experience! I’m sure this will benefit other pets that need additional therapy for their treatments of arthritis, pain, and other health issues. Great job KAH for adding a service to go above & beyond for pets as usual!
|Tiffanie showcasing out dental care products|
When we think of dental care, we think of brushing and flossing our teeth twice daily and visiting the dentist for a professional cleaning every 6 months. So why do we think that our pets don’t need the same care to keep their teeth pearly white?
Dental disease is an ongoing concern in our companion dogs and cats. All cats and dogs will at some point experience a level of dental disease that will benefit from being addressed by a thorough dental cleaning under anesthesia.
Just like you or I benefit from having our teeth professionally cleaned every 6 months so do our pets. Just like our dentist we are able to scale plaque and tartar that accumulates under the gum line that is difficult to eliminate with routine home care.
As veterinary professionals we hold stock in products that have the VOHC seal of approval. VOHC stands for Veterinary Oral Health Council and includes 9 veterinary dentists and dental scientists that have established pre-set standards for products that reduce plaque and tartar with continued use.
Some of the products that are included on this list that we strongly recommend to our patients are Science Diet t/d prescription food for both cats and dogs, Tartar Shield soft rawhide chews for dogs, and greenies for cats and dogs and Virbac CET veggie dents for dogs. You can access information about other products with the VOHC seal of approval at www.vohc.org.
If you are interested in more information, call Kingsbrook Animal Hospital’s veterinary team in Frederick, MD