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Alta Mesa Animal Hospital
6704 E. Brown Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85205
(480) 981-1244

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PET INSURANCE?

Does your pet have health insurance?

We recommend looking into a policy from one of the many available companies. Pet insurance can literally be a lifesaver in a surgical or medical emergency and will greatly reduce the stress and burden on your family during this time.

Visit HERE for comparison of health insurance plans

Another resource is united pet care. Often offered through your work but also available for the individual. We accept United Pet Care and have seen a lot of happy pets and clients with this company.

And don't forget to consider one of our Wellness Plans as planned preventative health care for your pet.

NEW HEALTH PLANS:

EXCITING CHANGES


In our continuing effort to assist you with providing only the best care for your pet, we have redone all of our puppy, kitten and adult health plans to add more benefit for you and your pet(s).

All adult health plans now come with 3 exams a year scheduled with your DVM, free toe nail trims, up to 35% discount off of pet food, all needed vaccines, fecal exam, parasite deworming, heartworm and tick testing, health certificates if required, microchip and much more!

In addition we added a surgery bonus of a $250.00 discount off of a surgery or dental of your choice.

As always, these adult preventative health care plans can be paid all at once or in easy monthly payments.

Ask us today for more details on these exciting changes.

Pet Adoptions in AZ

Adopt a dog. Save a life and gain a life filled with love and companionship. Can’t adopt now? Consider getting involved with one of these MANY rescue groups. Know of other local (AZ) rescue groups? Add them in comments.

Rabies 101

Rabies 101

Always fatal, rabies can be prevented through vaccination and caution

Posted January 09, 2013 in Pet Health

Overview

When you think of rabies, you probably picture an angry, growling dog foaming at the mouth and aggressively advancing on all who come near him. While the drool, the frothing mouth, and the angry disposition are an accurate representation of a typical case of rabies, there’s more that you should know.

Rabies is something you DON’T want your pet to end up with. It can affect all mammals. Always fatal, rabies is a viral infection that affects your pet’s brain and central nervous system (CNS). Primarily spread through the bite of infected animals such as foxes, raccoons, bats, and skunks, rabies is a zoonotic infection that can affect

READ THE REST: via Rabies 101.

5 More Questions To Ask Before Your Pets Surgery

5 More Questions To Ask Before Your Pets SurgeryPhil Zeltzman, DVM, DACVS, CVJ / Chris Longenecker, Certified Veterinary TechnicianPosted July 23, 2013 in LifeSugery, recovery, painShare This Story0  40  65

As promised, we continue our discussion of questions you should ask your vet or surgeon before your pet undergoes surgery. Following our first 5 questions, here are 5 additional questions. You owe it to your pet to understand as much as possible about what happens before, during and after surgery. The better prepared you are, the smoother recovery will be.

READ MORE: via 5 More Questions To Ask Before Your Pets Surgery.

Focus on Nutrition: Home-Prepared Diets for Dogs and Cats | Vetlearn

Very good article discussing the pros and cons of home-made diets for our pets. What diet do you feed? Read the entire article here – via Focus on Nutrition: Home-Prepared Diets for Dogs and Cats | Vetlearn. Look at balanceit.com for more info…

Dangers of Anesthesia Free Pet Dental cleaning – Vet Dentist – Colorado |

EXCELLENT ARTICLE FROM ANIMAL DENTAL AND ORAL SURGERY Regarding the dangers of Anesthesia-Free Pet Dentistry (AFD)

Anesthesia-free pet dentistry (AFD) has gained popularity over the last few years. The main factors driving this are the lower cost and the perceived risk of general anesthesia. This is true; AFD is cheaper and has no anesthetic risk. It is hard to fault the owner for seeking treatment that they think is equal to what a veterinary clinic offers but costs less and is safer. Unfortunately, AFD brings with it other risks and leaves many (if not most) patients to suffer silently from unrecognized dental pathology. Owners think they received a valuable service, when in fact they and their pets benefited very little. AFD services overstate the risks of anesthesia and prey on owner’s fear. Clients sometimes relate horror stories about

someone who had a pet die while anesthetized for a routine procedure, such as a dental cleaning. Many times this information is second or third-hand information. When the facts of the case are researched, there is usually a reason for the problem; lack of pre-surgical screening to identify underlying problems that might affect anesthesia, not using IV fluids, using substandard monitoring or use of outmoded anesthetic protocols. The resulting hypotension, hypothermia and dehydration can all prolong the recovery of the patient. This article will cover why AFD is a poor idea and help give you some information to educate your clients about their pet’s dental health. Owners usually want the best for their pets. You need to take the time to explain why AFD is not in their pet’s best interests. The following points can all be used for client education.

read complete article via Dangers of Anesthesia Free Pet Dental cleaning – Vet Dentist – Colorado |.

WSU – Genetic Testing for Drug Sensitivity in Dogs

Multidrug Sensitivity in Dogs

Many herding breed dogs have a genetic predisposition to adverse drug reactions involving over a dozen different drugs. The most serious adverse drug reactions involve several antiparasitic agents (ivermectin, milbemycin and related drugs), the antidiarrheal agent loperamide (Imodium), and several anticancer drugs (vincristine, doxorubicin, others). These drug sensitivities result from a mutation in the multidrug resistance gene (MDR1 gene). At Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine you can test your dog for multidrug sensitivity and prevent serious adverse drug reactions. We can work with your dog’s veterinarian to find appropriate drug doses or alternative drugs for your dog based on results of MDR1 testing.

The Partnership for Preventive Healthcare, is an initiative jointly sponsored by the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Together the two associations offer a set of Canine and Feline Preventive Healthcare Guidelines. One of the important recommendations is that dog owners use genetic testing—like the MDR1 test —as part of an overall healthcare plan for their pets.

READ MORE via Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology Lab at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Slow Aging in Cats & Dogs

Came across this on FB. Was a post on why this individual didn’t see advanced aging in her dogs and is very well written and good information

How to Slow Aging in your pets:
An Owners Perspective, by Louise Guyton

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…One thing that all these experiences did for us. We had the proper equipment for medical stuff. We had the ramp for dogs that had difficulty walking or jumping. We had heating pads for those with arthritis. We had this cool strap that you could put under the dogs body to help lift him up to stand. We had a doggy wheelchair. We had jackets and coats for the ones that would suddenly get chilled. We knew how to find out if the dog had a back problem or if we needed to look for something else, just by brushing his back paws on a table. We knew how to take temperatures, give enemas, give a good massage to help muscles. We knew all about thyroid problems and liver cancer and mammary tumors. We even learned about Cushings Disease.

We learned that dogs need to keep their weight down and have nice clean teeth. They needed regular check ups and for some reason our vet changed it from one visit a year for a physical to two a year. But most of all we learned how to watch the dogs for changes in eating, sleeping, standing, walking, getting up, eye color, gum color and just about everything.

A long time ago, our vet gave us a little card with this information on it. He said we would need to know this when the dogs got older. I might as well pass it on to you because like I said, I have never had a OLD dog.

Genetic Background — Some breeds are known to have specific health problems. Golden Retrievers and large breeds, for example, are known to develop arthritis in back and hips as they age.
Nutrition — Good nutrition will retard the aging process.
Illnesses & Disease — A serious illness or disease can shorten a dog’s life.
Control of Environmental Factors — Keeping your dog and his environment clean and free of parasites will increase the chances of long life.
Some vets advise semi-annual visits once your dog becomes a senior. An annual visit is an absolute minimum (remember, a year in your dog’s life is akin to about five of your own years). In between visits to the vet and annual geriatric screenings, you can stay alert to behavioral changes and other signs of aging. Here are some things to watch for and action to take:
Sudden loss of weight can be extremely serious. Take your dog to the vet as soon as possible.
Serious loss of appetite — to the point that your dog is eating almost nothing. See your vet right away.
Increase in appetite without increase in weight may mean diabetes. Get to the vet as soon as possible.
Diarrhea or vomiting, if it lasts more than a day can be a sign of many problems. Don’t wait to see the vet.
Increased thirst, without a change in activity level, and increased urination are other signs of diabetes. Your dog should be tested as soon as possible.
Tiring more quickly than when younger is normal as a dog ages, but may also be a sign of disease affecting the heart or lungs. Be alert to your dog’s becoming excessively out of breath after minimal exercise. Have your vet check for cardio-pulmonary problems as soon as possible, if you notice such symptoms. If the vet determines all is normal, you can continue an exercise program, but modify it in order not to overtax your dog.
Coughing and excessive panting may indicate heart disease. If these symptoms persist even after you’ve modified your dog’s exercise program, visit the vet.
Difficulty in getting up from a lying position, or other problems with moving may indicate arthritis. Your vet will be able to advise you on ways you can relieve your dog’s discomfort and lack of mobility.
Problems with vision and hearing are natural as a dog ages. Accommodate these changes as best you can — by not changing the location of furniture, for example, or clapping instead of calling your dog’s name when he no longer seems able to hear you.
Graying hair and drying skin are sure signs of aging. More attention to grooming and the introduction of massage will help the condition of the skin and coat.

Behavioral changes that you may see in your older dog include:
Separation anxiety….you may note that when you leave your older dog alone, she become destructive or barks or whines or loses control of elimination
Sensitivity to noise….thunderstorms that never bothered him before may now make your older dog tremble
Vocalizing….may be due to loss of hearing or to separation anxiety
Uncharacteristic aggression….may be due to painful joints, a drug reaction, or intolerance for new people and new circumstances; your older dog likes things to remain the same
Confusion, lack of attentiveness, disorientation….
Roaming in circles, barking at nothing, being withdrawn….
Elimination accidents….
If your dog is acting abnormally in any of the above ways, consult your vet right away.
(Anesthesia the correct way) He also told us that we should know that anesthesia for older dogs can be deadly so make sure that the office has anesthetic monitors; a pulse oximeter, a blood pressure moniter and ECG. Isoflurane (now sevoflurane is our standard) is recommended for older dogs. by: Louise Guyton

New Help for Overweight Pets | petMD

Conclusions from the latest survey conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention are downright scary: 1. 53% of adult dogs and 55% of cats are classified as overweight or obese by their veterinarians, and 2. 22% of dog owners and 15% of cat owners think their pets are at a healthy weight when in fact they are overweight or obese. These findings indicate that we badly need an objective way to determine whether or not pets are overweight as well as effective methods of addressing the problem that owners and veterinarians can actually stick with. Pet obesity is not a trivial concern. The list of health problems associated with the condition is long and ever growing. Overweight pets are at increased risk of:

  1. cruciate ligament
  2. ruptures intervertebral disk disease
  3. osteoarthritis
  4. congestive heart failure
  5. Cushing’s disease
  6. dermatological disorders
  7. infections
  8. heat exhaustion
  9. and heat stroke
  10. complications associated with anesthesia and surgery
  11. hepatic lipidosis
  12. some types of cancer

READ MORE OF ARTICLE via New Help for Overweight Pets | petMD.

Guide to Pet Safety – Tips and Information for Pet Owners

Unfortunately, each year thousands of dogs and cats suffer from accidental ingestion of household poisons. Part of our mission is to lower this number, but we need your help. As a pet owner, are you aware of the common toxins that can poison your pet? Common household items such as foods, medications, chemicals, and plants can harm your pet if ingested. We’ll teach you how to poison proof your home, and help you understand the signs and symptoms of dog or cat poisoning.

Also, don’t forget to explore our “Ask The Vet” video series.

The Basics

Create a Pet Poison First Aid Kit

Know the Signs of Poisoning in Dogs and Cats

Top 10 Pet Poisons

Top 10 Plants Poisonous to Pets

Top 10 Human Medications Poisonous to Pets

Poison proof your home

How to poison proof your kitchen

How to poison proof your bathroom

How to poison proof your living room

How to poison proof your utility room

How to poison proof your garage

How to poison proof your yard and garden

Be Prepared for the Seasons and Holidays

Spring Pet Poisons

Winter Holiday Pet Poison Tips

Easter Pet Poisons

Summer Pet Poisons

Fall Toxins Poisonous to Dogs & Cats

Halloween Dangers to Dogs & Cats

Pet Loss Support

A Guide for Euthanasia Decision-Making

Common Grief Symptoms

Recommended Reading

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Is Your Dog at Risk of CHF ?

Is Your Dog at Risk of CHF ? What is the breed(s) of your dog?

Here is a great web site with lots of information on heart disease in dogs. Use the poll to determine your dogs risk. View the heart to learn about circulation. Read diagnosis to understand the disease. Browse heart warming tales of success….. via Is Your Dog at Risk of CHF ?.

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Adoption Links – Az
Adopt a Pet Save a life and gain a life filled with love and companionship. Can't adopt now? Consider getting involved with one of these MANY rescue groups. Know of other local (AZ) rescue groups? Add them in comments.
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Cat Specific Exam Room:
Cat Vets
Alta Mesa Animal Hospital has remodeled an exam room for the specific use of cats and exotic pets. The room is far away from barking dogs, has a feline diffuser for happy kitty smells, receiving blankets for comfort on exam tables, kitty toys, a kitty friendly hide box and many more happy cat features. Visit us today with your feline family member.