When the Unexpected Strikes: The True Cost of a Veterinary Emergency

veterinary emergenciesConsider this, you are at the park with your dog and, after throwing the Frisbee another time, he comes back to you limping.

Or your cat has been vomiting since the early part of the day, and now it is close to midnight and she continues to vomit. What if your puppy comes down with diarrhea and a bloated tummy, and you wonder if it is just digestive upset or something more serious, constituting a veterinary emergency?

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Cancer in Cats: Recognizing and Reducing the Risk for Your Feline Friend

cancer in catsCancer…the word itself is unsettling, yet most of us know someone who has been touched by this terrible disease. A cancer diagnosis is equally scary when it concerns a beloved cat. For many cat parents out there, this unfortunate disease can hit too close to home.

A number of symptoms can potentially signal cancer development, so know what to look out for in order to help catch it early. More importantly, learn how to reduce risk before cancer develops. While it is true that cancer cases are not always preventable, there are impactful ways you can reduce your cat’s chances of a cancer diagnosis.

Your team at OVRS is here to help reduce the likelihood of cancer in cats with some essential steps for its prevention.

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Compassion Fatigue in Veterinary Medicine

compassion fatigueCaregivers are a unique breed, so to speak. From human doctors, nurses, and home health care providers, to veterinarians and veterinary technicians and staff, these talented individuals put their hearts and minds into helping their patients every day.

Caregiving professions typically attract people with empathy and compassion. The nature and demands of caregiving work, coupled with these traits, means that sometimes these caregivers may sacrifice their own needs for their patients. Burnout and compassion fatigue can result.

Our profession has seen an epidemic of compassion fatigue in the last few years, which has tragically led to an increase in depression and suicide. At Oakland Veterinary Referral Services, we wanted to explore this alarming trend and shed some light on what we can do to recognize and prevent compassion fatigue.

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Can You Teach An Old Dog New Tricks?

We’ve all heard the old adage, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” but is it true?

Older dogs (or senior dogs, if you will) may have some unique training needs, but we can dispel this myth right away! Senior dogs often love to learn new tricks and new games, and the team at Oakland Vet Referral Service can guide you through some tips for teaching your older dog something new.

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Growing Old Gracefully: Helping Senior Dogs Enjoy Their Golden Years

senior dogsWhether you’ve been with your senior dog since puppyhood, or adopted a wonderful pet during their adult years, you know by now that older pets have a lot to offer.

Making your senior dog’s golden years as wonderful as possible is your top priority as you and your best pal face this special time hand in paw, and it all starts with understanding the unique needs of an older pet.

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The Power of Prevention: Orthopedic Injuries in Pets

Femur fractureHuman and animal athletes have more in common than you might think, including a wide variety of orthopedic injuries and problems. In both human and veterinary medicine, we are learning more and more about preventing this kind of trouble. We also have several new and effective options for treating orthopedic injuries in pets.

The team at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services is your expert resource for keeping your active pets in tip top shape.

Pounds of Prevention

Bones and joints are the framework that carry the body. It only makes sense that adding additional weight, and therefore burden, to that framework might predispose the body to orthopedic problems.

In fact, helping your pet to maintain an ideal weight is one of the most powerful things you can do to prevent an orthopedic injury. Weight management is crucial to your pet’s overall health, whether he or she is a couch potato or agility champion.

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Staying Sharp: Cognitive Care for Senior Pets

overheating dogThanks to better care and nutrition, our pets are living longer than ever before. Senior pets can be a great addition to any household, but with age comes a few new challenges.

We are learning more about caring for older animals as the pet population ages. We understand that, much like in older people, pets can suffer from mental changes, in addition to physical ones, as they enter their geriatric years.

Cognitive care for senior pets is an important part of animal care that can greatly impact quality of life.

Cognitive Dysfunction

Senility is a real issue that we see in our animal friends. The veterinary term used to describe this is cognitive dysfunction, or CD. Many liken this condition to Alzheimer’s disease, which occurs in some people as they age. In fact, there are studies that show that brain changes in older pets exhibiting signs of cognitive dysfunction are quite similar to those seen in people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
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Meeting the Needs of a Disabled Pet

cat three leggedAdopting a pet is big commitment, one that typically lasts over a decade and involves numerous supportive elements for long-term wellness. Adopted or rescued pets love unconditionally (as all pets do), and a critical component of pet ownership is accepting pets as they are. But, what happens when a pet is – or becomes – disabled?

Certainly, the various needs of a disabled pet might be challenging at first, but the benefits are far-reaching, all-consuming, and deeply felt.

Together Forever

Whether your pet came to you with disabilities, or you are learning how to adjust to a disability, there is hope. Modern technological advances make it easier to care for a disabled pet than ever before. While many disabilities affect quality and length of life, many others allow us to provide the care they need for health and wellness, and promote a normal life expectancy.

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Winning the Battle of Understanding Cancer in Pets

OVRS_iStock_000052688484_LargeIf you have a pet who has been diagnosed with cancer, things are scary enough. To make things, worse, though, the oncology world is filled with jargon and terminology that can intimidate even the most scholarly of pet owners. Take a moment to let us explain some oncology basics so that you can feel more confident in understanding cancer in pets.

Not All Cancer is Equal

Understanding cancer in pets can be difficult unless you have a good grasp on what cancer actually is. All of the tissue in our pet’s bodies are made up of individual cells. Under normal circumstances these cells grow and divide in an orderly, regulated manner. Cancer occurs when these cells begin to grow uncontrolled. Continue…