The holidays can be stressful for everyone, even our furry friends. At Shoreline Animal Hospital in Clinton, CT; Dr. Julie Berman and Dr. Michelle West have solutions for a more relaxing holiday for the whole family. If you are hosting holiday events at your house some pets may get stressed out with the increased foot traffic. A few of the more common stress signs to look for in dogs are panting, trembling, whining, yawning, pacing, hyper salivation, restlessness and hiding. Some stress signs for cats are urinating outside the litter box, diarrhea, constipation, excessive scratching, aggressive behavior, hiding and crying. Some of these symptoms could also be related to health issues so if you are unsure you can always call the knowledgeable staff at Shoreline Animal Hospital. If your cat or dog gets stressed out by unfamiliar house guests there are a few natural over the counter calming products that we sell at Shoreline Animal Hospital that you can try. We have pheromone collars, sprays, and diffusers for both cats and dogs. The feline products use two different pheromones; one uses the pheromone from the mammary glands and the other uses facial pheromones. The mammary gland pheromones mimic their mother’s pheromones as they nurse and the scent is associated with satisfaction and comfort. When cats rub their face against an item they are marking the spot with their facial pheromones indicating to them that the item is safe. The dog products use the mammary gland pheromones as well. Pheromones can help reduce stress and the smell lets your pet know that the area is safe and puts them in a relaxed state. There are also homeopathic remedies available in a liquid form that can be added to your pet’s food and contains chamomile, ginger and valerian extracts. If your pet has a tendency to hide from strangers you may also want to consider a calming spot or safe room where your pet can go to get away from the commotion. Make sure they have their bed, favorite toys, litter box and plenty of food and water. If these items do not work you can always speak to your veterinarian about anti-anxiety medications. Have a safe and happy holiday!!
November 25th, 2015 · Uncategorized
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September 30th, 2015 · Uncategorized
At Shoreline Animal Hospital in Clinton, CT, Dr. West and Dr. Berman diagnose diabetes on a regular basis in both cats and dogs. Although there is no single cause of diabetes, prevention and early diagnosis are critical. Annual exams, yearly blood work including a urinalysis and healthy weight management all play important roles. The doctors and staff at Shoreline Animal Hospital are committed to educating clients about diabetes prevention, diagnosis and management so that patients can live long healthy lives.
What is diabetes mellitus?
Diabetes is an endocrine disorder caused by a deficiency of insulin. Insulin is a hormone needed by the body to transport glucose (sugar) out of the bloodstream and into energy producing cells. Insulin deficiency impairs the ability of tissues to use carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Diabetic animals are left with too much glucose in the bloodstream. Without treatment, liver and kidney damage can occur.
What can cause diabetes?
Possible causes of the development of diabetes include: genetic predisposition, chronic pancreatitis, obesity, hormonal abnormalities, endocrine disease (including Cushing’s disease), infections, and certain medications (including corticosteroids)
What are some of the clinical signs?
Excessive thirst, Excessive urination, Weight Loss, Increased hunger, Weakness, Some cats may walk flat footed in the rear limbs (plantigrade stance)
Can my pet be tested for diabetes?
Diabetes can be confirmed by the presence of high blood glucose levels and/or glucose in urine. If you believe your pet is showing signs of diabetes, a simple blood test can be performed in our office. Routine blood work can also screen for other diseases, such as kidney and liver disease, making it a beneficial part of your pet’s annual exam.
Complications with diabetes:
Hypoglycemia: This can occur if too much insulin is administered. Signs include: lethargy, uncoordinated gait and seizures. If your pet becomes hypoglycemic contact the hospital immediately. As an emergency treatment, you can administer
r karo syrup or honey by rubbing it on your pet’s gums.
Ketoacidosis: Unregulated diabetes over long periods of time can lead to a production of ketone bodies which causes pH and electrolyte imbalances in the blood. Ketoacidosis is a life threatening emergency. Signs of ketoacidosis include: vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, dehydration, weakness and shock.
Bladder infections: Your diabetic pet will be more prone to bladder infections. A urine sample should be checked routinely. This can be done in our hospital. You should monitor your pet for inappropriate urination (ie: urinating in the house, outside of the litter box), frequent urination, and/or straining.
How will I treat my pet’s diabetes?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for diabetes, but it can be managed! Most pets will receive insulin injections twice a day. These are easy to give and most pets don’t react at all to the very small needle that is used. Periodically, blood glucose levels will need to be monitored throughout the day. This can be done at home, or in our hospital with a very small blood sample taken from a prick to the ear, foot pad or elbow callus. The staff at Shoreline Animal Hospital will give you a detailed step-by-step demonstration on how to administer the insulin and obtain blood glucose readings. We encourage owners to purchase a glucometer because readings done at home are less stressful for the pet, more accurate and more cost effective. Diet is also a key factor in managing diabetes, especially in cats because they require a high protein diet. Finally, your diabetic pet’s weight must be managed. Obesity is a risk factor for developing diabetes and can also make it more difficult to manage.
Together with a healthy diet, regular preventative care and careful observation, we can work to prevent diabetes or manage it if your pet is diagnosed.
If you have any questions regarding your pet’s health, please contact us at 860-669-9374.
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March 16th, 2015 · Uncategorized
With flea and tick season upon us, Shoreline Animal Hospital has a few questions for you. Does your dog have sensitive skin? Is it difficult to apply topical flea and tick products? Does your cat run and hide when he sees you coming with that tube of topical? Well Dr. Michelle West and Dr. Julie Berman have several convenient alternatives for you to prevent and treat these annoying parasites.
We are excited to introduce the first ever ORAL flea and tick product for dogs- NexGard; made by Merial (the makers of Frontline Plus and Heartgard). It is a tasty, soft, beef flavored chew for dogs that kills fleas and ticks. NexGard is given once a month and can be given at the same time as monthly heartworm prevention. Fleas and ticks are a growing problem on the CT shoreline and can lead to serious diseases and medical conditions like flea allergy dermatitis, tapeworms, Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, and Anaplasma to name a few. They are found in the most common places like backyards, fence lines, tall grass, wooded areas and are also infesting local wildlife. So far our clients using NexGard for their dogs have not been having any problems with ticks or fleas and the dogs seem to love the chewable tablet! To top it off, Merial is offering rebates of up to $50 on the purchase of a combination of flea, tick and heartworm products and if you buy a 6 pack of NexGard, you will get one more dose free. Call our office or stop in to speak to one of our staff about the money-saving details.Our clients are also giving us excellent feedback on the Seresto collar, which is available for both cats and dogs. With the Seresto collar there is no need to remember monthly applications because it provides 8 months of continuous protection against fleas and ticks. It’s also water proof so there is no need to remove it before swimming or bathing. This collar is a whole new technology with continuous diffusion of the active ingredient, unlike the flea collars of years ago that never worked well. This one is great and very cost effective too! And there is a valuable $15 manufacturer’s rebate available for a limited time on this product.
We also still carry and recommend monthly topicals such as K9 Advantix II for dogs, Advantage Multi for cats and Frontline Plus for both dogs and cats. K9 Advantix II is applied monthly and repels and kills fleas, ticks and mosquitos. Advantage Multi for cats is also applied monthly and kills fleas and can also prevent roundworms, hookworms and heartworms.
Shoreline Animal Hospital offers some great veterinary exclusive discounts and rebates, so if you have any questions, please stop by or call our office and we would be more then happy to answer any of your questions. Our staff can make the best recommendation for your pets based on their individual medical history, environment and lifestyle. Remember the best way to prevent infestation and disease is to make sure all the pets in your house are treated with a flea and tick preventative every month– even pets that spend most or all of their time indoors.
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December 23rd, 2014 · Uncategorized
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October 16th, 2014 · Uncategorized
Get into the Halloween spirit with the 1st annual Shoreline Animal Hospital pet costume photo contest!! Share your pet’s photo on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shoreline-Animal-Hospital/179812844460 or send it to us via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will choose the winner on October 31 and post our choice on Facebook.
The best costume will be judged on originality, quality and presentation. The winner will receive a $25 gift card that can be used on products or services here at Shoreline Animal Hospital at 18 West Main St, Clinton, CT.
So get creative and have some fun!
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