Posts in Category: Senior Pet Care
If only dogs could talk. All of us at Lone Tree Veterinary Medical Center would have so many questions for them!
Despite the language barrier, dogs still do communicate with us. By watching their body language and facial expressions, it is possible for us to see that our canine companions actually are saying something. When you observe a new behavior, pay attention, as it is just another way your pet could be telling you something you need to know. A shaking dog is a great example of this.
Kidney Disease in Pets
As in humans, the kidneys play an important role in the overall health of our pets. Apart from making urine, kidneys are responsible for regulating the balance of electrolytes in the body, keeping blood pressure in check, and the production of hormones that aid in calcium metabolism and red blood cell production.
While a diagnosis of kidney disease in our pet is understandably alarming, with proper care, this disease is usually manageable over the long term.
Understanding Old Dog Vestibular Disease
Anyone who’s ever suffered from vertigo or an inner ear problem understands the unsettling dizziness, loss of coordination and nausea that can accompany these types of conditions. Dogs can experience a similar condition known as canine vestibular disease.
There are several types of canine vestibular disease. Some may be due to serious causes, such as a brain tumor, neurological infection or other neurological disorder. However, there is a benign self-limiting type that affects mostly older dogs. Because of this, it is commonly referred to as ‘old dog vestibular disease’, which is the focus of this discussion.
The symptoms of old dog vestibular disease can be quite bewildering for any pet owner. At Lone Tree Veterinary Medical Center, we see this problem in many of our older patients, so we’d like to shed some light on this mostly benign form of canine vestibular disease.
Lumps and Bumps on Pets: What are They and When to Worry
Discovering a lump or bump on your pet can be concerning at best, frightening at worst. It’s understandable to worry: Is it normal? Does my pet need to see the veterinarian right away?
While new lumps and bumps on our pets should never be ignored, in many cases, they end up being nothing to worry about. Our medical team at Lone Tree Veterinary Medical Center has seen countless lumps and bumps, so you can rely on us to help determine when one is a problem that needs to be addressed and when it’s not.
Better With Age: The Wonderful World of Senior Pet Adoption
For many prospective pet owners who visit a shelter or rescue, finding a puppy or kitten is often what is on the agenda. Fewer people, however, actively seek-out older animals, which is why older pets tend to be the last to get adopted and, in many cases, are never adopted.
Many senior pets will spend their golden years languishing in a shelter – but it doesn’t have to be this way. Older dogs and cats still have much to offer in the way of companionship, love and enjoyment. November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and we can’t think of a better time to discuss the many advantages of sharing life with a senior pet!
Differently-Abled, Definitely Wonderful: Dispelling Deaf Dog Myths
There’s something special about dogs. Perhaps it’s their unwavering loyalty and devotion or their unique ability to read our emotions and body language. Maybe it’s the way they inspire joy in our lives every single day. Whatever the case, the bond between human and canine is awe-inspiring.
When most of us look at our dogs, we only see their inner light, and this is never more apparent than with deaf dogs. Unfortunately, deaf dog myths abound in our culture, but in reality, dogs of any ability level can lead happy, productive lives. At Lone Tree Veterinary Medical Center , we’ve set out to dispel the top 5 deaf dog myths and to show our readers what these often misunderstood pets can do. Continue…
A Brave New (Pain Free) World: All About CBD Oil for Pets
In 2000, Colorado became one of the first states to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Since then, many other states have followed suit (29 to be exact). Nine states (including Colorado) have legalized its recreational use, as well.
What does this have to do with pets? More than you may realize. Not only have cases of marijuana toxicity in pets increased since marijuana laws began passing, but pet owners have also been turning to marijuana to try and help their pets with a variety of medical issues. Specifically, they’re seeking the oil extracted from the hemp plant, called cannabidiol oil (CBD oil) to treat their pet’s pain and other ailments.
The use of CBD oil for pets is growing in popularity, but is it right for your pet?
The Four Stages of Pet Dental Disease
Pet dental disease, also called periodontal disease, is one of the most common clinical conditions seen by our veterinarians. This comes as no surprise when we consider that most adult dogs and cats show some signs of the disease by the time they reach 3 years of age. If left untreated, pet dental disease can lead to pain, tooth loss, infection, and even damage to the vital organs, such as the heart, liver, and kidneys.
The dental health of our patients is important to us at Lone Tree Veterinary Medical Center. In recognition of National Pet Dental Health Month, which is observed every February, we’d like to place the spotlight on periodontal disease and what pet owners can do to prevent and treat this serious condition.
So Fresh and So Clean: The Importance of Pet Tooth Brushing
Can you imagine never brushing your teeth? The idea probably seems distasteful to you, but it’s an unfortunate reality for many pets.
Studies show that roughly 73% of cat owners and 43% of dog owners admit to never having brushed their pet’s teeth. While this may not seem like a serious issue for your pet, poor oral hygiene can lead to periodontal disease, pain and tooth loss. Moreover, the bacteria from dental disease can spread throughout the body leading to systemic health issues and a shortened life span.
If you’ve never given much thought to your pet’s oral health, it’s not too late to start taking care of their teeth. While there are several ways you can help keep your pet’s teeth healthy, daily tooth brushing is the single most effective way to prevent dental disease and associated problems.
The purpose of pet tooth brushing daily is to remove the sticky plaque that develops on the teeth before it hardens and forms into tartar. Unfortunately, once tartar has formed, it cannot be brushed off and will require a professional dental cleaning to be removed.
Beyond Sight: Life With A Blind Pet
Being told that your pet is losing its sight can be a devastating blow for any pet owner. How will this affect your pet’s quality of life? Will you be able to properly care for your pet? What are the long-term consequences of life with a blind pet?
Your friends at Lone Tree Veterinary Medical Center want to assure you that caring for a blind pet doesn’t have to be difficult. Providing your blind pet with a happy and fulfilling life is still possible, and doesn’t have to negatively impact the wonderful relationship you have with your furry friend.
CBD Oil for Vestibular Disease : 2022 New Research Shows
If you are reading this, chances are that your dog is not feeling well. You may have taken them to the vet and they gave you a diagnosis for one of many conditions like Vestibular Disease.
CBD oil has been used successfully by humans to help with various ailments, but does CBD Oil for Vestibular Disease work on our furry friends?
In order to find out, we will explore CBD oil’s benefits and side effects in more detail below.
CBD oil is a natural, alternative remedy for vestibular disease that has gained popularity in recent times.
It is extracted from the cannabis plant and is being used today in the treatment of various neurological disorders, including vestibular disease.
This article takes a look at CBD oil and how it can be used as a home remedy for treating vestibular disease.
You are probably here because you have heard about CBD oil for vestibular disease, a condition which affects balance and dizziness.
It is great that you want to learn more about this plant-based medicine; so what is vestibular disease?
What is Vestibular Disease?
Vestibular disease, which is also known as vestibulopathy or vestibular dysfunction, is a general term for a set of disorders that affect the vestibular system. Vestibular disease can be caused by viral infections, head injuries, brain tumors, brain degeneration and autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis.
Vestibular disease symptoms can vary depending on the cause, but they usually include vertigo, balance problems, dizziness and hearing loss.
Some people will experience nausea, vomiting and headaches with their symptoms. Vestibular disease is not the same as motion sickness, although those who have motion sickness may experience similar symptoms.
Types of Vestibular Disease
There are several different types of vestibular disease that cause different symptoms. The most common forms of vestibulopathy are:
- Peripheral vestibulopathy : This type of vestibulopathy occurs when the nerves in the balance organs in the ears are damaged. It usually causes hearing loss in addition to vertigo, dizziness, and other balance problems. Meniere’s disease is an example of peripheral vestibulopathy.
- Central vestibulopathy : This type of vestibulopathy occurs when damage occurs to the balance center in the brain stem. It usually causes vertigo, dizziness, and balance problems, but may also cause movement disorders, changes in vision, and hearing loss. Multiple sclerosis is an example of central vestibulopathy.
- Labyrinthitis : This is an infection or inflammation of the inner ear that can cause vertigo, dizziness, and balance problems.
Benefits of Treating Vestibular Disease with CBD Oil
- CBD oil is a natural remedy for vestibular disease.
- CBD oil has been used successfully by humans to help with various ailments, but does CBD Oil for Vestibular Disease work on our furry friends?
- CBD oil is extracted from the cannabis plant and is being used today in the treatment of various neurological disorders, including vestibular disease.
- Dogs are said to be man’s best friend and that is certainly true. For anyone who has owned a dog, their loyalty and unending love is something to be cherished. Owners also understand when something is not completely right with their pet. Just as we take our children to the pediatrician, we take our beloved dogs to the veterinarian when they are feeling bad. However, sometimes the problem is much more substantial than just a simple vet visit and booster shot. Often conditions like Vestibular Disease take over our dog’s life leaving us with little to help, but new research shows CBD oil for vestibular disease may be able to offer relief.
- CBD oil has been known to offer relief from anxiety and depression in humans, so it is reasonable to believe that CBD oil for vestibular disease may help improve your dog’s emotional state as well.
Some additional benefits of CBD oil for vestibular disease include:
- Reducing inflammation
- Regulating the immune system
- Reducing nausea and vomiting
- Helping to improve appetite
- Acting as a natural pain reliever
How CBD Oil Works for Vestibular Disease
CBD oil is thought to work for vestibular disease by interacting with the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is a vast network of receptors found throughout the body, brain and central nervous system. CBD oil interacts with at least two cannabinoid receptor types: CB-receptors type one (CB-R) and type two (CB-R).
CBD Oil for Vestibular Disease – What Does Research Show?
There is not a lot of research on CBD oil for vestibular disease, but what has been done shows CBD is safe to use in dogs.
A 2017 study was conducted on CBD oil for human patients with cancer-related anorexia/cachexia syndrome (CACS). CACS causes muscle wasting and weight loss, which can lead to increased risk of medical complications and death. CBD oil was found to be an effective treatment for CACS, with patients experiencing increased appetite and weight gain.
In a 2018 study, CBD oil was shown to be effective in reducing muscle spasms in mice. Muscle spasms are a common symptom of vestibular disease.
While there is not a lot of research on CBD oil for vestibular disease, the few studies that have been done show CBD is safe to use in dogs.
- This makes CBD an excellent option for your dog with Vestibular Disease.
CBD Oil Dosage for Vestibular Disease
The most common dosage of CBD oil administered is between 0.05 and 0.30 milligrams per kilogram of body weight, given once or twice a day. CBD oil can be administered orally or sublingually (under the tongue).
When starting CBD oil for vestibular disease treatment, it is best to start with a low dose and increase gradually as needed.
It is important to speak with your veterinarian before starting CBD oil for your dog with vestibular disease. CBD oil dosage will vary depending on the severity of your dog’s condition and their weight.
CBD Oil Side Effects for Vestibular Disease
Like any medication, CBD oil may cause side effects in some dogs. The most common side effects are diarrhea and vomiting.
CBD oil has been found to be an effective treatment for vestibular disease in dogs. CBD oil is thought to work by interacting with the endocannabinoid system, which is a vast network of receptors found throughout the body.
CBD oil is safe to use in dogs and can be administered orally or sublingually. CBD oil dosage will vary depending on the severity of your dog’s condition and their weight.
CBD oil may cause side effects in some dogs, the most most common being diarrhea and vomiting.