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September 2018

World Rabies Day 2018

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Today is World Rabies Day! This fatal disease is preventable by vaccination so be sure to keep your pets vaccinated against rabies. Even indoor cats that never go outside need to be protected with a rabies vaccine. RABIES IS IN COLORADO. So far this year there have been 301 reported cases of rabid animals, 40 of those cases were right here in Larimer County. For the most up to date information on how many cases of rabies there are in Colorado please visit the Colorado Department of  Public Health and Environment. If your pet is ever in a fight with a wild animal be sure to contact your veterinarian right away so they can give you the best course of action.

How Pets Help You Heal

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Most everyone knows that pets make you feel better when you’re around them. But did you know that a lot of doctors believe they can actually help you heal?

When my father was going through cancer treatments, one of the main things that helped him feel better after surgeries was being able to see a dog. The hospital where he was at had a resident therapy bulldog named Winston. Whenever Winston was around, my dad would light up and forget about his pain for a while. The chemo center he went to utilized the same program for patients. They noted that during chemotherapy, when patients are usually stressed, tired, and just generally not happy, treatment and side affects seemed to be worse. But when there was dog present, everyone perked up, was happier, and more social with each other.

When my dad ended up passing away, not only my dogs, but my rat helped me through my grief. He would sit on my shoulder and wipe away my tears when I would start crying.

Whenever my husband or I have a rough day at work, our dogs and cats make sure to give us extra love. It has been said that a cat’s purr actually medically reduces blood pressure and heart rate.

There are multiple programs around the world that use horses to help people with severe disabilities or that have been in major accidents gain balance. They also help people learn social cues and understand how to read emotions.

Animals are incredible. They know when you’re up, down, stressed, angry, and so much more. Giving your pup a squeeze, your cat a pet, or your chicken a scratch, makes you feel better. Animals don’t judge you. They are simply there for you, which is really what you need to heal.

Atopic Dermatitis

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Having an itch you can’t scratch is the worst! Imagine your pet suffering in silence because they are unable to tell you where and why they are so itchy.

Atopic dermatitis is a chronic skin disease that is often associated with allergies, this in turn can result in your pet excessively itching, rubbing and licking around their face, paws, eyes and/or underarms. Often at times the areas your pet may be reacting to may be hot to the touch, have hair loss or the skin may even seem red and irritated. These allergic reactions can be from various household items or environmental substances such as grass, spores, air borne pollens; foods and even medications.

Treatment is dependent on what your pet may be allergic to. For example, if your veterinarian finds your pet may be allergic to a specific ingredient in their food they may instruct you to avoid any of those ingredients or ingredient derivatives in your pet’s food to prevent your pet from any further allergic flare ups that may occur. Other treatment options are immunosuppressants such as corticosteroids, injectable or oral medications, or allergy therapy drops that may help control or alleviate your pet from his or her excessive itching, scratching, and licking.  Topical medications such as shampoos, anti- itch sprays, and ointments can also be given to help alleviate the symptoms your pet may be experiencing due to their allergies.