What Causes Ear Infections in Dogs?

What Causes Ear Infections in Dogs?

Dog ears come in different shapes, statures, and sizes. Some are pointy and stick straight up; some hang down and are floppy. Some are large, and some are tiny. But, regardless of what they look like, or of how big, or small, they are, all dogs’ ears have one thing in common: They’re prone to infection. Continue reading

How to Tell if Your Dog Has an Ear Infection

Left untreated, an ear infection in a dog can lead to a variety of serious problems, including, but not limited to, facial paralysis, ocular impairments, and incoordination/loss of balance. As a pet owner, you certainly don’t want your dog to wind up with any of these conditions—and the veterinarians and staff at Animal Medical Center of Streetsboro are here to help you make sure that doesn’t happen.

Unfortunately, our furry friends aren’t able to communicate with us verbally. It’s not like your dog can come up to you and say, “Excuse me, but my ear hurts. Can you please call Dr. Leffler?” Continue reading

Dental Tips: February is National Pet Dental Month

Your pet’s dental hygiene and habits are just as important as your oral health. Without healthy teeth, your dog or cat can’t or won’t chew their food, and they won’t be able to tell you what the problem is. If you work on their oral care every day, they’ll be less likely to have issues.

Your pet’s dental health affects their teeth, gums, and breath, but poor oral care can cause infections in the gums, carrying bacteria that can spread to their kidneys and heart.  Continue reading

Does My Dog Get Enough Exercise?

Dogs have lots of energy that they want to use with their human companions. If you, as their owner, engage them with plenty of exercise, you’ll have a healthy, happy pet. Dogs that are exercised regularly have fewer behavior problems, fewer GI problems, a healthy weight, and love to snuggle up with their owners.  Continue reading

Grooming Your Dog for Summer

As the hot weather arrives, you may be anxious to get your dog to the groomer for a summer cut. With all the outdoor play and heat, it seems like a dog would benefit from a nice short cut, but, while grooming is essential to keeping your dog healthy, a close summer shave may actually cause problems for your beloved buddy. Continue reading

Should I Choose Cryosurgery for My Dog?

If your dog is suffering from cancerous tumors or irritating skin growths, he may be a great candidate for Cryosurgery, an effective, relatively painless procedure that serves as a great alternative to treatments that may require long recovery periods and pose serious health risks.

What Does Cryosurgery Treat?

Cryosurgery, or Cryotherapy, is a minimally-invasive technique used to treat abnormal or diseased tissues such as skin tags, warts, infected or itchy lesions, cysts, and cancerous tumors on pets. Growths on the eyelids and skin, in the perianal area, and inside the mouth and nose have all been successfully treated with Cryosurgery. Cryosurgery is an extremely effective alternative to treatments such as conventional surgery, radiation, or amputation. Dog owners who feel that these more traditional approaches are not suitable for their pet can opt for Cryosurgery. Older dogs, and those who have medical conditions that prohibit surgery, are great candidates for Cryosurgery because the procedure and recovery are simple and quick, and the side effects are minimal.

How Does Cryosurgery Work?

Cryosurgery involves the application of cryogen, or liquid nitrogen, to the area in question. The cryogen “freezes” the area, killing the abnormal cells and halting further growth. The cryogen is applied either as a spray or through a cryoneedle, both of which afford doctors excellent control over the application in order to target the affected area and preserve the surrounding skin. The frozen growth quickly turns red and blisters. Within 2-3 weeks, a scab forms and falls off, revealing healthy, lesion-free tissue in its place. Local or general anesthesia may be necessary based upon the location of the growth and temperament of the dog; however, there are cases in which no anesthesia is required.

How Effective is Cryosurgery?

In many instances, Cryosurgery resolves tumor issues altogether, frequently after only one treatment. Small warts and tumors rarely recur, and cancerous mouth and nasal tumors often go into remission after a single treatment as well. Cryosurgery can also be used in conjunction with traditional surgery in order to improve overall results, target growths in difficult to reach areas, and reduce recovery time.

  • Minimal or no anesthetic required
  • Same-day, outpatient procedure
  • Minimal pain/discomfort
  • Simple recovery and after care
  • Quick healing, no sutures
  • Treats hard to reach/slow-healing areas
  • Can combine with conventional surgery
  • Affordable

The Animal Medical Center of Streetsboro now offers Cryosurgery with Cool Renewal® for pets. If you think your dog might benefit from this procedure, don’t hesitate to contact us at 330-626-4935 for more information or to schedule an appointment to have your dog evaluated for candidacy.

What to Expect During a First Visit to the Vet

Bringing a new pet into the home is a big decision, whether you already have pets or this is your first one. There are a number of factors to consider when making this decision. From the breed, to how the pet will interact with your family, to the proper care, the list of considerations is long, but taking the time to think through the important details will help you make an informed decision for you, your family, and the pet.

First Visit Protocol

If you’re going through with the adoption process, one of the first things you’ll want to do for your new pet is to schedule a visit with a veterinarian. If you know the date of adoption in advance, it’s a good idea to conduct a preliminary visit to the veterinary clinic where you intend to take the pet. This will allow you to get a feel for the staff, doctors, and overall environment, and schedule your pet’s first appointment. While exact procedures vary from vet to vet and will differ depending upon the age and history of the pet, the first visit is, in general, the same for all cats and dogs. The American Kennel Club website and catstheboss.com list the things you should expect to be done during your dog or cat’s first visit to the vet:

  • The dog or cat will be weighed
  • Heart and lungs listened to
  • Rectal temperature taken
  • Ears, eyes, nose, feet, and genitalia examined
  • Skin, coat, teeth and mouth examined
  • Abdomen and lymph nodes palpated
  • Feces examined (bring a sample) for worms (most pups have roundworms)
  • Pet’s history and future care discussed
  • Vaccinations given if necessary
  • Testing for communicable diseases if necessary
  • Vaccination schedule determined
  • Vet Visits for Rescued Pets

While the above criteria is a standard list of what is done during a first visit, in some cases, specifically with rescued pets, the visit may be a bit different. There are many reasons why animals end up in shelters, so you may adopt a pet with a file full of medical history, detailed information regarding the pet’s personality, likes and dislikes, and former living environment. However, this is not always the case, and the veterinarian may need to conduct a more extensive exam and additional testing in order to determine the overall health of your new pet if you have very little history coming in.
The Animal Medical Center of Streetsboro is a full service veterinary clinic that treats pets of all ages and backgrounds. We provide appropriate, informed care for our patients from weeks old to old age. From spaying and neutering to vaccines and dental care, our team of doctors and support staff meets the needs of each dog, cat, small mammal, or reptile that comes to our clinic. If you’ve recently adopted a pet, entrust Animal Medical Center of Streetsboro to provide excellent care for your newest family member. Contact us at 330-626-4935 to schedule your pet’s first visit.

Should I Spay/Neuter My Dog?

Traditional Spay/Neuter Practices

If you’ve recently adopted a puppy, you may be starting to think about when and if you should have your dog neutered or spayed. Whether you’re a first-time dog owner, or you’ve had dogs as pets all your life, it is important to be informed and up to date on the latest research regarding the care of your pup. Interestingly, the traditional practice of spaying/neutering dogs at an early age, between four and six months of age, has come under question in light of recent research. Continue reading