Is General Anesthesia Really Necessary for Dental Cleanings?
October 24, 2013 MedVet Indianapolis
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) recently made a requirement that all of its member hospitals only perform dental cleanings under general anesthesia with an endotracheal tube in place, AAHA Dental Guidelines. This decision has come under fire from groups who perform dental cleanings without anesthesia. Fairly, we should look at each side’s concerns. The groups who perform dental cleanings without general anesthesia argue that their trained staff can safely and completely clean the…
Pet Insurance: Worth The Money?
October 18, 2013 MedVet Chicago
(CBS) — Many people consider their dogs and cats members of their families and would do almost anything for their pets. Still, four out of 10 owners worry they wouldn’t be able to afford an expensive medical emergency. That’s why some turn to pet insurance. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez asks whether that’s a good choice for everyone. With medical advancements, treatment for pets can easily run into the thousands. Read More…
The Great Greta
October 11, 2013 MedVet Indianapolis
Remember The Great Gatsby, a legendary novel about the Roaring 20’s full of glamor and the romance of noble deeds? Well, today we share the tale of The Great Greta, a Terrier who followed a young man home one day and worked her way into a community’s heart. The name, Greta, means “Pearl” and just like a pearl, Greta dazzles everyone she meets. So, when Greta suffered a debilitating back injury, her…
When Your Pet Needs Surgery - Anesthetic Monitoring
September 11, 2013 MedVet Indianapolis
Whenever a pet has to undergo a surgical procedure, owners are often very concerned about how their pet will handle anesthesia and if it is safe. Unfortunately, some patients do not have a surgery that they need because of this fear. Although there are always risks associated with anesthesia, there are things we do to help keep your pet as safe as possible during any operation and to minimize these risks. At…
Saving 'Jaws': Local Native Helps Save Injured Sea Turtle
September 11, 2013 MedVet Dayton
David Kergosien used to toss the pigskin around King Field on Friday nights as quarterback of the Brookhaven High School Panthers. Years later, he has become known for performing life-saving surgery on “Jaws,” a young Kemp ridley sea turtle with a severe head trauma. Since then, news of the sea turtle has traveled far and wide. Newspapers from Dayton, Ohio, all the way to Anchorage, Alaska, have carried stories about “Jaws.” Currently, Kergosien…
Oh Those Broken Bones - Fractures in Dogs and Cats
August 23, 2013 MedVet Indianapolis
Summer brings nice weather for all of us, including our four legged friends who like to run and play outside too. Unfortunately both dogs and cats can run out in front of cars or get into other trouble that may result in a broken bone. Long bone fractures are one of the most common orthopedic problems we see at MedVet. The most common bones to be fractured include the radius/ulna in the forelimb…
What Can My Dog Chew?
August 6, 2013 MedVet Indianapolis
When you go to the pets stores, there are dozens of choices for dog chews, some even claiming to help clean teeth. However there are choices which can be harmful to your dog’s teeth. We need to realize that our dog’s teeth are no stronger than our own teeth and their bite pressure is as much as two and a half times our own. So one may deduce that anything that could break our teeth,…
Are Mixed Breed Dogs Really More Healthy?
July 19, 2013 MedVet Indianapolis
The assumption has long been held that the best way to avoid many inheritable diseases in dogs is to adopt a mixed breed dog, or a mutt. While many of the well known inheritable diseases have been linked to specific breeds of dogs, no study has ever set out to show the lack of these diseases in mixed breed dogs, until now. A group of veterinary researchers from the University of California, Davis set…
Dr. Volbrecht on NBC Discussing Pets and Extreme Heat
July 18, 2013 MedVet Chicago
Experts are warning petowners to watch for signs of overheating in pets. Read More…