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Ft Lauderdale Vet on 4 Things You Should Know About Animal Rehab

4 Things Every Pet Owner Should Know About Animal Rehab from the Ft Lauderdale Area’s Top Vet

 

DPC Veterinary Hospital is one of the few Fort Lauderdale vets offering comprehensive pet care including pet rehabilitation. If your four-legged pal is suffering from an injury, recovering from surgery, has a chronic condition or is having mobility problems due to old age or arthritis, pet rehabilitation may be helpful in bringing him or her back to her normal self.

For most Fort Lauderdale veterinary clinics, pet rehabilitation consists of owner education and pharmaceuticals. At DPC Veterinary Hospital we take a more tailored approach.

Pet Rehab Therapies

Just like humans, rehabilitation programs should be designed for the condition. A cardiac patient needs a rehab program that focuses on aerobic therapy and would not seek out a program that centered on balance, strength and flexibility that is offered by specialists helping joint replacement patients. The same goes for your pet. Not all therapies are appropriate for all conditions.

So the first step pet rehabilitation is a through exam to determine what the issue(s) is and then design a program that will yield the most beneficial results. Those programs can include:

  1. Pet Massage. This is not just petting. Pet massage is deliberate strokes designed to ease pain from strains, muscle spasms and joint pain associated with old age. Pain relief is a principal benefit however, just like petting pet massage improves your pet’s emotional health.
  2. Veterinary laser treatments. Professional athletes have been using laser treatments to ease muscle strains and encourage healing of injuries for decades. Using light energy to enhance healing works just as well on a Fort Lauderdale poodle as it does on a Miami Dolphin. Great for pain relief and relaxation. Perfect for post-operative healing.
  3. Exercise. Just like physical therapy for people, pets can benefit from exercise targeted to address a specific area. DPC has steps, balls, ramps, weights etc. that can be instrumental in returning your pet to its natural healthy self.
  4. Injections. In some cases injections may be the most appropriate treatment for a condition. At DPC those injections can include homeopathic as well as anti-inflammatory.

Pet rehabilitation usually involves two or three treatments a week as well as exercises at home. Rehab requires a commitment. Your dog will love it, it really is a question if you have the time.

If you think your pet can benefit from rehab but you have questions, please don’t hesitate to call us now and we will be delighted to share our programs with you.

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Hollywood FL Vet Offers 5 Steps for Choosing Pet Health Insurance

5 Steps for Choosing Pet Health Insurance from Hollywood FL Areas Top Vet

 

1. Choose the right reimbursement type.

All pet insurance plans use either a percentage of invoice or a benefit schedule to calculate reimbursement. Avoid companies’ with percentage-based plans that limit your actual reimbursement by excluding common things like exam fees and instead look for one that has more extensive coverage.

 

2. Do Your Research.

When considering a plan be sure you understand what is covered, what isn’t and what the factors involved are that may cause your coverage to change. Some plans put complicated restrictions on coverage.

 

3. Less is not more

 

Less may be more when it comes to design but not when it comes to pet insurance. The least expensive plans usually cost less for a reason, they don’t offer as much and you pay more in the long run. Per-incident deductibles apply to every new claim you file before you’ll be covered. Annual deductibles need to be met just once each 12-month policy term for full coverage to kick in. Look for a plan that has have either an annual deductible or no deductible.

 

4. Choose a complete care plan or go à la carte.

Not every plan offers wellness coverage. Wellness plan may include flea and heartworm prevention as well as vaccinations. Some only offer wellness it if you buy an expensive medical plan first. Consider a plan that includes individual medical and wellness plans.

 

5. Go with a company you can trust.

There are a lot of pet insurance companies that are around until they’re not. Go with an established company you know has a good reputation and is recommended by someone that you trust.

 

Feel free to call DPC Vet at (954) 989-9879 today if you have any questions about pet insurance or to schedule an appointment.


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Pot for Pets? (Sort of) Hollywood FL Top Veterinary Hospital Explains

Pot for Pets? (Sort of) Hollywood FL Top Veterinary Hospital Explains

 

Let’s get this out of the way; no we are not suggesting you get your pet stoned. That’s not a good idea for many, many reasons we hopefully don’t need to explain. But as you probably know by now Cannabis (CBD) has been used medicinally for hundreds of years. What you may not know is that it has become more and more prevalent as of late in the treatment of animals. It is important to differentiate THC from CBD. THC is the active ingredient in Marijuana. Hemp, which is what we are talking about here is not medicinal marijuana and is legal for pets without a prescription. It has low THC and high CBD. It is not addictive and doesn’t get your pet high. There are thousands of articles on the efficacy of cannabinoids’ in the treatment of animal, and the evidence is astounding. Read the published survey results collected by Colorado State University.

 

What ailments can CBD treat in pets?

CBD can be used to treat dogs, cats, horses and most other animals suffering from a number of issues. It acts an anti-inflammatory making it an option for pets with pan and inflammation. It’s also an anti-psychotic that can lower the symptoms of pets suffering from anxiety or aggression. It can aid in digestion and has been a life-changer for pets suffering from cancer or seizures.

 

Many veterinarians recommended CBD and it is covered by a number of major pet insurers. Of course your veterinarian will need to examine your pet and discuss with you if CBD is the best choice. If so it can be administered by both capsules and biscuits. There are several companies that offer CBD for pets but at DPC we offer Canna-Pet® nutritional CBD for pets. Developed in a collaboration of scientists, medical researchers, and veterinarians, Canna-Pet® is the first and only complete cannabinoid and terpene product designed specifically for cats and dogs.

 

Call (954) 989-9879 today to schedule an appointment and ask one of our vets if CBD is right for your pet.


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Hollywood FL Area’s Top Vet on Alternative Drug Free Pain Treatment

Hollywood FL Area’s Top Vet Offers 3 Alternative Drug Free Pain Treatment Options

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If you have a pet that suffers from arthritis, old age or joint sprains, you may want to consider three alternative therapies; pet massage, acupuncture and veterinary laser treatments. All three are drug free, pain free, non-invasive treatments meaning no harmful or debilitating side effects that are sometimes associated with traditional therapies. Each therapy is a unique approach to providing a similar result —a reduction of joint pain and discomfort resulting in a more active and pain free life for your pet. Here is a brief rundown on how they work:

Pain Relieving, Stress Reducing Pet Massage Therapy

As humans we generally think positively of a massage. A therapeutic massage addresses specific muscle groups that relieves strain and provides a sense of stress free wellbeing. A professional pet massage does the same thing for your four footed friend.

Pet massage can:

  • Increase circulation and the distribution of oxygen
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Releases endorphins

Animal massage has actually been practiced for over 4000 years to help work animals become more effective. Now you can use this ancient and proven system on your own pet.

Does Your Pet Deserve the Same Treatment as a Superstar Athlete?

When a pro football player has a back pain or a hip strain they can get immediate relief right in the clubhouse via laser therapy. Light energy has amazing rejuvenating qualities and has been used for decades on humans. Today, those same excellent light energy benefits are available for pets.

At DPC our trained veterinarians and technicians are equipped with the latest pet laser equipment. Your pet feels a mild warming that is applied to the affected area. This sense of warmth has often caused dogs to relax to the point that they fall asleep during the treatment. The results are amazing and long lasting depending on the underlying cause.

Eastern Medicine Finds Its Way to Western Veterinary Care

Used for centuries to treat both humans and animals, DPC is one of the few veterinarian clinics in the Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale area to offer pet acupuncture. It’s not for every ailment but for those that can be treated it is very effective. Acupuncture can often be used to resolve:

  • Chronic pain
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Respiratory problem

Talk to our professional staff to determine if acupuncture is appropriate for your pet. If holistic care is a concern of yours or if you simply want to provide your pet with pain free, drug free treatment call us today at (954) 989-9879 to discuss our alternative therapies.

 

 


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Ft Lauderdale Area’s Top Vet on 4 Ways Dogs Improve Your Well Being

Ft Lauderdale Area’s Top Vet Offers 4 Ways Dog Ownership Can Improve Your Well-Being

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Many people think that owning a pet will do nothing but increase stress. The pet will need food, attention, care, and vet visits, which increase costs and make any outing more difficult. However, dog owners have actually been proven to live longer, happier, and healthier lives. Here are a few reasons you should consider taking a trip to your local animal shelter:

Exercise Requirement

All dogs, even the tiny ones, need regular exercise. This demand to either go out to a yard and play fetch or go out on a walk will keep you active and healthy by insisting that you get up and get out.

A daily walk with your dog may not be an hour at the gym but even just getting up to take a stroll in the mornings can make you feel noticeably better and may actually improve your sleep. You can always walk other people’s dogs as well.

Smiling, throwing a ball for your dog, and laughing when they make a silly face may not do your body the same good a walk will but is does do your mind good. Smiling can actually make you feel happier as can laughing and, with a dog, every day brings a smile or a laugh.

Social Opportunities

Social interaction is extremely important for your mental and emotional well-being as humans are social animals. It can be tough to find an excuse to go out alone, however when you have a dog, you never have to go out alone.

Each day your dog brings you outside for a walk or a jaunt to the dog park, they are offering you innumerable social opportunities. They bring you out into the public eye and provide a ready-made icebreaker. You can bond with other dog owners or strike up a love-struck stranger who has stopped to pet your dog. Dogs bring you out and draw people in.

Unconditional Love

Another hugely beneficial aspect of owning a dog is the unconditional love they provide. Dogs can alleviate depression simply by waiting to greet you when you get home. Coming home to an empty house can aggravate preexisting depression as can a lack of affection. Dogs, regardless of what kind of person you are. A dog can serve as a warm cuddle buddy to curl up and watch your favorite TV shows with, which can do wonders for your mental well-being.

Stress Reduction

Dog owners have been shown to have lower blood pressure and a decreased risk of heart disease. Simply owning a dog acts as a stress reducer. The combination of love, exercise, and humorous antics makes a dog a ready-made companion with the added benefits of limiting your stress and improving your mood.

Furthermore, the act of caring for another living thing can ramp up your desire to live healthier and be better. Tending to your dog’s needs and seeing them blossom under your care is a reward in itself, acting as a wonderful way to decrease symptoms of several mental illnesses.

If you needed another reason to go out and adopt a dog, consider that dog ownership can help you live a longer, happier life in a multitude of ways. A dog will force you to stay active; they will love you no matter what, and they will help you meet potential new friends simply by going to the park.

Though dogs can complicate your life and, of course, require money for their food and care, the benefits of becoming a pet owner far outweigh the negatives. Somewhere near you, a shelter dog is waiting to make your life better. Get up and head to your nearest animal shelter to find your new best friend.

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Heartworm Ft. Lauderdale Top Vet Explains What You Need To Know

Heartworm—Ft Lauderdale Top Vet Explains What You Need to Know to Save Your Pet

What is Heartworm?

Heartworm is a type of roundworm transmitted by mosquitoes that lives inside blood vessels of the lungs the heart. It can be a very serious condition that in addition to the heart and lungs can also affect the central nervous system, liver, kidneys and eyes. If left untreated it can potentially be fatal to your pet

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What are the Symptoms?

The symptoms of heartworm disease can be difficult to detect. They may be very subtle at first and include:

  • Lack of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Coughing
  • Lack of energy

As the worms increase so may the symptoms. It’s important to recognize them early on to prevent permanent damage or death.

Which pets are at the greatest risk?

Heartworm infections are increasing throughout the United States and are most prevalent in the southeast. Heartworm disease is more commonly thought of as a condition in dogs but can also affect cats bitten by a mosquito. Talk to your vet about how to mitigate the risks for your pet.

How is heartworm diagnosed?

There are simple blood tests that can usually diagnose heartworm quickly.

What can I do to prevent it?

ProHeart® 6 (moxidectin) is an injection that provides 6 full months of continuous heartworm protection in a single dose. One visit to our veterinary office can provide your pet with extended protection from heartworm disease. There are a number of medications that treat and prevent various heartworm in pets including pills, chewables and topical liquids. Those treatments generally need to be administered monthly and a missed dose could put your dog at risk for heartworm disease which is why we recommend ProHeart® 6 for many pets.

If you are concerned that your pet may have heartworm or are interested in prevention call our Davie Florida veterinary office today at (954) 989-9879 and schedule an appointment.


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Benefits of Dog Massage Explained by Ft Lauderdale Canine Massage Therapist

The Benefits of Dog Massage Explained by Ft Lauderdale’s Top Canine Massage Therapist

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You love a good massage and you can be sure your dog will as well. For many dog owners especially those with older pets surfing chronic pain canine massage is the ultimate in personalized care. If you are new to canine massage you should know that it is not a new therapy. There is evidence that dogs and other animals have been receiving massages from humans going back nearly 4,000 years. Undoubtedly those early massages were administered to enhance performance or as maintenance. We don’t rely on animals to assist us like we did long ago but that doesn’t mean that their bodies don’t still need our care to give them long, comfortable lives.

Dog massage is not just petting and rubbing but intentional stroking of specific muscle and tissue groups designed to make changes in their physiology and emotional state. An effective canine massage can improve your dog’s mood and demeanor, relieve stress and give relief to arthritic joints. You know how good you feel after a massage, your dog will feel the same way.

Benefits of a Fort Lauderdale Canine Massage

Not surprisingly, the benefits of dog massage are not unlike the benefits that humans experience from massage including:

  • Improved mobility, mood and demeanor
  • Improved circulation allowing oxygen and nutrients to reach muscles and tissues not regularly used by your pet.
  • Dog massage boosts endorphin release (natural pain killers released by the brain). Pets with arthritis pain, sprains or simply old age will benefit from this drug free treatment that has no negative side effects.
  • A canine massage will stimulate the lymphatic system increasing filtration and removal of cellular waste products. Further, it will enhance the transportation of nutrients and immune system components to the muscles.

Using a combination of compression and direct pressure a professional dog massage therapist can provide significant relief for dog’s suffering from Lyme’s disease, hip dysplasia and other conditions that hinder the pet’s mobility. However, canine massage does not take the place of professional pet care. It is a drug free therapy but it has its limitations.

If you have questions regarding dog massages in Fort Lauderdale or think your pet can benefit from our expert dog massage therapist at DPC Veterinary Hospital, give us a call now. Your four-legged buddy will be glad you did.