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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Pest Control for Your Horses By: Dr. A Blake

Fly season is upon us and that means that your four legged friends are going to be bothered by those pesky flies! Today I will talk about a few tips to help your ponies stay fly free.  There are multiple options for ways to safely control flies.  Topical fly sprays are a great option to help fly control with your horses. I recommend an oil-based spray such as Endure made by Farnam.  This spray is sweat proof and can stay on for up to 14 days.  It also protects against other outdoor bugs such as: ticks, lice and gnats.   Another option for pest control is oral feed supplements.  I would recommend a product such as smartbug-off pellets made by Smart Pak.  This product is safe to use and contains many natural ingredients to help prevent flies, such as; garlic, apple cider vinegar, and omega 6 fatty acids.
 Other ways to safely protect your horse from flies would include: frequent manure removal and fly masks or sheets for the face.  Frequent manure removal helps by decreasing what physically attracts flies.  Although it will not solve the problem it will decrease the amount of flies.  Although fly sheets can be very helpful be sure to look at the material and take into account your horse’s environment to maintain a comfortable temperature and make sure the sheets are not too heavy.  Another fly control option, fly masks, not only control flies but in horses with white noses some masks have a nose piece that helps with sunburn.  Lastly, outdoor fly traps are also a good idea but make sure to put these products where horses and other animals cannot access them and ingest the material.   These are just some helpful tips to keep your four legged friend more comfortable this summer.   If you have any questions about horse products or need to schedule an exam, contact AV Veterinary Center @ 661-729-1500. We do house calls!


Monday, February 2, 2015

Pancreatitis - By: Dr. Julie Cull

During this season, not only have we been snacking on extra treats, but our furry friends have as well. Pets that receive an unbalanced diet can lead to many health issues. One of these painful issues is Pancreatitis or inflammation of the Pancreas. This is a very painful occurrence that requires treatment immediately.  Causes of this diagnosis is not always known but there are several ways of treating Pancreatitis.
The pancreas is the organ next to the stomach that produces enzymes needed for digestion of food in the intestines.  Therefore, when the pancreas is inflamed, it has trouble producing the enzymes that help with digestion. Pancreatitis can be very painful, and dogs can become lethargic, stop eating, begin vomiting, have diarrhea and or show signs of abdominal pain.  However, when pets present for vomiting, diarrhea or lethargy there is a long list of possible causes that your veterinarian will try to rule out.  An easy blood sample and in house test can be taken to diagnose Pancreatitis.
The cause of Pancreatitis is often unknown.  It can be caused by eating a high fat meal or treat, some medications and for some dogs the cause remains unknown.  Treatment consists of supportive care for your pet.  Dogs that present with vomiting, diarrhea or in pain will often need to be hospitalized and placed on intravenous fluids to help correct any dehydration. Pain medications are often given to pets experiencing a bout of pancreatitis. Sometimes antibiotics will be given if it is suspected that a pet may also have an infection in the intestinal tract.  Lastly, stomach protecting medications are given to reduce the buildup of acid in the stomach and help prevent stomach ulcers.
Pancreatitis can be life threatening in some patients so hospitalization and intensive monitoring will be required for several days.  In many pets that experience pancreatitis, they can be prone to experience future bouts of pancreatitis.  Early recognition of signs is important as it can help to decrease the amount of time a pet will need to spend in the hospital. If you have questions about Pancreatitis, or think your pet is showing symptoms please call, AV Veterinary Center (661)729-1500, All Creatures Veterinary Center (661)291-1121 or Canyon Country Veterinary Hospital (661) 424-9900.