Woodbrook Animal Clinic offers a limited number of grooming techniques.
The most common technique we perform is nail trimming. Pet’s nails grow out and usually need trimming every 6-8 weeks.
Nail trimming can be a very stressful event for pets because by nature pets are not programmed to have their feet held.
Anal gland expression is another grooming procedure that is performed by technicians and doctors at Woodbrook Animal Clinic. Anal glands are scent glands located in the anus at 4 o’clock and 8 o’clock.
These glands are meant to express on their own when a pet defecates but some pets have trouble expressing them naturally. Some reasons for lack of expression could be that the stools are not bulky enough or the material in the gland is too thick to be pushed out without a constant pressure being applied.
Some dogs have no problems with the anal glands but others need once a month expression. There are new products on the market to try and help with natural expression such as Glandex® which we will recommend trying based on individual needs.
Our staff also performs a number of shaving techniques to help with mats, both on cats and dogs.
For cats Lion’s cuts are popular. A lion’s cut is where the cat is shaved everywhere except the head, tips of feet and tail.
For dogs and cats sanitary cuts or dematting may be necessary.
Sanitary cuts are usually needed when a pet is unable to keep the private areas clean or have had a bout of diarrhea that is caught in the hair. Sanitary cuts usually look like a baboon bum.
Dematting is a procedure where any mats that are forming in the fur are clipped out. This can sometimes leave a pet looking patchy but is an alternative to the lion’s cut.
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As pets age, pets often develop joint disease that may have mild to severe affects on your pet’s quality of life.
Although dogs (especially larger breeds) are more susceptible to arthritis, it can also be seen in cats. Conditions that can worsen or trigger arthritis include tendon disease, fractures, developmental disorders (such as hip or elbow dysplasia), cancer, inflammatory joint disease (such as from Lyme disease), degenerative joint disease, or many others.
As with humans, signs of arthritis often include stiffness, limping, reluctance to move, difficulty rising (especially after sleep or resting), limb favoring while moving, or evident pain.
If your animal displays any of the signs indicated above, an appointment with a veterinarian is warranted. Further diagnostics may be available to determine a cause of your animal’s lameness (e.g. a Lyme disease test or radiographs to determine if the dog is suffering from hip dysplasia or cranial cruciate disease).
Furthermore, your veterinarian can provide medications and supplements that lessen the progression or clinical signs of arthritis. These may include pain medications, anti-inflammatories, or glucosamine supplements. A weight management plan and exercise routine may also be developed.
A dog and cat ear canal is different from people.
There are three areas of the ear: outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear.
The ear canal is lined with specialized skin containing sebaceous glands, cerum producing glands and hair follicles. The glands secrete oily secretions and enzymes involved with antimicrobial activity. There is a complex micro-environment in the ear involving the constant battle of keeping the level of bacteria and yeast in check.
Dogs that are more prone to ear infections can be the floppy eared breeds more than upright eared breeds. Dogs with hair in the ear verses those without hair are also high risk. These would include the cocker spaniel, golden retriever, poddle and schnauzer.
Floppy ears are not the only cause for the higher risk. The glands and ph of the ear canal can predispose these breeds. Underlying issues increase the risk of ear infections such as allergies and endrocrine disease.
Cats often don’t get ear infections. They are very fastideous and groom themselves so it unusaul to see infections in cats. Most cat ear issues are associated with ear mites. If it is not mites, ear infections are generally a secondary to another underlying issue.
There have been 14 species of ticks identified in Maine. At least 4 of these species can transmit disease.
Only 5% of the flea life cycle is spent on your pet. The other 95% is spent in the environment (your home!)