The Washington Street Veterinary Services is a modern full service practice.   Under the guidance of Dr. Libby Nesvold and our caring staff, the practice offers a full range of Veterinary services, such as Wellness exams, Vaccines, Microchipping, Dentistry and Digital X-rays to name a few.

 

 

Dental - Taking care of your pet’s teeth at home

 

To begin a brushing routine for your pet, start by wrapping a washcloth or square of gauze around your finger and use it like a toothbrush.  Wipe all the teeth, front and back, with strokes from the gum line to the tip of the tooth.  Afterward give your pet a treat as a reward.  Do this once or twice a day for one to two weeks to familiarize your pet with having his gums and teeth rubbed.  Next, using a “soft” toothbrush (ones made for human babies are perfect or ask your Veterinarian for one designed for pets) squeeze a small amount of special dog or cat toothpaste onto the toothbrush.  Never use human toothpaste as it can irritate your pet’s stomach.  Begin by brushing the front teeth, and then brush the large upper and lower teeth in the back of the mouth.  Position the bristles so that they are at a forty-five-degree angle to the tooth’s surface, and move the toothbrush in an oval direction.  Be sure to brush the crevice where the gums meet the teeth, this is where odor and infection begin.  Brush your pet’s teeth at least every other day – daily is even better.  You cannot overdo this important step in your pet’s health-care routine!!

 

 

Diabetes in Pets

 

Diabetes Mellitus is a disease that leads to chronic elevation of blood glucose; meaning the “blood sugar” is too high.  A hormone called insulin regulates blood sugar.  If your pet’s body does not produce enough insulin, or does not respond to available insulin, he may develop Diabetes.  Diabetes Mellitus is a common illness of dogs and cats, as well as of people.  The most notable signs of Diabetes are increased water consumption, increased frequency of urination, and increased appetite.   Weight loss may also be a sign of Diabetes. While there may be other explanations for these problems, Diabetes should always be considered a possible cause. If you notice any changes in your pet’s behavior or physical appearance that might Diabetes, visit your Veterinarian as soon as possible.

Your Veterinarian will need to measure the level of glucose in your pet’s blood and urine, as well as check for other diseases that may be causing your pet to show these physical signs.  Diabetes Mellitus affects primarily middle-aged and older pets.  Cats develop Diabetes more often than dogs, and male cats get the disease about twice as frequently as females.  Dogs of either sex may develop Diabetes, but it is seen most commonly in obese females. 

 

High blood sugar will not go away by itself and must be treated according to your Veterinarian’s recommendations.  If Diabetes is left untreated, it can be fatal to your pet.  Pets with Diabetes generally require insulin injections to stabilize blood sugar, but some Diabetic cats occasionally can be stabilized with oral medications.  Diet is an important component of treatment for dogs and cats.  Once your pet has been stabilized and testing is complete, you may begin treating him at home.  Your Veterinary health-care team will teach you how to handle and store insulin properly and how to administer insulin to your pet.  In addition, you will need to follow their recommendations regarding an appropriate diet.

 

Treating your Diabetic pet required a high level of commitment and dedication.  With appropriate treatment and your patience and love, your Diabetic pet can live comfortably for many years.

Digital X-rays and Your Pet

 

X-Raying your pet has now gone Digital.  Digital Radiography provides Veterinarians with radiographic images that can be viewed immediately at the exam site or at a review workstation, including a high-resolution monitor, without the need for film development or wall mounted light boxes.  The system also provides greater depth of information that can be enlarged or manipulated for better detail.

 

 

 

 

Your Senior Pet

 

We don’t like to admit it about ourselves, but as we age, our bodies start to “wear out.”  Pets are the same way – their physical condition and health change over time also.  You can help your valued friend and companion live longer by working with your Veterinary health-care team to maintain your pet’s health and quality of life.  In addition to more frequent wellness examinations, your pet needs special care, as he gets older.  Your Veterinarian will work with you to develop a complete examination schedule and senior health-maintenance program to provide optimal care for your pet. The goal of a complete senior health-maintenance program is to preserve the health and quality of life of your older pet.

Talk to your Veterinarian about age-related health problems and the preventive steps you can take to ensure a long and healthy life for your old friend.

 

 

 

What is a Microchip?

A Microchip is a tiny transponder the size of a grain of uncooked rice.  It is a permanent identification system implanted under the pet’s skin with an injector and read by a scanner.  Each pet’s unique number is stored in the transponder.  If a pet is lost, a Veterinarian or shelter can scan the pet and get the owner’s name and address from the regional database so the pet can be returned quickly and safely.

 

Laser Treatments

 

Laser Therapy has become an important tool for the Veterinarian in the treatment of pain relief, often decreasing or eliminating the need for pain medication and steroids, while adding a therapeutic approach.  Laser therapy has a high beneficial effect on nerve cells by blocking the pain response transmitted to the brain, decreasing nerve sensitivity.  Due to less inflammation, there is less edema and less pain.  Laser Therapy has allowed Veterinarians to serve a large orthopedic patient population aiding in the pet’s rehabilitation. Therapy is helpful in treating Arthritis, muscle, ligament and tendon injuries, sprains and strains, ulcerations and open wounds, post surgical and soft tissue trauma, back pain, chronic ear infections, neuromuscular disease and lick granulomas with the added benefit of not needing anesthesia to treat the animal.

 

 
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