March 28, 2012
Continuing with our theme of bringing new pets into the home, Dr Patrick Mahaney answers the following questions from our Facebook followers on how to do that when there is already a dog or cat in the house:
- Diane: What is the best way to introduce a new cat to the cat(s) already in the house? All at once or gradually?
- Diane: Similarly, how should a puppy/dog be introduced to the cat(s) already in the house? Is there a way to minimize antagonistic behaviour on the part of either animal?
- Laura: If I have a female cat (or dog), should I get a female or male cat or dog companion for the best mix
If you are interested in the product mentioned by Dr Patrick to help keep emotions down when bringing a new pet into a house with a cat, it is Feliway, a synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromone, used by cats to mark their territory as safe and secure.
February 13, 2012
It's Pet Dental Health Month and to get ready, I posted on the Embrace Facebook Page
for questions to ask Dr Patrick on the topic of pet dental health. Here are what you came up with:
November 27, 2011
Dr Patrick Mahaney might live in California, but he knows a thing or two about health dangers your pets might face this winter season.
Seasonal changes create altered patterns of daylight, temperature, and humidity. Besides cold and snow, winter is especially dangerous for pets due to the repeated dispersing of toxins serving to facilitate human acclimation to averse weather.
How can your pets thrive this winter despite all of mother nature and man’s contributions to the seemingly continuous seasonal assault? As a responsible caretaker, you must educate yourself on winter hazards and proactively protect your pet in every conceivable situation.
October 18, 2011
Today, Dr. Mahaney covers bones, ligaments, and inflammation and what you can do to keep up your pet's orthopedic health. Over to Dr. Mahaney...
The musculoskeletal system is one of the body’s best assets and greatest enemies. Without our muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons, and other connective tissue, our pets would take the form a jelly-like blob barely capable of movement.
Despite the amazing ambulatory capabilities provided by the musculoskeletal tract, its components also serve as the origin of potentially debilitating injuries and life threatening illness.
Let’s start with a review of the musculoskeletal tract’s components. The canine and feline skeleton provides the structure which supports internal and external organs. The skeleton is made of numerous bones formed from a matrix of mineralized calcium, phosphorous, and other substances. The bones are held together by the integration of joints, intervertebral discs, and ligaments. Muscles connect to bones via tendons. Collectively, the above components work with organ systems (nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine, digestive, etc) to sustain life.
September 12, 2011
I'm delighted to introduce you to Dr. Patrick Mahaney, a veterinarian and certified veterinary acupuncturist who focuses on integrative veterinary medicine. We recently met at Blogpaws and I loved his fresh approach to veterinary medicine.
Since our theme this month is senior pets, Dr. Mahaney's first guest post discusses his top senior pet health tips, all of which I wholeheartedly agree with, having cared for a senior cat with health issues in recent years. Over to Dr. Mahaney...
When is your pet considered a senior? No simple answer applies to every cat, dog, or other companion animal, yet I consider pets having achieved seven to nine years of age to have entered the realm of senior living. If you follow the conventional consideration that one pet year equals seven human years, a seven to nine year old pet falls between the ages of 49 to 63.