Bald spot at vaccination site on a dog

We recently had a question on the Embrace Facebook page about  a bald spot on a dog:

Q: It turns out that a tiny bald spot on my daughter's dog is likely a result of the rabies vaccine. She may or may not grow her hair back. The vet doesn't think she should get rabies vaccines again. Anybody know how to regrow hair or anybody have a dog regrow hair after this happened to them?

Since I'm not a veterinarian, I turned to Dr Rex Riggs, one of our veterinary advisors, for help with this question.

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Guest Post: Allergies in Pets

Today, we have a guest post from Dr. Rex Riggs on the topic of allergies. Ironically, Dr. Riggs is allergic to cats! But he does talk about how allergies happen and what can be done about them. Dr. Rex Riggs is the owner of Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Powell, Ohio. He is a veterinarian, and an Advisory Board member of Embrace Pet Insurance.


Allergies. I hate allergies. I have tree pollen allergies in the spring. I have grass allergies in the summer and house dust mite allergies all winter long. To cap it all off, I have cat allergies all year long! Oh well, it is what it is.

And What Exactly Are Allergies?

Allergies are bad for everyone including our pets. 

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Guest Post: cancer treatment for cats and dogs versus people

Today, we have a guest post from Dr. Rex Riggs, talking about cancer treatments in cats and dogs versus people. Dr. Rex Riggs is the owner of Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Powell, Ohio. He is a veterinarian, and an Advisory Board member of Embrace Pet Insurance.


I often get asked the question, do dogs and cats get the same cancers as humans, and do you treat them the same way?

Well the answer is yes, and pretty much yes.

If it seems like we are seeing more cancers in animals these days it is because we are. Our pets are living longer. Veterinary medicine has become very proficient in picking up other diseases that in the past would have been fatal in our pets and the longer our pets live, the higher likelihood that they will get some form of cancer. In fact, a study done in the 1980s estimated that half of the dogs living past 10 years will die of cancer.

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Guest Post: the importance of considering hereditary conditions when choosing a dog

Today, Dr. Rex Riggs talks about hereditary conditions in dogs. Dr. Rex Riggs is the owner of Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Powell, Ohio. He is a veterinarian, and an Advisory Board member of Embrace Pet Insurance.


>Dolly and rose-terrianderson-dalmatians2 When we talk about pure bred dogs and cats we need to realize that along with the individually beautiful traits, specific to a breed, hidden harmful genetic traits can often be lurking.

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Guest Post: top five ways to know if your dog needs a dental

Today, we have a guest post from Dr. Rex Riggs, talking about how to tell if your dog needs a dental cleaning or more. Dr. Rex Riggs is the owner of Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Powell, Ohio. He is a veterinarian, and an Advisory Board member of Embrace Pet Insurance.


>It has been estimated that 85% of all animals seen at a vet’s office have dental disease.  I would go further and say 40% of dogs have bad dental disease.  It always surprises me at the shock in people’s faces when I pull up their pet’s lip and…voila….a mass of dental mayhem.   So I have decided to list the top five ways to know if your dog needs a dental.

5) Your Pet might need a dental if……. it’s breath smell like a sewer

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Guest post: cat wellness care or why cats are not little dogs

Did you know that cats visit the vet less than half the time that dogs do? I recently discovered the statistics on veterinary care for cats versus dogs and it was grim.

From an actuarial perspective, cats cost about the same as dogs when they go to the vet, they just go less frequently than dogs. Since cats should generally cost less than dogs for the same level of sickness, this sad statistic implies to me that cats are sicker than dogs when they eventually go to the vet.

Today, we have a guest post from Dr. Rex Riggs, talking about the need to take your cat to the vet, even though he/she might seem very well. Dr. Rex Riggs is the owner of Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Powell, Ohio. He is a veterinarian, and an Advisory Board member of Embrace Pet Insurance.

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Guest Post: Five Common Poisoning Situations in Dogs and Cats

Today, we have another excellent guest post from Dr. Rex Riggs, owner of Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Powell, Ohio. He is a veterinarian, and an Advisory Board member of Embrace Pet Insurance.

Dr. Riggs writes about common cat and dog poisonings and how the holiday season can be particularly worrisome.


Christmas dogs 1 Our pets love the holidays too. They get to see all the family. They get presents just like us. They also know we are preoccupied so it is time for them to get into mischief. You really need to watch your dogs and cats, because they can and WILL get into anything, and I mean anything!

I have already described the objects they will eat, such as ribbon, tinsel and the Christmas ham, in a previous post (Guest post: the most common items swallowed by dogs and cats), so this post is about the different poisonings we see in our practice in this festive time of the year.

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Guest Post: Your Pet Has Diabetes - Now What?

Andrea Mykrantz and Olive Today, we have a guest post from Andrea Mykrantz CVT, Practice Manager for Dr Rex Riggs, owner of Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Powell, Ohio. Andrea writes about a topic dear to her heart, caring for a dog or cat with diabetes.


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Guest Post: senior pets in our lives

Today, we have a guest post from Dr. Rex Riggs, owner of Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Powell, Ohio. He is a veterinarian, and an Advisory Board member of Embrace Pet Insurance. Dr. Riggs writes about senior cats and dogs in our lives.


Grey muzzles have always gotten to me. I love seeing the mellow older dogs meandering into the hospital. Most of them have been coming to see me since they were little rambunctious pups. They have become my friends. They walk a little slower and don’t hear as well. Some of them have diabetes and some have bladder problems. Sometimes they can’t see as well and might need help up. No different then us as we age.

Boo When we age we start doing things little different. We tend to go to the doctor more for tests. We tend to watch our diet. We need to take medicines to help with our little incontinences of ageing. We need to do the same for our furry friends. Remember they are tougher then we are. They hide illness and pain much better then we do. I recommend twice a year exam for our older pets.

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Ask Laura: worries about bloat in a German Shepherd Dog

I recently had a question about bloat from a concerned breeder of German Shepherd Dogs.

 

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