Does Your Pet Struggle with Skin Issues?

Kayden- Cone of ShameI’ve recently joined a very unfortunate club, the group of pet parents whose pets have skin issues. I make it sound a little dramatic, but I could see a need for a support group for us folks. After all, in most cases, pet skin issues are recurring, if not chronic, and can be uncomfortable for the pet, and icky and costly for the household.

In our case, Kayden appears to be “sucking his flanks” (a creepy sounding vet term if I ever heard one) as a result of some sort of allergy or irritant. But he’s been treated twice for it so far this year and I’m not very optimistic we’ve beat it yet. And, let’s face it: what’s worse than the medication that costs about $50/month and the vet visits? The cone of shame. Kayden hates it and refuses to eat or even go outside when the neighbor dogs are out. My kids are terrified of it. My daughter cried when I told her he would have to start wearing it again. It’s rotten for everyone involved.

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Wellness: The Importance of Preventative Care

Poodle mix at VetI am always reminded of this difference between animals and humans when I take dental radiographs. We can see only what is above the gum line, but most dental disease happens under the gums. I can’t believe how a tail-wagging dog will come in as if nothing is wrong, but then we take radiographs and we can see tooth root abscesses. Now, anyone who has had a root canal will remember that excruciating and unbearable pain prior to the procedure. That pain was due to a tooth root abscess, the same thing that seemingly had no effect on that dog. It does though, just as much as us, but they handle it better.

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Podcast: Pet Poisoning Risks

A few months back there was quite the scare about feeding dogs peanut butter. It wasn’t actually the peanut butter, but the artificial sweetener, Xylitol, found in some peanut butters that was making pets sick.

Occasionally there are new hazards like this introduced to our pets, so we wanted to take a few minutes to talk with Dr. Patrick Mahaney about some of the latest trends in pet poisoning and toxicity.

Dr. Patrick will talk a bit more about the Xylitol risks, as well as other common household items that may pose a threat for your pet. Some of them might surprise you.

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Wellness Gone Wild

Back in the day, old school Embracer philosophy was that insurance was for “unexpected things,” the big stuff. Broken legs, swallowed tennis balls, cancer, diabetes, and so on... But, after a few years, we started noticing a trend. Pet parents wanted to “use” their insurance, for little stuff - shots, flea and tick meds, even dental cleanings. More like their own human insurance, they wanted to go to the doctor for a yearly checkup and feel that their insurance was paying off. So, we started the Wellness Rewards program, just to cover routine wellness care at 100% up to your yearly limit.

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Welcome to Wellness Month

Commands for the Vet's OfficeLast week when waiting at my vet’s office to check out, I observed the receptionist in her natural environment, ringing me out, checking another client in, juggling two phone calls on hold, and talking to a service repairman, all at the same time. It was the perfect reminder of what everyone in the vet offices knows all too well: everyone and their brother is scrambling to get their pet caught up on shots, flea and tick prevention, and so on. While the vets have the patient in the exam room, it’s the perfect time to discuss the need for a dental cleaning and so on. Wellness season, like the DC cherry trees,  is in full bloom.

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