CBD stands for Cannabidiol, a phyto cannabinoid extracted from cannabis. Cannabinoids are very popular on the human side for medicinal purposes. There have been discussions that they can be helpful in dogs and pets.
Yesterday a cat came into our practice for vomiting- the presence of squiggling spaghetti like worms in her vomit prompted the anxious visit. Because roundworms eggs can infect humans, and there were small cute children in the exam room, we had a tense and stressed conversation about zoonotic disease (diseases that pass from animals to humans) and parasite treatment and prevention.
Do you need to brush your own teeth? Yes- unless you want the sticky biofilm that is plaque forming a nasty fuzz over your teeth, causing odor (halitosis!) and laying the groundwork for infection. A biofilm like plaque is composed of millions of bacteria that stick to each other and surfaces with a slimy matrix, and never a good thing to have in your body.
It’s surprising that we accept a rotten smell from our dog’s and cat’s mouth and dismiss it as harmless doggie breath or tuna breath. That smell, which in a human makes us recoil, indicates disease in a pet. Kidney failure and advanced diabetes can cause changes in breath odor, but most often bacterial infection along the gums and bones surrounding the teeth is the culprit.
Over a third of pets are overweight. Our pets don’t have to hunt for their food, and mindless snacking is easy when food is available all the time. Exercise, especially in the winter months, is in short supply. Not enough dogs get the opportunity for regular long walks or off leash romps with friends in the park which they need.
Lyme disease is caused by infection with the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium. The infection is transmitted by the bite of a black legged tick (deer tick). Although previously it was thought that if a tick were removed within 24 hours infection could not occur, it is now believed that Lyme infection can occur within hours.