Dr. Google... the veterinarian.

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  • 19 Sep, 2017

It starts with something like this, “I read on the internet that...” 

It starts with something like this, “I read on the internet that...” As a veterinarian, we cringe, hoping that what follows is something you heard from a reliable veterinarian online source. Have you ever gone on WebMD with your symptoms and found out that you are ultimately dying or have cancer and then go to your doctor and find out you just have a common cold? Have you ever read an article and immediately wanted to know if it was true but the source was very vague? What information can you trust on the internet as a pet owner? With this post we hope to help guide each pet owner to more reliable educational online materials and teach strategies how to spot untrustworthy information online.

How to spot misinformation online?

1. What date was the article written? Was it written years ago and its being re-circulated? Outdated information can also be misinformation. Technology advances make medicine changes continuously and what was medically correct 5-10 years ago, may be incorrect now.

2. Who wrote the article? Who are the sources? The article writer is important to know and the background of the writer. You want to look for someone who has knowledge in the veterinary field and is publishing from a reputable source. A good source of online veterinary information would be from a veterinary university website. Peer reviewed journals from veterinarians. Be careful though, some articles claim to be written by or source a veterinarian but are similar to claims being written from a doctor like Dr. Oz on TV.  A Facebook page is not a reputable source for veterinary information unless the source is from a veterinarian or a veterinarian university.

3. Are the claims in the information found on other reputable websites articles? Cross compare information to make sure one source is not providing misinformation while other sites state other information that is true.

4. Here's a list of some sites to visit for educational veterinarian information:
http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/
http://csu-cvmbs.colostate.edu/vth/small-animal/Pages/default.aspx
http://www.vspn.org/LIBRARY/WWWDirectory/ClientEducation.htm
https://www.aaha.org/pet_owner/pet_health_library/default.aspx

5. Be especially careful not to give your pet human medications as directed by an online source. Please contact your veterinarian first!

Please feel free to give us a call if you ever are concerned about your pet or message us on Facebook or send us an email! We are here for you!
By 7016447379 20 Nov, 2017

Feline Core Vaccinations at Broadway Vet


FVRCP (Rhino/Calici/Panleukopenia)

Calici and Rhinotracheitis (also known as the Herpesvirus) are responsible for 80% of all respiratory tract diseases and present as runny eyes, nose, sneezing and fever. Panleukopenia is often fatal, highly contagious viral disease and often presents as fever, diarrhea, vomiting, anorexia. Until recently Panleukopenia was a very common disease, however after the creation and continued use of the vaccination by veterinarians, this disease is now very uncommon. Vaccinated cats are protected from the disease and recommended for all cats.


Rabies vaccination is a core vaccine and should be up to date at all times no matter if your cat has no exposure to anywhere but your house. Rabid bats are in Idaho and can transfer the fatal disease to your cat with one simple bite. Bats can get into your house at anytime. Rabies is always fatal and can be transferred to humans. One other concern for keeping your cat's rabies vaccination up to date would be for avoidance of quarantine. When a pet bites a human, the humane society and animal control require a rabies quarantine if reported by the injured victim. The victim may actually ask for rabies testing as well. It is very important to update the rabies vaccine for your cat. The first rabies is a 1 year vaccination. Any following rabies vaccines are 3 year vaccinations.


Leukemia

Leukemia is the leading viral killer of cats. The virus is spread through nasal secretions and saliva of infected cats and is transmitted from infected mother cats to her kittens and also through bite wounds. Leukemia is very serious and most cats infected only live at most 3 years after becoming infected. Outdoor cats, and Indoor/Outdoor cats and cats exposed to such individuals are the cats most at risk for contracting Leukemia. Indoor only cats are not recommended to get this vaccine EXCEPT in the first series of vaccines.


Kitten vaccinations sets: We recommend starting the kitten series at 8 weeks of age. The second set of vaccinations should be at 12 weeks of age. The final set should be at 16 weeks of age. The kitten will get a FVRCP vaccination at every visit and a rabies at the final visit. FELV will be given at the first and second visit. After this final set is complete, the kitten is now ready to come back for vaccinations once a year after that.



Non- Core Vaccinations


FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) is another viral killer of cats. It is mostly spread to bite wounds so cats who get into cat fights are most at risk for contracting this virus. Infected cats seem normal for years but infection eventually leads to a state where the cat cannot heal itself from other infections. We do not recommend this vaccine as it cannot always be effective and it almost always will make the cat show up as positive for future testing results. Make sure to discuss the vaccination with your veterinarian.


Bordetella is a respiratory disease that causes a cough, runny nose and runny eyes, sneeze and occasional fever. Currently, Broadway Vet is only recommending this vaccination if there is a cat in the household that is frequently exposed to this disease. Make sure to discuss this vaccination with your veterinarian.


Please talk to your veterinarian about which vaccines your pet should get. Each pet has different exposure levels and receive their own vaccine protocol. Give us a call if you have any questions about which vaccines your pet should be getting.

By 7016447379 13 Nov, 2017

The idea of using a muzzle on your pet is sometimes an unsettling thought. Worried clients ask “Can they breath? Is it painful? Is it cruel?” So many questions can arise to the topic of muzzling a pet.

Although muzzling is controversial, there are often times where it is necessary to muzzle a pet at a vet clinic. The number one reason for muzzling a pet is the safety of the pet and the people working with the pet. Even if your pet never has to rely on a muzzle, its good to understand the reason why one might be necessary.


A lot of times there are various reasons necessary to muzzle a dog. For example, an injured dog may react aggressively when otherwise the pet is totally friendly. Pain and fear often can cause aggressive behavior in dogs. If you also put yourself in your pet's perspective, the veterinarian hospital is a scary place and there are several people approaching your pet as strangers. Sometimes those people approaching your pet need to poke your pet with needles and/or put a thermometer in your pet's rectum. I don't know, but if that was me as a human being approached in that setting, I might become aggressive when I'm otherwise very friendly in other situations. We have one specific dog that comes in that is absolutely not aggressive but absolutely needs a muzzle in order to calm that dog down! There are many reasons to muzzle a dog.


Why it's not that bad? Your pet when muzzled is much safer that when its not muzzled when aggressive behavior is shown. Some pets will bite hard objects near people when trying to bite someone and end up harming themselves instead. When restrained without a muzzle, often times dogs may thrash their entire body to become free in order to try to bite. The muzzle usually acts as a calming effect when placed on an aggressive dog and the dog becomes immobilized after muzzling. When not muzzled, some dogs become aggressive towards their owners in stressful situations. Your protection is also part of our goal when it comes to muzzling. Anther reason to muzzle would be for the veterinarian's safety. We would like to keep our staff uninjured as well as pets and their pet owners. So for safety, a muzzle is just a precaution. The pet can breath. Its not cruel but more of a safety measure. Not every pet needs a muzzle either! It is really up to the behavior of the pet whether it is necessary or not.


While a controversial topic, we hope that we explained well the reason why a muzzle might be used on a dog in the veterinarian setting. I hope that you understand that safety of pets, pet owners and the staff are our utmost important goal. Because Broadway Vet Loves Your Pet.

By 7016447379 12 Nov, 2017
Keeping your dog's nails trimmed short is important! Older pets can easily slip on slick surfaces when their nails are long. Another reason to keep your dog's nails short is because they can get a painful nail break when they get too long. 

Using the proper nail trimmers for your size of pet is the best place to start when it comes to trimming nails. We like to use the scissor type nail trimmers for very small animals, and the pliers-style nail trimmers for the larger animals. 

We are always welcome to showing a demonstration on how to trim nails in clinic upon request. If you have never trimmed your pet's nails before, please come in for a demonstration on how to trim their nails first.

Make sure to have a clotting powder on hand in case you trim the nails too short. Usually the powder best to use is QwikStop but you can also use flour or cornstarch. 

TIP- Handle your pet's paws often while not trimming them especially when they are young to get them used to you touching their feet. Give them lots of treats and praise when you touch their feet.

How to trim a nail: Cut the nail at a 45 degree angle below the quick, take off a small amount at a time. Trim until you see a white ring with a small black dot in the center. Be careful to only take a small amount off at a time or you may trim into the quick and cause the nail to bleed.  See the image below for reference.

Please see our nail trim demonstration video here.
By 7016447379 06 Nov, 2017

Things to remember as we come closer to the holiday season:

    Human foods - there are many human foods that pets should not eat that humans eat during this time of year. Most commonly seen pets for human food ingestion at Broadway Vet are pets who eat

  • chocolate (like Halloween Candy)
  • bones from turkey or ham or chicken
  • candies that have xylitol (artificial sweetner)
  • sweet or fatty foods
  • alcohol or drug ingestion
  • dough
  • toxic flowers
  • grapes and raisins

    These foods often can cause some gastrointestinal problems in pets that warrant a trip to the veterinary hospital. Please keep these common food items and the trash cans out of reach of pets. Keep Pet Poison Control Hotline on hand in case of accidental ingestion 888-426-4435.


    Traveling with your pet- If you are flying anywhere with your pet, you will need a health certificate. International Health certificates usually have a lot of requirements and it is important to check what is required prior to your appointment for a health certificate. Proof of rabies is required for all health certificates unless your pet is under 15 weeks old.


    Visitors may disrupt your pets- Sometimes visitors coming over during the holidays can cause pets anxiety. Some pets may even go missing during the holidays due to doors being opened more frequently due to guests arriving and leaving. Make sure your pet is microchipped prior to the holiday season and has I.D. tags on his collar.


    Boarding / kenneling your pets- Make sure your pets are up to date on their vaccinations prior to arrival at the kennel. Most facilities have specific vaccine requirements for your pets. Please check with your boarding facilities prior to scheduling a vaccination appointment on what your pet needs to be up to date.


Be careful giving anything besides your dog's regular food during this season, you can contact us if you have any further questions regarding things that may harm your pet during this season. We hope you have a safe and wonderful holiday season this year! Broadway Vet Loves Your Pet!


By 7016447379 30 Oct, 2017

As a veterinary receptionist, we are constantly asked to give medical advice over the phone or be transferred to a doctor who they also insist to give medical advice over the phone. There are several reasons why this is not what's best for the pet and can sometimes even harm your pet. Often clients get angry for not immediately answering their questions over the phone. Here are a few reasons why asking your veterinarian for medical advice for your pet over the phone is a bad idea for you and your pet.


Besides being unethical and illegal to prescribe medications over the phone. Veterinarians can't accurately diagnose or treat a pet without a physical exam.

A doctor-patient relationship is required in order to prescribe medications legally. If a veterinarian has never seen a patient before, it is illegal to prescribe medication to that pet. The only way for the veterinarian to accurately prescribe medications to a pet is to complete a physical exam on a patient.


Many diseases have the same symptoms but require different treatment.

Coughing, sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea? Those are all different symptoms that could mean different things for different pets. A thorough patient history, a thorough physical exam and sometimes diagnostics are required in order to know what a patient is sick with and how they should be treated medically. That just cannot be done over the phone.


To determine the cause of the symptoms and ensure the best outcome, doctors need to examine the pet in person and sometimes perform diagnostic testing.

We can't perform xrays or bloodwork over the phone. Sometimes diagnostics are required to find out what is wrong with a pet. It is important to bring in a patient in person to find out what is wrong.


Treating a pet for the wrong disease will cost more in the end and could be harmful or even be deadly to your pet.

If a patient is treated incorrectly by just being treated for symptoms without an accurate diagnostic, this can be dangerous for the patient. A doctor must perform an exam in order to find out what is wrong first otherwise the patient could be treated incorrectly!


When pets are due for vaccines the doctor has to do an exam to make sure your pet is healthy enough to receive the vaccines.

We do not vaccinate sick pets! If you pet has a fever, or is not feeling well then the doctor will not be ok with vaccinating that pet. A physical exam is required to find out if your pet is sick or not.


We are not out to try to steal your money when we tell you that your pet has to come in for exam. I promise you that we only have your pet's best interest in mind when we ask you to bring in your pet to us to be seen. 

BROADWAY VET LOVES YOUR PET!

By 7016447379 29 Oct, 2017

Most people routinely winterize their house, cars and wardrobe but one thing you don't normally think about is winterizing your pets. What does this mean exactly? Well, all pets should have a wellness check up from their veterinarian before the snow starts falling, to make sure that they are ready to handle the colder weather. Idaho winters can be unrelenting and harsh. The cold weather can worsen some conditions, like arthritis, so it's best to address it before your pet worsens. Does your pet have a warm place to sleep away from drafts? The "Winterize Your Pet" package comes with a free Polar Fleece blanket to snuggle up with. If your pet plays outdoors often in the cold weather, make sure they are staying well hydrated and well fed because they will burn more calories as the tempurature drops. Also, when they come back inside from playing or walking, make sure to dry them off, particularly their paws. Your pet's fur and paws can absorb salt, antifreeze and other chemicals used in the winter. November's special is designed by the Doctors at Broadway Vet to be a pro-active wellness package to make sure that your pet is healthy and ready for cold weather.

Here's what is included:

Winterize Your Pet Package

Physical Exam

Bloodwork

Fecal Test

Deworming

Polar Fleece Blanket  

Normally $237.50

20% off (-$47.50)

November Special = $190.00

Give us a call to schedule an appointment for your pet to be winterized at 208-344-5592.

As always we are open 7 days a week until 7pm.


By 7016447379 24 Oct, 2017


After researching a lot of articles from holistic or “natural” pet diets and promotion of the raw pet food diets, concerns for the pet's health and safety as well as pet owners safety emerge when reading about feeding pets raw diets. A number of people feel that feeding domesticated animals (cats and dogs) raw meats is healthier for them because “that's what wolves or wild cats would eat in the wild”. However after years of domesticated breeding, today the house cat and dog are very different than the wolf or wild cat in terms of dietary needs. Wild animals also have a shorter lifespan then that of the domesticated counterpart because of balanced diet and maintenance. Because Broadway Vet loves your pet, we would like to extend your pet's life for as long as possible. Here are the main reasons against feeding Raw Pet Food Diet:


  1. Raw Diets can be unbalanced. If you think putting raw chicken with bones in a bowl is a balanced meal, then your pet is going to see some side effects from a lack of nutrients. Your pet needs at minimum a variety of veggies, meat, carbohydrates in order to get the nutrients to have a balance diet. Often times, pets who are fed raw food only are underweight and undernourished.

  2. GI Issues are a highly likely problem with switching to a raw pet food diet. Most owners simply start feeding raw diet after years on regular dry dog food and the sudden change has a huge impact on the gastro system of the pet. Transition time to any new diet is an important thing to remember.

  3. Bones in raw meat can break your pet's teeth! Don't ever feed your dog or cat bones. The enamel of our pets teeth is the same strength as a bone sometimes weaker than the bone. That means when your pet breaks a tooth, you will have to pay for your pet to go through an expensive extraction or tooth repair.

  4. Always when thinking about feeding raw meat, you should be concerned about contamination. The source of your meat is important and how long the meat has been thawed out. Studies done by the CDC on 1000 pet food samples showed that the raw pet food diets had more contamination than the cooked pet foods. Salmonella contamination is common problem seen at veterinary hospitals with pet's fed a raw meat diet.

  5. Listen to the experts: Publicly several professional experts appose feeding pets raw food. Among the list- AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association, CAPC (Companion Animal Parasite Control, CDC (Center for disease control) That list is hard to ignore.


If you have any questions about what to feed your pet, please consult your veterinarian. Your veterinarian can provide you excellent advise when it comes to what you should feed your pet to extend its' lifespan.


Broadway Vet Loves Your Pet

By 7016447379 15 Oct, 2017

Core Vaccinations at Broadway Vet-


Bordetella vaccine also known as kennel cough. This vaccine is required at most doggie daycares, boarding or grooming facilities. It protects against a respiratory disease in dogs spread at locations where other dogs play at like those locations that require the vaccination and also on walks around your neighborhood or at the dog park. Kennel cough is highly contagious. This vaccination is labeled for one year use however some boarding/grooming facilities require it to be updated every 6 months. Please let us know if you board or go to doggie daycare at Camp Bow Wow as they require an injection bordetella and we normally give an oral vaccine instead which they do not allow or honor.


DAPP+L4 (Distemper/Adenovirus/Parvovirus/Parainfluenza/Lepto) This vaccine is a core vaccine. Distemper virus — Attacks the lungs and affects the function of the brain and spinal cord; disease can be fatal, Adenovirus — Affects the liver and can cause loss of vision, Parainfluenza — Respiratory virus that causes coughing, Parvovirus — Attacks the lining of the intestinal tract and damages the heart of very young puppies; a disease can be fatal and is very common in Idaho! Leptospirosis is caused by a bacteria spread through soil, water, and the urine of infected animals, and if not caught early it can be deadly. It is very important to vaccinate your dog for these viruses because Parvo, Parainfluenza and Lepto have been seen at Broadway Vet in the last year commonly! They are prevalent in the treasure valley and can infect your pet. The DAPP+L4 is a one year vaccine.


Rabies vaccination is a core vaccine and should be up to date at all times no matter if your dog has no exposure to anywhere but your house and backyard. Rabid bats are in Idaho and can transfer the fatal disease to your dog with one simple bite. Rabies is always fatal and can be transferred to humans. One other concern for keeping your dog's rabies vaccination up to date would be for avoidance of quarantine. When a pet bites a human, the humane society and animal control require a rabies quarantine if reported by the injured victim. The victim may actually ask for rabies testing as well. It is very important to update the rabies vaccine for your dog. The first rabies is a 1 year vaccination. Any following rabies vaccines are 3 year vaccinations.


Puppies vaccinations sets: We recommend starting the puppy series at 8 weeks of age. The second set of vaccinations should be at 12 weeks of age. The final set should be at 16 weeks of age. The puppy will get a DAPP vaccination at every visit and a rabies at the final visit. Bordetella will be given at the second visit. After this final set is complete, the puppy is now ready to come back for vaccinations once a year after that.


NON-CORE vaccinations: We can vaccinate for some non-core vaccinations here at Broadway Vet and they should be given after a thorough evaluation of the pet's exposure level.


Canine Influenza: As stated in a previous post here ( https://www.broadwayvethosp.net/civ-canine-influenza ) We recommend vaccinating for flu vaccines if the dog goes boarding or grooming. The first vaccine will need to be boostered 3-4 weeks later and then once a year after that. Only a few boarding facilities require the flu vaccines at this time.


Rattlesnake vaccine: The rattlesnake vaccine is supposed to help allow your pet more time to get to the veterinary hospital. It does not stop the rattlesnake bite effects, but rather slows them enough to give the pet owner time to get to a veterinary hospital to get treatment for their pet. We recommend getting the vaccine if your pet goes hiking in the foothills, camping or goes on trips to desert type areas where rattlesnakes are present. The rattlesnake vaccine should be given in early spring and boostered 3-4 weeks later.


Please talk to your veterinarian about which vaccines your pet should get. Each pet has different exposure levels and receive their own vaccine protocol. Give us a call if you have any questions about which vaccines your pet should be getting.

By 7016447379 06 Oct, 2017

What exactly is included in a physical exam?

The doctors go through many evaluations in a physical exam of a pet that they may not state directly to the owner in order to focus and have more time on the main concerns. If something is normal the doctor may just say, “Everything looks healthy.” or “Everything looks great except..” What you don't know is what the doctor saw that means that everything looks good. Here's what the doctors look at specifically during a thorough examination.

  • General Appearance: A weight and temperature will be taken. The doctor will look for the following: Is the pet bright, alert and responsive? Does the pet have a good body condition?
  • Eyes: Are the c orneas clear? Are the pupils a normal size and symmetrical? Is the sclera white? Is there ocular discharge
  • Ears: Is there discharge observed? Is there redness present?
  • Integument (skin and coat): Is there a normal amount of shedding? Does the skin looks normal? Is the hair coat in good condition?
  • Oral Cavity: Are the teeth are free from excessive tartar? Are the gums pink and moist? Is there gingivitis present?
  • Lymphatics: Are the l ymph nodes all normal size?
  • Cardiovascular (heart): The doctor will listen to the heart. A heart rate vital will be taken. Does the heart have a r egular rhythm? Is there a murmur detected? Are there strong femoral pulses? Is capillary refill time (CRT) is less than 2 seconds?
  • Musculoskeletal: Is the pet able to walk normally?
  • Gastrointestinal: Does the pet poop normally? The doctor will palpate the stomach.
  • Urogenital: Does the pet pee normally? Do the external genitalia appear normal? The doctor will palpate the bladder.
  • Respiratory: The doctor will listen the lungs to make sure that the lungs ascultate clear and the trachea is clear. A respiratory rate vital will be taken.
  • Neurologic: The doctor will make sure there are no apparent neurological abnormalities
  • Mucous Membranes: The doctor will check to see if they are pink, moist, and there is normal capillary refill time.


That's a lot of things that the doctors check in an examination to make sure your pet is healthy. Just because your pet appears to be in good health doesn’t mean there’s nothing wrong. Sometimes a thorough annual physical examination will uncover important health issues that would otherwise go unnoticed. Paying $49.00 for a physical examination is worth the money. We recommend an annual examination on your pet once a year even if it looks healthy. Noticing something is wrong before the pet gets terribly sick can sometimes save your pet's life. Give us a call to schedule your pet's wellness examination once a year so that you can be proactive about your pet's health.

Broadway Vet Loves Your Pet

By 7016447379 03 Oct, 2017


"Among all causes of lethal feline disease, none should be taken more seriously by cat owners than those caused by two specific submicroscopic organisms: feline leukemia virus ( FeLV ) and feline immunodeficiency virus ( FIV ).

FeLV is usually spread when an uninfected cat comes in contact with the saliva or urine of an infected cat-while they groom each other, for example, or when they share food bowls or litter boxes. FIV, on the other hand, is most often spread when an infected cat bites an uninfected cat. A human cannot become infected through contact with an infected cat.

Among the most frequently diagnosed FeLV-caused conditions are lymphoma  (cancer or solid tumors of the lymph nodes); leukemia (cancer of various bone marrow and circulating white blood cells); and anemia  (a deficiency of red blood cells). Immune deficiency resulting from FeLV infection can also diminish a cat's ability to ward off infection with countless bacteria, protozoa, fungi and other viruses.

The most commonly observed clinical signs of FIV infection include inflammation of the mucous tissue of the mouth, inflammation of the middle layer of the eye  and various cancers . Other frequent consequences include chronic skin infections, gastrointestinal  upset and persistent diarrhea , urinary system problems, respiratory  tract infections,  neurologic disorders , and, in females, reproductive failures such as spontaneous abortion. Some infected cats experience recurrent illness interspersed with periods of relative good health. In most cats, however, susceptibility to opportunistic diseases increases progressively as the animal's immune system is repeatedly challenged by successive episodes of illness." -Cornell University of Veterinary Medicine

Any cat that has contact with other cats is susceptible to contracting these viruses and recommended to get tested once a year. It is often a cat with no symptoms that can be positive on their test results. Symptoms of these infections are treatable and being proactive will help your cat live a longer life when either a FIV or FELV positive test result is found.

October's special discount is $25.00 off of feline Viral Screening.

Normally Felv/FIV tests are $65.00 but in October with the discount they are now $40.00.

This can be a technician appointment (blood draw only). The only requirements are a current annual exam and a current rabies vaccination.

Give us a call at 208-344-5592 to schedule your cat's appointment for viral screening.

BROADWAY VET LOVES YOUR PET

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