The almighty pet microchip is in many cases a very handy tool to help relocate your pet when he or she gets lost. The microchip is a tiny computer chip that is implanted between your pet's shoulder blades usually during an anesthetic procedure (but not always). This tiny chip is about the size of a grain of rice and it contains a specific group of numbers that are associated with your pet's identification information. When your pet gets lost, any good samaritan can bring your pet into almost any veterinary hospital or shelter and can be scanned for this chip at locations with microchip scanners. There are a few issues with pet microchips that may cause an issue as a pet owner. If your registration is not current and your phone number and address are not correct, your pet may not be able to be reunited with you. Secondly, when or if your pet gets lost, if your pet was originally owned by another family who chipped your pet and you have not updated the information from the previous owner, you might not be able to get your pet back without proper proof of ownership. This was the case recently with a man in Meridian, Idaho who lost his 7 year old basset hound. His dog was lost and ended up at the Meridian Shelter. When he went to pick up his dog, he was refused because his dog's microchip was registered under another owner's name and information. Even though the man had years of pictures with his dog, and had no idea that the previous owner had microchipped him, the Meridian Shelter refused to accept him as the owner of his Basset Hound. He was told that he would have to purchase his dog from the shelter after he became adoptable. A scary idea... what if your pet gets lost, someone picks up your pet and microchips him with their information attached to your pet? According to Meridian Shelter, that would mean the person who stole your dog and microchipped your dog would now be considered the new owner! A sure way to avoid these possible mishaps would be to microchip your pet and always keep your pet's information up to date. You can look up the phone number to call to update your pet's information at petmicrochiplookup.org if you know your pet's chip number. Give us a call if you do not know your pet's chip number. We can help you through the process of updating your pet's microchip information. If your pet is not microchipped, we can microchip your pet at anytime but if an anesthetic procedure is possible in the short future, it is better to do that while a pet is sedated because it is a large needle. It is always important to keep your pet's microchip information up to date so that the microchip is able to be helpful for reuniting you and your pet when they get lost.
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Wellness testing is a simple and effective way to monitor your older dog's or cat's health. Pet senior wellness bloodwork is recommended once a year for pets over 7 years of age. Why do we recommend pet senior wellness bloodwork at Broadway Vet? Cats and dogs are very good about masking illness and disease. Even if your pet doesn't appear to be sick sometimes we find out that indeed they are through their bloodwork. If detected early on, before a pet shows signs of illness, often steps can be taken to manage and sometimes correct the problem before permanent damage occurs. Senior dogs and cats have greater chances of developing disease or having an ongoing condition that needs to be monitored. Our senior wellness bloodwork includes four main categories for testing.
Chemistry- This panel checks the internal organs function and helps detect problems with liver, kidney or even if a pet has diabetes or other disorders.
Complete Blood Count- This is a routine test of the white and red blood cells that is used to indicate the presence of infections or many forms of disease.
Urinalysis- This test shows if the kidneys are working properly, detects diabetes, infection in the urinary system or cancer of the urinary system
Thyroid Testing- Checking the thyroid helps know if there is a problem with your pet's metabolic rate of the body. This should be checked if there is any unexplained weight gain or loss, lack of energy, recurring skin or ear infections, or hair loss.
Early detection and treatment of medical problems is key to ensuring that your pet will live a long and health life for as long as possible. This month we are offering 10% off Pet Senior Wellness Bloodwork! Give us a call to schedule your pet for a bloodwork appointment at 208-344-5592.
Did you know that two thirds of our dog's and cat's teeth are under the gums? That portion under the gum is not visible to the naked eye unless a dental xray is taken. Without dental radiographs, studies have shown that significant pathology is missed in 75% of pets! Here at Broadway Vet, we pride ourselves in offering the Gold Standard of veterinary medicine for pets. With dentistry procedures we now always offer full-mouth dental xrays.
Dental radiographs are one of the most important diagnostic tools available during a dentistry procedure. They allow us to see the internal anatomy of the teeth, the roots and bone that surrounds the roots. Taking dental radiographs is simple while your pet is anesthetized. Taking dental radiographs is the only one true way to know the health and stability of your pet's teeth.
When it comes to tooth extraction, if you talk to a dental specialist, they'll tell you that you should never do extractions without pre- and post- extraction xrays. You cannot tell which teeth need extraction without those images. Without xrays there is no possible way to determine if the full tooth root has been extracted after the tooth has come out. The fine details of digital xray imaging is important in finding small pieces left behind that the naked eye might not notice. Full-mouth radiographs are also helpful to establish a baseline for future-comparison.
Under the surface of the visible gum line, we will find things like abscesses, resorptive lesions, periodontal disease and even unerupted teeth that cannot be seen with just the visible eye above the gum line. These dental condition are painful for your pet and can lead to additional problems. At Broadway Veterinary Hospital we offer the top off the line veterinary care for good reason. Because at Broadway Vet, we love your pet. We want your pet to be pain free, healthy and live a long high quality life. You can always rest assured during your pet's dentistry procedures, your pet will be receiving the quality veterinary care that your pet deserves.
The Bordetella vaccine is a vaccine to protect against Bordetella Bronchiseptica. Bordetella Bronchiseptica causes inflammation in the upper respiratory system which leads to coughing and secondary infections. Most veterinary professionals commonly call the vaccine Kennel Cough. The term Kennel Cough encompasses a multitude of different highly contagious upper respiratory diseases. Kennel cough is not fatal but can lead to bronchopneumonia or chronic bronchitis in immunocompromised dogs. Kennel cough is spread by aerosol droplets spread through direct contact of pet to pet or from infected surfaces to pets. It is most likely to be picked up in areas where dogs commonly congregate like grooming facilities, boarding facilities, dog training classes or the dog park (even the Green Belt). Despite kennel cough being highly contagious, it is also usually easily treatable. The most likely treatment for kennel cough is rest, antibiotics and cough medicine but be sure to consult your veterinarian because some cases are treated more aggressively than others. We carry two types of Bordetella vaccines here at Broadway Vet and they are the oral vaccine and the injectable vaccine.
Some boarding facilities and grooming facilities have different requirements for the bordetella vaccine. For example, some facilities require the nasal or injectable bordetella but do not allow the oral vaccine. Another facility requires a 6 month bordetella vaccine booster. Some boarding facilities' vaccine protocol go against the label recommendations of our carried bordetella vaccines but can be done upon the request of the owner. Also there are boarding facilities now require the influenza vaccines. To learn more about the canine influenza vaccines, please visit us here . Be sure to let us know what type of social activities your dog goes to and check with those facilities for vaccine requirements prior to your appointment to update your pet's vaccines.
Please give us a call to schedule an appointment to update your pet's Bordetella Vaccine before its time to go boarding.
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Feline Core Vaccinations at Broadway
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 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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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