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Long Leash On Life Donates 100,000 Pounds of Cat & Dog Food to Local Homeless Pets in Community Event


ong Leash On Life filled thousands of food bowls for less fortunate pets in Albuquerque on December 13, 2018 during an annual giving event that has become a welcome tradition in the greater nonprofit animal welfare community. Co-owners Ken Wormser and Norm Shrout orchestrated a 100,000 pound pet food donation to 20 animal welfare organizations at Long Leash On Life’s 4th Annual PAY IT PET-WARD Food Drive Donation. Impressive trailer trucks and dozens of community volunteers filled Long Leash On Life’s parking lot with tall pallets of cat and dog food that were later allocated to a variety of local animal shelters, pet food banks and rescue organizations. Each year during the season of giving, Long Leash On Life is proud to recognize as many dedicated local organizations as possible whose purpose is to benefit disadvantaged cats and dogs. This includes rescue groups that aid homeless pets as well as food banks that reach a diverse array of pet parents with limited resources. It also gives Long Leash On Life a chance to give back to the community by donating cat and dog food to rural and urban shelters in need. “We are thrilled to make these donations,” Wormser said. “We hope this will encourage other businesses, individuals and organizations to do the same.” Participants confirm that this feel-good event is always marked by amplifying holiday spirit, ear-to-ear smiles, plenty of bear-hugs, and even a few happy tears. And the camaraderie of the day is

simply beyond words. Stephanie Kaylan, Founder of Wanagi Wolf Fund & Rescue stated, “For all you do for our pet community, words are insufficient to express our gratitude. We thank you...thank you...thank you!” “You can never underestimate the passion of our community when it comes to helping homeless pets,” Shrout said. “And we are honored to include pet food banks, that reach many seniors at risk of losing their social support system— their beloved pet.” Long Leash On Life is confident that this pet food contribution helped promote the wellbeing of homeless pets, and shaped a more optimistic future for their adoption into forever, loving homes.

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pringtime brings warmer weather and longer days, but it also brings something much less enjoyable: seasonal allergies. Tree pollen and mold spores are the main airborne culprits this time of year, their allergenic mayhem enhanced by Albuquerque’s spring winds. Seasonal allergies can make pets just as miserable as people who suffer from allergies, but there are natural, effective ways to minimize your pet’s discomfort. Seasonal allergies in humans usually result in “sneezywheezy” symptoms: sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, runny nose, congestion, and coughing. In dogs and cats, however, seasonal allergies are more likely to manifest as skin-related problems such as itching, inflammation (redness), skin infections (e.g., hot spots), excessive shedding, and chronic ear infections. If you notice your pet frequently scratching, licking, scooting, or chewing on herself, these are signs that she may be suffering from an allergy of some sort. Respiratory issues can occur too, and are more commonly seen in cats than dogs. Making your pet more comfortable during allergy season requires a three-pronged approach: · · ·

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When airborne allergens are prevalent, limit your pet’s time outside and maintain a clean indoor environment for her. Keep windows closed, vacuum and dust regularly, use natural cleaning products throughout the house, and wash bedding frequently with a hypoallergenic laundry soap. After trips outside, use grooming wipes to remove dust, pollen, and environmental pollutants that accumulate on your dog’s coat and feet. For regular pet bathing, choose gentle, all-natural, hypoallergenic shampoos and conditioners that will not dry out and irritate skin. Most importantly, make sure you are feeding your pet an all-natural, species-appropriate diet made with quality ingredients in order to minimize the overall load of toxins, irritants, and allergens her body must deal with. Ingredients to always avoid: corn, wheat, soy, by-products, unnamed meats, high fructose corn syrup and other added sugars, propylene glycol, BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin, artificial colors, artificial flavors, and artificial preservatives. Foods to seek out: low-carb, grain-free, potato-free formulas that contain beneficial ingredients such as fish oil, coconut oil, probiotics, and phytonutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, and botanicals. When the symptoms of seasonal allergies do arise in your pet, it’s imperative to take action quickly to prevent

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am having a phone conversation and this is the question that is being posed to me. Well, I said: “I am bias to rescuing dogs versus getting a dog from a breeder.”

In my mind, the only exception to my bias is when for whatever reason a person is really keen on a particular breed that might not be easy to locate via a shelter. However, sometimes even obscure breeds are represented by rescue groups specific to the breed, so there goes my one argument as to when I would consider getting a dog from a breeder. Now, if we scratch the surface a little, I think a lot of folks shy away from getting a dog from a shelter or rescue group because they are afraid the dog might have a myriad of problems - be it behavioral issues or even health related ones. I am writing this blog shortly after I finished playing with both of my lovely rescues - which are truly problem-free. I sigh as I see them and I realize how lucky they got to being in a home and how lucky we got in having them. I would argue that yes there are many dogs that come with some baggage. And by doggie baggage - I am talking here about poor socialization that can easily result in a dog that is afraid, anxious and resorts to displays of aggression is no picnic. So indeed, getting the “right” dog is imperative. But what does it mean to get the “right dog”? The “right dog” is a dog that truly matches the expectations of the new family. A good match also involves the resources the family has. Time and money are always considerations. Pets are often expensive. If the dog has health or behavioral issues the cost associated with resolving these can be high. “Expenses” also come in the form of emotional drain. Not everyone should adopt a dog that has behavioral or medical issues unless they are absolutely sure they are staying in for the game. A game that might last very well for the length of the dog’s life. In other words, if someone would ask for my opinion about adopting what we call a “project” I will try hard to dissuade them. Or at least I would try and impress on them the amount of patience, knowhow and dedication that working with a dog that had less than his fair share in life requires. Then again, I see over and over again clients of mine that have a “project” dog and how they take to the task of helping their pup with such determination and love that urges me once again to consider revising my opinion. While I do not agree that love conquers all, it sure helps when we are bonded to an animal. It is because of that bond that we are willing to walk through fire - sort of speak, for this dog. I toast all of these folks who are committed to staying the course in helping their dog become more well-adjusted, less anxious, and thrive. In my personal and professional experience in working as a trainer in shelters, I can attest at the phenomenal dogs that are surrendered. These shelter dogs were just dogs. Dogs ready to go out and play, to find a warm spot on deck while taking in the view of the neighborhood while sunbathing. I was amazed on a daily basis on their ability to learn, even those pups that had never had “formal training”. I sure wish more people knew that shelter and rescue dogs are not necessarily broken. They are just deserving of a chance. I would also share that I have worked with many “broken” pure bred dogs. Continued next page

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Dogs that, while bred, perhaps to the breed’s specifications did not receive the socialization that they should have from the breeder. This really makes me upset. Breeders are supposed to be professionals and as such, folks buying a pup from a breeder should get the best behavioral puppy one can muster. Of course, there are also extraordinary breeders whom not only know their breed but that are truly doing a remarkable job in sending out their doors puppies that are well adjusted and healthy. There are other considerations that are relevant. Most people when they get a dog form a breeder are getting a small puppy. Just weeks old- with 8 weeks being the minimum age at which the puppy should be removed from the litter. In contrast, most people that adopt a shelter or rescue dog adopt a much older dog.


hese shelter dogs were just dogs. Dogs ready to go out and play, to find a warm spot on deck while taking in the view of the neighborhood while sunbathing.

Even though there a few temperament tests out there that claim will tell the potential adopter something about the puppy’s future temperament, the results on this claim are paltry at best. There is truly no bona fide way of knowing for certain how a young puppy will be in another completely different set of circumstances. Behavior is always context specific, change the context and now you are in unknown territory. In the case of the adult dog, potential adopters will also see “one dog” at the shelter and then notice that the dog they selected is acting differently (sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse from their perspective) once they bring the dog home. This process is called the honey-moon period and it can last for months as the dog continues to adjust and face novel situations. Having said this, an adult dog past the age of two years of age and even three years of age for some of the Giant breeds has a more “stable” temperament. In -other words, the adagio “what you see is what you get” is much more applicable when we are speaking of a fully mature animal. Of course, there are advantages of getting a young puppy! First off, can you think of any thing more cute and fun than a young puppy?

If the pet parent has done a good job of selecting a top notch breeder, they are off to a lot of work but an excellent start in the road to socializing this new puppy. Their efforts will determine how well adjusted their puppy turn out to be as an adult. Yes, of course, genetics do play a part on this. But again, if the breeder is a reputable breeder who is NOT breeding fearful dogs and among other things - then the chances of good genetics are strong. Unfortunately, most folks that get a new puppy barely scratch the surface when it comes to the “education” of their young keep. So, I am left wondering: What is the point really of purchasing a young puppy if in indeed the puppy will not be socialized properly? And now, we have a dog that came from a breeder that had tons of possibility for being a behavioral healthy (adult) dog and has instead become a “project”. As to my client asking these good questions, I told her to think through some of these options as she also evaluates in all honesty how much time, work and effort she is able to put into bringing either a young puppy or a “project” rescue dog. Only the new pet-parent can make the right choice but hopefully they do so more informed as to the potential challenges that each choice brings.

Almudena Ortiz Cué is a graduate of the renowned San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers (CTC), a Certified Professional Dog Trainer by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), a professional member of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), and the owner of C.H.A.C.O. Dog Training & Behavior Consulting, LLC. located in the Santa Fe, New Mexico area. I am also a certified Tellington TTouch® Practitioner for Companion Animals. As a staff trainer for two years at the Tony La Russa Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) in Walnut Creek, CA, I worked with under-socialized dogs who had experienced lengthy shelter stays or scored poorly on the SAFER test. I utilized training designed both to improve the lives of the dogs while at the shelter and to prepare them for successful adoptions. I also designed and implemented the shelter’s first Dog Training Internship Program (Dog TIP). In addition to private dog training and group classes, I offer one-onone consultations on behavior modification and group dog-training classes. Click here to see more.

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he health of your pet’s teeth is important to their overall health. Many don’t know the problems that dental issues can cause or even what it is caused by. It is imperative that you have your veterinarian check your pets teeth at least once a year. What better time to make this happen then Dental Month?

What is Dentistry and who should be performing it?

When a veterinarian performs a dental they are looking at the integrity of each tooth. Dentistry also includes the actual cleaning of each tooth, adjustment, fillings, extractions, or even repair of teeth. If adjustments, fillings, or some repair is necessary then the dental should be performed by a board-certified dentist. At the time they are under anesthesia is the time that the veterinarian can do a full oral examination looking for any masses or abnormal lesions. This will be followed by oral radiographs (x-rays) as well to look for any lesions that are not visible below the gumline. Below this gumline is where the majority of dental disease occurs. The teeth will then be scaled, to remove dental tartar and plaque. This will be followed by polishing. The process is very similar to when you have it done by a dentist.

Yearly examination

While you should have your pet’s teeth cleaned and examined yearly it is important to bring them to the veterinarian if any of the following are observed: ● Bad breath ● Extra teeth or teeth that never fell out as a puppy (retained teeth) ● Broken or loose teeth ● Teeth that are discolored ● Teeth covered in dental tartar ● Abnormal chewing or the inability to chew, drooling excessively, or drooping food from the mouth ● Reduced or absent appetite or just the refusal to eat ● Bleeding from the mouth

● Pain in or around the mouth ● Swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth When looking in your pets mouth just be careful because if painful they may bite. Some may have behavioral changes and some may become irritable due to dental disease. If you notice any changes in your pets behavior then please see your veterinarian.

Causes of dental issues

Cavities are less common in animals compared to humans but they can develop many of the same problems that we do. ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Broken teeth and roots Periodontal disease Abscesses or infected teeth Tumors or even cysts in the mouth Misalignment of the teeth and bite Broken or fractured jaw Palate defects (like cleft palate)

Dental diseases most commonly affects dogs and cats and the most common is periodontal disease. By the time that your pet is 3 years old, they will most likely have some evidence of periodontal disease, which will worsen as they age, if measures aren’t taken. It is critical that these issues are addressed and treatment initiated in a timely fashion, because advanced dental disease can cause severe issues with your pets health. Periodontal disease does not just affect the teeth and mouth. Other health issues found to be associated with periodontal disease includes the kidneys, liver and heart. Periodontal disease starts when the plaque hardens into tartar. The tartar that is above the gumline is easy to remove but when it goes below it is difficult and it is damaging. This tartar sets the mouth up for severe infection, can cause damage to the bone itself and even the tissues that help hold each tooth in place. Periodontal disease is on a grading scale from 0 to 4 so ask your veterinarian what score your pet gets. In this case the lower the score the better. Treatment of periodontal disease involves a

dental cleaning under anesthesia. Which leads us to the next topic:

Why does dentistry require anesthesia?

When you go to the dentist they do specific techniques to minimize the pain and discomfort that you would feel during the procedure but they still have the ability to ask you how you are doing or if you are uncomfortable. Your pet does not understand the dental process and in response to this they move and don’t allow us to get a proper cleaning done. Anesthesia makes it possible to perform the dental with less stress, pain, and anxiety for your pet. Anesthesia also allows for a better cleaning, radiographs, and extractions, if needed. Although, anesthesia is not without risks itself, it is now safer and continues to improve substantially. The risks are very low and far outweighed by the benefits. Most pets can go home the same day of the procedure, but they may be groggy and sleep the remainder of the day when they get home. This is normal. What can you do at home to help? Prevention of periodontal disease in pets consists of frequent removal of the dental plaque and tartar. Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth is the most effective thing that you can do at home, to keep their teeth healthy between cleanings. This alone may reduce the cleanings alone to every other year instead of yearly. While we know pets and daily cleaning may not be possible just brushing once or twice weekly can be effective. Most dogs and cats won’t tolerate brushing so there are products that are marketed with claims to improve the overall dental issues. Keep in mind that not all are effective. Talk with your veterinarian about dental products, treats, or dental specific diets and make an informed decision.

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Having my dogs meet other dogs on our walks is an issue for me. Mine act snarly and protective even though I strive to keep them calm. So I avoid any close encounters. My dogs seem the most anxious when they see the BIG DOGS. Then I order them, “Keep walking. Be good.” I hold their leashes closer and hurry. Even if the big dogs are just barking from behind a fence, Winston gets riled up. As I was telling this to my friend Charlie of “TailWagginTreats”, he told me about how his huge Bernese Mountain Dog who’s over 100 pounds. He said, “Carly is always real calm when the little dogs come up to her. Some of them annoy her because they keep yapping. I like to think she puts up with them pretty well. But when the owner doesn’t take away their little ones at some point, I’ve seen her actually push them down. She does it just right. She doesn’t hurt them, but they end up rolling down the hillside.” That made me chuckle. Charlie shares his organically-made baked treats with my dogs. So, of course they like him. Even without such treats, my dogs are fairly sociable with people. Only one time did I watch them act hostile towards a couple that was shopping about 10 yards away from us. Both my dogs spotted them before I did. They growled hard. The couple must have thought this was cute because they looked directly at them and smiled. At that moment, I was glad of my habit of always keeping a hand on their leashes when we’re shopping. Both dogs wanted to pounce at that couple. So, I held on, apologized and moved away. How I’m glad this was an isolated situation! And with other dogs, we always walk away. Copyright retained by the author. Permission granted PetMag.

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Veterinarians know that bad breath in dogs and cats is painful and isn’t something to be ignored. Bad breath is a sign of dental disease that damages their teeth and gums, but also internal organs including the heart, liver and kidneys. February is National Pet Dental Health Month, and is a great time to remind pet owners that many oral diseases affect dogs and cats much the same as humans. As humans we brush our teeth twice daily and get a dental

cleaning every six months. Now, imagine going six years without having your teeth cleaned, you would likely be faced with cavities, root canals or more. Our pets cannot tell us they are having oral pain. Dental disease is irritating to the mouth and teeth that causes chronic pain in our pets. A common mistake pet owners make is that if their pet is still eating then they must not have oral pain. Pets will continue to eat because they are hungry and they will compensate even though they are having oral discomfort.


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Do not rely on the internet for your pet’s medical care. Your veterinarian is a doctor who has completed the same amount of schooling as a human doctor and know what’s best for your pet. Your veterinarian will advise you how often your pet should have a dental cleaning. The time between veterinary visits, keep an eye on your pet’s teeth to check for any signs of dental disease. If you notice any of the following symptoms, take your pet in to see your veterinarian immediately:

• Red swollen gums • Bad breath (similar to the smell of a rotten egg) • Teeth that are broken, loose, discolored or covered in tartar • Abnormal chewing, drooling or dropping food from the mouth • Bleeding from the mouth • Shying away from you when you touch the mouth area • Frequent pawing or rubbing at the face and/or mouth • Reduced appetite or refusal to eat • Weight loss • Increased irritability with housemates General anesthesia is essential to properly clean your pet’s teeth. If you have been told your pet is “too old” to have their teeth clean, seek out a second opinion. Age is not a disease! Veterinarians take preventative steps including blood work, x-rays, echocardiograms and other necessary diagnostic tests to make sure your pet can safely undergo anesthesia.

The old saying, “you get what you paid for” needs to stand true when it comes to your pet’s dental cleaning. Be aware of very low cost or no-anesthesia dental cleanings. Why is it so inexpensive? Your pet may not be receiving proper pre-anesthesia testing, little to no anesthesia monitoring (blood pressure, EKG, IV fluids), or dental x-rays. Most dental disease occurs under the gum line, dental x-rays identify tooth root disease. A diseased tooth left behind will result in your pet’s dental disease returning, as quickly as within a year. Brushing your pet’s teeth is the single most effective way to maintain dental health between professional dental cleanings. Ask your veterinarian for advice on teeth brushing or alternatives to maintain your pet’s dental health. For more information about National Pet Dental Health Month, visit the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) website at www.avma.org/PetDental. The AVMA sponsors National Pet Dental Health Month every February and has a variety of materials on how you can improve the dental (and overall) health of your pets.

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• Relationships with other cats or other animals — Since cats evolved as a solitary species, often adding another cat to the household increases stress. However, some cats appreciate the companionship of another cat. Refer to our website (www. CatBehaviorSolutions.org) for protocol on how to successfully introduce a new cat to your cat. Often, cats will accept a dog as a companion over a cat; mostly because cats don’t see dogs as a threat to their territory and resources. Sometimes ferrets and bunnies make good cat companions too. • Relationships with humans — It’s us humans who really need to provide social enrichment, which means you need to be interactive with your cat. This includes playing and grooming.

2. occupaTIonal • Exercise — It isn’t enough to just have toys available for cats to entertain themselves, we need to be interactive in mimicking hunting. Hunting is a natural instinct for cats; they don’t need to be hungry to hunt/kill. See our article on how to Prey Play With Your Cat (http://www.yourpetnm.com/

feature-articles.html) The reason Prey Play is so important for your cat is the serotonin boost kitty gets from the “kill bite”. Autopsies of aggressive cats have shown a serotonin deficiency. So be sure to let your kitty catch and “kill” the toy. • Toys — Laser light play is a good method of exercise for kitty, but they don’t get the benefit of the serotonin, so limit this activity. There are also motionactivated toys that help stimulate your cat and prey-like toys. Be sure to get new toys often, as cats quickly bore with the “same ole” toys. • Foraging enrichment — Food puzzles help to mimic behavior that cats would naturally perform in the wild while hunting. • Leash walks — Taking your cat on short harness/leash walks can be a very stimulating experience. Be sure to start off slow, allowing kitty to get used to the harness indoors. Begin with short, nearby walks, giving kitty the time and space to explore at his own pace. • Catios — One of the best forms of enrichment for kitty is an outdoor catio: an enclosed space with vertical climbing platforms and shelves. Be sure to cover your catio enclosure to provide safety and shade. Take this opportunity to add an outdoor litter box into the catio. Kitty will enjoy watching the birds and squirrels from a safe outdoor enclosure.

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• Cat autobahn — Connect your high vertical cat trees to a “cat autobahn” of shelves that provide them access to move around the room at a safe height. Create different levels that give them choices and multiple exit paths. You can use existing counters, cabinets and shelves as connection pieces. • Clawing/scratching surfaces — Cats simply must scratch; it is intrinsic to their nature. Scratching removes dead claw growth, keeps claws sharp, stretches muscles, releases emotional tension, and leaves important territory scent messages/markings. Be sure to provide both vertical and horizontal scratching options for your cat. • Positive scent distribution — Cats are ingrained with the desire to scent their territory. You can help them to release this internal drive by providing self-groomers, corner combs, and arched brushes.

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he Candy Lady of Old Town, 424 San Felipe Street in Albuquerque’s Old Town. has been sweetening up New Mexico for four (4) decades, and doing it all while being petfriendly! Pets accompanied by their human companions are welcome inside of the shop as well as on the patio. The Candy Lady shows her love for all pets by carrying a very unique and high-quality formula of CBD oil labeled for dogs, but cats gain equal benefit from its healing properties. ECOPETS is 1000 milligrams of Hemp Extract, and it hits all the good spots that animal lovers care about. So, if you want your darling canine or feline to enjoy some extra comfort and calm, then you should buy a bottle of all natural, GMO- free, gluten-free, full-spectrum, bacon-flavored ECOPETS CBD oil (manufactured on the West Coast). The CBD oil can be applied directly by mouth, or mixed in with food; 1/4 dropper 2 x a day for pets up to 25 pounds; 1/2 dropper 2 x a day for pets up to 50 pounds, and 3/4 of a dropper 2 x a day for pets up to 100 pounds. You can rest easy knowing that it has ingredients like coconut oil which contains lauric acid. A 1oz/30 ml. bottle is $35.95. cbddrip.com/ lab-results has all other details. Additionally, The Candy Lady always has a selection of dog-bone treats that have been lovingly dipped in vanilla, then wrapped in

cellophane, and tied with ribbon for your pet’s gourmet delight! Four (4) small, two (2) medium, or one (1) large dog-bone treat is only $2.95. The cozy patio in front of the shop offers an opportunity to reflect, rest, and take a load off for however long you desire, and it’s a great place to do some people-watching as well as a unique opportunity to make new friends from around the world while you and your pet savor a tasty treat or two. The Candy Lady, who is a gifted culinary whiz, also creates beautiful cakes for any type of pet birthday or celebration. An image of your pet on edible rice paper can turn a cake into a fun, delicious, customized way to honor your pet! The Candy Lady of Old Town has a friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable staff who enjoy doling out samples, answering questions, and making sure all of your sugary goods get packaged perfectly.


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high Desert Cat resCue & aDoption Where Cats Come First! HDCRA is an Albuquerque based non-profit organization whose mission is to provide shelter, medical care (including spray/neuter procedures and testing for FIV and feline leukemia), and safe and loving homes for sick, abandoned, and otherwise neglected cats and kittens. All cats are current with age appropriate vaccinations and are microchipped. All of our animals live in foster homes, not cages. High Desert foster parents provide temporary homes, food, and love and administer any medications as directed by our vets. They also prepare the cats for weekly adoption clinics. Volunteers at HDCRA do not receive any compensation – our rescue is 100% powered by volunteer labor, and 100% of all donations and funds go to help animals. Moreover, local veterinarians provide medicine and services at cost, and a local pet store donates space for us to operate our adoption clinics. HDCRA holds adoption clinics at PetSmart at 10248 Coors Bypass NW just north of Cottonwood Mall from 11:00 am till 4:00 pm every Saturday. If you have any questions or want to learn more about HDCRA, please call (505) 888-4327 or check out our web site at www.hdcra.org. High Desert is a 501Š3 tax-exempt non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.



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point to realize about this dreaded disease, however, is that just as in people, many forms of the disease can be easily treated, managed, and even cured. Early detection and specialized care are leading to increased survival and cure rates in almost all the types of cancers that afflict pets. From surgery to chemotherapy to radiation therapy, veterinary cancer specialists can offer your pet the very latest diagnostic and treatment options and the best chance of survival. With optimal treatment, cancer in many cases simply becomes another manageable chronic disease. If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, it is important not to become What Is A Veterinary Oncologist? overwhelmed. Ask your veterinarian to write down the most imA board certified veterinary oncologist is a veterinary internal portant points for you to review later. Although the disease is serimedicine specialist who has also obtained additional training ous, treatment decisions generally do not need to be made quickly. in veterinary oncology. A veterinary oncologist has specialized If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, however, you will either want knowledge in the diagnosis of cancer, the staging of tumors, the development of treatment plans, and the administration of chemo- to have your general practice veterinarian work in consultation with a veterinary oncologist, or be referred to one of these specialtherapy. ists for your pet’s treatment. When your pet is faced with cancer, a veterinary oncologist will typically work in concert with your pet’s general practitioner Veterinary oncologists typically treat: veterinarian in order to obtain the best possible medical outcome • Common Cancers • Endocrine tumors for your pet. A veterinary oncologist can help your pet by devel• Skin tumors • Osteosarcoma oping treatment plans that incorporate one or all of the following options: • Mammary tumors • Hemangiosarcoma • Surgery • Lymphosarcoma • Chemotherapy • Immunotherapy While your general practitioner veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems, certain diseases like cancer require the care of a doctor who has had specialized, intensive training in veterinary oncology.

Why Does My Pet Need A Veterinary Oncologist?

Just as in humans, a pet with cancer typically needs the help of an oncologist to help diagnose and treat the disease. Veterinary oncologists determine the most appropriate course of treatment and coordinate the treatment program for pets with cancer. They also frequently serve as consultants to veterinarians in private practice to ensure that their patients receive the best treatment possible for their cancer. You can be assured that a veterinarian who refers you and your pet to a veterinary oncologist is one who is caring and committed to ensuring that your pet receives the highest standard of medical care for his or her illness. While in some cases, your veterinarian may be able to simply consult with the veterinary oncologist about your pet’s care, in other cases it is necessary to actually refer you and your pet to the veterinary oncologist for more advanced diagnostics and treatment. Board-certified veterinary internists/oncologists may also have access to specialized diagnostic or treatment tools that a general practitioner veterinarian may not have.

Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved?

In most cases, your regular veterinarian will still supervise your pet’s veterinary care and will work in tandem with the veterinary oncologist and any other members of your pet’s veterinary health care team.

Did You Know?

Dogs and cats have higher age adjusted incidence rates for many kinds of cancers than do humans. For example, dogs are 35 times more likely to get skin cancer than are humans. They suffer from 8 times the amount of bone cancer and 4 times the amount of breast cancer.

My Pet Has Cancer. Now What?

Cancer does appear to be becoming more common in pets, most likely because they are simply living longer. The most important

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Your Pet Magazine February 2019  

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