Whether you realize it or not, if your pet has ever drug his rear end over your carpet, you have probably encountered the anal gland.
A developmental remnant, anal glands in the canine species are not quite as highly evolved as those of the skunk, but they serve a similar purpose: to relay a message with a smell. Sometimes, however, things go awry and Town & Country Animal Hospital is here to help with whatever may arise.
Anal Glands Explained
Just inside the rectum of every dog (and cat for that matter) lie two small sacs (one on each side) called anal glands. These sacs hold the secretions of the sebaceous glands in the area. Sebaceous glands are typically associated with hair follicles which create sebum, an oil that lubricates the hair.
Lumps and bumps on pets cause serious concern for most pet owners, because they often identify it as cancer. However, most of these masses are actually common and benign. So what causes these anomalies on your pet’s skin?
The team at Town and Country Animal Hospital take a closer look at skin masses to help you better understand them.Continue…
An indoor cat has fewer opportunities to hunt, prowl, explore, climb and run. Add to their general sedentary lifestyle an overabundance of food, and you have a recipe for weight gain. This imbalance of calories in, but not expended, can lead to inflammation, diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, cancer, and a lower quality of life.
The prevalence of obesity in indoor cats is growing. With our feline weight loss tips, cat owners can prevent this from happening and work towards reversing problematic patterns.Continue…
Most of us know how important regular tooth brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist is for ourselves and our families. We regularly have our teeth cleaned and enjoy the feeling of a clean mouth. What if we told you it’s no different for our pets?
85% of dogs and cats will have some form of dental disease by the time they reach 3 years of age. Periodontal disease happens when plaque and bacteria form on the teeth, causing inflammation of the gums. Without intervention, the bacteria then work their way under the gum line and destroy the supporting tissues around the tooth, resulting in tooth loss.
You would never dream of letting days, weeks, months, or years go by without brushing your teeth, but for the majority of pets, this is an unfortunate reality. Although the idea of wielding a toothbrush anywhere near your pet’s teeth may be hard to imagine, neglecting your pet’s dental care can be costly to both you and your furry loved one.
Dental disease is a serious issue that can lead to a host of complications, but a commitment to pet tooth brushing can go a long way to keeping your pet healthy. With a little patience, lots of practice, and some help from the team at Town and Country Animal Hospital, you’ll be brushing like a pro in no time!
This time of year, we’re all in “celebration mode.” Starting with Thanksgiving, we spend the entire month of December enjoying festivities, which all culminate on New Year’s Eve. Many of us take this time to pause, take stock of the previous year, and reposition ourselves to meet new goals in the coming months. In short, there’s no better time for reflection.
At Town & Country Animal Hospital, our mission is to provide excellent care to pets in the Athens area community. This includes brainstorming and writing monthly pet care blogs. The goal of these blogs is to supply our growing group of local pet owners with relevant and timely information.Continue…
The days are getting shorter, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that your dog wants to hunker down for the rest of the year. Instead, there’s so much more to see, smell, and do outdoors than there was just a few weeks ago. Even though some parasites seem like they’re fading to the background, the scary truth is that ticks always abound. Maintaining monthly parasite prevention medication is a big part of their defense, but there’s more to protecting your pet from these bugs.
Year Round Protocol
Ticks lie in wait in areas of high grass, leaf litter, and dense tree cover. As bloodsucking ectoparasites, ticks pick up bacteria or other pathogens from their hosts. When they feed off another human or animal host, they pass along digestive fluids, anticoagulants, and infectious diseases. Continue…
Watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and other symptoms of allergies are something many of us have had to deal with, and even if we don’t personally deal with allergies, we know someone who does.
Pets can also suffer from seasonal, environmental, and food allergies, although the symptoms may manifest differently than they do in humans. Allergies in pets are not always easy to diagnose and treat, but there are several proactive things a pet owner can do to keep their furry friends comfortable.
February is Pet Dental Awareness Month, and for good reason. Studies show that by the time dogs are 3 years old, 4 out of 5 have some form of periodontal disease. And, cats over the age of 5 have a 50-90% chance of having dental disease. With so many pets affected, it’s no wonder that pet dental wellness is one of our top priorities at Town and Country Animal Hospital.
We’d like to share with you how a pet dental wellness program can work to keep your pet healthier and happier.
The start of a new year brings with it the opportunity to reflect on ways we can improve our lives. Getting more exercise and sleep, eating better, and spending more time with loved ones tops the list for many of us. When it comes to our pets, there are probably tweaks and adjustments that can be made to make their quality of life even better, and that’s where we come in!
Town & Country Animal Hospital’s monthly pet care blog aims to provide you with useful and practical information in all areas of pet care, from parasite prevention to holiday pet safety. We hope you’ve enjoyed our topics so far and that you’ll continue to use it in the future!
With that in mind, we’ve compiled the top 5 most popular blogs from the past year. Enjoy!