Petersen Pet Hospital - January 2023

Hi, newsletter friends! It’s your pal Sam here, and I have some delicious and mouthwatering news for you today. My human, Dr. Petersen, has been doing some research and discovered how dog owners can improve the health of their canines by changing what we eat. Border Collie Corner Add Food Toppers to Your Pet’s Meals!

Dr. Green Helps Abandoned Dog Find a Family Helping Howard

He has discovered by easily adding something called Core Longevity Toppers (CLT) to my current dry and/ or can food that it can greatly improve my nutrition. CLTs are bite sized fresh vegetables and low-sugar fruits that can either be fed raw or gently cooked. These are items such as carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, green beans, asparagus, green bananas, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and apples, to name a few. CLTs can reduce inflammation, are antioxidants, and can improve my bacteria in my intestine. In addition to the toppers giving your furry friend the nutrients and vitamins they need, toppers can also add more protein to their diet and increase hydration (if you’re using wet toppers), and it can

Late on an afternoon in June, a few very good Samaritans brought in the sweetest, roughly 1-year-old bull terrier/ heeler mix. They had found him wandering around

their property and saw that he was covered in ticks. They immediately called in to get an appointment with Dr. Green and her team to remove the ticks and ensure he was taken care of. The team checked for a microchip, which he didn’t have. The next step was to examine him and remove the ticks that were causing him a lot of discomfort. Despite the severe tick infestation, he

seemed to be a healthy, happy dog. Considering the amount of ticks, and to keep him comfortable, Dr. Green and team medicated him to make him tired and began removing ticks, one by one. The ticks were everywhere, but mostly in his ears and around his face and neck. Ultimately, it took nearly 30 minutes for her team to remove all the ticks from his body. After the pup recovered from his sedation, Dr. Green vaccinated him for rabies and sent him home with an anti-inflammatory to help with the swelling and discomfort associated with removing so many ticks, as well as an antibiotic to help reduce his risk of secondary bacterial skin infections related to the tick bites. The kind people who found him ultimately decided that he was now a part of their family, so they made it official and named him Howard. Dr. Green and her team saw Howard back about one week later to recheck his skin and ears, give additional vaccines, test him for heartworms and various tick-borne diseases, microchip him and get him started on appropriate flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives. He still had some scabs from where the ticks had attached to his skin and had developed a mild ear infection, also likely from the severe tick infestation in his ears. Still, overall, he was doing fantastic and adjusting well to having a caring family to look out for him. He continues to thrive with his new family, free of ticks.

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