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Acupuncture and Laser Treatments

We now offer Acupuncture and LaserTreatments!Did you know that Dr. Molidor is now offering acupuncture and laser treatments at EDVC?! We are excited about this new service!

How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture uses the stimulation of certain points (neurovascular intersections) on the body, which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological pathways to help the body heal itself.

Channels (lines or meridians) follow nerves, blood vessels, and myofascial planes.

Placement of acupuncture needles in specific points on these channels or in trigger points (taut muscle fibers) will induce a tissue reaction that stimulates the central nervous system to reduce pain, increase endorphins, increase blood flow, improved healing, and stimulate the immune system.

80% of animals are excellent responders.

Chronic cases will need longer treatment periods than acute cases.

Acupuncture, laser and electric stimulation may all be used or combined in certain treatments.

What conditions are treated?
Some conditions that are treated are:

  • Chronic pain (arthritis, joint, or back pain)
  • Otitis
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Constipation
  • Upper respiratory infection
  • Feline lower urinary tract disease
  • Anorexia
  • Gastrointestinal motility issues (vomiting, reflux)
  • Intervertebral disk disease
  • Dental pain
  • Ocular pain and dry eye
  • Facial nerve paralysis
  • and many more!

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about acupuncture and laser treatments, please give us a call at 214-328-9935 to set up an appointment or to speak with Dr. Molidor!

All About Heartworm Disease

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April is National Heartworm Awareness Month! Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease found in dogs and cats and transmitted by mosquitoes. With Texas being a warm-weathered state, especially this past year, heartworms are a serious problem that pet owners should be aware of.

What are Heartworms and Heartworm Disease?

Heartworm disease is a serious disease that causes damage to a pets (mostly dogs, cats and ferrets) organs, specifically the heart. Left untreated, it can cause death. It is caused by a parasitic worm that is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. When bit by the infected mosquito, the pet is the definitive host; this means that the heartworm can then mature and create offspring in the body of the pet.

Heartworms are different than the parasitic worms that are found in the stool of our companion animals. They can grow up to a foot long and are spaghetti-like. This allows for the worm to wrap around and grow in the heart, lungs, and blood vessels of pets.

Heartworm disease is found mainly in the Atlantic and Gulf coasts from the Gulf of Mexico to New Jersey and along the Mississippi River. Heartworm disease has been known to be diagnosed in all 50 states.

Heartworm Disease in Dogs and Cats

Heartworm disease is most commonly found in dogs. In fact, a dog is the natural host for heartworms. As mentioned previously, these parasitic worms can mature and create offspring that live in dogs. Left untreated, there can be up to 100 heartworms living in one dog at a time.

Heartworm disease in cats is quite a bit different than it is in dogs. A cat is an atypical host for heartworms, meaning that most of the parasitic worms do not live to the adult stages. Many cats affected by heartworm disease have no adult worms living in their bodies. While this may seem like a blessing, even immature heartworms can cause damage to your cat’s health. Also, cats are unable to undergo the same treatment that dogs can when they are diagnosed with heartworm disease; this is why prevention is so important!

Heartworm Testing, Treatment and Prevention

It is so important for your pets to be tested for heartworms on an annual basis! Because this disease is a progressive disease, the earlier it is detected, the easier the treatment options are. There are few signs of a pet having heartworm disease in the earlier stages, so being sure that your pet is up to date on testing is important.

Your veterinarian is able to do the test in a short period of time. All it takes is a small amount of blood. Typically the test takes about 10 minutes or less to run and you as a pet owner will know the results before you leave the clinic!

If your pet is diagnosed as heartworm positive, please know that there are treatment options! Your veterinarian may want to run a second heartworm test to double check the diagnosis; because treatment will be necessary, it is important to know what steps to take before starting a treatment plan. Exercise must be restricted upon a positive diagnosis. Active pets, dogs especially, will have a hard time with this, but kennel time is important to adhere to. The more active a pet is the higher the rate of damage the heartworms can cause to the heart and lungs. Medications may be prescribed before the treatment process begins. Sometimes a steroid and an antibiotic, such as Prednisone and Doxycycline, are prescribed before and/or after the treatment process. Then, the treatment process can begin by your veterinarian. There are different options for the rate of the worms to be killed so, talk to your vet about which would be safer for your pet! When treatment has been completed, your pet should be retested for heartworm disease.

The above process typically applies to dogs only. While other pets can get heartworm disease, the treatment process can either vary or may not be applicable at all. Unfortunately, if a cat is diagnosed heartworm positive, there are no possible treatment options.

The easiest way for a pet to avoid contracting heartworms is to have them on a reliable heartworm prevention year-round. Many heartworm preventatives also can protect your pets against fleas and other intestinal parasites. It cannot be stressed enough that your pet takes this medication on a monthly basis for the rest of their lives. Not giving them this prevention can result in a positive heartworm diagnosis and more money to spend on heartworm treatment. For those of us in Texas, our winters do not get cold enough to kill off the mosquito population, so prevention is necessary for our furry friends.
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With the warmer temperatures quickly approaching, it is a great time to get your pet’s annual exam taken care of by one of our veterinarians! Our exam package for dogs includes a heartworm test, so you can get your pet up to date on his or her heartworm prevention! If you have any other questions about heartworm disease or would like to learn more, please feel free to visit the American Heartworm Society or give us a call at 214-328-9935!

February 2016 Newsletter: National Pet Dental Health Month

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Open wide! February is National Pet Dental Health Month! Did you know that your pet’s smelly breath could be a sign of a more serious problem? Not only can poor oral health damage the teeth and gums, but it can cause issues with the internal organs of our furry friends as well.

Periodontal disease is the most common dental condition found in dogs and cats. Early detection is important, just like in any medical condition. Progression of periodontal disease can cause other problems and pain for your pets. In addition to affecting the mouth, teeth, and gums of your dog and cat, periodontal disease can also affect the kidney, liver, and heart.

Keeping your pet’s teeth clean is a high priority. Most oral diseases start forming when plaque hardens and becomes tartar. Tartar above the gum line can typically be seen and removed with basic tooth brushing. Tartar below the gum line can damage the tooth and gums. When plaque and tartar builds up too much, a simple tooth brushing may not do the trick. This can lead to infection or damage to the jawbone and connecting tissues.

When pets have periodontal disease or other dental problems, it is important to get it taken care of by your vet. There are varying levels of severity when it comes to periodontal disease and cleaning your pets’ teeth.

  • Level 1: visible tartar build up and slight swelling and redness of gums.
  • Level 2: gums are more swollen and X-rays may be needed to determine if there is any slight bone loss around teeth.
  • Level 3: looks about the same as Level 2, however X-rays will show more severe bone loss.
  • Level 4: most severe level; high rate of tartar, receded gums, tooth damage, and bone loss.
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If a dental cleaning is recommended for your pet, anesthesia is required. Pets do not understand the importance of cleaning teeth and if they are uncomfortable, they may have the desire to bite or move around. With anesthesia, there is a reduced risk of other injury to your pet and the veterinarian. A technician is by your pet’s side throughout the surgery to monitor their health. Preanesthetic bloodwork and medications to go home with your pet are included in our surgery and dental packages to ensure that your pet is comfortable and healthy before, during, and after the cleaning.

Prevention

Your veterinarian should check your pet’s teeth at least once a year. Schedule an appointment earlier if you notice: bad breath, broken or loose teeth, tooth discoloration, abnormal chewing or drooling, reduced appetite or refusal to eat, bleeding or swelling in or around the mouth.

If possible, brushing your pet’s teeth is always a good idea. In addition, there are products you can purchase that will help keep your pet’s teeth in good condition. Hill’s, Henry Schein, and Virbac all sell products that are designed for dental health(and you can come purchase them in the clinic!)

  • Clenz-a-Dent Chlorhexidine Rinse: this product is typically used after your pet eats a meal (unless otherwise stated by your veterinarian). It is placed along the gum line in the animal’s mouth. The rinse rapidly covers the whole oral cavity to help give your pet fresh breath and a clean mouth.
  • Butler Schein Enzy Chews: using your dog’s natural ability to chew, these tasty ‘treats’ can be given every day to help combat dental disease. They come in varying sizes based on your dog’s size. These are good if your dog isn’t a fan of toothbrushing!
  • Hill’s Prescription Diet T/D Food: this particular type of food is normally prescribed after a pet’s dental cleaning to help prevent future plaque and tartar build up. It is specially formulated to clean the tooth’s surface and fight bad breath germs. This food is available for cats and in 2 different kibble sizes for dogs.

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If you think your pet may be in need of a dental cleaning, give us a call and set up an appointment to see a doctor today! Always feel free to give us a call at (214) 328-9935 if you have any questions or concerns about your pets’ health.