Category Archives: Pet Talk with Turner Vet

PET TALK WITH THE TURNER VET: Tending to the call of the wild

By Rhonda Baillargeon, LVT

We are lucky to live in this rural area. There is not as much traffic, pollution,or noise as there is in the urban areas. There are drawbacks to the country life, however. Our pets run the risk of dangerous encounters with wild animals. These meetings can result in bite or scratch wounds, broken bones, porcupine quills and even death.
But there are things you can do to help keep yourself and your pet safe and also to decide if your pet requires veterinary care after a wildlife encounter.

PET TALK WITH THE TURNER VET: Carriers, leashes help keep pets safe

By Rhonda Baillargeon, LVT

TURNER — Let’s face it, going to the veterinary office can be a stressful time for pets and their parents. Even the sweetest, most docile pet can have a change of attitude when it arrives at the hospital.
Not only is it bombarded by unfamiliar scents and noises, it can also sense that mom and dad are nervous or anxious about the trip.

PET TALK WITH THE TURNER VET: Acupuncture may help your pet

TURNER — The practice of acupuncture in veterinary medicine is an often overlooked but highly effective and non-invasive treatment modality.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very small needles into specific points on the body to produce a healing response. This technique has been used for thousands of years in China to treat both humans and animals for a variety of medical problems.

PET TALK WITH THE TURNER VET: It’s National Guinea Pig Month

By Rhonda Baillargeon, LVT

In honor of national guinea pig month, let’s take a closer look at these endearing pocket pets. These tailless rodents are native to the western coast of Africa and are actually called Cavies.
They have been used in research laboratories for more than 200 years, but have become adorable house pets as well.

PET TALK with the Turner vet: The straight talk on declawing

By Rhonda Baillargeon, LVT

TURNER — Declawing is the procedure by which a cat’s nails are permanently removed. It is different from a simple trimming because the last part of the toe is amputated to prevent the nail from growing back.
This procedure is very controversial and can lead to heated debate among groups of veterinary professionals.

PET TALK with Turner Veterinary Service: A new approach to dental care

By Rhonda Baillargeon, LVT

I am sure you have heard you should be brushing your pet’s teeth to prevent tooth decay and mouth infections. Have you had trouble following this recommendation? You are not alone.
Some pets, especially cats, are resistant to having their mouths manipulated. Sometimes it is difficult to establish a habit of brushing because, let’s face it, life happens. Fortunately, there are other options.

PET TALK: Christmas gift suggestions from Turner Veterinary Service

By Rhonda Baillargeon, LVT

TURNER — ​Are you one of the many people who buy Christmas gifts for your pet or another’s pet on your list?

You are not alone. If you are thinking of a gift that is a little out of the ordinary, consider one of these suggestions from our staff.

Watch for signs of diabetes all year

By Rhonda Baillargeon, LVT

This month we will talk about diabetes in dogs and cats in honor of national pet diabetes month. Diabetes is a result of the body’s not being able to use glucose normally. Glucose is one of the sugars utilized for energy. Insulin is the substance required to get the glucose from the bloodstream into the cells. If there is not enough insulin available, the excess glucose overflows into the urine and is eliminated with the animal’s urine. Meanwhile the body is not getting enough glucose for the energy required for normal bodily functions, causing a state of starvation. When this happens, the body breaks down fat and muscle tissue to satisfy its energy requirements.

Pet Talk with Turner Vet Service: Be informed about pet medication

By Rhonda Baillargeon, LVT

TURNER — As hard as we try to keep our pets safe and healthy, there may come a time when medication is needed. Dogs and cats can be given preventive medication on a regular schedule (such as heartworm prevention, deworming medication, and flea and tick products) and sometimes they need treatment for specific illnesses and diseases.

PET TALK FROM TURNER VET: August is vaccine month

By Rhonda Baillargeon, LVT
Turner Veterinary Service

TURNER — Because preventing disease with vaccines is less expensive and less stressful for pets and their families, August has been designated Vaccine Awareness.
Vaccines can be divided into two categories — core and Non-core. Core vaccines are recommended and, sometimes, required for all pets; non-core vaccines not recommended for all pets but may be a good idea for some, based on their lifestyle and the area in which they live.