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Featured Pet Tips from Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology, Colorado (303) 874-2081

Pet Tips: The Medication My Pet Has Been Prescribed Make My Pet Very Thirsty. What Can I Do?

Some medications may make your pet think they are more thirsty, but their water requirement my not need to be increased. Consult with your family veterinarian or RMVN for recommendations on how much water your pet requires in a 24-hour period. Offer your pet a bowl of ice cubes, rather than a bowl of water. […]

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Pet Tips: Hydrotherapy for Pets

Why Hydrotherapy? Hydrotherapy, or water therapy can be an alternative or complement to weight-bearing exercise. Hydrotherapy may be beneficial for: Rehabilitation after surgery. Spinal cord and nerve disease. Non-gravitational exercise helps to maintain strength and mobility. Preoperative fitness. Hydrotherapy helps maintain good body condition, when your pet cannot exercise normally prior to surgery. Weight loss […]

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Pet Tip: My Dog Or Cat Has Trouble Using The Hind Legs

My dog or cat has trouble using the hind legs. What can I do to help my pet until I see the neurologist? Use a bath towel. Roll it up, place the towel under your pet’s abdomen, right in front of the hind legs, with the free ends brought up and over the top of […]

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Pet Tip: My Dog Or Cat Has Trouble Using All Four Legs

My dog or cat has trouble using all four legs. What can I do to help my pet until I see the neurologist? A chest harness can be used to help support the front portion of your pet. Use the top part of the chest harness like a suitcase handle to give your pet support […]

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Pet Tip: My Cat Or Dog Leans One Direction When Walking

My dog or cat leans one direction when walking or continues to fall either to the left or the right while walking. What can I do to help my pet until I see the neurologist? By using a chest harness you will be able to help your pet walk and prevent from falling. Use the […]

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Pet Tip: How Do I Keep My Pet Clean If He/She Urinates Or Defecates On Themselves?

It is very important to keep your pet’s skin and fur clean and dry to prevent sores or rashes from developing. If urine is not cleaned off the skin, this will lead to urine scald and breakdown of the normal barriers of the skin. The use of clear, fragrant free liquid dish detergents and warm […]

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Pet Tip: What Are Bedsores And How Do I Prevent Them?

Bedsores are areas of skin irritation or sores that most commonly arise over boney processes such as the hip, knee, shoulder and elbow. They develop when pets are immobile, have reduced muscle mass and spend a lot of time lying on the side putting pressure on these areas. The lack of movement and pressure results […]

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Pet Tip: My Pet Has A Bedsore. What Can I Do To Help It Heal?

If your pet develops a bedsore your family veterinarian or Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology should be alerted and your pet examined to ensure it does not require more attention such as antibiotics or surgical debridement and closure. Keeping the bedsore clean and dry is the most effective way of managing a bedsore. The use of […]

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Pet Tip: The Medications My Pet Has Been Prescribed Make My Pet Very Hungry. What Can I Do?

Consult with the veterinarian who prescribed the medications you are using. Your family veterinarian or Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology may be consulted for guidelines on the amount of food your pet should receive if they prescribed these medications. Over feeding your pet and weight gain can be detrimental to long term health and function. We […]

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Pet Tip: My pet started having seizures. What should I do until I see the neurologist?

Always contact your family veterinarian immediately if your pet has a seizure. Without proper treatment, seizures can continue and potentially become life threatening. The expertise of a Board Certified Veterinary Neurologist can often aid in the care of a seizuring pet. Have your veterinarian call us or recommend a referral for further assessment and therapy. […]

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Pet Tip: My Pet Can’t Blink

My pet seems fine, but her/his facial expression is not the same as it was yesterday. There is drool coming from the side of the mouth, and my pet appears unable to blink on the same side. A fleshy membrane will flick across the eye if I attempt to touch my pet’s face. Rest assured, […]

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Pet Tip: Difficult Prehension and Swallowing

Dysfunction of the nerves of the mouth and throat can present with difficulty prehending (act of taking food or water into the mouth), swallowing (act of moving the food bolus or water from the mouth to the pharynx and into the swallow tube, esophagus and transport to the stomach). These cranial neuropathies can present a […]

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