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  • Nail clipping


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What Does My Dog or Cat See?

We see using the rods and cones at the back of our eyes that receive light. The cones are responsible for our color Vision. People have 3 types of cones: blue, red and green. Humans have at least 7X as many cones as dogs and cats making our Vision much richer than that of our pets. Dogs and cats have two types of cones, blue (blue-Violet) & yellow (yellow-green). This makes their Vision similar to color blind people who cannot distinguish between red and green.

What We See: What your dog sees:
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Is My Pet’s Vision 26/ 20?

Most people wonder if their pet’s vision is 20/20 like people. Actually, our “visual acuity” or clarity of how we see things is better than theirs. Here’s a little comparison:
20/ 2 Hawk’s Vision
20/20 Normal Human Vision
20/40 Vision required to obtain a driver’s liscence
20/75 Dog’s vision
20/100-150 Cat’s Vision
20/200 Legally Blind

If you input “dog vision” on the website , there is an example of a picture
adjusted for both color and acuity. It clearly shows you what you see compared to what your pet sees.

Can My Pet Watch TV?

The answer is it’s probably too irritating for him to watch TV! A TV flickers at 60Hz. We can only detect flickering up to 45Hz, so the TV picture appears continuous to us, but to our pets who can perceive
flickering up to 80Hz, it would be quite difficult to watch. Although most TV’s are 60 Hz, some newer models are 120Hz enabling the pet to watch without picking up on the flickering lights. Watch the videos below to see “Peanut” incensed by what he sees on TV!


1.”Vision in the Animal Kingdom”, World Small animal Veterinary Association World Congress Proceedings, 2009 Ron Ofri, DVM, PHD, DECVO Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Rehovot, Israel

2. Pictures compliments of Tom Pike, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom.

3. “Vision – ‘What Does My Patient See?'”, 65th Convention of Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, 2013. Chantale L. Pinard, DVM, MSc, DDACVO

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Yuk! What’s lurking in your dog’s mouth?


Dog Dental Cleaning | Before Dog Dental Cleaning | After

The first picture is common of what I see every day! Unfortunately, small breed dogs, especially Yorkies, are most likely to have dental disease this bad. I challenge you to lift your pet’s lip (assuming they don’t bite) and look at the upper premolars and molars (the big teeth in the back). You may be shocked at what you see! When you look at those teeth, think to yourself, what would your dentist say if you showed up with teeth looking like that one day. If he would be horrified, then you should be too! If you notice in this patient, 3 teeth on top had to be removed. The reason is that the only thing holding the teeth in place was the tartar. They were too far gone to save! Once we removed the tartar from the teeth, it was obvious that the extreme build up of tartar had pushed the gums back (causing gingival recession) that there was only 1-2mm of the root still attached to the bone. Many times, we’ll remove tartar from these areas and find that the teeth underneath are actually fractured as well. What is amazing is that our pet’s tolerance for oral pain is far better than ours! Most will continue to eat with loose and fractured teeth, so don’t use the appetite as a way to gauge if your pet is painful or not. I have found that only in extreme pain will they stop eating.
Did you know that all that infection and bacteria in the mouth can lead to other medical problems for your pet? It is known that since the mouth is very vascular (very large blood supply), the bacteria in the mouth easily enter the blood stream and can lodge anywhere in the body where the blood vessels get very narrow and turn into capillaries. Those places are the kidneys, the liver and the lungs (the heart too). Dental disease that affects the lungs can lead to allergy and asthma type conditions in your pet. If your pet already has a collapsing trachea, this can make it worse. Unfortunately, the small breed dogs that have the worst dental disease are also prone to collapsing tracheas. We see so many older pets with elevated kidney and liver values and many of these pets have terrible dental disease, I have to wonder if the 2 aren’t related.
Healthy Dog's Teeth The good news is that this can be prevented! Most small dogs will need a dental cleaning every year to prevent this. Some will need it every 6 months, as do some people. Large dogs that like to chew on toys may only need a dental every few years. What makes the most difference though is when a pet owner is wiling to brush the pet’s teeth! It is a known fact that plaque (the soft film on the teeth) becomes calculus (the hard stuff on the teeth that can’t be brushed off) in 48 hours. So, brushing a dog’s teeth every 1-2 days can prevent tartar build up. See the picture below of a dog whose owner brushed his teeth every other day!


This is “Spike” a 12 year old dog that does not need a dental because mom brushes his teeth every other day! If you are going to brush your pet’s teeth, I strongly recommend that you have a professional dental cleaning done first, and start with clean teeth.
If you are not sure what is right for your pet, come in for an evaluation. One plan doesn’t fit all dogs; and there are a variety of at home treatments you can use after a dental cleaning such as oravet, greenies, T/D diet, CET Hetra Chews, standard toothbrush, fingerbrush, glove brush, chicken flavored tooth paste and more!

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A Real Fishing Story For All You Fishermen

This is Chiqui, a 2 ½ year old boxer was enticed by the bait at the end of the hook an proceeded to eat the bait, the fishing line and the hook!


Here’s chiqui’s Xray:



Using endoscopy equipment, this is what we saw:


Double Yikes!

We were so disappointed to find out that the hook had penetrated the esophagus! As all you fishermen know, fishing hooks are usually cut and removed in 2 pieces, however, with part of the hook in the chest cavity, that is not possible without a major open chest surgery. With tedious manipulation and the help of the amazing tool of endoscopy, we were able to remove the fishhook. This still presented a huge potential problem for Chiqui, removing the fish hook is just the beginning, not the ending! The fishhook had penetrated into an area called the “mediastinal space”. Infection in that area is almost always deadly. A dirty fishhook with bacteria on it entering the space could lead to a fatal infection! We hospitalized the pet and placed her on aggressive antibiotic therapy and she made a full recovery with no complications!

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Requirements for Traveling Internationally with your pet from Miami

It is nice to be able to take your pet on vacation with you, but are you aware of all the requirements involved in traveling with your pet?

Planning for a trip should start as early as possible. Normally, a month should be sufficient time to plan a trip, but I’ve had clients who have wanted to travel to Japan only to find out that they don’t meet the rabies requirements for that country and have had to delay their trip 6 months in order to be compliant with that country’s rules. I’ve seen others plan trips in the middle of summer only to have their airline deny their pet travel for weeks due to heat requirements imposed by the airline. Let’s try to make this go smoothly by considering a checklist of items to go through in planning a trip with your pet.

There are four organizations you should contact when you plan to travel internationally with your pet.

The Airline

1)     Ask your airline about the cost of travel and whether the pet will travel in the plane with you or down below with the luggage. If the pet will travel in the cabin with you, be sure the dimensions of your carrier are acceptable to the airline.

2)     Ask how long they will honor your health certificate for. Although the health certificate states that it is valid for 30 days, some airlines may only honor it for 10, 7 or 3 days.

3)     Check to see if they impose travel restrictions on certain days or certain times of day. Some airlines will not accept pets if the ground temperature exceeds 85 degrees or is below 45 degrees on any portion of your trip.

4)     Ask if there are any breed restrictions. Some airlines will restrict certain “short-faced” breeds from being allowed in the belly of the aircraft and that same pet may not meet the size requirements to be in the cabin.

The Consulate

Be sure to contact the consulate of the country you are traveling to and ask if they have any special requirements. Most islands have very strict requirements that could take weeks or even months of planning to fulfill. A lot of countries now require the standard APHIS Form 7001 Health Certificate along with a bilingual health certificate for their country. Some consulates will ask that you bring the health certificate to them prior to traveling with their pet. A list of consulates can be found on the U.S. Department of State website at .

Your Veterinarian

In order to travel, you will be required to have an “International Health Certificate” for your pet (APHIS Form 7001). Ask your veterinarian if they are “accredited” as only an accredited veterinarian can sign a health certificate. Your veterinarian will help you determine what you will need to do to meet the requirements of the destination country. Such requirements could include: vaccines, dewormings, flea & tick control, microchipping, rabies vaccine titers or resolving an illness prior to travel.

Talk to your vet about sedation. This is an area that is controversial. Personally, I prefer to not sedate pets, especially when they must go below with the cargo, if they are older, or if they are a “short-nosed” breed. My philosophy is that if any of these pets have a problem while they are sedated in the cargo hull, no one is around to see or to help. I do make an exception for an extremely anxious pet or one that will be up in the cabin and bark the entire trip.

The USDA Office:

Once your health certificate is signed by your veterinarian, it needs to be taken to the local USDA office. The Miami office is located at 6300 NW 36th St and they can be reached at (305) 876-2200. You can schedule an appointment to take your certificate in and have it signed, or you can drop it off and pick it up later. Call them for specific appointment times and hours of operation. They are NOT open on the weekend.

We are here to help if you have any additional questions. Have a safe trip!

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How to take care of your pet in a Hurricane in Miami, Florida

When a hurricane strikes, the biggest decision that you need to make for your pet is to decide where he/she will stay. If you plan on leaving town and taking your pet with you, make sure you have vaccine records, medications, any special diets, and a health certificate issued by a veterinarian if you are traveling by plane. Make sure in advance that any hotel, friends or family that you
stay with will accept your pet.
Remember, most shelters do not accept pets. If you are planning on leaving town without your pet, make a reservation at a boarding facility early as space fills up quickly and most facilities are booked 1- 2 days before a storm hits. Never leave your pet home alone as this could be very traumatic and even dangerous for them; and absolutely, NEVER leave a pet outdoors during a storm!
Hurricane Andrew and Hurricane Katrina was a sad awakening to the fate of animals during hurricanes. The best advice we can give you is to microchip your pet and register your pet with the microchipping company. If you and your pet become separated in a storm, the microchip is your strongest assurance of being reunited with your pet. If your pet is already microchipped, don’t forget to contact
the microchip company and make sure they have your current address and phone number listed.
If you are staying at home with your pet, set your pet up in a room of the house with no exterior windows or doors. This can be a large
closet, bathroom or interior room. This will prevent injury or escape if a window is broken or a door opens. By being in the interior of the house, it will also reduce the level of noise they are exposed to and help decrease their anxiety level. Keep all of your pet’s evacuation supplies (leash or pet carrier) near the room in case you need to leave in a hurry. Place food and water and newspaper or litter in that room for them.
If your pet is afraid of thunderstorms, a hurricane can be especially traumatic. There are a variety of things we can assist you with. Many people call and ask for sedatives, but it is important for your pet to have a recent check up to make sure he/ she can handle the sedative. The most common sedative we use can drop the blood pressure of a pet which might not be ideal for a geriatric pet or a pet with a heart or kidney problem. Our Hospital is staffed 24/7/365 and we will remain staffed and operational during any Category I, II or III storm . We are staffed during the storms and keep our doors open until the Mayor announces that everyone must be off the roads, then we lock down and do not answer the door until the warning is lifted and the winds have died down. We make every attempt to keep our phone lines open during the storm to answer any of your questions or concerns. If you are in need of our assistance after the storm we will be there even if you cannot reach us due to loss of phone lines. Property of Doral Centre Animal Hospital Emergency & Trauma Center

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