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NEW! Dental Services

The Corner Vet® is proud to announce that we will be offering affordable dental cleanings and oral surgery in our Dallas-Forth Worth market. Surgeries are being performed at our Haltom City location to support both our Haltom City and Arlington patients.

What’s included…

All of our surgical procedures include pre-anesthetic bloodwork.  For our dental procedures, we perform full mouth dental x-rays to evaluate for dental disease (most commonly Periodontal Disease) that would otherwise go undetected and therefore untreated leading to infection, bone loss, and eventually tooth loss.  This entire process is very painful for the pet and preventable with regular dental home care and yearly professional dental cleanings (same as people).  We also perform thorough oral assessment and dental charting, noting depth of existing gingival pockets, any missing, loose, fractured, extra, or abnormal teeth. Surrounding soft tissues in the mouth will be checked for masses, gum tissue abnormalities, or signs of infection. Our Surgery Team is Fear Free Certified, which promotes a smooth, low-stress recovery following any procedure by making their experience with our team a positive one.

Why…

Dentistry is a large part of wellness and routine care in pets.  Commonly by the time we first see a pet for a dental cleaning, they are already at an advanced stage of dental disease and require much more than just cleaning due to amount of infection and bone loss surrounding the teeth.  Advanced periodontal disease can and does lead to other systemic pathology, such as heart, liver and kidney damage.

It is extremely important to implement an at-home care dental regimen beginning at puppy and kitten stages along with routine dental cleanings (prophylaxis) beginning as young as 1 to 2 years of age, as some degree of periodontal disease is seen in most cats and dogs by 3 years of age. 

February is National Pet Dental Health Month and many veterinarians offer discounts. We have priced our services at a very low introductory pricing level so our prices are already discounted.

Call The Corner Vet® today for a quote! 

NEW Soft Tissue Surgeries

 

The Corner Vet® is proud to announce that we will be offering affordable soft tissue surgeries ( spay, neuter, and small mass removal) in our Dallas-Forth Worth market. Surgeries are being performed at our Haltom City location to support both our Haltom City and Arlington patients.

Our Surgery Team is Fear Free Certified, which promotes a smooth, low-stress recovery following any procedure by making their experience with our team a positive one.

Contact The Corner Vet® today for more information! 

Treat Excessive Barking

1It’s normal and healthy for dogs to bark. But, like people, there are times and places where our pooches need to put a lid on it. Like when we leave for work and Fido lets the entire apartment complex know he’s not happy about being home alone. Or when we stay at a hotel and every little bump in the night sets him into a barking frenzy. This behavior can be extremely frustrating for pet parents. Excessive barking is actually one of the top reasons dogs are returned to rescue shelters.

The good news is there are lots of tricks to help your furry pal relax and quiet down.

The Bored Barker

Idle paws get this doggie in trouble so keep them busy. Invest in an interactive toy that you can fill with treats to keep them entertained. Another option is to fill a KONG with peanut butter and freeze it for long-lasting fun. Long walks can also help tire them out and promote relaxation.

The Lonely Barker

Some dogs have a hard time being alone and suffer from separation anxiety. Signs of separation anxiety include improper urination or defecation in the house that’s not associated with puppy or kitten training. The second would be excessive barking or howling. The third that we often see is excessive chewing or destructive behavior at home. To help this dog relax, give them lots of exercise. Try going for a long walk before you leave to run an errand or go to work. Turn on a familiar radio station or TV program.

The Alarm Barker

Whether it’s the doorbell, the handyman, or that pesky bird in the cuckoo clock, this dog doesn’t like any of them and lets you know it. One way to help this pooch chill out is to expose them to more sights and sounds. Take them for more walks around the neighborhood and town so they get used to unusual sounds. If this doesn’t help, try removing the trigger. Is your dog barking at people it sees outside? Close the blinds.

The Attention Barker

Look at me! Pet me! Play with me! This dog craves attention and will do anything to get it including barking. As a result, the worst thing you could do would be to shout at them as this would give them exactly what they want. Instead, ignore them. Don’t talk to them, touch them, or look at them until they’ve stopped barking completely. Once they’ve quieted down, give them a treat to reward them for the desired behavior. 

If you’re considering adopting a dog, be sure to research the various breeds as some are more prone to excessive barking than others. Take this information and your lifestyle into consideration when picking your new furry family member.

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Scratching Solutions

Does your couch look like Edward Scissorhands has been over for a visit? If so, you probably have a cat or two.

Why do cats scratch?

Cats scratch for several reasons. Scratching helps them remove the dead outer layer of their claws and allows them to get in a good stretch. It’s also a way for them to leave their mark and their scent which makes them feel safe in their environment. And sometimes cats scratch out of boredom.

Bad news is that your cat is always going to scratch. Good news is that there are several things you can do to ensure that their scratching isn’t destructive. Check out the tips below! 

Provide scratching alternatives….Place a few scratching posts/trees or scratching pads around the house to encourage an appropriate place to lounge and scratch. 

Deter scratching…To deter your feline friend from wreaking havoc on your new Ethan Allen sofa, spray the fabric with scents that are overwhelming to cats such as citrus, mint, or lavender. You can also use products like Sticky Paws to discourage clawing. 

Keep your kitty busy…If your cat is scratching out of boredom, try leaving out empty boxes around the house for them to crawl through or hide treats to tap into their natural hunting instincts.

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Winter and the cold weather is hard on all pets and senior dogs need some extra attention during the harsh winter months. The cold weather tends to aggravate existing medical conditions in senior dogs, particularly arthritis. Bitter cold, numbing wetness or biting winds can cause discomfort for our pups. Paying special attention to your senior dogs’ wellbeing during the winter season will help you both enjoy the winter.

Bring your senior dog to The Corner Vet for a check up

Because your senior dog may be in more pain during the winter than other months, it’s a good idea to take them to The Corner Vet (TCV) doctor for a check-up. It might even be the first time your dog has acted like he is arthritic. Make sure your pup is taking the proper dosages of their medications and talk to your vet about how to keep your dog healthy during winter.

Senior pets can get joint pain particularly in the winter months

One of the main concerns with senior pets during winter months is joint pain. Talk to your TCV vet about adding some Glucosamine, and Chondroitin to his diet, which helps to lubricate their joints, which can stiffen in a younger, healthy dog in the winter time and become painful.

Keep up the exercise during winter to avoid stiffening joints

It’s important to keep exercising your senior dog during the colder months to avoid stiffening of the joints. Try to watch for slippery surfaces and make sure your dog has a warm soft rest area to recuperate after activity. If you can take your dog out during the warmest part of the day, that helps too. You might even need to put boots on your dog’s feet to prevent slipping outside.

Clear the pathway and watch for slickness when taking your dog out.

Ramps and/or steps may be helpful. Make sure to clear a pathway when snow is on the ground so that your pet does not have to navigate the drifts. Be careful when it is icy or snowy out. Older pets may not move as quickly or be as flexible as their younger counterparts and injure themselves when it is slick outside.

Watch the scale and make sure your dog is eating a healthy diet!

Make sure to watch the scale! It is natural for pets who are less active to gain a few pounds during the winter months, but extra weight can be a huge burden for already arthritic joints. And, as always, make sure your dog is eating a healthy diet which will help keep him warmer and healthier during the winter months.

Sweaters can help older dogs with slower circulation keep warm

If your dog will tolerate wearing clothes, sweaters and boots can be a great way to help older animals with slower circulation stay warm this winter. Depending on the breed of your dog, you may also want to consider a dog jacket, or coat to protect them, especially in areas where the temperature can go below freezing, or areas where it gets very damp and cold.

Provide a warm, plush dog bed

A plush dog bed will keep your dog off the cold floor and it will reflect some of his own body heat back to your dog. An elevated dog bed can also keep your dog off the cold floor and it provides some extra support for his bones and joints. If your dog suffers from arthritis, you may even consider a memory foam dog bed for maximum bone and joint support.

Be sure ask us about our Fear Free approach when getting ready to bring your pet into one of our clinics for their next visit!

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