Fear Free Visits

We just wanted to briefly pinpoint some things that will help make your future veterinary appointments with us be as stress-free as possible for your pet AND you!

 

  • Bring them Hungry! (unless diabetic or otherwise medically unadvised)
    • MORNING APPOINTMENTS: skip breakfast and wait until you return from your appointment
    • DAYTIME APPOINTMENTS: feed a reduced amount of their regular meal
    • EVENING APPOINTMENTS: wait until you return home to feed dinner!.  If your pet has dietary restrictions (ie: allergies), please bring approved treats with you or even some of your pets dry kibble to be used as treats while at their appointment.

 

  • Carriers:  place your pet’s carrier in your living area as far in advance of your appointment as possible. We recommend that the carrier always be left as a fixture of your home to eliminate their reacting negatively to it when it is presented on appointment day. Cats carriers should be covered with a towel or blanket during the drive and when bringing into the appointment.

 

  • Leashes: NO Retractable Leashes! Please leave retractables at home!  We will happily give you a leash to use during your visit if you do not have anything other than a retractable.  If you arrive with one, please keep it LOCKED and ask for a leash from the front desk.

 

  • Waiting: If you feel your pet will be better off NOT waiting in the waiting area, please call upon your arrival and we can move your pet directly to an exam room or you may wait in your vehicle until a nurse is ready for you.

 

Remember, we want this to be a pleasant experience for your pet AND you!  The medical staff may decide to prioritize your pet’s care (ie: treat the ears but skip the nail trim) OR reschedule your appointment with a new treatment plan in order to keep their fear and anxiety level as low as possible. Visit the link for more information on Fear Free practices

 

We look forward to seeing you!

Canna-Pet for Pets

Harmony Animal Hospital has carried Canne-Pet since June 2016 and has had great success with this over the counter, safe product. Below is some information about Canna-Pet and its benefits. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call, email or text us.

Canna-Pet is…

  • An organic, whole-plant product, developed from the ground-up specifically for pets
  • Perfectly safe to use alongside any medications, supplements, or with any special diets
  • Cannabinoid nutrition that is Non-GMO, vegan, free of animal products, free of preservatives
  • Offering fast acting liquids and capsules suitable for any animal and treats for dogs
  • The first of its kind

What makes Canna-Pet Different?

  • Veterinarian recommended and covered by major pet insurers
  • Offers a 30 day money back satisfaction guarantee
  • Unique abundance of phytochemicals, with over two dozen cannabinoids and terpenes beyond just CBD
  • Studied by major universities and major veterinary journals
  • Much higher bioavailability than other CBD products
    • 10-15X the absorption
    • 15X the effective CBD reaching the pets ECS

 

Canna-Pet’s cannabinoid (CBD)  nutrition is made with Industrial Hemp

Canna-Pet products are:

  • Non-psychoactive
  • Are not medical marijuana
  • Made with organic and non-gmo hemp
  • Legal without a prescription
  • Formulated in USA phytochemistry laboratories

Who can use Canna-Pet products?

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Horses
  • Other

What do customers use Canna-Pet for?

  • Anxiety due to noise phobia (example: fireworks), separation anxiety, etc.
  • Arthritis
  • Allergies
  • Cancer
  • Digestive Issues
  • Seizures
  • Inflammation
  • Joint & Mobility Issues
  • Pain
  • Homeostasis
  • And more!

Is Your Dog Acting Senile?  There’s Help for the Older Pet.

It’s heartbreaking to see our old dogs acting, well, old. You figure there’s nothing that can be done for a dog showing signs that resemble senility. This is just part of the aging process, right? Maybe not.

A remarkable medication, called Anipryl, was approved by the USDA in December of 1998 to treat age-related behavior changes (although it has been on veterinary shelves to treat canine Cushing’s disease, a hormonal imbalance). It may prove to be a lifesaver for countless senior dogs and could significantly improve the quality of their declining years and the pleasure you take in your dog. By enhancing dogs’ functioning, Anipryl can prevent or reduce many of the symptoms of old age that can disrupt a household.

Once a dog loses its housetraining, stops interacting with the family, begins to grow restless at night or to become lost even in its own home, many owners will decide that it’s time to put their beloved friend down. Those that don’t must face their dog’s progressive debility and the disruption and pain it can bring to the household. What they may not realize, however, is that sometimes these behaviors in old dogs that may look like senility or even Alzheimer’s in humans are now believed by many veterinarians to be part of an aging-associated brain disorder.

Some of these changes that are usually interpreted as the typical aging process could be due to potentially treatable medical conditions, such as tumors and infections, which are more common in older dogs; call your veterinarian for an appointment anytime your dog’s behavior changes suddenly.

A major source of behavior change in the aging dog, however, is very possibly the result of changes in the brain. This leads to the loss of cognitive abilities like thinking, memory, communication and problem solving. In some aspects it resembles Alzheimer’s disease in humans. This generalized medical condition has been designated Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome or CDS for older dogs exhibiting this group of problematic, age-related behaviors.

Anipryl (the trade name for L-deprenyl or selegiline) may help CDS. In the absence of any physical cause such as cancer, infection, or organ failure, CDS is present when a dog shows one or more of the following five signs. See if your dog has any of these symptoms.

  • Disorientation or confusion:
    Your dog may wander aimlessly, stare out into space, or stand with his head in a corner; your dog may appear lost or confused in the house or yard;
  • Decreased or altered responsiveness to family member:
    Your dog may fail to respond to your attention, and stop seeking out attention;
    he may be less enthusiastic in his greeting;
  • Disturbances of the sleep-wake cycle:
    Your dog may bark, whine or pace at night; he may persistently bark abnormally any time of the day; he may be sleeping more, or awake more at night;
  • Decreased activity level:
    Your dog may show less general interest in his usual activities;
  • Deterioration in housetraining:
    A normally housetrained dog is suddenly having “accidents”; your dog may signal less to go outside and may urinate or defecate indoors soon after being outside.

Given the possible benefits for CDS, Anipryl may well be worth trying when your dog is declining in ways that lead you to contemplate putting him or her down. If the normal course of aging and its difficulties are not disruptive for your household, you may not wish to consider medication. It’s a judgement call. But it’s nice to know that there’s help for your older pet and some of the often devastating signs of aging are not something we are forced to live with and accept anymore.

Senile Signs