The Digital Age: The Role of Digital Imaging in Veterinary Medicine

Technology gets better (and faster) almost every day, and veterinary medicine has benefited from these innovations. Over the last century we have gone from James Herriot-style farm vets to the ability to perform organ transplants – a pretty remarkable jump, in our estimation. 

At Dupont Veterinary Clinic, veterinary technology is particularly visible in our daily imaging abilities. From X-rays to ultrasound and beyond, digital imaging in veterinary medicine is improving and changing for the better all the time. 

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Celebrating Veterinary Technicians and the Extraordinary Services They Provide

While most pet owners refer to their primary veterinarian when speaking of their pet’s medical care, you may be surprised just how much a veterinary technician does. In fact, veterinary technicians are the first to assess your pet, as well as provide important screening and diagnostic services. They are an essential part of a successful, high quality veterinary practice.

The team at Dupont Veterinary Clinic wants to put a spotlight on how essential our fantastic technicians are and the expertise, education, drive, and compassion required for the job.

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The Skinny on the Scaly: The Best in Basic Reptile Care

Reptiles are fun, interesting, unusual, and intelligent. While not as fluffy or playful as other household pets, snakes, lizards and turtles can bring a lot of joy to owners of various experience levels. 

For many people with allergies to feathers or fur, reptiles offer a great alternative to traditional pet ownership. Plus, when done right, it can be gratifying to take part in reptile care.

Reptile care can be challenging but gratifying. It is highly specific and requires close attention to detail. 

Here’s what any new or prospective reptile parent needs to know on basic reptile care.

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A Corny Conundrum: Why Do My Dog’s Paws Smell like Corn Chips?

No one ever thinks a dog smells great all of the time. In fact, most doggos have a musty odor to them, especially when they get wet. But if you have ever gotten a quick whiff of your dog’s feet, it may have reminded you of something… Is that… corn chips? 

“Frito feet” may seem like a mystery, but we get the question of, “Why do my dog’s paws smell like corn chips?” all the time. 

Your friends at Dupont Veterinary Clinic are here to uncover the reasons beyond this strange smell and what you can do to keep your pet’s paws healthy and stank-free.

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Trim The Fat: Keeping Pet Winter Weight Gain At Bay

Many of us struggle with winter weight gain, and our pets may be no different. Whether the struggle lies in preventing it or shedding it afterwards, winter weight gain is a concern for pets because a few extra pounds can cause secondary health concerns like joint problems, diabetes, and even heart disease, to name a few.

Dupont Veterinary Clinic knows that winter is coming, and there’s no better time to prepare for how to keep pet winter weight gain at bay. Keep reading for our best tips and ideas. 

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The Golden Years: How To Take Great Care of Your Senior Pet

There’s an age old dictum that rings with truth, “Gettin’ old ain’t for the faint of heart!” Unfortunately, this applies to our canine and feline companions as well. But it’s also important to remember that although getting older is not optional, suffering in old age can be. In other words, your pet can still enjoy good health, and be active and pain free as they move through their senior years. Your veterinarian can help make this a reality. 

If you are a pet owner, it’s likely (we hope) that you will be caring for a senior pet at some point. By working together, we can ensure your senior pet has the happy and healthy golden years they deserve. 

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Once-A-Year Heartworm Prevention For Your Dog Has Arrived!

Heartworm disease remains a serious and potentially fatal disease that is spread to our pets by mosquitoes. In 2019 there have been over 2,500 cases in Indiana alone, and these are only the cases that were reported. In fact, Dupont Veterinary Clinic treated 7 dogs in August 2019, alone!

Suffice it to say, heartworm disease has definitely not gone away, making heartworm prevention for your dog a must.

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Getting a Paw Up on Osteoarthritis in Pets

Almost all pets (and people) are affected by arthritis at some point in their lifetime. While it is not always a debilitating condition, it certainly can affect the quality of life.

At Dupont Veterinary Clinic, we are big proponents of treating osteoarthritis in pets early and aggressively to ensure the happiest pet possible.

Arthritis Basics

A normal joint consists of two bones held together by a joint capsule. Between the two bones there is a spongy padding called cartilage. A slippery substance called synovial fluid bathes and lubricates the joint as well.  

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The Power of Platelet Rich Plasma in Veterinary Medicine

As people working in the veterinary field, the staff at Dupont Veterinary Clinic want to do everything we can to help animals. We work hard each day to relieve pain and suffering, and to help our patients get well.

Part of being good at our job means staying ahead of advances in veterinary medicine and riding the forefront of new treatments and diagnostic testing. The use of platelet rich plasma in our hospital is just one example of how we are striving to bring the best to our pet patients.

Principles of Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet rich plasma, otherwise referred to as PRP, is the portion of centrifuged blood that contains a concentrated number of platelets. These are the cells in the blood that facilitate clotting.

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A Growing Concern: Heartworm Disease in Pets

The winter thaw is on the horizon, and as we move toward the warmer weather of spring we’re preparing for a new season of creeping, crawling, and flying bugs. Of these, perhaps the most annoying, and potentially deadly, is the mosquito.

With their bite, mosquitoes can transmit a dangerous parasite to pets known as heartworm. Found in all 50 states, complications from heartworm infection can include exercise intolerance, shortness of breath, collapse, and even sudden death in dogs and cats. It’s important to make sure we understand the dangers of heartworm disease in pets, first.

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