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The Tails of Becky and Blaze, Summer Fun

Hello again friends of BVC, Becky here to update you on my adventures with the wonderful Blaze. Blaze has been doing very well with his hips since his diagnosis earlier this year. He has been continuing with his Dasaquin and catalyst daily and they are keeping him feeling young and spry. Now that it is hot weather Blaze and I like to spend our days cooling off in some water, I can rarely keep him out of any body of water and his favorite thing to do is swim. 

With a dog diagnosed with hip dysplasia I do worry every day that he will over exert himself and although I don't want to hold him back from doing the things he loves the most, I also don't want to allow him to, in case he hurts himself. Luckily, exercise is one of the most important things for dogs with this condition, and swimming is one of the best physical therapy exercises for these guys. 

Swimming can actually help reduce some of the pain in his joints, as well as increase tendon and muscle strength. Since in water there is the ability to float it takes the pressure of the dogs' hips. The water can even be quite soothing for them; I know Blaze enjoys it tremendously.

If you have a dog that has hip dysplasia and you're not sure if he can swim or not please remember to purchase a life vest just in case. Always introduce them to the water slowly and in a nice shallow area. Once they become adjusted to the shallow area and seem comfortable, you can begin to go deeper and deeper and see how they do. You can encourage them by calling them across the water, using treats, a ball, even sticks to get them to really have fun and enjoy it. 

Always remember not to over-due it. Blaze could go in the water for hours; back and forth, back and forth, but I am very alert to his fatigue and know when he needs to settle down and take a break or when that was enough for the day. 

Thanks for reading, and enjoy these great photos of my boy Blaze swimming like a champ!

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The Tails of Becky and Blaze, His New Diagnosis

Hi there, it's Becky one of your favorite technicians over at the Burlington Veterinary Center. Some of you may know about the love of my life, also known as the cutest dog in the entire world, also known as Blaze. He's a Golden Retriever/German shepherd mix. He's been coming in for annual check up's here for a while now and he check's out as one happy healthy pup from blood work and physical exams by both Dr. Esherick and Dr. Trevino. He loves to run around like crazy and I can never keep him out of the water. Everyone knows because my whole social media is FULL of Blaze pictures (sorry, not sorry). Well, just the other day he had me really worried. He ran to jump on my bed and he let out the loudest yelp. Everyone knows I baby him like no other so you could guess my dog mom instinct had me freaking out. So, he came to work with me the next day, of course he was so excited. He is in love with Dr. Trevino so when she went to do his exam he just thought she was trying to rub his behind. But when she went to palpate his hips he was like "no way doctor". My poor baby boy was for sure in discomfort. I knew right there he was going to need sedation and have some x-rays. Being a technician, we give sedation to dogs all the time, it's safe, they do very well, but being my OWN dog this was different. I was a nervous wreck! Luckily I got to be with him watching over and monitoring him and also got to take the x-rays myself… but the anticipation waiting for the pictures to come up and for Dr. Trevino to tell me what could be wrong with him, had me shedding some tears. 

Okay, so now for the results….. Blaze has hip dysplasia. UGHHH my poor baby… This pretty much means his femoral head does not fit smoothly into the socket of his pelvis, so it is not held in tightly which causes it to slip. His joint is not stable and his body will try to stabilize it which will result in arthritis at the site over time. BUT this means that Blaze gets some yummy treats every morning now (on top of all the other treats he gets). He will be taking Dasuquin and Catalysts daily for the rest of his life and he really enjoys both of these supplements. After we did cold laser therapy on both of his hips, he was already feeling a lot better.

Thankfully going home that afternoon I felt relieved, he jumped into the backseat of my car and stuck his head out the window the whole way home and we cuddled up together that night. Being a technician I am in these sorts of situations all the time with clients and their pets. Sometimes I forget that my pet is not perfect and he will have problems over the course of his lifetime, and it's a lot for me to handle. My crazy dog mom self comes out. But I am thankful that I have such a great team at BVC and such great doctors. It's a huge relief to know there are many treatment options that I will be able to use too help him with his hip dysplasia and to help him live a long, comfortable life.

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Arthritis and Cold Weather: Degenerative Joint Disease in Winter

Arthritis and Cold Weather: Degenerative Joint Disease in Winter What is DJD? DJD arthritis affects joints making them stiff and painful to move. DJD can affect any dog and almost any joint, including the spine. How will DJD affect my dog? Different breeds, and differently sized dogs, may often feel the effects in different joints:

  • For a smaller dog, DJD is often most prevalent in the spine or knees. Small dogs, who are much lighter on their feet, may not show signs of DJD as obviously as large dogs. Watch small dogs carefully; if you see them occasionally hopping, have them checked out by your veterinarian.

  • For a larger dog, the knees can still be involved, but we often see DJD in the hips or shoulders.

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Burlington Veterinary Center

 17 Covey Rd. Burlington, CT 06013 / USA  1-860-675-6009

Office hours

  • Monday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed


Emergencies during office hours will be seen right away. Please call ahead. After hours please contact either:

Veterinary Emergency Center
135 Dowd Ave, Canton, CT 06019
Open 24/7/365
Avon Veterinary Emergency Referral
9 Avonwood Road Avon, CT 06001
Open Mon – Thurs 5 pm–8 am
Fri 5 pm – Mon 8 am
24 Hours on Holidays

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Our facility is conveniently located in Hartford County and is easy to get to by interstate highway and major state roads while maintaining its pet friendly and relaxing rural setting.