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Friday, August 28, 2015

Posts Tagged ‘dog’

Summer Time: Canine Hazards

Summer Time: Canine Hazards

By Crystal Connor, DVMEmergency VeterinarianWho has heard the unproven statistic that Colorado has around 300 days of sunshine per year? Regardless of its validity, Colorado is an amazing, beautiful state that has a lot to offer when it comes to enjoying the great outdoors and sunshine with our canine companions.As an emergency veterinarian I see a variety of injuries affecting dogs throughout the summer and I feel this is a great opportunity to recall some of the canine hazards of summer. The ... Full Story

Summer Time: Healthy Dog Living Can Be Easy

Summer Time: Healthy Dog Living Can Be Easy

Dan Taylor, DVM Emergency Veterinary InternSummer in Colorado brings out some of the best activities of the year. Hiking, camping, water sports and barbeques to name a few. Regardless of our plans for the day, many of us want to include our canine companions. Our furry friends enjoy this stuff as much as we do. As carefree and easy as the summer seems, the conditions that accompany it can pose a threat to our dog’s well-being. Therefore, it is essential to understand and prepare for summer ... Full Story

Pain Medication and your Dog

Pain Medication and your Dog

    “It’s Just an Aspirin” - Over-the-Counter Dan Taylor, DVM Emergency Veterinarian Here in Colorado, we enjoy being active with our canine companions. Our dogs love these outings and can encounter some of the same injury issues that we feel after physical activity. Imagine the following common scenario. You and your nine-year-old dog jump in the car for a morning at the dog park. After your dog has had a productive session of chasing down her favorite ball, meeting ... Full Story

The Vet is in: Winter Cold

The Vet is in: Winter Cold

Keeping your Pets Safe this Winter Sofia Kalkstein, DVM Emergency Veterinarian We have all heard the old adage in Colorado that if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute. However, winter is here and will lay its’ cold, snowy grip on the Front Range for the next few months. Here are some reminders about how to keep our best friends safe during this season. Both cats and dogs are vulnerable to antifreeze poisoning, which is commonly used this time of year. Its sweet taste is ... Full Story

The Vet is in: Laryngeal Paralysis

The Vet is in: Laryngeal Paralysis

  Sonya Sia, DVM Surgical Intern It is a warm, sunny summer day. You are hiking with your long time, furry friend, Duke, a 9 year old Labrador Retriever. He has been your hiking buddy for years, but recently his breathing has seemed hoarse and loud. Usually, Duke easily beats you up the trail, but now Duke is panting as he tries to keep up with you. What could be causing Duke’s difficulty breathing? Laryngeal paralysis is a progressive, degenerative disease that causes ... Full Story

The Vet is in: GDV and prevention

What is GDV and How Can We Prevent It? John Litterine-Kauffman, DVM Surgical Intern   It is two in the morning. You have just been awoken by your yellow lab, Rufus, retching at the foot of your bed. He has been uncomfortable all night, but now he is gagging and retching as if something is stuck in his throat, but he cannot bring it up. His belly also seems bigger than you remember and feels tight when you go to calm him down. As a veterinarian working in an emergency clinic, ... Full Story

Marijuana and your pet

Marijuana and your pet

  Cannabis Consumption in Colorado’s Canines and Cats Jan Mladonicky, DVM Brownies on the counter? Yum! But our pets have no idea that there may be special ingredients lurking inside these tempting treats that can make them sick and are very likely to consume far more than the recommended “serving size.” Pet toxicities are becoming increasingly more common since Colorado legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes in 2000. A published study involving two large ... Full Story

Helping Dogs and Cats Adjust to Blindness

Helping Dogs and Cats Adjust to Blindness

Dana Dietrich, DVM Emergency Veterinarian Dogs and cats that go blind can, with time, adjust to their surroundings through use of their other senses. It is important to remember that each animal is an individual and therefore the amount of time it will take for this adjustment to occur will vary from pet to pet. The key is to be patient and calm. It will help your pet immensely to know that you and your family are there to help them through the adjustment period. Learning that your ... Full Story

Your pet and glaucoma

Your pet and glaucoma

  Glaucoma Abbey Holtman, DVM Emergency Veterinarian Glaucoma is a condition in which the intraocular pressure (pressure within the eye) is higher than normal. The classic symptom of glaucoma is a red and painful eye, but other eye diseases can present this way. It is important to understand that if glaucoma is left untreated, the pressure within the eye will continue to elevate and can cause permanent blindness. Additional clinical signs of glaucoma can include redness ... Full Story

My pet is having trouble breathing – What do I

My pet is having trouble breathing – What do I do?

          Dana Dietrich, DVM Emergency Veterinarian   Difficulty breathing is a common emergency encountered by veterinarians in small animal medicine. Getting your pet to a veterinarian quickly, so they can identify and address this life-threatening problem, will increase the likelihood of a positive outcome. Evaluating the animal’s breathing pattern can help determine if he or she is having difficulty because of problems with the ... Full Story

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