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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Posts Tagged ‘Pet’

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

Your New Puppy and Parvo

Your New Puppy and Parvo

  Danielle Huval, DVM Emergency Clinician Supervisor   Having a new puppy is such a fun time for a family. Showing them off to friends and family, teaching them to walk on a leash, and socializing with other dogs are important steps to forming a great lifelong relationship. First visits to the veterinarian are packed full of information, which can be overwhelming. At an early age, puppies are vaccinated against many viruses, with Parvovirus, more commonly referred to as Parvo, ... Full Story

Spinal Emergencies in Dogs and Cats

Spinal Emergencies in Dogs and Cats

      By Maggie Vandenberg, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology) Neurologist Spinal disease and emergencies occur frequently in our pet dogs and cats. They can occur due to inherited spinal disorders (i.e. intervertebral disc disease), acquired disorders (i.e. inflammatory disease, infection), trauma, or congenital spinal disorders (i.e. caudal occipital malformation, atlantoaxial subluxation). Some disorders occur slowly but some can occur very rapidly and the consequences ... Full Story

Pet euthanasia

Pet euthanasia

  Humane euthanasia – facing a difficult decision By Laura Higgins, DVM Emergency Veterinarian Brady Smith, a previously healthy 12 year-old Golden Retriever, woke his owners at 2:00 am, obviously distressed. Brady had collapsed, and the Smiths now found themselves rushing to the veterinary emergency room where he was diagnosed with internal bleeding likely due to cancer. There were procedures the medical team could do in order to stabilize Brady, and potentially even ... Full Story

Is my pet having a seizure?

Is my pet having a seizure?

                                                                   By Dr. Maggie Vandenberg Neurologist and Neurosurgeon Seizures are one of the most common neurologic disorders seen in veterinary medicine. Due to the variable presentations, they can be difficult to identify. Typically they are episodic and they cause an animal to have altered behavior prior to and after the seizure episode. In an event that an animal has a generalized (‘grand ... Full Story

Corn Cobs Are Not For Dogs

Corn Cobs Are Not For Dogs

  Tales from the Pet Clinic with Ann Hohenhaus, DVM, DACVIM A sick young dog Early last week, Steel, a healthy, well cared for young Labrador, was rushed to The AMC in the wee hours of the morning for intractable vomiting.  The poor dog looked miserable with vomit on his face and paws. The emergency doctors determined he was dehydrated and started intravenous fluids along with mediations to help control nausea. They also performed a critical test when they took an abdominal ... Full Story

Pets and Poision

Pets and Poision

  Rat and Mouse Poison Ingestion By Dana Dietrich, DVM Emergency Veterinarian, Internal Medicine Specialist   Rat and mouse poison is not only poisonous to rodents but also to our family pets. There are several types of rat poison that can cause different types of clinical signs. The most commonly used rat poison causes bleeding. When you discover your pet has eaten the poison or even if you just suspect it, you should take them to a veterinarian immediately. If ... Full Story

Why Can’t My Cat Breathe?

Why Can’t My Cat Breathe?

        By Crystal Connor, DVM Emergency Veterinarian Respiratory distress, also referred to as dyspnea (disp-ne´ah), can present in different ways when it comes to our feline friends. The underlying cause can be from various conditions related to either the upper or lower respiratory tract. In some situations, the dyspnea can even be secondary to heart disease or problems outside of the lungs. Clinical symptoms that may indicate your cat is having ... Full Story

Thanksgiving Day Foods That Can Kill Your Dog

Thanksgiving Day Foods That Can Kill Your Dog

        By Brandy Arnold Thanksgiving is a time of love and laughter, of family and friends, of being thankful, and of course, for stuffing ourselves silly with a smorgasbord of Turkey Day treats! That said, if your family and friends includes the four-legged variety, make sure the only foods they eat this Thanksgiving are healthy and safe. Lurking within that pumpkin pie is a deadly danger for your dog. Use our handy-dandy infographic as a reminder ... Full Story

Diabetes and your pet

Diabetes and your pet

    Emergency Complications of Diabetes Mellitus By Dr. Laura Higgins Emergency Veterinarian Diabetes mellitus is a relatively common disorder in both dogs and cats. The disease is characterized by persistently elevated blood sugar secondary to either low insulin levels or insulin resistance. Both cats and dogs have an excellent prognosis for a good quality of life when treated and monitored appropriately. This article will focus only on the emergency situations ... Full Story

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