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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Posts Tagged ‘veterinarian’

Puppies as Presents

Puppies as Presents

    Crystal Connor, DVM Emergency Veterinarian As the holidays are fast approaching, there are many who will consider adopting or purchasing a puppy as a present. While I believe being a pet owner can result in many rewards, bringing a dog into the family is a decision that should be made with careful consideration. After all, this is not an object to be unwrapped, admired for a short time, and then tossed to the side as another gift may be. It is a living being that ... Full Story

Your Pet and Rabies

Your Pet and Rabies

What Is Rabies? Christina Kellogg, DVM Emergency Intern Many of us are familiar with the disease called Rabies. We were taught to fear animals that are seen frothing at the mouth as they may infected with the deadly disease. We vaccinate our pets against Rabies as it has long been considered a standard of routine health care. But why? How often is Rabies actually seen in Colorado? Should you really be concerned? Prior to 2007, Rabies was only known to be in the bat populations ... 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

Black Widow Spider Bites and Your Pet

Black Widow Spider Bites and Your Pet

    By Dr. Denise Crumbaker, DVM Emergency Veterinarian Black widow spiders have long been known as a cause of venomous spider bites in people, but they also can inflict very severe disease on multiple companion animal species. Black widows can be found in every state within the US with the exception of Alaska and Hawaii. They typically prefer to live in dimly lit areas such as woodpiles or corners. The web has a characteristic funnel shape and tends to appear somewhat ... Full Story

Wake up! Anesthesia is an essential tool in veterinary

Wake up! Anesthesia is an essential tool in veterinary medicine

  By Dr. Laura Higgins, DVM Emergency Veterinarian     Anesthesia is the drug-induced loss of feeling and/or awareness, and its use is a critical tool for modern veterinary medicine. Our ability to anesthetize veterinary patients allows for safe, pain-free surgery for elective procedures (spay, neuter, etc.), as well as correction of life-threatening emergencies. When your pet is to have a procedure requiring anesthesia, the focus is often on the procedure ... Full Story

Kidney Disease in Cats and Dogs

Kidney Disease in Cats and Dogs

  Kidney Disease By Dr. Mimi Elliott, DVM Emergency Veterinary Intern   Kidney disease is a very common problem in our small animal population. It is more common in cats than dogs and can occur at any age, but more often in older animals. Your veterinarian will diagnose kidney disease in your pet by running two tests; the first is a blood test to see if kidney values are elevated (this is called azotemia), and the second is a urine test to see if the kidneys are ... Full Story

Vestibular Disease in Dogs

Vestibular Disease in Dogs

    By Dr. Danielle Huval Emergency Veterinarian An older dog with a sudden head tilt, lack of coordination (ataxia), and eyes that are moving rapidly from side to side or rotationally (nystagmus) may have vestibular disease. Vestibular disease occurs when the vestibular apparatus, a region in the ear that helps the body balance and orient to the environment, is not functioning correctly. This can be caused by a middle ear infection, a brain lesion, or is unknown ... Full Story

News from the Vet, Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus

Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV) Signs and Treatment By Dr. Danielle Huval Emergency Veterinarian Do you have a dog? Then you need to know about GDV. Gastric dilatation-volvulus or bloat is a life-threatening emergency that affects large and giant breed dogs. GDV is when the stomach rotates on itself, which cuts off blood supply to the stomach and prevents gas and food from escaping.  This is extremely painful and can lead to shock and death within hours. The good news is that ... Full Story

Bennet Backs Bill to End Veterinarian Shortfall in

14 Colorado Counties Have too Few Food Animal Veterinarians   Washington, DC – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet has joined a bipartisan push to address the shortfall of veterinarians in underserved rural communities across Colorado and the country. The bipartisan Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act, which Bennet is cosponsoring, would bolster the nation’s veterinary workforce by eliminating taxes on programs that encourage veterinarians to practice in ... Full Story

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