Dogs and cats eat lots of things they shouldn’t especially when they are young. They chew and swallow socks, rocks, balls, pacifiers and a host of other odd things. Although large objects like rocks are likely to get stuck they often cause less damage than those cloth objects that fray and become a linear string.
One of the scariest things that could happen to your pet is if they suddenly can’t stand or won’t get up. Especially if you have a large dog, it can be frightening and exhausting to figure out even how to get them to the veterinarian.
There are lots of reasons your pet might not get up that range from painful but not life threatening to extremely urgent. As an emergency and critical care veterinarian, I have seen a lot of different reasons for this presentation.
Today, February 26, 2013 is World Spay Day. If you have recently adopted or purchased a puppy or kitten, you need to consider this important procedure to help protect your pet as well as prevent unwanted litters. This procedure can be performed quickly, easily, safely and economically thanks to the many organizations supporting World Spay Day.
The benefits to spaying (removing the uterus and ovaries) or neutering (removing the testicles) of your pet are many:
We are entering the time of year that the flu tends to increase in frequency. Cold weather brings people indoors and in closer contact with each other, making spread of cold and flu viruses much more prevalent in our communities.
Although most of the animals we treat at our hospital are dogs and cats, we also treat other small pets. We see birds, reptiles, ferrets, rabbits, rats, and my favorite, guinea pigs. Guinea pigs are great little pets that are surprisingly friendly and interactive. They are often good with kids and easy to maintain. My personal guinea pigs know the sound of the refrigerator produce drawer opening and squeal in the hopes of a carrot top.
A few months ago, we had an optional surgery turn into an emergency surgery due to the hatred of a cat for its carrier. Boo Boo had mast cell disease, a type of cancer that lodges in the spleen and causes it to become markedly enlarged. Mast cells contain histamine so cats with these tumors can sometimes have vomiting, unexplained allergic reactions and can have problems with clotting. Luckily, surgery to remove the spleen is often very successful in prolonging quality life for significant amounts of time.
What does “healthy aging” mean for your pet? Is it the same as for you? Basically, the answer is yes, with one glaring difference. Your pet cannot be trusted to tell you when something is starting to go wrong.