August (AKA, Auggy Doggy Puddin’ Pie) is a German shepherd Labrador mix with a black and tan coat, long hair and a sweet face. His favorite food is beef, cheese, cat food, milkbones, and Starbucks puppuccinos. He loves playing with the ball, car rides, and staring out at the mountains being a pensive puppy. He’s a great cuddler, from an early age he learned how to lean against Liz to help support her when she was weak or dizzy. He can be wound up and wild or sweet and gentle, but he’s always so expressive.
Mrs. Watson (AKA, Watson) is a recued black-tipped fawn greyhound who loves pumpkin and popcorn as well as car rides, walks, and cuddling. She is very sweet and loving, but she has a tendency to hog the bed and covers. Mrs. Watson is special because she was a successful racer on the tracks in Florida. Then, she retired and moved to Washington and waited over a year in foster care to find her forever home. She is a donor because she was fortunate enough to be adopted by a loving family and she wants to be able to help other dogs who are in need.
Mrs. Hudson (AKA, Hudson) is a rescued red fawn greyhound who loves to eat anything! She loves car rides and sleeping upside down (also known as roaching), and most of all she loves meeting everyone. Mrs. Hudson does, unfortunately, try to steal everyone else’s food and has a tendency to howl at the caller ID voice. She’s special because, while she was a not-so-fast racer on the tracks in Florida, she retired to Washington State and found her forever family.
By Beth Guerra, DVM Reposted Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Quite a few years ago, I evaluated a one-year-old Schnauzer for an acute onset of vomiting and diarrhea. He had no known medical problems and had not eaten anything unusual that could have caused his symptoms. The owner allowed me to do a complete workup, including x-rays and bloodwork. There were very few abnormalities except for a very low white blood cell count, which can indicate overwhelming infection or inadequate bone marrow response to infection. I was wracking my brains for a cause that would also explain his symptoms, when I noted in the chart that the owner had acquired him as a very young puppy and that he was not yet neutered. When I asked why she had not neutered him, she said he had never visited a veterinarian. That set off a bell in my head, and I questioned her about vaccine status. She reported he had never had any vaccines or boosters and that the breeder did not mention that he was given any before she acquired him. I immediately set up a parvo test, and it was a strong positive.
Howie is a one-and-a-half-year-old golden retriever who loves to eat everything! He especially loves peanut butter, and nerf darts. Howie’s favorite activity is “keep away”. This is a fun game until you need something he has (i.e. a shoe while the school bus is waiting) and he refuses to give in. Swimming is his second favorite activity. Howie is always ready to go anywhere and do anything. He is a brave dog and great with all other animals and people, however, he loves jumping on people, and eating remotes and money!
I have been practicing veterinary medicine for nearly fifteen years, and I am constantly amazed by the types of objects that dogs and cats will ingest. Sometimes it is playful puppy behavior (rocks), sometimes a cat just can’t resist shiny ribbon, sometimes it is accidental (ice cream covered spoon). It seems that nearly 50% of the cases I see in one week are intestinal foreign bodies, and most of those necessitate surgical intervention.
As pet owners, we always strive to provide the absolute best for our animals. Very recently, there has been a lot of conversation about what we should be feeding our pets. Raw-food diets, grain-free diets and home-cooked diets are all gaining popularity. It is true that many common pet illnesses such as food allergies, pancreatitis, and gastrointestinal disease can be well managed with diet. However, as Maddie’s case will explain, it is very important to consult your veterinarian before feeding a home-cooked diet in order to avoid serious complications.
Daisy Mae (AKA, Bug or Daisy Mayhem) is an almost three-year-old female brindle boxer who loves peanut butter more than any other food. She loves running really fast (especially on the beach) and playing with her best friends. She also loves belly rubs and chin tickles. Daisy Mae is a good listener, and so loving! However, she does have separation anxiety when she’s not with her people. (She just loves them so much!) Daisy Mae is special because she has such a fun personality.
Last year, we added intermittent hemodialysis (IHD) to our Renton hospital. This therapy, adapted from human medicine and using the same instrumentation, can give pets with failing kidneys a chance at recovery. The goal is to use the machine in the place of a kidney to keep the pet feeling healthier while the underlying disease is treated.
All too often, veterinarians assess pets that have been bitten by other animals. The most common scenario is bitewounds sustained from another dog, and if the victim is a small dog or cat, the consequences can be dire. Dogs of all breeds possess a powerful bite, and often what is seen on the outside is just the tip of the iceberg.