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.
Ginger Brindleton Ahlgrim, also known as Gingee, GB and “muddy paws”, is a brindle pitbull mix. She’s super lazy and loves orange food, so cantaloupe and cheese are her favorite. Her favorite things to do are running very, very, very fast, eating snow, and taking naps. She is super gentle with cats and does not destroy anything in the house. She is super loving and happy all the time. But, sometimes Ginger eats cat poop. She’s special because she was in the shelter for four months before being adopted and so she appreciates everything about being spoiled now.
Jak Picinich, also known as Bubby, is a handsome, charming, smart red Doberman Pinscher. He’ll eat anything and loves sleeping, eating, fetching, eating, bouncing through the tall grass in the dunes by the ocean, eating, performing tricks, and, of course, eating. He is super smart, loves to please, is very mellow and very loving once he knows you. Jak has no bad habits his owners can think of and is very sensitive and concerned about people.
By Jason Spina, DVM, DACVS February 23, 2015
Pets are an integral part to many households in the US. In 2012, it was estimated that 62% of American households included at least one pet and this number has likely grown.
Suzie, five-year-old Chihuahua, presented to ACCES after being attacked by a large dog while out for a walk. The trauma to her body was severe and she was taken to surgery to assess the damage and repair the wounds. At surgery, the right kidney was found to be torn and fractured with significant bleeding which resulted in it having to be removed. Suzie was actually very lucky as one of the wounds was very near her spine. Due to her blood loss, she was given a whole blood transfusion from donor Petey.
Michonne, a five-month-old Shepherd mix, transferred to ACCES for an intestinal obstruction. She had been vomiting and having diarrhea and refused to eat almost all food. Radiographs showed foreign material in the intestines and an area of plication (where the intestine appeared to be folded or bunched up). She also had very low proteins. At surgery, foreign shell material was found and the ileum and part of the jejunum were found to be intussescepted into the colon.
The entire weekend staff was wonderful. Everyone was very professional in-person and over the phone. My husband dropped off our cat for treatment, but I was kept up-to-date. A special thank you to Dr...