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.
Gizzy, a two-year-old Pomeranian, transferred to ACCES for anemia from possible ingestion of rat poison. He had been very quiet, limping, and bruising was noted on his belly. Blood work revealed elevated clotting factors and a very low red blood cell count. He was prescribed vitamin K, the antidote to anticoagulant rodenticides, and sent to ACCES for treatment. He was given frozen plasma from donor Jive to help normalize his clotting factors and packed red blood cells from donor Aloha Lani.
Bella, a four-year-old Siberian Husky, presented to ACCES Renton for not eating. She had been prescribed an anti-inflammatory pain medication following a knee injury. Bella was in shock at presentation. An abdominal ultrasound showed fluid in her abdomen and analysis of the fluid was very concerning for a leak in her intestinal tract. She was taken to emergency surgery and a large leaking ulcer was found in her pylorus (the lowest part of the stomach) and this was repaired.
Beau, a 6-year-old Labradoodle, had been experiencing vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and disinterest in food for a week prior to presenting at ACCES. His initial blood work showed his kidneys were not filtering toxins from his body the way they should. He experienced several seizures and needed a feeding tube placed to help him receive the appropriate nutrition. He received one transfusion and several hemodialysis treatments (a procedure used to remove toxins from the blood and then cycle the blood back into the body) while he was hospitalized.
The New Year is fast approaching, and with it comes the inevitable resolutions. While you are making your own list, consider making one for your pet as well. Whether it’s as simple as learning to trim your pets nails, or focusing on finally getting that extra weight off your beloved companion, remember that you are your pet’s advocate and change starts with you.
Berrin (Bear, Bear-Bear) is the most endearing and handsome German Shepherd around. He enjoys snacking on fresh carrots, mom's homemade chicken soup, peanut butter, and sticks. His favorite activities include rough-housing with big sister Bella, catching the ball or Frisbee, herding sheep, chasing his feline sister, and being with his family. Berrin can make you happy and fall in love with him with just a simple look. He provides limitless happiness and love to his family. Though his parents scold him when he eats toilet paper or tissues, he can’t help it.
Bella (Belly, Bell-Bell, Dum-Dum) is a very intelligent and endearing black/white short hair border collie with spots. Her favorite foods are mom's homemade chicken soup, fresh carrots, and peanut butter. Bella’s favorite activities include rough-housing with little brother, Berrin, herding sheep, swimming and herding other swimming dogs, going on runs and walks with the family, Frisbee, and mastering puzzles that have treat rewards.
Brianna Backlund, DVM, DACVIM and C. Alan Schreiner, DVM DACVIM
Monday, November 24, 2014
As the holiday season approaches, thoughts of pumpkin pies, gingerbread houses and sugar plum fairies occupy a lot of our free time. I’ve heard many people joke about going into a diabetic coma after taking in too much sugar. You may not realize that, although it’s not quite as straightforward as that, our canine and feline family members too can have serious consequences from an imbalance in blood sugar levels.