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.
Omar, a seven year old domestic shorthair cat, transferred to BluePearl Veterinary Partners from his primary veterinarian for a low body temperature and pale gums. Over the past week, Omar had increasingly low energy and was stumbling. He was also bleeding from the right hind foot.
Pao (AKA, Chunky Monkey) is a short-haired tuxedo cat with a facial expression that looks constantly confused by the world. He will eat anything and everything, regardless whether it’s edible or not. He enjoys scarfing down his (and his brother’s) food as well as stealing his people’s pillows in the middle of the night. His best quality is his ability to narrate his life all day by way of little chittering noises that keep him very well entertained.
Gail Hitchhiker (AKA, mini-me, major-me, Gailice, or Fuzzbutt) is a short-haired tuxedo cat who loves freeze-dried salmon treats. Her favorite activities are snuggling, eating and playing with her toys. She’s an excellent purring snuggler. However, Gail has the tendency to jump on her human’s back with her claws out to demand attention. She’s a blood donor because if she can, she should, according to her people. Just in case she ever needs blood, at least she’s “paid into the pot” when she can.
Agent Foxbat is a golden-eyed, soft black cat with a ridiculously squeaky voice. She loves marshmallows, or any cat treat she can get her paws on, and she loves to chase the laser pointer. She also enjoys spending time practicing her harness/leash skills on the balcony, especially if there are birds to chirp and squeak at outside. Foxbat is very food-motivated, which makes clicker training fun and easy.
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.
We were concerned about the safety and wellbeing of our puppy. The staff kept us calm, assured and relaxed during the whole time we were there. There were even toys for our preschoolers to play with...