It’s that time of year when all of us start seeing more mushrooms around. The combination of sun, rain, and increased organic material on the ground is perfect for fungal growth. Mushroom hunters love the Pacific Northwest but the conditions that make for amazing edible chanterelles, also lead to more of the poisonous variety as well. Often the poisonous ones are nondescript and can resemble edible varieties. The Washington Poison Center just put out a seasonal alert for people and our dogs also need to watch what they eat. http://www.wapc.org/mushrooms-seasonal-health-alert
Teagan “Wigglebottom” McGinley is the housemate of Aidnah and is also a black domestic shorthair kitty. Teagan enjoys wrestling with her sister and eating cat nip. She has a big purr and wags her tail when she is happy, like a puppy. Her favorite food is Whisker Lickin treats. Teagan makes everyone smile with her smile. She donates blood because all kitties should be safe and happy for as long as possible!
Aidnah McGinley is an adorable black domestic shorthair kitty who likes to chase the “light mouse,” which is also known as the laser pointer. She is a sweet cuddler and a giver of many head bonks. Her favorite food is cat Greenies. Aidnah takes excellent care of her people and the other pets in the house but is known for occasionally scratching the dining room chairs. She is a blood donor because she was lucky to be adopted from the pound and wants other cats that need help to be as lucky as her!
You have come home from work and walk in the door. Suddenly it occurs to you that your dog has not come to the door to greet you as usual. Even after you have called for her, she hasn't come around. With growing concern you begin walking around the house looking for her-first the living room, then the bedroom, then the den. To no avail you walk right into the kitchen and there you see it: the disaster scene.
Little pieces of wrapper are lying all over the floor. The silver packaging reflects the overhead light as you look at your dog and ask, "What happened?
By Beth Guerra, DVM and Beth Davidow, DVM, DACVECC
Reposted Tuesday, October 21, 2014
On a weekly basis, we see middle aged to older cats for a variety of vague symptoms, including lethargy, weight loss, and decreased appetite. Vomiting, diarrhea, or increased thirst and urination may be added to the list. Since our feline friends cannot communicate in our language, it is important to obtain a careful history and also pursue diagnostics, such as bloodwork, x-ray, or ultrasound, to rule out disease processes. We would like to address two common “older cat” diseases that we routinely diagnose on an ER visit.
Rigby is a female boxer/pitty mix owned by one of our staff members at ACCES Renton. Riggerbees – one of her many cute nicknames – enjoys steak and potatoes and rolling in the grass. She is cute and silly but also stubborn like her human father. Adopted from the mean streets of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she donates blood to give back and help save lives, oh and the free toys of course!
Everyone has the image in their head: trying to stuff a spiderman cat into the carrier and take him/her to the vet only to be subject to hearing the grumbling and hissing from the back seat, then followed by the smells of poop and/or pee emanating from the carrier on the drive in. Is it worth all the stress to get them in for their annual examinations? The answer is yes. Annual physical exams may be the best investment you can make in keeping your cat healthy as small changes in your cat’s exam can be big indicators to your trained veterinarian.
At one of my prior jobs, I saw a puppy on emergency that presented for sudden onset of salivation, vomiting, and mild tremors. He had been outside in the yard for about an hour prior to onset of symptoms. The owners were questioned about possible exposure to toxins, and they noted that due to recent rains, a large crop of mushrooms had sprouted in the yard. I induced vomiting, and the puppy brought up a large amount of grass, dirt, and some unidentifiable brown chunks. I dug through the vomit (a favorite veterinary pastime) and pieced together some mushrooms from the remnants. A few minutes after vomiting, the salivation and tremors resolved.
Toby (aka Toby Tobes, Toblerone, and little tobski) enjoys playing, meowing at hummingbirds, chasing his sister Cleo around, and cat crazies. He is very loving and always greets his owners and follows them around talking. He also likes to make sure Cleo’s head is clean and gives her extra kisses. Toby is an early riser (between 3:00 am – 4:00 am) and likes to let everyone know that he is awake! He knows where the toys are hidden and tries to get at them any hour of the day.
The busiest day of the year for intake of animals to shelters is usually July 5th. This is because many pets get frightened of the sound of fireworks and run away. Fireworks can also cause injuries to pets including hearing loss, cuts, abrasions, contusions, and even poisonings if ingested. Although you can’t call 9-1-1 for your pets, many veterinary emergency hospitals are open 24 hours a day and available for phone questions and to help in an emergency.