Bella Saved through the Gifts of Four Greyhound Donors. 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.
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.
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.