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 Beth Davidow, DVM DACVECC March 18, 2015
Last month, I attended the Society of Critical Care Medicine Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona (www.sccm.org). This meeting is attended by thousands of the top doctors who run ICUs across the country. For over a decade, the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (www.acvecc.org) has a run a meeting in combination with this larger human conference. By attending this meeting, I can learn some of the newest things in the veterinary field but also take advantage of the much larger research budget and community that is generating information about best practices in the human field. I think we often forget that dogs, cats and humans are all mammals and that many of the concepts and treatments cross species barriers.
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.
Chester, a handsome 7-year-old Maine coon/orange tabby mix, has been seeing the ACCES internal medicine specialist, Alan Schreiner DVM DACVIM since 2012 for pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), Inflammatory Bowel Disease and weight control. (Being a Maine coon mix, he had always been a larger cat, but after moving he began putting on weight.) His weight loss was being carefully monitored when, in March of 2014, he became painful, lost his appetite, and had frequent bouts of diarrhea.
Moco, a nine-year-old Bengal, presented to ACCES Renton for trouble breathing. He had also stopped greeting his owners and was not eager to go outside on his normal walks. Approximately one year prior Moco ate some firm ornamental grass that was pointed on the end and had serrated edges. For a few weeks afterwards he would cough and repetitively swallow but he seemed to recover from this. At ACCES, Moco was found to have a severe infection in his chest (pyothorax), thought to be due to the inhaled piece of grass, and to be anemic.
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.
Lily, an 11-year-old Domestic Shorthair, transferred to ACCES Renton due to low red cells, white cells and platelets (called pancytopenia) The prior two weeks, her owner noticed that Lily was not greeting her like normal, her appetite was decreased, and she was hiding. She had been on medication (methimazole) for hyperthyroidism for the past year. She had acutely collapsed at home prior to presenting to her primary veterinarian. The very low cell counts were thought to be an uncommon reaction to her thyroid medication.
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.
I am a technician at another hospital in the area. It was about 9:00 pm when my baby girl Sheba (13.5 years old) took a turn for the worse. One of the doctors from my work met me at the clinic (after...