August (AKA, Auggy Doggy Puddin’ Pie) is a German shepherd Labrador mix with a black and tan coat, long hair and a sweet face. His favorite food is beef, cheese, cat food, milkbones, and Starbucks puppuccinos. He loves playing with the ball, car rides, and staring out at the mountains being a pensive puppy. He’s a great cuddler, from an early age he learned how to lean against Liz to help support her when she was weak or dizzy. He can be wound up and wild or sweet and gentle, but he’s always so expressive.
Mrs. Watson (AKA, Watson) is a recued black-tipped fawn greyhound who loves pumpkin and popcorn as well as car rides, walks, and cuddling. She is very sweet and loving, but she has a tendency to hog the bed and covers. Mrs. Watson is special because she was a successful racer on the tracks in Florida. Then, she retired and moved to Washington and waited over a year in foster care to find her forever home. She is a donor because she was fortunate enough to be adopted by a loving family and she wants to be able to help other dogs who are in need.
Mrs. Hudson (AKA, Hudson) is a rescued red fawn greyhound who loves to eat anything! She loves car rides and sleeping upside down (also known as roaching), and most of all she loves meeting everyone. Mrs. Hudson does, unfortunately, try to steal everyone else’s food and has a tendency to howl at the caller ID voice. She’s special because, while she was a not-so-fast racer on the tracks in Florida, she retired to Washington State and found her forever family.
By Beth Guerra, DVM Reposted Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Quite a few years ago, I evaluated a one-year-old Schnauzer for an acute onset of vomiting and diarrhea. He had no known medical problems and had not eaten anything unusual that could have caused his symptoms. The owner allowed me to do a complete workup, including x-rays and bloodwork. There were very few abnormalities except for a very low white blood cell count, which can indicate overwhelming infection or inadequate bone marrow response to infection. I was wracking my brains for a cause that would also explain his symptoms, when I noted in the chart that the owner had acquired him as a very young puppy and that he was not yet neutered. When I asked why she had not neutered him, she said he had never visited a veterinarian. That set off a bell in my head, and I questioned her about vaccine status. She reported he had never had any vaccines or boosters and that the breeder did not mention that he was given any before she acquired him. I immediately set up a parvo test, and it was a strong positive.
Stella, AKA Heavenly Rags Stella, is a blue point ragdoll who loves eating anything and everything. She loves sleeping, playing with paper, and putting all her toys in one place. Stella is wonderfully mellow and does not let anything upset her, but tends to flop right in front of you. You’re lucky if you don’t fall trying to avoid her. Stella is special because she is only one of about 300 registered therapy cats. Her picture is of her visiting a nursing home. Stella is a blood donor to help save lives.
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.
Furreal is a blood donor at Blue Pearl Blood Bank and I have always had excellent care provided for his donations. Furreal developed Feline Urinary Tract Disease; his first medical emergency at five...