Jezabelle (Jez) is a medium-hair, beautiful tortie. She likes to snack on Temptation treats, play with the laser pointer and mouse toys, run around the apartment sporadically, and sleep. Her best qualities are her fuzzy paws and the fact that she likes her belly rubbed. She also likes to snuggle but just not as long as her human friends would prefer. Jez is special because she helps her mom with anxiety. She is a blood donor because she has a big, warm, and fuzzy heart.
Berrin (Bear, Bear-Bear) is the most endearing and handsome German Shepherd around. He enjoys snacking on fresh carrots, mom's homemade chicken soup, peanut butter, and sticks. His favorite activities include rough-housing with big sister Bella, catching the ball or Frisbee, herding sheep, chasing his feline sister, and being with his family. Berrin can make you happy and fall in love with him with just a simple look. He provides limitless happiness and love to his family. Though his parents scold him when he eats toilet paper or tissues, he can’t help it.
Bella (Belly, Bell-Bell, Dum-Dum) is a very intelligent and endearing black/white short hair border collie with spots. Her favorite foods are mom's homemade chicken soup, fresh carrots, and peanut butter. Bella’s favorite activities include rough-housing with little brother, Berrin, herding sheep, swimming and herding other swimming dogs, going on runs and walks with the family, Frisbee, and mastering puzzles that have treat rewards.
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!
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.
Sadie, aka Sadie Sue, is an adorable white boxer with floppy ears and black spots. She enjoys hiking, running, playing on Bainbridge Island trails with her “sister” Cecilia, and eating people food. She is a true lap dog although she doesn't realize that she is too big to be one. Sadie is loyal and appreciative but can’t resist stealing stuffed animals and tearing them apart! Sadie Sue was a rescue dog that shows her appreciation by making her owners laugh and smile every day. Her mom volunteers at shelters and helps place many homeless dogs with loving families.
Joolz is a Cinnamon Toast Crunch colored Pit Bull who likes to eat. She is an extreme cuddler who also likes to lie on her brother, swim, destroy toys, and, again, eat. She will do anything for a treat. She has a few bad habits but makes up for them by donating blood to save the lives of dogs in need. Her mom and dad think she is special and so do we!
Many owners ask me after a serious trauma whether it makes sense to put their pet through a large surgery or several days of intensive critical care or whether it wouldn’t be kinder to just put them down. Especially when the radiographs show severe fractures, there is the question of long-term quality of life. I think what has impressed me most over my 18 years as an emergency and critical care veterinarian is the ability of animals to heal. A following case is a good example.