Featured Case: Kaos in the Night
Kaos is a very very sweet Greyhound who was victimized mysteriously in the night. When dogs are in heat they excrete phermones that attract unwanted and sometimes violent guests. When found by her owners, Kaos was actively bleeding from her throat and was weak. She was hurried into surgery where a large gaping hole was found from her throat all the way to the very front of her chest cavity (thoracic inlet). Several neck muscles were severed and her windpipe (trachea) visible through the wound, fortunately the big blood vessels were intact. Two veterinarians worked to identify the mash up of different muscles and blood vessels, after some teamwork Kaos was put back together again. By the next day, much to everyone's surprise Kaos was feeling much brighter and ready to go home. Much to our amazement Kaos healed
Featured Case: It's Just Vomiting, Right?
Easton, a 5 year old Labrador retriever enjoys giving kisses and
competing in agility. One day his very astute mother noticed some nausea
and gagging. The final straw was when Easton started vomiting his breakfast. With any vomiting dog one of the most important things we can do is rule out an obstruction in the intestines, x-rays are the first line of screening to make this determination. However, on Easton's x-rays we saw something a little unexpected.
Featured Case: Loti & Mast Cell Tumor
Loti, a beautiful Belgian Malinois, very suddenly developed a blister like lump (bulla) on her right front leg. We tested it and found evidence of a reaction like an allergy, she received treatment and the bulla resolved. However, once the medications were stopped the bulla re-appeared! We re-tested it and found mast cells (hers looked just like the picture below from the University of Montreal). Mast cell tumors are REALLY common and account for between 10-20% of all tumors dogs get. Fortunately, Loti's tumor was a low grade and completely removed - the best prognosis!
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Health Tips & Information
Did you know, one vaccine shot doesn't protect your puppy or kitten? Vaccines need to start at 6 weeks and be boostered every 3 weeks until they are at least 16 weeks old for puppies and 12 weeks old for kittens. Every puppy and kitten should have at least 3 boosters regardless of their age. Here are some of the diseases that vaccines and preventatives protect against:
Parvo is a highly infectious virus that affects unvaccinated dogs of all ages. It is transmited through feces and can live in the environment for very long periods of time. Primary symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and if left untreated - death. You can prevent this tragic illness from affecting your dogs by following a simple vaccine protocol. We reccomend starting when your puppy is between six and eight weeks old, boosting every three to four weeks until at least sixteen weeks old, and annual vaccines throughout the lifetime of your dog.