De Anza Small Animal Clinic

The South Valley's Friendly Neighborhood Veterinary Clinic!

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:

¿Sabía usted, un tiro vacuna no protege a su cachorro o gatito? Las vacunas deben empezar a las 6 semanas y se boostered cada 3 semanashasta que tengan al menos 16 semanas de edad para cachorros y 12 semanas de edad para los gatitos. Cada cachorro y gatito debe tener almenos 3 boosters, independientemente de su edad. Estas son algunas de las enfermedades que las vacunas y preventivos proteger contra:

Canine Parvovirus

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.  


Canine Heartworm Disease

Heartworm is a parasite that is transmited by mosquitos, lives in the heart and arteries of the lungs, and is fatal if left untreated. Because of New Mexicos dry environment you might think that your risks are reduced, but due to our proximity to the Rio Grande and irrigation ditches, our clinic continues to see and treat heartworm positive dogs every month.Yearly testing is the first neccesary step in preventing heartworm from affecting your canine companions. Once we know the heartworm status of your dog we can help you decide which of the many preventative options is best for you and if treatment is required we can help.

Feline Leukemia & Rhinotracheitis

Feline Leukemia Virus (FELV) is a retrovirus that is spread from one cat to another through bite wounds, contact with infected urine or feces, and from a mother cat to her kittens either in the womb or during nursing. It causes several maladys in cats including cancer, blood disorders, and immune deficiency similar to human HIV virus. Infected cats will often show symptoms similar to Feline Rhinotracheitis infection. FELV is one of the more common diseases we see in cats at our clinic and is easily preventable with a simple vaccination.
Feline Rhinotracheitis is another very common viral disease we see at our clinic.   It is transmitted from cat to cat through contact with eye or nasal discharge, saliva, or contact with infected objects such as food or water bowls. Symptoms include coughing, sneezing, lethargy, eye and nasal discharge, conjunctivitis (inflammation of the inner eyelid), fever of up to 106'F, eye ulcers, and loss of appetitte. This disease, as well as several others, can be prevented with regular vaccinations and wellness exams.

Show Your Pet Some Love With Healthy and Safe Snacks!

Like buying candy for kids, we often think snacks that have been specially packaged for pets are the best treats in the world. Why would they want anything other than a tasty treat? But, a lot of those packaged pet snacks and treats are the equivalent of candy. They are not a big deal, as long as you don’t do too much of it, since they are mostly devoid of nutritional value.

Please find below a brief list of healthy treats that have been found to go over well with a lot of pets, followed by a list of foods you will need to avoid.

What is the best way to feed these types of treats? 
The foods should be baked or steamed, cut up into smallish pieces, and only given in small amounts at a time.This will prevent both choking and an overload of carbohydrate- and calorie-rich foods.You can give the vegetables and fruits by themselves, or you might mash or puree them and mix them up with the prepared food and given at meal times.
Replacing your pet’s dense, high fat packaged treats with healthy treats like fruits and vegetables will be one of the most beneficial things you do for your pet. Over the long term, your pet’s health and immune system will be stronger, aging will not be as severe, its weight will stay steadier, and if weight is already an issue, you may even see your pet’s weight become more manageable -- if you stick to it and include moderate exercise.
With any change in diet, it is important to observe your pet for issues that can arise in response to the change. If your pet begins to show digestive or behavioral changes, stop feeding the new foodstuff and consult with a veterinarian if the problem does not go away in the absence of the added food.

Yes Treats
Apples - without seeds or core (apple seeds contain chemical compounds that are poisonous to animals)
Watermelon without Seeds
Frozen Bananas
Green Beans
Sweet potato – cooked, cubed or mashed without butter or seasoning; regular potatoes are also good, but in limited amounts since they are high in sugar and can increase weight
Squash, zucchini
Squash, Zuccini
Popcorn - Unsalted and Unbuttered
Catnip or Cat Grass
No Treats
Grapes and raisins - contain chemical compounds that are toxic to dogs
Garlic and onions – both have chemical properties that can be toxic, and even life threatening to dogs and cats
Mushrooms – particularly wild mushrooms
Mushrooms – particularly wild mushrooms
Mushrooms, especially wild mushrooms
Fruits with pits, such as peaches, cherries, and plums – in some cases the pit can be toxic, or can simply present a choking hazard 
Nuts – particularly macadamia nuts, which are toxic to pets 

Luna tries to wait patiently for her watermelon.