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PICKUPS AND DOGS

Posted by petemergencyclinic on March 10, 2015 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

 


Dear Fellow Pet Lovers,

 

I recently read an article in the American Press describing the attempt to add a state law requiring dogs to be "secured" in pickup trucks and making it illegal for them to be loose in a moving truckbed. Believe it or not, the governor had seen to it that the law was not passed. I will say that I am surprised, since this seems to make pre...

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RATHER BE SHOT THAN HAVE A "SHOT"?

Posted by petemergencyclinic on February 27, 2015 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)


 

Dear Fellow Pet Lovers,

 

This week's update is to take up the subject of vaccination.

 

Lately, there has been lots of discussion on the topic of over-vaccination of both humans and pets and I believe that some of this info is real. Overvaccination could possibly cause problems, autoimmune disease (diseases in which the body attacks itself), and ...

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BLOAT IS NOT JUST FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER

Posted by petemergencyclinic on February 22, 2015 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)



Dear Fellow Pet Lovers,

 

I keep up with our recent themes of food, eating, what is good, what is bad, etc., I want to bring up the topic of BLOAT.

 

Recently, I treated 4 pets that either had symptoms directly caused by food bloat or that food bloat complicated other symptoms.

 

What do I mean when I say FOOD BLOAT? Generally, thi...

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WHY DO SYMPTOMS SUDDENLY APPEAR

Posted by petemergencyclinic on February 4, 2015 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)


 

Dear Fellow Pet Lovers,

 

I recently treated 2 very difficult, humbling cases that reminded me that medicine can be very difficult at times.

 

On one, an older dog with known severe heart murmur for years but no symptoms, symptoms suddenly turned on and the pet was weak and breathing hard. But, we found one other major problem that COULD have been ...

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Sticks and Stones May Hurt you, but Stuck Stones Make Red Urine

Posted by petemergencyclinic on January 28, 2015 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)


 

Dear Fellow Pet Lovers,

 

Frequently at the Emergency Clinic, we treat pets whose owners see blood in the urine. They also may see the pet straining to urinate. (Sometimes the straining to urinate occurs in the house, which becomes another problem itself!)

 

Most people self-diagnose urinary tract infection, or UTI, and they are often right. But in...

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SOMETIMES WE JUST DON'T KNOW

Posted by petemergencyclinic on January 25, 2015 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)


 

Dear Fellow Pet Lovers,

 

In medicine, it is understood that getting a diagnosis is very very important. If you have that diagnosis, then you know more what to expect and exactly how the treatment should be done.

 

Yet on a recent shift, I had three very major cases that each involved severe illness, that each got ...

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HE'S POISONED, DOC. (And I know who did it)

Posted by petemergencyclinic on January 9, 2015 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)


Dear Fellow Pet Lovers,

 

There are lots and lots of poisons and toxins out here in the real world and we see many pets who the owners suspect were poisoned. Many owners believe that we can run a simple blood test that will tell us exactly what poison was ingested and therefore exactly how to treat it.

 

Unfortunately, there is not one blood test that will tell us ...

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EAT YOUR LIVER....

Posted by petemergencyclinic on January 6, 2015 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)


 

Dear Fellow Pet Lovers,

 

I recently treated an older dog who was very ill and feeling and looking bad. Laboratory testing showed that the liver enzymes were extremely high and the pancreas (organ attached to the small intestine that secretes digestive enzymes) was inflamed. We treated the old dog with IV fluids, pain meds, and antibiotics, and she was hospitalized...

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ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS...

Posted by petemergencyclinic on December 22, 2014 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)



Dear Fellow Pet Lovers,

 

Christmas is a great season with LOTS going on, to say the least.

 

Many people decide that a new puppy or kitten under the tree on Christmas morning would be a perfect gift. I understand the sentiment, but definitely recommend AGAINST it.

 

Though there is nothing wrong with getting a pet at ANY time, star...

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GOING THROUGH 'PROGRESSIONS"

Posted by petemergencyclinic on December 17, 2014 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)


 

 

Dear Fellow Pet Lovers,

 

If you are a football fan, then you may know that what separates a great NFL quarterback from just a good one is the great quarterback's ability to go through his "progressions." That is, the pass play may be designed with several possible options. If the first choice receiver is covered and cannot get the pa...

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