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Pet Hooverettes- Ingesting Bad Things

Posted by petemergencyclinic on May 13, 2014 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

UPDATE TOPIC- WHEN PETS ARE HOOVERETTES

 

 

Dear Fellow Pet Lovers,

 

Recently, I treated a beautiful, young adult Labrador Retriever that had

ingested a long piece of cloth that was blocking his intestinal tract.In

addition to causing the obstruction, the frayed cloth began to act like

a string. The small intestines bunched up around the "string", causing

the intestines to be cut. Despite having over 2 hours surgery in...

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Draining Wounds- What to Do?

Posted by petemergencyclinic on June 13, 2011 at 2:11 PM Comments comments (0)

UPDATE TOPIC- Cats and Draining Wounds

 

One problem we frequently treat at the ER is cats with nasty draining wounds.

 

This is almost always outdoor cats, is usually males, and is the result of fighting. When cats fight, they create puncture wounds with teeth and/or claws. The puncture wound has thousands of bacteria of the type that do not like air. (anearobic bacteria) These bacteria find themselves in a perfect environment to grow, with warmth, moistur...

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Draining Wounds- What to Do?

Posted by petemergencyclinic on June 13, 2011 at 2:11 PM Comments comments (0)

UPDATE TOPIC- Cats and Draining Wounds

 

One problem we frequently treat at the ER is cats with nasty draining wounds.

 

This is almost always outdoor cats, is usually males, and is the result of fighting. When cats fight, they create puncture wounds with teeth and/or claws. The puncture wound has thousands of bacteria of the type that do not like air. (anearobic bacteria) These bacteria find themselves in a perfect environment to grow, with warmth, moistur...

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The Heat- Tips to Protect Pets

Posted by petemergencyclinic on June 13, 2011 at 2:04 PM Comments comments (0)

UPDATE TOPIC- MIAMI IS NOT THE ONLY HEAT

In case you have not been outside lately, it is HOT.

 

This update is to review symptoms of heatstroke and how to avoid it. Our pet's bodies, like our own, can only operate at a certain limited temperature range. The body has many mechanisms to hold the body there, creating heat when it is cold and cooling when it is hot. But after a certain point in summer heat, the body becomes overwhelmed, and can succumb to heat stroke.

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Digital X Rays- New at PetER

Posted by petemergencyclinic on March 25, 2011 at 5:58 PM Comments comments (1)

Digital Radiography is the most modern way to get an X ray picture. And Pet Emergency Clinic has just invested in what is known as DR Digital Radiography in order to better serve you and your pet. Why is digital better?


In traditional radiography, X rays go through your pet and hit a cassette, which contains a sheet of plastic X ray film. This exposed film is then taken into a darkroom, placed into an automatic processor, and after about 2 minutes, you have an image. If the ...

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Disc Disease- Pain in the Neck (and Back)

Posted by petemergencyclinic on March 11, 2011 at 11:58 AM Comments comments (0)

Fear Fellow Pet Lovers,


This update is on disc disease in dogs. The discs I am referring to are technically Intervertebral discs, which are sort of bumpers and shock absorbers between the vertebrae (bones of the spine.)


The dog spine is horizontal, and in some dogs, the discs weaken and the material in them gets "squished" upwards, pushing against the spinal cord. Sometimes this causes only severe pain and sometimes this results in weakness or paralysis.

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Pet Health Insurance- Exists and is a good product

Posted by petemergencyclinic on February 28, 2011 at 1:23 PM Comments comments (0)

UPDATE TOPIC- PET HEALTH INSURANCE

 

Dear Fellow Pet Lover,

 

 

This week's update is on Pet Health Insurance.

 

 

As the capabilities of veterinarians grow and sophisticated surgeries and diagnostics become more available, our pets' lives are made even better. But, this high level of care can become expensive.

 

 

Many times I hear clients say "I wish I could get health insurance for Fido or...

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Heartworms- DO NOT MISS this new information.

Posted by petemergencyclinic on February 28, 2011 at 1:16 PM Comments comments (0)

Heartworms is an old, ugly story that seems to be overtold. But here is some newer info that makes me want to update you.

 

To summarize, heartworms are large worms that grow in your dog's (and your cat's) heart. The worms are spread by mosquitos from pet to pet. Heartworms are prevented by giving monthly medicine by mouth, or in some cases in a spot-on product. It is critical to give your dogs and cats medicine to prevent heartworms, because the treatment is...

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Your Pet's Surgery. How to make it go RIGHT!

Posted by petemergencyclinic on December 7, 2010 at 5:56 PM Comments comments (1)

Dear Fellow Pet Lover,

 

Today's update is on surgical aftercare. We veterinarians do lots of surgery with very few problems. In fact, we often downplay the possible problems that can occur with any surgery since we do so many uneventfully. 

 

This update is to remind you that ANY surgery, no matter how routine, has some risk attached to it. The risks may be related to anesthetic, the overall condition of the pet, its ability to heal, and the ...

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Tiny Toy Puppies- Preventing hypoglycemia

Posted by petemergencyclinic on November 28, 2010 at 9:39 PM Comments comments (0)

Today's update is on tiny toy breed puppies. How and why they get hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and how to prevent it.


With the popularity of tiny "teacup" and "micro" breeds increasing, we at PetER are seeing more cases related to potentially fatal low blood sugar in these breeds. Example of breeds like this include the tiny Chihuahua, Yorky, Poodle, and others.


To better explain, a significant percentage of tiny toy breed puppies have a metab...

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