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Operating as usual
This cutie is Denim. She took off from her house and was found on the train tracks a few hours later with a head injury and a crushed foot. We couldn’t save the foot, but the dog is recovering nicely after an distal limb amputation at Fry Creek and lots of special care by her family.
Getting in the spirit.
We said goodbye to our Mattie today - the best clinic cat ever. She was 14, in kidney failure and had a tumor that kept her from eating well for the last few months. We will miss her. She has gone to join her brother Luther who we lost a few years ago.
We are still open for business and are happy to make appointments to see your pets.
We have changed to a parking lot check-in system to help keep us all healthy in this time of social distancing.
When you arrive for your visit you will need to call the clinic number to let us know you are here. 208-263-7707
We will let you know when we have a room to bring you into.
You are encouraged to put off well check-ups and dental check-ups unless you feel there is an issue.
If you are ill, we encourage you to have someone else bring your pet in. If that isn't possible and your pet needs to be seen, we can let you wait in the car, while we examine your pet and communicate by phone.
Seniors or more vulnerable clients can choose to just drop off their pets for exams or procedures.
We will be changing our vaccine clinic protocol. It will continue to be on Thursdays from 4 to 6 pm, but we will ask you to keep your animals in your vehicle and come in and sign up then go back to your vehicle and wait with your pet. We will then take people and pets in the order they arrived and signed in as rooms become available. A note will be posted on the door to inform or remind clients of these new procedures.
Coronavirus is a large family of viruses. Some of them cause upper respiratory disease and some have other symptoms.
Dogs and cats have their own forms of coronavirus. In dogs it causes an intestinal disease and diarrhea which can be severe in puppies, but is self limiting in older dogs. Feline Coronavirus is a common viral infection in cats. It generally causes asymptomatic infection, but can cause mild diarrhea.
These diseases have not been shown to spread between species.
The coronavirus that is at the center of the WHO pandemic is in the same family of viruses.
There is no evidence that our pets will become sick with this virus or spread it to humans.
However, we should be cautious in households with pets and coronavirus, as they could act as fomites.
What is a fomite you might ask? It is any surface that can carry disease, in the form of bacteria or virus on its surface from one individual to another. So if someone coughs or sneezes on a surface, or in this case a pet, and it is passed to or it goes and visits another individual, the virus could be spread.
So, if you need to self quarantine, make sure animals are not freely traveling between sick individuals and susceptible or compromised individuals.
Peanut for President 2020
goodnewsnetwork.org Since bringing the nifty little “Stick Library” to his local park, more than 50 dogs have delighted in the stash of sticks.
The Mobile Vet Nurse
This is worth watching.
We love our old animals as well as our new ones. Share your pictures with us. Here's Mattie our clinic cat at 13. She is a sweetheart.
Some people don't have the brains they were born with.
blog.theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com Many people put their dogs in danger and they don’t even realize it.
Recently one of our clients lost an older Newfoundland dog to a pyometra. Here's an article on this very serious condition.
Pyometra in Dogs
By Ernest Ward, DVM; Updated by Malcolm Weir, DVM, MSc, MPH
Emergency Situations, Medical Conditions, Surgical Conditions, Pet Services (Edited by M. Higgins DVM)
What is pyometra?
Pyometra is a secondary infection that occurs as a result of hormonal changes in the female's reproductive tract. After a heat (estrus), the hormone progesterone remains elevated for up to two months and causes the lining of the uterus to thicken. If pregnancy does not occur for several consecutive estrus cycles, the uterine lining continues to increase in thickness until cysts form within the uterine tissues (a condition called cystic endometrial hyperplasia). The thickened, cystic lining secretes fluids that create an ideal environment for bacterial growth.
In addition, the muscles of the uterus don’t contract properly either due to thickening of the uterine wall or the high levels of the hormone progesterone. This means that bacteria that enters the uterus cannot be expelled.
How do bacteria enter the uterus?
The cervix is the gateway to the uterus. It remains tightly closed except during estrus, when it relaxes to allow sperm to enter the uterus.
If the cervix is open or relaxed, bacteria that are normally found in the vagina can easily enter the uterus. If the uterus is ‘normal’, the uterine environment prevents bacterial survival; however, when the uterine wall has become thickened or cystic, due to cystic endometrial hyperplasia, perfect conditions exist for bacterial growth.
When does pyometra occur?
Pyometra may occur in any sexually intact female dog; however, it is most common in older dogs.
After many years of estrus cycles without pregnancy, the uterine wall undergoes the changes that promote this disease. Pyometra usually occurs two to eight weeks after the last estrus (heat cycle).
What are the clinical signs of pyometra?
The clinical signs depend on whether or not the cervix remains open. If it is open, pus will drain from the uterus through the vagina to the outside. Pus or an abnormal discharge is often seen on the skin or hair under the tail or on bedding and furniture where the dog has recently laid. Fever, lethargy, anorexia, and depression may or may not be present.
If the cervix is closed, pus that forms is not able to drain to the outside. It collects in the uterus ultimately causing the abdomen to distend. The bacteria release toxins that are absorbed into the bloodstream. Dogs with closed pyometra become severely ill very rapidly. They are anorectic, very listless and very depressed. Vomiting or diarrhea may also be present.
Toxins released by the bacteria affect the kidney's ability to retain fluid. Increased urine production occurs, and many dogs drink an excess of water to compensate. Increased water consumption may occur in both open- and closed-cervix pyometra.
How is pyometra diagnosed?
Dogs that are examined early in the course of the disease may have a slight vaginal discharge and show no other signs of illness. However, most dogs with pyometra are seen later in the illness. A very ill female dog with a history of recent heat that is drinking an increased amount of water should be suspected of having pyometra. This is especially true if there is a vaginal discharge or a painful, enlarged abdomen.
Dogs with pyometra usually have a severe elevation of the white blood cell count in the blood.
If the cervix is closed, radiographs (X-rays) of the abdomen will often identify the enlarged uterus. If the cervix is open, there will often be such minimal uterine enlargement that the radiograph will be inconclusive. An ultrasound examination may be helpful in identifying an enlarged uterus and differentiating that from a normal pregnancy. Ultrasound changes that indicate pyometra include increased uterine size, thickened uterine walls, and fluid accumulation within the uterus.
How is pyometra treated?
The preferred treatment is to surgically remove the infected uterus and ovaries by performing an ovariohysterectomy (spay). Dogs diagnosed in the early stage of the disease are very good surgical candidates. The surgery is somewhat more complicated than a routine spay at this stage. However, most dogs are diagnosed with pyometra when they are quite ill resulting in a more complicated surgical procedure and a longer period of hospitalization. Intravenous fluids are required to stabilize the dog before and after surgery. Antibiotics are usually given for two weeks after surgery.
What happens if I don't treat my dog?
The chance of successful resolution without surgery is extremely low. If treatment is not performed quickly, the toxic effects from the bacteria will be fatal in many cases. If the cervix is closed, it is possible for the uterus to rupture, spilling the infection into the abdominal cavity. This will also be fatal. Pyometra is a serious medical condition that requires prompt treatment.
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How to Give a Dog a Pill Using Foods That Are Safe
Reviewed for accuracy on May 22, 2019, by Dr. Katie Grzyb, DVM
When you’re trying to figure how to give a dog a pill, the truth is that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Some dogs are very easy to pill, while others will spit out the pill 50 times before you get them to swallow it.
Pet parents will often use food to get reluctant pets to take their prescription pet medication. But did you know that certain foods can be unsafe for your dog or inadvertently affect the potency of the medication?
If you need to administer medication to your pet, check out this list of foods to avoid when giving dogs pills.
Not All Foods Are Safe for Giving Pills to Dogs
While it may be tempting to just use any food you have around to get your pup to eat their medication, that is not always a safe bet. Different types of foods can have different impacts on the efficacy of the medication, and they can have detrimental health impacts for dogs with certain conditions.
Always be sure to talk to your veterinarian prior to choosing a type of food for delivering your pet’s medications so that you can be sure it is safe.
Bananas can be an acceptable way to hide pills for your pet, but they are high in sugar, says integrative veterinarian Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM, who owns Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center & Pet Clinic. “If your dog is a diabetic or is suffering from [a particular] illness, bananas may not be the best choice,” Dr. Osborne says.
Bananas should also not be used for dogs that have potassium-regulation problems or are on prescription pet medication for blood pressure or heart disease, says Dr. Jess Trimble, DVM, Head of Health at Fuzzy Pet Health. “The potassium in bananas has a possibility of affecting the effectiveness of certain medications,” Dr. Trimble explains.
Cheese might work for some dog medications, especially if you use softer cheeses that you can mold around pills, says Dr. Trimble. “It’s important to give a small amount to your pet first before trying it with a pill—some pets are lactose intolerant or can have vomiting and diarrhea from dairy products,” says Dr. Trimble. “Cheese can also be high in fat too, so remember to use only enough to get the pill covered and decrease [the number of] other treats.”
The same goes for cream cheese. “Cream cheese, as a dairy product, has a higher likelihood of causing stomach upset, so use the smallest amount possible to hide the pill—if you have to use more than ½ teaspoon, find a different method,” advises Dr. Trimble.
If your pet should avoid high-fat food as a part of their illness, then you may want to skip the cheese completely.
Also keep in mind that dairy products can negatively affect other medications, like dog antibiotics.
“Calcium-rich foods, like dairy products, can interfere with some medications,” says Dr. Trimble. “Specifically, some antibiotics can bind to the calcium in dairy products; once bound to the calcium, the antibiotics can no longer be absorbed in the intestines, making the antibiotic useless.”
So, if you’re giving prescription pet antibiotics, avoid using cheese, yogurt or other calcium-rich foods to hide the pills.
Creamy Peanut Butter
Peanut butter can sometimes be a good option for giving a dog pills, and the creamy kind can be more effective. “Peanut butter especially can be tough for pets to lick off and spit out the pill—just check the label to ensure there is no xylitol or other sugar substitutes starting in ‘xy-,’ as those sugar substitutes are toxic to dogs,” says Dr. Trimble.
You should not use peanut butter if your pet needs to avoid high-fat foods, says Dr. Osborne.
Raw and Cooked Meat
Using meats to hide pills can be tricky. “Never use raw meats to hide pills—the risk of bacterial contamination is high,” says Dr. Trimble. “A bit of cooked, plain chicken or a small meatball made of cooked, drained ground beef or turkey can work well.”
Deli and lunch meats, sausages and hotdogs are never good options, as they are very high in salt and preservatives, according to Dr. Osborne.
Tips for Giving Dogs Their Pills Safely
Giving your dog their medication doesn’t always have to be stressful for everyone involved. Here are a few tips for effectively administering your pet’s medication safely.
Don’t Smash the Pills Into a Powder
While it may seem logical to grind a pill up into a powder and sprinkle it over your pup’s dog food, this can actually be counterproductive.
“Many pills actually taste terrible, [and] some are coated in something to help them not taste quite so awful as your pet swallows them,” says Dr. Trimble.
Not only that, but crushing some pills can make them ineffective. “Some also have coatings to allow for extended release, or release into different parts of their intestines—crushing the pill will take away that coating,” says Dr. Trimble.
Use Dog Pill Pockets
While pill pockets for dogs might not always be the healthiest option, they offer a convenient, pet-friendly choice for many pet owners to hide and successfully administer medications to their pets, says Dr. Osborne.
Pill pockets are specifically designed to be tasty and appealing to dogs. They come in dozens of flavors, making it convenient to rotate flavors and find what your pet’s favorite is, says Dr. Trimble. “Plus, with pill pockets, you don’t have to worry about fat, sodium and artificial sugars,” he adds.
When choosing a pill pocket, however, Dr. Osborne recommends reading the labels to pick a brand that isn’t too high in calories.
There are products, like Greenies Pill Pockets, that can make the process of giving dogs their pills a lot more efficient and effective. You’ll also have peace of mind in knowing that none of the ingredients will affect your dog or their medication.
Try Your Dog’s Usual Wet Food
If you have a pet who gobbles down canned dog food without even thinking about it, you can try making a tiny meatball out of their wet food and hiding the pill inside, says Dr. Trimble. However, this can backfire if you have a picky pet or one that is very good at finding pills hidden inside food.
“Some pets will become averse to foods when medications are placed in them,” Dr. Trimble says. For pets with an amazing ability to discover hidden pills, avoid using their own food and only give medications outside of the meal to avoid any negative associations with their mealtime or their regular food, advises Dr. Trimble.
Work With Your Veterinarian
If your dog is a pill-dodging maverick, then it might be time to talk with your veterinarian about working with a pet pharmacy for alternative solutions. Dr. Trimble recommends talking to your veterinarian about compounding pharmacies.
“Pharmacies can take pills and turn them into liquids, chewables and other forms that taste like fish, peanut butter, bacon and other delicious flavors,” Dr. Trimble says.
By: Diana Bocco
Featured Image: iStock.com/fotyma
Shared by a colleague. Sometimes this caring profession takes its toll.
Tonight, I am sitting here and thinking of my friend, Dr. Chris Pittman. The only way I can describe Chris is the kind of person you strive to be like. The kind of person who is kind, honest, and caring. The last time I saw Chris was in my office. He had a sadness about him that was different than the guy that was always grinning. Despite that sadness, the last thing I saw him do was stop as he was leaving and lay on the floor next to a random dog that was in the hospital and loved on it for 15 min. Shortly after that visit (three years ago this weekend), he committed suicide. Below is something I saw posted by a vet friend and I wanted to share it with everyone.
THIS. IS. SO. IMPORTANT
Suicide is horrifyingly common among veterinarians. The CDC reports that veterinarians are 2.1x (male vets) to 3.5x (female vets) more likely to die by suicide than the general population.
- Lack access to consistent mental health care (or consistent health care in general).
- Have extensive student debt (2016 veterinary graduates had a reported average of $143,757.82 in educational debt at graduation).
- Have numerous clients with destructively unrealistic expectations (leading to in-person or cyber harassment, social media targeting, board complaints, etc.).
- Have comparatively easy access to lethal means.
HERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU CAN DO ABOUT THIS:
- Know that if you have a pet, their health care costs are 100% your responsibility. Plan in advance for your pet’s routine and emergency veterinary care. Your veterinarian can offer multiple treatment options for a problem at different price points. Comments and reviews like “I must have bought you a new car/new hospital wing by now” and “All you care about is taking my money” end lives.
- The veterinarians you know have lives outside of work. Unless you have a particular arrangement with a vet (spoiler alert: I can count on one hand the number of people with whom I have this arrangement), do not text at 2 am with a veterinary question. A veterinary degree does not equal 24/7 on-call duties to all clients, friends, and acquaintances.
- If you see a social media post bashing a veterinarian or a practice, speak up against it. Add a positive voice to counter the sea of toxic social media bullsh*t in which that person is drowning.
- Please talk about this problem. Read and share articles on veterinary suicide and mental health. Say the names of those who have taken their lives. Reach out to your friends who are veterinarians, even if they seem (to all outward appearances) to be fine. Maybe your comment or message of support will be the reason someone stays alive.*
*This post was originally created by Martha Alice MaloneyHuss and reposted from Nina!
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