SPAYING MY DOG – WHY CHOOSE A LAP SPAY?
An ovariectomy differs from an ovariohysterectomy in that only the ovaries are removed, leaving the uterus in place. According to reports comparing the two techniques, it was found that ovariectomy is less invasive and eliminates the risk of ureter ligation at the uterine body. All other known risks are comparable between the two procedures.
“Laparoscopic procedures have become increasingly available and demanded by our clientele because of the benefits of decreased patient morbidity (less postoperative pain and quicker return to normal activity).”
This case was presented recently and has two issues can you spot them? Post a comment below. I will present this case with the full diagnosis, treatment and prognosis once everyone has a change to put theIr two cents in.
often we hear people comment on why such a routine procedure is so expensive. in todays blog I would like to brief owners on what occurs from start to finish for a routine spay.
1. patient admittance - Technician does an intake with owner and goes over necessary forms. It is at this time owner decide if blood-work is necessary, we always recommend blood work prior to any surgery. Also any questions or concerns that owners have are addressed at this time.
2. Doctor exams the patient to ensure they are fit for surgery and reviews medical records for any previous concerns and current medications
3. technicians take blood from patient and have it analyzed through the in-house analyzers.
Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the hospital all the owners were waiting to see what was possible.
All the iv’s were hung by the cages with care, in hopes that the doctor soon would be there.
The puppies were nestled all snug in their beds while visions of cats all danced in their heads.
The nurse in her scrubs and I in my cap had just rattled our brains for a long surgical lap
When out in the waiting room arose such a clatter, I sprang from the table to see what was the matter
Away to the room I flew like a flash, tore open the door and saw the big gash
The wound on the sternum of the new fallen Bro gave the nurse the hebegebees and she said she must go.
When what to my wondering eye should appear but Andrea my wife who gave me a cheer
With the needle drives so delicate and light I knew in a moment the gash would be alright
More rapid than staples the sutures began, i tied and knotted like I had a plan
Now, mater, now mac, now teddy and captain, onto tiki, onto butter onto angle and saxin
From the surgical room, to the recovery, we got through them all, i said to my seLf finally i caN go to mall.
I put on my Jacket and grab my keys, heading to the door I fell to my knees.
Dr. Rhett Dr Rhett, I heard her scream, there is still one more you haven’t yet seen.
Holidays in our family wouldn’t be the same without pets: standard poodles in reindeer antlers, a pit bull in a fisherman’s sweater and light up Christmas collar, an otherwise proper relative (identity hidden to avoid coal in my stocking this year) startled into yelling “Crotch Dog!” at the holiday feast. Ah, the memories.
Then, there is the flip side of four-footed family reunions. Dodging dogs while lifting heavy trays from a hot oven, an unplanned trip to the store for pet stain remover for carpets (for the rental house with pets forbidden on the lease), the chemical warfare waged by the dog with dietary intolerances who gets into his “cousins’ ” food.
Let’s peek into the wrappings of successful pet visits with stocking stuffers for both hosts and guests.
10 Questions Everyone Should Ask Their Veterinarian
Bringing pets to a veterinarian for a wellness exam can be nerve-wracking and frustrating for some people. Often it isn't even the vet's fault — we just don't know the right questions to ask. Here are 10 things everyone should ask their veterinarian.
1. Is My Pet at a Healthy Weight?
More than half of the dogs and cats in the U.S. are overweight, according to a recent survey by the Association for Pet Obesity and Prevention. Even worse, many pet owners with overweight dogs or cats deny there is even a problem with their pet. Ask your veterinarian if your pet is within the appropriate weight range for her breed, size and stature. Then, if there is a problem, you can work in tandem on how to solve the issue. This also applies if you suspect your pet is underweight, though it's less typical.
2. Could I be providing a more appropriate food?
Good health begins with proper nutrition, and who best to ask what is appropriate for your pet than your veterinarian. Once they evaluate your pet they can recommend diets that are appropriate for your pet's life stage, lifestyle and any other factors or underlying health conditions that apply.
3. Is That [Insert Odd Behavior Here] Normal?
Don’t automatically assume that your pet wheezing after a bout of exercise is normal, or that it’s common for pets to itch every time they go outside. An annual pet wellness exam is a great time to ask your vet about any peculiarities you’ve noticed in your animal over the past year. Keep a running list as these things happen so you can note to your doctor exactly what the issue was, when it first occurred and how often it has occurred since.
4. Is My Pet Up to Date on Shots?
It never hurts to make sure your furry friend is totally up-to-date on all his or her vaccinations and immunizations—it’s something that can easily be overlooked.
With an abundance of choices, articles and dr. Google its no wonder that many owners are misinformed regarding parasite control for their pet. So how do you know when your need to deworm, what to deworm for and what products to use?
Coombs veterinary hospital follows the canadian parasitology council guidelines for deworming dog and cats, so please feel at ease when we recommend our deworming for your and your pets health. That's right your health!
Deworming has a extremely poor compliance rate which I believe stems from the lack of communication between clients and veterinarians and this lack of communications is putting both pets and humans at risk.
Deworming is necessary for not only our pets health but also for your health. Every year there are thousands of parasitic cases seen by doctors in north america. In fact, greater than 14% of the population has positive antibodies to round worm infections and approximately 750 children become blind each year due to parasitic infection.
It is our role as veterinarians to not only advocate for the health and welfare of your pets but also to educate the public into the risks of zoonotic disease that can be transmitted by animals - worms are a big big deal!
Our deworming protocol for coombs veterinary Hospital is as follows:
VOMITING AND DIARRHEA ARE A VERY COMMON SYMPTOM THAT ANIMALS PRESENT WITH. VOMITING AND DIARRHEA CAN BE CHRONIC (4 OR MORE DAYS) OR ACUTE. HERE ARE SOME VERY IMPORTANT WARNING SIGNS THAT MUST BE INVESTIGATED AS THEY MAY MEAN VERY SERIOUS GASTROINTESTINAL ILLNESS. IF YOU NOTICE THESE SIGNS PLEASE CALL OUR HOSPITAL IMMEDIATELY.
CHRONIC, FREQUENT VOMITING, REGURGITATION OR DIARRHEA
EVIDENCE OF SHOCK - WEAK PULSE, PROLONGED CAPILLARY REFILL TIME
DEPRESSION OR PERSISTENT DIARRHEA
WEIGHTLOSS, DEHYDRATION OR WEAKNESS
YELLOW, PALE OR CONGESTED MUCOUS MEMBRANES
DIGESTED BLOOD ( COFFEE GROUND) IN THE VOMIT
LARGE MALODEROUS VOMIT WHILE FOOD IS WITH HELD
VOMITING FOOD GREATER THAN 6-12 HOURS AFTER INGESTION (DELAYED GASTRIC EMPTYING)
ABDOMINAL PAIN OR DISTENSTION
MELAENA ( BLACK OR TARRY STOOLS
STRAINING TO HAVE A BOWEL MOVEMENT
BLOOD IN THE STOOLS
THERE ARE ALSO SEVERAL BREED PREDISPOSITION TO GASTROINTESTINAL ILLNESS SUCH AS:
BOXERS - CANCER, COLITIS
COCKER SPANIALS - CHRONIC HEPATITIS
DOBERMANS - PARVOVIRUS, HEPATITIS
GERMAN SHEPERDS -PANCREATIC INSUFFICENCY, IBD, MEGAEOSOPHAGUS
LARGE BREEDS - TWISTED STOMACHS (GASTRIC DILATATION VOLVULUS)
ROTTWEILER - PARVOVIRUS
THESE ARE JUST A FEW EXAMPLES
THOUGH PHYSICAL EXAM AND HISTORY IS VERY IMPORTANT IN ESTABLISHING A DIAGNOSIS FURTHER DIAGNOSTICS ARE ALMOST ALWAYS NEEDED SUCH AS:
ACTH STIMULATION TEST
LIVER FUNCTION TEST
All of these services can be provided at COombs veterinary Hospital
Periodontal disease IN DOGS AND CATS is the most common clinical condition occurring in adult dogs and cats, and is entirely preventable. By three years of age, most dogs and cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. Unfortunately, other than bad breath, there are few signs of the disease process evident to the owner, and professional dental cleaning and periodontal therapy often comes too late to prevent extensive disease or to save teeth. As a result, periodontal disease IN DOGS AND CATS is usually under-treated, and may cause multiple problems in the oral cavity and may be associated with damage to internal organs in some patients as they age.
Periodontal disease begins when bacteria in the mouth form a substance called plaque that sticks to the surface of the teeth. Subsequently, minerals in the saliva harden the plaque into dental calculus (tartar), which is firmly attached to the teeth. Tartar above the gum line is obvious to many owners, but is not of itself the cause of disease.
Well we are finally getting there. After a lot of effort we have started puting our final touches on the new website. We will be adding lots of content on a daily basis so please ensure you check in regularly. Also post feedback to help us continually improve our services as we are here to serve you and your pets.
We have now opened up our education center as well. This is a great place for clients to request what topics they would like to learn about.