We are seeing an increased number of cat fight injuries, most commonly abscesses. The reason we get more in mid winter/spring is that from around the shortest day (21st June) the tom cats in your neighborhood start searching for mates and securing territory for themselves. Even though your cats are neutered, the tom cats invade your cat’s territory. This upsets the usual territory boundaries that neighboring cats have set up and where a growl and hiss have previously sorted challenges they now find themselves needing to fight again.
We have made certain areas of the website accessible only through a member log in section. you only need to register one time and access will be made available within 24 hours. We will continue to update theses sections regularly for our clients education and will be SOON offering webinars as well.
We have some very exciting changes occurring this year that will benefit all our clients. Please check out our blog regularly for updates for our latest news.
Happily, for dogs or cats who are spayed before they are sexually mature (the usual timeframe for a spay is before 6 months of age) mammary cancer is virtually unheard of.
The terminology surrounding lumps, tumors and cancer can be a little daunting sometimes, and is often a source of confusion. One thing to keep in mind is that the word tumor does not always mean cancer. Cancer implies malignancy, or a predilection to grow rapidly and spread to other parts of the body: it’s a process known as metastasis, in which a tumor says, in essence, I’m outta here and decides to infiltrate new and exciting regions for growth. A tumor can be benign or malignant, but cancer is always malignant.
So how do we know which lump is bad, and which is not likely to be a problem for our pets? Sadly, there’s no easy way. Any lump found on a pet’s mammary gland has the potential to be cancerous, so having your veterinarian remove the lump and submit it for a biopsy is an important part of keeping your pets safe from this disease. A biopsy is a piece of tissue that can be preserved and looked at under a microscope by a pathologist to determine what the lump is (mammary tissue vs. some other tissue that just decided on a whim to form a lump) and whether the lump is cancerous, or as doctors call it, malignant. You can’t tell if tissue is cancerous just by the way it looks, how it feels or where it is.
Today we have an RCMP member visit to ask us to help remind pet owner to buckle up their pets.
"For safety reasons a pet should never be in the front seat of a vehicle. Should an airbag be activated, the force could seriously injure or kill your pet.
Just like people, animals need to be buckled up for safety. having your pet properly restrained in the back seat can prevent them from escaping, flying forward in your vehicle, or being hurt in a crash.
Keeping your pet secured in your vehicle also prevents your from driving while distracted. Driving distraction is a leading cause of car crashes in B.c."
- PER Oceanside RCMP
Straining is a frequent and sometimes exaggerated effort to have a bowel movement or to urinate.
It is often difficult to tell if the pet is having trouble urinating or defecating. Most owners think their pet is constipated when they first notice them straining. Straining produced by constipation may be identical to straining produced by a blocked urethra, diarrhea or an inflamed colon. Therefore, treatment of an assumed cause of straining may be the opposite of what is actually needed.
In cats, straining is often indicative of urinary tract inflammation. Cats sometimes develop a condition called feline lower urinary tract disease in which the bladder becomes inflamed due to an unknown cause. This can also sometimes be accompanied by tiny crystals in their urine. When there are too many crystals, they can plug the urethra (the tube that empties urine from the bladder) and prevent the bladder from emptying – this is a life-threatening emergency! The bladder becomes distended and the pet strains to relieve itself. Urethral obstructions are more common in male cats, while both males and females can be afflicted with urinary tract inflammation. Without help, this pet may be in critical condition within 12 hours. True urinary tract infections are actually quite rare in male cats. Dogs may also have obstructed urinary tracts due to stones, tumors or inflammation.
A fracture refers to a break or crack in a bone. There are several different types of fractures, and each type has different complications and methods of repair. Your veterinarian can help you decide how best to fix the fracture and if referral to a specialist is in your pet’s best interest. Although splinting will allow a small number of fractures to heal, most will require surgery to ensure the best outcome. Toy breeds of dogs (such as Pomeranians, rat terriers and similar small, long-legged dogs) always require surgery on foreleg fractures due to the high failure rate of splinting.
Shock is a condition resulting from a depressed state of many vital body functions caused by a lack of effective circulation. A veterinary textbook on emergency medicine defines shock as "the clinical state resulting from an inadequate supply of oxygen to the tissues or an inability of the tissues to properly use oxygen." The term ‘shock’ can mean different things to different people, and medical professionals still debate the true meaning of the word. Regardless of cause, shock is life-threatening and requires immediate attention and treatment. If signs of shock are recognized, or a serious injury has taken place, supportive care, such as intravenous (IV) fluids, oxygen and other measures can help reverse shock and prevent permanent organ damage. The key to successful overall treatment is prompt professional care.
We have all seen the recent changes in technology over the last several years from wearable devices, smart devices, monitors that you wear like a band-aide that can tell how much you sweat etc.. the body is producing. It truly has been innovative and amazing to watch. However, it is also becoming more difficult to keep up with the technology being created and knowing what we can do with it. This can create resistance and apprehension, something i my-self began to experience when i began researching the topic of pet technology, and trying to figure out how this will affect me as a veterinarian practicing medicine. I had to ask my self - how will i integrate this into my practice, or do I just simply ignore it and hope that the trend never really catches on. This last option I have concluded is not either in the best interest of the patient nor will this trend stop. I love technology, however, I still can't pay for my coffee at starbucks with my cell phone.
in the past we have seen more of a linear acceleration in innovations which has made it possible to keep up with technology as it has become available, this growth has now become more exponential and will continue to expand this way for many years to come. So what can we begin to see for Our fur babies in the future, how is it going to change they way we monitor our pets at home and interact with our veterinarians? Lets take a moment to look at a few things about to change they way we monitor disease in our pets.