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When To Spay or Neuter Your Pet

Posted by on Jan 23, 2018 in Our Blog | 0 comments

So when should you spay or neuter your pet? As soon as possible, right? Maybe not. Some new studies have come out recently that question the ideal time to spay or neuter a pet. The idea of spaying and neutering (we’ll refer to it as neutering for both sexes) came about due to issues with an out-of-control pet population. Shelters were overrun with unwanted dogs and cats, and huge numbers of unwanted pets were being euthanized. Preventing uncontrolled reproduction was essential.   We also knew that neutered pets were less likely to roam (males can smell a female in heat a mile away,...

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January Pet of the Month

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018 in Our Blog, Pet of the Month | 0 comments

Rafiki is a very sweet Mastiff mix puppy. He was adopted by his new Mom after the rest of the litter was killed by a coyote. Somehow Rafiki had survived in spite of a lot of blood loss and wounds. He came in for a check-up because the swelling on his face did not appear to be improving and his gums were pale. Dr. Forbes confirmed he was anemic due to the blood loss from his injuries. The swelling was lanced in an attempt to drain an abscess, but there wasn’t much drainage. The area continued to bleed, so the drainage site had to be closed. He was sent home on an iron supplement to help...

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February Pet of the Month

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018 in Our Blog, Pet of the Month | 0 comments

Burnie Boyle is a boisterous 2yr old lab retriever, mix that came in for an appointment on 11/17/17. He had a history of allergies, and had been vomiting since 2 a.m. The owner stated that he kept asking to go outside and every time that he would he would continuously eat grass, then vomit it right back up. His vomiting finally stopped at one point and was able to eat breakfast. He managed to keep it down, but was very restless and uncomfortable after eating and not looking for treats like he normally would.   Dr. Sappington did a full exam, and he would allow his stomach to be palpated and...

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October Pet of the Month

Posted by on Oct 20, 2017 in Our Blog, Pet of the Month | 0 comments

The morning of May 2nd, I pulled in the parking lot at work and noticed a man pacing around his vehicle like something was wrong. It was 7:15, so a little early for one of our patients to be showing up. As I got out of my car, he approached me and said his dog had been hurt. I told him I was going in through the back and to meet me at the front door and I would let him in to see what was going on. As I came in through the back, one of the other employees was already inside so he came to the front with me to let the man and his dog in.   After we got a look at the pet we realized it was Lola,...

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September Pet of the Month

Posted by on Sep 9, 2017 in Our Blog, Pet of the Month | 0 comments

Helmock AKA Hemi is a 1 year old neutered male domestic shorthair cat. He was presented to our clinic on in July for acting lethargic, vomiting and laying by his water bowl.   Upon examination Dr Sappington found that Hemi’s bladder was the size of a small balloon. His bladder grew because he was not able to urinate. She knew right away that Hemi was blocked and needed some emergency care.   Urethral obstruction is common in neutered male cats 1-10 years old. It can be caused by a stone, mucus or crystals lodged in the urethra. Fortunately urethral obstructions are a treatable...

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June Pet of the Month

Posted by on Jun 25, 2017 in Our Blog, Pet of the Month | 0 comments

Nelson Goodnick is a 13-year-old female domestic short-hair cat. She is a very sweet and loving feline who has been seen in our office since 2015. Felines are capable of not showing their pain tolerance and don’t really let you know if they are in pain because to cats that is showing they are vulnerable to predators. Initially on April 2015, Dr. Sappington indicated a FORL on the upper right permanent molar number 2 (PM2) with excess tartar during an Annual Wellness Exam.   The feline odontoclastic resorptive lesion (FORL) is a common feline dental problem that may go undiagnosed among...

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