Pet of the Month

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...

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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...

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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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April Pet of the Month

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017 in Our Blog, Pet of the Month | 0 comments

Ella looks like your typical Labarador mix but is actually more than just that, she is smaller than your average lab/mix but is just as determined and curious. She, however, is really gentle mannered and “respectful” in her interactions with humans. She is one of the cutest black dogs I have ever seen. I am sure the owner thought the same when she adopted her from the Columbia Missouri Humane Society back in December 2016.   The first time we saw Ella she was brought in to get setup with veterinary care. She was seen by Dr. Sappington and got her last set of vaccines. Ella was happy and...

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March Pet of the Month

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Our Blog, Pet of the Month | 3 comments

Beemer was presented to the University of Missouri on June 22nd, 2016 for vomiting and lethargy throughout the day. He was suspected to have ingested a foreign body, and radiographs were taken to confirm this diagnosis. The following day Beemer was transferred to our hospital where Dr. Forbes performed an exploratory surgery, extracting two knee-high pantyhose tied together from his stomach and small intestine, which bound up so much so it looked like a scrunchie! Beemer recovered from the surgery well, and was discharged the following day.   By mid-July, however, Beemer began...

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February Pet of the Month

Posted by on Feb 4, 2017 in Our Blog, Pet of the Month | 0 comments

Buddy Mutnick, a 4 year old Terrier mix, presented to us here at Rock Bridge Animal Hospital on November 29th, 2016 because he had been vomiting for the past two days and his owner was very concerned. Little did they know that he would need to stay here at the hospital to have emergency exploratory surgery.   The day of Buddy’s appointment, his owner explained to Dr. Forbes that he had been vomiting for the past three days and that he had noticed some blood in the vomit. He had also thrown up about seven times that same day (including once during the exam) but he was still going...

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