Have you noticed that your pet is more thirsty, asking to go outside more frequently, or losing weight even though they act like they are starving? If so, it is time to get your cat or dog screened for Diabetes Mellitus or diabetes. Diabetes is a metabolic disease where the pancreas does not produce enough insulin for your pet to absorb enough sugar or glucose from the bloodstream. Insulin allows the pet’s cells to absorb the needed glucose to function properly. Without it the cells are … [Read More...]
The term “senior pet” describes an animal that has reached the stage of life during which progressive decline in physical condition, organ function, sensory function, mental function, and immunity occurs. This life stage begins, on average, around seven years of age for both dogs and cats. While this may seem quite young, it roughly equates to a 50-year-old person.
What steps can we take to keep our senior pets healthy and ensure a long life? Consider these options:
Annual or semiannual … [Read More...]
What is about 1 inch long that can permanently identify your pet? A microchip!
A microchip is composed of a small radio transmitter sealed in a sterile, non-reactive glass case. The microchip is inserted under the skin between the pet’s shoulder blades. The microchip can be “read” by a special scanner which displays a series of numbers and letters. This code is linked to a computer site where the information for the owner, such as name, address and phone numbers is stored.
A microchip … [Read More...]
Feline urinary health is a very complex subject. It encompasses urinary tract infection, urinary obstruction, and urinating outside the litter box. Infection, crystals or stones, or behavioral issues are at the root of these problems. The good news is that bringing your cat in early for an exam and urinalysis can help in determining what is causing your cat’s problems.
Many times a diet change is all that is needed to cure or prevent these things from happening again. Hill’s Prescription Diet … [Read More...]
Thank goodness for Dr. Woodrow and the wonderful staff at River Hills Pet Hospital that Duke is still with us. Not too long ago he was a very sick dog and no one knew if he was going to make it or not. It was very scary and the uncertainty was awful. It was so sad and hard on all of us not knowing if we were doing the right things for him. The determination of everyone trying to figure out what was wrong with him was amazing, which gave us the hope that he'd be able to pull through it. … [Read More...]
Almost a year ago we noticed our cat Leela had inexplicably lost a lot of weight. She had gone from a 12 pound girl to 8 pounds when we brought her in to be seen. Dr. Sarah Wise immediately noticed she was jaundiced. She ran several blood tests on her. Dr. Wise gave us the diagnosis...idiopathic hepatic lipidosis. For whatever unknown reason, Leela had stopped eating, stopped eating so much she was essentially starving to death. Dr. Wise gave us several treatment options. Leela's … [Read More...]
Boom joined our family just before his 2nd birthday. He was malnourished and underdeveloped when we adopted him October of 2011. Boom sustained his first leg injury August of 2012. He tore his digital flexor tendon and needed surgery. He wore a cast for 6-8 weeks and managed to get around fine after he figured out how to walk, sit and maneuver with a hip-to-foot cast. He had to have weekly bandage changes so once a week we brought Boom to RHPCH in the morning and he spent the day there while we … [Read More...]