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January Case of the Month

January 16, 2019

History:

Bella, a 12 month old female spayed hound mix presented to SPH for loose stool and gurgling sounds from her stomach. Bella’s mom adopted her over a month ago and her stools have not been normal since adoption. Bella is on a high quality dog food and has no history of eating table food.

Physical Exam:

Bella has a normal body temperature, heart rate, and respiration. She is hydrated and very active. Her belly did not seem painful when palpated.

Diagnostics:

Fecal examination revealed both hookworms and whipworms!

This is a whipworm egg under the microscope.

whipworm

Hookworms and whipworms are intestinal parasites that can cause severe diarrhea, failure to thrive, weight loss, vomiting, and even death.

Hookworms are zoonotic. This means that humans can contract this parasite from their pets! Hookworms cause cutaneous larval migrans in people. Running barefoot through the park may seem pleasant but if the soil is contaminated with canine fecal matter, the eager infective larvae may be waiting to penetrate your skin! Be sure to take precautions.

Treatment:

Bella was immediately given a course of deworming medicine and is on her way to clearing the parasites from her system! Her mom is sure to wash her hands thoroughly after picking up Bella’s fecal matter from the yard.

If you suspect your pet has intestinal worms, please schedule an appointment asap!

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January Case of the Month

January 15, 2019

History:

Bella, a 12 month old female spayed hound mix presented to SPH for loose stool and gurgling sounds from her stomach. Bella’s mom adopted her over a month ago and her stools have not been normal since adoption. Bella is on a high quality dog food and has no history of eating table food.

 

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A New Year Equals New Opportunities to Be a Great Pet Owner!

January 6, 2019

Now that the calendar has officially flipped over to 2019, you may be focusing on meeting some new resolutions for the upcoming year. Perhaps one of those is to be an even greater pet owner than you already are. This is an excellent resolution, and Stagecoach Pet Hospital wishes to offer some tips below to help you achieve it!

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October Case of the Month

History:

Brandy, a 6 year old female spayed Chihuahua presented to Stagecoach Pet Hospital for examination of several bruises on her belly.  Brandy is eating and drinking well. 

 

Examination:

Brandy has a normal heartrate, respiratory rate, and body temperature. Several areas of bruising are noted on her abdomen. Brandy also has petechial (small red lesions) on her gumline in her mouth. 

 

Diagnostics:

Brandy had several blood tests performed.  The complete blood count showed that Brandy had a very low platelet count. 

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September Case of the Month

Shadow, a three year old male Cane Corso, presented to SPH for vomiting and diarrhea for the last 24 hours.  Shadow is up to date on vaccinations. 

 

Physical Exam:

Shadow’s vitals were all normal.  His abdomen palpated normally in all quadrants. 

 

Diagnostics:

Parvo test- negative

Abdominal X-rays showed no obvious obstructions.

Bloodwork- Elevated kidney enzymes, low Sodium, elevated Potassium

 

Diagnosis:

Hypoadrenocorticism ( Addison’s Disease)

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August Case of the Month

Trixie, a 4 year old spayed yorkie presented to Stagecoach Pet Hospital for diarrhea, lethargy, and decreased appetite.  No changes in food or treats.  Trixie does not go hiking or swimming.  She is up to date on vaccinations.

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