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Rethinking Pets for Presents

December 15, 2018

The thought of a cuddly puppy or kitten under the Christmas tree may be tempting, but think twice before giving a pet as a present. The months following the holidays are often the busiest time for shelters as new pet owners grow weary of their Christmas gifts and the unexpected demands they require. Some shelters estimate that 50 percent of pets given as gifts end up abandoned.

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December Case of the Month

December 14, 2018

Jasmine,  an 18 month old domestic short hair cat presented to Stagecoach Pet Hospital for not eating or drinking for several days.  Jasmine’s mom noticed that she was playing with the Christmas ornaments several days ago. 

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November Case of the Month

November 26, 2018

Shadow, a 6 year old male neutered domestic shorthair cat presented to SPH for trouble swallowing.  Shadow is not acting himself and not eating normally. A new kitten was introduced into the home in the last 2 months. 

 

Physical Exam:

On exam, Shadow has a normal heart rate and respiratory rate.  Several oral ulcers were found on the back of the tongue.  No foreign objects were found in the mouth.  He had clear nasal discharge. 

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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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