Stagecoach Pet Hospital Blog
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.
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.
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.
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.
Heartworm can have devastating consequences for your pet, including death. It is especially tragic when dogs and cats succumb to heartworm disease when it’s entirely preventable. Now that warm weather is finally here, your dog or cat has a much greater likelihood of acquiring heartworm just by being outside since the most common route of transmission is a bite from an infected mosquito.
Chloe, a 12 year old female golden retriever presented to Stagecoach Pet Hospital for lethargy and appetite loss. Chloe was in heat about 4 weeks prior to presentation. On examination, Chloe had a high fever and very painful belly when touched.
It can be scary when your pet has ingested a potentially toxic substance, especially when you didn’t see what he licked or swallowed. To help raise awareness of the issue and prevent illness or fatality in pets, the American Veterinary Medical Association named the third week in March Pet Poison Prevention Week. Below are some hazards you should be especially aware of this time of year.