It’s a beautiful sunny day, a great day to play. The grass is green, the sky is blue, and I can feel the breeze flowing through my hair. It’s a great day to be a dog.
While chasing my favorite tennis ball, I take a sharp turn and feel a “pop”. A jolt of pain courses through my body as I hit the ground. I try to stand, but I’m in so much pain that I can barely place my foot on the ground.
Doc checks me out, takes an x-ray and says that I have torn my cranial cruciate ligament (similar to the ACL in people).
Many of our small animal patients spend a lot of their time in cages or hutches inside or outside. These pets need boredom busters too. There are many things that you can do to help enrich their lives. Many of these ideas can come from recycled materials while others can be purchased at your local pet store! It is also important to get your small animal/pocket pet out daily for grooming, attention and exercise. Many can benefit from play time outside as well. One can purchase small animal play pens so that your small animal can enjoy the grass and catch some rays on a sunny day. They also make small harnesses that can be fitted on a rabbit, ferret or cavy so that they can be supervised outside. We advise that pets are always supervised while outside and never left unattended. Just like other animals it is best if you rotate your pet’s toys frequently so that they have the excitement of playing with new things. Small animals who are not active also suffer from obesity just like their dog and cat counterparts. Some animals that experience boredom can also have behavior problems and can become destructive to themselves and their environment. Enrichment can appeal to any of the senses. Continue reading
It’s Mickey Albers-Brooks. I wanted to share with everyone a very special day. It’s my chemotherapy anniversary! I know that doesn’t sound like something to be happy about, but I really didn’t realize I had cancer until Mommy let it slip last week when she was opening my new bottle of Chorambucil. Since then Harry and William have had a lot of questions for me about cancer and chemotherapy so I thought I would share my experiences with everyone. Continue reading
October is breast cancer awareness month in humans! Did you know that dogs that were spayed after their first heat cycle have rates of breast cancer similar to human women? Every year I find several malignant and benign breast tumors in animals during annual physical exams, vaccination appointments and even this year during an appointment for a scratched eye! Continue reading
Annie here and I would like to tell you about my brother who had a recent stay at Stow Kent Animal Hospital. My mom was concerned because he had a couple small accidents around the litter box; he was squatting to urinate and only a small dribble would come out. He wasn’t as outgoing/friendly as he typically is and he had a decreased appetite. My mom noticed these signs right away and called our vet Dr. Jacobson. Continue reading
“My dog won’t stop scratching!” is one of the most common issues presented to veterinarians in our exam rooms. Ranging from “just a bit more itchy than normal” to “keeping me up at night due to constant itching”, we see it all. And the hardest part is that it can be VERY tricky to determine exactly what the underlying cause of that itch might be. One of the more common reasons (among many) for itching includes allergic disease, the topic of our discussion in this blog. Continue reading
The thyroid is a small gland located in the neck of mammals that is responsible for the production of thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones act like an overseer on a work site and, when it isn’t working properly, the workers (or in this case, organs) either stop working as hard as they need to or they work so hard they eventually break down.