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Category: Emergency

Current COVID-19 Protocols

Posted 03.25.20 by Katie Willis

Dear Pet Owners, We are still here for you at all our locations with normal business hours. For your protection and the protection of our dedicated staff, we are asking you to let us come to your vehicle and get your pet and also to deliver needed medications rather than having you enter our facilities. We will continue to provide...Read More

When Sticks Get Stuck!

Posted 01.21.20 by Reagan Bugg, DVM

My dog chews on sticks all the time. What’s the big deal? We always worry about foreign objects and getting stuck in places they don’t belong. Usually, we think of things like swallowing a sock or a rock and it getting stuck somewhere in the gastrointestinal tract. That is always an emergency and we recommend a check with your regular...Read More

Can You Remove Heartworms?

Posted 12.15.19 by Kassie Newton, DVM

A Case Study on Caval Syndrome This is Tobi. Look at this adorable face. I mean, how can you not love him immediately? From the outside Tobi looks so happy and healthy, but this is the story of how we almost lost Tobi due to heartworms.   Tobi had been adopted through a local shelter a few months ago by...Read More

Summer has Ended…but Parvovirus Hasn’t!

Posted 11.05.19 by Raelyn Pirtle, DVM

If you’re a pet owner, chances are you’ve at least heard of parvovirus, or “parvo” for short. Parvo is a highly contagious virus that primarily affects puppies. The virus is usually spread by contact with infected feces; however, it can also be spread through indirect contact with infected surfaces such as our shoes, toys, and kennels. Part of the reason...Read More

Pyometra: The Gross and Deadly Risk of Not Spaying

Posted 02.26.19 by Sarah Morris, DVM

One of the first things I like to do when I get to work in the morning is look at my schedule for the day. When I see that I have a sick patient coming in, I always try to do a little research on the patient so I can start formulating what I think might be wrong with the...Read More

The Poison in Your Pantry: Canine Chocolate Toxicity

Posted 02.13.19 by Emme Patterson, DVM

It can be a very scary moment when you stroll into your kitchen find any of these scenarios: Your dog feasting on the thoughtfully laid out bowl of individually wrapped heart-shaped dark chocolate candies that you placed on the counter in honor of Valentine’s Day.  The new tub of cocoa powder that you bought at the grocery store last week...Read More

Intervertebral Disc Disease: What is IVDD?

Posted 09.04.18 by Reagan Bugg, DVM

What is IVDD? Intervertebral disc disease is a common cause of spinal pain in the dog. Between each vertebrae is a intervertebral disc, which acts as a shock absorber. A normal disc is made from a hard, fibrous outside ring (annulus) and a soft gel like center (nucleus pulposus). There are two types of degenerative disc changes that can occur:...Read More

The Big, Bad, Bloat!

Posted 05.25.18 by Christie Taylor, DVM

Bloat / Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV) Of all veterinary medical emergencies, nothing strikes fear in the heart of veterinarian like a good GDV emergency. One of the internal medicine clinicians in my veterinary school loved to dramatically rush into the third-year surgery on-call room at 4:30 pm and announce, “There’s a GDV on the way!” and run away laughing...Read More

So…My Dog Ate My Weed…

Posted 04.20.18 by Kassie Newton, DVM

As marijuana is becoming increasingly popular in use as it is legalized throughout the US, it is becoming a more prominent problem with our pets as well. This is something we are experiencing more and more in our profession, with some clinics treating 2-3 cases per week. The ASPCA poison control hotline said their reported cases have increased 200% in...Read More

Thanksgiving Pet Safety

Posted 11.17.17 by Christie Taylor, DVM

It’s finally November, which means that magical holiday known as Thanksgiving (or the “Feast of Side Dishes”, as my family likes to call it), is coming up quickly. While Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday that brings together family and friends to celebrate the many blessings in our lives, the day after Thanksgiving can be a very busy day for most...Read More

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