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Category: Emergency

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

Bad To The Bone

Posted 11.01.17 by Maggie Hutchens Landis, DVM

Penny is a sweet one-year-old three pound female Miniature Pincher who presented to the clinic in April 2017 for weight loss, difficulty swallowing,  and crying out in pain when picked up. She had been recently adopted from another family due to her sudden decline in health and very little history was known. At presentation, she had a good appetite and her stools...Read More

How Dedicated Ownership Impacts Patient Healing

Posted 10.03.17 by Melanie Barnett-Fisher, DVM

Titan is 3 year old Chihuahua that presented to The Pet Hospitals- Midtown after being attacked by a large breed dog.  The dog was aggressive and before anyone could intervene, Titan was suffering severe trauma to his neck.  When Titan presented to our hospital, he was found to have scleral hemorrhage in both eyes (ruptured blood vessels) and severe trauma...Read More

How Ginger’s Senior Exam Saved Her Life

Posted 08.31.17 by Drew McWatters, DVM

Ginger is a 9 year old spayed female German Short Haired Pointer who came to The Pet Hospitals- Germantown for a routine Senior Wellness Exam. Everything had been normal at her Annual Wellness Exam 6 months prior, but since she is older than 7 years old, her owners followed the recommended guidelines of biannual exams for dogs over 7. She...Read More

Oh No, My Dog Has Diarrhea

Posted 08.03.17 by Amanda Shoemake, DVM

He was fine yesterday, but now he’s running outside frequently and having very loose or watery stool.  Diarrhea…an all too common problem that many owners deal with in their dogs.  So what causes this and what can you do about it? The causes of diarrhea in our canine patients are vast.  Some are not concerning and may even resolve on...Read More

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