Christmas Vacation – Pet Edition

The holidays are a time for family and friends, and we know that it’s just as important to have your furry family members present as it is your human ones. So whether you are hosting furry family members or bringing your pet to someone else’s home, here are a few tips to help you navigate the holidays with your pet(s).

Hosting Furry Friends

  1. Keep that high-calorie human food out of reach of any animals. Read more here.
  2. Let their owners know where is a good area for your pets to go out and do their business.
  3. If there are areas of your home that you don’t want your furry guests to go, take the necessary measures to block them off appropriately.
  4. No holiday fighting. Make sure your guests will get along with your pets before inviting them over.

Traveling with Your Pets

  1. Plan ahead! Make sure their is adequate room in your vehicle and at the place you are staying for your pet.
  2. Pack your own pet supplies.
  3. Keep your pet’s diet consistent through the holidays, and keep them away from any high-calorie foods.
  4. Exercise restraint. In a new environment, pets can act out due to excitement. Make sure to stick to prior rules of behavior.  

We hope these tips help you this holiday season. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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Please give a big hello to our gentle giant Shadrach!

Shadrach is a 6 month old Great Dane who weighed in at a whopping EIGHTY-EIGHT pounds! He paid Dr. Davis a visit on January 27th because he was not eating. Obviously this was a concern since big boys like him need all of their vitamins and nutrients. 

Upon examination, a firm area was felt in the abdomen. Radiographs showed a possible foreign object as well as a large amount of stool in the colon. In addition to IV fluids, blood work and medications upon admission, Shadrach was also given an enema in hopes that it might help move the stool from the colon and allow the foreign material to pass. Unfortunately, the recheck of the x-rays later in the evening did not show any improvement and Dr. Spaur took Shadrach into surgery.

Once we began exploring his abdomen, we found multiple areas of concern. It appeared that Shadrach had chosen to snack on his bedding instead of puppy treats. Two different incisions were necessary to remove all of the foreign material, one piece from his stomach and another piece from his intestines. Dr. Spaur also found what is called an “intussusception”. This occurs when one portion of the intestine folds inside of the other, similar to a telescope. If not diagnosed and treated, this can become quite serious and life-threatening. Thankfully, we were able to correct this issue and Shadrach recovered from surgery with no complications. He happily munched on some chicken the next day, and he was sent home with strict instructions to keep his diet focused only on food and NO bedding!