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Watching Your Calories? Your Pet Should, Too!

The holidays can be tough on our waistlines, but it’s not just our figure we need to worry about. Not all mammals are designed to consume large amounts of calories, and that includes our furry family members. Avoid sharing your favorite (calorie-heavy) holiday dishes with your pets. When they intake a large amount of calories with limited exercise, it can cause weight gain and potentially other health risks, which can lead to a variety of other issues.

Although it may be hard to resist those puppy dog eyes, not giving your pets high-calorie food will keep them healthier and happier.

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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!