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What should I do if my pet is bitten by a snake?
Level of emergent concern is WHERE IS THE BITE
Poisonious snake – soft itssue damage and swelling
Type of snake is very important
Antivenom is available and helps tremendously
Secondary infection is a major concern
SNAKE BITES SHOULD BE SEEN IMMEDIATELY
What should I do if my pet eats chocolate?
CPF – long list, here are few of the most common
If your pet eats one of these call us immediately and bring them in and bring in the type of chocolate
This is an emergency
Ned to know WHAT TYPE and WHEN – HOW long ago did your pet consume the chocolate
We typically induce vomiting and administer charcoal binders
Some pets will require hospitalization and monitoring
What should I do if my pet eats rat poison?
Need to know type and when your pet ate it and how much eaten
Two types (1) that makes an animal bleed and another type (2) that causes brain damage
Treatment depends on if we know the type
Most of them are green or blue in color and look like a crayon and TASTE very good to a pet
This is an emergency – call us and come in!
What should I do if I think my cat ate lily flowers?
Lilies are toxic to the kidneys – this is the flower to stem to the water they are in
Cats are attracted to them.
WE need to see your cat and perform and exam with labwork
Most cats need hospitalization and fluid therapy for a few days
This is an emergency – call us and come in
What will wellness lab work show?
Establishes a base line in health
Early indicator of a disease
Window into the body, kind of like a physical exam of the inside
Pets can not tell us problems so we need to look for them
CTA: We recommend annual screening when your pet turns 7 years of age
Why does my pet need blood work screens when on chronic medications?
Every medication leaves
Most meds leaves the body through the kidney or liver
It is important that we watch these organs to make sure they are handling the medications appropriately
Some medications need their blood levels checked to make sure were not over or under dosing your pets condition
Why do you take my pet to ”the back?”
We have great tables, great lighting, and great assistances
Usually what is happening in the treatment area – updating your pets picture, taking vitals, obtaining blood samples
Some pets are less anxious away from the owner.
You are always welcome with us to the treatment room, we are very transparent!
Take a Tour anytime!
Why is UVH different on a spay or neuter?
First off lets talk about our nurses – They Care!
Your pet is not just another animal. We review their exam, their lab work and why they are there and DESIGN their protocol for each procedure
All patients have IV catheters.
From the medications we use, to our anesthesia monitoring protocols, to our trained team of nurses
We always have your pets safety on our minds
Is someone at UVH all of the time?
YES!!!! Check out our website for all of our hours for UVHvets and UVHunleashed.
And that is a major difference for UVH that we are proud of!!!
We have a trained team member on duty at all times. Our hospital patients and boarding friends have a trained nurse with them during the night.
It let’s all of us and all of the pet owners sleep better knowing someone that cares is up there
Why is my dog scooting across the floor?
Boot Scoot Boogie
Usually we are thinking parasites or anal glands
Parasite that are causing inflammation
AG are a scent gland that can become full and painful or infected
If you see this we would love to see your pet and figure out what is going on!
What are cat hairballs and how often is normal?
It is completely normal for cats to groom themselves
While most of cat’s hair moves through their digestive tract with no problems, sometimes hair gets stuck in their stomach.
In order to get rid of that hair, cats vomit.
Fortunately, there are some things cat owners can do to minimize hairballs, because just as gross at it is to see hairballs, it is not
pleasant for cats to throw them up either.
Hairball diets, treats, gels.
If more than once a week, give us a call, we may need to examine your pet!
How can I get rid of flea or ticks?
EASY – we have great oral and topical flea and tick preventions.
When given correctly and on schedule and all pets in the environment are treated, you can achieve a flea free environment
Best flea shampoo – we like Dawn or Joy to wash pets (caution with eyes). Shampoos work well, just don’t last.
We love to talk about the flea life cycle, if you are having a problem, call UVH!
I applied flea prevention but I still see fleas, why isn’t it working?
Always want to start by making sure it was given or applied correctly
If it was then here are 2 scenarios
– There is resistance to some topicals, so what are you using?
– Your prevention is great and we need to help you target treating your pets environment and the OTHER animals in your pets environment. You are seeing the fleas before they are dying
Is my pet pregnant?
Best way to determine if a pet is pregnant Ultrasound 21 days after their heat cycle heat
Xrays to count the litter is about day 45
Cats and Dogs stay pregnant about 2 months.
What is a normal temperature for a pet?
We often hear that “My pet feels warm to the touch”
Dogs and Cats normal temperature ranges from 100-102.5
The most accurate reading is a rectal temperature.
What should my pet chew or not chew?
If you can bend it and don’t mind hitting your knee with it – its probably okay for a pet to chew
We do not recommend: bones (raw or cooked), antlers, hooves, nyla bones, or rawhides that are rolled and twisted
If you have a pet that is a good chewer (3-5 min, doesn’t try to choke, doesn’t just hide the treat) then those pets will benefit from chewing daily
Rawhides (very specific), Milkbone has a Brushing Chew, Virbac has a good one for dogs and cats.
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Why does my cat keep going in and out of the litter box?
In and out of the litter box is often a sign of urinary or fecal discomfort.
Cats can do this when stressed and can do this in the face of infection or benign inflammation
This can be a big problem, even life threatening emergency espiecally if a male cat.
Why does my dog leak urine when sleeping?
In young puppies this can be a sign of ectopic ureters where the urine system did not develop properly
In older animals, this can be a sign of incontinence
We start with a great exam, checking the urine for infections, and if determined that the older pet has incontinence there are therapies and medications that we will start
Why does my pet itch?
Three main reasons
(1) Parasites = fleas, ticks, scabies (which) – intense itching
(2) Environment = allergies… Which can lead to secondary infections
(3) Food = food allergy, outward signs of itching feet and face and rear
Lots of different treatments, we even have a Pet Dermatologist at UVH
Come see us we can help your itchy pet!
Why is my pet’s skin red?
Usually an indicator of systemic inflammation
Allergy vs Contact Allergy, causingsecondary skin infection
Anything changed in your pets environment?
Come see us we can help figure it out
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