Posts from February, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: What’s your diagnosis #7

corneal ulcer

This dog was squinting and rubbing at the left eye.  Fluorescein stain was applied to the eye for diagnosis.   What’s your diagnosis and treatment?

I will post the answer in the comment section later in the week so be sure to come back to see if you were correct!

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Wordless Wednesday: What’s your diagnosis #8

Ear mite

This mite is a surface mite that lives on cats, dogs, rabbits and ferrets. It is usually found in the ear canal but it can also live on the skin surface. The entire life cycle takes place on animals.  It is highly contagious, and cats become infested by direct contact with another infested animal. The mite is barely visible to the naked eye and may be seen as a white speck moving against a dark background.

Symptoms include scratching and shaking of the head and a dark discharge from the ears.

What’s your diagnosis and treatment?

You can look back at last week’s post of the Sarcoptes mite.  As you can see these mites are very different looking under the microscope and identification can be made based on microscopic examination alone.

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Wordless Wednesday… What’s your diagnosis #6

Sarcoptes

This is a parasitic mite that burrows just beneath the surface of the skin.  Symptoms are intense itching and hair loss.  Initially, the hair loss is on the ear flaps, elbows and ankles but can spread over the animal’s entire body.  It is zoonotic, which means it is transmissible to humans.  Fortunately, in people the mite can’t complete it’s life cycle and dies within a few days.  

What’s your diagnosis and treatment?

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Dental care: flip the lip, I dare you!

Dental care

Can you imagine what your teeth would look like without daily dental care? If you have a pet, flip the lip and take a look at its teeth.  I’m promoting National Pet Dental Health Month and I will be posting several dental articles this month.

Unless your pet chews on lots of hard toys I bet there is some form of dental disease. In fact, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show some form of dental disease by age three. Unfortunately, two-thirds of owners do not provide dental care that is recommended by their veterinarian. Continue…

Not so Wordless Wednesday: Animal Neglect

Animal neglect

February is Responsible Pet Owner Month!  If you own a pet you are responsible for it’s care!

Meet Dirty Harry Lambert Handsomepants.  He was found roaming the countryside and was picked up by another animal lover who dropped him off at my office last week.  This poor guy had been severely neglected and was in need of  some grooming.  I saw some potential through all that hair and the groomer got to work on him right away.  Stay tuned for an after picture, but first let me get on my soap box.

Dogs and cats are domesticated animals.  Domestic animals have lost the ability to live in the wild which means that we, as humans, are now responsible for their care.  Taking care of a dog and cat involves more than just feeding them.  For animals that have long hair, they need to be brushed and groomed on a regular basis.  When their hair is severely matted, like Harry’s, it hurts!  Spay and neuter your pets to prevent over population.  This procedure also prevents unwanted behavior and roaming.  A yearly check up at the veterinarian is as essential as food and love.  Here is a short video to share and help spread the word.

Animal neglect

This is Dirty Harry Lambert Handsomepants the same day, right after being groomed!  Can you believe it?  He was so good for his groom, in fact, he licked the groomer’s hand and face the entire time she was shaving him down.  I’m happy to report that he now has a loving home and his own Facebook page.  He is getting prepared to take his first trip in the motor home to Texas!  Watch out world her come Dirty Harry Lambert Handsomepants!

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Dr. Anna was born and raised in Guthrie, Oklahoma. As a teenager, Dr. Anna found her beloved pet dead on the side of the road left to die without any help. That was the moment she decided to become a vet and vowed to help other people and their pets. After a few years of practicing in New Hampshire, Dr. Anna became homesick and decided to return to Guthrie to be with her parents and five other siblings. Family and friends are a major part of our lives which is why we treat our clients at Guthrie Pet Hospital as family.  Dr. Anna and her husband do not have children but are very proud pet parents and therefore, treat every four legged friend as part of the family. 

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