I believe that stress is a major factor in feline cystitis and I certainly see an increase of these cases around the holidays. Feline cystitis is the most common form of feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD). Feline cystitis is due to inflammation of the bladder from an unknown cause. Continue…
Do you know what breed this is? What were they originally bred for?
Discover the answer and meet the breed @ American Kennel Club.
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Hip dysplasia is abnormal growth of the hip that occurs during a puppy’s growing phase.
This week’s article is the answer to Wednesday’s blog post titled what’s your diagnosis. If you missed it, I would recommend you go back and take a look at the x-ray. Hip dysplasia is a hereditary condition which is more prominent in large breed dogs, especially German Shepherds, Saint Bernards, Labradors Retrievers and Golden Retrievers. Continue…
I’m Dr. Anna but to my fur babies and my friends, I’m just mom and sweet bonana! Siri and a few other choice friends are allowed to call me Dr. Sugar Nuts Bitch. Here are a few things about my personal life you may not know.
What’s your favorite non-animal related book? The Stand and many other horror/thriller books.
What’s your favorite non-animal related movie? The conjuring
What’s your favorite non-animal related food? Desserts especially apple dumplings
Who’s your favorite actor? Chris Hemsworth
What’s one thing you have to do every day? Wake up
What makes you feel fabulous? Helping others
What do you wish you were more skilled at? Marketing
What’s your favorite holiday? Christmas
Favorite meal? Beef tenderloin with mushroom gravy
What do you like to do in your free time? Read
What one word would people who know you use to describe you? Motivated/Driven
If your pets could talk, what one word would THEY use to describe you? Push over
What is one thing you’ve done that you’re most proud of? AAHA accreditation and Certified Cat Friendly Practice
How is your pet most like you? Naturally Grey hair.
What can your body do for you that makes you most proud? Diagnose and treat animals
If you could change one thing about your life what would it be? I would like to play a musical instrument.
Other than blogging, what are three things you do that bring you joy? Spending time with my dogs, my job and drinking with friends.
What’s one thing you could do to be more kind to yourself? Stop listening to the inner negative voices and just do it!
What drives you nuts about your pets? What melts your heart? Destroying things, Unconditional love and their cuteness.
If you didn’t have your current pets, what pets would you choose to have? More dogs (most likely bird dogs), Devon or Cornish Rex, Savannah cat
This is a hip x-ray from a 10 year old Dalmatian mix with chronic history of lameness and difficulty getting up.
Below is a comparison so that you can see what normal looks like.
The abnormal view is a magnification of the right hip in the 1st x-ray. The hand is pointing at the hip joint.
What’s your diagnosis? What are the treatment options?
Come back Sunday to discover the answers to these questions and more about this common disease!
Excessive drinking and urinating could be a sign that your pet has a serious and possibly life-threatening illness.
It’s important to pay attention to the amount of water your pet drinks on a daily basis. How frequently do you fill the bowl or how far has the water level dropped in one day. Noticing the water level change or filling the water bowl more frequently is a sign that your pet may be drinking more than normal. Continue…
Meet Jade AKA superstar Jadé and occasionally referred to by her country name Jadene. She is the middle sister but does not get blamed for everything!
In fact, Jade is one of the most well behaved and chilled dogs that we have ever owned. She is 7 years old and is a bit on the shy side. Even as a puppy she was very calm and did not get into a lot of trouble. Her only down fall is she is a chow hound and loves to counter surf.
When she was a few months old, my then eldest dog, Guthrie, got into a fight with her and bit her on the head. He latched on and would not let go. Luckily I was home and finally broke up the fight. Jade developed a scar over her right eye from that bite. The hair in that area is white and spells the letter G. (See picture)
Guthrie has been gone for about five years now and even though it’s not one of my favorite memories of him, every time I see that scar I think of him. I also believe that this may be why she is so shy. She prefers to sit in her own chair by herself. She does seek our attention but it has to be on her terms. After Guthrie passed away, we adopted a little stray dog and it was so fun watching her come out of her shell and start to play. Jade and Dharma, the youngest, love to play and hang outside together.
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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.
With the holiday season quickly approaching, we are all busy decorating, cooking, and gathering gifts that could be dangerous to your pet. It’s important to be aware of potential pet poison and dangers and keep them up and away from your pets. Continue…