Congratulations Dr. Hawkins!!!

CongratsSarahWe would like to send out a belated (but well deserved) CONGRATULATIONS to our former employee Dr. Sarah Hawkins for graduating Cum Laude from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Class of 2016! Sarah now practices as an associate veterinarian at Hurst Veterinary Clinic in Hurst, Texas. We are so proud of her and send her the best!

What to Do When You Find a Baby Bird

baby bird-All PetsThere are many species of birds such as robins, scrub jays, crows and owls that leave the nest and spend as many as 2-5 days on the ground before they can fly. This is a normal and vital part of the young birds’ development. The birds are cared for and protected by their parents while they are on the ground, and are also taught vital life skills such as finding food, identifying predators and flying.

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Benefits of Traveling with Your Dog and Pet Friendly Hotels

YlbdvdWith summer officially here, many families are traveling and and making vacation plans. If you have a dog, before you think about leaving him or her behind, consider these benefits of traveling with your furry friend.

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Technology for Pets

Train-Your-Puppy-The-Right-WayMany pet owners have probably tried Skyping when their dog is around, and he or she is probably very confused. They may hear the voice on the other end call his or her name, but are unsure why he or she is being beckoned by the iPad. The same thing probably happens when dogs are barking or growling on TV. Your dog may rush to the set, wanting to get in on the action, but can’t seem to find the play group.

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Keeping Your Pets Safe on the Fourth of July

presidential candidate articleThe Fourth of July is one of the most celebrated holidays of our nation, filled with fun backyard activities, barbecue dining and booming fireworks lighting up the sky. This Independence Day be sure to take proper safety precautions to ensure that your dog or cat is protected from the potential hazards.

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Flynn’s Story

Most people understand the word Hernia as a painful condition where an organ protrudes through its proper body cavity. In humans, a hernia can be caused by a combination of muscle weakness, strain, chronic coughing or injury. In cats, however…

It’s usually caused by injury. 9 Month old kitten Flynn got hit by a car. From the outside, It could be seen that Flynn’s tail was missing and had multiple wounds. However, Flynn’s internal organs were a different story.

Injuries such as getting hit by a car, whether sustained by human or cat, can cause severe internal damage. Delicate organs such as the heart, lungs and kidneys can suffer trauma. Ribs can be fractured or broken, causing additional internal damage.

Flynn’s tail was amputated in February, and his wounds were addressed. It wasn’t until months later when Flynn was diagnosed with a diaphragmatic hernia. A suspected foreign body in the gastrointestinal tract was discovered through x-rays. Flynn’s intestines had migrated to his chest. Flynn was very lethargic and coughing often. In mid-April 2016, Flynn’s lung collapsed.

The diaphragm separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity. A defect in the diaphragm allowed abdominal organs to enter Flynn’s chest cavity. Several loops of small intestine and large intestine (colon) were identified in his chest. The treatment option is surgery to correct the defect in the diaphragm.

The diaphragmatic hernia was repaired with no complications at All Pets Medical Center in late April. Dr. Rupley removed the abdominal contents from the thorax, and put them back in the abdomen. The defect in the diaphragm was then repaired, preventing anything from re-entering the thorax/chest.

Flynn was monitored overnight after intensive oxygen therapy, and he was able to go home. Flynn was full of energy by his recheck appointment in mid-May, and we are thrilled with his recovery!

How to Protect Your Dog’s Paws in the Summer

Protect Dogs PawsMany dog owners take their furry friends on walks to enjoy the warm summer weather with them, but often times they forget about one important detail: hot pavement can and will burn a dog’s paws. While it can be tempting to bring your dog everywhere you go, it can cause serious harm to your beloved pet if you are not careful. Keep in mind that if asphalt and cement can get hot enough to cook an egg during the summer or it feels way too hot for you to leave your hands comfortably on the ground for at least 10 seconds, it can result in nasty burns on your dog’s paw pads, especially if your have a new puppy with tender young paws. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can protect your dog from getting burned this summer.

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The Annual Cost of a Dog: Can Your Afford a Furry Friend?

Average Cost of having a DogIf you are thinking about adopting a dog, there’s many factors that need to be taken into consideration, including a financial commitment to his or her health and well-being. According to the ASPCA, the first-year of pet ownership exceeds $1,000. Here’s a few things you should expect before bringing a dog into the family.

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