Have a Happy New Year


I hope everyone had a great Holiday. I was blessed with a weekend with my kids and grandkids. Debra with Jaelyn and LondonHeather and Bird came up and brought Jaelyn who will be 3 in February and London who just turned 1. Dawn and Matt also joined us before they headed off to California. Dawn is the music director for the Conroe High School and Matt for the Willis School District. The Conroe band will be marching in the Rose Bowl Parade tomorrow morning on New Year’s Day. They will be band number 53, so if you are watching the parade, keep an eye out for them.

The clinic will be closed this weekend for the holiday and we will be open on Monday.

We closed early today, but before I could slip home, we did have to do an emergency surgery on Taz. Taz came in just before we were headed out not feeling well. Dad had given her a ham bone yesterday and thought that may be what was ailing her. A cursory exam revealed an enlargement in her belly. I wasn’t sure if it was from the ham bone or something else, but after taking some radiographs and an ultrasound, we discovered that Taz had some stones in her bladder and a few of the stones had slipped down into her urethra and plugged her up like a cork in a champagne bottle. (Since it is New Years I thought that description was aprapro).

She was not able to urinate and her bladder_stones_1bladder was distended and the urine was backing up into her kidneys causing her kidneys to start shutting down and toxins were building up in her body. Being New Years Eve, it was too late to try to find a surgeon for her and she definitely couldn’t wait, so Tamara and I sent everyone home, locked the front door, turned off the phones and got to work on Taz to remove the stones from her bladder and urethra. We flushed over a hundred smaller stones and I had to massage the larger stones out of her urethra and flush them out of her bladder. The surgery went well and Taz will be staying at the clinic for a few days until she is up and eating and can urinate on her own.

Taz’s surgery reminded me of all the other holidays and birthday’s I had to stay late for emergency surgeries. One year, an Irish Wolfhound got into some antifreeze on New Year’s Eve, and we had to spend all day on New year’s day giving her some alcohol as the antidote while we counted inventory.

Then there was the C-section I had to do on Good Friday, and a pyometra surgery I had to do on Heather’s birthday. precious

But the new Christmas puppies I get to see like Precious, make up for all the late nights and extra hours.

I want to wish all my friends and pets a wonderful New Year and I guess I will see you Next Year.

SPCA ,City of Arlington and North Texas Humane Society Control Seize over 12,000 Exotic Animals

Raid at Exotic Animal Complex in Arlington found hundreds of snakes, rodents, lizards and other exotic animals dead, starving or in deplorable conditions. Many were still stacked on top of one another in shipping crates without food or water. Estimates of over 20,000 animals including small primates, rodents and spiders were housed at the complex.

As of this morning 12,000 animals were recovered by the SPCA, City of Arlington Officials and members of the North Texas Humane Society. One respondent reported over 2000 iguanas were already dead and there were still more to be found.

A hearing will be held in 10 days to determine if the animals will be returned to the owner or left in custody of the animal shelters. Read more from the news by clicking the link below.


Winterize your Pets

Sporting the latest in fur coats, many pets prefer life outdoors, even in the winter.

But give them a break!  Winterize their environment to keep them comfortable during the colder months.

Providing adequate shelter from the elements is the key to a healthy outdoor pet.  The healthy animal that has a cozy refuge where he can seek from the cold wind, driving rain, sleet, and snow will be better able to tolerate cold temperatures.
Pet’s shelters should be tightly constructed so there are no big cracks or gaping holes for drafts to whistle through.

The doorway should be just big enough for the animal to get through, and positioned away from prevailing winds.  The shelter itself should be just big enough for the animal to stand up and turn around in comfortably. Any bigger than that is just extra space to be warmed by your animal’s body heat, requiring that much more energy to stay warm.
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Insulation may be added between the roof and an inside ceiling to help maintain a constant temperature.  Building the shelter up off the ground several inches and adding insulation underneath will greatly add to the animal’s comfort.

If you use commercial insulation, be sure it is sealed away from the animal, especially the curious chewer, by tight flooring and/or ceiling.  Since these materials can be harmful, if you have doubts about keeping them away from your animals, insulate with cedar shavings.

Adding bedding of cedar shavings will give the animal something to burrow into on extremely cold days, helping him to maintain a comfortable body temperature.

If you use other bedding, it should be changed at least once a week and checked frequently to be sure it is clean and dry.  Because it cannot be kept clean and dry, old carpeting does not make good bedding.  Besides, carpeting is a great temptation to many animals, who may respond to your good intentions by shredding it all over your yard.

Position the shelter where it will receive the most available sunlight.  Shrubs and bushes or solid wood fences on the shady side of the shelter will offer additional protection.Shop LucysDogHouse.net Today!

Sick, injured, very young or old, short-haired and habitually indoor animals should not be left outside for extended periods of time in cold weather.  These animals are more susceptible to harm from the cold, and may even suffer hypothermia, or too low body temperature.

Symptoms of hypothermia include altered consciousness, shallow and infrequent breathing a slow or absent pulse, delayed or absent reflexes, and dilated pupils.  Survival depends on how long the animal’s body temperature has been lowered and to what extent.

If your pet is stricken with hypothermia, wrap in blankets, being careful not to obstruct breathing, and bring to the clinic immediately.  Treatment must be directed at rewarming (internally as well as externally if hypothermia is severe), and maintenance of vital body functions.

Frostbite or freezing of tissue can also occur in winter, but is rare in healthy, well-nourished animals.

Frostbite of the tips of tails of cats and short-haired animals is probably the most common cold injury.  This usually requires no treatment unless secondary infection develops.

Deep-freezing of tissues rarely occurs except in animals that have been physically injured or caught in wildlife traps that cut off circulation.  In this type of situation, it is imperative to seek professional veterinary assistance, keeping the frozen part frozen and protected from trauma during transportation.  Avoid thawing followed by re-freezing, as this will result in more tissue damage.

No pet should be out in zero and sub-zero weather for more than a few minutes at a time without adequate shelter.  When the weather gets this cold, provide additional bedding or consider bringing the pets inside.
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Winter is not a time to begin keeping an animal outside.  Acclimatization should begin in warm weather, permitting gradual increase in hair growth as temperatures become cooler.

Be sure to feed adequate amounts of food to produce enough body heat to maintain normal body temperature.  Remember since their water will freeze outside, you will need to provide a fresh drink at least twice a day.

A little extra attention and common sense will keep your companion animals comfortable all winter long.

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What is Kennel Cough?

If you own a dog or a puppy, you may have to board them in a kennel, take them to the groomers or take them to a dog park or animal hospital. When your dog comes in close proximity to other dogs,they are  exposed to a viruses that may cause your pooch to develop kennel cough. Kennel cough, also known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis, is a highly contagious, acute respiratory disease that affects dogs and can infect your dog even if your dog hasn’t been in a kennel.puppy1

Kennel cough is caused by an airborne group of viruses, the most common being  Bordetella Bronciseptica, Parainfluenza and Adenovirus – Type 2, and can be contracted any time your dog is near an infected dog, even if only for a short time because the tiny viral particles are suspended in the air and can be breathed in. It may take anywhere from  four to ten days after exposure to the virus before your dog develops the symptoms of kennel cough. The canine influenza virus is relatively new and if you board your dog a lot at the larger kennels, you may consider vaccinating him for the influenza virus as well. Your dog’s best defense against this disease is a strong immune system and preventative vaccinations.

How can you tell if your dog has kennel cough? Dogs with kennel cough develop a dry, hacking, or non-productive cough (they do not cough up mucous or fluids). The cough can be quite severe and the more they cough, the more the throat gete irritated and the more they coug. They can last a short time or up to several minutes and can occur quite often throughout the day and may keep you up at night.

If your dog develops a hacking cough, a trip to the veterinarian may be warranted. Your veterinarian will then do an exam and rule out other problems that can cause the cough, such as an infected tooth, heartworms, distemper, canine influenza or perhaps a heart murmur. In most dogs with kennel cough, the cough can be triggered with gentle pressure on the trachea, the throat area just under the collar.

As with most viral infections, antibiotics are not be effective in treating this illness. Antibiotics are only used if there is a secondary infection because the coughing caused an irritation and resident bacteria may set up housekeeping. Your veterinarian will decide if the cough is indeed kennel cough and not something more serious. If it is kennel cough, it may take up to two weeks, just like the common cold, to make its way out of your dog’s system. Your veterinarian may prescribe a cough suppressant to help calm the cough.

You may have more than one dog in your family. If so, try to keep the one with kennel cough separated from the others. Of course, as contagious as this is, your other dogs will probably already have been infected before you realize it. Treat each of them, whether they’re displaying symptoms or not, and you’re sure to be rid of kennel cough soon.

The best way to prevent kennel cough is with vaccinations. We recommend the bordetella vaccine every year with the annual vaccinations and a quick booster vaccine prior to your dog boarding. Remember, that going to the groomers, a pet store or dog park can also expose your pet to viruses and diseases from other dogs.

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