Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Emergency Team to the Rescue!

This is “Lady”, a boxer mix, who came into the hospital with hives (bumps) all over her body after she developed an allergic reaction to something she came in contact with. This a fairly common problem that often also involves swelling around the eyes and face, and we usually see at least a few cases a month. 

What causes an allergic reaction? Sometimes it is a vaccine. Other times it is a bug bite or bee sting, or possibly something ingested. However, many times we don't know the culprit. When such signs occur, oral antihistamines can sometimes help, but it is best to have your pet evaluated by a veterinarian. Over-the-counter medications aren't always enough to counteract the reaction, and in rare cases the swelling can become life-threatening. Luckily, Lady responded very well to the treatment, her hives went away, and she could go back to spending time with her family that same night.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Cats and Acupuncture

Although acupuncture can be used on most animals, and we are happy to provide this newly popular service to any pet in need at NorthPaws (even a guinea pig!), it seems that our most common patients are dogs. Therefore, when we get the opportunity to use acupuncture on cats, it is a special treat. 

Meet Hunter – the first acupuncture cat at NorthPaws!  Hunter presented with some nasal discharge and early signs of kidney disease. After three sessions of acupuncture, he is proving to be one of the friendliest, easiest, and best patients yet and is responding very well to his weekly treatments.  Way to go Hunter!! You show those dogs how it’s done!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

2nd Annual HOWL-O-WEEN Event

The entire staff did such a wonderful job preparing for our 2nd annual Howl-o-ween event. Thank you to everyone who came out! The party may have been slightly downsized this year, but between our numerous games, a balloon artist, pumpkin painting, and of course the pet costume parade, everyone seemed to have a great time. Congratulations to all of the parade winners and of those who were chosen in our raffle drawings! We hope next year to be able to make it an even larger event. 

Special thanks goes out to Bow chika Wow Town for coming to discuss their training, doggie daycare services, and hotel.  Also, thank you to everyone who donated to the raffles, including Merial, who was a big part of our event again this year. We wish everyone a safe and Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Wow! This is exotics at NorthPaws!

Laura and "Boa"

Dr. Stephen Dyer, our board certified avian and exotics veterinarian, has certainly added to our dog and cat routine here at NorthPaws. We all thought we knew what it meant when we opened our doors to exotics, but boy were we were in for a surprise! Although we knew to expect bunnies and the occasional lizard, and birds tweeting in the waiting room was a welcome addition, I don’t think any of us were quiet prepared for the size of some of his new patients.  This is “Boa,” who came in with a problem with his mouth.  “Boa” became quite the attraction, as did our wonderful technician, Laura, who is smiling away. Hey, Dr. Dyer, what's next?

Monday, October 14, 2013

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