Happy Holidays, from Edmond East Animal Hospital

Happy Holidays, from Edmond East Animal Hospital

The veterinary team at Edmond East Animal Hospital wants to thank you for your continued support of us throughout our first year of business. It has been a pleasure serving the community of Edmond and surrounding areas, bringing state-of-the-art veterinary care to your best friends.

What We Stand For

At our family-owned and operated veterinary practice, it is our philosophy to provide complete and exceptional care to all pets for life! We are animal lovers ourselves, with dedication to our own pets’ well-being, and we love your pets with the same level of commitment.

High-quality veterinary services are also an extremely important aspect of our business, with a strong emphasis on preventive care to help keep pets as healthy as possible for as long as possible.

Our New Year’s Resolution for 2016

The Edmond East Animal Hospital team is excited to keep on offering you the best medical care for your pets in 2016. Exceptional veterinary care is our ongoing commitment to you and your companion. Have a wonderful holiday season, from our family to yours.

Visit the Edmond East Animal Hospital Online Store

Pet Products in Edmond, OK

At Edmond East Animal Hospital, we provide the convenience of an online store that is stocked with many of your pet’s basic care products. Some of our veterinary care products include:

  • Pest preventives
  • Pet food
  • Prescriptions
  • …and more

The Benefits of Using Our Online Store

Our online store is convenient for pet owners who want to provide exceptional care to their best friend. We carry products that are recommended by our dedicated veterinarians, ensuring that our patients are given the care they need! If your pet has a veterinary need, we invite you to contact our team or visit our online store to learn more about the products we recommend.

We also offer special discounts for clients who purchase from our online store! When you create a login for our online store, you can receive free shipping for all purchases over $40. (This excludes pet food and anything that requires refrigeration.)

If you have questions about the benefits of our online store or how to use it, please don’t hesitate to contact our team!

 

Keep Your Pet Safe This Halloween Season

Halloween Pet Safety Tips in Edmond, OK

Happy Fall! Here at Edmond East Animal Hospital we love the changes in season, but it’s also important to remember that our pets can be exposed to new dangers as a result. We make it our priority to keep our patients safe and to keep our clients educated about their pet’s particular needs. We invite you to check out some tips about the most common fall and Halloween hazards that we see at our animal hospital.

Toxicities

What is the first thing that pops up when we think about Halloween? CANDY!

Tasty treats are some of the best guilty pleasures during any holiday, but for our pets they can be the most dangerous. Make sure that your pet is only receiving treats that are safe for them and never given a human treat such as chocolate or candy. Especially sugar free candy containing Xylitol, which is toxic for pets.

 

Costumes

If candy wasn’t your first thought about Halloween, surely costumes were. Are you dressing your four-legged friend up this Halloween? Pets in costumes are the cutest things, but as a pet owner, it’s important to remember that it’s your responsibility to make sure they are also comfortable and safe in their costume.

 

Trick or Treating

If you plan on going trick or treating with your pet, or just an evening stroll, make sure they are VISIBLE. Keeping a flash light nearby is handy, there are also safety lights that can clip on to your pets collar or leashes that have reflectors on them. Anything to make you more visible to drivers and other pedestrians.

 

Fleas, Ticks, and Other Pests

Many pet owners are under the impression that the threat of potential pests lessens during cooler weather, but the truth is it actually INCREASES. Pests like fleas and ticks are looking for warm hosts and your pet is the perfect choice. Make sure that you’re still using all pest preventatives year round!

If you ever have questions don’t hesitate to contact us so we can help!

Source: https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/halloween.aspx

 

The Importance of Senior Pet Preventative Care

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Pets do a lot of things faster than we do, including age. Dogs are considered “seniors” between 7 and 8 years of age, while for cats, it’s around 10 or 11 years of age. Larger breeds typically age faster than smaller breeds. Just as with humans, with age comes an increased risk for certain health conditions—some of which can be very serious. That’s why it’s so important to stay current on your senior pet’s preventative care exams.

Edmond East Animal Hospital recommends senior preventative care exams at least twice a year. More frequent visits allow us to catch health problems sooner and increase the chances of successful treatment. It also helps us develop the best methods of preventive care. We offer canine and feline preventative care plans that are designed to address the specific needs of senior pets, and if you enroll in a preventative care plan this month, we’ll waive the $50 membership fee!

About Our Senior Preventative Care Plans

Our senior preventative care plans take into account the health risks for which senior pets may be at risk, including joint problems, obesity, gum disease, and diabetes. The senior preventative care plan also covers all of your pet’s preventative needs to help prevent these health problems from occurring. Ideally, your senior pet’s care should include bi-annual comprehensive preventative care exams, diagnostic testing (including a senior blood profile), dental care, and pain management treatment.

If your dog or cat is due for a senior exam, schedule an appointment and enroll in our senior pet preventative care exam. For the month of September, we’re waiving the canine or feline preventative care plan membership fee. That’s a savings of $50! Make your appointment today, and help your pet enjoy their golden years!

 

Take Advantage of Our Preventive Care Packages in Edmond, OK

0005_preventive_EdmondEast_ad3Your pet’s needs change as they grow older, so their pet preventative care should change, too. At Edmond East Animal Hospital, we don’t believe in a “one size fits all” approach to pet health care, which is why we tailor our preventive services for every life stage. We offer preventative care packages for puppies/kittens as well as adult dogs and cats, with consideration to health status, breed, and lifestyle. With these plans, you can be sure that all of your pet’s health needs, including pet vaccinations and other preventive care services, are being met at every age.

What Do the Preventive Care Packages Include?

We have a total 10 plans available, whether you’re interested in just the basics in pet health care or if you need something for a more active pet. Each plan includes preventive care exams, medical illness exams, deworming treatments, and vaccinations as the minimum. For a full list of what’s included in each plan, see the next two sections below. Our plans are designed to save you money on the total cost of necessary preventative pet care and treatments and feature budget-friendly monthly payments. Below is a list of all of our available preventative care wellness plans:

Canine Plans

Feline Plans

Why Does My Pet Need Preventive Care?

Although we all wish they were, our pets are not invincible. They spend time outdoors, come in contact with insects, interact with other pets that might be sick, and sometimes, they can become ill for no reason at all. What’s worse is that many pets are masters at hiding their illnesses, many of which are asymptomatic, so the only way to know for sure that your companion is healthy is with regular pet preventative exams. Just keep in mind that diseases are far less expensive to prevent than they are to treat, so give us a call today to schedule your pet’s exam.

Top Ten Emergencies In Cats

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Cats often become reclusive and hide when they are not feeling well which makes knowing when they need to be seen by your veterinarian a challenge. They have unique signs and symptoms of emergency conditions that often go unrecognized by their owners. Some injuries are obvious, such as a cat with an open wound, while others have more subtle signs that can be equally deadly if left untreated. Knowing what signs to look for is crucial in determining when to seek emergency care for your cat. Below is a list of some of the most common cat emergencies and their signs.

Urethral Obstruction

This is a condition in which a cat, usually male, is unable to urinate due to a blockage in the urethra (the tube leading from the urinary bladder to the outside environment).

Cats will show a sudden onset of restless behavior which includes frequent trips in and out of the litter box. They will often attempt to urinate in unusual places such as in a bath tub or on a plastic bag. You may notice a very small stream of urine that contains blood. More often than not, despite a cat’s straining, there may be no urine or even just a drop produced. In later stages of the obstruction, cats may cry loudly, vomit, and become lethargic.

You should consider these signs a serious emergency and seek veterinary care immediately. There are reports of cats developing kidney failure and dying within 12 hours after the onset of signs. Expect your cat to be hospitalized at least 36 hours for treatment of this condition which may include a urinary catheter, intravenous fluids, and pain management. Female cats are less likely to become obstructed due to their wider urinary tract.

Toxicities (Poisoning)

The combination of their curious nature and unique metabolism (the way their body breaks down chemicals) makes cats very vulnerable to toxins. Owners are often not aware that their home contains multiple products that are poisonous to their feline companions. The most common cat toxins include antifreeze, Tylenol, and rat or mouse poison.

The signs your cat displays depends on what type of poison they have encountered. Antifreeze will often cause wobbliness or a drunken appearance first, then progresses to vomiting/weakness as the kidneys fail. Tylenol may cause an unusual swelling of the head and changes the cats blood color from red to chocolate brown. Rat or mouse poison interferes with blood clotting so you may see weakness from internal blood loss or visible blood in urine or stool.

Breathing Problems

Many times cats hide the signs of breathing problems by simply decreasing their activity. By the time an owner notices changes in the cat’s breathing, it may be very late in the progression of the cat’s lung disease. There are several causes of breathing changes but the most common are feline asthma, heart or lung disease.

Foreign Object Ingestion

As you know cats love to play with strings or string-like objects (such as dental floss, holiday tinsel, or ribbon), however, you may not know the serious danger that strings can pose to your cat. When a string is ingested, one end may become lodged or “fixed” in place, often under the cat’s tongue, while the remaining string passes farther into the intestine. With each intestinal contraction, the string see-saws back and forth actually cutting into the intestine and damaging the blood supply.

Signs that your cat has eaten a foreign object may include vomiting, lack of appetite, diarrhea, and weakness. Occasionally owners will actually see part of a string coming from the mouth or anal area. You should never pull on any part of the string that is visible from your pet.

Most times emergency surgery is necessary to remove the foreign object and any damaged sections of intestine.

Bite Wounds

Cats are notorious for both inflicting and suffering bite wounds during encounters with other cats. Because the tips of their canine, or “fang”, teeth are so small and pointed, bites are often not noticed until infection sets in several days after the injury.

Cats may develop a fever and become lethargic 48 to 72 hours after experiencing a penetrating bite wound. They may be tender or painful at the site. If the wound becomes infected or abscessed, swelling and foul-smelling drainage may develop.

You should seek emergency care for bite wounds so that your veterinarian may thoroughly clean the area and prescribe appropriate antibiotics for your pet. Occasionally the wounds will develop large pockets called abscesses under the skin that require surgical placement of a drain to help with healing.

Hit by car

Cats that spend time outdoors are at a much greater risk for ending up in the emergency room. Being hit by a car is one of the most common reasons for your pet to suffer traumatic injuries such as broken bones, lung injuries and head trauma. You should always seek emergency care if your cat has been hit by a vehicle even if he or she appears normal as many injuries can develop or worsen over the next few hours.

Increased Thirst and Urination

Sudden changes in your cat’s thirst and urine volume are important clues to underlying disease. The two most common causes of these signs are kidney disease and diabetes mellitus.

Your veterinarian will need to check blood and urine samples to determine the cause of your cat’s signs. Having your pet seen on an emergency basis for these signs is important as the sooner your pet receives treatment, the better their chances for recovery. Many times exposure to certain toxins, such as antifreeze or lilies, will show similar signs and delaying veterinary care can be fatal.

Sudden inability to use the hind legs

Cats with some forms of heart disease are at risk for developing blood clots. Many times these clots can lodge in a large blood vessel called the aorta where they can prevent normal blood flow to the hind legs. If your cat experiences such a blood clotting episode (often called a saddle thrombus or thromboembolic episode), you will likely see a sudden loss of the use of their hind legs, painful crying, and breathing changes.

On arrival at the emergency room, your pet will receive pain management and oxygen support. Tests will be done to evaluate the cat’s heart and determine if there is any heart failure (fluid accumulation in the lungs). Sadly, such an episode is often the first clue for an owner that their cat has severe heart disease. In most cases, with time and support, the blood clot can resolve, but the cat’s heart disease will require life-long treatment.

Upper Respiratory Infections

Cats and kittens can experience a variety of upper respiratory diseases caused by a combination of bacteria or viruses. Upper respiratory infections, or URIs, often cause sneezing, runny noses, runny eyes, lack of appetite, and fever. In severe cases, they can cause ulcers in the mouth, tongue, and eyes. More often than not, severe cases are seen in cats that have recently been in multiple-cat environments such as shelters. Small or poor-doing kittens are also easily infected and may develop more severe complications such as low blood sugar.

Sudden Blindness

A sudden loss of vision is most likely to occur in an older cat. The most common causes are increased blood pressure (hypertension) that may be due to changes in thyroid function (hyperthyroidism) or kidney disease. There are some cats that appear to have hypertension with no other underlying disease.

Sudden blindness should be treated as an emergency and your veterinarian will measure your cat’s blood pressure, check blood tests, and start medications to try to lower the pressure and restore vision.

Anytime you notice a change in your cat’s eyes, whether they lose vision or not, you should consider this an emergency. Contact us today with any questions you may have and be sure to schedule your feline’s annual wellness exam today!

 

 

SOURCE: http://www.cathealth.com/safety/top-ten-emergencies-in-cats