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Fur-tunately: Stories of Animal Survival | Episode II: Puppy Survives an Accidental Shooting

Meet Riley, a four-month-old mixed-breed dog. Her owners were away at work, and a brother-in-law who lived with them was at home, performing maintenance on a firearm.  The gun accidentally discharged, hitting Riley in the chest. Without delay, the brother-in-law brought her to AERC, and her owners left work to be with Riley at our hospital. When they arrived, they approved all of the emergency care that our team

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Hot Spots on Dogs

It’s one in the morning and you wake up to the sound of your dog incessantly licking at the base of his tail- over and over and over. You turn on the light to discover the area he is licking is now red, raw, and sensitive to the touch. This is a familiar scenario for many dog owners, but the first incident is often, understandably, filled with panic. The

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5 Things Emergency Vets Want Cat Owners to Know

Oh, the life of a cat owner! From 2:00 a.m. zoomies, to “I-can-see-the-bottom-of-the-bowl” catastrophes, to not being able to have “nice things” – maybe they all balance out when one is the Honored Chosen Lap. The bond between feline companions and cat owners is special but can also be stressful! As an ER veterinarian (and a fellow cat owner!) there are five things I wish I could tell all

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What to Do If Your Pet Is Overheated

Heat exhaustion, or heat stroke, is a common pet emergency during these warmer months.  Dogs are not able to cool themselves by sweating the way people do.  Instead, they primarily cool themselves by panting. They only sweat a small amount from their paw pads.  This makes them more sensitive to heat stress. If a dog is very active or left in a warm environment, such as a car, they

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Fur-tunately: Stories of Animal Survival | Episode I: Needle Fight Club

Scooter, a one-year-old kitten, was playing with a sewing needle and thread. Before her owner could take it away from her, Scooter suddenly appeared to become startled and ran off. Had Scooter possibly swallowed the needle or poked herself with it?  In an attempt to discover the answer, Scooter was brought to AERC’s Emergency Service. Scooter’s Treatment When Scooter arrived, she was swallowing hard and her breathing was not

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Why is My Cat Peeing Outside of the Litter Box? Is this an Emergency?

If your cat is peeing outside of the litter box, he may be trying to tell you something. Some cat owners understandably feel angry when their litter-box-trained cat is urinating outside the box. This can be very frustrating and can affect your relationship with your feline family member. While there are many behavioral reasons for why your cat may be urinating inappropriately, there are also several medical reasons. Some

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Signs of Allergies in Your Pet and Therapeutic Options

If your dog or cat is super itchy during the spring, summer, or fall, it could mean your pet has allergies! It’s very important to pay attention to your pet’s symptoms and discuss your concerns with your family veterinarian or a board-certified veterinary dermatologist. Your pet does not need to be itchy and uncomfortable; there are various therapeutic options for managing your pet’s allergies. But before we review those,

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Stay-At-Home Boredom Busters for Dogs

Dogs need mental stimulation. With many dog owners staying home due to the Shelter-in-Place order, that lack of stimulation may cause dogs to exhibit unwanted behaviors. When our dogs can’t physically exercise the way we prefer, it’s important that they are using their brains- which can be just as exhausting! Here are a few stay-at-home boredom busters for dogs that dog owners can easily do at home to keep

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Six Things Rabbit Owners Need to Know about Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV)

Many rabbit owners are understandingly growing concerned about Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV) in the United States. Here are six things rabbit owners need to know about RHDV: 1. What is Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus? There was a recent outbreak in the Southwestern United States of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV). RHDV is resistant to disinfection, stays infectious in the environment for months, and survives heat and freezing temperatures well.

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Measuring Your Pet’s Resting Respiratory Rate at Home

Knowing how to count your pet’s breathing rate at home can be a powerful tool for assessing his/her cardiopulmonary health – i.e. are your pet’s heart and lungs working as they should be? One of the heart’s many important jobs is to pump blood to the lungs to receive oxygen. If there is a problem with oxygen exchange in the lungs, as occurs with many diseases (congestive heart failure,

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