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Does your pet need to see an ophthalmologist?

Does your pet need to see an ophthalmologist?

The Veterinary Specialty Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador will welcome Dr Tara Richards for a visit in July 2019. Dr. Richards is an ophthalmologist who will be visiting our province and will be accepting consultations and limited surgical services the week of July 8th (Monday to Thursday)

How can you see Dr. Richards?
Please ask your family veterinarian to have a referral sent. Once we have the information  you will be contacted with your appointment date and time.

For further information: Please contact our referral coordinator Barbara, by phone at (709) 221-7838 or e-mail at referrals@vscnl.ca.

Learn more about Dr. Richards:
Dr. Tara Richards is a board-certified Ophthalmologist, currently working and living in Ontario. Dr. Richards completed her Bachelor of Science at Waterloo and then earned her DVM degree at OVC in 2004. She completed her Ophthalmology Residency and a PhD at OVC and was board-certified in 2010 by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

Dr. Tara Richards, Opthamologist

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The dangers of chicken bones.

The dangers of chicken bones.

Bella is an 8-year-old Jack Russell Terrier. One day, she stole a chicken bone from the garbage. When her owner caught her, Bella’s reaction was to hide the evidence by swallowing it whole!

The chicken bone Bella swallowed was very large. How large? It was larger even than her own leg bones. It  was stuck in her esophagus and caused her to start choking. Her owners rushed her in the Veterinary Specialty Centre (VSCNL) Emergency Services for care.

Bella was immediately brought back to our ICU where she received oxygen while the emergency team assessed her. Once Bella was stable enough for the veterinarian to step away, the owners were updated on Bella’s condition and the recommended treatment plan.

Bella was anesthetized and a tube was placed in her trachea to ensure she could breathe while the doctor worked to remove the bone. The bone was too far down to be seen from the mouth. A scope (a special camera) was used to look down into her esophagus. The scope allowed the doctor to guide instruments in place to pull the bone out. The scope also allowed the doctor to visualize the entire esophagus and check for damage.

Bella had no serious damage to her esophagus and with the bone removed she recovered very well. She was able to go home within 24 hours - where hopefully she won't be getting into the garbage again any time soon!

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860 Topsail Road

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How a microchip and pet insurance helped Digby

How a microchip and pet insurance helped Digby

Nine month old Digby did not have any ID tags on him when he was found, but luckily his owners had him microchipped. Our team was able to identify him because of his microchip. His owners were contacted quickly so they knew where he was and what happened. Digby’s owners also had Trupanion pet insurance allowing them the peace of mind of knowing they would have coverage for the medical care he needed as a result of this serious accident.

When a pet is struck by a car, the injuries can be very extensive and require major surgery to repair.  In some cases, multiple surgeries might be necessary.

When there is serious trauma, the cost for care can be more expensive. This is why we encourage all pet owners to get pet insurance - just in case there is a serious accident.

Digby’s owners had wisely invested in Trupanion pet insurance for Digby, which helped ease the financial stress of this accident. Digby’s injuries were significant, but thankfully not life threatening. Digby suffered a fracture in his left front leg (in his radius and ulna), which was visible on radiographs. He also had signs of head trauma and had CT scan. A CT scan gives our team the best assessment of the bones in the face. Poor Digby had multiple facial fractures.

Digby had surgery to repair his leg and another surgery to stabilize one of his facial fractures. Digby did very well through both surgeries. His recovery took a lot of time and patience as a young pup doesn’t like being on exercise restriction. He is now doing well, and is keeping out of trouble at doggy day care.

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Doggie Diarrhea

Doggie Diarrhea

Did you know your pet can experience two different types of diarrhea? Yeah, that’s right. Here’s Dr. Kimberly Carew to explain the differences. 

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Winter Safety Tips for Your Pet

Winter Safety Tip for Your Pet

Oh the snow! Some dogs love to play in the white stuff. While it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement, pet owners need to take extra care to keep pets safe and warm from these and other winter hazards. 

Frostbite
Like people, frostbite in dogs is most common on extremities such as ears, tails, and paws. Signs of frostbite include pain, discolouration of the skin, and swelling. If you suspect frostbite, seek veterinary care immediately. Do not massage the area; wrap your pup in warm - not hot - blankets for transport to your nearest emergency clinic. 

Hypothermia 
Hypothermia occurs when body temperature has dropped too low. Signs of hypothermia include shivering, weakness, slow shallow breathing, and being unresponsive. The very young, very old, small dogs, or dogs with very fine or thin hair coats are going to be more at risk to the effects of cold weather. If your dog is shivering outside, you better head inside. Remember to never leave your dog outside unsupervised in very cold temperatures. Similar to frostbite, if you suspect hypothermia, wrap your pup in warm - not hot - blankets and get them to a vet. 

Outdoor Hazards
Winter brings some specific risks such as frozen bodies of water, chemicals used to melt snow and ice, and antifreeze. It’s important to never assume your pet will know to stay off a frozen body of water. Keep dogs on leash in any areas with frozen water unless you are certain the ice will hold their weight. 

Some ice melting salts can be dangerous for pets. These salts can cause serious illness when ingested, but can also be very irritating on the skin. For your own property, look for pet-safe products. If you walk in areas where road salt is being used, take precautions to limit exposure. Use booties for walks or wash your pet’s feet after a walk and don’t allow them to lick ice or slush on their walks. 

Antifreeze is toxic and pets find its taste appealing. If you use antifreeze products, be sure to store them where pets cannot access them. 

Having a dog that loves to be outside in the winter makes the winter season more enjoyable. Keeping them safe will ensure you can have the best winter experience. If your pet has any issues or health concerns related to the winter weather (or any other emergency) the Veterinary Specialty Centre’s Emergency Services are available 24/7 every day. 

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Did you know younger cats can have noisy breathing?

Did you know younger cats can have noisy breathing?

Steve is a cuddly seven-month-old domestic short hair haired cat. His primary vet at Terra Nova Vet Clinic referred him to the Veterinary Specialty Centre for further examination of his noisy breathing.

Steve was anesthetized to allow our veterinarian to fully examine inside his mouth and throat. It was discovered Steve had a polyp in his airway. A polyp is a benign, fleshy mass that can be found in the nose, throat, or ears of cats. We don’t know exactly what causes them, but they are most commonly found in younger cats. These polyps typically cause irritation for the cat and it is recommended mass be removed.

Steve’s mass was successfully removed. He was sent home shortly after the procedure and prescribed steroids to help reduce the chance of recurrence. For many cats, this is the end of the story.

Steve, unfortunately, had recurrence of his polyp and ultimately underwent more invasive surgery to eradicate his polyps. Steve did well, and was an excellent patient, so still a happy ending!

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860 Topsail Road

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The impact of rawhide chews

The impact of rawhide chews

Chief, an 8-month-old Scottish Terrier, was chewing on a rawhide while his owner was sitting nearby, and he started to cough and retch. Concerned that Chief has a piece of his rawhide chew stuck in his throat, they brought him in the VSCNL Emergency Services.

Dr. Brown-Bury examined Chief and agreed that his symptoms suggested he had something caught in his throat. She sedated Chief to look into his mouth and throat. Dr. Brown-Bury was able to see a bit of rawhide at the very back of his oral cavity. 

It was sitting right at his larynx (where the esophagus and trachea open into the oral cavity). She was able to grasp the rawhide piece and pull it out! Radiographs showed no other material was sitting in the esophagus.

Chief’s sedation was reversed, and he was able to go home with his relieved owners. Stories like Chief’s are why we don’t recommend rawhide chews for dogs. It is not uncommon for a dog to try to swallow a large piece of rawhide and run into trouble! Lucky for Chief his owners were supervising his chew time and were able to act quickly. We’re pretty confident that was the last rawhide chew Chief will ever get!

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The importance of diagnostic imaging for your pet

The importance of diagnostic imaging for your pet.

Oscar is a 6 year- old small mixed breed dog who was referred to the Veterinary Specialty Centre Surgical Services from Sunrise Animal Hospital. Oscar was having back pain and unable to use his hind limbs.

Oscar was assessed by the surgical team and had a CT scan to evaluate his spine and spinal cord. The CT scan showed Oscar had Intervertebral Disc Disease. What’s that? The material between the vertebrae of the spine protrudes out of its normal space and pushes on the spinal canal. This results in pain and partial or full paralysis.

Oscar’s compression was quite large, and surgery was required. Without advanced diagnostic imaging, the surgical team would not have known the exact location and extent of the compression.

The next day, Oscar had his surgery. After his surgery, Oscar was happy, comfortable, and eating well. After a few days, he was able to go home.  His owner was advised to restrict activity and undergo physiotherapy for full recovery of function in the legs. We’re so glad Oscar and his owner could head home after his successful surgery and recover at home where there’s always a lot of snuggles.

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Taking care of Clifford

Taking care of Clifford.

Clifford’s family know this young fella really well. He’s normally energetic. He’s definitely a chewer of all the things. So, when he wasn’t acting like himself; began to vomit and at times his vomit had wood chips, his owners knew there was only one place to go - the Veterinary Specialty Centre.

When he arrived at the clinic, he was seen by Dr. Brown-Bury. She recommended radiographs to check for any more material in his intestinal tract. She also recommended a blood test to review blood pH and electrolytes to help find out how sick he might be.

When it comes to the radiographs, it is important that the patient be straight. We will often put them in a trough to help position them. Clifford enjoyed the trough and stayed nice and still.

While waiting for the results of his test, Clifford hung out in our Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Some patients are a little unsure about getting into a strange kennel. Luckily, our ICU staff make pets feel right at home and do what they can to help including getting into the kennel themselves!

Thankfully, Clifford didn’t have an obstruction. He was given medication to settle his stomach and sent home for his family to keep an eye on him. We sure hope Clifford can stay out of trouble! Thanks for visiting us, Clifford!

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860 Topsail Road

Mount Pearl, NL

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(709) 221-7838

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(709) 221-7838

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The difference an X-ray can make.

The difference an X-ray can make.

Griffin is a 3-year-old Rottweiler cross. He came to the Veterinary Specialty Centre Emergency on a Saturday night. Griffin’s owner said he wasn’t himself all day - he wasn’t eating and then began to vomit.

While at the clinic, Griffin had a physical examination. There was no obvious explanation for his lethargy and vomiting. Blood work and x-rays were recommended to help with his diagnosis.

Thankfully, Griffin’s blood work was normal - ruling out a lot of causes for vomiting and serious illnesses.

But Griffin’s x-rays were suspicious. It looked like he might have a possible obstruction in his intestines. Griffin was admitted to the ICU for fluid therapy and monitoring, with plans to repeat his x rays after 12 hours to see if the picture improved.

Thankfully, Griffin’s repeat x-rays showed an improvement. In the end, Griffin had a bad case of gastroenteritis - inflammation of his gastrointestinal system. This can cause vomiting, loss of appetite, and diarrhea. Fluids, a bland diet, and anti-nausea medication helped Griffin return to himself.

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860 Topsail Road

Mount Pearl, NL

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A1N 3J7

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(709) 221-7838

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860 Topsail Road

Mount Pearl, NL

Canada

A1N 3J7

Contact

(709) 221-7838

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