Pet of the Month for August 2021

This is Cookie! She is a one year old Pug! Cookie came to see us with quite the allergic reaction of an unknown source. Poor little Cookie came in with a very swollen face, as well as red, irritated skin. Her dad found her all puffed up and drove her to Canyon Vet as soon as he could. Dr. Hale took Cookie under his wing and gave the sweet girl an injectable version of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to target the allergen as fast as possible, as well as a steroid shot to combat the inflammation. Cookie stayed with us for the majority of the day so we could monitor her changes throughout the day. Overtime, the swelling in her face came down, and she is back to her happy self!

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Pet of the Month for June 2021

This is Sully! Sully is a loveable boy mixed with some unknown breeds! Sully was adopted from a shelter by his awesome momma . Sully had come in for his yearly annual to get caught up on his vaccines as well as do some routine testing. These tests include a heartworm test as well as an intestinal parasite test.  The heartworm test was done in house , and came out positive. Sully’s owner was quite concerned because she had been giving his heartworm prevention (Heartgard) correctly on the days that it was due. Another heartworm test was sent out to a laboratory that the hospital works with to get a second confirmation, it too was positive. Most likely Sully was infected prior to entering the shelter. If the shelter tested him at that time they may not even know he was positive because it takes at least 6 months for the test to become positive after infection. Dr. Leakey gave her recommendations on what options that she had, and she went through with doing the heartworm treatment by injection. Sully will soon be treated for heartworms. It is important to keep your dogs on heartworm prevention, as well as a routine schedule with their heartworm medications and testing. In Texas it is also important to keep them on their medication throughout the year due to our warm and humid climate. Mosquitos thrive in our weather , especially in the Spring and Summer months.

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Pet of the Month for May 20201

This is Sierra! Sierra is a 10 year old sweet Pit Bull that came to us feeling very under the weather one day. Sierra was not wanting to eat or drink. When Sierra came in her belly was quite distended, which had Dr Leakey quite concerned. With the distended belly he knew he should ultrasound her abdomen. Upon ultrasound, Dr Leakey noticed that Sierra’s uterus was quite enlarged and filled with fluid, he then concluded that Sierra had a Pyometra. A Pyometra is an infection of the uterus, this can happen to some unspayed female dogs. This is when the uterus fills up with purulent fluid and causes the female dog to feel very sick. These cases almost always are in need of a surgery to remove the infected uterus. Sierra was well hydrated before surgery to help with any fluid loss, later on in the day. Dr Jacobs took Sierra under his wing and successfully performed her surgery. This is why it is important to spay your female dogs to prevent this potential infection. Spaying not only prevents the possibility of a Pyometra but also the prevention of unexpected pregnancies and can lower the risk of mammary cancer.

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Pet of the Month for April 2021

This is Zoey! Zoey is a 6month old Yorkie. Zoey came in recently for a routine spay with Doctor Justin! Zoey’s momma knows the importance of getting Zoey spayed and wanted to get her in as soon as she was old enough. We recommend that your puppies/kittens be at least 6 months of age before they get spayed or neutered. The benefits of getting your female dog/cat spayed is that your pet can no longer go into heat and/or end up with a potential accidental pregnancy which is very common with females that are not fixed.  The other benefits are that she can no longer get a Pyometra- a pyometra is an infection of the uterus, which can potentially be life threatening if not treated. The other benefit is the decrease of getting mammary cancer – this is when hard, potentially cancerous nodules form in the mammary chain. With Spring time upon us , some animals get out accidentally and love to go out and roam so we highly recommend getting your pets spayed and neutered!

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Pet of the Month for March 2021

This sweet girl is Izzy. Izzy is a 10 week old Rottweiler that had a tough fight with Parvovirus. Parvovirus is a very contagious virus that affects dogs. This awful disease can easily be prevented by getting your puppies and dogs properly vaccinated for the parvovirus.  It is spread by contact with contaminated feces, but you don’t  have to see solid feces for the virus to be present. It can live on the ground or on surfaces in kennels, on peoples hands, or on clothing of people who have been contaminated.  Parvo can live outdoors for months if not years and is resistant to many disinfectants.  Unfortunately, Izzy’s siblings were infected with the virus as well and didn’t make it. But with the care of Dr. Justin and his amazing veterinary technicians, Izzy fought hard and is recovering very well. Izzy fought so hard to beat this ugly virus, and came out on top!

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Pet of the Month for February 2021

This is Aslan! Aslan is a sweet 10 year old Domestic Longhaired cat who just happens to have Diabetes. Diabetes is a condition that occurs when the body can’t use glucose (a type of sugar) normally. In this case the body needs insulin which maintains the levels of glucose. Just like us humans, dogs and cats can get diabetes too, and just like us they can manage it with Insulin. Aslan and his humans have been managing his diabetes for a few months now. Some of the common indications of diabetes in dogs and cats are excessive drinking with increased urination, and weight loss even though there may be an increased appetite. If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, it is best to get your pet an appointment with a doctor.  Aslan gets his insulin everyday, twice a day with his meals, and is a very good patient for his family. Aslan still lives a very happy and active life and doesn’t let his condition stop him from living the dream!

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Pet of the Month for January 2021

This is Honey! She is as sweet as her name and the most beautiful girl. Honey came in for not feeling like herself. Honey’s owners had concerns because she had not wanted to eat in a few days and was acting quite sluggish. Doctor Justin took her under his care and got her back to feeling like herself again. Honey stayed in the hospital for a couple of days on IV fluids. Today she is thriving!

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Pet of the Month for November 2020

This month’s Pet of the Month is Snowy 2! Snowy is a sweet male Tabby that was brought in by his owners for being painful and having some difficulty urinating. Dr. Justin Casares examined Snowy 2 and could feel that his bladder was quite enlarged and that Snowy 2 was not himself. With all of his symptoms, it led Dr. Justin to believe that Snowy could have a urinary blockage. Unfortunately, male cats can get a blockage in their urethra from urinary stones or crystals that prevents urine from passing through the urethra.  This can be a painful and dangerous issue if not taken care of in a timely manner. When this happens manual evacuation of the stones from the urethra needs to be done by a urinary catheter and a flushing of the bladder. Dr. Justin took Snowy under his care for the next few days in the hospital until he was urinating on his own. Today Snowy 2 is back home living his happy life again.

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Pet of the Month for October 2020

This is Meg! Meg is an almost 13 year old Terrier Mix who is lively as can be! Meg came into CanyonVet for a routine dental cleaning. Since dogs cannot clean their teeth on a daily basis like us humans, it is important for them to get proper dental cleanings! If infected teeth and/or excessive tartar are left untreated it can lead to severe pain, inflammation, and tooth loss. Bacteria from infected teeth or excessive tartar can also lead to bacteria spreading to the major organs, as well. Included in a dental cleaning here at CanyonVet includes pre-anesthetic blood work;  which checks cell count, organ functions , and electrolytes to help detect possible health problems that could cause a complication with anesthesia.  Meg now has beautiful pearly whites and has a healthy mouth again!

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Pet of the Month for September 2020

This is Charlie! Charlie is a sweet Blue Heeler that had an unfortunate encounter with a Rattlesnake! Charlie came to Canyonvet as an emergent patient shortly after being bit. As soon as Charlie arrived at the hospital she was triaged and hooked up to IV fluids. Due to the severity of the Rattlesnake bite, poor Charlie had very progressive swelling in her face as well as a lot of pain that made Dr. Leakey make the decision to give Charlie Antivenin. Antivenin is an antiserum made for dogs bitten by South and North American viperine snakes. It is used to neutralize the venom of snakes, including cottonmouth moccasins, copperheads, and rattlesnakes. Along with the antivenin , Charlie got some strong pain medications to help her be more comfortable during her hospital stay. Charlie stayed at Canyonvet in hospital care for 5 days to make sure she was well enough before going home to her family.

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