Telford Veterinary Hospital

78 Souderton Hatfield Pike
Souderton, PA 18960

(215)721-6989

www.telfordvet.com


Lily Ingestion – The Dangers For Your Cat - 04/19/2019

Spring has sprung and so has the season of Lilies! While they are beautiful flowers and a popular gift for Easter and Mother’s Day, they present a great health hazard to your pets!

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What Types Of Lily Are Harmful?

We recommend keeping any variety of the Lilium Species out of the home if you have a cat. Common varieties that may be in your household include, but are not limited to, the Asian Lily, Easter Lily, Japanese Show Lily, Rubrum Lily and Tiger Lily.

Every part of the lily is reported to be toxic to cats:  flower, stem, leaves, and root. 

What To Do If Ingested…

It is important if your cat ingests any part of a lily, that you take him/her to the veterinarian ASAP. Delay can result in serious consequences for your pet.  The effects of Lilies mainly impact kidney function, resulting in acute renal failure within 1-2 days of ingestion.

If taken to the veterinarian within 1 hour, your veterinarian can induce vomiting or perform a gastric lavage (washing out of the stomach).  It is best, if time allows, to get everything out of the stomach, then continue supportive care.

If taken to the veterinarian 1-2 hours after ingestion, the plant material has digested an treatment becomes more in depth.  At this point your veterinarian may recommend the use of activated charcoal and supportive care based on symptoms.

Prognosis is variable based on time frame between ingestion and when your pet is examined by a veterinarian.  Once acute renal failure develops, prognosis is poor with high mortality rates.

Case Study: Chooch the DSH

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Chooch ingested lily from a bouquet brought home from a husband to a wife. While the intent of a romantic gesture was appreciated by his owner, Chooch was a little too curious about the new addition to the house. Luckily his owner knew that Lilies are toxic to cats and when she found evidence that he may have ingested some they went straight to the vet for treatment! His outcome was a success due to the quick actions of his owner, but it took time, medication and patience for his recovery!

We recommend keeping lilies out of the environment of your cats.  Keep your pets safe all year round, including this holiday season. We also recommend knowing what household plants and toxins may be harmful to your pet. Find out more here.


Urinary Health For Your Dog or Cat - 04/09/2019

 

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Have you noticed your dog asking to go the bathroom more often, urinating more frequently outside, or even blood in urine? It is time to test their urine!

Have you noticed your dog leaking/dribbling urine? It is time to test their urine!

Have you noticed your cat sitting in the litter box for extended periods of time or frequently urinating? It is time to test their urine!

Have you noticed your cat hiding or acting lethargic?  Is he/she going outside the litter box? It is time to test their urine!

By answering yes to the above questions you are acknowledging that your pet may be suffering from a urinary issue, it is time to have a check up and test a urine sample to rule out any health issues!

Urinalysis (UA) results can alert us to issues with kidney function, diabetes, infections and bladder stones. Catching any of these conditions in their infancy helps create a better outcome for your pet!

Knowing your pet’s habits and keeping tabs on their urinary habits may not be glamorous but can save your pet from great discomfort. Be sure to always keep tabs on five key factors: color, clarity, quantity, frequency and odor. If any of these seem to have changed it is time for a checkup.

What your Veterinarian is looking for on a urinalysis?

Crystals

Some may be normal but several types, if left untreated, can  indicate the formation of bladder stones. Treatment may include antibiotics or dietary changes.

White Blood Cells or Red Blood Cells

Tell us that there is an infection or inflammation in the urinary tract. In many cases pet’s do not show any obvious signs of a problem until it has been ongoing for a long time.

Glucose 

Indicates that the body is incapable of regulating properly and can be a sign of Diabetes.

Protein 

Typically a sign of kidneys not functioning properly. May also be indicative of a diet too high in protein.

Bacteria

In most cases, bacteria represents the presence of an infection. It could also mean, in the absence of other cells, that the sample provided was contaminated, either during the catch or it may have been collected too long before testing and allowed to get too warm and grow bacteria.

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When it is time to test: If any of the below symptoms appear in your pet, call to schedule an appointment!

Dogs – Catching the first urine of the day will often yield the most accurate results.

  1. Frequent urinating/asking to go out often
  2. Accidents
  3. Leaking/dribbling
  4. Blood in urine

 Cats – Can be tricky to catch urine, try replacing litter in the box with some uncooked pasta (yes we said pasta) to collect urine easily at home.

  1. Going outside the box
  2. Frequently urinating/trying to go
  3. Hiding/lethargic
  4. Leaking/dribbling

We have many tips and tricks on catching urine from your pet, call to find out options that may work best for your pet and your lifestyle!

Call us today to get further details on collecting and testing a sample and set your pet up to get their FREE UA on April 16, 2019!

Call us at 215-721-6989 or email us at frontdesk@telfordvet.com

 


Tips To Manage Your Pet’s Holiday Stress - 11/13/2018

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While the holidays can be a fun time for us with all the decorations, parties and presents it can be a very stressful time for our pets.  Particularly pets who already are more fearful, anxious or stressed can feel even more overwhelmed during the holidays.  So, what can we do to help them out?  Here are some tips and tricks:

  • SECURE THE DOOR: It’s easy for a dog or cat to slip by lots of people coming in and not everyone will be vigilant at the door to make sure they don’t sneak out.
    • Block off the entry way with a pet gate or baby gate to allow room for people to enter your house, close the door and then come through the gate so your pet stays safe.
    • Contain them in a safe space by putting your dog or cat in a bedroom or crate during the coming and goings of a party to keep them safe.
  • FOOD SAFETY: Even foods that aren’t toxic can cause GI upset, vomiting, diarrhea, pancreatitis, if your pet isn’t used to having them.  It’s better to have a frozen Kong or safe bone that your dog can chew on while everyone is eating to help avoid begging from the table as well.
    • Make sure holiday food is placed in an area your pet can’t reach. If you have a dog that is prone to counter surf placing all your food out in one room while people are busy in another is setting them up to steal the food.
    • Again, safety is key, keep your pet in another area of the house if they can’t be supervised.
    • Also, remind people to please not feed your pet off the table.
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  • DECORATE WITH PETS IN MIND: Decorations, especially for puppies and curious cats, can also pose a risk to our pets.
    • Things like tinsel, ornaments hanging from a tree and other decorations can entice curious kittens and puppies to play with them.
    • Forego the glass ornaments if your pet is prone to playing with the holiday decor!
    • If ingested these items can cause GI upset, or worse, blockage, which then requires emergency surgery.
  • REAL TREE VS. FAKE TREE: Both can cause a hazard for our pets if knocked over. Real Christmas trees can also pose a health hazard if pets are either eating the needles or drinking the water from the tree.
    • Most needles from trees aren’t toxic but they can cause GI upset if ingested.
    • Water from the tree can become toxic if additives are put into the water to help the tree live longer.
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  • TRAVELING DO’S AND DONT’S: Visiting relatives often bring their pets with them or people encourage you to bring your pets when you visit them.
    • Unless the pets are used to each other and see each other on a regular enough basis that you know they get along well it would be safer to leave the pets at home.
      • Again, with the higher stress levels around the holidays, more people coming and going and people being less likely to pay attention to the pets interacting you are more likely to have a fight break out.
      • The holidays are not the ideal time to introduce new dogs to each other.  It’s better to leave your dog at home where they are comfortable.
    • People are less likely to bring their cats along for the holidays but remember if you do that cats are extremely territorial and often do not do well with a “visitor” cat for a couple days.
      • That stress can cause fights, urinating outside of the box and destructive behavior from both cats involved.
    • If you are having people over with their pets, take your dog for a long walk or have a fun play session with your cat to help tire them out prior the guest’s arrival.
      • Everyone will get along better if they are tired.
    • Also keep in mind new toys and treats are more likely to spark a fight if a dog or cat views the new objects as theirs and they don’t want to share them.
      • Even housemates that are used to each other can fight over a new coveted toy or treat that they view as particularly high value.
  • ROUTINE IS KEY: Because the holidays can cause extra stress on us all do your best to keep your pets routine the same. Try to keep meals and walks at the same time when possible.
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  • CREATE A SAFE PLACE: If you have an easily stressed pet, then give them a safe space away from the holiday and guests arriving.
    • For cats make sure their food, pet, cat tree and litterbox are all in their safe space.
    • For dogs make sure they have their bed, a kong or other treat filled toy and any other objects they find reassuring with them.
    • Both dogs and cats can benefit from having pheromones either plugged in the room you are in or having a bandana or collar on with the pheromones. Also consider playing soft classical music, or through a dogs’ ear, to help promote a calming atmosphere.
    • Place a sign on the door letting guests know a pet is in the room and to please give the pet their space and not disturb them.


Laser: Therapeutic Light Treatment - 11/12/2018

Alternative therapies are becoming more and more popular among pet owners. We are proud to offer may of these therapies here at Telford Veterinary Hospital! Class IV laser therapy is just one of the alternatives to help your pet heal and manage pain.

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What is a Class IV Laser?

Class IV lasers use concentrated infrared light to penetrate deeper into the body.  This concentrated light can be targeted at damaged or unhealthy tissues in the body to provide several health benefits.

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How does the Class IV Laser work?

Class IV lasers provide 3 main benefits when applied to damaged tissue:

  • Alleviates pain from the damaged tissue by decreasing nerve sensitivity and also stimulating the release of endorphins, which provide a natural analgesic effect.
  • Reduces inflammation around the damaged tissue by increasing circulation to the site through localized vasodilation.  This allows cellular debris to be removed quicker and increases the flow of oxygen to the damaged tissue.
  • Speeds up the natural healing process by stimulating the mitochondria in the damaged cells to increase ATP production, providing more energy for the tissue.  It also increases the rate of mitosis, the process by which new cells are formed.

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Would my Pet Benefit from Laser Therapy?   

We would love to answer any questions that you have about laser therapy and how it may help your pet heal from any of the conditions listed in the infographic below.
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Ask about special pricing on laser therapy treatments this month!


Heart Disease: Linked To Your Dog’s Diet? - 10/14/2018

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We all know that what we eat can affect our overall health, the same is true for our pets. But recent research is looking at if some of the foods we think are healthy for our pets could really be causing a certain type of heart disease. While there is still lots of research being done on this topic, recent studies are finding a small correlation between some specialty diets and heart disease.

These diets include:

  • grain-free diets
  • some homemade diets
  • raw diets
  • limited ingredient diets
  • vegan dog foods

At this time, nutritionists and cardiologists are wondering if the rise in heart disease with dogs fed “non-conventional” diets is due to the level of taurine in the food. Taurine has long been known to be a cause of heart disease in cats, but now researchers are wondering if this could be linked to heart disease in dogs as well. Taurine is a protein found in meat. Higher levels are found in meats such as beef, chicken and lamb. The problem lies in that these are also the sources of protein most commonly found in food allergies. It is not fully known at this time if taurine is truly the cause of this increase in heart disease in breeds not commonly diagnosed with heart disease, or if there is another factor.

 

So what should I feed my dog?

Some dogs have to be fed a diet without chicken, lamb, or beef due to severe food allergies. What is important, is in these dogs, is that a veterinarian listens to their heart one to two times per year to monitor for any changes. The grain-free trend of recent years is actually not founded on food allergies, but mostly marketing. There are very few truly grain intolerant dogs out there. Dogs are designed to eat a combination of protein, vegetable, and yes… grains. It’s just finding the proper balance of these ingredients that make any one dog food better than another. And of course, calorie content is important to monitor as well. We would be happy to discuss your pet’s nutrition recommendations at any time.

What type of heart disease are we talking about?

Dilated cardiomyopathy, or DCM, is what cardiologists are starting to see an increase incidence of in recent years. This type of heart disease causes the chambers of the heart to stretch out and makes it more difficult for the heart to adequately pump blood through the body. This can ultimately lead to heart failure.

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How can I tell if my dog’s diet is going to lead to heart disease?

Annual exams (biannual exams if your pet is over 10 years old), will allow us to listen to your dog’s heart to detect any murmurs that could be indicative of heart changes. We may then recommend other diagnostics to better assess your pet’s heart. A chest x-ray can look for changes in the size of your dog’s heart and an electrocardiogram can determine changes to your dog’s heart rhythm. An exam by a veterinary cardiologist and an echo-cardiogram (ultrasound of the heart) is the only true way to diagnose DCM. If you notice any signs of heart disease: coughing, exercise intolerance or labored breathing, please call your veterinarian right away.

 

Resources:

https://www.fda.gov/animalveterinary/newsevents/cvmupdates/ucm613305.htm

http://vetnutrition.tufts.edu/2016/06/grain-free-diets-big-on-marketing-small-on-truth/