Emergencies

Dog Symptoms: When Is It an Emergency?

Dog Symptoms: When Is It an Emergency?

How can you tell whether your dog’s injury or illness calls for an emergency veterinary visit? Dogs seem to get sick or injured at the worst possible times.  Of course this is not their fault, but nonetheless, it does often put owners in the position of having to decide whether an after-hours visit to the veterinarian is truly necessary. Jana’s…

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Laryngeal Paralysis in Dogs: Jake’s Laryngeal Paralysis

Laryngeal Paralysis in Dogs: Jake’s Laryngeal Paralysis

Jake is a senior Labrador Retriever, and his story starts with an emergency veterinary visit. The poor boy was rushed to the clinic blue and suffocating. Jake has laryngeal paralysis–these days recategorized as geriatric onset laryngeal paralysis polyneuropathy (GOLPP). It was thought that laryngeal paralysis was just that–paralysis of the voice box (larynx). The larynx is the organ that controls…

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Are Bug Stings an Emergency?

Are Bug Stings an Emergency?

Our guys got their share of bee stings. While painful and distressing, most bug stings indeed are not an emergency. The last time when Cookie stepped on a bee, she was very unimpressed. She was limping, shaking her foot, I could see it hurt a lot. Typically, I give Benadryl, but because Cookie was showing major signs of pain, I…

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