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Ear Hematoma in Dogs, A Non-Surgical Option!
Doc Pawsitive treated aural hematomas surgically for 5 years before discovering that a conservative, non-surgical option exists that is very effective, less expensive and less invasive than the traditional option of surgery, drainage and suturing of the ear flap. Any underlying ear infection must be treated, but the end result is often just as cosmetically appealing and avoids some of the surgical pitfalls. This is not to say that surgery is never an option, just that there may be lots of cases where this conservative approach is just as effective?! Doc Pawsitive has treated ear hematomas conservatively and effectively for the last 15 years!
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Panosteitis in Dogs with Doc Pawsitive and Dante!
Panosteitis, commonly called Pano, a disease primarily affecting young growing large breed dogs, is characterized by inflammation within the bones, most often the legs. The most common symptom is pain and lameness, often one or multiple legs, that seems to wax and wane, with symptoms lasting from 1-6 months. Pano is considered self-limiting, which means it often spontaneously heals, but dogs often require treatment with anti-inflammatory drugs to remain comfortable during the active phase of the problem. X-rays may or may not be necessary but always consult a qualified veterinarian to give a good medical history and have the doctor perform a complete physical examination before diagnosis and/or treatment!
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Puppy Strangles with Doc Pawsitive
Puppy strangles, also known as puppy or juvenile cellulitis, is an immune issue in puppies that is often mistaken for staphylococcal pyoderma, a skin infection. Affected puppies develop pimples and pustules on their face, lips, eyelids and muzzle. Some puppies can develop sores of the anal and genital area as well. Commonly mistaken for a skin infection and misdiagnosed as a bacterial cause, puppies are often treated with antibiotics initially and show little or no improvement since it is a sterile, non-bacterial condition. Puppy strangles is not considered contagious but there can be multiple puppies affected from the same litter as they may share a similar issue with their related immune systems. Treatment for puppy strangles is immunosuppressive doses of steroids that are gradually tapered off over time. Recovery is usually complete but there may be some permanent scarring from the pimples and pustules.
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Oral Epulis Discussion with Doc Pawsitive
Epulides or epulis are tumors of the gums, or gingiva, that are commonly seen in dogs, rarely seen in cats. Brachycephalic breeds, or those with short snouts, such as boxers and bulldogs are more prone to this oral problem. Doc Pawsitive, Clair Thompson, Leader of the Pack at PAWS Veterinary Clinic discusses this common problem which can result in swollen gums, oral pain, difficulty chewing and eating and bad breath.
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Ural Taiga Walk-Around with Dmitri from Ural New England
Doc Pawsitive's search for a sidecar motorcycle has ended and the canine fun is about to begin for Blanche and Buddy as our "Sidecar Spokesdogs"! Only 27 Ural Taigas were manufactured worldwide and Doc Pawsitive got the last one in the country! It is a butt ugly but simply amazing machine manufactured in Russia for hard-core off-road use and abuse! Doc Pawsitive located Ural of New England on-line and spoke with the owner of the dealership to arrange this walk-around on Easter Sunday in Massachusetts. Blanche and Buddy are psyched to get a new sidecar setup so they can join Doc Pawsitive on the open road and through the woods around home. The dealership is making some basic modifications before Blanche and Buddy take delivery next weekend!?
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Cat Neuter Surgery with Doc Pawsitive
Doc Pawsitive, Clair Thompson, "Leader of the Pack" at East Stroudsburg Veterinary Hospital and PAWS/Pocono Animal Wellness Services is shown in this video clip performing a neuter procedure on a young male cat. The entire process is quite brief once the cat has been anesthesized and prepped for surgery, the preparation time actually exceeds the surgery time with male cats and dogs since in males the surgery is not an intra-abdominal surgery as in females. Doc Pawsitive typically neuters male cats at 6-9 months of age, after their urinary tract has matured somewhat but prior to the onset of undesirable male behaviors that cat owners worry about most, including urine marking or spraying. Neutering at a young age almost guarantees the prevention of urine marking in male cats, as well as rendering them unable to reproduce and impregnate female cats. Neutering male cats also makes them less likely to want to roam outside, reduces inter-cat/inter-male aggression and fighting behavior and even eliminates the strong, pungent urine odor that develops in intact, mature male cats. A cat neuter surgery is a same-day surgery at our hospital requiring a 12 hour fast at home prior to surgery, patients can be dropped off in the morning the day of surgery and will be bright, alert and ready to go home later that same afternoon. Post operative restrictions are not necessary after a male cat neuter and all cat neuters receive an injection of a longacting antibiotic at the surgery to eliminate the need for owners to administer any medications at home. Please feel free to call either of our offices, East Stroudsburg Veterinary Hospital or PAWS/Pocono Animal Wellness Services, at 570-421-0931 or 570-588-1000 to ask any further questions or to schedule your pet for an examination prior to undergoing any surgical procedure. Our doctors can perform male cat neuter surgeries any weekday and can perform the required preoperative examination on your pet the same day after you drop off your pet, or while you are present in order to answer your questions personally.
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Dermatophytosis, Ringworm in Cats and Kittens
Doc Pawsitive gives a very brief overview of ringworm infections in kittens, otherwise known as dermatophytosis.
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Lick Granuloma or Canine OCD with Doc Pawsitive
Canine lick granulomas are areas of thickened chronically irritated skin commonly seen on the lower legs of dogs from repetitive licking. Also known as acral lick dermatitis, lick granulomas are more common in certain dog breeds such as Dobermans, Labradors, Great Danes, Irish setters and German Shepherds. These lesions occur primarily in dogs left alone for longer periods of time and can result from boredom and/or stress. A new baby, a new home, abscence of a companion dog or family member, long periods of confinement, lack of adequate exercise and many other things can precipitate the onset of compulsive licking behavior rsulting in these thickened raised skin plaques on the feet and lower legs. Some dogs are treated successfuly with anti-anxiety medication or anti-depressants. Less successful therapies include antibiotics, steroids, topical creams or sprays,bandages, Elizabethan collars, and more. The underlying problem is generally a psychological issue and not a physical issue, thus Doc Pawsitive considers lick granulomas a sort of doggy OCD. Studies have shown that affected dogs through repeated licking have the brain release of certain "feel good" neurotransmitters like endorphins and serotonin which make for a pattern consistent with drug abuse in humans. These lesions can be chronic, very difficult to treat and frustrating for owners and veterinarians alike!
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Have a Bit of AWSOM Faith!  German Shepherd Rescue!
I typically video everything, often with my trademark smartass narrative accompanying the video! However, the conditions of these rescued dogs on Sunday night February 13, 2011 was so horrific that I knew a court case follow-up was likely, so I skipped my standard smartass, sarcastic narrative and merely stated the facts, just in case. I would hate my personal commentary to stand in the way of any possible court case or conviction in this matter. Dr Sammie and I were contacted by Camp Papillon Sunday night and informed of the German Shepherd case and the need for professional veterinary involvement, which we are always glad to provide. This brief video clip is intended to state the facts and not overstate our own personal opinions. Let the viewing public decide for themselves?! The two dogs pictured in this video are now back with the others at the AWSOM animal shelter, having been hospitalized in IV fluids, dextrose, medications and antibiotics. They were gradually transitioned to an easily digestible solid food diet to rest their digestive system and reduce the vomiting and diarrhea they had been experiencing at first. AWSOM is handling the foster/adoption process and has a donation link on their webpage and FaceBook page where concerned citizens can make monetary donations towards these dogs care and upkeep. It was a pleasure to be able to help in our own small way.
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Saddle Embolism/Thrombus in Cats
Doc Pawsitive, Clair Thompson, "Leader of the Pack" at PAWS Veterinary Clinic discusses arterial thromboembolic disease in cats, more commonly known as a saddle embolism or saddle thrombus. This unfortunate syndrome in cats often leads to sudden hindlimb paralysis in cats, primarily indoor male cats with underlying heart disease. The feline dilated cardiomyopathy leads to thinning of the heart wall muscles, heart enlargement and inefficient pumping of blood. This syndrome ultimately can lead to the very serious condition of a blood clot lodged in the large blood vessel feeding the hind legs.
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Bone Lodged Between Dog's Teeth
Doc Pawsitive, Leader of the Pack at PAWS Veterinary Clinic in the Poconos, discusses the often seen problem where dogs chewing on a bone or stick get a piece lodged between the teeth in the back of the mouth. Dogs get distressed and are often pawing at the face and mouth area but usually require sedation/anesthesia to permit the removal of the offending foreign body that is lammed between the teeth.
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Dog Diabetes Basics
Diabetes mellitus, often simple called diabetes, is a common veterinary problem diagnosed in middle-aged and older overweight dogs. Obesity in dogs increases the risk of the onset of diabetes, same as in humans. Diabetes in dogs is best controlled with daily insulin injections and is relatively simple to control in the majority of diabetic dogs. Owners regulate daily insulin doses either by monitoring blood sugar levels with a home glucose monitoring kit, such as an Alpha Trak Glucometer; or more commonly by checking urine sugar and ketone levels with a urine Keto-Diastix strip. The majority of owners do very well regulating the diabetes at home provided they have been adequately instructed on the basic principles of diabetes, the proper use of insulin and maintenance of a complete diabetic logbook to record sugar levels, urine levels, insulin dosages, appetite and other parameters. Alaways consult a qualified veterinary professsional if you suspect your pet is having a problem. Doc Pawsitive has successfully educated even the most hesitant owners on proper diabetic management of dogs in a home environment!
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Stomatitis Gingivitis in Cats
Doc Pawsitive discusses stomatitis in cats, also known as plasmacytic-lymphocytic gingivitis. This painful oral condition results in redness, swelling and pain of the gums and interferes with the ability to chew food and eat well. Doc, the Leader of the Pack at PAWS Veterinary Clinic, discusses the causes of this syndrome and the effectiveness of a full mouth dental extraction to resolve the condition, along with treatment with antibiotics and pain medication.
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Cat Spay Surgery with Doc Pawsitive
While Doc Pawsitive, Clair Thompson, Leader of the Pack" at East Stroudsburg Veterinary Hospital and PAWS/Pocono Animal Wellness Services has probably performed thousands of Cat Spay Surgeries over the years, that simply means it is a commonly performed veterinary surgery! A Cat Spay is by no definition a Routine Surgery? What's the differences? Performing thousands of a particular surgery like a spay make it commonly done, but anytime a female animal is under general anesthesia and a surgeon enters her abdominal cavity to remove both her ovaries and her entire uterus, that does not qualify as routine! Alas, a cat spay or more properly termed Feline Ovariohysterectomy does not meet the definition of routine, which includes "dull and uninteresting"! Doc Pawsitive loves his job as a veterinarian and loves performing common surgeries, a lot of them! Dr Clair has developed incredible proficiency over the last 20 years at common surgeries like a spay or neuter and has gotten the time required minimized through skill and practice. Consequently people bring in their female cat for a spay, wait a few hours only and pick their spayed cat up later the same day, often with only a single suture on the abdomen. Owners have no idea what is involved with surgery and simply wonder why it is so expensive to put 1 suture in the abdomen of their cat? They also don't realise the skill involved and will consequently take their favorite cat to a low cost clinic because they don't understand differences between surgeons and hospitals. Make certain your cat is getting inhalant anesthesia, intubated, monitored and spayed by a very skilled veterinary team with lots of experience, because surgery is not routine if your surgeon doesn't do it right! Doc Pawsitive does not perform much orthopedic surgery such as ACL surgery because the demand at his practice is not high enough for Doc Pawsitive to feel he is the best vet for the job, so with more complicated surgical cases, Doc Pawsitive never hesitates to refer to friends of his that are incredible orthopedic surgeons in the Lehigh Valley.
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Doc Pawsitive Discusses Seizures vs Syncope
Doc Pawsitive, "Leader of the Pack" at PAWS Veterinary Clinic discusses the difference between seizure activity in dogs vs syncope, or fainting/collapsing episodes.
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Toe Tumors in Dogs
Doc Pawsitive discusses toe tumors in dogs, often the result of SCC/squamous cell carcinoma or malignant melanoma. These cancers cause swelling, pain and eventually lameness of the affected foot. Doc, Leader of the Pack at PAWS Veterinary Clinic, frequently performs toe amputations and biopsies of the toe tumors to not only accurately diagnose the type of tumor but to usually 100% solve the problem.
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KCS/Dry Eye Discussion with Doc Pawsitive
KCS, or keratoconjunctivitis sicca, is commonly known as dry eye and is a fairly common problem in dogs, especially breeds with buphthalmos or bulging eyes such as Lhasa-Apso, Shih-Tzu, Boston terrier, pug and others. With KCS there is inadequate production of tears, resulting in a situation where there is no tear film protecting the cornea and can result in redness, discharge, pain, vision problems and even blindness. Doc Pawsitive, Clair Thompson, the Leader of the Pack at PAWS Veterinary Clinic discusses various treatment options for KCS.
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Bullets Removed After Pit Bull Shot 3 Times
Doc Pawsitive, Clair Thompson, "Leader of the Pack" at PAWS Veterinary Clinic is shown removing a .22 caliber bullet from the leg of a rescued pit bull that was shot 3 times a couple months ago, but survived. This tough dog was shot in the chest, in the head and in the leg, shattering her ulnar bone. The leg has healed well and the slug recently worked it's way under the skin and Doc is shown removing the bullet. The owner was actually able to remove the slug from the side of the dogs face a couple days ago and she remains on antibiotics and pain control drugs for now. Great dog, appropriately named Bullet!
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Lyme Nephritis/Kidney Failure Secondary to Lyme Disease in a Dog
Doc Pawsitive, Clair Thompson, "Leader of the Pack" at PAWS Veterinary Clinic discusses Lyme Nephritis in dogs. The majority of dogs infected with Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative organism of Lyme Disease, develop the musculoskeletal form of Lyme Disease which affects the joints and can cause joint pain, swelling, lameness, fever, anorexia and lethargy. The musculoskeletal form of Lyme Disease is typically very treatable and dogs respond well to antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications. However, the Lyme organism occassionally infects the kidneys and can cause Lyme Nephritis, inflammation of kidney tissue. Dogs with Lyme Nephritis typically are quite ill, exhibiting increased thirst and urination, anorexia, lethargy or worse. Dogs with Lyme Nephritis are unlikely to respond to aggressive treatment and often succumb to kidney failure.
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Atonic Bladder in a Cat Due to Spinal Injury
Doc Pawsitive of PAWS Veterinary Clinic in the Poconos Mountains discusses a traumatic injury to a cat's spine that resulted in nerve damage and paralysis of the bladder, anal region and tail, preventing the cat from being able to empty his bladder and necessitating the amputation of the tail. The cat currently has a urinary catheter sewn into his urethra to allow the bladder to remain empty while we give the young male cat the benefit of the doubt to see if he regains normal bladder control over a period of time.
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Lungworm Infection in a Cat with Doc Pawsitive!
Feline lungworm infection is discussed including life cycle, signs, symptoms, treatment and more with Doc Pawsitive!
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Dog Spay Surgery with Doc Pawsitive, Part 2
During Part 2 of Canine Spay Procedure/Ovariohysterectomy, our veterinarian and narrator, Doc Pawsitive, Clair Thompson, "Leader of the Pack" at East Stroudsburg Veterinary Hospital and PAWS/Pocono Animal Wellness Services is shown completing the second half of a canine spay/ovariohysterectomysurgery. Part 1 of this 2 part video describes the reason behind this frequently performed procedure.
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Canine Cryptorchidism Explained by Doc Pawsitive
Doc Pawsitive takes a few moments to explain cryptorchidism in male dogs, also known as undescended testicle(s). The term cryptorchidism broken down simply means "crypto" or hidden with "orchid" or testicle. A cryptorchid dog has a hidden testicle, which is defined as a testicle that has not descended into the scrotum, the normal position for testes. This condition is more commonly seen in toy breed dogs such as Chihuahuas, Yorkshire Terriers, Maltese, Pomeranians and others. Cryptorchism is a heritable condition, meaning it can be passed down through generations and consequently cryptorchid dogs should never be bred. The majority of dogs should never be bred anyway, but the undescended testicle is prone to other problems in the long-term, including testicular cancer. In a normal male dog, the position of the scrotum below the body ensures the testicles are maintained at a lower temperature than normal canine body temperature. The lower scrotal temperature ensures the sperm viability for reproduction. Undescended testicles at higher than normal temperatures have a much higher incidence of testicular cancers or neoplasms. Studies show that over 50% of testicular Sertoli Cell tumors occur in cryptorchid dogs. The reason for this condition is simply a failure of the testicle to migrate to the normal position as puppies develop in-utero, or inside the mother. Embryologically the testes start out in nearly the same position as the ovaries in a female dog, however while the ovaries stay put, the testes migrate down through the abdomen headed for the scrotum. With cryptorchism, one or both of the testes fails to migrate the full path and reach the scrotum. Occassionally the testes may nearly reach the scrotum and can be felt in the groin area right next to the scrotum. Other times the testes remain intra-abdominal, or inside the abdomen. In the instances of intra-abdominal cryptorchids, the canine neuter surgery will be more expensive than a standard neuter because of the increase in surgical difficulty. An intra-abdominal cryptorchid neuter is actually more similar to a canine spay or ovariohysterectomy and consequently costs almost the same as having a female dog spayed.
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Ralston The Miracle Cat on Prospect Street
Ralston, aka Woody, was a stray feral kitten found near Fernwood Resort in the Poconos and brought to East Stroudsburg Veterinary Hospital by a Good Samaritan. Ralston had apparently been caught in a leghold type trap by the rear legs and was apparently attacked by another animal while stuck in the trap. He obviously has the drive to survive because he chewed off portions of both rear legs to free himself and despite missing a portion of his legs, head and face; made his way back to a populated area where he was rescued. Since arriving at East Stroudsburg Veterinary Hospital, Ralston has undergone multiple surgical procedures to complete the rear limb amputation and to amputate the other rear foot. Portions of his forehead became necrotic, died off and had to be removed. Despite using up a few of his 9 lives and leaving portions of his body behind, Ralston is looking forward to recovery and a pampered lifestyle. He has taken a liking to riding around on the shoulder of any available nurse and seldom stops purring! While Ralston may never win any races or cat shows for that matter, he's truly a miracle and glad to be alive! He has the heart of a tiger, the fight of a lion and the drive to survive! By the way, Ralston is named for the rock climber Aron Ralston, who was trapped by rockfall while climbing alone in desert slot canyons and after hanging from his arm, no rescue in sight, resorted to using his pocketknife to amputate his trapped arm and then walked several miles back to a parking lot where he was rescued! His story is featured in the newly released movie 128 Hours and Ralston is named in his honor!
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Poop Eating Puppies, Coprophagia Explained!
Doc Pawsitive explains the dynamics of why puppies are fascinated with feces, to the point of eating poop!
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Speedy's Recovery Was Definitely Not Speedy!
Speedy was presented to Doc Pawsitive as a young, intact male cat having difficulty urinating. Urinary tract problems and urethral blockages are not unusual in young male cats and Speedy had the classic signs and symptoms of straining, crying, frequent visits to the litter box and a very full bladder. Despite initially appropriate treatment for the suspected problem, Speedy did not seem to respond to aggressive treatment and actually got worse! His tail developed sores and areas of necrosis, or dead tissue! When anesthesized and prepared for a tail amputation a bite wound was discovered directly over Speedy's spine that likely injured his nerve sipply to the bladder and tail area, as well as his rectum. Speedy actually remained hospitalized for almost 2 months and often had to have his bladder expressed and emptied, before he eventually regained the ability to urinate normally on his own and was reunited with his original owner!
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Unsafe Flea Products for Cats and Kittens
Buyer beware! Many store brand, OTC/over the counter flea products for cause are well known to cause serious toxic reactions, neurological impairment, seizures and even death in otherwise happy healthy cats. Even though products are widely available at pet stores, feed stores and even major retailers, they may not be safe! Don't take any chances to save a couple bucks because the long term implications of OTC flea products can be heartbreaking. Always seek the advice of a qualified veterinarian, not the kid at the pet store, who might have been working at the gas station last week but now is "qualified" to advise pet owners on product choice and safety?!
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Guinness,  A  Foster Dog Success Story
Guinness was nearly starved to death but has recovered nicely since being rescued and fostered back to health! The beginning of this video is sickening to think that someone can starve a helpless dog, but this story does have a happy ending! Guinness has a furever adoptive family AND the animal abuser was found guilty and convicted of all charges, largely due to the graphic footage shot by Doc Pawsitive and the testimony of Dr Sammie!
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Doc Pawsitive Discusses Preauricular Alopecia in Cats
Doc Pawsitive discusses a cat with preauricular alopecia, a common condition in cats resulting in thin hair around the base of the ears between the ears and the eyes. Often mistaken for mange, ringworm or other problems that can cause hair loss in cats, preauricular alopecia is considered normal and is much more noticeable in black or darker fur cats due to the light skin underneath. This particular cat also has a congenital musculoskeletal sternum abnormality called pectus excavatum, or a depression of the sternum where the ribs join together.
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Botox for Cats, Feline Entropion
Doc Pawsitive discusses a case of entropion in a cat, a condition where the eyelids are rolled inward and results in eyeball irritation. Surgical intervention is one treatment option, but Dr Clair Thompson, aka Doc Pawsitive, is going to first attempt a procedure of injecting long acting penicillin along the eyelid margins to "evert" the lids, averting the expense of eyelid surgical correction.
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Canine Neuter Procedure with Doc Pawsitive
Doc Pawsitive, Clair Thompson, "Leader of the Pack" at East Stroudsburg Veterinary Hospital and PAWS/Pocono Animal Wellness Services is shown in this video clip performing a canine neuter procedure, also known as a castration. In addition to explaining the procedure itself, Doc Pawsitive goes into detail explaining the health and longevity benefits of this procedure, explains much of the equipment involved in the preparation and performance of a canine neuter and other "routine" surgeries that are actually performed frequently, yet are certainly not "routine", as you can see in this video. Health benefits of neutering your male dog are clearly documented and include the fact that neutered male dogs statistically live 2 years longer, on average, than their un-neutered counterparts. Neutering, or the surgical removal of both testicles, eliminates the source of testosterone in adult male dogs, thereby eliminating testicular cancer and reducing rectal cancers, prostate problems, and certain testosterone related inappropriate behaviors such as urine marking, roaming, certain dominance aggressions and thus makes the older male dog a much more suitable pet and member of our family.
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Pawsitive Progress with Pit Bull Parvo Pups
Doc Pawsitive loves a happy ending! We have had great success recently with a small parvo virus outbreak thanks to our team of hardworking nurses and nursing assistants. In total over the last 2 weeks we've successfully over 10 cases of parvo virus in a group of pit bulls, all young pups except one adult. Treatment for canine parvo virus infection is very labor intensive due to the course of the disease. The virus attacks the lining of the intestinal tract and causes profuse liquid diarrhea, uncontrollable vomiting, lethargy and weakness, and eventually dehydration due to fluid losses. Parvo virus infections can be fatal. The six ppit bull puppies most recently hospitalized by Doc Pawsitive, Clair Thompson, "Leader of the Pack" at East Stroudsburg Veterinary Hospital and PAWS/Pocono Animal Wellness Services were all started with intravenous catheters to permit fluid replacement intravenously. Remember, people understand and tolerate IV's well; puppies do not! It is a challenge to manage 6 puppies on IV fluids, IV antibiotics, IV medication to stop vomiting and IV medication to heal the damage done by the virus. The whole time there is profuse vomiting and diarrhea to deal with, all while trying to keep these puppies isolated and quarantined from other dogs to fight the virus from spreading to other dogs. We've also had success recently incorporating Tamiflu into our treatment protocol. These pups are part of a group of 6, and their vomiting and diarrhea have stopped enough to change from IV medications to oral medications. Until pups are able to keep down oral medication they are hospitalied on intravenous. The puppies shown here have responded pawsitively to treatment and were bathed inpreparation for discharge to their owners. The nurses, assistants and veterinarians on staff were all relieved to get a reprieve in the action until the next interesting case. Keep following Doc Pawsitive to learn more about veterinary care for your pets.
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Dog Spay Surgery with Doc Pawsitive, Part 1
Doc Pawsitive, Clair Thompson, "Leader of the Pack" at East Stroudsburg Veterinary Hospital and PAWS/Pocono Animal Wellness Services clearly loves his job as a small animal veterinarian! In this 2 part video, the first part shown here, Doc Pawsitive is shown performing a canine spay procedure or ovariohysterectomy. The canine spay procedure is one of the more frequently performed surgeries in a small animal hospital and it renders a female dog sterile by surgical removal of the ovaries and the uterus, hence the name ovariohysterectomy. In addition to rendering the female dog sterile and unable to reproduce, this surgery eliminates any subsequent heat cycles or estrus periods. In the long run, spayed female dogs also have a greater life expectancy as the surgery reduces breast cancer later in a dogs' life and eliminates any possibility of pyometra. Pyometra is defined as pus in the uterus, an infection that can strike older, unspayed female dogs shortly after their period and is potentially life-threatening. Doc Pawsitive is committed to spaying as many female dogs as possible to reduce the population of unwanted dogs turning up in local shelter environments looking for homes. Most pet owners drop their female pet off on the morning of surgery and have absolutely no idea the extent and involvement behind a spay procedure. The female dog walks in during the morning and the owner often returns later the same day to pickup their dog, who now has a very small incision on her belly with a couple small sutures in place. For many people seeing the small incision with a couple sutures, they wonder aloud why a spay "costs so much?!" since it appears to them judging from the small incision to be a relatively minor procedure. This rarely shown footage of an actual canine spay surgery is to show the viewing public what goes on behind the scenes so clients have a better understanding and a greater appreciation for the canine spay / ovariohysterectomy surgery.
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Canine Gastrotomy, Surgical Removal of Foreign Body From Stomach
In this video clip, Doc Pawsitive, Clair Thompson,"Leader of the Pack" is shown performing a gastrotomy procedure on a dog. This dog presented to East Stroudsburg Veterinary Hospital for vomiting and refusing to eat or drink anything 2-3 days after the dog had ingested some bristle-brush type pipe cleaners at home. This particular dog, a young male Bull terrier has already developed the dangerous bad habit of chewing things around the house, as well as swallowing many of the items he's chewed. This dog has already had multiple episodes of vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite and other problems which have previously resolved on their own without veterinary intervention. However, this time the dog appeared to be declining and the owner brought the dog in for a thorough examination and abdominal x-rays, which revealed material that appeared to be lodged in the dogs gastric pylorus. The gastric pylorus is the portion of the stomach where there is a type of natural valve where the stomach narrows down and empties into the small intestines. This narrowing of the gastrointestinal tract is frequently an area that objects get stuck after being swallowed by dogs or cats. Some of the most common items that get stuck in this area as reported by Veterinary Pet Insurance claims are socks, bones, corn cobs, underwear, pantyhose, rocks and balls, not necessarily in that order. Doc Pawsitive prescribed some medication in an attempt to medically resolve this situation but the owner brought the dog back the following day for a surgical exploratory operation, portions of which are shown in this clip. This can be a tricky operation or a quick routine procedure depending on the objects swallowed, how long they've been stuck, where they are stuck and whether or not the stomach or intestines have been perforated or punctured. This particular case went very smoothly as the objects were confined to a single spot, had not been present long and had not perforated the stomach. A similar operation just the previous day on a different dog did not have a successful outcome and the dog died in the post-operative recovery period as that case involved a longer period prior to diagnosis, the dog was in poor condition pre-operatively, there were multiple objects lodged in multiple different areas requiring longer surgical time but most seriously of all, the objects were present long enough to have perforated the intestinal wall leading to leakage of intestinal contents into the abdomen and resultant peritonitis, or serious infection in the abdomen which led to the death of that patient. The takehome message of this Veterianry Public Service Announcement is to provide your dog with appropriate chew toys to reduce the possibility of accidental ingestion or swallowing of other possible dangerous household and yard objects.
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Doc Pawsitive Discusses Flea Allergy Dermatitis in Cats
Flea allergy dermatitis, often abbreviated FAD, is a common skin problem seen in dogs and cats as a result of the animals allergic reaction or hypersensitivity to flea saliva. Doc Pawsitive, Clair Thompson, the "Leader of the Pack" at PAWS Veterinary Clinic commonly sees this problem and often times owners are not even aware their pet has a flea issue. The allergic or hypersensitivity reaction is incited by the bodies overreaction or immunologic response to flea saliva. Cats typically present for hair loss, scabbing and sores over the skin, most commonly along the back and more prevalently the lower back near the base of the tail which is called a caudodorsal pattern. Doc Pawsitive discusses the use of steroids temporarily suppress the immunologic response and itching and promote the healing of the skin and sores. Doc also discusses the importance of a good flea control/prevention program involving feline Revolution applied topically once a month. A complete flea control program should also involve the use of an area spray for use in the home that not only kills adult fleas but contains an IGR or insect growth regulator to prevent flea eggs from hatching and prevent flea larvae from maturing to adult fleas.
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Doc Pawsitive Discusses Mastitis and Mammary Gland Abscess
Doc Pawsitive, "Leader of the Pack" at PAWS Veterinary Clinic discusses a dog with mastitis, an infection of the mammary gland, secondary to a false pregnancy. The dog is started on broad spectrum antibiotics, an anti-inflammatory and hot compresses applied to the mammary gland 2-3 times daily to stimulate increased blood flow, promote drainage and speed up the healing process.
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Doc Pawsitive Discusses Hypocalcemia, Low Blood Calcium, in a Dog
Doc Pawsitive, "Leader of the Pack" at PAWS Veterinary Clinic discusses hypocalcemia, low blood calcium, in a dog secondary to heavy lactation and nursing of puppies. Hypocalcemia is also called eclampsia, or more commonly milk fever. This condition develops as the heavy milk production creates excess draw on the bodies calcium stores. Calcium is an important mineral for the proper contraction of muscles and other body functions. Dogs exhibiting hypocalcemia may exhibit muscle weakness, difficulty walking, lethargy or worse. Treatment involves intravenous fluids supplemented with calcium to restore normal levels. Doc recommends nursing dogs be regularly supplemented in their food with whole curd cottage cheese and whole milk yogurt to maintain normal blood calcium levels.
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Dr Purr at The Best Little Cathouse in Pennsylvania
Dr Purr, Christine Bongiorno, "The Cat Whisperer" has recently joined the pack at East Stroudsburg Veterinary Hospital and Paws/Pocono Animal Wellness Services. As evidenced by her moniker, Dr Purr, Dr B is "The Cat Whisperer" on staff! Along with Doc Pawsitive, Clair Thompson, "Leader of the Pack" and Dr Sammie, "The Top Dog", the addition of a cat crazy vet helps to round out the veterinary staff and not favor dogs over cats or vice-versa. Our office has always enjoyed a loyal feline following and felt Dr Purr would be a purrfect fit with our staff and clients, which has definitely been the case. Preventive medicine and screening for disease are a key aspect of our practice and we certainly advise all new kitten and cat owners to screen their new additions for Feline Leukemia Virus(FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus(FIV) prior to adding them to their home, especially if other cats are present. Depending on the study you reference and the part of the country you hail from, the incidence of these 2 serious cat diseases can reach as high as 15-20% of cats in a given population being infected and eventually affected! We try to screen all new cats and kittens at their first visit to either of our veterinary offices. We often turn up positive cats and kittens through consistent rigorous testing. Just a week or 2 ago, Doc Pawsitive tested a young female black kitten belonging to a woman about to move in with her boyfriend and her boyfriends cat. Prior to setting up a conjugal cathouse, the couple decided to get both cats vet-checked. The older cat belonging to the boyfriend tested double negative for FeLV/FIV while the young kitten named Noelle belonging to the girlfriend came back Feline Leukemia Positive. Due to the very contagious nature of Feline Leukemia, the couple decided to possibly have the young kitten euthanized until Doc Pawsitive informed the couple of an organization near Harrisburg that runs a hospice house for leukemia and AIDS positive kitties to live out their lives in the comfortable home setting maintained by the "Cathouse" organization for the last 30 years! This organization has pawsitively helped Doc Pawsitive and Dr Sammie many times previously to provide a permanent home until an infected cats death. The "Cathouse" organization houses roughly 110 cats in a group hospice setting to live out their short lives in comfort and safety, not hospitalized or isolated from others. Dr Purr volunteered to transport the little Feline Leukemia Positive kitten to The Best Little Cathouse in Pennsylvania and act as fill-in photographer for Doc Pawsitive so we could post video clips of this amazing organization! Please go to www.thebestlittlecathouseinpa.com for more information and to donate to this wonderful group!
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Tail Degloving Injury in a Rescue Cat
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Doc Pawsitive Discusses Allergic Vaccine Reactions in Puppies
Vaccines are extremely important in puppies and kittens to protect against many forms of disease, but even the vaccinations themselves can cause problems, though very rarely. Allergic vaccine reactions can occur at any time and Doc Pawsitive always tells clients to observe their pets for the next 24-48 hours after vaccines to note any indication of an allergic type reaction Signs include swelling of the face, muzzle, eyelids and ears, the appearance of hives or any pronounced itchiness lasting more than an hour. Notify your veterinarian in the event of an allergic reaction and pediatric Benadryl liquid is always a good thing to have on hand; for any type of allergic reaction. Small dogs should get 1/2-1 teaspoon, medium dogs 1/2-1 tablespoon and large dogs 1-2 tablespoons. The dose can be repeated evry 4-6 hours as needed and may cause drowsiness. In the event of an allergic vaccine reaction, Doc Pawsitive always recommends pretreating patients with an injection of Benadryl just prior to any future vaccines. Certain breeds of dogs have an increased likelihood of allergic vaccine reactions, especially pugs, dachshunds, chihuahuas, puggles and the Bichon Frise. Always consult a qualified veterinary professional!
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Garbage Ingestion and Compost Pile Toxicity in a Dog
Dogs are omnivorous, meaning they'll eat just about anything that doesn't try to eat them first! Over the years, Doc Pawsitive has treated countless dogs for garbage ingestion toxicity and toxicities related to grazing at the backyard buffet, also called the compost pile. Unfortunately many dogs do not have particularly discerning palates and when it comes to garbage it seems the worse it is, the more it appeals to the dogs taste buds!? This dog ingested both garbage and compost and the results could have been far worse!? As it was, the dog needed fairly aggressive treatment to prevent the effects from getting worse! Be dog friendly; keep garbage covered and fence in your compost pile!
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Eyelid Injections to Non Surgically Correct Entropion
Doc Pawsitive, Clair Thompson, "Leader of the Pack" at PAWS Veterinary Clinic demonstrates a non-surgical approach for correcting entropion, the inversion or rolling in of the eyelid. Entropion is more common in certain breeds of dogs and can lead to corneal irritation and ulceration secondary to eyelashes or hairs chronically irritating the cornea. There are surgical methods to correct entropion but Doc Pawsitive often has good results with the injetion of a long acting penicillin along the eyelid margins which causes swelling and eversion of the affected eyelid. This approach is less invasive and certainly less expensive.
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Doc Pawsitive Discusses a Perforated Cornea in a Cat
Doc Pawsitive discusses a young indoor cat with recurrent episodes of a perforated cornea, likely secondary to a feline herpes virus causing corneal ulceration and ultimately corneal perforation. Doc Pawsitive, Clair Thompson, "Leader of the Pack" at PAWS Veterinary Clinic uses an ophthalmic dye/stain called fluorescein to show the ulceration/perforation and discusses treatment options.
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Paraphimosis, Penis Problems in Puppies!
Doc Pawsitive explains paraphimosis, a penis problem in puppies and dogs that causes swelling of the penis and the inability to retract the penis back into the sheath. These dogs need immediate attention because the tip of the penis will swell and the narrow opening of the sheath acts as a tourniquet and can cut off the blood supply resulting in damage and necrosis to the penis.
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Temporary Partial Paralysis in a Puppy
Doc Pawsitive, "Leader of the Pack" at PAWS Veterinary Clinic examines Lina, a young dachshund puppy that sustained head, neck and back injuries from an attack by the owners' other, larger dog. In this clip Lina only has partial use of her one front leg due to the trauma inflicted during the attack, and likely subsequent swelling of her spinal cord and nervous system. By lightly pinching Lina's other limbs and noting that Lina has a good response noted as deep pain response and withdrawal response Doc is cautiously optimistic that little Lina will regain full use of her other limbs with a course of treatment involving anti-inflammatory steroids, pain management drugs and antibiotics. Follow up video will be posted in a week.
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Honey, Have You Seen the Kitten Lately?! More Cat Rescue!
Drs Clair and Sammie Thompson are often involved in cat rescue efforts through East Stroudsburg Veterinary Hospital and Pocono Animal Wellness Services, but this rescue kitty was extra special! Our newest kitten is as curious as any other and when the guy refinishing our hardwood floors removed the grates from the heating ducts and left them off, the temptation was too great for our kitten 'Biner! She proceeded down the ductwork into the bottom of the basement and as expected, could not climb back up and out of the furnace! Dr Clair always says, "If it's not covered in hair, I don't work on it!" but Dr Sammie was not buying that line! After determining that dismanteling the furnace might be problematic, Doc Pawsitive resorted to a cordless drill and tin shears to actually cut an escape hole in the ductwork to permit our kitten to escape her temporary imprisonment in the furnace. Dr Sammie was relieved and Nutty Buddy was happy to have 'Biner back to chase around!?
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Hydrocephalus in a Puppy Causing Uncontrolled Seizures
Doc Pawsitive, Clair Thompson, "Leader of the Pack" at PAWS Veterinary Clinic discusses hydrocephalus in a pomeranian/chihuahua puppy leading to circling behavior and uncontrolled seizures.
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Cat Abscess Discussion with Doc Pawsitive
Doc Pawsitive, Clair Thompson, "Leader of the Pack" at PAWS Veterinary Clinic discusses bite wound abscesses commonly seen in cats. Outdoor male cats are very territorial and will often fight with other cats intruding on their turf, resulting in bite wounds, typically from the larger canine teeth. The wounds harbor bacteria from the teeth which multiplies, abscesses and often ruptures at the bite wound. Cat bite abscesses are often mistaken for gun shot wounds as the entry wounds are similarly round and draining a combination of blood and pus. It is typically necessary to further drain and irrigate these wounds and place the cat on an antibiotic and pain medication. Applying a hot compress to the area 2-3 times daily also promotes drainage and stimulates blood flow, speeding up the healing response. Always consult a qualified veterinary professional.
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