Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Car Sickness In Pets

Does your dog throw up in the car when you go for rides? He may be experiencing typical motion sickness, just like some people do. Motion sickness usually begins very shortly after starting the car ride. The dog will begin to drool and then vomit. It’s not serious, but certainly not something that we like to clean up! 

To solve the problem, first try acclimating the dog to car rides. Do this by simply putting him in the car for a few minutes each day without going anywhere. Then try just going down the driveway and back, and the next day going around the block. Gradually build up the distance and time the dog rides in the car. 

Sometimes this will help to decrease the dog’s anxiety over riding in the car and may help to decrease vomiting. If that doesn't work, there are some over-the-counter medications you can try. The medication will need to be given about an hour before the car ride. Ask your veterinarian for a recommendation as to what drug to try and the dosage for your pet.

(Never give any medications to your pet without your veterinarian’s advice!) These drugs are safe, with drowsiness usually the only major side effect. But since your dog isn't driving the car, that shouldn't be a problem! If over-the-counter drugs don’t work, your veterinarian may be able to suggest another method for curing the car sickness.

Mark your calendars for Two Dogs and Cat walk into a bar... August 9, 2014!!!!

Mark your calendars for Two Dogs and Cat walk into a bar... August 9, 2014!!!! 


Benefiting: Canine Assisted Therapy, Inc.

Jokers Wild Comedy Club and Bar
10800 W. Sample Rd.
Coral Springs, FL, US
Angel "Chi Chi" Salazar Comedy Night Show The man most known as Chi Chi from "Scarface" describes his stand-up act as only he could. A hurricane of hilarity, the pop culture icon has been performing stand-up since the early 1980s with a one of a kind show. Combining stand-up, improv, props, and costumes, Angel turns a headlining act into a energetic live action event. Much like the catchphrase he has been using since his beginning in the business, a comedy fan must "sheck it out!" Join them for this fun evening.
Saturday August 9, 
8:00 pm 10:00 pm
Jokers Wild Comedy Club and Bar 
Coral Springs Country Club 
10800 W. Sample Rd.
Coral Springs, 33065 
Tickets $25.00 pp (Two items minimum) 

For more information, please call 954-990-5175 or email 2dogsncat@catdogs.org.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Welcome, Dr. Amanda Pinder!!!!!!!!

Dr. Amanda Pinder was born and raised in the city of Nassau, Bahamas. Ever since she was a young girl she dreamed of coming to the United States to become a veterinarian, and that she did. Much of Dr.Pinder's childhood was spent riding horses and this is where her love and passion for animals began.

Dr. Pinder began undergrad at the University of Tampa where she started coursework in Biology before transferring to the University of Florida to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal  Biology.  She then went on to attend Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA where she received her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. In her final year of veterinary school, Dr. Pinder did externships at hospitals in Los Angeles, Denver, Boston, and Washington D.C.

In Dr. Pinder’s free time she loves the beach, exercising, trying new restaurants, and going to the dog park with her Boston terrier “Bella”. Whenever she can she tries to make it back to the Bahamas where all her family still resides. Her professional interests include Dermatology, Radiology, and Internal Medicine.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Welcome, Dr. Willie Bidot

Dr. Willie A. Bidot was born and raised in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. He received his Bachelor’s in Biology and Microbiology at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus. During undergrad he participated in two exchange programs, one at the University of Massachusetts and one at Deakin University in Australia. He received his veterinary degree from Tuskegee University. His special interests include internal medicine, critical care, and research.
In his free time, Dr. Bidot enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as traveling, exercising, going to the beach, and watching sports. Other than being a veterinarian, he also considers himself a travel agent and is always planning new adventures.
He is very excited to be at the HAH this year and is hoping to pursue a residency after this great experience.

Welcome, Dr. Jessica Duhon!!!!

Dr. Duhon has wanted to be a veterinarian as long as she can remember and grew up with a number of pets. She was born in upstate New York and moved to Atlanta at the age of 10.  While completing her Bachelors degree in Avian Biology at the University of Georgia she worked as a veterinary technician in an emergency animal clinic.
She attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the wonderfully beautiful island of St. Kitts for her veterinary preclinical coursework and continued onto Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine for her clinical year of study. While she loves all aspects of veterinary medicine, her favorites areas include Dermatology, Ophthalmology and Emergency Medicine. 
In her free time, Dr. Duhon enjoys swimming in the ocean, pottery, photography and traveling. Dr. Duhon has two cats, Bogey and Roxie, that she adopted while in St. Kitts. She also has one dog, an 11 year old Pug named Maisy, who has been her travel companion. She is very thankful and excited to be a part of Hollywood Animal Hospital!

Welcome, Dr. Christopher Lapsley!!!!!!!!!!

Dr. Christopher Lapsley is from the Philadelphia area. He attended Penn State University for his undergraduate education. Following undergrad, Dr. Lapsley worked as a high school science teacher in a high-needs school in New York City. While teaching he earned a master's degree in secondary education at the City College of New York. Following his time as a teacher, Dr. Lapsley began studying at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. While in school he developed a fondness for orthopedic surgery and emergency medicine. 
When not at the HAH, Dr. Lapsley enjoys pretending to be a dinosaur with his 4 year-old son and scaring his dog, Pirate (his specialties include Tyrannosaurus rex and Velociraptor). He also enjoys spending time with his wife and thinking about getting a gym membership, but never actually going through with it. 

Welcome, Dr. Tamata Huhn!!!!

Dr. Tamata Huhn was raised in Hollywood, Florida. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida and attended veterinary school at the University of Illinois. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Huhn worked at the HAH as a vet assistant and technician. She is very excited to return to our practice and to our warm weather. Her professional interests include general medicine, surgery, and emergency medicine.
Aside from veterinary medicine she enjoys rollerblading at the beach, attempting new recipes, and going to Zumba classes. Spending time with her friends and family is also very important to her as they have always encouraged and supported her dream of becoming a veterinarian.

Welcome, Dr. Raz Peress!!!!

Born in Israel,  Dr. Peress moved to the U.S. where he received his B.S. in Biology from Florida International University.  He then continued his education at the Veterinary University in the Czech Republic where he met his wife. While in school, he participated in an Externship in Fes, Morocco at the American Fondouk Clinic.  After graduating he returned to Israel to practice and become the Medical Manager of the only 24 hour clinic in Jerusalem, Israel.  While working there, he developed a special interest in surgery. His goal is to be Board certified in Surgery.

In his free time he enjoys rock climbing, surfing, painting, and the occasional snowboarding. He has two pets which have been adopted "in the line of duty", a homeless dog with a broken leg "Barak," a street cat with a paralyzed leg "Nelly," and another homeless dog named “Shilgiya”.

Education: Veterinary andPharmaceutical University, Brno, Czech Republic

Monday, July 21, 2014

July Team Member of the Month- Kris!!!!

“The squeaky wheel gets the oil!” Sometimes the most valued team members go unsung because their wheels never squeak. Our July team member of the month epitomizes that unsung star. Kris has worked for the HAH for over 20 years. She started as a Kennel Attendant and now runs the entire department.  She is entrusted with the care of our Police Canines because of her calm, careful responsibility. Although, she has a special fondness for the kitties she truly cares about all our patients and requires that same care from her staff.

Kris is sincerely dedicated to the success of the HAH and we are grateful for her. We are pleased to recognize her as our July Team Member of the Month!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Welcome, Dr. Franziska Peress!!!!!

Dr. Peress was born in Germany. She studied Veterinary Medicine in the Czech Republic where she met her husband. Together they moved to Israel in 2011, where she worked as a general practitioner and Shelter Veterinarian for 2 years. Her father owns a mixed practice animal hospital in the south of Germany where Dr. Peress spent the last year working as the Small Animal Surgeon. She is currently obtaining her European Certificate for Small Animal Surgery from the ESVPS. Her plans for the future are to match to a Surgical Residency and become a board certified surgeon.
In her free time, Dr. Peress enjoys riding horses, playing the piano and going to yoga classes. Together with her husband, she loves taking care of their 2 dogs and 1 cat.

July Patient of the Month- Magic!!!

July’s patient of the month could arguable be a story of real magic. This 6year old, 19 pound, Miniature Poodle spent 17 days in our hospital under the primary care of Dr. Carlos. This determined little guy inspired our team of doctors and technicians that worked day and night with emergency, critical and ultimately supportive care to ensure he returned home.

“Magic”, as he is so appropriately named, was referred by his regular veterinarian to our hospital after 3 days inappetance, lethargy, no bowel movements and a severe case of anemia of unknown origin.

Anemia is defined as a decreased number of red cells (RBCs) in the blood, due to loss of, destruction of or lack of production of the RBCs.  Future diagnostics would tell us that the cause of Magic’s anemia was a bleeding mass in his stomach.  But the challenge here was that the mass was not obvious on radiographs due to the presence of foreign material that Magic had ingested. Therefore the first two days of hospitalization were dedicated to stabilization and treatment of the anemia.  This treatment included fluids, immune suppressive medications and two separate blood transfusions from our in-house blood bank. By the beginning of his second day of treatment Magic was feeling better. Radiographs were repeated and the source of all his problems became clear. When the foreign material had passed through his stomach a sizable mass was clearly visible. 

Surgery was performed by Dr. Carlos and Dr. Bibevski that afternoon. In surgery they found the mass originating from the wall of the stomach.  The mass and a large portion of the stomach were removed.  While recovery from surgery was uneventful however, he was not out of the woods yet.

In the days that followed surgery, Magic developed symptoms expected from the removal of such a large portion of his stomach. These symptoms included vomiting, inappetance and lethargy which would wax and wane throughout his recovery. A Nasal Gastric tube was placed to help remove the buildup of bile in his stomach and alleviate his chronic vomiting. Intravenous fluids were administered to maintain hydration.

Warming up after a bath- getting ready to go home!!
Once food was reintroduced to Magic’s diet he acquired a severe case of pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is the inflammation and swelling of the pancreas. Pancreatitis can be caused by many things but is characterized by the abrupt onset of vomiting and severe pain in the abdomen. It is confirmed by blood tests showing elevated pancreatic enzymes- i.e.-amylase and/or lipase levels. Treatments involve gastric acid reducers, anti-emetics and complete rest of the pancreas by administering nothing by mouth for several days.

Magic started to show signs of improvement. He began to keep small amount of food down and maintain his energy.  Then, Magic again through us a curve ball. In a matter of 24 hours Magic went from nearly going home to critical condition. He was placed in our oxygen chamber and given a plasma transfusion to help his body recover from all the changes occurring in his body.  Each day, each hour even, Dr. Carlos evaluated and adjusted Magic’s care.

Is my Dad here?
The following week was full of ups and downs for our team and for Magic’s family. However, no one gave up. His family visited and discussed all options with Dr. Carlos. This was a trying time for everyone but Magic was a fighter.

On his final day of hospitalization, Magic was able to eat small amounts of food in a slurry and keep it down. His disposition was brighter and he was sent home with strict instruction about his dietary care. His prognosis was optimistic. Today, Magic is well. His entire family participates in his care and he is on his way to returning to his normal diet.

Stories like this and families like this that make the job we get to do every day a joy. Dr. Carlos and the HAH team used all their resources to help Magic return to his life of rest, relaxation and love and we are so pleased to have been a part of his medical team and recognize him as our July Patient of the Month!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Welcome Summer Volunteers!!!

We would like to give a warm 'Welcome' to our summer volunteers. We are very fortunate to have such a great group helping us care for our patients. They are bright and hard working and are certainly learning the ropes of the veterinary world. We are very happy to have them here and hope to see them back in the summers to come. We wish them all 'good luck' and hope they gain all the knowledge and experience possible to lead them down a successful path in the veterinary world! Thank you and welcome to Hollywood Animal Hospital!!

Meet Cory! He just finished his first year at the University of Florida! Welcome Cory!

Meet Natasha! She is very eager to get a head start in her Veterinary career! She is a High School Senior! Welcome Natasha!

Meet Amanda! She will begin her Veterinary studies as a Freshman at Auburn University this upcoming fall. Welcome Amanda!

Meet Ashley! She just finished a her first year at the University of Florida! Welcome Ashley!

Meet Cory (there are two Cory's)! He just finished his first year at the University of Florida! Welcome Cory!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

What is a Pyothorax?

What is a pyothorax?

Simply put, a pyothorax is pus in the chest cavity- YUK!!!

While pus is the body’s natural reaction to infection, it is never a welcomed guest. Made up of neutrophils or white blood cells (WBCs) both living and dead, pus is the result of our immune systems battle to protect our bodies from infection.

How does it get in the chest?

Infection. Bacterial Infection that settles in the chest cavity can enter the lungs thtough the esophagus.  Pets that suffer from bite wounds that pierce the chest or from the spread of infections like pneumonia, infections of the blood stream and cancers can all be causes of a pylothorax. 

How do I know my pet is sick?

Symptoms of pyothorax include coughing, fatigue, fever, and loss of appetite. Many pets lose weight and show obvious discomfort. Typically there is a fairly lengthy gap between the trigger for the infection and the appearance of the symptoms. Since cats are often less expressive than dogs, especially when they’re ill, often the first obvious symptom in a cat is kitty with a pyothorax infection is a sudden episode of respiratory distress, shock, or sometimes even collapse.

To read more check out our source @:http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2013/03/04/pyothorax-infection.aspx