Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Broward Meals on Wheels for Pets Food Drive

Broward Meals on Wheels for Pets Food Drive

November 15th through  December 20th

Hospital Will Match Food Donations Pound for Pound*

Hollywood Animal Hospital (HAH) is proud to once again join Broward Meals on Wheels (BMOW) for Companion Animals to collect food for pets of homebound seniors throughout Broward County. The success of last year’s food
drive far exceeded our expectation and resulted in a total donation of 4000lbs of pet food.  With the support this year of many of our local purveyors, we are once again able to match donations received.*

Donations of canned and dry food for cats & dogs made from November 15th- December 20, 2014 will be matched by the HAH*.

BMOW delivers pet food once a month to homebound seniors who need assistance taking care of their in-home pets.  Pet food is provided through the generosity of community donations. The need for donations of cat food is in particular demand among BMOW clients.

For additional information on BMOW, please visit http://www.bmow.org/our-services/.

November 15th- December 20, 2014
7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday

Hollywood Animal Hospital
(Drop off sites in both the main hospital and annex building)
2864 Hollywood Boulevard, one block east of I-95
Hollywood, Florida 33020

Just stop by with a donation of canned, dry or dehydrated food for cats or dogs.
At the HAH, we believe that giving back to the people that supports us is paramount. Founded in 1947, our commitment is to our community.

Broward Meals on Wheels for Companion Animals started when volunteers began to notice clients sharing their meals with their pets. Senior on a restricted budget can have a difficult time meeting their own needs and often the needs of their companion animals can be neglected. With only the support of volunteers and donation this organization provides delivery of food for these loyal pets once a month to clients of BMOW. For more information visit www.bmow.org or call HAH.

*the HAH will match the first 1500lbs of food donated.

MCABSL- 6th Annual BBQ Pitbul Event!!

  When: Sunday, November 2nd

Where: TY Park
Pavilion #12

Why: To eradicate breed specific legislation (BSL), specifically in Miami-Dade County, through education and awareness. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Extracellular matrix material used to help speed up skin growth in burn victim.

Through a generous partnership with Vetrix, Dr. Jennifer Bibevski was able to apply an extracellular matrix material to the burn wounds Moon received during the domestic dispute discovered only weeks ago.

This Vetrix SIS Extracellular Matrix material is used far and wide within the human medical field. Vetrix uses the same technology to regenerate tissue in the veterinary medical field. While this technology has the capability to regenerate heart valves, in the veterinary field, Vetrix is used from everything involving dermal injuries to internal soft tissue reconstruction.

Medical-biomaterial-company CorMatrix Cardiovascular, based in Georgia, had developed an extracellular matrix material, a collagen framework that cells could attach to and hold the organs together.  It has the structure, shape, and signaling properties to attract stem cells.
  “If you put this sub-mucosal tissue anywhere in the body, it functions like a fisherman’s net.  It captures stem cells flowing through the bloodstream right where you want them. It’s like having the framework of a house that can actually recruit all the bricks and wood need to create a perfect house,”
- Redmond Paul Burke, MD, Chief, Division of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery at Miami Children’s Hospital 
The stem cells that are captured morph into the tissue needed for the malfunctioning organ to work properly.

http://rethinkhealing.com/See the video of a young girl who’s life was changed when a new heart valve was fashioned using only extracellular matrix.


Today, Moon is resting comfortably as this new 'patch' works with her cells to regrow her skin and shorten her healing time. Thank you to the generosity of the community both locally, nationally and internationally her bills have been offset by donations and her 'room' has been given a bit more spirit.


Definition: Obesity (the storage of excess fat) is usually caused by excessive food intake and insufficient exercise. 

  • Estimates show that 40% to 50% of dogs are overweight and 25% of dogs are obese.
  • Dogs can develop many obesity-related health problems. 
  • By examining your dog, veterinarians determine whether he or she is overweight or obese and help you create a weight-loss program. 
  • The most effective weight-loss plans involve increasing activity and feeding fewer calories. Causes Obesity (the storage of excess fat) is typically caused by excessive food intake and insufficient exercise. 
  •  According to estimates, 40% to 50% of dogs are overweight and 25% are obese. Obesity is more common in older, less active pets. Dogs that are fed homemade meals, table scraps and snacks are more likely to be overweight than dogs eating only a high-quality commercial pet food. 

 Diagnosis and treatment 

There are many obesity-related health problems, and some medical conditions can lead to obesity. So it’s important to take your dog in for annual checkups. Remember, you can’t judge if your dog is overweight merely by putting him or her on a scale. By examining your dog, veterinarians can use weight, overall body condition, and other indicators to tell you whether he or she is overweight or obese, what the probable cause is, and what the best weight-loss regimen is. Don’t feel bad if you are told your dog is too heavy. 

Everyone knows that dieting can be challenging. But losing weight can help your dog live longer, avoid disease and feel better, so it is well worth the effort. Get veterinary advice before changing your dog’s eating and exercise habits. Veterinarians are trained to recommend an appropriate diet and exercise program for safe weight loss. When helping your dog lose weight, slower is safer. “Crash” diets or intense workouts aren’t appropriate for inactive dogs. If your dog gained the weight slowly, he or she can lose it slowly. The most effective weight-loss plans involve increasing activity and feeding fewer calories. The more convenient you make it, the better the chance of sticking with it. When on a weight-loss program, your dog should lose 2% or less of its initial body weight per week. For example, a 100-pound dog should lose no more than 2 pounds every week. A successful weight-loss program may take a year or longer. 


There are several dietary strategies for helping your dog lose weight. One or more of the following may be recommended by your veterinary hospital. For all of these methods, it’s important to use an actual measuring cup (not an old coffee mug or drinking cup) to keep track of how much you’re feeding your dog. Feed your dog smaller meals more often. This helps your dog burn more calories and should help minimize begging for food. However, don’t feed more food per day. Instead, divide your dog’s daily ration into three or more feedings. Feed your dog less of its regular food per day. This strategy is most effective with increased activity. But check first with your veterinarian to ensure that your dog will receive the right amount of nutrients. Instead of feeding your dog less, gradually switch him or her to a lower-calorie food recommended by your veterinarian. The change should be gradual; a sudden switch could upset your dog’s stomach. 

Combine the new food with your dog’s usual food in larger and larger proportions over several weeks until you are only providing the new food. Give treats only on special occasions, such as birthdays, holidays, or good visits to the veterinarian. Offer low-calorie treats and limit or eliminate fattening ones. 


You can help your dog become more active and lose weight by scheduling regular play times and walks. Consult your veterinarian before beginning an exercise program for your dog. Not all games/exercise are appropriate for all breeds or medical conditions. For walks, start out slowly to give your dog a chance to adapt to an exercise routine. Work up to a brisk 10- to 20-minute walk or jog once or twice a day. On hot or cold days, go easy or rest. If you don’t have time to walk your dog, hire a dog walker. Doggy day care centers can also help ensure that your dog gets plenty of exercise throughout the day. Here are some calorie-burning activities for your dog: 

· Fetch 
· Keep away 
· Playing with other pets 
· Walking or jogging 
· Running off leash in a restricted area 
· Swimming (great for arthritic dogs) 
· Tricks for low-calorie treats 
· Tug of war 

SOURCE: https://www.aaha.org/pet_owner/pet_health_library/dog_care/diseases_conditions/obesity.aspx

Interview with Dr. Bidot

Friday, October 17, 2014

Team Member of the Month- Liz

Our Team Member of the Month for October certainly keeps busy.  

Having worked at the HAH for nearly 4 years, Liz has experience in all departments.  For the last year, she has been the technician for our board eligible surgeon; therefore keeping very busy with critical and advance surgical patients.  Liz never shies away from offering a helping hand within the practice. She welcomes new processes and happily shares her knowledge with the team. 

Liz is currently completing her 2nd Bachelors degree in pursuit of her career goal as a veterinarian. She is a regular participant in our community events like the Stonewall Pride Parade in Wilton Manors and the Pit-bull BBQ Event this November. Yet, she still finds time to participates in more personal events like the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light the NightWalk a cause close to her heart because of her mother’s diagnosed 2 years ago.

By the end of the month it may feel a little like ‘all Liz all the time’ as you see her with our Patient of the Month and we share some highlights of her talents but the fact of the matter is that Liz is a hard worker!  The HAH is very proud to partnered with Liz in the care of our patients and recognize her as our October Team Member of the Month!!!

Friday, October 10, 2014

October Patient of the Month-Ethy

Ethy, a 9 year old mixed breed dog came to see Dr. Shapiro because it was believed she had eaten a foreign object and was now vomiting and straining to defecate. Dr. Shapiro ordered x-rays and clearly saw material in her stomach that could be either food or the aforementioned foreign material. Since the material was still in her stomach, vomiting was induced in the hope of a simple fix but no significant amount of matter was expelled. Ethy was hospitalized with the hope that the material would pass or could be removal non-evasively by endoscope.
Unfortunately for Ethy, neither of those two things happened.  
When it was clear that the material in Ethy's stomach would not pass, Dr. Shapiro attempted a less invasive procedure then surgery, endoscopy- to scope out the foreign material. However, it quickly became clear that there was too much material in her stomach to effectively be removed this way and she was immediately brought to surgery.
In surgery, the contents of her stomach was removed-a foam mattress cover.
  Ethy recovered from surgery without incident and was maintained in hospital on pain medications and IV fluids. Soon she was bright and responsive and ready to tackle some appropriate foods and kept them down! 
 Today, Ethy is home, happy and healthy. She maintained her playful disposition throughout this ordeal and hopefully has out grown her taste of foreign "foods". However, one can never be 100% sure.  
 This topic has been popular lately as local and national coverage has shined a light on this very common problem. In our practice, GIFB (gastrointestinal foreign bodies) are very common. The contents of these GIFB are sometimes interesting like chess pieces or a toy mouse but they are all very serious problems. The question remains, 'why do pets eat foreign objects?' There are many answers.  

Pica (the appetite for substances largely non-nutritive) can be caused by teething, boredom, anxiety, nutritional deficiencies or even underlying disease- just to name a few. Each pet is different but the resulting problem is the same. If your pet has a fancy for objects other than traditional food, speak with your local Vet about what you can do to help!

Other sources for information:

Friday, October 3, 2014

Fun Scrub To Friday!!!!

Earlier this year, our community was alerted to a tragic story of James Edwards, a two-year-old boy that fell into a swimming pool while his parents were at the hospital delivering his newborn brother. 

His story has touched the heart of our community catapulting many to action.  Our staff members in particular have been active in the campaign to assist this local family. Now, 5 months later, as he shows much improvement he is still in the hearts of our HAH staff.

In an effort to continue our support the Hollywood Animal Hospital has dubbed today, Friday- Oct 3rd, Fun Scrub Top Friday!! 

Follow us on Facebook today to see the HAH scrub our traditional blue uniforms for some childlike fun!! Donations that have been collected throughout the month will be MATCHED by our owners and ALL funds donated to the Turtle Power for James Edwards at gofundme.com. 


His Story....
On Friday, May 30th, 2014, James Edwards, A two-year-old boy experienced a near drowning accident after he fell into a swimming pool while his parents were at the hospital delivering his newborn brother.

For just a moment, James Edwards slipped away from his grandfather, which was looking after him at the time and fell into the swimming pool at the family home in Coral Springs, Florida. He was discovered quickly, rescued from the pool and given CPR until the arrival of paramedics.

James was being cared for at the Chris Evert Children’s Hospital by an outstanding medical team. He is now home and receiving rehabilitation 5 days a week.

 “James has been doing great! His tone has decreased so much in the last two days - we are so grateful. He has been purposefully moving both arms and sometimes his legs.”… I know now more than ever that James is headed to a 100% recovery. He shows us everyday that he is willing to fight through this and work hard to get there. I'm one proud mommy.#turtlepower
–Jenna September 19th
James Edwards has a VERY long road to recovery and every single dollar raised will help him and his family immensely along with your prayers and positive thoughts.

“Turtle Power for James Edwards”


Thursday, October 2, 2014

10 things your veterinarian wishes you knew

10 things your veterinarian wishes you knew
Sep. 24, 2014 at 12:00 PM ET
Nearly every pet has a minor freak-out during its annual checkup, so chances are that you’re more focused on keeping your pup or cat calm than having a heart-to-heart with your vet about its health. That’s why we asked vets around the country to share one piece of stay-healthy advice every pet owner should know. From dental care to diet, here’s what they had to say.
things your vet wishes you knew
Jon Schulte/Photographer's Choice RF/Getty Images
Annual exams are a must. 
Bringing your pet to the vet once a year is a simple, effective way to maintain its good health.
“Preventive exams actually save money and allow your pet to live longer," explains Dr. Ted Cohn, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association and companion animal practitioner for 35 years. Treating a problem early increases the chance for success, minimizes discomfort for the pet and costs less in the long run.
Pets older than 6 months need yearly exams, Cohn suggests, while puppies under 6 months and senior pets should have wellness exams twice a year.

Seek out a specialist.
Animals can develop tough-to-treat medical issues that are best handled by a specially trained vet.
“If your pet has a condition that isn’t improving, or requires testing or procedures beyond the scope of your veterinarian, consult a specialist,” says Dr. Mary Ann Crawford, internal medicine specialist at Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, New Jersey.
With an additional three to five years of training, specialists have a greater knowledge of the unusual, uncommon or downright rare. Your veterinarian will work closely with them and resume care once your pet once is stable or has recovered.

Don't try to diagnose your pet.
"When in doubt, don't consult with Dr. Google," says Dr. Bernadine Cruz, a companion animal veterinarian in Laguna Hills, Calif. "You get what you pay for. When your pet has a problem, you need professional eyes, ears, fingers and sometimes diagnostic tests to assess it.”

Microchip your pet.
"Microchips can save your pet's life," says Dr. Larry Dee, a Hollywood, Florida, a small animal veterinarian and American Veterinary Medical Association executive board member. And he’s not kidding.

Consider this: If your pet breaks out of the backyard, it could end up in a shelter and possibly euthanized (or adopted by another family). A microchip will speak up when your little buddy can’t, offering your contact information when scanned. It’s a painless procedure — the tiny chip is just implanted between your pet’s shoulder blades — and relatively inexpensive. Veterinarians and animal shelters will most often implant chips for less than $50.

Cats need extra attention.
"Cats are very good at hiding diseases, so it's challenging to know when yours is sick" says Dr. Marcus Brown, president-elect of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and a cat-only veterinarian in Arlington, Virginia. His suggestion? Two check-ups a year, and keep an eye out for any new behaviors in between vet visits.
“Subtle changes such as weight loss, eating less, not greeting you at the door or peeing outside the litter box are significant with cats, and should prompt a call to your veterinarian," he says.

Be smart about nutrition.
“If you love your pet, keep it lean," suggests Dr. Laura Eirmann, a board-certified veterinary nutritionist and clinical nutritionist at Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, New Jersey. From a nutritional standpoint, Eirmann says that keeping your pet fit is the single-most important factor that will increase the lifespan of your dog or cat. Make sure the pet food you buy states somewhere on the label that it is AAFCO-approved, meaning it is complete, balanced and appropriate for your pet's stage in life.

Don't forget about their teeth. 
Don’t count on a bone or bowl of dry food to get your pet’s teeth clean.
“Dogs and cats need routine dental care, including full-mouth X-rays, to reveal hidden problems,” says Dr. Larry Dee, a small animal veterinarian in Hollywood, Flordia. The imaging picks up potential issues like abscessed teeth or receding or infected gums, which can cause pain and — worse — infect the heart and kidneys.
A full workup does involve anesthesia, which sounds extreme but is very necessary. Without it, a thorough cleaning — especially under the gum line — can’t be done.

Hamsters (and other small rodents) need check-ups, too. 
Speaking of teeth, your small rodents also need to be examined once a year, says Dr. Suzanne Scott, a Houston-area companion animal and exotic pets veterinarian. That’s because their choppers grow continuously, and if they don’t line up correctly, they will grow sideways and develop sharp points that cut into the gums. As a result, the pet doesn't eat.
Don't count on keeping an eye on these teeth yourself. Back teeth are usually the problem, and they are all but impossible for you to see. 

Keep your meds out of reach.
Pets — especially dogs — can sniff out and gulp down trouble, so keep all dangerous substances out of reach. That includes prescription and over-the-counter medications, which can be lethal in pets, says Dr. Ted Cohn, a Denver-based companion animal veterinarian. "Acetaminophen, in particular, is toxic to dogs — even more so to cats," he adds.

Be proactive about flea control. 
Even if you don’t spot fleas on your pet, it can just take one to send your bestie into a scratching fit (especially if he’s sensitive to flea saliva). A good rule of thumb? If your pet is itching, biting or scratching, chances are it’s because of fleas, says Dr. Cruz.
Thankfully, the fix is easy: Year-round flea control on all your pets is what’s needed. If your pet's still itching after that, it's time to consult your veterinarian.

A version of this story originally appeared on iVillage.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Your pet ate what? S. Florida vets share their most unusual finds.

Forget dog eat dog.

 Veterinarians say it's more like dog eat tube sock. And diamond ring. Chess pieces. Even lingerie.
They have seen it all — and removed it — from the stomachs and intestines of both dogs and cats that ingested far more than their allotted kibble or treats.

South Florida pet owners may be known to pamper their "fur babies" with hundred-dollar ball gowns, pet proms, doggie day care and "pupscale" pet lodges, but Fido and Felix can still get into stomach-turning mischief.

"We get a lot of crazy things," said Palm Beach Veterinary Specialists' veterinarian Dr. Robert Roy, recalling the yellow lab that swallowed a sewing needle and the cat that ate fishing bait — hook, line and all.
At Boynton Beach Animal Hospital, staffers recall a small Chihuahua/terrier mix that had ingested not only its owner's area rug, but her underwear, pantyhose, tampons and artificial plants, too. The household items were safely removed during surgery.

"It was like a Hoover vacuum," said surgical nurse Billie Gaetano, of the 15-pound dog with the bloated belly. "The owner had no idea the dog did that, until it started gagging and puking. I looked in its mouth, and I saw bits of rug, and I just kept pulling and pulling."

Here are some of the most unusual stories shared by South Florida veterinarians. All end happily, with the adventurous animals surviving to live, and eat indigestible objects, another day.
However, they offer a cautionary tale: Fido and Felix will eat just about anything when you're not looking. So watch out!

With this ring ...
Unlike many owners unaware of what's ailing their pet, the seasonal Palm Beach County resident who called the Boynton Beach Animal Hospital in a panic last year knew exactly what her Wheaten terrier had ingested: her 5-carat diamond ring. And she wanted it back.
Gaetano told her just how to get the dirty deed done: "Follow the dog around and wait for it to pop out" in one of the animal's daily bowel movements.
It worked. "It came out shinier than it was when it went in," Gaetano said, with a chuckle.

Ready to run
Don't underestimate a dog's ability to get what it wants.

One yellow Labrador treated at Boca North Animal Hospital in June leapt onto a kitchen counter and tore through an entire case of protein bars — boxes, bars, "wrappers and all," veterinarian Dr. Dwyatt Bull said.
It was a pet-sitting nightmare. The sitter had ordered the case off the Internet, and by the time the owner returned from an out-of-town trip, "the feces had hit the air circulator," Bull said.
Over the next few days, the dog released about a dozen wrappers on its own. Then it started exhibiting tell-tale signs — vomiting, diarrhea and loss of appetite. Bull figured only surgery would relieve the blockage.
He removed at least 15 more wrappers during the operation.
"There were a ton of them," Bull said. The dog suffered no lasting side effects.

'The needle dog'
While foreign objects often have to be removed surgically, some don't. Like the sewing needle that Palm Beach Veterinary Specialists' Roy took out of a yellow Lab's chest.
After the dog swallowed the prickly piece, it traveled through the esophagus, into the lungs and finally landed in the animal's chest wall.
Roy said he was able to put a scope into the chest and pull the needle out with a pair of forceps. The animal became known as "the needle dog."

Added crunch
Glass in my food? No problem. So it would seem for the Labrador that jumped onto the kitchen counter to eat from a bowl of meat, according to Roy.

The jostling knocked the glass bowl to the ground, smashing it in pieces amid the spilled food. The dog ate the entire mess, Roy said, adding that he eventually "took out fistfuls of glass" from the pet's stomach. It recovered without complications.

A corny predicament
The chocolate Lab puppy must really have been hungry to eat an ear of corn, whole. That's what the staff at Fidelity Animal Hospital in Boynton Beach figured last year, when they took an X-ray of the dog's swollen belly and found the cob stuck inside, said technician Kathy Parys.
"How it swallowed a whole corn cob is beyond me," she said.
The cob was surgically removed.

Gone fishing
Dogs aren't the only object-eating patients. Roy said he performed surgery on a cat that swallowed its owner's fishing bait, with the line and hook attached, because of the precarious way the fishing gear landed.
The hook had gotten snagged in the pet's aorta when its owner, noticing the line sticking out of the cat's mouth, yanked on it.
"That didn't do anything but hook it into its esophagus and aorta," Roy said.
After surgery, the cat made a full recovery.

The whole ball of ... cords?
A 15-pound domestic shorthair cat came to the Plantation Animal Hospital recently, vomiting for no obvious reason, veterinarian Dr. Lisa Feinstein recalled. An ultrasound revealed a good-sized obstruction in its intestines, but it wasn't clear what was causing the blockage.
The culprit: "tons of cords," like those used in window treatments, along with hair ties.
"Over time, it builds," Feinstein said. After surgery, the cat recovered nicely.

A not-so-merry Christmas
A Weston resident didn't know what to think when her 9-month-old golden retriever began throwing up and suffering bouts of diarrhea in December 2013, according to Chris Viotti, owner and manager at Weston Lakes Animal Hospital.

An X-ray revealed the results of the dog's attack on the family Christmas tree.Veterinarians removed four or five stuffed teddy bear ornaments from the pet's intestines, then all were able to enjoy the rest of the holiday season, Viotti said.

Penny for your thoughts?
A routine chest X-ray performed on a King Charles Spaniel turned up something troubling to doctors at Hollywood Animal Hospital: a foreign object later identified as a dissolving penny, said Linda Ream, the hospital's Communications Coordinator.

Pennies are toxic and can cause a life-threatening condition called hemolytic anemia. The coin was removed through an endoscopic procedure, Ream said, and the pet was fine. Coins seem to be quite popular, though. There was also a pregnant Pekingese with its intestines blocked by 13 pennies. The animal's owner brought the dog to the Hollywood hospital during a hurricane-induced power outage, forcing the doctors to extract the pennies by flashlight.
At Weston Lakes Animal Hospital, Viotti estimated doctors have removed about $10 in coins from pets' stomachs over the past year alone, in all denominations.
"Even foreign money. They don't choose," Viotti said of the animals, typically dogs. "They just pick it up and swallow it."

The re-offender
The 7-year-old Lab mix treated at Hollywood Animal Hospital for impacted foreign objects over the past few years has one heck of an appetite.

When it first showed up with something strange in its belly, doctors removed 14 tube socks, Ream said. The dog was back six months later after eating 3 pounds of garden stones, then five months later with couch cushioning in its stomach.

Turns out the pet wasn't just a voracious eater. It suffered from Cushing's disease, a hormonal imbalance that can induce pica, or an appetite for nonfood items like chalk, sand and dirt, Ream said. Once the dog's illness was treated, the pica stopped.

Re-offending foreign substance eaters, though, often have no causative medical condition, just an insatiable appetite, a curious nature and a lack of training, area vets said.
"Pets that eat foreign objects often do not learn their lesson the first time and will become re-offenders," Hollywood Animal Hospital veterinarian Dr. Anne Murphy said.

Tips to keep your pet safe

South Florida veterinarians offer these tips to protect your pet from nonfood items.

Remove the temptation. Keep objects off the floor, counter or other space that your pet can access, especially if you've already noticed the animal eating something it shouldn't.

Train your pet. Don't feed your animals anything but pet food, and train them not to misbehave. Seek advice or services from a professional trainer, if necessary.

Know the signs. If your pet has eaten a foreign object, it is likely to be exhibiting symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, gas, loss of appetite, changes in normal behavior, lethargy, abdominal discomfort or pain, and bloating or swelling of the abdomen.

Seek help immediately. Your pet's chances of surviving the ordeal are higher if you get quick, early intervention from a veterinarian.

Source: nbrochu@sun-sentinel.com
Copyright © 2014, Sun Sentinel