Patient Highlight – Meet Bruce!

Patient Highlight – Meet Bruce!

Last month, this adorable kitten was relinquished to a local rescue group following a traumatic injury to his left front leg. When Bruce was brought into our Norwalk office his leg had been mangled by a mower blade and infection had already set in. Unfortunately, Bruce’s leg was not salvageable as the leg had been crushed and Bruce no longer had any feeling in it. Following his examination, Dr. Maggie Wilson recommended forelimb amputation to the rescue group.

Fortunately for Bruce, the rescue group allowed Dr. Maggie to surgically remove his leg and treat his infection so he could return to his normal, active life. While amputation is never something we jump to recommending, it can be a great option for some patients (like Bruce) who have injuries that are not repairable by other means. Most pets do great following a limb amputation as they use their other three legs to balance out the difference. The majority of pets who have undergone limb amputation are back up to their full capacity within 2 weeks following surgery.

During his recovery period, Bruce has spent quite a bit of time at our Norwalk office with his foster mom Erin (who happens to also be one of our fabulous veterinary assistants). As you can see in the video below, Bruce is now healed and infection free, and he has returned to his active, playful self. If you are interested in adopting Bruce, or would like to contribute to the rescue that is paying for his medical costs, please visit the Panora Pets Facebook page.

Bruce Post-Amputation Video

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Fatty Acids for Our Pets

Our bodies require fatty acids to build new cells and maintain both brain and nerve function. Essential fatty acids (especially omega 3s) are those which are not produced by the body and have to be supplemented into the diet. Different species of animals like cats, dogs, and humans need different types and amounts of these essential fatty acids. Aside from their regular functions, fatty acids are used by the body in unique ways to achieve several beneficial effects. Continue reading “Fatty Acids for Our Pets”

Pet Dangers During the Holidays

By Kelly Jean Eaton

There are many dangers to be expected for the holiday season with pets around including everyday holiday objects, foods, and anxiety related to holiday guests. Being aware of the dangers your pets face can help you better protect your four legged friends. Here are some of the top dangers of the holiday season. Continue reading “Pet Dangers During the Holidays”

Gastrointestinal Issues in Pets

Both dogs and cats can go through some gastrointestinal issues. The hard part is finding what caused it. The first thing to ask yourself and your family is if anything has changed in the pet’s environment? Moving, going out of town, boarding, new cleaners, new carpet or furniture, or a change in food can all cause GI upset. You should also look around the house and outdoors to see if there is anything that may have been ingested that could be toxic, irritating to the intestines, or that could get lodged in their GI tract. Things to look for would be: medications, garbage, plants, bones and rawhides, toys (kids and pets), fabrics, and strings. Continue reading “Gastrointestinal Issues in Pets”

Benefits of Pet Insurance

Why should I get pet insurance?

For animals that experience sudden illness or injury, it may mean the difference between life and death. Anyone who’s ever owned an animal can testify to the rising costs of healthcare, especially in emergency situations! If your pet were diagnosed with an expensive medical condition, could you afford the unexpected expense? Continue reading “Benefits of Pet Insurance”

Benefits of Microchipping Your Furry Friend

By Autumn L., FPVC Technician 

Microchipping has become a routine part of pet care. Since microchipping began, it has allowed the safe return of thousands of pets that have become lost.  Not much larger than a grain of rice, each tiny chip contains unique information, ensuring that when a pet is found, it can be scanned, identified and reunited with its owner in less time.

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Raw Food Diets by Richelle

As pet owners, we often invest a lot of effort into doing what’s best for our “fur babies’’. With all of the options in the market today it can be very confusing to try and establish a safe and balanced diet for your pets. The human market is rampant with nutritional discrepancies; why would the pet nutrition market be any different? One of the biggest fallacies propagated is the RAW food diet. Continue reading “Raw Food Diets by Richelle”