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  • Salem’s Case of FIP
    Dr. Kelsey Kevin - Oswego Animal Hospital
    May 22, 2018

    Salem is a 9-month-old, male, Domestic Shorthair cat that initially presented for an exam due to a 2 day history of lethargy. The owner expressed that Salem was just not acting like his normal self but was still eating, drinking, defecating, and urinating normally. The owner did not know of …

    Kristoff, the Kitten, and Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
    Dr. Sara Goldschmidt - Animal Care Center of Plainfield
    April 9, 2018

    Kristoff, an approximately 5 month old kitten, was found as a stray with a limp and brought into Animal Care Center of Plainfield. This kitten was non-weight bearing on his left hindlimb. X-rays showed that Kristoff either had a rare condition called Legg-Calve-Perthes disease or possibly an old fracture to …

    The “Dutchess” Of The Giants
    Dr. Brian Rokos - Oswego Animal Hospital
    March 31, 2018

    Dutchess is approximately a 2-year-old female spayed Cane Corso mix (rescue) who presented to OAH for right forelimb lameness. The owner reported that Dutchess fell down a flight of stairs a few days prior and was limping on her right leg. She also noted that Dutchess’ right elbow appeared to …

    Tasha: A Case of Pyometra
    Dr. Julia Shorter - Animal Care Center of Plainfield
    March 23, 2018

    Tasha, a 10-year-old intact female English Mastiff, presented to ACC of Plainfield on recommendation from their routine veterinarian. Tasha had been lethargic for the past 72 hours and over the last 24 hours began refusing food. Her owners noticed she seemed uncomfortable, continuously repositioning herself and never seeming to be …

    Pepper: A Case of Hydronephrosis
    Dr. Rebecca A. Schwarze - Animal Care Center of Polaris
    March 16, 2018

    Pepper, a 10 month female spayed mixed breed dog, presented to the Animal Care Center of Polaris for a few days duration of a slightly reduced appetite.  Given her non-specific signs, blood work was performed.  Initial lab work (complete blood count, chemistry profile, and urinalysis) showed a mild elevation in …

    Wendy, the Sock Thief
    Dr. Sara Kessel - Oswego Animal Hospital
    March 5, 2018

    Wendy, a six month old Bernese Mountain Dog, was presented after a long weekend with the babysitter. On Wendy’s first day back home with her family, she defecated two socks. Her owner’s were startled but she was still playful and happy. A few days later, though, she also vomited up …

    Risk and Reward – Open Fracture Repair
    Dr. Lauren Spinelli - Animal Care Center of Plainfield
    February 27, 2018

    Fiona, a 3 year old Greyhound, presented on emergency after a frightening encounter with a truck – this sweet girl was hit by a car.  While she was in shock from the event, this lucky dog did not have any major damage to her internal organs – her right front …

    Persistent Right Aortic Arch (PRAA)
    Dr. Samantha Kopala - Animal Medical Center
    February 1, 2018

      PRAA is a congenital abnormality of the blood vessels of the heart. It can constrict the esophagus and cause dysfunction.  It is more common in dogs than cats. The earlier it is diagnosed and treated (surgically) the better the prognosis. Unfortuantely for Ellie, with poor prognosis differentials and financial constraints, this abnormality lead …

    Abigail, The Tripod Puppy!
    Dr. Ashlyn Kuklock - Animal Care Center of Plainfield
    January 22, 2018

    Abigail, a 7 month old female poodle, was presented late one evening with a bone sticking out of her right arm. Her arm had been wrapped with nylon gloves and packing tape to cover the exposed bone. The owners had noted that Abigail had originally fallen down the stairs about …

    But I never see fleas!
    Dr. Berardi - Mallard Point Veterinary Clinic
    January 15, 2018

    Many pets suffer from allergies, and it can be a real battle to find the cause. If you have never seen a flea, believing your veterinarians when they suspect flea allergy dermatitis can be difficult. However, flea allergy dermatitis is one of the most common reasons dogs and cats itch. …

    Cloud and the Forearm Laceration
    Dr. Jyothi Pedapati - Oswego Animal Hospital
    December 31, 2016

    Cloud, a 2 year, indoor-outdoor intact male cat, was presented to us for a large laceration on his left forearm. He went outside for several hours, when he returned was bleeding profusely from his arm. His owners are unsure how he acquired the wound. On presentation, Cloud had a very …

    Betsy and the Mystery of the Missing Baby Pacifiers
    Dr. Melissa Conrad - Oswego Animal Hospital
    December 31, 2016

    Betsy, a two year old mixed breed dog, was presented for a one day history of vomiting and unwillingness to eat. The owners note that Betsy had one episode of vomiting her dinner last night and was unwilling to eat her breakfast that morning. Since breakfast, Betsy had five episodes …

    Madison and Giardia
    Dr. Melissa Conrad - Oswego Animal Hospital
    November 28, 2016

    Madison, a three year old Labrador Retriever, was presented to Oswego Animal Hospital for a week long history of diarrhea, intermittent episodes of vomiting and lethargy. On physical examination, Madison was slightly dehydrated with no other abnormalities noted. Due to Madison’s clinical signs of diarrhea, vomiting and lethargy, it was …

    Wilson and his Skin Mites
    Dr. Alexis Gullett - Animal Medical Center of Gahanna
    November 14, 2016

    Wilson is an 8-month-old intact male mixed breed dog who was recently pulled from a local shelter by a rescue group. He presented for his intake exam to assess his overall health and administer all vaccines, and to start heartworm and flea/tick prevention. His overall health was found to be …

    Otodectic Mange:  Itchy Ears in a Kitten
    Dr. Elise Hall - Oswego Animal Hospital
    October 31, 2016

    Edwin, a 6 month old male intact domestic medium haired cat, presented to Oswego Animal Hospital for an examination.  Edwin was previously an outdoor cat that came from a rural community.  The owners noticed both his ears were dirty and that he scratched them frequently. On presentation, Edwin was examined …

    Sandy’s Sepsis
    Dr. Josie Arkush - Animal Care Info
    October 17, 2016

    Sandy is an eight year-old shar pei mix who presented to the Animal Care Center late morning. According to her owner, she was normal the night before. She had a little bit of an appetite in the morning but, as the morning progressed, she became lethargic and seemed confused. She …

    Overcoming Pet Obesity
    Dr. Josie Arkush - Animal Care Center of Plainfield
    October 10, 2016

    OVERWEIGHT PETS Pet obesity is becoming an epidemic in the United states. It is estimated that over half of all household dogs are overweight. At Animal Care Center that percentage is higher! Obesity can lead to many health problems including heart disease and diabetes. Another condition commonly seen is early …

    What Did Leah Eat?
    Dr. Amanda Ramage - Animal Care Center of Plainfield
    December 19, 2016

    Leah, a 1 1⁄2 year old female spayed Labrador mix, presented for a sudden episode of collapse and bloody diarrhea. Leah is a very active dog who loves to eat anything she can manage to pick up in her mouth. Despite her owner’s best efforts, she will still get a …

    Sammy and his Screwy Situation
    Dr. Elise Hall - Oswego Animal Hospital
    December 5, 2016

    Sammy, a 2 year old male neutered dog, was enjoying a normal afternoon playing out in his backyard. Suddenly his owners noted he completely stopped bearing weight on his right front leg, and was reluctant to move at all. On brief examination they noted a metallic foreign body protruding from …

    Trudy and her itchiness
    Dr. Josie Arkush - Animal Care Center of Plainfield
    December 13, 2015

    Trudy is a 2 year-old retriever mix who occasionally seems itchy. Through the summer, she licked her feet fairly often, and seemed to scratch her ear a lot. Recently, her owner noticed her ear seemed red and had a lot of debris in it. Her owner also noticed red bumps …

    Ripley and the missing sewing needle
    Dr. Kelsey Kevin – Oswego Animal Hospital
    February 2, 2016

    Ripley, a 1 year old female spayed Labrador Retriever, presented for an exam after owners had noted her to have protracted vomiting since the morning. She ate her breakfast and was interested in food but subsequently had vomited the ingested material. Owners believed that she may have ingested a needle …

    Mimi’s Anemia
    Dr. Jyothi Pedapati - Oswego Animal Hospital
    March 8, 2016

    Mimi is a 2 year old spayed female cat that was presented for a several day history of acting oddly. Her owners noticed that she had been hiding more, cried when picked up, and had a dull hair coat. She was eating and drinking normally. Mimi is an indoor only …

    Nugget – Eenie Meanie Miney Toe!
    Dr. Bridget Sheehan - Animal Care Center of Plainfield
    March 14, 2016

    Nugget is the sweetest 6 year old English Bulldog you’ll ever meet! Nugget presented to Animal Care Center for a swollen toe on his back right paw. Nugget’s owner had noticed that he would occassionally develop a draining lesion on the toe. Recently the toe has become more swollen and …

    Zander and the importance of Oral Health
    Dr. Kirsten Plomin - Hinsdale Animal Hospital
    March 22, 2016

    Zander, a 14-year-old neutered male Domestic Shorthair, presented to Hinsdale Animal Hospital for evaluation after the owners noticed Zander’s breath had become foul smelling. A dental cleaning and examination was scheduled and Dr. Plomin was able to perform a complete oral examination with the patient under anesthesia. Not only was …

    Mia and her Bladder Stones
    Dr. Keith True - Downers Grove Animal Clinic
    April 12, 2016

    This weeks case of the week deals with a dog that was urinating all over the house uncontrollably. Mia is a 6 year old female, Yorkie mix who for the past couple weeks, has been urinating small amounts all over the house. The urine had blood in it, but was …

    Lola and her Bladder Stones
    Dr. Michael Buedel - Animal Care Center of Plainfield
    April 14, 2016

    Lola is a 2 year old, spayed female, pug that presented to Dr. Buedel at Animal Care Center of Plainfield for straining to urinate and not being able to produce any urine. Her temperature, heart rate, and respiration were all normal. Although, she was painful when her abdomen was palpated. …

    What you need to know about Canine Influenza
    Dr. Daniel Erjavec - Animal Care Center of Plainfield
    May 2, 2016

    According to the AVMA: Canine influenza, or dog flu, is a highly contagious infection caused by an influenza A virus. In March 2015, an outbreak started in the Chicago area was determined to be due to an H3N2 strain. This strain had never previously been recognized in the United States, but since …

    Penelope and her Mast Cell Tumor
    Dr. Kirsten Plomin - Hinsdale Animal Hospital
    September 30, 2016

    A 10-year-old female spayed Domestic Shorthair named Penelope presented to Hinsdale Animal Hospital for evaluation after the owners noticed a small bump on her face. The mass had slowly gotten larger over the course of a few weeks. A fine needle aspirate (FNA) and cytology was performed by Dr. Plomin …

    Cuterebra: A Creepier, Crawlier Side of Veterinary Medicine
    Dr. Elise Hall - Oswego Animal Hospital
    October 15, 2015

    Bambi, a 7 year female spayed Papillon dog, presented to Oswego Animal Hospital for evaluation of a swelling on her side that the owners noticed the day before.

    Surgical Correction of Gastric Dilation and Volvulus
    Dr. Melissa Conrad - Oswego Animal Hospital
    October 8, 2015

    Adam, a 7 year old Great Dane, was presented to Oswego Animal Hospital for a painful abdomen and unsuccessful attempts at vomiting.  On physical examination, his stomach felt enlarged and very firm, he had a rapid, irregular heart rate and was extremely dehydrated. Due to concerns for gastric dilation and …

    Lola and Leptospirosis
    Dr. Mandi L. Maimone – Animal Medical Center
    October 1, 2015

    Lola was a 2 year old, intact female Olde English Bulldog, that presented for vomiting, loss of appetite, recent weight loss and a foul smell from her mouth. She was formally adopted by her current owners earlier in the year, although they had known her since she was a puppy. …