A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words:  Advanced Imaging in Veterinary Medicine

Advanced imaging in veterinary medicine helps pet healthMost pet owners in the area have come to appreciate Carriage Hills Animal Hospital for the high quality care that we provide. Many patients come to us with serious illnesses or injuries, and we are sure to have the expertise and resources at our disposal to help them have the best prognosis possible.

For more complicated internal medicine cases, proper and expedient diagnostics are required in order to gain the information needed to provide the best care for our patients. Modalities such as abdominal ultrasound and echocardiography are included in important options for advanced imaging in veterinary medicine. Continue…

Do You Hear What I Hear? Heart Murmurs in Pets

People and pets alike can have heart issues. Some are congenital, meaning that the patient was born with the abnormality, while others are acquired over the course of time. Cardiac problems can certainly lead to trouble and are something to be aware of.

Some, although not all, cardiac problems cause changes that can be heard when a stethoscope is used. Heart murmurs in pets are one of these changes. Thankfully, the doctors at Carriage Hills Animal Hospital have the beat on just what to do when one of these abnormal sounds is heard.

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No Bones About it, Pet X-Rays are Important

Radiographs, more commonly known as X-rays, are an amazing innovation of modern medicine. The doctors at Carriage Hills Animal Hospital rely on them to screen, diagnose, and treat conditions of all kinds on a daily basis. Pet X-rays are an essential part of good pet care, and we couldn’t function without them.

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Knowing What is Normal For Pets: How Establishing a Baseline Can Help in a Pet Emergency

Cat at the vetThere are times that a pet emergency is obvious. A pet that is bleeding profusely, gasping for breath, or who has ingested a toxic material clearly needs emergency medical attention. Other times, however, things are not so clear cut. By familiarizing yourself with what is normal for pets, you will be better able to identify how serious a condition may be and determine what, if any, aid or emergency care is required.

If you haven’t done so already, we recommend systematically evaluating your pet to find out what your pet’s “normal” is.

Vital Signs

Practice obtaining your pet’s vital signs when he or she is well so that you can get a feel for what to expect and what “normal” is for your pet. Continue…

A True Summer Pet Emergency: Heatstroke

iStock_000033615584_SmallWith summertime upon us, the temperature is rising – and with it, one of the biggest summer pet emergency concerns: heatstroke.

Heatstroke happens when your pet’s body becomes unable to keep its temperature regulated and his or her internal temperature rises above 104° F. If the body’s temperature stays at this level for too long, serious consequences can occur.

Prevent heatstroke in pets whenever possible, and know how to recognize signs early so that proper care can be delivered to your pet.

How to Recognize Heatstroke in Pets

Pets who are suffering from heatstroke may have a variety of signs. As the seriousness of the condition progresses, the signs the pet is displaying will also increase in intensity and severity. Symptoms of heatstroke in pets include: Continue…

First Aid for Your Pet

FirstAidAre you prepared to handle an emergency situation involving your pets? A little preparation can go a long way in helping you have the confidence that you need to help. Take some time to review the following tips to ensure that you can provide the help that is needed in the unfortunate event of an emergency. While we hope that you never need to use first aid for your pet, you never know when you might need to be prepared for the worst.

  • Know what steps you need to take in an emergency. A plan will help you to act in a cool, collected manner. Your plans should include making sure that everyone involved is safe, as knowing what signs and symptoms indicate when help is needed.
  • Have the necessary supplies. Put together a small first-aid kit to carry. It should include items such as tweezers, sterile saline, gauze rolls, gauze sponges, antibiotic ointment, latex gloves, a spare leash, and a thermometer. Consult your veterinarian for other items that they recommend as well. Continue…

We’re Here for You in an Emergency

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Did you know that Carriage Hills Animal Hospital is able to handle your pet’s emergencies 24/7? Our Emergency Room staff is trained specifically for emergency and critical care, and we offer the most advanced surgical techniques and diagnostic technology in the region. We make our emergency services available to anyone and everyone in the Montgomery area, regardless of which veterinarian you see on a regular basis.

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