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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It’s a Jungle Out There: Fear Free in 2018!

As pet owners, we want what’s best for our furry friends and are always looking to make sure we’re doing our best for them. However, when it comes to taking them to the veterinarian for their important annual preventive care exam or even for acute care, we can’t help but cringe. Although we know it’s best for them, pet owners and pets all dread going to the veterinarian. But it doesn’t have to be that way…

At Carriage Hills Animal Hospital, we get it. We want to make coming to see us as stress free as possible for your and your pet. We know that the easier it is for both of you, the better health care your pet receives. To that end, we’re proudly working to become a certified Fear Free hospital in 2018.

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Do You See What I See: Wellness Ultrasound For Pets

If you have ever had a sick pet, you likely know how valuable ultrasound technology can be. We can look for changes in the abdominal organs, see abnormal valves in the heart, evaluate for foreign objects, and get a real time image of a tissue we are trying to sample with a needle. The ultrasound may just be one of our favorite tools in the hospital.

The veterinary staff at Carriage Hills Animal Hospital wants our pet owners to appreciate the ultrasound for more than just being a diagnostic tool, though. Did you know that wellness ultrasound for pets can be just as incredible?

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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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A No Good, Very Bad Day: When Foreign Bodies in Pets Take Center Stage

foreign bodies in petsThere’s no question about it: pets are curious, and they explore the world through their noses and mouths. Sure, a little sniff here and there may not necessarily result in a pet emergency, but it’s almost unheard of for a pet to eat something they shouldn’t have and suffer zero consequences. This potential scenario understandably leaves pet owners on edge, but foreign bodies in pets are common enough to warrant full-fledged pet-proofing.

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Intratracheal Stent Surgery:  Help for Pets with Tracheal Collapse

dog portraitCarriage Hills Animal Hospital takes pride in being able to offer our patients the best and most progressive techniques available in veterinary medicine. Part of this is being able to provide the most up to date surgical options for a variety of medical issues.

Intratracheal stent surgery is just one of the many advanced procedures our surgery staff is able to offer pets in need.

The Collapsing Trachea

As vets, we can often recognize tracheal collapse before your pet even enters our exam room. Typically, it’s a middle aged, small breed dog (think Yorkies, Poodles, and Pomeranians) on our schedule for coughing. While it is important for any coughing dog to be examined (other problems such as kennel cough or heart failure can also cause it), many times the culprit is what is known as a collapsing trachea. Continue…

Boning Up on Pet Orthopedic Surgery

Side view of female Dog X-RayYou probably already realize that the veterinarians and staff at Carriage Hills Animal Hospital are the best of the best. We excel in many areas, however making advanced veterinary surgical techniques accessible to our clients is one of those that we especially take pride in.

We perform many surgeries that require specialized training, experience, and equipment at Carriage Hills Animals Hospital. These include everything from advanced dental procedures to neurological surgeries to laparoscopic surgeries and complicated soft tissue procedures. We are also proud to be able to perform pet orthopedic surgery.

Defining Pet Orthopedic Surgery

You may be familiar with the term orthopedics as it relates to people, but do you know what pet orthopedic surgery is? This area of surgery is devoted to treating diseases and illness of the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles of the body. Obviously, this can encompass a great many diseases and injuries in our pet patients. Continue…

Cancer and Your Pet

Dog covering noseOur pets are living longer than ever thanks to advances in medicine and better overall standards for care.

Unfortunately, the longer a pet lives the more likely it is to be affected by cancer. In fact, 1 in 4 pets will die of cancer. However, together as a team, you and the Carriage Hills staff can decrease your pet’s odds of developing cancer and increase the chances of survival, should your pet ever receive the diagnosis.

Here are a few things to know when it comes to cancer and your pet…

Cancer Prevention for Pets

You have power in your pet’s healthcare.

  • Remember to keep your pet’s routine wellness appointments so that your pet’s doctor can perform a thorough examination, perform recommended lab work, and discuss any concerns you may have.

  • Keep an eye out for general signs of a problem including weight loss, behavioral changes, or changes in appetite. Continue…

Laparoscopic Pet Surgery

iStock_000026598878XSmallLaparoscopic pet surgery is considered the cutting edge of medicine. A procedure that used to involve a large, invasive incision can now take place through a tiny hole utilizing video scopes. Our own Dr. Scott Griffin has been trained in laparoscopic surgery through the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and is performing these types of procedures on a routine basis. Continue…