POTM October, 2018
Breagha is a beautiful, brindle and white canine that has been a patient at AHS for many years. She is very energetic and always excited to visit us! She especially enjoys her spa days. She recently became one of our Canine Heroes when she saved her family from a house fire. Part of her family was at work and one family member had just come home mid-day to take care of the pets and then rest after an early morning start for classes. Breagha went upstairs where he was napping. This was very unusual for her because of her arthritis. She began barking non-stop until he woke up to see what she wanted. He went downstairs to check the front door and she nipped him on the back of the leg……this was because the fire was at the front door! He then realized what she was trying to tell him and he was able to get all of the pets and himself safely out of the house! What an amazing canine!! Breagha stayed with us for a bit while her family found a home to rent that would allow pets until their home could be rebuilt. They are all doing well and thankful for their hero, Breagha!
Feline Pet of the Month for October, 2018
M.J. is a young indoor and outdoor cat that presented to the hospital lethargic, not eating, and with possible nausea or gagging. He also had an episode of disorientation and a fever. The subsequent blood screen run in hospital on M.J. was unremarkable. It is not uncommon for cats to contract viruses and/or have a recrudescence (basically, a reappearance) of a latent virus that persistently infected the cat as a kitten. Most cats respond to hydration support, antibiotics and anti-inflammatory agents. In this case, it was suspected that the disorientation may have been fever-related. M.J. was treated for his nausea and fever, given fluids under the skin and sent home for monitoring. M.J. worsened and presented again the next day. He had started drooling and had developed diarrhea. His temperature was improved so diarrhea medication was added and he was kept overnight. The next day, M.J. was still not responding to therapy so blood work was repeated and whole-body radiographs performed to help determine the cause of the diarrhea and gagging/drooling/diarrhea. M.J. subsequently became severely hypoglycemic and his cholesterol and white cell count had declined. The radiographs were normal. Intravenous fluids were instituted with glucose. With the quick decline in M.J.’s condition and blood work change, bacterial sepsis was a concern. Bacterial sepsis is a flooding of the body with bacteria (likely from the intestinal tract in this case) and a poor prognosis is warranted. Very aggressive antibiotic therapy with the intravenous fluid therapy was instituted and M.J. gradually improved. His blood work gradually normalized so sepsis was less likely. After several sleepless nights for his dedicated owners, M.J. was eating and starting to play. It was suspected he ingested something outside to start off the cascade. M.J. made a full recovery and is doing well currently. He is a very special boy and because of that, he is our feline Pet of the Month.