Mark your calendars! From December 9th -14th,
we will be collecting non-perishable food donations for 2nd Harvest to help the hungry families in Spokane.
Help us collect food donations by bringing in a donation of 2 (or more!) items for food bank donation. To thank you for your generous donation, we will give your dog or cat a FREE NAIL TRIM!
Please call us for a nail trim appointment: 448-4480
Thank you for helping us make a difference in our community!
It’s late summer in the inland northwest and that means the cheat grass is ripe and dry, just waiting to get embedded someplace painful! Cheat grass awns (the seed of an annual weedy grass in the genus Bromus) are one of the sharp seeds you get in your socks when you walk through a weedy area. They are also infamous for causing problems in pets (even in livestock!). The awns get into the ears, eyes, nose, toes, mouth (well, almost anywhere!) and can cause serious problems.
We see them most often in the ear canal of dog’s ears. If you see a dog shaking it’s head, we strongly recommend that you make an appointment as soon as possible to check the ears for a foreign body (like cheat grass!). Cheat grass awns tend to move in one direction (they have a rough, barbed-like surface), so it can be very easy for them to puncture the ear drum.
After hiking with your dog, check him or her for these nasty seeds, especially around the face and feet. Take a quick check under the tail, too! Look between the toes carefully if you have a dog with hairy feet, because those awns can cause painful abscesses by working their way in between the toes.
Head shaking, a squinty eye, and licking at the feet are common signs we see when a cheat grass awn is causing a problem. If you see any of these symptoms, please call immediately. It is best to catch these early!
It’s getting hot outside and we would love to see how your pet enjoys the summer!
Send us a picture of your pet enjoying summer in the great Inland Northwest! We will post your photos on our Facebook and Google+ pages and collect votes. For every vote your pet’s photo receives (one per person please), we will put an entry in the drawing for a pair of tickets to Silverwood! (Your pet will have to stay home and relax while you enjoy the prize…)
Submissions should be limited to SouthCare clients/patients. Submit your photo(s) in digital format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to include your name and your pet’s name in the photo. Drawing will be held on July 31st, 2013.
<– Two of the many ways Gooch enjoys his summers.
It’s spring! That means it is time for those creepy-crawly pests to be out and about, seeking a nice warm blood meal from your pet (or you!). Our most common tick, the Rocky Mountain Wood Tick (Dermacentor andersoni) is out among the grasses and shrubs, just waiting for a warm body to brush by.
Besides being creepy, these ticks can transmit some diseases to our furry friends, although it is rare in our area. Females can also cause “Tick Paralysis” which can be very dangerous for your pet. So, we recommend applying a tick preventative during the warm months of the year. We have found Frontline Plus to be safe and work well for these ticks, so it is the product we currently carry for our patients.
You can also minimize the number of ticks your pet accumulates by checking them thoroughly after they have been in tick-infested areas. Concentrate on areas around the neck and ears, but they can be anywhere.
If you want to remove a tick yourself, do not attempt to kill the tick with anything hot–it is unnecessary and dangerous! Just firmly grasp (don’t squeeze or crush) the tick as close to the attachment point as possible, then gently pull the tick out backwards. Don’t hesitate to drop in if you have an embedded tick that needs to removed–we can pull it out for you. You should also check yourself if you were also out!
It’s spring, which means the black flies are out and about in the Spokane area! These pesky flies take a blood meal by using their mouth parts to cut a hole in the skin, then add a little anticoagulant saliva to keep the wound from clotting until they are done feeding. Fresh black fly bites will often continue bleeding for a little while after the fly is finished and you will find either fresh blood or crusted blood over a bite. The bite will then show a central blood-spot, resembling a small blood blister. Many people and pets have reactions to the saliva from the flies. The bites will often swell and become very itchy.
In pets, the flies tend to like the areas around the abdomen (belly), where the hair is thinner. They seem to really like the areas right where the hair starts to thin out. In people, they tend to concentrate at the nape of the neck, along your hairline. Otherwise, they also bite along the edges of clothing (like where your socks end at the ankle–they will crawl up your pants to get there!).
Black flies are small flies (have a humped-back appearance and are about 1/4-1/2 the size of the house fly) that tend to be the most active in the mornings, around dusk, or when it’s humid (often before/after rain). They are not known to transmit diseases in the Spokane area, but the bites can get infected, so be sure to clean them after being bitten. Monitor the area closely until it heals.
As with any insect bite or sting, if there is any indication of an allergic reaction or infection, bring your pet in to be examined by one of our veterinarians as soon as possible. Any breathing difficulties or generalized swelling should be considered an emergency and should be seen immediately!
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This young Cape Parrot was brought in by a young man that coaxed him out of a tree. The poor bird was lethargic, hypothermic and underweight. Our weather is definitely not what he needed!
Dr. Wada and the staff were able to get him warmed up, comfortable, and eating. He was quite the character when he felt better!
Then we went on the search for his home. Unfortunately, he did not have a band or a microchip. We searched all the shelter lost-pet listings, Craigslist, and the newspaper lost & found. Dr. Wada even searched the neighborhood where he was found, looking for posters.
On the third day, due to some diligent footwork, Dr. Wada finally tracked down the owner, who was just starting to post posters at a pet store. Whew! Great job, Dr. Wada! Johnnie appreciated all your efforts to find his home!
Well, Tigger must have heard all the campaigns for FAST (recognizing stroke symptoms)!
Tigger, a large orange tabby, is not normally a really affectionate cat. But in the middle of the night last September, he woke up his “mom” by rubbing her and pushing her, which is completely out of character for him. This also woke up “dad” who saw that his wife had all the signs of a stroke (one side of the face drooping, her arm, and inability to speak). He immediately called 911 and the paramedics were able to get her to the hospital right away, which is the key to successful stroke treatment.
Today, Tigger’s mom is doing wonderfully. Thanks, Tigger, you did a great job!