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Current Cases: Bo Eckermann

Monday, October 21, 2013

Bo and I have become great friends over the past few years as we are both rescued pets who ended up in a doctor’s home. Dr. Eckermann rescued Bo (full name Boo Radley) and we often spend the days together at the clinic.

Recently, Bo had a serious and very painful condition when a disk in his spine began to protrude and invade the spinal column. This is a common condition in certain breeds such as Dachshunds, Corgis, Beagles, and other long backed dogs. Sometimes, in older pets, it can occur in any breed.

Dogs who suffer from this condition can present with different symptoms. Usually these pets will have severe back or neck pain, and sometimes their disk can cause damage to the spinal column causing them to walk with a "drunken" gait, or not walk at all. These problems can be a time sensitive issue, and should be seen on emergency to get diagnosed. 

Bo began becoming very painful in his neck and would cry out if he turned a certain way. His daddy started him on some medications for the inflammation and pain to make him comfortable. After several weeks of medical management, Bo was still uncomfortable and had to be sent off to a neurologist at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists for an MRI.

Below is an image of an MRI from a pet with the same problem that Bo had. The neurologists placed a special dye material into the spine to show up on the pictures from the MRI. Note the area where the dye is missing. This is space taken up by a herniated disk.

Bo was taken to surgery that day and the offending disk was removed. Now Bo is back to his normal self and feeling great! I have to be careful when we play because Bo is still recovering and will always be at risk for more ruptures. Thank you Gulf Coast staff and doctors for taking such good care of Bo!



How to Give Your Pet medications

Friday, March 22, 2013
Normally, I would not give away such secret advice, but let’s face it, what’s the point in spending money on medications if you think in your head there is no way you are going to get your pet to eat them…especially cats…they are tricky!

**Is the medication flavored or in treat form? Is your pet a beagle or Labrador? If the answers to the above are yes, then we may just take it out of your hand!

**1, 2, 3 Rule! Try hiding it in food. The best way to do this is to hide the pills in a piece of cheese, small ball of canned food, or other goodie.
1. Always offer a few pieces without the pills first
        2. Then give the hidden pills in a treat
        3. Immediately follow with a hand full of more treats so the pet will reach for those treats before realizing they ate a pill.

** Pill Pockets  A great invention for those evasive cats and dogs! Easy to cover pills and delicious! The 1, 2, 3 rule also applies in this case

**Peanut Butter on the roof of the mouth
Cover your medications with PB on a spoon. Insert the spoon in to the mouth and close over the spoon as you pull it out. This should work (in theory) to help keep the pills from being spit back out. 

**Pill Guns
This tool was made with cats in mind. Stick your pill in the top part of the "gun". Place towards the back of the mouth and depress the plunger. 

**Just Pill Me!
Sometimes even the best tricks in the world are not going to work on every pet. Owners often forget you can just shove it in the mouth and force the pet to swallow. 
-Sometimes it is helpful to squirt some water after the pill to encourage swallowing, although this can result in a slurry drool of medication. 
     -When pilling animals, never do so with an animal that will bite. 
     -Place the pet between your legs, grab the top of the head if it is a cat and the top of the muzzle for dogs.        With the other hand lower the bottom jaw and stick the pill in the back of the mouth. 
     -It is important to the get the pill as far back as possible or the taste will cause the pet to spit it back up. 
     -Now close the mouth and either blow and rub the nose gently or rub the throat area gently to encourage        swallowing. 
     -Watch your pet closely for a few minutes to ensure the pill was not hiding and they don't drop it once     
       you turn your back. 

**Always remember many medications can be compounded in flavored liquids or treats for long term use. Ask your vet about these options!
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