Meet Boo, The Miracle Cat

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Blog, Found

Last May, Boo—a two-year-old short-haired black cat—was brought to his regular veterinarian for wounds after being gone for 6 days. His left lower jaw was fractured, bone exposed, and he had skin wounds on the left side of his neck and shoulder. His veterinarian treated the flesh wounds and removed a bullet from the left shoulder area. Boo needed specialty care and was referred to Dr. Lynn Happel at Eastown Veterinary Clinic to repair the extensive damage. Dr. Happel found that Boo was in a fair amount of pain due to his fractured jaw and broken teeth. Otherwise, Boo was stable and his other wounds were healing so he was cleared for surgery to remove the painful broken teeth and repair his jaw. During surgery, Dr. Happel extracted most of Boo’s damaged teeth and placed an acrylic oral splint to help his jaw heal properly by keeping the pieces of bone close together so they could heal. A couple of his broken teeth were left to support the splint during the healing process. There was limited tissue to cover the jaw bone, but suturing the gum tissue over the bone was attempted. A few weeks later Boo was back for a recheck exam to evaluate the healing process. Dr. Happel...

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What is Heartworm?

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in Blog

Although we talk to pet owners’ frequently about heartworm and the need for preventative treatments, it is still a topic many struggle to understand. Heartworm is very common throughout the United States for both dogs and cats.  It is transmitted through a mosquito bite to your dog or cat and the worms can live in the heart or the large blood vessels in your pet’s lungs. The mosquitos that carry the heartworm larvae are found in all 50 states. Unfortunately, due to the significant reach of mosquitos and the need for all dogs to frequently go outside, even primarily indoor dogs and cats are susceptible to heartworm. When a dog or cat is infected, the heartworm larvae make their way through the bloodstream and eventually find their way to the heart or large blood vessels in the lungs. Heartworms can alter your pet’s blood flow throughout the body and can affect the functions of your pet’s heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver. Because of how expansive the effects of heartworms can be, your pet’s symptoms may be varied. The most common symptoms associated with heartworm are fatigue, shortness of breath, and coughing. When it comes to determining if your pet has heartworm, bringing them in for a physical exam and...

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Meet the pets of Eastown Vet – June, Clay and Boodha

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Blog

Taking care of your pet is our number one priority at Eastown Veterinary Clinic; we understand the bond between a pet and family better than anyone. When we close up shop each evening, we go home to our own furry family members. This month, we’re introducing you to the pets of Emily Covert, our client services representative.   June, 13-year-old Alaskan Husky Emily and her then-fiancé adopted June when she was one and a half years old. They met through the Kent County Animal Shelter and immediately knew that June was meant to be in their family. Emily says she knew June was supposed to be a part of her life when she ran up and immediately started cuddling with her soon-to-be mom and dad. June’s favorite things include: Playing in the snow Cheering for the Michigan Wolverines Making friends with the snakes and bunnies in the backyard “She befriends all animals,” Emily says. “She never bats or tries to bite.”             Clay, 10-year-old black-and-white cat Emily calls Clay her “fancy cat” because he loves playing with scarves and stuffing his head into every kind of shoe. He is the protector of the house and knows how to open doors and use the toilet....

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Why Dental Cleanings Under General Anesthesia Are Important

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Blog

Oral health in humans and pets aren’t much different from each other. You need to be aware of plaque or tartar buildup, brush regularly and go in for checkups. There is one difference between a human checkup and a pet checkup, however. Humans are accustomed to their regular dental checkups. You lay back in a chair while the dental hygienist makes small talk as they chart and clean your teeth. Pets, on the other hand, need general anesthesia during their dental charting and cleaning. Pet’s don’t sit back and say “Aaaah”. Anesthesia allows us to give our patients the best care, performing a thorough exam and charting through your pet’s mouth and clean every nook and cranny. Cleaning isn’t the only thing we look at when it comes to your pet’s oral health. While they are under the general anesthesia, we also take the time to do dental radiographs (xrays of the teeth) to look for where most dental disease hides, below the gumline. Pet dental cleanings under general anesthesia are very safe. A trained and licensed veterinary technician looks at blood pressure, blood oxygen saturation, end tidal carbon dioxide, electrocardiogram, respiratory rate and body temperature while monitoring the procedure. We make sure your pet is comfortable the entire...

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What Is Periodontal Disease?

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Blog, Pet Tips

Your pet’s teeth and gums are just as important as any other part of their body. When neglected, these sensitive areas develop periodontal disease, which is a painful infection of the gum tissue. It’s a common disease in humans, as well as their pets. Periodontal disease starts with plaque, bacteria mixed with proteins growing along the gums. The longer plaque is left on your pet’s teeth, it will become tartar and it will negatively affect your pet’s dental health. Left untreated, the plaque and tartar build up and cause gingivitis, an irritation, redness and swelling in the gums. Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease, and action is needed. A complete oral health assessment and treatment under general anesthesia is needed to assess the extent of periodontal disease and treat it appropriately in order to prevent the disease from progressing. The first sign of gingivitis is inflammation and/or bleeding in the gums. If that is not immediately treated, the gums will start to pull away from the teeth and create pockets for more bacteria to settle and cause destruction of the tissues supporting the teeth. When this happens, your pet’s mouth has reached the next stage of periodontal disease. If the disease goes too long without treatment, your...

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Meet the pets of Eastown Vet – Sheldon, Ellie, Rylee and Lyon

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Blog

  Taking care of your pet is our No. 1 priority at Eastown Veterinary Clinic; we understand the bond between a pet and family better than anyone. When we close up shop each evening, we go home to our own furry family members. This month, we’re introducing you to Dr. Ashley Tittle’s pets Sheldon, Ellie, Rylee and Lyon.     Sheldon, domestic shorthair Sheldon is a four-year-old domestic shorthair who will talk back when Dr. Tittle talks to him. He is shy with new people and loves Dr. Tittle’s boyfriend. Sheldon’s favorite things are: His cat tower The laser pointer Snuggling with his humans at night       Ellie, golden retriever Ellie is an eight-year-old golden retriever who loves people and is a mama’s girl. Dr. Tittle got Ellie when she was in veterinary school and Ellie was her study buddy throughout school. Ellie’s favorite things include: Holding hands Blankets that she uses to make a den Her toy balls “She’s my quiet, calm soul, so if I’m stressed out I hang out with her because she makes the world better,” Dr. Tittle said.     Rylee, lab mix Rylee is Dr. Tittle’s two-year-old lab mix who is the little princess of the bunch. She always wants attention...

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