Monthly Archives: April, 2015

Mandy’s Story by: Dr. Holly Mims

Mandy is a 12yo FS Rat Terrier.  I began seeing Mandy in April of this year in Myrtle Beach.  She had previously been diagnosed with a protein losing nephropathy.  This is a disease in which the kidneys are letting protein leak out into the urine.  Mandy was in renal failure and was on several medications and supplements to try and protect her kidneys and improve her kidney function.  At the time that I saw her, she was acutely unable to walk in all 4 legs and was severely anemic (low red blood cell count).  Her inability to walk was felt to be related to a stroke or disk disease in her neck.  A lot of people would consider saying good bye at this point due to her inability to walk, chronic kidney failure, and need for a blood transfusion, but not Mandy’s mom and not Mandy.  Mandy is a fighter and so is her mom.  We brought Mandy home with us from Myrtle Beach and hospitalized her in Mt. Pleasant.  She was given a blood transfusion and we continued to treat her supportively for suspected intestinal blood loss secondary to her kidney disease.  She responded to treatment and even though she still was not able to walk, she was sent home where her mom continued to perform physical therapy.  Seventeen days later, Mandy is now walking (although still wobbly) and is doing great!

Below is a video link showing Mandy walking!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krsE1kJKTNY

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Heat Stroke by: Kelsey Harris, DVM (ER North Charleston)

It’s hard to believe that summer is right around the corner! With the weather heating up, we all need to be more conscious about keeping out pets cool. In preparation for the hot summer months, we’ve provided a short overview of heat stroke. This will prepare you for signs to look for and things you can do to help your pet if you think he/she may be suffering from this condition.

Heat stroke is an acute, progressive, life threatening emergency characterized by a core body temperature of >106*F. It causes multi-organ dysfunction including changes in the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary and integumentary systems. Heat stroke can occur quickly and the disease state can progress rapidly. It is extremely important to seek immediate medical care!

Signs to look for:

  • Excessive panting, drooling
  • Wobbly, drunken, or abnormal gait
  • Weakness or collapse
  • Bloody or tarry stool
  • Depression, decreased responsiveness, seizures

What to do:

  • Quickly remove your pet from the environment where the over-heating occurred into a shaded/cool place
  • Begin cooling efforts! Place cool wet towels or tap water along the back of the neck, in the armpits, and in the groin region.  You may also wet the ear flaps and paws with cool water.  Directing a fan over these wetted areas will help to speed evaporative cooling.
  • Transport to the closest veterinary facility immediately!

Cooling your pet too aggressively or overcooling can also have significant adverse affects. Below are some guidelines to help prevent overcooling of your pet.

What not to do:

  • Do not use cold water, ice, or ice baths for cooling
  • Do not attempt to force water into your pet’s mouth, but you may have fresh cool water ready to offer should your pet be alert and show an interest in drinking.
  • Do not leave your pet unattended

Keeping pets indoors during peak hours is ideal. For pets kept outside, please be sure to provide cool, shaded areas and free access to water at all times. Never, ever leave pets in cars – even if the windows are open, temperatures inside the vehicle can climb rapidly. We hope you and your pets enjoy a safe and happy summer season!