Posts Tagged ‘veterinarian’

For Common Toy Breed Dog Windpipe Issue, Univ of Missouri Veterinarians Use Technology and Precision Instead of an Incision

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

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Jack, a 12-year-old Yorkshire terrier, was lethargic and gasping for air when he arrived at the University of Missouri Veterinary Hospital. His tongue and gums were a bluish-purple. But, just one day following an innovative procedure, Jack bounced back to his former youthful exuberance.

Jack was suffering from tracheal collapse. Tracheal collapse occurs when the cartilage comprising the c-shaped rings of the trachea collapse, leaving dogs to breathe through a trachea that resembles a narrowed or closed straw. Standard treatment involves medical management with lifestyle changes and drugs aimed at minimizing the consequences of a smaller airway. For many dogs, medical management ultimately ceases to work.

In Jack’s case, MU veterinarians inserted an intra-luminal stent, like a tiny spring, within the trachea. Carol Reinero, associate professor of small animal internal medicine, performed the procedure on Jack, which required no incision.

“This condition is very common in toy breeds, but not all dogs with this condition have such severe symptoms,” Reinero said. “We start with medical management, but because this is a degenerative disease, further measures are sometimes necessary. The procedure that Jack received is generally considered a last-ditch effort. It takes a great deal of planning and precision. But its success can be seen � and heard � almost immediately.”

The life-giving treatment Jack received was performed at the MU Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, the only facility in Missouri known to offer the particular procedure that allowed Jack to breathe again so quickly. The MU College of Veterinary Medicine’s success in the placement of these stents can be attributed to the teaching hospital’s high-tech equipment and a full team of skilled veterinary medicine specialists, including board certified internists, anesthesiologists, radiologists and veterinary students.

“When Jack first came to us, he was wheezing and coughing, and we had to carry him around because of his condition,” said Heather Wise, a fourth-year veterinary medical student. “At his follow up, we didn’t even hear him coming down the hall for his appointment.”

Jack’s two-week follow-up examination showed remarkable results. The team found that his oral membranes had returned to a healthy pink color and his tracheal and lung sounds were normal. The radiographs show the tracheal areas once absent of air are now propped fully open with the stent.

“We didn’t realize how serious his condition was, but it was a great relief to know that it could be treated,” said Connie Miller, Jack’s owner. “He can now run around in the yard. This means everything to me. Jack is my little friend. This hospital is the only hospital that does this. Here we get the best of the best.”

Ashburn VA: House Calls a Thing of the Past? Not at Ashby Ponds.

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

At Ashby Ponds retirement community, a local veterinarian visits her mother – and a few four-legged friends!

At Ashby Ponds retirement community, there are about eighty cats and dogs that need veterinary care from time to time. Sensitive to this need, a veterinarian from Agape Veterinary Clinic in The Plains, VA, decided to help. Katherine Buck Gray, DVM, visits Ashby Ponds regularly to see her mother who lives at the community; while she is there, she has agreed to offer veterinary services to the residents’ pets.

“I can give vaccines and physical exams as well as treat ear and skin problems,” said Dr. Gray. With appointments made in advance, she can also bring a technician along and do procedures like nail trims, blood draws, and aspirates. “It’s nice to have a busy daughter who finds an excuse to come and see her mother once in a while, and provide a service at the same time,” said Alice Buck, Dr. Gray’s mother.

For residents who do not drive anymore like Dorothy Sampugna, the resident chair of the Ashby Ponds dog club, the visits by Dr. Gray are truly valued and appreciated. “Where else would you find a vet willing to make house calls but at Ashby Ponds?” said Sampugna, owner of cherished lab mix, Brewster.

Dr. Gray comes to the community about once a month to facilitate annual exams, take care of minor medical problems, and answer questions. “I have had several requests to speak about geriatric problems in older animals,” said Dr. Gray who recently spoke to the dog club about Lyme disease.

With so many other convenient services provided at the community like the on-site fitness center, indoor pool, and hair salon, adding a veterinarian to the list of services is an added bonus to many of the residents at the community. Dr. Gray will return to Ashby Ponds for house calls on Tuesday, September 20.