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San Pedro Animal Hospital Update

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  We have had a lot going on the last couple of weeks.  For one thing Peter has completed his 1 month of sobriety successfully, something that was truly shocking to behold for everyone who knows him.  Unfortunately, most people say he was even grumpier while he was on the wagon, so they are glad he is back to the same old Jaegermeister drinking Pedro.  I asked Peter what he learned from this month and he said he is proud of his achievement and he will never ever do it again.  He claims to have earned $5000 in pledges to the San Pedro Animal Foundation.  Now it is up to him to collect and we will see if he is right.  I know a lot of you have already handed over your cash and we thank you very much!  This money will be used primarily for emergencies when the owners are short on funds.  In the past San Pedro Animal Foundation money has paid for limb amputations, fish hook removals from mouths or  stomachs, and sometimes euthanasias for those animals who are suffering and beyond repair.  I have a story to share from last February where we removed a fishhook from the stomach of a kitty who decided to swallow it – bait, line and all!  Stay tuned…

In other, sadder, news…we had our first confirmed case of leptospirosis on the island.  Unfortunately this disease took the life a beautiful 4 year-old Brittany Spaniel named Chica.  The owner was good enough to have a blood sample sent to the U.S. for testing and it did test positive for leptospira icterohaemorrhagiae.    This is a bacterial disease contracted from standing water and spread by rats.  There is a vaccine but it’s immunity only lasts one year.  Sadly, Chica had been vaccinated 1 year and 4 months ago.  Vaccination is not a guarantee, it’s more like a flu shot.  It provides protection and decreases the severity of disease.  Animals who contract leptospirosis typically die of kidney and/or liver failure.  We will be doing our best to remind those of you who have pets that are due for their lepto vaccine, but please do your best to keep track of your pet’s vaccinations as well.  Lepto is contained in the 5 in 1 vaccine known as DHLPP.  If you have a pet in need of a booster or you are not sure, come and see us.  Our vaccines are hand carried by Yours-Truly on a plane and brought into the country on ice, so that  we can guarantee that the vaccines remain effective.  Do your best friend a favor and make sure you vaccinate him with a vaccine from a reliable source!  Vaccines which are allowed to become warm lose their potency.

And one last bit of news – we have also confirmed our first case of Feline Heartworm Disease.  If you are giving your kitty heartworm preventative monthly good for you – keep it up!  If not, even if your kitties are indoors only, come and see us.  We have heartworm preventative options for every cat and every budget.  Heartworm disease is spread by mosquitoes, so all kitties are at risk.  And of course don’t forget to give heartworm preventative to your canine pets monthly as well.  Heartworm is a preventable disease!

 




SPAH and SPAF News Update

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   Thanks to all of Peter’s pledges the San Pedro Animal Foundation has increased its funding enormously.  So far Peter has survived 9 days of sobriety.  Only 21 days to go!  If you would like to pledge support for Peter by betting against him please contact Pedro’s Inn at 226-3825 or send us an email at laurie@sanpedroanimalhospital.com.  Remember all pledges will be paid to the San Pedro Animal Foundation which allows us to help more dogs in San Pedro in need of emergency medical care, spaying and neutering.  If Peter can’t stick to his end of the bargain and has a drink before midnight July 4th he will pay everyone’s pledges to SPAF and you won’t owe a thing!

On a related note, as you may have seen on the San Pedro morning show this morning, the San Pedro Animal Hospital is doing its part to assist the mayor, the town council, and Saga Humane Society in their struggle to control San Pedro’s dog population.  We are donating one free spay or neuter per week to the town for any animal in need.  This includes shelter animals, strays, and pets belonging to low-income individuals.  Since we at SPAH recommend the highest quality of care whenever possible we extend this to our charity cases.  All donated spays and neuters include a pre-op blood test, doctor’s examination, IV catheter and fluids, and post-op pain pills.  This means our donation to the town council is valued at over $10,000/year.

If you would like to help please do your part as well and have your pet spayed or neutered.  There are many reasons why San Pedro residents do not like to spay and neuter, and none of them are legitimate.  There really are NO good reasons to breed your dog or refuse to have them fixed.  San Pedro is a very small island, and we don’t need to be breeding dogs here.  And I’m sorry, but as I explained to one San Pedro resident, if you own a golf cart you do not qualify as needy!  Please do your part and pay for the surgery if you can afford it.  Pets do cost money, everyone knows this before adopting one.  If you do not want to pay for necessary procedures like vaccinations and spaying and neutering, owning a pet may not be for you.  Our pets in San Pedro give us so much – protection, love, and companionship.  We need to do the right things for them and our town as well.  One San Pedro resident last week really stepped up to the plate – she paid for the spaying of two of her friend’s dogs.  Both turned out to be pregnant, so this good samaritan prevented 16 unwanted puppies in San Pedro!

If we all do our part we can have a safer, cleaner, healthier San Pedro for animals and people alike.

Thanks as always for your support.




San Pedro Animal Foundation Saves Young Locally Owned Pet with Emergency Surgery

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Last Sunday Lupito arrived at San Pedro Animal Hospital at about 3pm after being hit by a car.  His owner was distraught.  Both his front legs had been injured.  After an examination it was found that his right front leg had only superficial injuries.  His heart and lungs were normal and he was amazingly stable considering what had just occured.  His left front leg had been stripped of all skin, muscle, vessels and nerves.  Only the bone remained.  He was, of course, extremely painful.

Lupito was given powerful pain killers while we discussed the situation with his owner.  The left front leg needed to be amputated…as soon as possible.  The owner was very upset at the thought of her puppy with only 3 legs.  She also was unable to afford the surgery, which is very expensive.  After much discussion we came upon agreement.  She would pay what little she could afford.  I would donate the surgery time and the San Pedro Animal Foundation would pick up the tab for the anesthesia, medications and supportive care.  But there was a catch – she had to allow us to amputate the leg.  It would be inhumane to take the puppy home in this condition.

Reluctantly, the owner finally agreed.  At 10pm that night the surgery was complete, and Lupito slept off the anesthesia with continued administration of buprenorphine, a potent morphine derivative.

At a 8am the next morning Lupito looked at me with a sad face, but he was already sitting up in his cage.  He ate some canned food and took his oral antibiotic.

Lupito at 8am the next morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then it was time for more buprenorphine for pain, so that he could sleep comfortably and allow his body to begin the healing process.

Lupito back on his pain medicine at 9am, resting.

At 5pm that same day, less than 24 hours after his amputation, Lupito was already coming back to life.

Lupito recovering after less than 24 hours

 

It has been a week now, and Lupito’s family is so happy that they decided to go ahead with the amputation.  Lupito is already running and jumping and playing.

Many people think that their pets are like us, that they cannot be happy after an amputation.  But this is not the case.  Our pets are much more resilient than we are, and readily adapt to their new situation with no bitterness or sense of loss.

This is just another quality in our pets that we can only admire, and do our best to emulate.




San Pedro Animal Foundation Donates Medical Care for “Raska”

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  The island was saddened by the loss of Tom Kimbrell last week, who died suddenly in a tragic accident. 

 When his companion of 12 years, “Raska”, was brought to San Pedro Animal Hospital for medical care last Thursday the San Pedro Animal Foundation stepped in to cover the costs.

 Raska suffers from poor vision and arthritis, among other things, and she has been through a lot of stress since her owner’s death.  Friends have stepped in to take care of her but she has had to adapt to new environments and new caregivers.

  The San Pedro Animal Hospital diagnosed and treated her for a condition called “Dry Eye” and conjunctivitis.  With time her vision may improve if the proper treatment is continued.  She was also treated for a skin infection, ear infections, and ticks.  She was given a thorough flea and tick bath as well as a soothing oatmeal bath.  Her nails were trimmed, her ears were cleaned, a monthly flea and tick preventative applied, she was dewormed, and given her monthly heartworm preventative.

She has a lot of medications to take but she should be much more comfortable now, thanks to those who have donated to the San Pedro Animal Foundation.

We send our sympathies to Tom’s family at this sad time and offer out best wishes to his loyal friend, Raska.