Sunday, July 12, 2015

Summertime Tips

Dog wearing star-spangled outfit in front of flag
For many people, nothing beats lounging in the backyard during the summer with good friends and family—including the four-legged members of the household. While it may seem like a great idea to reward Rover with scraps from the grill, in reality some festive foods and products can be potentially hazardous to your pets. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center offers the following tips:
  • Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases.
  • Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.
  • Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If lighter fluid is inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.
  • Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it. While the luminescent substance contained in these products is not highly toxic, excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.
  • Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach. Ingestions can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression. If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets.

The Dreaded Dietary Indiscretion

The Dreaded Dietary Indiscretion:
A Poem by Dr. Karen Farnan

What will it be?  
Fabric, French fries, feminine hygiene products,
Grapes, golf balls,
Pennies, plastic, pies
Toys, trash, socks,
Rib bones, rocks,
Needle and thread,
Chocolate, lilies,
Underwear, unlimited!
What will it cause?  
Diarrhea, dehydration , vomiting,
Pancreatitis, peritonitis,  obstruction,
Toxicity, bloat, or GDV!
Oh no!  Time to go to Rocky Gorge to get better!
How will they diagnose it?
Exam, X-rays,
Bloodwork, barium.
How will they fix it?
Medicine, fluids,
Surgery, endoscopy!
Next time I will be more careful.
But it’s good to know they’re there if we need them
Twenty-four/seven the doctors and staff
Of Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital
For Dietary Indiscretion

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Celebrate Rocky Gorge's 65th Anniversary With An Open House

Celebrate RGAH's 65th Anniversary in the

Laurel Community With An Open House

Saturday, June 6th

4-8 pm

Food and Fun for kids and adults
Tattoo Artist
Fun Foods, Grilled Foods
and much more!!

Come DUNK your favorite vet in our dunk tank! 
Laurel Police K-9 Demonstrations, Educational Talks
Learn how to make sure your pets are safe in case a disaster strikes

No Pets Please