May: Emma Sweet Piggy
Emma came into the clinic not feeling her best. She didn't want to eat, was drinking a lot of water, wasn't very active, having a hard time getting around, panting a lot and just seemed uncomfortable.
When she arrived she had a fever which indicated there could be an infection somewhere. Blood work was performed and she had an elevated white blood cell which confirmed an infection. Emma was an intact female and she had some discharge from her vulva, so Dr. Huneke was concerned that she had what is called a pyometra, which is a infection of the uterus.
Pyometras can be very life threatening to female dogs and so emergency surgery was performed to remove the infected uterus and ovaries. As suspected her uterus contained a very large infection, weighing almost 5 pounds! A normal healthy uterus will usually weigh under 1 pound. Emma stayed the night with us after surgery with IV fluids to help flush her system, she was able to go home to her family the next day. Emma is fully recovered now and back to her happy healthy se
Dixie came into to clinic not acting like her normal peppy self. After spending a couple days with us in the hospital on fluids our team had diagnosed Dixie with Atypical Addison’s Disease. Addison’s disease is the common name for hypoadrenocorticism caused by decreased hormone production from the of the adrenal gland causing Dixie’s body to not be able to regulate her glucose. Dixie started responding to steroids and was sent home with special medications and is back to her normal self again.
Smokes came to the clinic in January with a very large open wound on her back leg. It appeared she had been stepped on by something or got her foot caught somewhere. Her leg was very swollen and painful and she did not want to walk on it. Radiographs were taken that day to see if there was any breaks in the bones of her leg. Thankfully, when the doctor reviewed the x-rays there appeared to be no breaks in her bones. Smokes was sent home on a course of antibiotics to fight infection and her owners were instructed to keep her in a small space and soak her foot in an Epsom salt bath daily.
Smokes’ mom brought her in once a week for a whole month so we could continue to wrap her wound and keep an eye on her progress. It was a long journey but Smokes has made a full recovery and was finally able to be let back outside again to explore the world!
· Age: 5 Year Old
· Breed: Yellow Labrador
· The thing that makes her owners smile most is when she gets in the cattle water tank to cool off, or when she is such a good help working cattle.
· Laramie’s most endearing bad habit is not wanting to get out of the pickup after they are done going for a ride.
· Her top career would be a Rancher.
· Laramie & her owners favorite thing to do is either go hunting or go on rides in the pickup.
· Her favorite place to hang out is in the sandbox under the shade tree.
Last month Laramie was unfortunately hit by a car. She came walking into the clinic with just a few bumps and scrapes. We thought it best to keep her for observation through the afternoon, and good thing we did. About 2 hours later Laramie started to have seizures, which indicated she had been hit hard enough to cause brain swelling. We Immediately started her on IV fluids, steroids & sedation to keep her body under control. With a lot of patience and prayers Laramie was back to walking, eating and normal activity within 4 days. She is back home, acting like nothing ever happened and enjoys wrestling with her newest little puppy sister, Belle.
Age: About 1 year old
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
The thing that makes his owner smile most is his cuddles
Todd’s most endearing bad habit is waking his owner up in the morning, and eating everything he can.
If Todd had a career he would be an NFL Linebacker!
Todd & his owners favorite thing to do together is play fetch
His favorite place to hang out is the bathroom sink
Todd came to us in February feeling sick with a very high fever! He spent several nights with us on IV (intravenous) fluids and antibiotics. After several days his fever finally broke and he started to act like his frisky self. Todd was feeling great until beginning of March when he started favoring his front leg. Luckily, after x-rays, we determined it was just a sprain. With a little pain medication he is back to new!
Age: 11 Years
Breed: Golden Retriever
Favorite Thing: When her owners come home! She is the absolute happiest when they come through the door.
Most endearing habit: Putting her paw on your lap to get your attention whenever you sit down.
If she had a career: She would be a therapy dog.
Her favorite thing to do with her parents is going for walks.
Her favorite place to hang out is on the couch!
Winnie is a very special girl for us here at Willow Creek Vet! Her parents take excellent care of her doing yearly wellness exams, geriatric blood work and urinalysis. Due to Winnie's age, she has many benign fatty tumors, which we also keep a good eye on by doing yearly tumor mapping & measuring. One of Winnie's fatty tumors became a little larger in size than what we felt comfortable with, with a quick surgery we removed it & sent it into the lab for diagnostic testing. Luckily, the tumor came back as a benign lipoma (fatty tumor), causing no problems in her future health!