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Welcome Our New Weekend & Evening Groomer

Please join us in welcoming a new member of the Craig Road team: our new groomer Rebecca!

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Rebecca Stuessy

Her addition to Craig Road means that we will now be offering grooming during the evenings and on weekends.

Rebecca has multiple years of experience grooming dogs & cats of all sizes and understands how to discern the specific grooming needs of each pet.

We are currently accepting appointments for Rebecca for this week and over the weekend. Rebecca will be working alongside Becky who has been grooming at Craig Road since 1996. This now means that we will have significantly more availability for grooming. It also allows us to offer grooming during the day, seven days a week, and on select evenings.

Please note that Rabies, Distemper, Parvo, and Bordetella vaccines as well as intestinal parasite testing are required to be up to date for all pets brought in for grooming.

Welcome Rebecca!

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Aug 15, 2016 0 1246 Views

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They call him Dr. Google

Tiffany Major, DVM

By Tiffany Major, DVM

We’ve all done it. Whenever we start to feel like we are coming down with something, we type out a list of our symptoms and send them over to “Dr. Google”. While some find answers, others have scared themselves into believing that what they thought was the flu is now full-blown Ebola.

Most doctors feel that googling treatments isn’t the best idea, and we agree. When it comes to diagnosing your pet, I only have this to say: the internet is no easy answer. As humans, we have the gift of speech. We are able to communicate with others to let them know when we don’t feel right. And when we are getting worse.

Your pet on the other hand cannot always let you know what is wrong, and sometimes, the symptoms only show when it is too late. Annual check-ups are strongly recommended and one of the most important factors in preventative care. But too often I see emergencies where a pet is brought in with an exacerbated condition because their owner decided to treat them with a Dr. Google prescription.

Not everything on the internet is bad. While some “Ask a Vet” websites could be useful when asking non-emergency questions such as “can I give my dog turkey on Thanksgiving?” or “what’s the easiest way to crate train?” These are non-threatening questions and don’t need emergency medical care.

And there are many websites that provide useful information for our pets to live long, happy lives including ours. I cannot speak for all websites, but I know that craigrd.com is here to help you identify signs that you may need to seek medical help from a professional. Our website is here so that you have information on what to do in the first few minutes of an emergency until you can get to a professional, and information online so that you know when you need a professional.

Performing a routine check up.

But when your pet is experiencing rapid weight loss, vomiting, pale gums, coughing, having diarrhea or anything along those lines, please get professional help.

We would never diagnose anything over the phone or through our website because just like humans, all animals are different. The only way to know what is wrong is to bring in your pet to get checked out. Just like many other states, Nevada law says it is illegal for a veterinarian to diagnose, treat, or prescribe anything to a pet if they haven’t completed a physical exam on them within the past 12 months or if they have a new condition.

Common problems I run into when owners’ google signs and symptoms on their own are misdiagnosis, giving their pet the wrong treatment and even death. One client came in with a very sick dog and told me that they read on the internet that you can give your dog any human medication. No, you can’t. As a result, they gave their dog human pain medication and poisoned a four-legged family member. By the time we saw her, she was near death.

While there are human medications safe for your pet, it is always best to check with a professional prior to giving to ensure it is okay to give, and the proper dosage to give.

A 10 to 20 pound dog cannot take the same dosage as a 60 pound dog or a 200 pound human being. Furthermore, human medications can be poisonous for your pet if given at an improper dose – just like some foods are.  

We love our pets and never want them to be in any kind of pain, but one of the reasons why Dr. Google is no good is because it is purely information without any context.  Veterinarians have over eight years of schooling plus years of experience in the field. We call it “practice” because we practice veterinary medicine throughout our careers.

If you ever feel that something is wrong with your pet, please don’t wait. Come see us, our job is to give the best care possible so that your loved one can get back to their normal selves.

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Sep 23, 2015 0 1776 Views

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Pet of the Month September 2015

Our Pet of the Month for September 2015 is Cali!

Cali is what her mom calls a “free spirit”. This two year old bulldog comes from a rescue in California. Cali loves people and becomes quite a ham when she notices a camera around. She loves playing with children and puppies, but her favorite hobby is taking a dip in the pool. This fashionista also has quite an extensive wardrobe, mostly full of pink dresses. Cali loves to cuddle and share kisses. when she isn’t swimming the pool, you can find this love bug curled up on her mother’s lap. Congratulations Cali, you’re our September 2015 Pet of the Month!!!. If you would like to submit your pet for Pet of the Month please use the form here (don’t forget a picture!) or email us at info@craigrd.com .

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Aug 31, 2015 0 1709 Views

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Helping a Long Time Client – Dogs and Cats for Adoption!

Due to an unforeseeable set of circumstances, one of our long time clients is unable to keep their two dogs and three cats and asked Craig Road Animal Hospital if we could help.
All five pets are currently boarding with us and have been patients for all of their lives.

If you are interested in meeting any of these pets, with a view to adopting one of them, please call our office to set up an appointment.

Cleo is a 5 year old spayed female Pit Bull. Very sweet and full of energy, Cleo is a great fun dog.

 

Puppy is a 18 month old neutered male terrier mix. A small dog, Puppy is extremely friendly and sociable.

 

Oreo is a beautiful neuter male cat who is seven years old. Oreo is very friendly who wants nothing more than to be held and petted by his humans.

 

Mommy is a four year old spayed female cat. She is quite shy and nervous but quite sweet once you get to know her.

 

Sammy is an eleven year old neuter male cat. Sammy is very sweet, but does have some medical issues; however, those are currently well under control. If you are interested in adopting Sammy, our doctors will discuss his medical history in depth with you and his likely future needs.

 

Thank you for checking out these pets, and if you are interested and would like to meet any of them please feel free to call us on 702 645 0331. Please share by clicking on the buttons below!

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Feb 4, 2015 0 2511 Views

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What Can I Do About My Dog’s Barking? Part Two

Dr. Doris Calloway of Craig Road Animal Hospital in North West Las Vegas in the second part of a two part article discusses excessive barking due to separation anxiety. Part one on general tactics to help when your dog barks more that you think they should can be found here.  

 

Dorris Calloway, DVM

By Doris Calloway, DVM

Dogs that are barking due to separation anxiety are usually dogs that don’t start their barking until you leave the house.

They will often bark continuously the entire time you’re gone, or for the first few hours.  Dogs with separation anxiety are barking because they are scared and anxious, not because they are willfully misbehaving.  Punishing these types of dogs only adds to their anxiety and fear. Would you punish your daughter because she cries when you drop her off at preschool?  I could devote multiple blog posts to separation anxiety, but I will just touch on a few things that you can try before involving a veterinarian or a behaviorist.

I recommend crate training dogs with separation anxiety.

Dogs like to have a safe space to retreat to when they are anxious, and a crate provides this space. My dogs often go and hang out in their crates when my toddler has become too much for them to handle. A crate should NEVER be used for punishment. When you ask your dog to go into their crate they should always be rewarded.  Crating your dog when you’re not home helps prevent your dog from hurting themselves and has the added benefit of not coming home to chewed up baseboards or kitchen trash everywhere.

Dogs with separation anxiety may benefit from a super special treat that they get only when you leave the house, such as a Kong stuffed with frozen peanut butter.

Adaptil is a product that greatly helps dogs with anxiety.

It is a synthetic version of a pheromone that a mother dog releases when she’s nursing her puppies; it causes an overall calming effect.  In my estimation, about 70% of my clients who use this product for stress – thunderstorms, new animals in the house, etc- feel it helps tremendously and helps them avoid medicating their pets.  It comes as either a plug in device similar to an air freshener or a collar that your dog wears that releases the pheromone gradually.  Many clients at Craig Road Animal Hospital will also place the collars onto their dogs while they are boarding with us. Adaptil products can be purchased through your veterinarian.

If crate training and Adaptil don’t work, the next step may be medication.  Have your dog evaluated by your veterinarian, she or he will discuss the medication options available after a thorough physical exam and analysis of your dog’s behavior problems.

What happens if someone reports your dog to Animal Control for barking?

You may get a visit from an Animal Control officer!  Try not to worry – It is highly unlikely that your dog will be taken from you.  The officer’s goal is really to make sure your animals are safe and well cared for i.e. not barking because they’re left outside all day without water or shelter. Make sure your dogs are licensed with the city – here in Las Vegas or North Las Vegas that requires that they have been spayed or neutered and are up to date on their Rabies vaccine.   If your dogs are repeatedly reported, or found to be unlicensed, you may be faced with a fine.

But that’s not going to happen, is it?  Because now you know what to do!

Have you successfully trained your dog not to bark excessively?  Tell me how in the comments below!

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Nov 19, 2014 0 2996 Views

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What Can I Do About My Dog’s Barking? Part One

Dr. Doris Calloway, of Craig Road Animal Hospital in North West Las Vegas, in the first of two articles discusses what to do when your dog barks more that you think they should.  

Doris Calloway, DVM

By Doris Calloway, DVM

I have a Chihuahua, I know all about living with a dog that barks.

All.

The.

Time.

For the most part, I don’t mind it.  In my opinion, a dog that barks when a stranger approaches the front door, or if there is a stray animal in the yard, is doing their job.  But what about when they are just standing outside barking at nothing? Or if they won’t stop barking at a friend who’s come over for dinner?

The first thing to sort out is whether or not your dog’s barking is excessive “normal” barking or if it’s due to something else, such as physical discomfort or separation anxiety. Are the dog’s physical needs being met?  Do they have enough food and water? Are they trying to tell you that they need to go outside to go the bathroom?  If they are outside, is it too hot or cold for them to be out there?  Some dogs who spend the day outside simply want to be in the house when you’re not home.  If you’re concerned about your dog soiling or being destructive in the house, then consider keeping him crated when you’re not home.  I highly recommend crate training, as it provides a safe place for your dog inside your house.  I will touch more on the benefits of crate training in part two.

George, the constantly barking Chihuahua!

If your dog’s barking is a fairly regular occurrence, happens whether or not you are home, and seems to be triggered by the door bell ringing or company at your house, your dog is doing their job.  They just don’t know when they have gone too far.  I call this type of dog an “excessive normal barker”.  Try blocking your dog’s visual barking triggers.  Keep the blinds closed to the street, move the couch away from the front window, and place a board across your fence so that they can’t watch the street.  If this doesn’t work, it’s time for behavioral training!

I keep a loaded squirt gun in most of the rooms of my house.  If George (the aforementioned Chihuahua) starts into one of his barking fits, he gets squirted with water.

It works!

However, this method does require you to be home.  Another tool I keep in my anti-barking arsenal is a citronella spray bark collar. This is an electronic collar that senses when your dogs barks and sprays a burst of citronella in their face.  Dogs hate the smell of citronella and it is an excellent deterrent without using harsher methods, such as electronic shocks.  I use a citronella spray bark collar on occasions, like Halloween, when the doorbell rings constantly and there are a lot of people out on the street. I also use the collar when I have company over and he won’t calm down after a few minutes.  George is so familiar with this collar that at this point all I have to do is get it out and show it to him and he scurries off to his crate.

If these methods don’t work, it may be helpful to have a trainer come to your house to help you. Your veterinarian will be able to give you recommendations for trainers.

Have you successfully trained your dog not to bark?  Tell us how in the comments below!

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Nov 14, 2014 0 2073 Views

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My Dog has Osteoarthritis – Now What? Part Three

Osteoarthritis is a common problem in dogs. Dr. Mychajlonka, also known as Dr. Mych – a veterinarian at Las Vegas’s own Craig Road Animal Hospital, in this third and final post in the series, discusses the various pharmaceutical options, and types of treatments that are available to treat this debilitating disease. Part one of this series on Osteoarthritis can be found here  and part two which discusses nutraceuticals can be found here.

Dr. Mychajlonka

By Kurt Mychajlonka, DVM

5: Why does my vet wants to give my dog multiple injections over an extended period?

Adequin is an Injectable medication that is labeled as a chondroprotectant – meaning that it prevents, delays, or repairs degenerative joint injuries. Research suggests that Adequin also has pronounced pain relieving qualities. Adequin injections are given once or twice a week for six to eight weeks.

6: Can I use Aspirin, or another human NSAID, instead of one made specifically for dogs?

Your veterinarian is concerned about the possible side effects of NSAIDs specifically made for dogs. With Aspirin and other human NSAIDs the side effects can be significant: mucosal damage, toxicity, and blood loss. In addition, Aspirin is chondrodestructive meaning that it can actually damage the material in the joints that most Nutraceuticals are trying to protect.

Laser therapy can help with the treatment of osteoarthritis. Pets wear glasses to protect their eyes during the short treatments.

7. How can a laser help my dog get around?

Laser therapy stimulates the body to heal from within. It reduces pain and inflammation and accelerates the healing process. Your veterinarian will recommend a series of treatments that will only take a few minutes each time.

8. What are these other medications?

Tramadol, Gabapentin, and Amantadine are all medications that can help relieve the pain of Osteoarthritis. They will often be used in conjunction with NSAIDs and other treatments to help with chronic neuropathic pain.

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Nov 4, 2014 0 3935 Views

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My Dog has Osteoarthritis – Now What? Part Two

Osteoarthritis is a common problem in dogs. Dr. Mychajlonka, also known as Dr. Mych – a veterinarian at Las Vegas’s own Craig Road Animal Hospital, in this second in an on going series of posts, discusses nutraceuticals and their use in the treatment this debilitating disease. Part one of this series on Osteoarthritis can be found here.

Dr. Mychajlonka

By Kurt Mychajlonka, DVM

3: What are Nutraceuticals, and how can they help?

Nutraceuticals is term combining the words “nutrition” and “pharmaceutical” and refers to a food, or food product, that provides health and medical benefits including the prevention of disease. Omega 3 fatty acid “EPA diets,” Glucosamine and condroitin sulphate suppliments, Avocado soybean unsaponifiables, and Manganese Ascorbate. Are all examples of nutraceuticals that may be recommended as separate supplements to be used in combination with other medications / treatments. For example, your veterinarian may want your dog to be fed Hill’s Metabolic diet to encourage weight loss, but then add a Glucosamine and condroitin sulphate supplement that also includes Avocado soybean unsaponifiables to help treat the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

Not all nutraceuticals are created equal!

4: There are so many Nutraceuticals for osteoarthritis, including ones sold at my local supermarket – which ones are right for my dog?

Veterinarians use a system called ACCLAIM (see below) to evaluate drugs, but nutraceuticals in particular. You can use it also! There are always lower cost nutraceuticals, but they not all created equally.

A = A name you recognize? Products manufactured by an established company that provides educational materials is preferable to equivalent products manufactured by a new, unknown, company.
C = Clinic Experience Companies that support clinical research and have their products in clinical trials for safety, efficacy, or bioavailability that are published in peer reviewed journals are more likely to have a quality product.
C = Contents All ingredients should be clearly indicated on the product label.
L = Label Claims Label claims that are too good to be true probably are. Products with realistic label claims based on results of scientific studies, rather than testimonials, are more likely to be reputable.
A = Administration recommendations Dosing instructions should be accurate and easy to follow.
I = Identification of Lot A lot identification number or some other tracking system indicates that a pre and / or post market surveillance system exists to ensure product quality. In addition, companies that have instituted good manufacturing practices and other quality control techniques (such as tamper resistant packaging) provides evidence of a long-term investment in their product and company.
M = Manufacturer Information Basic company information should be clearly stated on the label. Preferably, this should include a website and / or details for contacting customer support.
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Oct 28, 2014 0 1781 Views

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My Dog has Osteoarthritis – Now What? Part One

Osteoarthritis is a common problem in dogs. Dr. Mychajlonka, also known as Dr. Mych – a veterinarian at Las Vegas’s own Craig Road Animal Hospital, in the first of a series of posts, discusses what options are available to pet owners to treat this debilitating disease.

Dr. Mychajlonka

By Kurt Mychajlonka, DVM

Your dog has been diagnosed with osteoarthritis – welcome to a large club.
Osteoarthritis is prevalent is 1 in 5 dogs over 1 year of age. The good news that there are a lot of medications, treatments, and products to help.
Your vet will undoubtedly use a multimodal approach – which essentially means they will use multiple types of medications and treatments to help increase your pet’s mobility and decrease their pain. You can always ask your vet specific questions about your pet’s treatment but below, and the following posts, you will find answers to some of the most common questions about treating osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis, also know as degenerative joint disease, is a collection of painful symptoms revolving around the degradation of the joints which can significantly impact your pet’s ability to move about and level of activity.

1: Why does my pet need blood work to treat a joint disease?
One of the main types of medications to help treat the pain associated with osteoarthritis are NSAIDS.
Like most medications, NSAIDS can have side effects. Gastro intestinal upset and liver damage are the more serious side effects that your vet will be worried about. A baseline set of blood work will tell your veterinarian if your pet has any issues before treatment starts.
Your vet will then want to recheck the blood work periodically (typically at 3 weeks and then at 9 months) to ensure that problems are developing.
Testing may include any or all of the following, depending on your pet’s medical history; CBC, chemistry, urinalysis, and thyroid.

2: Why does my pet need to lose weight?
The single most effective thing to improve a dog’s quality of life when they are overweight, and have osteoarthritis, is to lose weight. Osteoarthritis is a disease of the joints, and being overweight puts additional strain and pressure on those joints.
Your veterinarian will use a computer modeling program to tell you how much your dog is overweight. Pets that are greater than 10% overweight can use a specific weight loss food such as Hill’s Metabolic diet.
Pets that are less than 10% overweight can use a High EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) diet such as Hill’s J/D which is specially formulated for treating dogs with Osteoarthritis. Please ensure that you follow your veterinarian’s instructions for how much to feed of a specific food.

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Oct 22, 2014 0 2688 Views

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Meet our New Doctors part 3: Katherine Ballor D.V.M.

 

Katherine Ballor, D.V.M.

Dr. Katherine Ballor graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in zoology with concentration in neurobiology and animal behavior. She also received her doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Michigan State.

Dr. Ballor has been researching laryngeal paralysis for past five years and also has interests in neurology and surgery.

With a love of travel, she has been to 23 different countries and spent 6 months living in Europe, Dr. Ballor is excited to live in Las Vegas and get away from the snow after living in Michigan.

When not working, Dr. Ballor loves to spend time with her two dogs; a chocolate lab called Dolce and a German Shepherd called Jetta.

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Aug 15, 2014 0 4220 Views

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Meet our New Doctors part 2: Shane Murphy D.V.M.

Shane Murphy D.V.M.

Dr. Shane Murphy came to Craig Road Animal Hospital from Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Murphy completed his undergraduate education in animal sciences and music at the University of Missouri. He enjoyed his time in Columbia enough to stay and achieve his D.V.M. from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, where he graduated as valedictorian. While in veterinary school, Dr. Murphy worked nights and weekends in the hospital’s ICU with emergency and critical care patients.

Dr. Murphy’s special veterinary interests include surgery, cardiology, and dentistry, though he enjoys all aspects of medicine and cherishes the opportunity to develop relationships with his patients and clients.

For leisure, Dr. Murphy enjoys playing music, biking, fishing, hiking, and spending time with his wife, Taylor, a registered nurse, and their two dogs Remi and Piper.

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Aug 14, 2014 0 4382 Views

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Pet of the Month August 2014!

Our pet of the month for August 2014 is Gauge!

Gauge is a one year old Chesapeake Bay Retriever. He is very playful and thinks he is a lap a dog!

Gauge enjoys playing tug of war and going out shooting with his family.

Gauge is our Pet of the month for August 2014!

If you would like to submit your pet for Pet of the Month please use the form here (don’t forget a picture!) or email us at info@craigrd.com .

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Aug 8, 2014 0 2501 Views

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The Illusion of Lower Costs

Dr. Doris Calloway of Craig Road Animal Hospital in North West Las Vegas compares the cost of a procedure that she underwent and what she would have charged for the same procedure at Craig Road Animal Hospital. 

Dr. Calloway

By Doris Calloway, DVM

I recently had the bad luck of waking up with horrible back pain and a fever.  Knowing that something was very wrong and I needed to be seen immediately (despite it being a Saturday morning), I was forced to go to the Emergency Room.

I was diagnosed and treated for Pyelonephritis; an infection in the kidney.  Aside from a 3 hour wait time to be seen, my experience was fairly good…. Until I got the bill.  I also have the bad luck of having a very high deductible on my health insurance, which means I get all of my bills!

As a vet, I frequently have to work within a tight budget to treat a patient.  The cost of veterinary care for a beloved animal can be significant.  I also hear the occasional comment that treating a pet costs more than the client’s own health care.   Unfortunately,  human healthcare costing less is just an illusion – all healthcare is expensive.  Interestingly, when you take insurance out of the picture for both humans and animals, Veterinarians actually provide excellent care at a much lower cost that their human counterparts.

I’ve decided to show a price by price comparison of what my Pyelonephritis treatment costs and what it costs here, in Las Vegas, at Craig Road Animal Hospital. For the purposes of the comparison, I imagined a large dog who we will call “Fido” who is approximately the same weight as I am in an effort to compare apples to apples.  I was only hospitalized for about 8 hours, so I’ve compared the cost of 12 hours of hospitalization here at our hospital.

Dr. Calloway’s Cost Fido’s Cost
Exam Fee

$300.00

$42.00

Bloodwork (CBC, Chemistry, Electrolytes)

$935.00

$154.00

Blood Draw Fee

$36.00

$0.00

Urine Testing and Culture

$182.00

$141.00

X-Rays

Not performed

$176.00

Hospitalization/Hospital Admission

$1,771.00

$28.00

IV Catheter

Was placed by a nursing student- so I wasn’t charged

$37.00

Fluid Therapy

$20.00

$56.00

Antibiotic Injection (1 dose of equivalent drugs)

$659.00

$32.00

Pain Medication

Not given

$54.00

Oral Antibiotics

$101.96

$25.94

Recheck Fee

$101.00

$28.00

Total

$4,105.96

$773.94

There are few differences that I felt were important to include in the comparison.  The first one is x-rays.  I’m not really sure how my doctor determined I had an infection in my kidneys and not a kidney stone (or both), but the only way I know for sure is to perform some sort of imaging. An important thing to note is that in dogs urinary stones and infection tend to go hand in hand, so to not perform x-rays on Fido would actually be bad medicine.

The next big difference is pain medication.  I was in some of the most extreme pain I’ve ever been in, and I’ve given birth! Human physicians are very hesitant to give pain medications for some reason I can’t figure out. People and animals that are in extreme pain can have delayed healing, and therefore don’t do as well as patients whose pain is properly managed.  I feel that pain relief is an important part of the overall care of a patient – it’s just the right thing to do.

Human healthcare seems to cost less than veterinary healthcare because health insurance covers so much of the cost.  If Fido’s owner had a veterinary health insurance plan, especially one of the newer generation plans, such as those offered by Trupanion, Fido’s owner’s cost would have been even lower.   I encourage all of my clients to invest in health insurance for their pets.

As you can see from above, the cost that I, or one of my colleagues here at Craig Road Animal Hospital, would charge for equivalent treatment is significantly cheaper than the cost at the hospital that treated me. And Fido got more for his money than I did.

It seems Fido got a smokin’ deal!

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Dec 17, 2013 0 5128 Views

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Renovations at Craig Road – Boarding, grooming, and more.

Craig Road Animal Hospital in North West Las Vegas, recently completed a number of renovations to improve services and patient care – particularly in the areas of boarding and grooming. Hospital Administrator Mike Falconer goes over these and what they mean for Craig Road Animal Hospital.

Mike Falconer, Hospital Administrator

By Mike Falconer

We are all very proud of what we do, and how we do it, here at Craig Road Animal Hospital. There are times, however, when we realize that there are things we could be doing better. Ultimately, that is what leads to new services and building projects like the one we have recently completed.

Ever since I started at Craig Road Animal Hospital we have brain storming about what we could use the large open area that was the hospital’s lobby before our expansion in 2008, an area we generically call the Sun Room.  We have kept a small amount of boarding pets in there but in general it has been used as a multipurpose space. We have used it for unpacking large shipments of supplies, our annual Santa photographs, receiving tours, staff education – you name it. However, we have always felt that we could do more with the space.

Grooming

Becky has been grooming at Craig Road Animal Hospital since it opened and the space that she works in has not really changed in all that time. We need to improve her area and with the addition of Lynee as a groomer who also works with large dogs it became even more obvious that we needed to upgrade our grooming facilities.

We have cordoned off a space in the Sun Room specifically for grooming, complete with two new tubs, one of small dogs, and another for the very largest dogs.

Our two new grooming tubs in our new grooming area.

The space also has a lot more natural light, better drying facilities, and a larger work area. It is also enclosed with glass and waterproof cladding stopping the spread of pet hair to the rest of the hospital.

Our new grooming area.

Cat Suites

By moving our grooming area into the sun room we were able to free up an entire room where grooming used to be. We have dedicated this new room in improving the quality of our cat boarding by adding 12 cat suites.

Our new Cat Suites can be linked together to provide a large controlled area for cats to explore but still keep them safe.

Each suite, or condo, feature two smaller rooms suitable for sleeping, or just hiding out, and a larger main room with a perch. Each suite can be connected to up to three others allowing owners of multiple cats (or owners who just want a lot of space for their cat) to book a large, enclosed environment that they can explore while still being safe and contained.

A single cat condo consisted of two small rooms and a larger room with a perch.

The cat suite room is a cat only space, and is very quiet to make things as comfortable as possible for our feline friends.

Dog Suites

Craig Road Animal Hospital has had large 6’ x 7’ dog suites for many years. We have now tiled each suite to make a warmer and more pet friendly space for the large dog, or multi-dog, households that make use of the suites.  Not only does this look a lot nicer of an environment for our bigger boarders – it makes it easier for our kennel staff to keep clean.

One of our Dog Suites, for large dogs, or for multi-dog house holds.

Sound Proofing

Our exam rooms are directly next to the Sun Room and this has meant that the occasional noise from this boarding area can be overheard and often at the most inconvenient times.

The wall between “the sun room” and our exam rooms ready for our new sound proofing to be installed. Note the additional double door frame.

We have added a significant amount of additional sound proofing between the sun room and exam rooms to combat this problem and I am pleased to report that it has been a great success. This is particularly great news as it allows us to look at adding some additional boarding into the sun room in the New Year.

All of these renovations, rather than adding new services, are about improving the environment and the quality of what we already do. As always, you are welcome to have a tour of our entire facility (or just see our recent renovations), please just ask any member of staff and they will arrange it for you and we also welcome tours by groups. Please feel free contact me directly to schedule a group tour.

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Dec 4, 2013 0 6311 Views

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The Paperwork of Travelling with your Pet

Craig road Animal Hospital’s own Dr. Jessica Hagstette discusses the research and paperwork required when leaving Las Vegas with you pet, or taking you pet to Las Vegas from a state other than Nevada or another country. 

Dr. Jessica Hagstette

by Jessica Hagstette, DVM

Traveling with your pet can be a stressful experience for both pet owner and pet. However, it can also mean a significant amount of paperwork for you and potentially testing, vaccinations, and treatments for your pet.

Regulations vary widely between states and even more widely between countries. Additionally, airlines themselves can also have their own rules and certain airports can also have their own restrictions.

Your veterinarian can help with some of this process, however, it does not replace your own research as to what you will need for your trip and your pets paperwork.

General Travel

For most intra-state travel in the contiguous United States a domestic Health Certificate is required. This is a legal document that a veterinarian has examined your pet within 10 days of travel and gives the status of your pet’s vaccinations. A health certificate is usually required by an airline for travel, but may also be asked for at state border crossings.

Certain states, Hawaii for example, have very strict rules about the importing of pets that are more akin to international travel. Checking with your local United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) office will give you some guidance as to any restrictions or issues.  A list of offices can be found here: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/area_offices/

Health Certificates need to be issued within 10 days before travel and are then valid for the next 30 days following the travel date. If your travels are to last longer than 30 days you will probably have to find a local veterinarian to issue a new health certificate for your return journey.

Please note that because health certificates are a legal document that states a Licensed Veterinarian has examined your pet on a particular date, the pet will have to be examined on that date of issue – even if your pet received an examination the previous day.

If your pet is not Microchipped we would strongly recommend having this done before any travel. Depending on your destination you  may have no choice but to microchip your pet, but it could also save your pet’s life should they become separated from you during your travels.

Checklist:

Health Certificate

Vaccination records

 Medical Records

 Microchip

Check with local and destination USDA Office

Air Travel

The most important thing about air travel and your pet is to talk to your airline. Each Airline will have their own rules about what documentation they will need and what accommodations will be needed for your pet.

Most airlines will require a Health Certificate and some may also require a “Letter of Acclimation.”

This is simply a letter from a veterinarian stating what temperatures it is OK for your pet to travel in (whether the issue is heat or cold).

Additionally, airports themselves may have their own restrictions so it is important to check with them also.

Finally, not all pets should fly. There are various medical conditions that would preclude your pet from stressful travel. Talk with your veterinarian before a long journey about medications and the general health of your pet.

Checklist:        

Health Certificate

Vaccination records

Medical Records

Microchip

Check with Airline (s)

Check with Airport (s)

Check with veterinarian

International Travel (Export)

Simply put, every country is different and the responsibility for ensuring that your pet does not end up in quarantine, because of a paperwork issue or a lack of a test or vaccine, is yours.

Thankfully the USDA has a great website with a lot of the forms and contact information you will need:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/pet_travel/pet_travel.shtml

You will also need to talk with the consulate of your destination country. Luckily, the State Department has a list of consular offices on their website:

http://www.state.gov/s/cpr/rls/fco/

Please note that everything that applies for air travel will also apply to international travel with the added complexity of dealing with a foreign government. Additionally, some international health certificates will need to be endorsed by the local USDA office which may be in a different state.

Checklist:  

Health Certificate

Vaccination records

Medical Records

Microchip

Check with Airline (s)

Check with Airport (s)

Check with veterinarian

Check USDA website

Check with local USDA Office

Check with consulate

International Travel (Import)

The rules for bring a pet into the United States, in general an unexpired health certificate from the country of export will be all that is required for entry. However, local conditions may change that. The Centers for Disease Control  (CDC) can give more information on that and any restrictions that may be in effect.

http://www.cdc.gov/animalimportation/BringingAnimalToUs.html

The USDA has some general information on importing on their website here:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export/animals/animal_import/animal_imports_pets.shtml

As with exporting, make sure to communicate with your airline and the airports to ensure the process is a smooth as possible.

Checklist:          

Health Certificate

Vaccination records

Medical Records

Microchip

Check with Airline (s)

Check with Airport (s)

Check with veterinarian

Check USDA website

Check with local USDA Office

Check CDC Website

The golden rule for international travel (and Hawaii) with your pet is that you cannot start too early.

The process can be expensive (testing, fees and visits), can take months, and the only guarantee is researching the required paperwork as much as possible. Your veterinarian is there to help you and to make the process is as smooth as possible.

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Circovirus in Dogs

Dr. Debbie White

By Dr. Debbie White

Here is some summarized info on Circovirus in Dogs:

Back in August and September of this year, Circovirus was suggested as a cause of death/illness of dogs in the outbreaks in Ohio, Michigan and California, but researchers no longer consider it to be the primary cause of illness.

Circovirus is thought to possibly be a co-infection in some cases, but is still being studied to determine if and how it played a role in the dogs. It’s important to know that Circovirus has been isolated out of completely healthy dogs. In one study Circovirus was isolated from the stool of 14 out of 204 healthy dogs- so just testing positive for the virus doesn’t mean the pet is going to become sick.

In November in Las Vegas a dog became sick with bloody vomiting and diarrhea at a boarding facility. The dog was promptly taken to a veterinarian, tested negative for parvovirus infection and treated aggressively with intravenous fluids and supportive care. The dogs condition worsened and it subsequently died. Post mortem tests revealed the dog was positive for Circovirus. Other post-mortem pathogen tests were not performed.

With the identification of Circovirus in Las Vegas, pet owners and veterinarians should consider Circovirus in cases of severe gastrointestinal illness, particularly if the symptoms worsen suddenly, if shock symptoms set in, or if bleeding develops into the chest or abdomen cavity.

The identification of Circovirus in a Las Vegas dog is of concern, but should not cause dog owners to panic. There are a lot of reasons why dogs have vomiting or diarrhea. Here are some tips for dog owners:

· Keep your dog current with other recommended vaccinations. A pet with weakened immune system or not up to date on other infectious illnesses may be at greater risk of illness with Circovirus.

· Avoid contact with obviously sick dogs.

· Be watchful for vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. Contact your veterinarian if suspicious symptoms arise.

· Seek prompt veterinary care including intravenous fluids for suspected cases. Early treatment seemed to help improve survival of sickened pets in the earlier outbreaks.

I invite you to read more information about Circovirus on the American Veterinary Medical Association’s webpage at: https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Pages/Circovirus-in-Dogs-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx

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Expanded Grooming Hours and Services

Craig Road Animal Hospital is proud to announce the expansion of our grooming hours and services with the addition of groomer Lynee Johnson to our team.

Lynee Johnson

Lynee hails from Michigan, has been grooming for 18 years, and she is a former Grooming Academy trainer.

Lynee will groom dogs of all sizes and cats and she will be grooming in the evenings during the week and during the day on the weekends. This means that Craig Road Animal Hospital now offers grooming services seven days a week.

We are currently accepting appointments for Lynee for the week beginning 10/21/13. Lynee will be working alongside Becky King who has been grooming at Craig Road since 1996.

All of the doctors and staff at Craig Road would like to welcome Lynee to our team.

If you would like to make an appointment with either of our groomers please just give us a call on (702) 645-0331. Please note that core vaccines and intestinal parasite testing is required to be up to date for all grooming patients .

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The Threat of Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease has been found in all 50 states, and although not in epidemic proportions as in the South of the country, it is increasingly something that pet owners should be aware of – even in Las Vegas! Craig Road Animal Hospital’s own Dr. Beyers goes over the symptoms, preventatives, and cures for this potentially fatal disease. 

Dr. Beyers

By Seth Beyers, DVM

Heartworm disease may not be as well known in the Las Vegas area as some other parts of the country, but the threat of heartworm disease is out there!

This dangerous disease occurs when your pet is bitten by a mosquito.

Infected mosquitoes carry microscopic heartworm larvae which is deposited onto your pet and works its way into the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, these worms migrate to the heart where they can grow up to 12 inches long! The heart may become so infected with worms that your pet may develop heart failure and/or lung disease. Heartworms may cause your dog to show symptoms such as a persistent cough, reluctance to exercise, and weight loss. When a large number of heartworms develop, it can lead to an abrupt obstruction of blood flow through the heart and lungs.

It is a very simple to test for heartworm disease. A small amount of blood is sent to the laboratory, and the results are back within days.

This test cannot consistently detect infection until heartworms are at least 7 months old. This is why it is important to test your pets every 6-12 months. Notify your veterinarian if there is any lapse in monthly treatment so appropriate testing can be scheduled.

Prevention of this heartworm disease is easy. A pill or chew ball medication is given every 30 days year-round. These medications are highly effective, safe, relatively inexpensive, and often will provide treatment of additional parasites. Prevention is always safer and more affordable than treating dogs with heartworm infection. Treating heartworm disease can be very costly and time consuming. There is risk of sudden death during treatment due to dislodgment of dead heartworms that may cause an embolism.

So at your next visit to Craig Road Animal Hospital be sure to discuss the individual risk factors, clinical signs, preventative changes, and testing limitations of heartworms disease with your veterinarian.

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Pets in Transit

Craig Road Animal Hospital is proud to announce a new pet transportation service. Our team will provide non-emergency transport for pets throughout Southern Nevada. Pets in Transit was created with both pets and pet owners in mind to provide convenient, compassionate care at home, and for the transport for pets, pet supplies, and medications.

Because pets are our primary concern, Craig Road Animal Hospital provides an affordable, reliable caring solution for pet transport needs. Whether it’s for a regular check-up at Craig Road or a medical transfer from Craig Road to a specialty hospital, Craig Road’s Pets in Transit service can take the stress out of transporting pets for owners.

“We are very excited to be able to offer these services,” said Dr. Mychajlonka of Craig Road Animal Hospital. “We have built Craig Road around customer service, medical excellence, and giving our clients and patients what they want. Pets in transit is a natural extension of this and allows us to offer our patients an exciting level of care.”

Transport services start at $10.00 and are available during daylight hours subject to availability.

Craig Road Animal Hospital is an 11,000 square foot veterinary hospital in Northwest Las Vegas providing a wide range of veterinary services including preventative care, surgery, dental care including root canals, ultrasound, Laparoscopic surgery, Endoscopy, breeding consultations, grooming, boarding and indoor pet exercise.

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Gastropexy – the Why, What, and How!

Bloat, or gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV), can be a scary life threatening condition in dogs. Dr. Tampira  – a veterinarian at Las Vegas’s own Craig Road Animal Hospital, talks about a procedure to prevent this life threatening condition and what breeds are at most risk from bloat / GDV. 

Dr. Tampira

By Orlena Tampira, DVM

A gastropexy is a surgical procedure to prevent a condition called gastric dilitation volvulus (GDV).

GDV is when the stomach turns on itself causing a restriction of blood flow as well as a build up of gas in the stomach. If uncorrected, the stomach will get larger and larger; hence why it is commonly referred to as “bloat.”

This condition is more common in larger, deep chested dogs.  The most commonly affected breeds are Great Danes, Weimaraners, St. Bernards, German Shepards, Doberman Pinchers, German Short hairs, Blood Hounds, Gordon Setters, Irish Setters, Standard Poodles, Irish Wolfhounds, Rottweilers, Rodesian Ridgebacks, Golden retrievers, Labradors, and Basset Hounds who are over 50lbs.

GDV is not limited to these breeds as temperament is directly related to their propensity to develop the condition.  Dogs that are active or anxious are 2.5 times more at risk than other dogs. Another risk factor is age. As dogs age, their tissue becomes less elastic and more relaxed making it easier for the stomach to rotate leading to GDV.

A gastropexy can prevent this potentially fatal condition. By attaching the stomach to the abdominal wall we can prevent the stomach from rotating and thereby GDV. At Craig Road Animal hospital, we recommend performing a preventative gastropexy for at risk breed dogs and at risk temperament dogs.

Laproscopic assisted gastropexys, an option here at Craig Road Animal Hospital, mean a smaller incision (four inches instead of 12 inches long) and a faster recovery. Prices for gastropexys are based on weight and age and include pre-operative bloodwork, catheter, fluids, anesthesia and montoring, sutures, and medications in the hospital as well as to go home.  If your pet is not spayed or neutered, we can perform that procedure at the same time.

Gastric dilitation volvulus is a serious condition, but is preventable, and a gastropexy is a good investment in the health of your pet.

 

Dr. Tampira performing a laproscopic procedure.

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