Last month VESHW introduced Wichita’s first Veterinary CT scanner. Since its introduction, we’ve performed over 20 scans, revealing internal injuries and diseases not detectable by other methods. We’re proud to share Jersey’s story and her life-saving emergency CT. 

Jersey, a 7-year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, presented with neurological signs. The physical exam findings indicated a lesion inside the head, such as a tumor. The owners agreed to a CT scan for peace of mind.

Jersey continued to show signs of a brain tumor throughout the anesthesia and scan process, however the scan indicated a middle ear infection and a forming tooth abscess. “We were able to treat her dizziness and start an antibiotic. Through the day she recovered from her symptoms and we sent her home wagging her tail. She had a very treatable condition when her clinical symptoms suggested that it wasn't a treatable condition. The CT told us exactly what the problem was and how to treat it. Having that scan literally saved Jersey’s life.” – Holly Smith, DVM

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We're proud to announce the construction of our new hospital on the west side of Wichita near 21st Street North and Hoover Road, across from Sedgwick County Zoo. We expect the nearby landmarks and reference points along with good visibility from the street will save pet owners time in an emergency situation. The eight month construction period of the 12,500-square-foot hospital will begin in October, and includes renovating and expanding an existing building.

In addition to our emergency doctors, we have exceptionally qualified specialists in general surgery, radiology, oral surgery, and ophthalmology. Our future goal is to expand our specialties to include cardiology, dermatology, and oncology. The new hospital will be able to better accommodate our expansion of advanced diagnostics equipment, including our heart-echo, ultra-sound, and recently acquired CT scan, which is currently the only veterinary CT offered in Wichita. Advanced CT technology provides 3D views used to diagnose spinal injuries, fractures, brain tumors and masses that x-ray and ultra sound have limitations on.

Our existing practice will remain in place as an urgent care and minor emergency facility in the evenings and on weekends. Critical care patients will be transferred from the current location to the new veterinary hospital.

These renderings will give you a sneak peak at what's to come!

 

 

The Fourth of July is a celebratory day of food, fireworks and fun for most around the U.S., but unfortunately your pets do not enjoy this holiday as much as you do. Fireworks can turn this holiday into one of the most miserable nights for pets.
Loud noises startle and distress many pets, with their supersensitive hearing. Scared pets have been known to jump out of apartment windows, leap over or dig under fences, or chew their skin until it's raw. They may also bolt out an open door to become lost and never found, or hit by a car. Even the ones who just tremble in terror may be safe, but they're miserable. Even calm pets may seize the opportunity offered by a holiday buffet to eat something they should not.

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Follow the below prevention steps to help keep your pet safe and comfortable this Fourth of July:

  -  Don't leave a dog outdoors alone when someone is going to use fireworks.

  -  Keep your interactions with your dog upbeat, happy and hearty. Don't use a pitying voice or touch that gives a dog reason to be afraid. Act happy and confident, and reward your dog for confident behavior.
  -  Ear infections can make no

ises more painful. Take good care of your dog's ears. Pay special attention if the ears are not erect, or if the dog has ever had an ear infection. Dogs tend to conceal their pain as a survival instinct, so it's important to make a real effort to know your dog's physical condition.
  -  Fears are often contagious from one dog to another as well as from people to dogs. If you have a dog who fears fireworks and you get another dog, working with the fearful one can help prevent the new dog from developing the same fear.

Source: Kathy Diamond Davis. “Fireworks Phobia.” Veterinary Partner. Web. 16 June 2016. Gina Spadafori. “The Pet Connection.” Veterinary Partner. Web. 16 June 2016.

Meet Lollie! Lollie was admitted to VESHW for a 10 inch laceration repair on her abdomen. Her laceration was repaired by Dr. Pratt (pictured with Lollie). She has been a very sweet patient and getting lots of love from our staff.

Lollie was able to undergo this treatment because of your generous contributions to our Paw It Forward Foundation. 100% of funds donated to our foundation will go to help other pets in need, just like Lollie. If you would like to make a donation, please click the HERE.

 

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As the weather gets warmer, pets start spending more time outdoors. More time outside can mean being exposed to more danger and we need to be aware of the potential dangers spring plants can be for our pets. While there are many plants that can cause problems, there's a wide range of concern around bulbs in the spring.

crocus - There are two Crocus plants: one that blooms in the spring (Crocus species) and the other in the autumn (Colchicum autumnale). The spring plants are more common and are part of the Iridaceae family. These ingestions can cause general gastrointestinal upset including vomiting and diarrhea. These should not be mistaken for Autumn Crocus, part of the Liliaceae family, which contain colchicine. The Autumn Crocus is highly toxic and can cause severe vomiting, gastrointestinal bleeding, liver and kidney damage, and respiratory failure.

tulips - Tulips contain allergenic lactones while hyacinths contain similar alkaloids. The toxic principle of these plants is very concentrated in the bulbs (versus the leaf or flower), so make sure your dog isn’t digging up the bulbs in the garden. When the plant parts or bulbs are chewed or ingested, it can result in tissue irritation to the mouth and esophagus. Typical signs include profuse drooling, vomiting, or even diarrhea, depending on the amount consumed.

gladiola - Ingesting any part of the gladiola plant will cause your pet to experience salivation, vomiting, drooling, lethargy, and diarrhea. However, the highest concentration of its toxic component is in the buds.

If you think your pet has consumed any of the above toxins, please call us at 316-262-5321.

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(Pictures from left to right - crocus, tulips, gladiola)

 

Souce:  Lieske DVM, MPVM, Camilla. "Spring-blooming bulbs: year-round problem." ASPCA. Veterinary Medicine, Aug. 2002. Web. 11 Mar. 2016.