Street Dogs

 

Hey there, Mo here again,

I just wanted to let you guys know about a great project going on here in town that you may not have heard of.  It is called “Street Dogs,” and was started in 2013 by Nancy and JW Lyon of Ashland.  Have you ever wondered how the pets of the homeless population here in Ashland are fed and how they get spayed and neutered?  That’s what Nancy and JW wondered as well, and so they began giving free bags of food to the owners and working with local veterinarians to subsidize their spay and neuter surgeries.

“a” street animal clinic is now partnering with Street Dogs to provide these spay and neuter surgeries for the pets of Ashland’s homeless population. Dr. Costello has volunteered for free vaccine clinics for the homeless in the past, and is now happy to be one of the clinics providing the services for these animals in need. For more information or to volunteer or donate, call 541-816-6035, or 541-816-6374.

Thanks for your support,

Mo

Street Dog Pickup

New Ownership

Hello there, Mo again,

I just wanted to give you all an update about what’s been going on here at the clinic lately.  After 38 years as a practicing veterinarian and 6 years of offering excellent care for all of your furry friends here at “a” street animal clinic, Dallas has finally decided it’s time to retire.  Many of you have come to know Aiden Costello over the past year and a half or so, and know that he and Dallas have a similar view of practice.  They both believe that common sense medicine is important, and that it is not always necessary to run thousands of dollars in diagnostic tests to get your pet on the path to recovery.

Well Dallas has now decided it’s time to pass the torch, and as of the beginning of this month, Aiden is now the proud new owner of “a” street animal clinic.  He is very excited to be back in the region where he grew up, and to be in a position to develop long-lasting relationships with his patients and clients.  For those of you who have met Aiden before, he looks forward to continuing to being your vet.  For those of you who haven’t, feel free to drop by anytime to meet the new owner of the clinic, and bring your dog to get some free treats, too!

Mo.

Heartworm (again)

Hey there, Mo here again.

I know I keep harping on this subject, but we just had a dog come in for it’s first exam, vaccines, and heartworm test.  The dog seemed to be very healthy and happy, and was not showing any signs of disease.  Well, the heartworm test came up positive, and on microscopic exam, microfilaria (baby heartworms) were found.   I can’t imagine what it must feel like to have these things swimming through your veins all the time, not to mention the adults living in your heart and the arteries of your lungs!

Long story short, there is a sentiment going around that Ashland doesn’t have heartworm disease, that indoor dogs are not susceptible, or that treatment is only required for part of the year.  None of this is true!  Please please please keep your dogs on heartworm preventative year round – the tablets are sooo much cheaper than either the treatment or worse, the life of your dog!

Thanks for listening to me rant again,

Mo.

Happy Holidays!

Hey there, Mo here again.

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving!  We are still amidst the holiday season, which means you will be having family to visit, having lots of good food, and decorating our homes.  A couple of things to keep in mind this holiday season when it comes to us, your furry friends:

– If you have people over to visit, especially when there are young children, be careful what your friends have access to from the dinner table.  Many things that taste great to you may be toxic to your pets, including onions, garlic, grapes and raisins.  Any food out of the ordinary can make your friends sick, so it is best to keep holiday dinners to your people guests.

– If you have a young puppy or kitten, make sure they don’t have access to the cords to your decorative lights.  For some reason, these are very tempting chew toys, and if they are successful this can cause severe burns, fluid accumulation in the lungs, and death.  Try to plug them in where your pets don’t have access, or block off areas within reach.

 

– Tinsel is a classic decoration for the tree.  With it constantly flashing with the reflection of the lights and moving with breezes in the house, your kitty friend may find this an irresistible play toy.  However, if they swallow it, it can bind up and even cut through their small intestine, which will mean needing an emergency surgery to remove the tinsel and possibly portions of small intestine.  It is probably best to avoid this decoration if you have cats in the household.

Hope that helps, and have a happy holidays!

Mo.

Aaaargh! Foxtails!

Hey there, Mo here again.

Well, apparently we aren’t going to get any rain, and things are drying out.

I wanted to remind everybody that as the grasses are drying up, foxtails are starting to be a real problem.  For those of you new to the area, foxtails are grass seeds that are shaped like little arrow heads so that they can migrate into the skin but that have little barbs to prevent them from backing out again:

 

 

These things get in our fur underneath our bellies, in between the toes, up our noses, in our ears, and a whole other array of places I don’t even want to  mention.  Once in the fur, they can burrow into our skin and even through the body wall into our chest or abdomen, and establish an infection.

If you see a small hole in the skin that is draining blood or pus and just won’t seem to heal, chances are good that your furry friend has a foxtail in there.  Let my friends at “a” Street Animal Clinic know right away if you see this, because the wound won’t heal without removing the grass seed, and the secondary infection can make us really sick.

Another thing to think about is having the hair on the underbelly and in between the toes clipped close to the skin during the summer so the seeds have less to grab on to and to make them more noticeable for you to pull them off.

Hope you don’t have a problem with them, but if you do just let us know at the clinic and we will help you out.

Thanks,

Mo