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SAN ANTONIO’S PREMIER PET MAGAZINE

COMPLIMENTARY August 2015

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COVER PHOTOGRAPHED BY RENEE SPADE COVER MODELS: ARAMIS AND EINSTEIN (SEE PAGE 27)

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08 Breed Restrictions 09 Calendar of Events 10 Rescue Organizations 12 Summer Breeze 16 Saddle Light Center 17 Pet Friendly SA 4

18 Laryngeal Paralysis 20 Saturday in the ER 22 Advertiser Spotlight 24 Adoptable Pets 25 Puparrazi 26 Equine Allergies

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PUBLISHER/EDITOR

Dana Raimondi Tel: 210-436-9009 dana.texasdogsandcats@gmail.com

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advertising inquiries to Dan Greenhouse (630) 220-2911 or dana.texasdogsandcats@gmail.com

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Fran Sherman 314.275.2208 fran@shermanstudios.com

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6 25 26 27 About our Cover Models 29 Doggie Makeover 30 Ask the Trainer 31 Ask the Vet 32 Pet Puzzler 32 Pet Directory of SA

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Dr. Courtney Bridgeman Marie Crabb Kerstin Fosdick Dr. Eduardo Guevara Dr. Riva Heron Dr. Dan Kirby Emerline Lakrout Dr. Jeremiah Moorer Krystal Morris John Moya Shannan Lamb Parker Dana Rios

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contributors LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER Saddle up everybody, it’s time once more to feature Texas’s other popular pet-the horse. Our third annual equine edition spotlights the great work that The Saddle Light Center provides to the disabled community here in San Antonio. They focus on helping children who struggle with challenges to their physical and mental state through horseback riding (hippotherapy). Also in this issue, Marie Crabb writes about a common problem for pet owners-insurance liability. Dr. Guevara brings to light the problem of equine allergies, and it's nothing to sneeze at. We hope you enjoy this issue and take in all the valuable information we provide and not just sprint to the finish. Sincerely,

Dana Raimondi

Tell our advertisers you heard about them in Texas Dogs & CatsSan Antonio! The opinions of authors of articles in this Magazine are those of the writer or contributor and are not necessarily endorsed by the publisher, and the publisher has not confirmed the accuracy of information contained in articles.

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DANA RAIMONDI is the publisher of Texas Dogs & Cats Magazine. She is a recent transplant to San Antonio from “the Windy City” but has become an admirer of the San Antonio cultural scene. Although a CPA, her true passion in life is the caring and welfare of animals. FRAN SHERMAN has been a freelance creative director/graphic designer since 1985. Throughout these years, she has designed a myriad of materials for a staggering number of companies, and she has won numerous graphic design awards for her work, many of them for magazine/publication design. RENEE SPADE is the owner of Renee Spade Photography. She has been spreading furry joy to pet parents with her photography/graphic design services and super-fun pet product line, The Jack & Spade Collection since 2005. DR. DAN KIRBY, DVM, graduated Cum Laude from Texas A&M with a degree in Biomedical Science in 1979 and earned his DVM in 1984. Dr. Kirby has been the owner and director of Alamo Heights Pet Clinic since 1997. He uses both a conventional and a holistic approach to medicine. DAN GREENHOUSE , Sales Director, graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has been in magazine advertising sales his entire career. He currently is the “daddy” of two Bearded Collies and “grandpa” to an Italian Greyhound.

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BY MARIE CRABB

his article began as a review of the widely propagated “most dangerous breeds list” and how that affects Insurance coverage, but as I began to delve more deeply into the topic, I realized that no central list exists per the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). There are a multitude of internet references to such a list which has created a cloud of misinformation surrounding the topic. How does an insurer’s breed restrictive coverage affect you as a Homeowner or renter?

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If you search the internet on this topic, authors of articles centering on a “most dangerous breeds” list might reference the 20year study done by the AVMA as it pertains to evidence of aggressiveness. What the authors of these sometimes condemning articles do not advise the readers of are other mitigating factors that must be taken into consideration which can skew the results. No statistical study is as straight-forward as those publicizing the results would lead you to believe. In this particular case, other factors should be considered along with the references to the AVMA study: the popularity of the specific breed at the time of reporting, the type of breed common in the area of reporting and misidentification (just to name a few). Contrary to the popularly propagated top aggressive breeds, the AVMA stated that “breeds found to be more aggressive toward people based on behavioral and owner surveys tend to belong to small to medium sized breeds, such as the collies, toy breeds and spaniels”.

says that each carrier has their own specific animal guidelines. None will cover Pitbulls, Dobermans or a dog with a bite history. If a client owns an ineligible dog, they may be denied coverage completely with some of the carriers, whether or not separate pet liability is purchased. Alternatively, USAA homeowner’s insurance does not have breed restrictive policies, however they will deny coverage if a dog has bite history, with their umbrella coverage having more restrictions. Some companies limit the number of pets that are covered. We live in a city of discarded animals, where many of us are tasked with giving the unwanted a safe haven. Unfortunately, a large number of those saved land on one of the “aggressive dog breeds” lists. This ultimately means that people experience difficulty in finding rental accommodations and homeowners face similar struggles when obtaining proper insurance coverage for the animals they refuse to blacklist.

Insurance Companies Insurance companies issue policies based on risk assessments and the widely proliferated aggressive breed lists information, whether accurate or not, plays a role. You may recognize this if you have ever searched for a place to lease but have been told “No” because you have a “dangerous” or “aggressive” breed. Some leasing and property management companies have their own general list of breed restrictions that they blacklist, while others attribute the breed restrictions to the actual owner’s insurance policy. A representative with Goosehead Insurance company

Marie Crabb is a San Antonio native and animal rescue advocate with 8 furkids of her own, plus numerous rescue fosters. She is a Realtor with Exquisite Properties, has a Master’s Degree in International Relations from St. Mary’s University and is a trained Mediator.

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calendarofevents AUGUST 2015 It's time to Cherish Your Chihuahua at the San Antonio Humane Society (4804 Fredericksburg Rd, SA, TX 78229). Get your Chihuahua spayed (females) or neutered (males) for only $20 at the SAHS in August! FREE nail trim included. Call (210) 424-7595 to schedule an appointment. Limited availability. Visit SAhumane.org/spayneuter for more info.

for our spay/neuter program. CPK will donate 20% of eligible tickets, liquor is not included. This is an all day fundraiser and all you need to bring is a copy of this ad, your smartphone with the SAFCC fundraiser notice or, any notice identifying the fundraiser. For more information on the CPK fundraiser contact Ann Johnson at ajohnson681@sbcglobal.net. We thank you for your support!

SATURDAY, AUGUST 8TH Pet Wellness Clinic at the San Antonio Humane Society (4804 Fredericksburg Road) from 8am12pm. First-come, first-serve basis as time allows. Various vaccinations, microchipping, nail trim, heartworm test (dogs), Advantage Multi, and much more will be available. Visit SAhumane.org for more info.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 22ND

Rock 4 Paws Benefit for the Animal Defense League & 5 Paws Café. It will be held at Fitzgerald’s Bar & Live Music (437 McCarty Rd, Suite 101) from Noon-5PM. There will be live adoptions, food trucks, pet vendors and live music. For more information, call or text (210) 660-8847.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25TH

THURSDAY, AUGUST 20TH SAFCC is holding a fundraiser at California Pizza Kitchen, Huebner Oaks location to raise monies

Pet Wellness Clinic at the San Antonio Humane Society (4804 Fredericksburg Road) from 8am-12pm. First-come, first-serve basis as time allows. Various vaccinations, microchipping, nail trim, heartworm test (dogs), Advantage Multi, and much more will be available. Visit SAhumane.org for more info.

Pet Loss & Grief support hosted by S.A.P.P.Y. at the English Tea Shoppe at 6877 Bandera Rd. The gatherings are free to the public and meant for support. They are held every 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:30PM. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 Alamo City Cat Club CFA All Bread Cat Show, Schertz Civic Center 9am-5pm Call Cyndi Gutierrez at 210-823-5645 for more information.

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ALAMO AREA PARTNERS FOR ANIMAL WELFARE (AAPAW) aapaw.org

HOMES FOR PETS/SCHERTZ HUMANE SOCIETY homesforpets.org

ALAMO RESCUE FRIENDS alamorescuefriends.org

HOTK9RESCUE 830-981-2300 animalfriends4ever.org

ANIMAL DEFENSE LEAGUE 210-655-1481 adltexas.org ANIMAL FRIENDS HUMANE SOCIETY 830-981-2300 animalfriends4ever.org ANIMAL RESCUE CONNECTIONS 830-438-0398 animalrescueconnections.org APPLICATIONS 4 RESCUE www.gsdrescuectx.com BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL SOCIETY 210-306-6126 BULVERDE AREA HUMANE SOCIETY 830-980-2247 bulverdeareahumanesociety.com CANYON LAKE ANIMAL SHELTER SOCIETY (CLASS) 830-899-2527 canyonlakeanimalshelter.com CITY OF SAN ANTONIO ANIMAL CARE SERVICES 210-207-4738 saacs.net CONVERSE ANIMAL SHELTER 210-658-4821 casi.petfinder.com CRESSIE ANIMAL REFUGE AND ENRICHMENT (C.A.R.E.) 210-313-3600 caretx.org CUTE AND CUDDLIE ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY 210-647-3529 DELTA PET PARTNERS OF SA (210) 858-8351 www.deltappsa.org FRIENDS OF ANIMAL CARE SERVICES 210-826-4831 friendsofanimalcare.org GOD’S DOGS’ RESCUE (210) 916-1332 www.godsdogsrescue.weebly.com HANDS4PAWS hands4pawsrescue.org HELOTES HUMANE SOCIETY 210-422-6242 hhsanimals.org HILL COUNTRY ANIMAL LEAGUE 830-249-2341 hcaltx.com

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HUMANE SOCIETY OF KERRVILLE 830-367-7722 humanesocietyofkerrville.com HUMANE SOCIETY OF LIVE OAK See Humane Society of Live Oak on Facebook HUMANE SOCIETY OF NEW BRAUNFELS 830-629-5287 hsnba.com IN DOG WE TRUST www.in-dog-we-trust.com JUST ADD LOVE DOG RESCUE justaddlovedogrescue.com

SA K9’S SERVICE DOG CLUB 210-214-0182 SAN ANTONIO FERAL CAT COALITION 210-877-9067 www.sanantonioferalcats.org SAN ANTONIO GUARDIAN ANGELS 210-379-9034 sanantonioguardianangels.com SAN ANTONIO HUMANE SOCIETY 210-226-7461 SAhumane.org SAN ANTONIO PETS ALIVE (SAPA) sanantoniopetsalive.org SAN ANTONIO R.O.C.K.S. (REAL OPTION FOR CHANGING KILL SHELTERS) sarocks.org SCHERTZ ANIMAL SERVICES 210-658-5321

KATIE’S ROADSIDE RESCUE www.krrtx.org

SOUTH TEXAS ANGEL PAWS RESCUE 210-632-9111 SouthTexasAngelPawsRescue.com

LAS LOMOS K9 RESCUE & ADOPTION FOUNDATION dogsrus.org

SPAY-NEUTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP) 713-862-3863 snapus.org

LOST PAW PATROL 865-742-1151 lostpawpatrol.com LOVE FOR PAWS RESCUE 210-639-4039 loveforpawsrescue.com MISSY’S HAVEN CANINE RESCUE 210-788-7420 missyshaven.org MYSTERY DOG RESCUE 210-551-8262 www.mysterydogrescue.org ORDINARY MIRACLES CANINE RESCUE www.omcr.org PAUSE FOR PAWS, INC. 210-378-5373 pfpsd.org PAWS FOR SERVICE Therapy Dog Organization www.pawsforservice.org PAWS 4 HEARTS WORKING THERAPY DOGS 210-325-3019 www.paws4hearts.net PAWS N CLAWS RESCUE 210-360-9933 PawsNClawsRescueSATX.com RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERS ALLIANCE 210-822-6763 responsiblepetowners.org

SPAYSA 210-351-7729 spaysa.org SPAY-NEUTER-INJECT-PROJECT OF SAN ANTONIO (SNIPSA) 210-576-3497 snipsa.org TALK ABOUT IT! SA 210-242-4720 talkaboutitsa.org TEJAS RESCUED PET ADOPTIONS 210-416-3947 tejasrescues.org TEXAS GSP RESCUE texasgsp.org THERAPY ANIMALS OF SAN ANTONIO 210-614-6734 therapyanimalssa.org WAGS Across Texas Therapy Dogs wagsacrosstexas.com WAYWARD WHISKERS CAT RESCUE www.wayward-whiskers-cat-rescue.org Please email dana.texasdogsandcats@gmail.com if you are a rescue organization or a Non Profit Pet Organization of San Antonio that would like to be added to this list. All breed specific rescue groups are listed on our website.

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BY DR. COURTNEY H. BRIDGEMAN, CHIEF VETERINARIAN, SAN ANTONIO HUMANE SOCIETY

n the heat of summer, most humans accommodate the extra warmth by shedding clothing and/or hair. Those who have long hair are seen to be sporting ponytails and updos, to allow the infrequent breeze greater access to the skin. But what about our pets? Rubber bands are of little use to most of them. I am frequently asked questions about giving dogs haircuts in preparation for the heat of summer. In truth, there is no easy answer.

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BEATRICE Dog haircuts come in many varieties. Cats too. Coats and their respective haircuts are adaptations developed over the past several hundred years to protect the animal from the elements in different climates. These days, it is not uncommon to see pets in far different areas than their breed originated. Most notably, dogs from more polar regions, like the long dark haired Newfoundland, are found in areas of southern Texas. Hairless dogs of the tropics can be found in the northern United States. These may be extreme examples, but they are not out of the easy realm of possibility. So, Doc, you say, what about my dog? Haircuts and full body shave jobs can be quite controversial among experts in the dog field. Dogs with a thick undercoat, like the Chow or Newfoundland, can benefit from a full body clip in the heat of a Texas summer. But it is not as simple as you might think. Newly shorn skin can be very sensitive to both the heat and sun and care should be taken to protect it from the elements. Dogs with medium hair, like that of the Lab or

Rottweiler, are actually protected from both excessive heat and sun by the shafts of their hair and can even have a cooling effect. Many experts believe these types of dogs should not be shorn during the summer. Dogs with long hair that do not possess an undercoat, like your traditional lap dog and gun dog, can be clipped, according to tradition, as long as good grooming is maintained. It is important during the early summer months to bathe and brush medium length hair frequently to strip any dead undercoat that might mat and trap heat to the body. So, what should I do for my pet in the summer? There are several different rules of thumb for maintaining a healthy relationship with your pet during the trying summer months: 1. Brush. Brushing pulls dead coat from your dog's body and balances the amount of protection that at that point may be superfluous. Brushing also helps

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to spread oils that keep the skin and hair healthy. This is true for dogs with no hair to dogs with long 2. Wash. Wash your dog no more than necessary. A hair. The ability to get out of the sun's direct rays bath once a week is considered maximum by most is very important to prevent heat stroke and heat experts. Do NOT use human products unless speexhaustion regardless of the length of the coat. It is cifically instructed. Most human products are harsh important to check your yard at every hour of the and can damage sensitive skin. day during the summer, as shade comes and goes 3. Allow adequate cooling opportunities. This may with the direction of the sun. include swimming pools, wading pools, or ponds. Just remember chlorine can also have a drying At the end of the day, the decision on how to effect on the skin, and ponds may contain harmful style your dog is as personal as how you do your bacteria. So don't overdo. own. If you have any doubts as to its effect on 4. Clip or cut? Ask a groomer or veterinarian. When your pet's health, as always, ask your veterinarian it comes to the end of the day your pet's hair is not for advice. likely to make or break them. Dogs tolerate a lot of different Dr. Courtney Bridgeman attended styles from their owners and Texas A&M school of Veterinary many spend a good portion of Medicine (‘07) as well as College of the day outside. Hair also grows Animal Sciences (‘02). She joined back. If you trim your pet and the San Antonio Humane Society as they seem uncomfortable, let the their first full-time veterinarian 7 hair grow back out or try a difyears ago and has worked to create ferent length the next time. a healthy and happy environment 5. Shade. Probably the most imporfor all the animals there. Dr. tant aspect of keeping cool for Bridgeman enjoys her small ranch the summer is shade. Dogs of of race bred Quarter Horses and DR. COURTNEY H. BRIDGEMAN, CHIEF every length of coat should have raising her 3yr old twin daughters, VETERINARIAN FOR SAN ANTONIO access to full shade all day long. Evellyn and Jaedyn. HUMANE SOCIETY, AND FRIEND {August 2015}

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They All Said I was Crazy for Getting a Pet Door, but Now I Have No Worries! BY JOHN MOYA

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hen I first started talking about getting a pet door, friends and family all said I was crazy. “Think of the animals you will be letting in! Think of the thieves that will have easy access to your home. You will not be able to sleep at night knowing that someone could crawl in and do very bad things to you or your family!” Between 3:30 AM and 5:00 AM, I could count on being licked in the face with the sound of whimpering in the background. Sebastian, my Golden, was telling me something…. he needed to go out! Being woken up from a good dream like this was not the way I wanted to spend the rest of Sebastian’s life. Sebastian was left inside in the nice comforts of my home while I was away at work. At that time, I worked at the airport and the daily commute was 35 minutes to my doorstep. This was before all the traffic lights and development on US 281. Upon arrival from work, he would run me over on his way to relieve himself. At times, I would find out that something did not agree with his stomach. An expensive call to Stanley Steamers usually occurred afterwards.

I received a phone call at work, “Sebastian ate the carpet—the whole carpet!” I can’t believe that I lived like this for years. I replaced door jambs from him scratching at the door wanting out. I replaced carpet due to his destruction. I have caught him in Kitty’s litter box (Yuck!). I have tried crating him only to give in to his whimpering. The loss of sleep was the last straw! Something had to be done! I installed one of the best (if not the best) pet doors on the market that had dual security features and the maximum energy efficiency of any pet door on the market. Sleeping until I had to wake up for work was the biggest satisfaction that I got from it. Even Kitty got a pet door. Her litter box was moved to an empty closet and the poop eating contest was over for Sebastian. I never got an animal in the house that wasn’t supposed to be there. I didn’t have to rush home from work to see if there was a gift waiting for me to clean up. A would be thief would also have to think twice prior to entering. Judging from the pet door size, a German Shepard, Pit Bull, or a Rottweiler could be waiting. My friend’s and family’s concerns never occurred. If these events sound familiar, and you would like to stop the worries and stress over your pets, you may receive free information on the type of pet door that I installed. You may contact us directly at 210-464-8953 or by email at john@alamodogdoors.com. Some of your neighbors may alreadybe satisfied customers and I am sure that they would speak highly of their pet door and our installation services.

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Hippotherapy uses the horse as a tool/treatment by a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist and/ or Speech Pathologist. The focus is on treating the disability through the steady, rhythmical movement of the horse which helps improve mobility, balance and sensory input on all three planes. Best of all, riders develop emotional ties with their new-found horse friends. To be a part of our program, give us a call at (210) 651-9574. Scholarships are available. We are located at The Retama Equestrian Center 17530 Old Evans Rd., Selma, TX 78154 We are a non-profit organization created in 1991 to help people reach their full potential. Since then, through

the generosity of our sponsors and volunteer work force, we currently provide equine therapy for riders of all ages each week. Our mission is to provide equestrian therapy for children, teenagers and adults with neurological, orthopedic, learning, emotional or other disabilities. Website: http://www.thesaddlelightcenter.com/ Visit our Facebook page: The Saddle Light Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship. Kerstin L. Fosdick is a Licensed Physical Therapist, Level II AHA Registered Therapist in Classic Hippotherapy and a PATH Certif ied Therapeutic Riding Instructor.

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aryngeal paralysis is caused by the degeneration of the nerves that control the opening to the trachea (wind pipe). When a dog breathes in, the two surrounding cartilages pull open, allowing air to flow freely into the trachea and lungs. With laryngeal paralysis, the muscles that normally pull the airway open do not function properly, causing the laryngeal cartilages to become “paralyzed”. When the dog breathes in, the cartilages either do not open (mild cases) or in severe cases, get pulled shut. This paralysis restricts airflow leading to respiratory distress.

BY JEREMIAH D. MOORER, DVM, DACVS

as it has been proven to SIGNS & SYMPTOMS provide the most effecLaryngeal paralysis tive outcome with the is primarily seen in fewest complications. older large breed dogs, This involves making a however, can also be small (3-4 inch) inciseen in puppies (consion along one side of genital abnormality), the neck and placing a as well as cats (very permanent suture to pull uncommon). Most the airway open. Only cases have no known one side is pulled open cause, however, there to decrease the inciare medical condidence of food and water tions that can cause DR. MOORER PERFORMED A TIEBACK ON BROWNIE, AN 11 YEAR OLD entering the airway after laryngeal paralysis CHOCOLATE LAB, IN NOVEMBER 2014. BROWNIE IS BREATHING surgery (aspiration). Ad(polyneuropathy, BETTER, ENJOYING THE SUMMER AND BACK TO HER ACTIVE SELF! ditional surgical options myasthenia gravis, and are available if a tieback is not a viable option. some types of cancers). Early signs may be mild, such The prognosis for animals undergoing a tieback as increased panting, or a change in bark (hoarse). surgery is generally good, but, as with any surgery, As the disease progresses you may notice that your complications can occur. Suture breakage and aspipet works harder to breathe or may take longer to reration pneumonia are two potential complications. cover from normal activity. Because dogs use breathGreater than 90% of owners report an improved ing to cool themselves naturally, clinical signs are quality of life, less respiratory distress and improved often worse during the warmer months. When they exercise tolerance following surgical treatment. are unable to breathe normally, they cannot regulate their temperature and will be prone to overheating Dr. Moorer graduated or even heatstroke, which can be life-threatening! Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia, College DIAGNOSIS of Veterinary Medicine in Diagnosis begins with a thorough history and 2008. He completed a one physical examination of your pet. Diagnostic tests year rotating internship at that may be performed include chest x-rays, blood Texas A&M followed by a tests, and a complete neurologic examination. A one year surgical internship at sedated laryngeal examination may be required to the Dallas Veterinary Surgical make a definitive diagnosis. Animals with mild Center. Dr. Moorer completed clinical signs at rest may do well without surgery, a three year surgical residency however, in most cases, surgery is necessary. at Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences and then stayed on SURGICAL TREATMENT for an additional year as faculty. Dr. Moorer is a boardThe Unilateral Arytenoid Lateralization or certified surgeon at Mission Veterinary Specialists. “Tieback” is the most common surgical procedure 18

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First up is dog that is not eating and very lethargic. Of course, while seeing her, three more cases are stacking up – a limping dog, another vomiting case (but this one has diarrhea too) and a dog with a swollen face (turns out to be an allergic reaction). Now I have the testing results from the first dog, she needs hospitalized care. I explain that to her owner and develop her care plan. Manage to slip in a few sips of coffee (very important) before a few more cases come through the door. They range from a dog having some difficulty breathing, a dog that ate a few bricks of rat poison (apparently dogs and rats have similar taste buds), a very old and sick kitty for euthanasia, an itchy dog, and a painful dog (that one stays in the hospital on pain relief medication and sees the veterinary neurologist on Monday). Next is a little dog with her tail and rear legs covered in blood (and matted fur). A home-grooming accident. Fortunately, she is very stable – despite all the blood. Some pain relief medication and a tail bandage are her treatments while we do a pre-operative work-up (blood screening and EKG). While this is being completed, I am busy seeing a few more vomiting and diarrhea cases and a dog with a bulging eye (that ends up going to the veterinary ophthalmologist). One client wants to know why things always happen on the weekend. I wish I had the answer, but I think it’s a mystery of the universe that will remain unsolved…… Labs and ECG are normal on the laceration dog. She is given anes-

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Allergies are always challenging to treat. Something that works for one patient will not always work on the next. One such case is Aramis, a paint horse whose owner called, frantic saying he was covered in hives and scratching himself on anything that would stand still. Upon examination, I noticed that the hives and inflammation were much worse over the white areas of his body, which is common of paints. He was miserable; imagine having hives everywhere, but no hands to scratch with! Just touching him led to him trying to use you as a scratching post. Although he is usually a well-mannered fellow, the irritation and itching had driven him to distraction. At that point, he wasn’t too concerned about stepping on you or squishing you up against the stall wall to try to relieve his itching and being nearly 1000 lbs., this led to some dicey situations. I started Aramis’s treatment with injectable steroids to help bring down the inflammation and left his owner with medications and a treatment plan. An hour later his owner called and said that he seemed worse. While he wasn’t as itchy, he was very agitated, pacing and sweating profusely, suffering from a rare side effect of the treatment. He was so agitated I had to sedate him to calm him down. His reaction to the initial treatment limited our options; therefore, I recommended he be moved to another area to try to get him away from whatever allergen was causing his reaction. Aramis stayed at another facility as we continued to try alternative treatments. He had lost weight, hair and a good portion of his tail due to all the scratching he did before finding a treatment that worked. After 2 weeks, his allergy finally cleared, and he gained back the weight and hair he lost. I’ve seen him a few times 26

more for allergies, but as he has gotten older those visits have gotten fewer. His owner keeps medications on hand in case of a flare up, and today he is happy and healthy. There are several options to treat allergies including steroids, antihistamines, shampoos, and even herbal remedies such as spirulina. Allergy testing is also available. It can be costly but knowing what your pet is allergic to is helpful in finding the right treatment. If you have a pet with allergies, be patient and diligent in following your veterinarian’s instructions. Finding a treatment that works can take time, but trust me your horse will thank you. Dr. Eduardo Guevara was born and raised in the rural south Texas town of Carrizo Springs, Texas. Dr. Guevara received a B.S and M.S degrees from Texas A&M UniversityKingsville in Animal Science. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. Dr. Guevara special interests include equine medicine and reproduction in which he provides mobile services. When not out in the field, he practices small animal medicine at his clinic, Callaghan Road Animal Hospital in San Antonio, Tx. Away from veterinary medicine is where his real job is with his wife/business partner trying to keep up with their three young children despite their hectic careers. Dr. Guevara is pictured here with Bailey one of the many pets up for adoption at Callaghan Road Animal Hospital.

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Aramis, a Missouri Foxtrotter Quarterhorse cross, came to the Rios household in 2008 as a spunky yearling. He came from a local ranch and was originally intended to be a show horse. The one who was to show him, found that her calling was in teaching, so he was sold to Dana Rios who was drawn to his unique color and loving personality. He was originally named Teddy Bear, but Dana felt that didn’t quite fit, so she changed his name to Aramis. He was a smart

young man, with a mischievous side who loved to learn, he quickly stole Dana’s heart. A year later a tiny miniature named Stardust made an appearance. When he first showed up, his forelock stood straight up giving him the appearance of sticking his hoof in a light socket! Again, his name just wasn’t right, after spending a short amount of time and realizing how smart he was, he earned the name Einstein in honor of his smarts and his legendary hair. Aramis and Einstein quickly became friends and to this day are inseparable. Dr. Eduardo Guevara of Callaghan Road Animal Hospital has been caring for these two buddies since day one. He’s pulled Aramis through not only serious allergies but through a life threatening intestinal impaction. He’s been invaluable in insuring these two can maintain their bromance for a long, happy and healthy lifetime.

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August 2015  

Our August magazine is our annual equine edition. The spotlight group we feature is The Saddle Light Center.

August 2015  

Our August magazine is our annual equine edition. The spotlight group we feature is The Saddle Light Center.

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