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Vito is an almost 7-year-old alaskan malamute that was presented to Sawgrass Veterinary Cardiology back in 2018 and was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy as well as atrial fibrillation. Dilated Cardiomyopathy is a genetic disease that causes the muscle cells in the heart to weaken, and causes the heart to not pump properly. This improper pumping can cause arrhythmias (abnormal heart beats) as well as heart failure in dogs. Majority of cases of DCM have an average life expectancy of 6-8 months once an episode of heart failure has occurred.  But Vito has been treated now for 2 years! He isRead More

Arthritis in Dogs

This is Ruby. Ruby is a 12-year-old sweet Doberman Pinscher who sees Dr. Yang and our Integrative and Sports Medicine department for management of severe hip arthritis and a right cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) injury. Due to her heart disease, Ruby is unable to undergo anesthesia for surgical intervention. Ruby had started dragging her hind limbs and experiencing significant difficulty getting up on her own, as well as having low energy overall. With a combination of in-clinic rehabilitation and a tailored medication/supplement plan, Ruby’s mobility and energy levels have markedly improved. But did you know… Over 20% of dogs willRead More

Chunker Meets JPESC

Chunker, this adorable Frenchie, belongs to one of our ophthalmology nurses, Brandi. Chunker has gone through a lot in the past few months trying to get better. Since he was a pup, Chunker suffered from glaucoma (a group of eye conditions that affects the health of the optic nerve and is vital for proper vision). Typically this damage is caused by abnormally high pressure in the eye. Instead of removing the right eye, it was decided that Chunker qualified for a fake eye. Chunker underwent surgery with Dr. Colitz to have an ISP (Intrascleral prosthesis), which is what the procedureRead More

We’ve Got Your Back!

This here is our friend Jerry, a 5-year-old Dachshund who sees Dr. Yang in our Integrative and Sports Medicine Department. Jerry receives physical rehabilitation after undergoing a right T11-T13 hemilaminectomy, a back surgery that treats a herniated disc. The intervertebral disc is a spongy, doughnut-shaped pad in the main joint of your pet’s vertebrae. This disc is the bridge between neighboring vertebrae, which functions as a cushion to provide strength and flexibility to the spine. A “slipped-disk”, or disc herniation, can put pressure on the spinal cord and cause damage to surrounding nerves. This can be a result of degeneration,Read More

A Urethral Obstruction: Know The Signs to Keep Your Cats Safe

Some health complications fly beneath the surface until they become a huge problem for your pet. Among these complications that you may not be readily aware of is a urethral obstruction (UO). Most common in male cats, multiple causes may be the culprit for your cat’s abnormal urination: stress, urinary crystals, urinary tract infection, or most commonly “idiopathic” (meaning there is no definitive reason with the diagnostics). In serious cases, a tumor may be the reasoning behind a UO. This blockage of the lower portion of the urinary tract is an emergency that requires treatment immediately. A complete urethral obstructionRead More

August 15th is Check the Chip Day

Pets with registered microchips are much more likely to be returned to their owners if they are lost or stolen than pets without microchips. We want every pet to be reunited with their owners; therefore, we are happy to provide the following information from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA): To pet owners: Take advantage of this day to visit your veterinarian’s office to have your pet’s microchip scanned, and ensure that the information associated with it is up to date.  You can print out this form to keep in a safe locationRead More

August 8th is Cat Day!

At JPESC we love our feline companions, and in honor of them, we have compiled a list of interesting cat facts.  I hope you enjoy and learn something new! A female cat is called a queen, as anyone with a cat can attest, they certainly live up to the name Cats walk like camels and giraffes. They move both right feet forward, followed by both left feet, meaning they move half of their body forward at a time.  They are the only three animals to walk in that pattern! Many people know that ancient Egyptians worshiped cats, but did youRead More

Pet Fire Safety

July 15th is Pet Fire Safety Day, so we are going to give you and your family some tips to keep your pets safe in the event of a fire.  The National Fire Protection Association has estimated that nearly 1,000 home fires are started each year by pets. The American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services have joined forces to provide the following tips: Extinguish Open Flames – Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughlyRead More

You may love fireworks, but your pet wants a nap

The 4th of July presents the perfect time to talk about noise sensitivity and anxiety in our pets. Though this is not the only holiday where fireworks are common, it is the number one day for dogs to go missing in the United States. Although fireworks are typically unavoidable, even in states where they are illegal, pets will inevitably be forced to endure at least one night of fireworks. There are several things that you can do to help ease your pet’s fear, and keep them safe. Leave your pets at home. Taking your dog with you to parties or parades is askingRead More

Sago Palm Toxicity

Sago Palm plants are a very common decorative house plant as well as a landscaping plant.  Unfortunately, the ingestion of any part of a Sago Palm is extremely dangerous to people and animals.  Sago palm is also commonly called Cardboard Palm or Coontie Palm but refers to the genus Cycads. They thrive in tropical and subtropical climates, and require very little care.  This makes them readily available and good for beginning gardeners. I recently noticed some Sago palms being sold as Bonsai plants at some stores.  On close inspection of their plant tag, I found, in fine print, a tinyRead More