Burlington Emergency & Veterinary Specialists » Emergency Visits http://bevsvt.com Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:39:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.18 Radio Interview with Bruce and Hobbes 92.1 WVTKhttp://bevsvt.com/2017/radio-interview-with-bruce-and-hobbes-92-1-wvtk/ http://bevsvt.com/2017/radio-interview-with-bruce-and-hobbes-92-1-wvtk/#comments Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:53:39 +0000 http://bevsvt.com/?p=2165 Our Hospital Administrator, Whitney was fortunate enough to be interviewed by Bruce and Hobbes on WVTK. Listen to the interview about BEVS, you’ll get some great info on the hospital and how to find us in a pinch! The interview aired on Thursday, April 20th, 2017.

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Is pet insurance worth the upfront cash?http://bevsvt.com/2017/is-pet-insurance-worth-the-upfront-cash-2/ http://bevsvt.com/2017/is-pet-insurance-worth-the-upfront-cash-2/#comments Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:23:09 +0000 http://bevsvt.com/?p=2119 The question of pet insurance is a common topic for our clients. Investigative reporter Jennifer Costa spent hours researching the top pet insurance companies and found out this is a pretty complicated topic with an overwhelming number of options. Not all pet policies are created equal so plan on spending time on the phone with each company before picking a policy. “Pet insurances are really different. Just like in human medicine, you have to read the fine print as to what they cover and there’s very specific things you should look for,” said Dr. Garrett Levin, BEVS surgeon.

Like broad coverage. Only a few insurers pay for wellness visits, while most will cover hereditary conditions, accidents, illnesses and injuries. Watch for exceptions. Exam fees run $50 for an office visit to more than $100 for emergency care. WCAX found Trupanion and Healthy Paws do now cover this expense. A hidden cost to consider if your pet is a frequent flyer at the vet.

Check coverage limits. For most, unlimited coverage is standard. But Embrace and Petfirst cap annual payouts at $15,000 and $20,000 respectively. Not a big dealunless your pet comes down with a chronic costly condition. Understand your deductible. Annual deductibles are the most common. But Petfirst charges you a “per incident” deductible that resets every year. Trupanion charges per incident too, but you only pay the deductible for that condition once during the pet’s life.

Experts say in most cases pet insurance will save you money.

Reporter Jennifer Costa: Should people shop around?

Levin: Absolutely. Ask questions.

WCAX found it’s easier to get answers when you call the companies directly.

For a 2-year-old cat, monthly premiums ranged from $17 to $51. You could pay less if you chose a higher deductible or opted to pay more out of pocket.

After her ordeal, Leahy wanted maximum coverage including wellness protection. She asked her vet about each insurer, compared a half dozen policies for Great Danes, considered Magnus’ frequent health needs and opted for a pricier plan.

“The last thing you want to do is make a decision about your pet based on money,” said Leahy.

After research, we can’t say whether this is a good insurance company and this is a bad one. Quotes for a cat varied by about $35 a month. The most expensive one didn’t cover any more than the cheapest. Remember you can always adjust your premium or your deductible to fit your budget.

Before you call for a quote, check out “What’s Not Covered?” to ensure you are picking the best policy for your pet:

Check out the full story here, Is pet insurance worth the upfront cash?.

By Jennifer Costa, WCAX

 

www.petinsurance.com/whats-not-covered

www.petfirst.com/Our-Plans/Lifetime-Coverage-Exclusions.aspx

www.petsbest.com/coverage (exclusions are at the bottom)

http://trupanion.com/pet-insurance/faqs

www.gopetplan.com/terms-and-conditions-explained

www.embracepetinsurance.com/coverage/not-covered

www.healthypawspetinsurance.com/frequent-questions

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Pets in Vehicleshttp://bevsvt.com/2016/pets-in-vehicles-2/ http://bevsvt.com/2016/pets-in-vehicles-2/#comments Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:32:21 +0000 http://bevsvt.com/?p=2016 On Wednesday, the temperature in Williston was 85 degrees so we decided to put the dog Life-Meter to the test!  We affixed the decal to the inside of a car window and waited one hour before returning to the parking lot see how high the internal temperature of the car was.  To our surprise the inside temp had climbed to 130 degrees!

Our vehicles can quickly reach a temperature that puts pets at serious risk of illness and even death. Even on a day that doesn’t seem hot to us–and cracking the windows makes no difference.

Please do not leave your precious pets in your vehicle.

Estimated Vehicle Interior Air Temperature vs. Elapsed Time
Elapsed time Outside Air Temperature (F)
70 75 80 85 90 95
0 minutes707580859095
10 minutes899499104109114
20 minutes99104109114119124
30 minutes104109114119124129
40 minutes108113118123128133
50 minutes111116121126131136
60 minutes113118123128133138
> 1 hour115120125130135140

Courtesy Jan Null, CCM; Department of Geosciences, San Francisco State University

Symptoms of overheating in dogs include:

Heavy pantingElevated body temperature
Excessive thirstWeakness, collapse
Glazed eyesIncreased pulse and heartbeat
Vomiting, bloody diarrheaSeizures
Bright or dark red tongue, gumsExcessive drooling
StaggeringUnconsciousness

By the time a dog is exhibiting symptoms of heatstroke, it’s often too late to save him.

 

Written by: Aimee Gilfillan

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‘TIS THE SEASON…SANTA PAWS!http://bevsvt.com/2015/tis-the-seasonsanta-paws/ http://bevsvt.com/2015/tis-the-seasonsanta-paws/#comments Mon, 21 Dec 2015 20:46:21 +0000 http://bevsvt.com/?p=1879 BY DR. GARRETT LEVIN, DVM, Diplomate ACVS

The holiday season is upon us, and many pet parents plan to include their furry companions in the festivities.  As you gear up for the holidays, it is important to try to keep your pet’s eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible.  Also, please be sure to steer pets clear of the following unhealthy treats, toxic plants and dangerous decorations:

Oh, Christmas Tree: Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn’t tip and fall causing possible injury to your pet. This will also prevent the tree water—which may contain fertilizers that can cause stomach upset—from spilling. Stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria – if ingested could cause nausea or diarrhea.  In addition, avoid putting aspirin in the water (some people do this thinking it will keep the tree more vigorous).  Aspirin-laced water can be life threatening.

Avoid Mistletoe & Holly: Holly and Poinsettias, when ingested, can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.  Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems.  Varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested.  Instead choose artificial plants made from silk or plastic, or choose a pet-safe bouquet.

Tinsel-less Town: Kitties love this sparkly, light-catching “toy” that’s easy to bat around and carry in their mouths. But a nibble can lead to a swallow, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery.

That Holiday Glow: Don’t leave lit candles unattended.  Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock the candles over.  Be sure to use appropriate candle holders placed on a stable surface.  If you leave the room – put the candle out!

Wired Up: Keep wires, batteries and glass or plastic ornaments out of paws’ reach.  A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock (especially if chewed on) and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus.  Shards of breakable ornaments can damage your pet’s mouth and digestive tract.

Beautiful Decorations: Keep other ornaments out of reach of pets.  Ingestion of any ornament, which might look like toys to pets can result in life-threatening emergencies and require emergency surgery to remove from the gastrointestinal tract.  Pine needles, when ingested, can puncture holes in a pet’s intestine.  So keep pet areas clear of pine needles.

 

Christmas Morning Presents: Put away toys after children open their gifts.  Small plastic pieces and rubber balls are common causes of choking and intestinal blockage in dogs.  Ingested plastic or cloth toys must often be removed surgically.

Provide your pets with a place to hide: Many pets get nervous, shy and scared around people that they are not familiar with.  A spare bedroom, office or basement with your pets’ favorite toys and food is a good idea during holiday gatherings.

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Holiday Feast and Your Petshttp://bevsvt.com/2015/holiday-feast-and-your-pets/ http://bevsvt.com/2015/holiday-feast-and-your-pets/#comments Fri, 30 Oct 2015 13:45:28 +0000 http://bevsvt.com/?p=1867 BY Dr. Garrett Levin, DVM, Diplomate ACVS

As the holiday season draws near, we look forward to celebrating with family and friends.  Our homes fill with the wonderful scents of indulgent food and treats.  As tasty as these foods are for us, they can be problematic for dogs.

Dietary indiscretion describes gastrointestinal upset that occurs when a dog ingests something that its body cannot tolerate causing irritation and inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.  The most common cause is when animals get into the trash or are fed people food (“table scraps”).

Most cases of dietary indiscretion are mild and do not have lasting consequences.  However, some dogs can suffer severe illness that require more intensive treatment.  Pancreatitis is a painful and sometimes life threatening condition resulting from severe inflammation of the pancreas.  Dogs that consume non digestible items (such as bones) can develop intestinal obstructions or perforations that are surgical emergencies.

Common clinical signs of dietary indiscretion:

  • Diarrhea – small amounts of blood may be noted in the feces
  • Loss of appetite and nausea
  • Vomit
  • Lethargy
  • Loud intestinal noises
  • Pacing, panting, whining, or showing other signs of abdominal pain and discomfort

Many cases of dietary indiscretion are diagnosed based on symptoms and physical examination by a veterinarian.  In severe cases, veterinarians may perform blood and fecal tests, perform abdominal radiographs (x-rays) and abdominal ultrasound (sonogram), as well as other diagnostics to rule out other concurrent abnormalities associated with the clinical signs.

Many mild cases of dietary indiscretion resolve if the dog is fed a special, easily digestible diet “bland diets” such as boiled chicken and rice.  More severe cases of dietary indiscretion can result in dehydration and require hospitalization.  Please consult with your primary veterinarian if the clinical signs do not quickly resolve on their own.  If your primary veterinarian is closed, please call Burlington Emergency and Veterinary Specialists (BEVS) at (802) 863-2387.  BEVS is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to advise you on the appropriate actions with regards to your pet’s symptoms.

Here are some additional tips how to keep your pet safe this time of year during your holiday feast:

  • Keep garbage in a secure container
  • Keep food in the cupboard or refrigerator
  • Don’t leave food on the counter or table
  • Don’t feed your pet people food (“table scraps”).
  • Don’t give your pet bones to chew on
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Normal vitals for a doghttp://bevsvt.com/2015/normal-vitals-for-a-dog/ http://bevsvt.com/2015/normal-vitals-for-a-dog/#comments Wed, 30 Sep 2015 19:39:27 +0000 http://bevsvt.com/?p=1807 Our question this week was:

What are the normal vitals for a dog?

– Marie L.

Answer Hi – thanks for your email. Great question. I’m glad you asked this. We have a great article on the site – I’ll include information from that article for you here. Normal vital signs for dogs are:

Body Temperature – Body temperature in animals is taken rectally. The normal body temperature for a dog is 100 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. If your pet has a temperature less than 99 or over 104, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Mucous Membrane Color – The most commonly examined mucous membranes are the gums. The color of the gums is a good indicator of blood perfusion and oxygenation. The normal gum color is pink. If your pet has pigmented gums, lowering the eyelid can also give you an indicator of mucous membrane color. Pale, white, blue or yellow gums are cause for concern and you should contact your veterinarian immediately.

Heart Rate – You can feel your pet’s heartbeat on the left side of the chest at the area where a raised elbow will touch the chest. Your pet should be calm and quiet. Place your hand over this area of the chest and feel for a heartbeat. You can also use a stethoscope if you have one. Count the number of heartbeats for 15 seconds and multiply that number by 4. Be aware that a dog’s heartbeat will normally slow down and speed up with each breath. This is not an abnormal heart rhythm and does not require veterinary care. For dogs, a normal heartbeat varies on size: Small dogs and puppies normally have heart rates of 120 to 160 beats per minute. Dogs over 30 pounds have heart rates of 60 to 120. The larger the dog, the slower the normal heart rate. If your pet has a heart rate outside the normal range, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Respiratory Rate – Counting the number of breaths per minute and determining the breathing pattern can be very important in an emergency. Learn the normal breathing rate and pattern for your pet. Count the number of breaths your pet takes in one minute. Avoid counting when your pet is panting. A good time to count the normal breathing rate is when your pet is asleep. Normal respiratory rates: -For dogs: 10 to 30 breaths per minute. Dogs can also pant normally up to 200 pants per minute.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra Read more at: http://tr.im/9vGLJ

Written by: Dr. Debra Primovic – DVM Read more at: http://tr.im/9vGLJ

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7 Things You Can Do to Make Halloween Safer for Your Pethttp://bevsvt.com/2015/7-things-you-can-do-to-make-halloween-safer-for-your-pet/ http://bevsvt.com/2015/7-things-you-can-do-to-make-halloween-safer-for-your-pet/#comments Thu, 10 Sep 2015 16:15:43 +0000 http://bevsvt.com/?p=1800
  • Don’t feed your pets Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate or xylitol (a common sugar substitute found in sugar-free candies and gum);
  • Make sure your pet is properly identified (microchip, collar and ID tag) in case s/he escapes through the open door while you’re distracted with trick-or-treaters;
  • Keep lit candles and jack-o-lanterns out of reach of pets;
  • If you plan to put a costume on your pet, make sure it fits properly and is comfortable, doesn’t have any pieces that can easily be chewed off, and doesn’t interfere with your pet’s sight, hearing, breathing, opening its mouth, or moving. Take time to get your pet accustomed to the costume before Halloween, and never leave your pet unsupervised while he/she is wearing a costume;
  • Keep glow sticks and glow jewelry away from your pets. Although the liquid in these products isn’t likely toxic, it tastes really bad and makes pets salivate excessively and act strangely;
  • If your pet is wary of strangers or has a tendency to bite, put him/her in another room during trick-or-treating hours or provide him/her with a safe hiding place;
  • Keep your pet inside.
  • Written by the American Veterinary Medical Association

    Original Posting: https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/halloween.aspx

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    Who’s in charge of your animal’s care while you’re away?http://bevsvt.com/2015/whos-in-charge-of-your-animals-care-while-youre-away/ http://bevsvt.com/2015/whos-in-charge-of-your-animals-care-while-youre-away/#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2015 17:35:03 +0000 http://bevsvt.com/?p=1758 The reservations are made, the bags are packed, and you’re ready for your trip. If you’re not taking your animal(s) with you, who’s in charge of healthcare decisions while you’re away? Cell phones and computers have made it much easier to stay in touch and be contacted, but what if you can’t be reached in case of an emergency?
    Regardless of whether you’re leaving your animal in the care of family or friends, a veterinary hospital, boarding kennel or stable, you should authorize someone you trust to act on your behalf in case of an emergency if you can’t be reached. Make sure that person is aware of your wishes regarding emergency treatment; this includes the potentially uncomfortable topic of financial limits, if there are any. Provide that person with all possible methods of contacting you in case of an emergency, including contact information for your traveling companions as appropriate, as well as an assurance of your trust that they can make decisions if you cannot be reached.

    Questions to consider:

    • Does your animal have any health conditions that could result in emergency situations (e.g., heart disease, diabetes, severe arthritis, chronic colic, etc.)?  If so, consider the possible emergencies that could occur and whether or not you should set limits for the extent of care or the cost of care of these problems.
    • Are there certain tests, procedures or treatments that you would not authorize? If so, make sure that your authorized agent is aware of your preferences.
    • Are there financial limitations? Be realistic and keep in mind that you will be financially responsible for the care and treatment provided.
    • How will you arrange payment for emergency treatment? Do you expect your authorized agent to pay, and plan to reimburse them? Or will you provide a form of payment to be used in case of emergency?
    • If your pet dies or has to be euthanized, what do you wish to be done with your animal’s remains?

    Actions to provide for your pet’s care while you’re away

    • Communicate your preferences clearly to all persons authorized to make decisions regarding your animal’s health.
    • Complete an Animal Care Emergency Authorization Form (or develop your own, based on your needs) and provide signed copies to all those authorized to make decisions. If your regular veterinarian will be providing emergency care, provide them with a signed copy of the form before you leave and inform them of your preferences as well as the names and contact information of your authorized agent.
    • If your animal is microchipped, consider adding your authorized agent as an alternate contact in the microchip manufacturer’s database in the event your animal is lost and its microchip is scanned by a shelter or veterinary hospital.
    • Make sure there’s an ample supply  of your animal’s food, medications and supplements to cover the time you’re away – plus a few extra days, just in case.
    • If your animal is on any medications, make sure that your authorized agent knows where they are located, how much to give, when to give them, how often to give them, and how to give them.  Don’t assume they know, and demonstrate the process if needed.
    • Provide your authorized agent with your animal’s relevant health information, including your animal’s vaccination status (especially rabies), medications and relevant health conditions.
    • If you appoint more than one authorized agent, make it clear who has the authority to make the final decision so there are no delays that could harm your animal.

    Original Post written by AVMA, available here https://www.avma.org/public/EmergencyCare/Pages/petcarewhenyouareaway.aspx

     

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    13 animal emergencies that should receive immediate veterinary consultation and/or carehttp://bevsvt.com/2015/13-animal-emergencies-that-should-receive-immediate-veterinary-consultation-andor-care/ http://bevsvt.com/2015/13-animal-emergencies-that-should-receive-immediate-veterinary-consultation-andor-care/#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2015 16:40:02 +0000 http://bevsvt.com/?p=1755
  • Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn’t stop within 5 minutes
  • Choking, difficulty breathing or nonstop coughing and gagging
  • Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, coughing up blood, or blood in urine
  • Inability to urinate or pass feces (stool), or obvious pain associated with urinating or passing stool
  • Injuries to your pet’s eye(s)
  • You suspect or know your pet has eaten something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)
  • Seizures and/or staggering
  • Fractured bones, severe lameness or inability to move leg(s)
  • Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety
  • Heat stress or heatstroke
  • Severe vomiting or diarrhea – more than 2 episodes in a 24-hour period, or either of these combined with obvious illness or any of the other problems listed here
  • Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
  • Unconsciousness
  • The bottom line is that ANY concern about your pet’s health warrants, at minimum, a call to your veterinarian

     

    Original Post: AVMA, https://www.avma.org/public/EmergencyCare/Pages/animal-emergencies.aspx

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    Pets in Vehicleshttp://bevsvt.com/2015/pets-in-vehicles/ http://bevsvt.com/2015/pets-in-vehicles/#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2015 16:35:21 +0000 http://bevsvt.com/?p=1751

    Every year, hundreds of pets die from heat exhaustion because they are left in parked vehicles. We’ve heard the excuses: “Oh, it will just be a few minutes while I go into the store,” or “But I cracked the windows…” These excuses don’t amount to much if your pet becomes seriously ill or dies from being left in a vehicle.

    The temperature inside your vehicle can rise almost 20º F in just 10 minutes. In 20 minutes, it can rise almost 30º F…and the longer you wait, the higher it goes. At 60 minutes, the temperature in your vehicle can be more than 40 degrees higher than the outside temperature. Even on a 70-degree day, that’s 110 degrees inside your vehicle!

    Your vehicle can quickly reach a temperature that puts your pet at risk of serious illness and even death, even on a day that doesn’t seem hot to you. And cracking the windows makes no difference.

    Want numbers? An independent study showed that the interior temperature of vehicles parked in outside temperatures ranging from 72 to 96º F rose steadily as time increased. Another study​, performed by the Louisiana Office of Public Health, found that the temperatures in a dark sedan as well as a light gray minivan parked on a hot, but partly cloudy day, exceeded 125oF within 20 minutes.

    Estimated Vehicle Interior Air Temperature v. Elapsed Time
    Elapsed timeOutside Air Temperature (F)
    707580859095
    0 minutes707580859095
    10 minutes899499104109114
    20 minutes99104109114119124
    30 minutes104109114119124129
    40 minutes108113118123128133
    50 minutes111116121126131136
    60 minutes113118123128133138
    > 1 hour115120125130135140
    Courtesy Jan Null, CCM; Department of Geosciences, San Francisco State University

    Watch an animated video about in-vehicle temperatures.

    This study also found that cracking the windows had very little effect on the temperature rise inside the vehicle. This is definitely a situation where “love ‘em and leave ‘em” is a good thing. Please leave your pets at home at home when you can…they’ll be safe and happily waiting for you to come home.

    …but wait, there’s more!

    The risks associated with pets in vehicles don’t end with heatstroke. Just as you should always wear your seatbelt to protect you in case of a collision, your pet should always be properly restrained while in the vehicle. That means a secure harness or a carrier.

    A loose, small pet could crawl down in the footwell, interfering with use of the brake or accelerator pedal. A small pet sitting in your lap could be injured or killed by the airbag or could be crushed between your body and the airbag in a collision, and a large pet leaning across your lap can interfere with your view of the road and can be injured by the air bag in a collision. Unrestrained pets could be thrown out or through windows or windshields in a collision. And not only could your pet be injured in the collision, but it might also increase your risk of collision by distracting you and taking your attention away from where it should be – on the road.

    To learn more about the importance of restraining your pets, visit Paws to Click.

    Most of us smile when we see a dog’s face happily hanging out a window, digging the ride and the smells wafting on the breeze, but this is a very risky venture for the dog for three reasons. One, it means your dog isn’t properly restrained – and we’ve already told you why that’s so important. Two, your dog is at high risk of eye, ear, face and mouth injury from airborne objects when it’s got its face hanging out the window. Three, letting your dog hang any part of its body out of the window increases the risk that (s)he could be thrown out of the vehicle during a collision, lose its balance and fall out of the open window during an abrupt turn or maneuver, or jump out of the vehicle to threaten another dog or a person.

    And let’s not forget the severe dangers of driving with your dog in the bed of a pickup truck. Dogs can fall or jump from the truck bed and be injured or killed on impact, or be struck by other traffic. And just as letting your dog hang its head out of the window puts it at risk of injury from debris, a dog in a truck bed is even more exposed to airborne hazards. Using a appropriate-length tether may reduce the risk that your dog will exit the truck bed, but the tether could tangle, injure, or even choke your dog. If you must transport your dog in the bed of a pickup truck, use a secured and appropriately sized and ventilated dog kennel. (For more information, read our Dogs Traveling in Truck Beds literature review.)

    Before you put your pet in the vehicle, ask yourself if you really need to take your pet with you – and if the answer is no, leave your pet safely at home. If you must take your pet with you, make sure (s)he is properly restrained so the trip is as safe as possible for both of you.

     

    Original Post: AVMA https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/pets-in-vehicles.aspx

     

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