Therapeutic Confinement

Therapeutic confinement

Often times, pets injure themselves or they have to undergo surgery and they’re put on strict rest by their veterinarian. Just like humans, it is essential for pets to rest so as to not be set back by further injury or delay of healing. If it is a post surgical site, excess movement could potentially lead to fluid build up, inflammation, opening of the incision site, or infection. This means only 5 minute potty walks and straight inside. No running, jumping, or walking up stairs. We at Animal Internal Medicine and Specialty Services have some suggestions as to how to help you confine your pet when these situations come up.

What we recommend:

For our kitties, a dog crate that has enough room for a potty box and a bed will suffice. Larger pets can have their own isolated room where they cannot jump up onto furniture and accidentally injure themselves. An X-pen and large crate will work as well.

Don’t forget, that you need to train and prep for your pet to cooperate in a crate/isolation quarters on their own. Always associate this space as their safe space and good things come to them when they settle in the area nicely. Start small, treat or provide a favorite toy with the isolation quarters/crate door open and for a short amount of time. Allow your pet to move in and out at their own leisure. Keep an eye on your pet if your pet is already at an injured state, so as to not injure his or herself more. Slowly increase the time they’re in the isolated place and treat accordingly. A great distraction is to give your pet a toy that you could hide food and treats in it. This is not the spot for time outs as your pet will associate the space as a negative place to be and it will cause anxiety and stress when left alone.

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Canine Influenza

dogs eat grassIt’s flu season again, but did you know that our dogs and cats are susceptible too?
All of us at AIMSS are interested in keeping you and your pets safe. If you watch the news you have heard about the flu, both human and canine. The flu is a clinical illness secondary to one of the influenza viruses. Influenza viruses that cause disease in humans are named after 3 core proteins A, B, and C. Influenza A viruses are further described by their common surface proteins and get labels such as H1N1. Influenza A viruses are responsible for most outbreaks, epidemics, and pandemics in the world. It is also responsible for the recent canine influenza outbreak and the terrible flu season California is experiencing in general.
We at AIMSS wanted to take a minute to talk with you about how this virus can effect your pets.

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Toxic Mushrooms

Amanita Ocreata “Western Destroying Angels”

The rains have returned and with the rains mushrooms are sprouting again.  The Animal Internal Medicine and Specialty Services team wanted to alert you to a serious potential toxicity for your pet, poisonous mushrooms.

The Bay Area is fertile ground for the Amanita phalloides “Death Cap” and Amanita ocreata “Western Destroying Angel” mushrooms. Once eaten, even a single mushroom, pets can become critically ill developing liver failure, renal failure, and even death.  Here are some tips and information on how to handle the mushroom season in SF Bay Area:

  • Prior to letting your pets out, always survey your yard for any new caps and remove them.  Wash your hands after removing them.  Be mindful: mushrooms do pop up overnight.
  • Work with your pet on rapid re-calls, and teach them “Drop it.”
  • Keep your pet on leash and monitor your path for mushrooms while out on walks.

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