They are very quick with refill request and calling with test results or answering questions .
I didn't give a5 bc I felt their wait time was a little long . My appt was at 5 and we wasn't seen until 6 . I understand
Dr. Franklin and his staff at Mid Atlantic are caring, kind and demonstrat
They were super fast on telling us the results of jernlb work as well.
...We love it there!
CLOSED! MAVH will be closed today, Wednesday, March 21 due to this Spring snowstorm. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope your pets and you stay safe, warm and cozy.
This weeks medical mystery is an 8 year old cat who presented with difficulty breathing. She has a history of mammary carcinoma and a mass near her heart. We decided to do an echocardiogram and hospitalize the patient to monitor her for the day. Do you have any ideas on what is going on with this cat? Where did you think the fluid in these photos came from, and what do you think it is? #medicalmystery #veterinarymedicine #mavh
Whether you’ve been in this business for 4 months or 40 years, there is always something new to learn or improve upon. We encourage our staff to step in on surgical procedures, laboratory techniques, and other diagnostic work in order to grow in our ability to best serve two by two...your pet and you! #mavh #veterinarymedicine #learning #growing
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WARNING: Some graphic surgical dentistry pictures.
Monday’s Medical Mystery Solved!!!
Yesterday we showed you a Dachshund that had some facial swelling below her right eye when she presented for a dental. This pup had an abscessed carnassial tooth! The abscess, which is basically an infection that has festered in an enclosed space, arose from a fracture in her carnassial tooth. During a dental procedure the teeth are scaled to remove the tartar, and as you can see in the pho...to once the tooth was cleaned there is a visible hole in the tooth. This hole is actually the exposed pulp of the tooth, and it makes a great highway for bacteria to travel up. The bacteria will the start affecting the bone and soft tissue around the broken tooth, eventually resulting in an abscess. If you take a look at the radiographs you can see the sponge like appearance of the bone surrounding the tooth.
Once her tooth was found to be the culprit, she was given a lidocaine block to numb her mouth around that area and the tooth was removed. A small incision was also made on the outside of the abscess to allow it to drain. In one of the photos you can see an instrument go through her mouth and out of the incision, shows the route of the canal that connected the tooth and the facial abscess. After the tooth was taken out the area was rinsed out with Dentahex solution, which is an antimicrobial mouthwash for pets, and the gingiva surrounding the tooth was stitched closed. This pup was sent given antibiotics and pain medication during the procedure, and was sent home with some to continue for the next few days.
Great job diagnosing! Check back next week for another mystery!
Monday’s Medical Mystery!!!
Today we have a 6 year old Dachshund who presented to MAVH her yearly dental. During her pre-surgical exam we noticed an area of swelling under her right eye. The swelling was soft, not freely moveable, and was slightly uncomfortable to the dog upon palpating. It was decided to further explore this area while the pet was under anesthesia, but what do you think is going on with this pup?
Comment below with your guesses and check back tomorrow for the diagnosis!
We’ve talked a few times about doing blood transfusions here at MAVH, but do you know what that actually entails? Blood transfusions are done when the patient is so anemic, or low in circulating blood, that it is not compatible with life. A transfusion uses donated blood or plasma to replenish the lost blood. Anemia can be caused by many things from disease, such as cancer, to trauma, such as hit by car. Before the transfusion, both donor and recipient must be blood typed to ...avoid an anaphylactic reaction during the transfusion. The donor must have also be tested negative for a variety of transmissible diseases. Once a match is found, blood is drawn from the donor into a blood bag or syringe and administered to the recipient. Throughout the transfusion, the recipient’s heart rate, respiratory rate, and temperature are frequently monitored. If any of these parameters spike, the transfusion is stopped as it is an indicator of a potential anaphylactic reaction which can lead to death. Once the transfusion is complete blood work is re-run to evaluate if the anemia has improved. Depending on the severity of the anemia and the cause, multiple transfusions may need to be given over a few days. While there are risks to a blood transfusion, it is many times a life saving measure! #mavh #veterinarymedicine #blooddonor #savinglives
Spring is on its way, bringing with it the beautiful and aromatic spring flowers. Did you know that some of those plants, while pleasing to the eye, are poisonous to your fur babies? Lillies, a popular Easter flower, can actually be fatal to your cats. Take a look at these to learn more about common household and outdoor plants that pose a threat to your pets! #mavh #poisonawareness #springtime #veterinarymedicine
Monday's Medical Mystery Solved!!!
The Schnauzer we presented you with yesterday has an issue with the same gland as the kitty from last week, the Thyroid gland. Only instead of the thyroid producing too many hormones, this pup's isn't producing enough resulting in Hypothyroidism. Since the hormones that the thyroid produces are involved in the body's metabolism, when there is not enough being produced the metabolic rate will decrease. This in turn will cause those affected t...o gain weight even without an increase in food or treats, become more lethargic and exercise intolerant, and have a poor skin/fur coat. Fortunately for this pet, the rest of the blood work was normal and he was started on a daily dose of Soloxine to help supplement those thyroid hormones that his body is not producing on its own. This pup will be on the thyroid medications life long and will be periodically be coming in for blood work to monitor his thyroid levels. Since starting the medication, the owners have noticed that the fur coat is looking healthier and he has started to drop some of his excess weight!
Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are two very common conditions that we see in our older pets. Check back next week for another medical mystery!