Sugar free gum is toxic to dogs and cats!

 

Xylitol, A Sugar Substitute

    Xylitol is a five-carbon sugar alcohol commonly used as a sugar substitute in chewing gum, candies, nicotine gums, toothpastes, and baked goods. It is also available in a granulated form at grocery stores   as a sweetener.

    Why is xylitol (artificial sweetener) so dangerous for dogs and cats? Ingestion of xylitol causes low blood sugar by affecting insulin release throughout the body. Low blood sugars can be seen 10-15 minutes after eating.  The low blood sugar can be compounded further into liver damage if higher levels are ingested. The liver is the main organ of metabolism.

   Sugar – Free chewing gum is the most common cause in the dog—- (commonly ingested from “purse digging”)

   If xylitol ingestion occurs or think it may have occurred then consult your veterinarian immediately.

Sugar free gum is toxic to dogs and cats!

 

Xylitol, A Sugar Substitute

    Xylitol is a five-carbon sugar alcohol commonly used as a sugar substitute in chewing gum, candies, nicotine gums, toothpastes, and baked goods. It is also available in a granulated form at grocery stores   as a sweetener.

    Why is xylitol (artificial sweetener) so dangerous for dogs and cats? Ingestion of xylitol causes low blood sugar by affecting insulin release throughout the body. Low blood sugars can be seen 10-15 minutes after eating.  The low blood sugar can be compounded further into liver damage if higher levels are ingested. The liver is the main organ of metabolism.

   Sugar – Free chewing gum is the most common cause in the dog—- (commonly ingested from “purse digging”)

   If xylitol ingestion occurs or think it may have occurred then consult your veterinarian immediately.

Laboratory

LABORATORY       View details

 

Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital offers a full complement of in-house laboratory equipment, allowing us to perform a large number of diagnostic tests on-site to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of your pet. In addition, we maintain a relationship with a national diagnostic laboratory for the times when off-site diagnostics are needed.

Commonly performed in-house wellness tests include:

  • ·         Fecal analysis
    • o   For the detection of intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms and whipworms
    • o   For the detection of the Giardia and coccidia
  • ·         Heartworm tests for dogs and cats
  • ·         Tests for Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
  • ·         Tests for common tick-borne illnesses in the dog
    • o   Lyme disease
    • o   Anaplasmosis
    • o   Ehrlichia

 Other in-house tests available for your pet:

  • ·         Complete blood count (CBC)
    • o   Provides red and white blood cell counts
    • o   Aids in the detection of anemias and infection
  • ·         Chemistry profile
    • o   For the evaluation of kidney and liver values, blood glucose, protein levels and electrolytes
  • ·         Tests for Canine Pancreatitis
  • ·         Tests for Canine Parvovirus
  • ·         Thyroid hormone assays
  • ·         Canine Pregnancy Testing
  • ·         Ear cytology
    • o   For the detection of microorganisms and parasites in cases of ear infections
  • ·         Skin cytology
    • o   For the determination of types and numbers of microorganism such as bacteria and yeast in a number of skin conditions
  • ·         Skin scraping
    • o   For the detection of microscopic parasites such as mites in a number of skin conditions
  • ·         Mass cytology

 In the case that your pet needs a test not offered by our laboratory, we are able to obtain blood and/or tissue samples on-site to be sent out to a national laboratory. Results are often available within a few business days. These tests include:

  • ·         Bile acids assay for liver function
  • ·         Tests for endocrine, or hormonal, disorders
    • o   ACTH stimulation testing
    • o   Low dose and High dose Dexamethasone Suppression Testing
    • o   Fructosamine evaluations
  • ·         Vaccine titer evaluations
  • ·         PCR testing for certain viral or bacterial infections
  • ·         Urine and tissue cultures

 

Laser Surgery and Therapy

Laser Surgery and Therapy

When you hear someone mention a laser, you think about science fiction and some mad scientist experimenting with light. Lasers have become very beneficial in their role in veterinary medicine, and not all lasers are the same. Lasers are a light beam that will perform different tasks depending on the frequency of the light. The two types of lasers we use are for cutting in surgery and healing for therapy. Both of these lasers are used routinely on our surgeries to help reduce pain and promote a quicker recovery.

Laser Surgery

Laser surgery is recognized in human and veterinary medicine for its benefits to both patient and surgeon. The type of surgical laser we use at Barton Heights is a carbon dioxide laser. The main benefits offered are reduced pain, reduced bleeding, reduced swelling, reduced infection, and a quicker recovery.Reduced Pain
The CO2 laser beam seals nerve endings as it cuts through tissue. This reduces the amount of pain the patient feels during and after surgery.

Reduced Bleeding

The CO2 laser beam cauterizes and seals small blood vessels as it cuts. This laser energy achieves hemostasis and provides the surgeon with a bloodless surgical field in most procedures.Reduced Swelling
There is no physical contact between the laser and the surgical region, eliminating the tearing and bruising of tissue associated with traditional surgical methods. Lymphatic vessels are also sealed.

Reduced Infection

Laser energy acts as an antibacterial agent by producing high temperatures, effectively eliminating microorganisms.Quicker Recovery
As a result, all of the above laser surgery provides the benefit your clients will appreciate the most: a quicker recovery for their pet.

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy involves using a Class IV B cold laser beam that emits positive energy to aid the body in the healing process. This treatment has no side effects and is affordable. Laser therapy helps in 4 ways:

1. Manages pain
2. Reduces inflammation
3. Increases mobility
4. Helps speed recovery
Due to the benefits of the laser, we are recommending the laser to be used immediately after surgery, for arthritis, sprains and strains, ear infections, bladder problems, and joint pain. Our physical rehabilitation department has been using the laser for arthritis and physical rehabilitation and has been having great success. Pain medications have been lowered or even eliminated in some cases reducing the side effect potential of the pain medicine. If you have further questions about the laser and how it can help your pet, please call us at 570-424-6773.

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