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Savannah's Bladder Stones



Bladder stones are “rock like” collections of minerals that form in the urinary bladder. They may occur as a large single stone or as a collection resembling large gravel or grains of sand. The quickest way to way to treat bladder stones through surgical removal. However to avoid surgery, certain types can be dissolved through medication and prescription diet.

Savannah presented in August 2018 with frequent urination and her owner reported that she was excessively licking her vulva. We collected a sterile urine sample and started Savannah on a round of antibiotics with plans to recheck a urine sample two week post medication. Unfortunately, she had little improvement and continued to have urinary accidents as well as blood in her urine. We then performed an ultrasound where we discovered bladder stones. At that time Savannah's owner opted to attempt to dissolve the stones with medications and diet change but her symptoms continued to worsen. We then scheduled her for surgery to remove the stones from the bladder. We are happy to say that Savannah made a full recovery and is stone free!


Pet Allergies



Spring is here and with warmer temperatures come familiar pests...... fleas!! Fleas are more than just a nuisance to our pets, they can carry diseases such as Bartonella (cat scratch fever) Fleas are prolific breeders; one adult female flea can lay up to 50 eggs per day. Eggs turn into larvae within one week and then become pupae or maggots, which can live in rugs, carpets and bedding (your and your pet's bed too) for up to 6 months. Pupa hatch into adults and start the cycle all over again. We strongly encourage you to treat all pets in your household with a veterinary approved product. Call us or stop by and ask us about flea prevention for your dog or cat.


Faith's Life-Saving Nail Trim



This is a story about a sweet dog named Faith and how a nail trim saved her life. Faith was boarding with us and after her morning walk, she was lifted on to an exam table for a routine nail trim. Afterwards she was returned to her indoor run seemingly fine. An hour had passed and a kennel staff member noticed Faith appeared to be in a weakened state.

On exam, using ultrasound, Dr. Gray revealed she had a spleenic mass that was bleeding internally. The act of lifting Faith on to the exam table likely caused pressure on the abdomen and the mass to begin bleeding. Very soon after this discovery Dr. Gray removed her spleen and the attached mass and Faith made a full recovery. Unfortunately, Faith's tumor was malignant so she is now undergoing treatment with an Oncologist in Knoxville and appears to be responding well.


Pets with Cataracts



Chances are you know someone who has had cataracts. Did you know that dogs can also get them? Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in pets. Fortunately, like in humans, cataracts in dogs can be corrected surgically. We are fortunate here at Colonial Heights Animal Hospital to have two referral centers within easy driving distance that can perform cataract surgery: the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, VA and the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville, TN.

One of our patients recently had surgery to remove his cataracts. “Rowdy” is an 8–year-old Miniature Schnauzer who developed diabetes. This endocrine disease frequently causes cataracts in dogs as well as people. Rowdy’s vision progressed from visual impairment to complete blindness. His personality changed and he was depressed because he could no longer see. We examined his eyes here at Colonial Heights Animal Hospital and then he was referred to the Ophthalmology service at the vet school at UT. Rowdy received a complete eye exam and was found to be a good cataract surgery candidate. He underwent cataract removal and had artificial lenses implanted in his eyes. Rowdy made a quick and complete recovery (after several days of having eye drops put into his eyes) and now can see again!

This type of success is common with today’s cataract removal procedure. His owner’s report that he was watching the traffic on the interstate on his way home from surgery. Today, Rowdy is a happy, visual dog with a new lease on life. Eye exams can detect early formation of cataracts and we here at Colonial Heights Animal Hospital can refer your dog to the vet school s at VA Tech or UT for surgical evaluation and removal. Annual physical examinations and labwork are an important part of detection of cataracts. Schedule your dog’s exam today!