Dr. Jim Gill, Founder and Chief Veterinarian at Wilkinson Animal Hospital donated printers to the Boys and Girls Club of Gastonia. Sally Stone, Practice Manager, was on hand to present them to the Director of Program, Marcus Cyprian. Mr. Cyprian said “ We really appreciate this donation and will put them to good use. Thank Dr. Gill very much for thinking of us.”
Dr. Jim Gill, Founder and Chief Veterinarian of Wilkinson Animal Hospital donated a microscope to Gaston Christian School. Ms. Nancy McDaniel, Principal at Gaston Christian School, is seen here receiving the microscope from Belinda Higginbothan, RVT and Technical Delivery Manager. Ms. McDaniel was looking for additional instruments for their middle school science lab. We hope the students enjoy its use.
My wife, Vicki, wrote this one morning. I thought it was pretty amazing.
You fix my boo-boos.
You handle my worry woo-woos.
You search through my yucky poo-poos for creep crawly things that make me sick and you never say “Ick”!
You trim my toenails so I can chase squirrels real fast and never come in last!
You mend my bones when I leap from the couch, the window, or race with cars or try to jump to Mars.
You clean and mend my teeth so my human lest me kiss them with all my might and they think its alright.
You treat the tiny little bugs that make me scratch like mad and leave my human so sad.
And you make me smell so good, like a great pet should.
You make this world a better place and continue in the race to have a home for every pet and all their needs met.
You help me age with grace and spend years with the faceof my best human friend so we’re together to the end.
You’re my caregiver, here for me from birth to the end
always ready to defend,
and be my friend.
This time of year is one of my favorites. Not just because it’s Christmas, but because I get to see a lot of cute puppies and kittens beginning their life with a new family! I also really love to see the kids glowing with happiness who come to the vet with their new companions. I love my job!
This first year in the life of your new companion is an important one in many ways. From a health standpoint, you want to get them off to a good start with the proper nutrition. This can be affected by the type of diet they eat and feeding method. But, equally, if not more important is making sure your new furry friend is free of intestinal parasites (“worms”). These nasty things rob your new companion of vital nutrients for healthy growth. Now, you should know that there are AT LEAST 5 types of intestinal parasites that we find regularly in puppies and kittens. They are all treated differently. So, it is important to have the vet check a fecal (yes, poop) sample and analyze it for the type of parasites so the proper treatment can be administered.
Then there are the “catching” diseases your new furbaby can get. Puppies and kittens’ immune systems are not fully developed and they are much more prone to catching diseases. Vaccinations (“shots”) do work to prevent the more common and dangerous diseases.
At our practice, we pride ourselves in developing standard and individualized health care programs for each and every one of our puppy and kitten patients. We like to make sure they all get off to a healthy and happy start, but not only that, we give you some information on how to raise your new companion properly.
Call us if you have a new family furry friend. We’re always glad to help!
Have a wonderful holiday!
Below is a link to a recent article on Canine Leptospirosis – a contagious bacterial disease of dogs that can also be transmitted to humans. Make sure your dog is vaccinated for Leptospirosis – if you have questions, call us at 704-824-9876. Note that this is part of our routine vaccination protocol. So, if your dog has been in for routine shots in the last year, we have most likely vaccinated for this. If your dog had a 3-year distemper-parvo shot from another clinic, check with us to see if he has been updated on the Lepto Vaccine. – Dr. Jim Gill (yes, my dog, Cherokee, is definitely vaccinated for this!).
Copy of the Article Text Below:
Dangerous bacterial disease on the rise for pets
Posted: Nov 05, 2015 11:25 PM EST
Updated: Nov 06, 2015 7:36 AM EST
Veterinarians are warning pet owners about a dangerous bacteria on the rise.
Michele Rohrer, Atlantic Animal Hospital veterinarian, said the hospital has seen five cases of leptospirosis in the past six weeks. Two dogs have died from the bacteria. This is the first the hospital has seen of leptospirosis since 2004. Rohrer explained the rise in cases could be due to the recent flooding.
Leptospirosis is spread by dogs coming into contact with infected animals’ urine, usually in water or wet ground. “It can be some animals are carriers for it. Sometimes it’s not a big deal,” Rohrer said. “But there’s an acute hemorrhagic form that can cause kidney failure, and those cases can be very serious. It can also cause liver failure.”
Humans can contract the disease from their pets.
Symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, loss of energy, vomiting and dehydration.
Rohrer said getting a vaccine is the best way to protect your pet.
Copyright 2015 WECT. All rights reserved.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Wilkinson Animal Hospital!
We often see gastrointestinal problems after holiday feasting in our patients. Some can actually be pretty severe and require hospitalization.
So, please keep your pet’s diet the same during the holiday. Especially avoid fatty treats and meats. ANY food change can spark an intestinal or stomach upset that can lead to illness.
The stress of extra visitors and company may also contribute. Give your pet a safe haven away from the crowd if he or she is a nervous wreck.
Definitely do NOT feed chocolate, grapes or raisins as these are toxic.
Have a safe holiday!
P.S. If your pet is stressed during the holiday from visitors or otherwise, please give us a call 704-824-9876. We have some natural solutions to handling this.
Is your pet scratching so much his rattling keep you up all night? Is it the “thump, thump, thump” of her back leg on the floor that makes sleep impossible for you both? Or the gnawing, licking and chewing sounds? Or maybe it’s just knowing that your best friend is miserable because he can’t get comfortable?
Excessive itching IS a form of pain and misery! True…we all know that.
What’s the cause of all this, doc?
That’s a loaded question! There are many causes but the most common cause is ALLERGIES! The allergy then results in your pet traumatizing the skin by scratching, chewing, licking, etc. which then results in skin infections of yeast and bacteria. Then…you guessed it…more itching! Pets can be allergic to fleas, grasses, molds, pollen, food, and many things in the environment.
So, how do I fix it, doc?
Again, a loaded question! Dermatology is probably about 30% of what our doctors do at Wilkinson Animal Hospital. What’s important is to properly evaluate the pet’s condition and then handle the factors that keep him uncomfortable. For instance, skin infections are extremely common as a result of the itching and need to correctly diagnosed as to what type of infection and then be treated with the proper antibiotic. But…this is only the “tip of the iceberg”. We must stop the self-trauma to the skin and get your pet out of his itchy misery and find out what is really causing the problem. If your pet’s itching is out of control, let us help you with that…schedule an appointment with one of our doctors.
Five things you can do to improve your pet’s skin health.
- Treat fleas YEAR-ROUND in all the family pets!. They are everywhere and with modern flea control products, this is much easier and safer today than it was year’s ago. Let us help you with the right product to use on your dog or cat.
- Feed a good quality diet to your pet and stay away from excessive treats and table food. Good nutrition is key to skin health and a good immune system.
- Make sure your pet is checked for internal parasites (worms) at least once a year and on a preventative medication for them. Internal parasites “suck” the good nutrients out of your pet’s body making the skin unhealthy and less able to fight off infections.
- Brush your cat and dog regularly with an effective brush to remove dead hair and allow good circulation to the skin. It is important to use the right type of brush for your pet’s coat. Our groomer can help you pick out the right type of brush.
- Bath your dog regularly in a hypoallergenic, gentle good quality shampoo. If you are giving an effective flea control product, it is not necessary to use a flea and tick shampoo! They tend to be harsh.
Spaying is the term used to describe the removal of the ovaries and uterus (ovariohysterectomy) of a female animal. Neutering is the term usually used to describe the removal of the testicles (castration) of a male animal. However, neutering can be used in reference to both genders. The surgical procedure, performed by a veterinarian, renders the animal incapable of reproducing. Here are answers to some questions you may have about this beneficial procedure.
When can I have this procedure done?
Both procedures can safely be on juvenile dogs and cats at 5-6 months of age before they are sexually mature. Our vets at Wilkinson Animal Hospital are strong proponents of juvenile or pediatric spay/neuter since it is both healthy for pets and effectively reduces pet overpopulation.
Why should I have my pet neutered?
Animal shelters, both public and private, are faced with an incredible burden: What to do with the overpopulation of dogs and cats that they cannot find homes for? Approximately 3.7 million animals are euthanized at shelters each year, due to the sheer fact that there are not enough willing adopters. Having your pet spayed or neutered ensures that you will not be adding to this tremendous burden.
Is the procedure safe for my pet?
Yes. Like any surgery, there are always risks. However, this is a commonly performed procedure that carries very few risks as long as your dog or cat is healthy. At Wilkinson Animal Hospital, we take extra precautions to minimize this risk by performing specific blood tests and heart tests prior to surgery, using advanced monitoring during the procedure, and doing thorough physical exams.
This procedure is performed under a safe general anesthesia so that your pet will not feel pain during the surgery. At Wilkinson Animal Hospital, we have developed workable post-operative pain protocols to ensure your pet’s pain level is controlled. This includes high tech post-operative laser therapy and medications to handle any pain.
What are some of the health and behavioral benefits?
Through neutering, you can help your dog or cat live a happier, healthier, longer life. Spaying eliminates the constant crying and nervous pacing of a female cat in heat. Spaying a female dog also eliminates the messiness associated with the heat cycle.
Neutering of male dogs and cats can prevent certain undesirable sexual behaviors, such as urine marking, humping, male aggression and the urge to roam. If you have more than one pet in your household, all the pets will generally get along better if they are neutered.
A long-term benefit of spaying and neutering is improved health for both cats and dogs. Spaying females prior to their first heat cycle substantially reduces the risk of developing breast cancer and totally prevents uterine infections and uterine cancer. Neutering males prevents testicular cancer and enlargement of the prostate gland, and greatly reduces their risk for tumors around the anal area.
One of the signs that your pet may have dental disease is bad breath. This is one that we can all notice and recognize. This is most often caused by infection around the gum line and the accumulation of plaque and tartar. (And something can be done about it!).
The American Veterinary Dental Society reports that 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by age three. Dental disease doesn’t affect just your pet’s teeth and gums, it can also lead to more serious health problems affecting your pet’s heart, lungs and kidneys. Dental disease and tooth loss is totally preventable in many cases and controllable with regular professional dental cleanings and home care.We all know how important regular dental cleanings are for ourselves, and the same thing applies for our pets as well!
We all know how important regular dental cleanings are for ourselves, and the same thing applies for our pets as well!
Your pet’s diet can help keep your pet healthy and free of dental disease, but it is not enough. The best way is to do regular home care and get a professional dental cleaning (dental prophy) at least yearly at the animal hospital. Once your pets cleaning is done, our knowledgeable staff will gladly assist you in providing a workable method of home care for your dog or cat. We know how difficult it can be to work with your pets mouth at home. There are many “user friendly” dental products that really help.
Call us today at 704-824-9876 to schedule your pet’s next dental exam and cleaning!