We would like to welcome Dr. Samantha Eagan to Wilderness Animal Hospital!
Dr. Eagan received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Midwestern University in Phoenix, Arizona in 2020. After graduation, she joined a small animal general practice in the Atlanta metro area for two years before relocating to the Seattle area. Dr. Eagan grew up in southern Florida and received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Florida Institute of Technology before applying to veterinary school. She is interested in dermatology and surgery. Outside of work, Dr. Eagan enjoys traveling, reading and paddle boarding.
Learn more about her on our website here: https://bit.ly/DrEaganWilderness
What to Expect at the Vet!
Bringing your pet in for surgery can be nerve-wracking for you both. We want you to feel comfortable and prepared when surgery day comes, so here is what you need to know before bringing your pet in for surgery and anesthesia.
• Before Surgery:
Your pet will get a physical exam and bloodwork before undergoing surgery. Blood work will give the veterinarian information about how well your dog will heal post-surgery, predict any bleeding during surgery, as well as hydration levels. You will also be asked not to feed your pet for several hours before surgery. Small amounts of water are okay.
• During Surgery:
Anesthesia will make your pet unconscious and unable to feel pain. Fluids and medication may be given to support your pet's blood pressure, and an oxygen tube will be administered. All vitals will be monitored such as oxygen levels, temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure to ensure safe and successful surgery.
When the operation is finished and it is time for your pet to wake up, they will be placed in a warm and secure crate where they will be closely monitored.
Depending on the surgery, your pet will likely be sent home that same day once they are awake and their pain is controlled. At this time your vet will send you home with discharge instructions, any appropriate medication, and answer any questions!
Esox is a 12-year-old lab mix who was recently diagnosed with cancer and is now undergoing chemotherapy. When it comes to prolonging your senior pet's life, there are many factors to consider, and there are no wrong choices. When considering chemotherapy for your pet, quality of life is going to be a topic of conversation.
Many assume that chemotherapy does not provide a good quality of life, and Esox is here to show that this is typically not the case! Animals undergoing chemotherapy can still run, play with their favorite toys, and maintain their normal behavior and personalities.
We are all rooting for Esox as he undergoes chemotherapy treatment!
Consult with your veterinarian about the best treatment options for your pet and their needs.
Why your pet needs Annual Bloodwork!
Annual Bloodwork: What it means and why your pet needs it.
•What is blood testing?
Blood testing informs your veterinarian of your pet's complete blood count or CBC. This tells them how many red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets. The other portion of the blood work, called the chemistry panel, helps evaluate the blood glucose level, liver function, kidney function, electrolyte balance and protein level in your pet’s body.
•Why does blood cell count matter?
Red blood cells are responsible for transporting oxygen through the body, making them critical to a healthy life. The size, color, and appearance of red blood cells indicate many different diseases. Blood testing can help predict and prevent these diseases before they get critical.
•What about white blood cells?
White blood cells are responsible for immune system responses in the body. A high amount of white blood cells indicates infection or certain types of cancers. White blood cells also tell your veterinarian your pet's stress level, and if any inflammation is present.
•Do blood tests also test platelets?
Yes, platelets are responsible for healthy clotting to prevent bleeding. A low number of platelets can indicate an immune deficiency or disorders and other serious health problems.
•Why is the chemistry panel important?
This portion of the blood work helps the veterinarian evaluate how the internal organs are functioning and if there are any medications, diet, or lifestyle changes your pet may need in the future.
Blood testing is very important to understand your pet’s overall health (especially senior pets), predict and prevent disease, and develop a detailed health history. With annual testing, you can learn exactly how to care for your pet based on its unique health needs.
Ask your veterinarian about bloodwork at your next annual exam!
What to Expect at the Vet!
Bringing your pet to the veterinarian should be a pleasant experience for both of you. If you are a first-time pet owner of a rescue or a new puppy or kitten, here is what you should expect at your first exam.
Weight: We will weigh your pet to make sure they are in a healthy range for their age and activity level.
Exam: We will then examine your pet for any abnormalities all the way from their head to tail to paws.
Vitals: We will take your pet's temperature, listen to their heart and lungs, as well as look for any eye abnormalities.
Vaccinations: With a brand-new patient, we want to review vaccination history and make sure your pet is up to date with all their shots.
At-Home Care: We will discuss with you any routine care your pet may need at home and be sure to set you up for success!
It's National Immunization Awareness Month!
It’s National Immunization Awareness Month!
What vaccines does your pup need at each stage of your life? Is your pup up to date on their vaccines? Here are recommendations on all the vaccines your dog may need throughout their life! Discuss with your veterinarian what they recommend for your pup based on their breed and lifestyle.
DAP*: This vaccine protects your pup against Canine Distemper, Adenovirus/Hepatitis, and Parvovirus. This is given in a 3 shot series during the first year of your dog's life. It is crucial to get this vaccine at the appropriate times as well as finish the whole series to make sure your pup is protected. A booster shot is given every 3 years after the initial series.
Rabies: The rabies vaccine is required by law in most states for all dogs. Rabies is a very dangerous and deadly disease, therefore getting your pup vaccinated at the appropriate time is vital.
Bordetella: Also known as kennel cough, is a contagious respiratory bacterial infection. If you board your pet or take them to group training classes or dog parks, you should consider this vaccine.
Leptospirosis: This is a bacterial infection that can cause flu-like symptoms and can be passed from dogs to humans. Consider this vaccine not only for your dog's health, but your own as well.
Parainfluenza and Canine Influenza: Both illnesses are like kennel cough, and these vaccines will protect them from catching these illnesses and spreading to other dogs. These may be required if you want to board your pet.
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Happy Pet Hydration Month!
Throughout the hot summer months, it’s important to keep pets hydrated and cool. We typically see an increase in heat exhaustion and dehydration cases, so here is what to look for:
- Excessive panting
- Dark-colored urine
- Lethargic and visibly tired
- Dry or chapped nose
- Vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite
- Sunken or dry-looking eyes
Help prevent dehydration in your pet by keeping water accessible, taking breaks from playtime, and keeping pets out of direct. Stay cool this summer!
Protect your cats teeth!
When it comes to caring for your cats' teeth, prevention is the best protection!
A client recently adopted a cat from the local shelter and noticed that the cat was having some difficulty eating dry food. They brought the cat into the hospital to be examined, it turned out the cat had a broken tooth that needed to be extracted.
Cats’ teeth are so small that it may be difficult for people to notice when something is wrong. Annual exams and dental cleanings for your cat will ensure your cat has a healthy mouth for a long and healthy life!
We're Accepting New Clients!
We are accepting New Clients, book with us today!
We are excited to meet you and your furry friend! If your pet is in need of a wellness exam, vaccines, dental care, and more, we have you covered. Call or visit our website to book and get the care your pet deserves!
Common Summer Dangers for pets!
Summertime is a great time to enjoy being a pet owner with sunny walks, backyard BBQs, swimming, and holidays! There are also dangers during the summer that your pet isn’t exposed to all year round. Be mindful of these summer health risks and how to protect your pet.
1) Hot Sidewalks: If cement is too hot for you to walk barefoot, it is also too hot for your dog. Go on walks early in the day to prevent burnt paws.
2) Sunburn: Short-haired and light-colored pets are susceptible to getting sunburn. Keep an eye on how much time your pet is spending in the sun or purchase pet sunscreen for hot days.
3) Dehydration: When hiking, camping, or spending a lot of time outside be sure to pack water for your pet. Dehydration happens quickly and can cause serious health complications.
4) Stinging Insects: Pets can have dangerous reactions to stinging insects which can cause swelling, lethargy, vomiting, and other allergic reaction symptoms.
5) Storms and fireworks: Summer heat may bring thunderstorms in many parts of the country and loud sounds such as thunder or fireworks can cause pets a lot of distress. Talk to your veterinarian ahead of time if you know your pet doesn’t respond well to loud sounds to discuss their recommendations.
Pet Insurance Awareness!
Cyrus is a Bull Mastiff whose parents chose pet insurance for him while he was a young puppy. Accidents and illnesses can happen at any age, but luckily Cyrus’s pet insurance paid off only 3 short months after obtaining coverage when he suddenly got sick. Cyrus was vomiting, lethargic, and not eating. He ended up at an emergency clinic and his radiographs showed a possible intestinal obstruction that required surgery. A mango pit was lodged in his small intestine and successfully removed during the surgery. Thankfully, the decision for surgery was an easy one for Cyrus’s parents without financial hesitations and the peace of mind with pet insurance. His insurance covered 90% of the bill! He is recovering well from his surgery and his parents are relieved of the burden of a large bill.
Get Summer Ready with Vaccinations!
Your pet may not understand why they’re getting poked and prodded, but with summer right around the corner, it’s time for vaccine boosters! With pets spending more time outside, they are likely to be exposed to harmful diseases. Below are the recommended vaccines to keep your pet healthy all year long!
Please consult with your veterinarian to make sure your pet is current on the following vaccinations appropriate for their lifestyle:
- Rabies Vaccine
- Canine Distemper/Parvo
- Canine Influenza
Lastly, don’t forget about our cats! Cats need their core vaccines Rabies, Feline Distemper too. It they go outside and are around other cats, your veterinarian may also recommend the Feline Leukemia Virus Vaccine (FeLV).
Prevent Obesity In Pets!
Is your pet considered obese? Obesity in pets is more common than ever and can cause serious health risks for your pet such as cancer, osteoarthritis, and diabetes. The good news is we can help get your pet back to a healthy weight with these tips!
1) Try weight control food and healthy ingredients: Prescription diet food is formulated for your pet’s specific condition and is designed to support your pet’s weight loss. With all food and treats you give your pet, be sure to review the brand and formula to ensure you are feeding them healthy and quality ingredients.
2) Get more exercise and make eating fun: Increased exercise and playtime will not only make your pet happier, but it will also help them get back to a healthy weight. You can also incorporate slow feeders and purchase toys and puzzles that dispense food or treats. These will keep your pet entertained while eating and slow their eating pace.
3) Consult your veterinarian: Working with your veterinarian to craft a weight loss plan that works for your pet and your lifestyle will keep you informed and supported through your pet’s weight loss journey.
Happy National Pet Month!
For National Pet Month we wanted to share our appreciation for our clients and patients. Providing compassionate care for your pets is our number one priority, and we thank you all for allowing us to do what we love!
April is Pet First Aid Month!
April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month!
Just like people, pets have accidents. Staying knowledgeable about what to do in these moments and how to get your pet to a veterinarian safely is essential for pet owners.
According to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), 25% more pets would survive if just one pet first aid technique were applied before getting emergency veterinary care. Staying prepped for any emergency could save your pet’s life.
Purchasing a pet first aid kit, taking a first aid course, and staying prepared for emergencies relevant to your region are the best ways to ensure your pet's safety.
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Does your pet get anxiety going to the veterinarian?
Does your pet struggle with anxiety when visiting the veterinarian? Anxiety can be caused by many underlying things; fear, separation, lack of socialization, and trauma are a few. Here are some tips and tricks to help your dog ease anxiety during veterinarian visits.
1) Learn your pet’s triggers and emotional patterns. Work on non-threatening, and calming techniques leading up to the exam such as bringing out the cat carrier days in advance and placing treats and toys in it. Try taking pets in the car for a ride a couple of times before the vet to show them that the car is not a bad thing. It is also helpful to bring your pet’s favorite treats in hand at the time of the appointment as well for something you know they will enjoy.
2) Use positive reinforcement during your veterinary visit. Hospital staff is there to help you and your pet feel safe and comfortable but be sure to also use a soft tone of voice, stay calm, and use treats as comfort. You can even call ahead for additional tips, calming agents, and possible medications in preparation for the visit.
3) Build confidence by slowly facing fears at your pet's pace. The best way to face fears is to overcome them by staying positive and consistent with yearly exams, social visits, vaccinations, and teeth cleaning to help familiarize your pet with your regular veterinarian.
Why microchip your pet?
One evening, a good Samaritan witnessed a Blue Heeler Pup get struck by a car, and the driver of the vehicle not stopping to render aid to the pup. It was obvious to the Samaritan that the pup was hurt with an injured leg and several abrasions to the head. This Samaritan quickly picked up the pup and brought her to the ER.
The ER technicians promptly scanned the pup for a microchip. They were able to attain the chip information and quickly contact the pup’s owners. They were able to send a notification to the owners within minutes.
The owners were visiting their family when their pup got out! She was in an unfamiliar area and was unable to find her way home. The owners were reunited with her 15 minutes after receiving the microchip notification. As soon as they walked through the hospital doors their pup perked up with excitement! The Samaritan that saved the pup’s life was also there to meet the owners.
The pup was treated for her injuries and sent home safely with her family all thanks to the Samaritan and the help of her microchip. 🐶
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Manny getting vacines with Sarah
Manny getting his booster vaccines with Sarah!! He is getting so big!! 💙⭐️
Pet Dental Health Best Practices!
As Pet Dental Health Month comes to a close, we want to make a few easy suggestions on how you can implement dental health practices in your pet’s life. It’s never too late to make your companion’s dental health a priority. Forward book your pet's wellness exams each year so your pets' dental needs are addressed with your veterinarian.
Norman gets his vaccine
Norman taking his bordetella vaccine like a champ! 💪🏻💙⭐️
How Do Veterinarians Clean Pet's Teeth?
How do veterinarians' clean animals’ teeth and why is it necessary? Here are the routine steps veterinarians take during your pet’s cleaning visit.
Prep for anesthesia: We want your pet to be safe, relaxed, and comfortable during their cleaning.
X-Rays will be taken when necessary to assess tooth root health.
Plaque and tartar will be removed with specialty tools on the surface of the teeth and under the gum line.
When your pet wakes up from anesthesia, they get to go home!
According to the AKC, 8/10 dogs show signs of canine periodontal disease by age 3. With regular at-home cleaning and yearly dental exams, this probability can be greatly reduced. Book an annual dental exam and we can help you get your pet set up for success.
February is Pet Dental Health Month!
February is Pet Dental Health Month! When was the last time your pets' teeth were cleaned? Here are some things you should keep in mind at each stage of your pet's life when it comes to dental care. We are here to answer any questions and help keep those pearly whites healthy!
We ❤ Pet Selfies!
We ❤ Pet Selfies! Have you downloaded our hospital app? Get organized this new year with our all-in-one platform – upload pet selfies, schedule appointments, refill prescriptions, and earn paw points rewards for future use! 📲 🐾
New Year, Same Pets We Know & Love!
New Year, Same Pets We Know & Love! 🎉🐱🐶 As we start out on our own 2022 resolutions, don’t forget about your pet's health! Annual wellness checks help catch issues early to keep your furry family members happy, healthy, and ready for the year (and many more) ahead!
Snow fun with Gracie and Poppy
We are so glad to be back in clinic after all those crazy snow days! ❄️
Here is a video of Gracie girl enjoying her snow day!
We would love to see all your snow puppy pictures!! Please post below!! ❄️❄️
Puppy nail trim!
Doug’s first nail trim at the clinic! It takes a village! How cute is this little guy! 💙💛
Happy Senior Pet Month!
Did you know that most dogs are considered to be senior pets by age 7?
November was National Senior Pet Wellness Month and we love any reason to celebrate them! Often times we have cared for our senior pet patients since they were young pups or kitties and thanks to advancements in veterinary care, pets are now living longer and healthier lives. Regular wellness exams help detect and treat issues early and are essential to your pet’s health as they age.
Give a senior pet a little extra love and we look forward to seeing them soon!