Articles, Case Studies, and News from Advanced Veterinary Specialists
Keep up-to-date with all-things pet-related in Santa Barbara, with articles and information written by AVS Doctors and Veterinary Technicians. From pet-friendly advice to specialty case studies, we’ve got everything you need to know right here.
What does a seizure look like? Seizures can range in appearance from ‘focal’ which include signs such as facial twitching to ‘generalized’ which often involve severe muscle contractions and loss of consciousness. During this time they may salivate, vocalize, urinate, and/or defecate. After a seizure occurs the pet may seem disoriented, blind, and/or anxious. What […]
When the weather gets hot, our pets may have trouble adjusting to the rising temperature and need special treatment. Heat stroke occurs when an animal’s body temperature rises above normal, which causes damage to blood proteins and internal organs and death can occur. Even when the weather doesn’t seem too warm for the average person, […]
There is an abundance of advice on the internet describing a variety of first aid techniques to employ if your pet is bitten by a snake. Some include cutting over the bite site and sucking out the venom, using a snakebite kit, applying a tourniquet, applying ice packs, and administering antihistamines and antibiotics. NONE of […]
Limping in dogs, or lameness, is a very common occurrence in our canine companions. There are many different causes of limping; some are very simple, such as a sticker in the paw or a mildly pulled muscle, and some causes can be much more serious, such as a torn ligament, fractured bone or arthritis. What to do if your dog is limping? If your pet has never limped before and you are noticing that he/she is acutely (all of the sudden) lame on his leg, first check for the obvious cause such as a wound or a thorn in the paw. If nothing is found you may want to watch him for a few hours to see if the lameness resolves. A minor muscle strain will usually get better quickly. However, if the lameness persists then you should have your pet evaluated by a veterinarian.