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Vincent Palmeri- Extern Daily Diary  12/4/18

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Today was another busy day at LBAH.  The first patient I was able to assist with was Milo, a 17 year old cat that came in late the previous night because he was acting depressed, recently had difficulty going to the restroom, and seems uncomfortable in his abdomen.  Dr. Kennedy did a thorough job examining Milo to find out that his presenting problems are likely related to a bad back as his x-rays showed arthritic changes (spondylosis) to his spinal vertebrae making it uncomfortable to use the restroom.  Further testing ruled out any kidney or urinary disease at this time and his overnight therapy helped Milo feel much better in the morning. We hope to see Milo back to being the normal cat he always has been.  
Another amazing case we had today was a 2 year old guinea pig named Aubrey.  She came in today to have one of her eyes removed.  Unfortunately over the weekend she seemed to have some type of traumatic episode to her eye that caused an infection and  she lost her vision in that eye, and not it is painful.  Dr. Kennedy did an amazing job removing Aubrey’s affected eye and she recovered fully after her procedure.  Abscesses in pocket pets can be serious problems and unfortunately they can linger for a long time.  It becomes very important to follow with proper postoperative care at home and continue to monitor them for any new changes such as decreased weight or inappetence. We are very hopeful that Aubrey will have a full recovery and will be back to her normal happy self.
Examining her to make sure she is ready before we proceed with the surgery
One of the monitors we used on her during this surgery to make sure there are no anesthetic problems
Ready to assist Dr. K
Terri keeping our friend warm as we leave the surgery room
Our patient is cozy warm as it is brought back to recovery
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s update as it will be a fun-filled day with many boarded specialists coming in to work together with the staff at LBAH on some of their cases.  One case in particular is a dog named Frankie, who within the past couple months had been showing episodes of vomiting and lethargy.  He was recently diagnosed by the doctors at LBAH as having Gall bladder disease.  This is a very serious condition in dogs, where an accumulation of bile sludge stays within the gall bladder and has difficulty emptying, and can become life-threatening.  Frankie is scheduled to have his gall bladder removed tomorrow with the amazing Dr. Larsen, a board certified veterinary surgeon who works together with LBAH.  Here is a link to the procedure Frankie will be undertaking tomorrow:  https://www.lbah.com/word/liver-diseases-2/ 
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Vincent Palmeri- Extern Daily Diary  12/4/18

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 Today was another great experience at LBAH.  I started my day going over very important cases with Dr. P, cases that are very common on a daily basis for veterinarians.  The case we discussed was about Lil man.  Lil man is a 10.5 year old neutered male Shitzu that came in because he was not eating, and unexplained urinary accidents at home.  His examination and lab diagnostics pointed towards a infection in the urinary system.  With a great assessment by the doctors and proper medical treatment, Frankie has been doing much better at home since he was discharged.  Urinary diseases are very important in all animals, regardless of the species.  More information about urinary diseases can be found on our website at https://www.lbah.com/word/feline/feline-urinary-tract-disease/ 
Another hospital favorite that I assisted with today was Coco.  Coco is a beautiful shitzu that visited us for a recheck on persistent allergies blood work.  Coco’s mom is amazing, and she does everything she can to ensure that Coco always has the best care.  This includes routine checkups with our practice as well as local veterinary dentists, veterinary dermatologists, and veterinary ophthalmologists.   Today Coco’s visit was well received with a great bill of health and we look forward to continue on keeping her happy and healthy.    
Another great patient I was saw today was a bird named Sugar.  Sugar was brought in on emergency because he was flying around at home and accidentally flew into a window.  Trauma such as that Sugar was involved in are very serious.  Our biggest fear is not only incidences of concussion but in most cases these type of incidences can be fatal for birds.  Pets can be very stoic when injured, and not show obvious signs of pain or disease until it is too late.  It is very important for a pet that goes through a traumatic event to be assessed by a veterinarian immediately. Our website goes over important information regarding pet assessment and care along with species specific diseases in the learning center and disease section:  https://www.lbah.com/word/learning-series/
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Chameleon Bone Disease

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We have a new page on this serious problem in reptiles. Click on our friend below to learn more.

 

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There are lions on the runway!

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Lets hope nobody encounters this when flying in the United States. I am not sure the pilots here are as used to this as the bush pilots in Africa. They have seen this before, and make sure the coast is clear (and they do the clearing) before unloading passengers.

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Killer Whales (Orcas) of Washington State

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In September Dr. P met his cousin in the Puget sound area to enjoy the beautiful scenery and look for Orcas. We hired a private boat and guide from Maya Legacy in Friday harbor. Allen our guide did a great job, and we learned much and saw many pods. His assistants April and Zoe also helped out.

We were in a part of a large ecosystem called the Salish Sea that is filled with salmon breeding grounds, which has attracted Orcas.

The resident (there are transients here also that eat marine mammals) Orcas are in serious danger of extinction. This is due to a major decrease in their main food source, chinook salmon. It is also due to pollution in the waters around them, and excessive sounds in the water, confusing them and making communication difficult. These sounds come from all the boats (the cavitation from the spinning propellors) in the area, and also the active sonar from Navy ships.

We stayed in Friday Harbor and went whale watching 3x all around the area

Friday Harbor is in the San Juan Islands, just east of Victoria, Canada

 

The people that live in this part of the world know their Orcas. This ranged from the naturalist that talked to us about them on the ferry ride over to Friday Harbor, to the captain of our boat and his assistant. They know all of the pods, whether they are local or transients, each family member, and what they eat. 

It takes a team effort to find them in these vast waters. There are biologists and naturalists that continually do research on the Orcas. Their knowledge is critical to understanding them. They worked together well as team with the local guiding companies that take people out to see them. The companies that take tourists out to find the Orcas are professionals, and share their knowledge with each other to help everyone see them. These guides have a private radio channel and private Facebook page to help facilitate this communication. It was a job well done!

The Orca kids!

Allen our captain working hard to find the whales

Allen with his assistant Zoe scanning for the mist from the whale blowholes when they exhaled

Zoe using Allen as a tripod to keep her binoculars steady. Hey, whatever works to find them!

Nicole was part of our team of Orca scanners

It takes a lot of eyes to find them, so Hugh used his “eagle eyes” and helped out also

Hugh got his chance to use the big glass. The most important things he learned was not to drop it in the water!

Chloe got jealous when Hugh got to use the professional camera and lens, so we had to let her have a go at it

This is a large male, as evidenced by his large dorsal fin, near our boat

You never know what direction they are coming from, so you need to be observant at all times

They are not easy to photograph. You need to be ready and time your shot for the few seconds they pop to the surface to breathe. In a bobbing boat this can be a challenge!

They were quite active and breached several times

Allen did a great job of anticipating where they would go. One time several members of a pod swam just a few feet in front of our bow.

Allen put a hydrophone in the water as they swam by

Their eerie sounds as they communicate with each other are mesmerizing. They can communicate like this for vast distances

Even though we were close to them, sometimes it was nice to see them in the distance

We even came across a humpback whale (Allen called them HB’s). He positioned us just right to get some nice backlight shots of them exhaling

There is plenty of other wildlife throughout the area, including southern sea lions, bald eagles, and several different species of seals.

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Liver Surgery

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If you are interested in watching a surgery of a cat with a liver disease called a shunt follow the link below.

Liver (PSS) Shunt Surgery

 

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Rabbit with a broken front leg

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This bunny broke his front leg. Learn how we diagnosed it and applied a splint by visiting this link on our web site.

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Guinea Pig with bladder stones

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This is Mr. Darcy and his mom. He had bladder stones that we removed this week. You can learn more about it from this link at our Guinea Pig Diseases page.

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Orphaned Kitten Care

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Dr. Kennedy volunteers as foster care for orphaned kittens, with the Southern California Siamese Rescue organization (cs.siameserescue.org). Animal shelters typically get flooded with young orphaned kittens in the springtime, and this year is no exception. Unfortunately, they cannot provide the care needed by very young kittens, who are often suffering from a variety of respiratory and intestinal infections, as well as fleas and viruses.
Kitten rescue organizations such as SCSR pick up these orphans and find foster volunteers who can raise them until they’re old enough to be adopted out. They’re spayed and neutered before adoption, as well as being tested for Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency virus (FIV).
All of Dr.Kennedy’s foster kittens are viral negative, but many have worms. Some of the kittens have been hospitalized and given IV fluids, which is why some have shaved patches on their front legs. These protozoal infections can be very persistent and sometimes deadly in young animals, so it’s extremely important for puppies and kittens to be dewormed and tested several times throughout their first year. Our web site has much more information on worms (internal parasites).
Dr. Kennedy’s kittens very likely were infected with Giardia and Coccidia before they were born, and needed some help getting over their infections and returning to health. Most are doing very well, even ‘Jamaal,’ who was only six ounces when he arrived from Tijuana. Being so small, he’s needed more intensive attention, including assist-feeding to help him gain weight. He’s a trooper, and is now nearly eleven ounces. Once he reaches two and a half pounds he’ll be neutered and ready for adoption. You can find out more at cs.siameserescue.org.
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Dove With a Secret Message

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Check out our latest Facebook link about a dove that came into our Wildlife Program this past week. You can access it from the homepage of our web site, or follow the Facebook link at the top right of our homepage. It’s an interesting one!

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