Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Ranger's Foreign Body

This is Ranger – a 3 year old Great Dane mix who came in 2 days before Christmas because he couldn’t keep food down. In 1 week he had lost about 10lbs. We took x-rays of his abdomen and it looked like there was something in his stomach and possibly throughout his intestines. 

 After discussing things with his owners further, they remembered that Ranger had torn up a towel about 1 week prior, but they didn’t think that he had ate any of it. Dr. Marcum and Dr. McCall took Ranger to surgery and sure enough – he had a balled up piece of towel in his stomach that snaked its way into his small intestine. After 3 hours of surgery and taking out about 10” of his intestines, Ranger went to the emergency clinic for recovery. Ranger made it home for Christmas! He came in today to have his staples removed and he’s feeling better than ever; he has even gained a few pounds! We are so happy he is doing well.

                                                                                                     -Dr. Marcum

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Let's Talk About Lepto

Let’s Talk About Lepto

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that can infect both people and animals- including your pet.  The bacteria that causes the disease is spread by the urine of carrier animals such as raccoons, skunks, rodents, and deer.  Lepto infections peak in the fall, often after periods of heavy rainfall or flooding.  When dogs come in contact with infected urine in the environment or stagnant water, the bacteria will quickly travel through their bloodstream and cause fever, lethargy, anorexia, and joint pain.  Within a week, the bacteria can infect their internal organs and lead to acute kidney and liver failure; your pet may show clinical signs of excessive thirst and urination, vomiting, diarrhea, and yellowing of the skin
Treatment for Leptospirosis infections requires aggressive fluid support to maintain blood flow to the kidneys and antibiotics to kill the bacteria and eliminate it from the bloodstream.  Some patients are hospitalized for a week or more while they receive treatment.  The survival rate following infection with Leptospirosis is 70-80%, however some patients may have long-term kidney or liver damage.

Fortunately, there is a vaccine available to help protect your pet against this dangerous disease.  Capitol Illini Veterinary Services carries a 4-Way Lepto vaccine that induces immunity against the four most common strains of Leptospirosis.  While no vaccine will be 100% effective in preventing disease, the vaccine plays a major role in reducing the risk of infection and also largely reduces the severity of the disease if your dog is infected.  Other ways you can help protect your pet is by removing rodents from your pet’s environment and avoiding stagnant water.  People can also be affected by Leptospirosis so vaccination is important to also keep you safe at home.
It is important to remember that best chance for a positive outcome is related to early diagnosis and treatment- if your pet isn’t feeling well, have them in for an exam so they can be evaluated for early warning signs.  If you have questions or concerns about Leptospirosis and your pet, call and speak to one of our veterinarians about what you can do to keep your pet safe!
                                                                                           -Dr. Colleen Helgen

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sniff It Out Fundrasier Was A Great Success!

 Capitol Illini Veterinary Services and The Sangamon County Sheriff's Department K9 Unit would like to send out a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the Sniff It Out Fundraiser such a success! We had perfect weather and a great turn out. Our lunch and our raffle ticket sales exceeded our expectations! With the help of our clients, the public, Phillip Jensen-DMD PC and the Illinois Capitol Kennel Club, we were able to exceed our fundraising goal!  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

National Take Back Initiative Medication Collection Day

DEA's National Take Back Initiative Collection Day

 The DEA, along with an environmental protection group, are urging us to tell people not to flush medicine down the toilet.  Instead there is a nationwide program to "take back" medicines at various locations certain times of the year.

Use the link below to find local places you can drop off unwanted, unused, and expired medicines to on Saturday, September 27th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
The Chatham Police Department on Mulberry St and the Springfield Police Department on Montvale Dr. will both be collection sites for September 27th, 2014.  

Inquiries can also be made at 1-800-882-9539