Is It Vomiting or Is It Regurgitation?

Boomer, an adorable and effervescent young Cairn Terrier, was recently referred to me for vomiting of three days duration. This mischievous little boy raided the kitchen garbage the day before the vomiting began. Neither blood work nor abdominal X-rays performed by the referring veterinarian provided a diagnosis. When I questioned Boomer’s family, I learned that their dog was bringing up clear fluid after drinking and undigested food after eating. Additionally, none of the retching that dogs typically do right before… Read More

Never a Dull Moment!

Having graduated from veterinary school in 1982, this year marks my 30th year practicing veterinary medicine! Wow, that’s a lot of years! What feels most remarkable is that I’ve been able to work at the same profession for so long without becoming bored or complacent. I’m certain the reason is that not a single week goes by without my seeing or experiencing something new and exciting. Take Dottie, for example. This exuberant 5-year-old spayed female Jack Russell Terrier mix was… Read More

I Can’t Believe He Ate That!

Needle lodged within the intestinal tract © Cuyahoga Falls Veterinary Clinic Dogs and cats eat some pretty darned crazy things! Sure, I can understand nabbing a loaf of bread from the kitchen counter or sneaking some “kitty roca” out of the litter box. But why on earth eat a sewing needle, panty hose, Lego pieces, or mama’s favorite diamond earrings? Just when I think I’ve seen it all, something new surprises me. Dogs, more so than cats, tend to be… Read More