Pectus excavatum (PE) is a congenital malformation of the sternum and costochondral cartilages causing narrowing of the chest primarily on the posterior side. The middle chest appears to be flat or concave, rather than slightly convex. Chest compression may also reduce pulmonary and cardiac functions. The presentation of defects ranges from mild to severe. The severity of the thoracic defect does not always correlate to the severity of clinical signs, which might be more a reflection of concurrent defects like a cardiac and respiratory abnormality. In many animals without clinical signs, pectus excavatum is just an incidental finding. However, if signs do occur, it includes difficulty in breathing, inability to perform a routine exercise, recurrent lung infection, weight loss, coughing, poor appetite, failure to gain weight, and vomiting.
Month: September 2021
Hopping through the Years” is this year’s theme celebrating the different stages of life of our long-eared, short-tailed companion. Indeed, this is so timely and appropriate in the case of Rocky who was brought into the clinic to have surgery to fix his dislocated hip. He is a rock star, a fighter who deserves to be celebrated today during International Rabbit Day.
“He has become a part of our life now,” a touching line from the interview that we had with Mittu’s family; a 22-year-old ring-necked parakeet.
17th September is International Pet Bird Day. And to celebrate this special day of our feather companions, we set up a quick interview with one of our oldest bird clients, Mittu. We sat down with Novita and her family to discuss his amazing life since day one. So, preen your feathers and check this remarkable conversation.
September is “Responsible Dog Ownership” month, and that got us thinking: how do we really view responsible dog ownership? While there is no exact definition for this, the American Kennel Club gives a great starting point for how we should view pet ownership: “Owning a dog is not just a privilege – it’s a Responsibility.” As pet parents, bet there are times when you are with other pet owners whose dogs are really out of control and you have asked yourself, “Why don’t they train their dog(s)?”