I really wish you hadn’t eaten that. Part one, toxicities from foods and metals.

Keeping our creature friends from eating something that they shouldn’t is almost impossible. Whether my cat is stealing sautéed shrimp off the table at supper time or my dog is discovered in the pantry with his head in a box of cereal, my household is certainly not free from this menace. Thankfully it is rare that these brief indiscretions prove dangerous. Rolling your eyes and cleaning up the residue is generally the appropriate response. However, there are some important exceptions to this rule and every house contains a few things that would be quite dangerous to a cat or dog if ingested. In this entry I will attempt to touch on some of these common household hazards and what any of us should be ready to do in this type of emergency. Continue…

What is your diagnosis?

What is your diagnosis?



Spike, a three-year-old, male neutered, domestic short hair cat, presented to Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital for straining to urinate. His person had noticed Spike making frequent, unsuccessful attempts to pass urine over the course of one day.

The veterinarian found that Spike’s urinary bladder was firm, distended, and painful on even light palpation. During examination he attempted to urinate but was unable to pass any urine. Temperature, pulse rate, respiratory rate, and the remainder of his physical exam were unremarkable.  Stat laboratory tests demonstrated normal kidney function and electrolyte levels.

What do you think is wrong with Spike? What should the veterinarians do to help him?