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  • Dogs are a domesticated subspecies of the gray wolf.
How Much Is That Doggie In the Window…

Commitment and responsibility. Getting a dog is a big commitment. It is a reasonability that can last up to 15 years. At times it requires getting in the middle of the night, frequent visits to the veterinarian, or loss of a favorite item because it turned into a chew toy. A pet also carries a financial commitment; food, toys, grooming and medical care are all needed and costly. Lastly, your biggest change will involve your time. Plan your daily walks, periods for play and time for training.

How much? How many?

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Overweight Pet?

By: Angelica Bialek, DVM

Diet??Is your dog overweight? Canine obesity is a growing problem. At least 25 percent of all dogs are overweight. Many owners think that a dog in the recommended weight range is too thin and that a plump dog is just right. Wrong.

How to measure what's overweight.   Considering the animal's weight in just pounds and ounces is not an ideal way to measure fitness.  Different breeds have different ideal weights.  A better method of measurement is to touch and to look.
Examine your dog's ribs and waist.  On a dog at the correct weight, individual ribs can be easily felt and the abdomen is slightly sucked in when viewed from the front and side. Your veterinarian can assist you with this assessment.

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Dr. Diana Baranska

Dr. Diana Baranska

Congratulations Dr. Baranska! 

We are proud and excited to introduce the newest veterinarian on our team. Dr. Diana Baranska has worked at Pulaski Animal Hospital for 5 years as a technician and recently received her license to practice veterinary medicine in the United States. She also spent two summers interning here prior to joining us full time.

Dr. Baranska was born in Brzozow, Poland and graduated from the Agricultural University in Lublin in 2007 with a degree in veterinary medicine. In her spare time she enjoys reading, biking and spending time with her cat.

The Pulaski staff wishes Dr. Baranska the best as she enters a new phase of her career.

 
Spay/Neuter @ Pulaski Animal Hospital

Our veterinarians and staff believe that spaying and neutering improves most pets’ lives.
At Pulaski Animal Hospital we take every precaution to make sure your pet has a safe surgical procedure.

All surgical candidates have: 

  • An exam
  • Pre-surgical lab work
  • IV catheters and IV fluids during surgery
  • Intubations
  • Pulse/oxygen monitoring
  • Pain control and a clean state of the art environment for recovery
  • A very lovely staff that will take care of your pet while he’s in the hospital 
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The power of vaccines
Parvo Vaccine

How unfortunate it is that even with a preventative vaccination available we are still seeing Parvovirus more than 30 years after it first appeared. When the Canine Parvovirus first appeared in 1978 there was no vaccine available and many animals died. The disease is as serious now as before but we know so much more about it and can even prevent it. The doctors at Pulaski Animal Hospital see Parvo on a regular basis in unvaccinated animals and can not stress enough the importance of having your pet updated on the vaccine.

How does a dog become infected with parvovirus?
ParvovirusThe main source of the virus is from the feces of other infected dogs. The virus begins to shed just before clinical signs develop and continues for about 10 days. Susceptible dogs become infected by ingesting the virus where it proceeds to the intestinal wall and causes inflammation.  

What are the clinical signs of Parvo?
The clinical signs can vary but generally include severe vomiting and diarrhea. The diarrhea often has a strong smell, may contain lots of mucus and may contain blood. Additionally, affected dogs often exhibit a lack of appetite, depression, fever and listlessness. Parvo may affect dogs of all ages but is most common in younger animals. Any unvaccinated puppy that has vomiting or diarrhea should be tested.

Can parvovirus be treated?

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