Sun Valley Veterinary Sun Valley Veterinary Thu, 05 Oct 2017 15:24:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 5 Dog-Friendly People Foods, Part 2 Wed, 27 Sep 2017 21:12:59 +0000 Hello, and welcome back to the Sun Valley Animal Center blog. In our last post, we started looking at some of the best people foods that are safe and healthy for dogs to eat. Because there are so many wonderful raw foods out there that provide our furry friends with the filler-free nutrition they need and love, we will continue looking at a few more of these foods today. Substituting regular store-bought treats with these raw foods may help strengthen their bones, improve their coat’s shine and texture, help reduce digestive issues, and improve weight management. Additionally, these fruits and veggies can be mixed into their normal meal of kibble for added vitamins and minerals.

Vitamin-Rich Blueberries

Blueberries are a delicious treat for your dog. These little blue gems provide high amounts of vitamin C, are rich in fiber, and jam-packed with antioxidants that help protect your pet from free radicals which can lead to cellular and molecular issues in dogs. What’s more, blueberries are a low-calorie treat that helps to strengthen your pup’s immune system. Blueberries are the perfect size for carrying as a quick treat while taking your dog for a walk, and are easily mixed into their kibble for a boost of vitamins. For an added benefit, try mixing mashed up blueberries with coconut oil and aloe vera and treat your pup to a calming blueberry facial that will soothe, hydrate, and refresh the skin and hair on their face. Don’t forget to get their noses!  


The next time you cook salmon for yourself, you may want to share some with your pup, too. Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids that can improve your dog’s skin and coat, making it healthy, shiny, and soft to the touch. What’s more, these fats also support your dog’s immune system, and may even help those pups who suffer from allergies. The caveat here is that the salmon should be cooked to avoid any parasites that may live on raw fish, which could make your pup sick.

Sweet Potatoes

These spuds are a great treat for your buds! Sweet potatoes are versatile when it comes to dogs; when sliced and dehydrated, sweet potatoes make the perfect chewy treat to help maintain the health of your dog’s teeth, while strengthening the muscles they use to chew. If you’d like to implement sweet potatoes into their meal of kibble, make sure the potatoes are cooked thoroughly, cooled, and cut into small cubes. These orange potatoes are rich in fiber and provide a wealth of vitamins, including vitamin C, beta-carotene, manganese, and vitamin B6.

Apple Slices

There’s nothing better than biting into a juicy apple, and most dogs would probably agree. Apples are a crunchy treat that, like carrots, help clean your pup’s teeth with every bite. Apples provide vitamins C, calcium, and are rich in fiber. Do not feed them the core and make sure you remove all the seeds from the apple before feeding it to your dog, as apple seeds contain cyanide, according to the American Kennel Club AKC.

This concludes our short blog series on healthy people foods to feed your dog. Make sure to check back next time as we explore the human foods that you’ll want to avoid feeding your dog. If you would like to bring your dog to our animal hospital for pet nutrition counseling, dentistry, or have questions about our surgery services, contact our team at Sun Valley Animal Center today.   

5 Dog-Friendly People Foods, Part 1 Sun, 27 Aug 2017 20:51:49 +0000 Pet owners love to share their food with their furry family members; slipping their pups a taste of the last bit a steak or chicken at dinner is common in most American households. But did you know there are many human foods that have excellent health benefits for dogs? If you’re one of those who is guilty of sharing your dinner with your dog, opting for dog-friendly human foods is a great way to change up their diet from the usual dog kibble. Here are some of the best, most healthful foods to consider if you’re looking to go for a more natural diet, or if you’re simply looking to implement fresh foods into their existing diet.


As long as they are fully cooked, hard-boiled eggs are an excellent source of protein for your pup, and can also help calm an upset stomach. You’ll want to feed them eggs sparingly, as eggs are high in fat. Try adding half of a chopped hard boiled egg to their kibble every four days or so for a protein boost. Just remember, dogs are susceptible to salmonella, just like humans, so make sure the eggs are cooked all the way through to avoid catching the disease.

Unseasoned Chicken and Turkey

Dogs love poultry as much as humans do. While people prefer their turkey to be basted and seasoned, this can lead to toxicity in dogs, which may cause vomiting and diarrhea. If you would like to start feeding your dog turkey dinners, make sure the turkey is free of oil, seasonings, and most importantly, bones. Poultry bones are extremely dangerous for dogs, as they splinter during digestion which may cause tearing and blockage in their digestive tract. Simply add shredded or chopped chicken or turkey to their kibble for added protein.


Carrots make excellent treats for dogs. Simply saying the word “carrot” will have them running to the kitchen. Not only is this vegetable tasty for dogs, it is a low-calorie treat that his high in fiber and vitamin-rich. One of the best benefits of feeding your pup carrot treats is that the veggie acts as a toothbrush, gently scrubbing your dog’s teeth with every crunch.

Canned or Raw Pumpkin

If you’re looking for a fiber-rich treat to feed your pup, pumpkin is a great choice. Dogs seem to really enjoy eating pumpkin, whether canned or raw. Pumpkin is also a great source of vitamin A and can help reduce digestive issues.


Cheese, in small quantities, is a great treat for your furry friend—as long as your pup isn’t lactose intolerant (a rare condition among dogs). Cheese is a great source of calcium which can help strengthen your dog’s teeth and bones. Most cheeses are high in fat, so if you’re trying to get your overweight dog’s weight under control, pass on giving them cheese treats. However, there are many kinds of cheese that are low-fat, such as mozzarella, cottage cheese, and reduced-fat swiss.

Join us next time as we continue looking at human foods that are good to feed your dog. If you’re concerned about your dog’s weight or diet and would like to explore pet wellness and nutrition options, schedule an appointment with our dog nutrition specialists or contact our veterinary hospital today. At Sun Valley Animal Center, your pet’s health and wellness are our main priority.

How to Prepare Your Dog for Surgery Thu, 01 Jun 2017 17:54:37 +0000 If your dog requires surgery, you may be quite nervous. Your pooch is part of the family, and you want to make sure that they are as comfortable as possible. Whether it is as simple as getting them spayed or as complex as TPLO surgery, you want to do everything you can to set your dog up for success. Fortunately, with some education, there are certain simple steps you can take to help your furry friend be as comfortable as possible.

One Week Before the Surgery

You should start preparing for your dog’s surgery one week beforehand. Ensure that your dog is up-to-date with all of their vaccinations, and make sure you know which ones are required for surgery, which are most commonly for rabies, Bordetella, distemper, and parvo. It’s important that any vaccinations your pet does not have are administered at least five days before surgery to ensure that your pet is properly protected. Also make sure that you have the time off work necessary to take your pup into our veterinary hospital and care for them afterwards.

The Night Before Surgery

When you are preparing for surgery, make sure to ask the vet whether or not you should give your dog any medication they normally take. While in some cases, it may be important for your dog to continue taking the medication, in others, it will more important to have an empty stomach during surgery.

Additionally, you may want to give your dog a bath the night before surgery. This is because you are not going to be able to groom your dog for several days after surgery, so if your dog requires a nail trimming, ear-cleaning, or bath, this is the time to do it. If you have a difficult time grooming your dog normally, you may see if you could have this service performed while your dog is under anesthesia. If your dog doesn’t require a bath, make a point to at least give them a good brushing beforehand.

The day before surgery, don’t go on long walks or allow your dog to play roughly. This may cause their muscles to be extra sore the day of surgery, and they don’t need more soreness on top of the discomfort from the surgery.

If your dog requires a specific diet prior to surgery, make sure that you have food they can eat on hand so that you aren’t running around post-surgery looking for a way to feed your pet.

Also consider washing your dog’s bedding. This ensures that their sleeping space is as clean as possible to reduce risk of infection, and they can be as comfortable for recovery as possible.

If your dog needs to be limited in their movement during recovery, prepare an enclosed area of your home now with their crate. This ensures that once you are home from surgery, you don’t need to run around, setting up an area for your pet.

It’s important for most surgeries that your pet fast beforehand. This is because if your dog becomes nauseous from the anesthesia, they may vomit during surgery, which comes with the risk of your dog choking. Take away food and water from your pet the night before surgery, and make sure there is no way for them to eat or drink after midnight before the surgery (hint: close the toilet bowl and take food off the counters). If your dog somehow does eat before surgery, let your vet know that they did so they can watch out for vomiting.

Finally, ensure that everyone is well-rested before surgery. If both you and your pooch get enough sleep, it will make surgery much less stressful for everyone.

The Morning of Your Dog’s Surgery

Again, do not give your pup anything to eat or drink before surgery. Go for a brief walk to give them the opportunity to eliminate. Also make sure that you have plenty of time to get to our veterinary hospital to ensure that surgery is as stress-free as possible. You will be contacted as soon as your pooch wakes from surgery, so make sure you have your phone on hand. When you are saying goodbye to your furry friend, don’t make a huge deal about it, as an emotional goodbye will only stress and confuse your pet further. You want your pet to be calm during the procedure, so don’t rile them up with a dramatic goodbye beforehand.

After Surgery

Once you bring your dog home post-surgery, make sure to follow the instructions given by the vet precisely. Even if you feel that your pooch is totally fine after surgery, don’t allow them to play or move around too much so that the incision does not rip. Watch out for any chewing or licking of the stitches, as well as any changes in your dog’s disposition or appetite. If you notice anything unusual, feel free to call our veterinary hospital for guidance.

You may be anxious about your pet’s surgery, but if you are prepared for it, the recovery time will go a lot smoother. If you need more information about our pet surgery services, contact Sun Valley Animal Center in Idaho today.

Your Anxious Dog and Fireworks: How to Help Mon, 15 May 2017 20:43:54 +0000 Summer’s here, and before you know it, it will be the Fourth of July. This holiday brings with it much excitement and anticipation, but it may actually be something you are dreading this year. Not because of the barbeque, patriotism, or red, white, and blue decorations, but because of the fireworks. For many dog owners, the Fourth of July is a source of stress because the loud fireworks give their pets extreme anxiety. No one wants to see their pup scared, but it can be a more serious issue than just a trembling pooch hiding in the bath tub. Every year, dogs decide to flee from their homes during the fireworks show, seeking safety but actually putting themselves in more danger. If your pooch is the anxious type, it is important to take steps to help them stay calm during the festivities. With the right preparation, you can prevent your dog from having an extreme reaction to fireworks so you can both enjoy the holiday more.

Preparing For Independence Day

You can and should start preparing your dog for the fireworks now. You can start by introducing your dog to the sound of fireworks now. Play a sound recording of fireworks on low every evening, then continue to slowly raise the volume over time. With time, your dog will get used to the sound, and will probably be much less anxious about them when Independence Day rolls around.

Additionally, you may need to bring your dog into the veterinarian before the holiday so you can acquire a calming medication for your furry friend. Many dog owners hesitate to use sedatives on their dog, but sedating your animal may be the best solution for keeping them safe on the Fourth of July. If you come into our vet hospital in Idaho for help, we can determine which medication is most appropriate for your pet. There are many options ranging from mild sleeping aids to benzodiazepines. Whatever we prescribed, we will make sure it is the best for your pet to ensure they keep calm this Fourth of July.

On the Fourth

On the big day, you should set your dog up for success by getting them a lot of exercise. This is a good day to take your pooch for that hike you have been talking about, to the dog park, and/or just on several long walks. When your dog is tired, they will be more likely to be calmer during the fireworks because they will be too exhausted to be bothered. Next, make sure to never take your dog with you anywhere to watch the fireworks. This is a problem because it makes it much easier for your dog to run away and far more difficult to be found should they panic and run. Keep your dog inside during the fireworks, ideally with a human and air conditioning.

There are also steps you can take to ensure the environment feels safe to your dog. When feeling anxious, your dog may feel safest in an enclosed space, and therefore, may hide in the bathroom or closet. You might crate your dog, if that doesn’t cause them more anxiety. You can also close the blinds and curtains so that your dog won’t be visually stimulated by the fireworks.

If you are leaving the dog alone, make sure to give them something entertaining to distract them, such as a Kong toy stuffed with their favorite treats. Additionally, turn on some calming music to help your dog relax while you are off enjoying the festivities. There is actually music designed to calm dogs that may help! It is designed to physically calm a dog’s nervous system, so play it quietly before you leave the house (keeping in mind that your dog’s hearing is much more sensitive than yours).

You never want to see your dog distressed, but fireworks can cause canine (and human, for that matter) anxiety. Fortunately, if you take these simple steps, you are way more likely to have a calm pet during the Fourth of July than a scared one. If you need to make an appointment to take your pup into our veterinary hospital before the Fourth, contact us today!

What Pet Shampoo Should You Buy? Tue, 02 May 2017 20:51:44 +0000 At a glance, dog shampoos are generally safe and will give your dog the clean coat you desire, especially if they like to cuddle with you on your bed. A good smelling dog, however, doesn’t always mean they’re happy. If your dog has extremely sensitive skin, washing them after they’ve gotten in a mess can cause them to have itchy skin and may cause them pain. Because we want your pup to stay clean, happy and healthy, our veterinary hospital has put together a list of the most recommended dog shampoos available over the counter.

Top 5 Rated Best Dog Shampoos and Conditioners

We get it; your dog may be as happy as a clam walking around caked in mud and dirt, but as a dog owner, we know you’re not! Here is a list of the top rated shampoos and conditioners you’ll want to try out on your dog the next time they get into trouble.

  1. Earthbath All Natural Pet Shampoo
  2. Wahl 100% Natural Pet Shampoo
  3. BarkLogic Shampoo
  4. 4-Legger Certified Organic Dog Shampoo – All Natural – Hypoallergenic

5. Earthbath Oatmeal and Aloe ConditionerSchedule an Appointment Today!

Why should you avoid using human shampoo on your pup’s fur coat?

Many dog owners have done this, or have definitely thought about doing it when desperate: Simply using human shampoo and conditioner on their dog’s fur coat to get them clean instead of specialized pet shampoos. Although using human shampoo won’t do your dog a lot of harm, frequently used human products on your dog can cause them to develop conditions and allergic reactions; plus, it won’t do their coat or skin any favors because theirs differs from human hair and skin.

There, however, are two main reasons why you should avoid using human shampoo and condition on your pup:

  1. Skin pH levels.

Your dog has different skin pH levels than you, and a human shampoo is generally made to be acidic to best clean our skin effectively. Humans usually have a pH level of 5.2 to 6.2, whereas dogs have alkaline skin pH up to 7.5. This difference means that, if you use a human shampoo on your pooch, they’ll develop skin problems and will me more vulnerable to parasites and bacteria.

  1. Sensitive skin.

So you decide to use the human shampoo and conditioner on  your dog anyway… well, what happened? Did you dog start scratching their skin nonstop? Dogs generally have much more sensitive skin than humans and this means that it’ll dry out from harsh chemicals or products, leading to dryness, abrasions and scratching.

If you do have to bathe your dog to get mud or a nasty smell off of them, use only water the first time around. It’s better to rinse your dog with clean water than with a soap that can be detrimental to them; if you don’t believe us, give our veterinary hospital a call. We will gladly answer any questions you may have. In the meantime, head to your nearest pet store to stock up on a pet shampoo your dog will enjoy.

How often should you bathe your dog?

Did you know that each breed is different? Therefore, each breed of dog has a different recommendation? Plus, it depends on your dog’s lifestyle. If your dog likes to play in the dirt all the time and wrestle with their buddies, they’ll need a bath more often than an old dog who lays on the couch all day or basks in the sun that shines through the window onto the floor.

Generally speaking, a dog that spends most of their time indoors should get a bath every two to three months. A dog that is double-coated, such as a Lab, should really only get a bath every three months or so. And a dog that is very active should be given a bath every six weeks.
Want to learn more about dogs and our recommendations if you’re a dog owner? Stay tuned for our next blog post!

Total Ankle Replacement (TAR) Tue, 02 May 2017 16:35:54 +0000 Sun Valley Animal Center

106 South Clear Creek, Industrial Park Road
Ketchum, Idaho 83340


Total Ankle Replacement (TAR)

Sun Valley Animal Center offers cementless TATE Total Ankle Replacement for the treatment of severe end-stage osteoarthritis (OA) of the talocrual joint.  Randy Acker, DVM and BioMedtrix engineer, Greg Van Der Meulen, designed this new system.

Dr. Randy Acker’s team has successfully used the new ankle prosthesis in several clinical cases with promising long term outcomes. The concepts for the TATE Total Ankle designed are based on the ankle anatomy and were developed with a minimally invasive surgical approach in mind. Similar to the TATE Elbow Prosthesis, the TATE Ankle uses a resurfacing technique rather than a stemmed designed.  Curtail innovations include a medial approach through a small incision, preservation of the collateral ligaments, removal of only articular surfaces without disarticulation, cementless implant insertion as a preassembled cartridge.

Patients who may benefit from this new prosthesis typically will be dogs suffering from chronic incapacitating lameness secondary to severe OA of the talocrural joint nonresponsive to conservative or medical management. This prosthesis offers an attractive functional alternative to pantarsal arthrodesis currently recommended for the treatment of intractable talocrural OA. Early clinical results suggest that the TATE Total Ankle Replacement offers reduced operating time, increased post-opterative function, and more efficient patient recovery. Cementless prostheses also have many potential advantages including reduced risk of infection and reduced rate of implant wear, both of which are regarded as the leading causes of postoperative morbidity an implant failure in total joint replacements.

Please call Sun Valley Animal Center at 208-726-7777 for more information and to schedule a Total Ankle Replacement. Our Total Ankle Replacement quoted price is inclusive with no extra fees attached.


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  • How Pet Insurance works: Unlike human health insurance, pet insurance requires you to pay for all veterinary services upfront. Your Pet Insurance carrier will reimburse you once you fill out their forms and send in the required documents. Check with your carrier to see what you need to submit for a claim. Some carriers require a doctors’ signature on a form or the invoice. If your carrier requires this to be done, please download, print, and bring the insurance form to your appointment. Sun Valley Animal Center does not fill out pet insurance forms.  We do not submit pet insurance forms for you.  If you decide to purchase pet insurance, you will be required to fill out forms and send them to your insurance company.

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Signs & Symptoms Your Dog Has an ACL Injury Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:50:31 +0000 Do you think one of your dog’s legs has gone lame? Has your pooch torn or ruptured their CCL, or cranial cruciate ligament (which is similar to the ACL in humans)? In more detail, the CCL is what connects the bone right about your dog’s knee (the femur), to the front of the bone below the knee (the tibia). The CCL is responsible for stabilizing the knee joint and keeping the tibia in the correct place, below the knee. However, if your dog has torn or ruptured their CCL, it’s likely they will have no use of their hind leg, and unfortunately, breeds, ages, activity level and obesity all play vital causes.

What are the symptoms of a torn CCL?

Most commonly, dogs experience torn CCL or orthopedic problems. And, depending on the severity of the CCL or orthopedic injury, your dog may be unable to bear weight on the injured leg at all, or they may have just a hint of lameness; it varies from dog to dog.

However, there are indicators that your dog may have torn their CCL, and this is called the “drawer sign.” When you make an appointment with your local veterinarian, they will hold your dog’s femur in place and move around the leg. If the dog’s tibia moves forward while the femur is being held in place (like a drawer, hence the name), your dog may have torn their CCL.

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Along with the physical exam, x-rays may be taken to learn if your dog’s knee has more damage than anticipated. X-rays will help your veterinarian to determine whether or not the knee bone was damaged when the ligament was torn or ruptured.

What breeds are more prone to CCL tears?

Certain breeds of canines are more susceptible to a torn CCL; they include the following:

  • Newfoundlands
  • German Shepherds
  • Labrador Retrievers
  • Rottweilers
  • Golden Retrievers

Don’t think that your dog is excluded from the list even though their breed isn’t susceptible. There are other causes of a CCL rupture, including obesity. Animals that don’t get enough exercise that occasionally experience strenuous exercise, also known as “weekend warriors,” tend to develop CCL injuries more than other dogs. Sometimes, a slight misstep is to blame for a CCL tear.

Some interesting facts:

According to, studies show that 5% of males neutered before 12 months and 8% of females developed CCL injuries later in life. Also, studies have shown that about half of the dogs that rupture the CCL on one leg will develop the condition in the opposite leg.

What is the treatment for a CCL?

If left untreated, your dog may not be able to use their injured leg at all. It’s highly recommended by most veterinarians that you call an experienced pet surgery center, such as Sun Valley Animal Center in Boise. We have a wide experience of pet surgery and can give your dog the care they need when they need it most. To learn more about a CCL pet surgery, contact us by calling 208-726-7777 now.

Dogs Can Have Allergies Too! Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:10:51 +0000 There’s no doubt about it; your dog is your best friend and you want the very best for them. And, just like people, there are allergy seasons for dogs too. Dogs will show allergic reaction symptoms just like humans when their immune systems recognize that an allergen or substance is dangerous to their body. Obviously, nobody expects their dog to have a compromised immune system, and our veterinary hospital wants to help in any way possible.

Allergies can be extremely problematic for dogs, and in some cases, dogs will have extreme reactions to substances that are either inhaled, ingested or come in contact with their skin. As your dog tries to rid their body of the substance, there are a variety of digestive, skin and respiratory symptoms that may become exposed.

Some of the most popular symptoms that may appear include:

  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting
  • Itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin
  • Itchy back or base of tail
  • Itchy ears and ear infections
  • Diarrhea
  • Snoring caused by an inflamed throat
  • Constant licking
  • Paw chewing/swollen paws

Dogs who are suffering from a yeast or bacterial skin infection may also experience scabs or crusts on their skin, as well as hair loss.


What dogs are likely to experience allergies?

Believe it or not, any dog at any age can develop allergies during their life. However, allergic reactions are more common in certain breeds of dogs, including Setters, Retrievers, Terriers and flat-faced breeds, including Pugs, Boston Terriers and Bulldogs.

Are dogs likely to be allergic to food?

Yes! It is not unusual for a dog to be allergic to their food, table scraps or treats. Although it may take a lot of detective work to figure out which part of their diet is causing them to experience allergic reactions, it can happen. Most commonly, dogs that are allergic to their food are likely to have allergic symptoms, including gastrointestinal problems, diarrhea and chronic ear infections. In order to figure out what your dog is allergic to, we highly urge you to schedule an appointment at our veterinary hospital here in Boise. As an example, if your dog is allergic to chicken, they may start to develop and show symptoms of an ear infection. If this is the case, eliminate this food completely from their diet and watch your dog closely. However, this may not be as noticeable as you had hoped. With our help, you will be able to make sure your dog is receiving the proper nutrition by avoiding foods they are allergic to.

What should you do if you think your dog is having an allergic reaction or allergies?

If you’ve started to notice habits your dog has developed, such as itching their ears, chewing on their paws or licking their skin more often than usual, it’s suggested you make an appointment with your veterinarian. Our veterinary hospital in Boise is a great choice, and we can determine what the source of the allergic reaction is. To learn more, feel free to give us a call at 208-726-7777 or visit us online.

The Most Common Pet Emergencies Tue, 10 Jan 2017 21:29:40 +0000 When it comes to your pet, there’s nothing you won’t do to make sure they’re comfortable, happy and healthy. Your pet, whether that’s a dog or cat, deserves to live a life that’s loving and exciting, but if your pet has come down with an illness or injury, a veterinary hospital may be exactly what you and your pet needs to keep on keepin’ on. With that being said, we want to have the knowledge in case your pup needs help from our vets here at Sun Valley Animal Center.

Pet Emergencies


Pain can occur at any time, at any age and for multiple reasons. If your pet is in pain, there are a variety of signs to look out for, including panting, restlessness, agitation, pacing, aggression and a rapid heart rate. If your pet is experiencing spinal pain, it may show with another symptom, such as abdominal pain. Regardless of the symptoms, if your pet is showing signs of pain, or you suspect it, give our veterinary hospital a call.

Difficulty Breathing

If your pet’s airway is compromised, increased respiratory effort typically occurs. This may happen due to allergic reactions, trauma, toxins, heart failure, cancer, infectious agents or a leakage of air. If your pet is having difficulty breathing, it is considered a serious problem and contacting a veterinary hospital is critical. To determine what is the cause of the breathing problem, X-rays will most likely be required.


When your pet has a seizure, you’ll likely feel helpless. It’s not only scary to experience your pet going through a seizure, but it may be somewhat traumatizing. A seizure is described as an episode of abnormal electrical activity within the brain, and it can be triggered by a variety of intra-cranial problems including brain tumors, epilepsy and brain swelling. There are also a variety of extra-cranial problems that could induce a seizure, including electrolyte disturbances and low blood sugar. If your pet has a seizure, it is considered life-threatening. Additionally, seizures may affect your pet differently, meaning, they could occur in clusters, singly or at any time and in any frequency. If your pet has a seizure, immediate veterinary assistance is recommended.

Difficulty Urinating

Have you noticed your pet is struggling to urinate? Straining to urinate may be due to a minor problem, such as a urinary tract infection; however, if you notice your pet really struggling, they may have a more advanced and painful problem, such as crystals or stones in their bladder. Keep in mind, though, there are multiple reasons your pet may have issues urinating. These reasons include blood clots, cancer, inflammation and stress. So, if you notice your pet is having a difficult time urinating, make sure you address the issue with our veterinary hospital immediately.

Vomiting and Diarrhea

Vomiting and diarrhea may not seem like a serious issue, but if your pet is constantly vomiting or experiencing diarrhea, you must reach out for help from a veterinarian. Why? These are symptoms of problems within their gastrointestinal tract that could be pointing to a bigger issue, such as metabolic disease and cancer. However, vomiting and diarrhea may happen due to many other issues, such as garbage or having an obstruction. Call our veterinary hospital for more information.

Coughing and Choking

Obviously, if your pet is choking, call our office in Boise immediately at 208-726-7777. However, if you want to be aware of what to watch out for in your pet, it’s coughing and choking. Both of these actions are not only dangerous, but concerning. Coughing and choking occur due to a blockage or lack of oxygen. If your pet is sick with a virus or fungal pneumonia, they’ll be at a higher risk o f developing a cough; however, these actions are just good to be aware of.

Reach Out To The Pros

Trust our veterinary hospital in Boise to help your pet out when they have a medical emergency. We encourage you to join us online to learn more about our services, or veterinarian’s experiences and more. Contact us online today to set up an appointment. As always, feel free to call us at 208-726-7777 if you have any questions or concerns.

Prevalent Dog Surgeries Tue, 13 Dec 2016 16:22:00 +0000 It can be devastating to learn your furry friend, your canine, your partner in crime, needs surgery to continue living a pain-free and healthy life. Whether your dog is in their younger years or older than you wish, making sure your dog receives top-of-the-line pet surgery is something in which you should never think twice. Your dog deserves the best pet surgeons around, and at Sun Valley Animal Center near Boise, you’ll be giving your dog their finest chance in a healthy and speedy recovery. If your dog is lucky enough not to have any surgeries scheduled with our veterinarians, it may be beneficial for you to learn what the most common orthopedic dog surgeries are; in a way, you’ll be preparing yourself in case a mishap transpire.

Common Dog Surgeries

  1. ACL repair. If you have a large dog or a dog that is athletic, an ACL repair may be a surgery you might know all too well. Just like in humans, the ACL is in a dogs’ knees and the surgery repairs the ACL that was torn. Whether your dog tore their ACL while chasing a ball or by simply walking up the stairs, they need a fully functioning ACL to walk without pain. Unfortunately, this surgery is the most common in the dog world, and our experience pet surgeon is one you can trust to get the job done right the first time.
  2. Dislocations and fractures. It’s highly recommended you take your dog to a pet surgery center that is experienced and has all the right tools for the job. Unfortunately, not all veterinarians have the qualified equipment your dog may need to complete a successful surgery. Dogs likely get into more trouble than can handle, and if your dog has ended up with a dislocation or fracture, you may need to reach out to a veterinarian who has the expertise required to address the traumatic event your dog has experienced. Although dislocations and fractures are common scenarios, the type of scenario your dog has experienced may be out-of-the-box. To learn if your dog would benefit from having their surgery at our pet surgery center in Boise, give us a call!
  3. Stomach surgery. Dogs commonly swallow things they should: Car keys, chicken wings, pocket change and toys. When these items are eaten, swallowed and make their way into the digestive tract of your pet, their vital organs are at stake. When this happens, surgery is almost always needed. A veterinarian who is specifically trained in the general surgery of dogs should be the only professional to operate on vital organs. Surgery on a dog’s belly is a non-routine surgery, and it requires opening your dog’s abdomen. And, if the surgery is exploratory, there’s no other veterinarian to trust other than Sun Valley Animal Center.

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Pet surgery for your dog shouldn’t be something in which you briefly consider. Your pet’s life may depend on the veterinary professionals you choose. Join Sun Valley Animal Center near Boise, Idaho for all of your pet’s surgery needs. Learn more about the procedures performed at our veterinary care center online now, and reach out to us.