Pet Health

Toby, a beagle from Annapolis, had a second back surgery for a ruptured disc in his back a few months ago.  He was given a poor prognosis from the surgeon because a large clot was found in the area of the disc and because of  the location of the disc rupture.  For the past few months, Toby has been having rehabilitation therapy at Paradise Animal Hospital in Catonsville which has included swim therapy and exercises to help strengthen and loosen his muscles.  He has also had acupuncture to help stimulate the nerves in his hind legs and bladder and to help with the pain immediately following surgery.

Toby can be seen in the video having swim therapy and using a special cart made for paralyzed pets.  He is a happy dog and has defied the odds through hard work and with the help of adjunctive therapies.

We at Mobile Pet Vet are thrilled to see Toby gain international stardom!


IMG_0572aDogs have their own strain of influenza called “canine influenza”  this flu differs from the human seasonal flu and h1n1.  The dog flu first started in 2004 in racing greyhounds in Florida.  It has since been found in other states including New York, California, Colorado, Pennsylvania and Wyoming.  The canine influenza looks a lot like kennel cough in affected dogs and may include symptoms like coughing, nasal discharge, pneumonia and fever.  Most of the time this flu goes away on its own with time (veterinarians call this a self limiting disease).  In some cases, affected dogs need treatments with antibiotics for secondary infections, fluid therapy and other supportive care measures and in more severe cases possibly even antiviral medications.  Currently there is a vaccine available for canine influenza and it may be recommended for dogs where exposure is likely.  These include, dogs that go to boarding facilities (especially in cases of outbreaks), and for dogs who are exposed to many other dogs in breeding facilities and show rings.  Your veterinarian can tell you if he or she recommends this vaccine for your dog.  Currently, I would only vaccinate high risk dogs for this flu.

You can feel comforted that even if the rest of your family contracts the seasonal or h1n1 flu this season, your dog will be there healthy, happy and waiting for you to recover!

Link to article regarding canine influenza:

Link to Syracuse Post article regarding canine influenza:

Fox 8 Cleveland News clip:,0,2764741.story

IMG_0599According to the CDC, cases of feline rabies were up 12 percent in 2008!  This disease is fatal and preventable through vaccination.  Unfortunately,  over 1/3 of cat owners did not take their pets to a veterinarian in 2006, according to the AVMA statistics (American Veterinary Medical Association).  While I understand that most of our feline friends dislike car rides, find the veterinary office offensive and scary(they allow dogs there), and prefer to remain in the comfort of their own home… there is an option.  Most areas of the country have veterinarians who make house calls.  This is a growing population of veterinarians that want to be able to offer health care to their patients in a less stressful environment.  If more cats were vaccinated against rabies (especially the cats that go outside), this disease would no longer be on the rise!

If you are looking to have a house call veterinary visit but don’t know how to find a veterinarian in your area, you can search the web or even ask your current veterinarian for a recommendation.  It is possible that your veterinarian makes house calls or it is likely that they know someone in your area who does.

By practicing some preventative medicine, our feline family will be protected against this nasty disease!