News & Updates
Jack is a 10!
Jack is the “2015 Poster Child” for Care for Strays, a 501c3 charity that Dr. Paige Garnett and her husband, Walt, administer, providing care for animals without owners.
Jack is a one year old handsome male domestic short-haired cat. He came to Care Animal Hospital in mid-2015 when an employee at a shelter in Cortez, Colorado reached out to Dr. Gilbert for help for an injured cat. Dr. Gilbert’s charity, The Rowdy Fund, works only with dog owners needing funds for veterinary procedures they can’t afford, so Dr. Gilbert alerted Dr. Garnett that an unowned cat needed help.
Dr. Garnett called the contact in Cortez and heard that a stray cat had been presented to the Cortez Animal Shelter with a back leg that had no skin or muscle tissue over the back foot, only bones. He had been unable to catch mice due to the lack of use of the leg, so he was very, very skinny but also very, very friendly. He needed the leg amputated.
His “Good Samaritan sponsor” in Cortez assured Dr. Garnett that, on a scale of 1-10, ten being the BEST cat on earth, that this cat was a 10. Jack’s guardian angel brought him (named Sylvester at that time) to CAH and Dr. Gilbert amputated the leg the next day. Jack is nowliving happily with Katie, one of our Care Animal Hospital technicians and she agrees – he is a 10!
A Success Story - Meet Pierre!
How much good does it do for an owner to take home dental care seriously and commit to doing it every day for their pet?? Meet Pierre, a 9 year old neutered male papillon. As you can see by his cute face, he is a small dog, and as a small dog, very prone to significant dental disease. His owner was determined to help keep tartar from reforming following his dental cleaning in September. Following the dental cleaning, she rinsed his mouth nightly until the extraction sites healed (for about 2 weeks), and then began a daily brushing of his teeth using either the chlorhexidine rinse (CET rinse) or the CET toothpaste sold through Care Animal Hospital. At his 6 month check-up in March, Dr. Garnett saw that the mouth still looked extremely clean. Usually small dogs develop significant problems within a few months following the dental cleaning, yet Pierre was 6 months beyond his cleaning and his mouth looked great. Look at these pictures of this most remarkable little dog and his very committed owner. Even with small dogs, great dental health is still possible. And with a comprehensive Paw Plan, the cost of the annual dental cleaning is covered. Three cheers for Pierre and his owner!
Meet Bella - Another Success Story!
Dr. Garnett started hearing about Bella, a 13 year old calico cat, and her problems with itchy skin disease and diarrhea back in 2011 when the owner and Dr. Garnett met in a pottery class at the Arvada Center. Bella had been under the care of a skin specialist in the Denver area but had still been dealing with reoccurring skin problems that were very itchy, and she had chronic diarrhea.
Dr. Garnett made some food suggestions before ever seeing Bella, mainly focusing on the diarrhea, that involved increasing her fiber, and reviewed the 'very thick' medical record that had been accumulated. The diarrhea improved, but the skin showed sores created by Bella licking incessantly. Then Dr. Garnett suggested unique protein foods that Bella had never eaten before (rabbit and duck) and went on to try a hydrolyzed protein food, Royal Canin H/P. In hydrolyzed foods, the protein bonds are broken to try and prevent the food from causing an itch response. The two problems Bella had, diarrhea and very itchy skin, were not both controlled with special foods alone.
When Bella was examined, the skin sores looked consistent with problems often caused by food allergies, but which also can develop in cats that are having other allergic stimulations. It was decided to try an injectable steroid to see if she would respond. She did respond successfully, but unfortunately started developing an inability to absorb the injections (which were needed monthly) after the initial success.
Then Dr. Garnett decided to try a relatively new type of immunosuppressive drug for Bella that had just come out in a formulation for cats. This drug, called cyclosporine (sold under the trade name - Atopica), is used in humans to prevent rejection of transplanted organs, and on the dog and cat side is used when the immune system appears to be overstimulated. The nice thing about cyclosporine is that, although pricey to start with, it can often be given 1-2 times a week in well controlled cases, and has fewer long term side-effects when compared to chronic use of steroids. Bella has been under excellent control for both her skin itchiness as well as diarrhea using the Royal Canin hydrolyzed food (where the protein bonds are broken) as well as using the cyclosporine drug (Atopica) only a few times a week. Her coat is beautiful, and it goes along with her WONDERFUL personality. Congratulations on a successful outcome, Bella. Thanks to her owners' diligence, her problems are now very much controlled.