11-2013 November

nov13aPet Supply Drive
Throughout the month of December we are collecting donations and supplies for Noah’s Animal House pet shelter. This shelter associated with Safe Nest women’s shelter, is available to house the pets of women dealing with domestic violence situations.

Noah’s is in need of all sorts of pet supplies such as dog toys, dog sweaters, bleach and paper towels.

Monetary donations and gift cards to pet stores, Lowes, and Target are a great option as well, since it permits them to use monetary resources where it is needed most. For a more complete list of their wish list visit Noah’s Animal House Wish List

Santa Comes to LMAH
Get your critters ready for a holiday photo with Santa on Saturday, December 7th from 10:00am to 2:00pm. A photo with Santa is a great remembrance of the season, and complimentary to LMAH clients. Call the office to schedule your photo time today at 645-3116. Feel free to bring along a donation for the holiday pet supply drive if you are able.

Ask Dr. Debbie
Tried to find Dr. Debbie’s program on XM radio and wondered where it went? Animal Radio is no longer on XM satellite programming, but there are many other ways to tune in. Animal Radio is on 108 AM/FM stations, the Animal Radio App for iPhone/Android, iHeart Radio, iTunes, Stitcher, Live365, TuneIn, Spreaker and Podcast. Listen whenever and wherever you are!

Animal Radio isn’t currently carried by a Las Vegas AM/FM station at this time- but pass the word about the program and maybe a local radio station will discover our fun, informative program and find it a good fit for their listeners.

Q: I have a 12 year old long-haired cat that is a brown tabby with green eyes, but in the last few months one of her eyes looks like it is changing color and now has a brown spot. Her vision seems fine. What could this be? Should I be concerned?

A: Any color change in a cat’s eye warrants a veterinary exam since this may a symptom of ocular disorder or more problems. The appearance of a brown spot in the iris, when there wasn’t one before, is definitely worth a trip to the vet.

Cats can develop a brown spot(s) in the iris with the malignant tumor, melanoma. Iris melanoma is typically seen in cats over 10 years of age and is particularly aggressive with over 50% of cases metastasizing to other sites in the body.

One benign cause of a brown color change in the eye is the condition iris melanosis. In this condition one spot or several brown spots may develop, or a diffuse brown color change affects the iris. Melanosis is usually harmless, although in some cases it can change into melanoma.

Your veterinarian will need to examine your cat and run some basic tests to get a better idea which category your cat might fall into. Melanoma is suspected more where the pupil shape becomes distorted or if the brown area is raised or irregular in appearance. A consultation with a veterinary ophthalmologist may be in order if melanoma is suspected.

Pet of the Month
Congratulations to “Gigi Marie” our November pet of the month. To read more about her visit our facebook or webpage.

 

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