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Case of the Month

Meet Stripes!

Stripes is an 8-week-old kitten whose new owners found last week. With her owners’ permission, we thought this was a good case to share!

Last week

Stripes was very lethargic, wouldn’t stand, eat, or drink! She had fleas, ear mites, and was crying out. We took x-rays (see below) and very quickly found out what happened to poor Stripes. Can you figure it out?

Right lateral view of Stripes on x-ray

What do you you see wonky in this image? Hint: Look at the head!

Here is what we found!

Right lateral of Stripes on x-ray

The green bracket shows us blunt force trauma on the back of the skull (she got hit really hard on the head) and what looks like a probable fracture in her neck.

What does that mean?

Stripes had severe neurologic signs (eyes flicking, crying, unable to stand, no reflexes in her limbs) because she got hit in the back of the head and neck so hard she had a concussion, a couple fractures, and serious pain in that area. That’s why she couldn’t walk and everything else.

What’s next?

Neck and skull fractures in very young animals tend to heal pretty quickly with intense TLC. We gave her medications for pain, to decrease the swelling, and strict instructions for food/water by syringe every few hours and such.

What about now?

Check out the x-rays we took today! Stripes is trying to walk, has normal reflexes, immediately rubs and purrs to say hi! She can even eat and drink on her own!! Thanks to her wonderful new owners, Stripes is healing up very well! She does still have side-to-side swaying of her head and is unsteady. These symptoms will probably improve to a certain extent but she might stay a little neurologic but she can still live a happy, wonderful life!

Right lateral of Stripes on x-ray

The bright white at the back of her head is new bone growth to heal over those fractures! Her neck bones are much more normally spaced out now although it still has some healing to do.

Take-home Points

A broken neck is NOT always a death sentence! Stripes obviously had a rough start to her life but, she found an absolutely wonderful home! Her progress would NOT have happened without such wonderful nursing care at home!!

Stripes & myself (Dr. Alisa Boomer) this morning
Just for Fun

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a great time for family-friendly fun and sugary sweets! It is always a fun time dressing up our furry friends and posting adorable pictures of their costumes too! But the fun and games are cut short when Fido eats the Halloween candy and we have to rush to the ER. Here are some of our best tips and tricks to ensure that everybody enjoys this holiday weekend!

No Sweets for Sweetie

Before and after trick-or-treating, please remember to keep Halloween candy safely up and away from your furry friends! They are a treat for you but a trick for them! Many candies contain chemical toxic to your pets such as chocolate, gum, and xylitol.


Chocolate, in the right amount, it toxic to any animal. The common symptoms start with vomiting and diarrhea, but can progress to seizures and more. The key is, how much chocolate is toxic to your pet? In terms of toxicity, it worsens from white chocolate to milk, to dark in increasing amounts. We have added a quick chocolate calculator for your dog! If your dog or cat does eat any amount of chocolate, we highly recommend consulting with a veterinarian.

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Keep Pumpkins away from Pumpkin

We have all heard that pumpkin can be good for your pet and that is totally right, but only pure, unseasoned pumpkin NOT jack-o-lanterns. Especially jack-o-lanterns with candles in them! Your pet may decide to investigate or eat them and they end up knocked over!

Other potential decorations risks include rubber eyeballs (choking risk), glow sticks and fake blood (potential poisons), and fake cobwebs (common foreign bodies and choking hazards).

Party Poopers are Okay

Before the trick-or-treating starts, we highly recommend putting your pets, especially those that are protective of the house or have anxiety, in a quiet room away from the ruckus. Sometimes even just moving their kennel or bed will encourage them to stay tucked away. This gives them a safe, quiet place for them to relax. It takes away the need to protect the house from trick-or-treaters and away from all the ruckus. That way they can relax and snooze the night away.

Questions? Concerns? Please don’t hesitate to call us or find us on Facebook!