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The veterinarians and staff at the Animal & Bird Hospital of Del Mar are pleased to provide you with an online newsletter. This fun and fact-filled newsletter is updated on a regular basis.

Included in the newsletter are articles pertaining to pet care, information on our animal hospital, as well as news on the latest trends and discoveries in veterinary medicine.

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Blood Testing: What It All Means

Many technologies that help humans live longer, healthier lives are available to your pet. By performing some basic blood tests, your veterinarian can gather information concerning the health and well being of your pet.

Complete Blood Count

This blood test actually consists of several tests that evaluate the number and type of blood cells in the circulation. Cells that are evaluated consist of white blood cells (WBC), red blood cells (RBC) and platelets. White blood cells are important in helping the body fight infection. Red blood cells are fundamental for carrying oxygen to the body's tissues. The measurement of these cells can indicate anemia, infection, leukemia, stress and inflammation. Platelets are involved in the blood clotting process and if low in number can indicate a bleeding disorder. The hematocrit (HCT) provides information pertaining to the relative number of red blood cells (RBC) in circulation. This test is used to diagnose anemia and dehydration.


Blood Chemistry

These tests survey many of the organ systems of the body in order to make sure they are working properly.

Albumin (ALB) - Low levels indicates chronic liver or kidney disease, intestinal disease or intestinal parasites (hookworm).

Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT) - Elevated with liver disease or injury.

Alkaline Phosphatase (ALKP) - Elevated levels can indicate liver disease or Cushing’s disease.

Amylase (AMYL) - Elevated blood levels can indicate pancreatic and/or kidney disease.

Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) - Reflects kidney and liver disease as well as dehydration.

Cholesterol (CHOL) - Elevated levels are seen in many disorders. Some include liver and kidney disease and hypothroidism.

Creatinine (CREA) - Elevated levels can be due to kidney disease or urinary tract obstruction.

Blood Glucose (GLU) - High levels can indicate diabetes. Low levels can indicate liver disease, infection or certain tumors.

Total Bilirubin (TBIL) - Levels of Bilirubin are useful in diagnosing anemia and bile duct problems.

Total Protein (TP) - This can detect many conditions. Some include liver, kidney and gasrointestinal diseases as well as dehydration.

Blood Electrolytes

Calcium (Ca) - Increased levels are seen with certain tumors and kidney and parathyroiud gland disease.

Phosphorus (PHOS) - Elevated levels can indicate kidney disease.

Sodium, Potassium, Chloride - All should be within normal levels. Vomiting, dehydration and diarrhea can affect their levels.

10 Common Signs Of Cancer In Small Animals

Cancer in its early stages can often be treated. If your pet shows any of the symptoms listed below, we recommend that you call the animal hospital to make an appointment. Early diagnosis and treatment is the best way to treat any disorder in pets.

  1. Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow
  2. Sores that do not heal
  3. Weight loss
  4. Loss of appetitie
  5. Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
  6. Offensive odor
  7. Difficulty eating or swallowing
  8. Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
  9. Persistent lameness or stiffness
  10. Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating
Celebrity Pets: Chances Are They’re Wealthier Than You

Feel like Grumpy Cat is everywhere these days? It’s not just you.

The famously dour feline has had a big few years since her owner posted her on Reddit in 2012. With multiple books, licensed product lines, pet food endorsement deals and even a starring role in a made-for-TV-movie, Grumpy Cat has transformed from the star of a popular YouTube video to a full-fledged brand. From TV to the big stage, Grumpy Cat even had a Broadway debut in Cats in October 2016 for a one night only appearance.

Grumpy Cat’s owner won’t say how much the cat has made, but one tabloid pegged the figure at $100 million (a figure the owner denies). And yet, it’s still not enough to make Grumpy Cat smile.



Grumpy Cat isn’t the only living meme raking in dough. Boo, the Pomeranian dog, has signed off on licensing deals with companies like Crocs, published three books and secured a spokesdog gig with Virgin America Airlines. Of course, fame has a dark side: like many celebrities before him, he was the subject of a death hoax. Not to worry – Boo is alive and well.

Other rich pets include Chris P. Bacon, a pig who was born without the use of his hind legs who has learned to get around on wheel legs built out of toys by his owner; Lil’ Bub, a cat whose underdeveloped jaw gives him a permanent slack-jawed expression; and Tuna, a Chihuahua with an overbite that gives the pup a permanent expression somewhere between a grin and grimace. All three have millions of social media followers, book deals, product lines and endorsement deals that keep them raking in cash hand over paw.

Think your pet has what it takes to be the next A-list meme? Only one way to find out – break out the camera and get something cute on YouTube or post on Reddit. The good news for you is that it doesn’t look like the Internet’s love of animals is going away any time soon.

Take a Trip: Pet-Friendly Hotels

The thought of going on vacation and having to leave a pet behind keeps many pet parents from hitting the road to see new sights and attractions. In an effort to increase tourism revenue, some destinations are now marketing the ways in which they are pet-friendly.

A key factor of this campaign is hotels, motels, inns, etc. that open their doors to furry, four-legged overnight guests. With more than 144 million pet cats and dogs, hotel owners in the U.S. are beginning to understand how to benefit from these numbers and provide pet owners with a hotel that boasts a pet-friendly culture. Traveling with a pet is becoming more convenient.

To keep ahead of competitors, some hotels are beginning to go above and beyond:

•Inn By the Sea in Cape Elizabeth, Maine offers in-room dog amenities and turn down dog treats, a dog menu served in the lobby bar or on the outdoor deck and maps/lists of nearby dog-friendly activities, hikes and stores.

•Hotel Indigo in San Diego promotes hotel packages with doggie daycare. They also host a monthly “Canine Cocktails” hour, inviting owners and their pets to indulge in treats, food and drink specials, costume contests and a breathtaking view of PETCO Park.

•W Hotels provide guests with welcome kits outlining information on nearby dog parks and exercise areas. For the pets, they supply “posh pet beds,” floor mats, food bowls, ID tags and more.

•The posh Ritz Carlton of Bachelor Gulch, Colo., boasts two weekly dog and owner happy hours, Fido Fridays and Bachelor Brunch. The hotel also has two "house dogs," a St. Bernard named Bachelor and a golden retriever named Miner. Guests can borrow the pups to take on hikes and walks around the hotel's extensive property.



Pet-friendliness is catching on in some areas faster than others at a time when “pets” is still considered a “four-letter word” for many hotel owners. In the south and west, pet-friendly accommodations are quite common, while they are less prevalent in the north.

“More and more, it seems pets are becoming an integral part of families' lives,” said Emily Kwong, director of the front office at the Fairmont Pittsburgh. “It's nice to be able to welcome the whole family, to build memories with them and really be part of the growth of their pet.”

At Monaco, a Kimpton Hotel in Pittsburgh, General Manager Rob Mallinger believes ignoring the needs of pets is now no different than ignoring the needs of people. The hotel offers amenities like handmade dog treats, beds and silver feeding bowls.

“We're pet-friendly, not pet-tolerant. We don't charge a deposit. We don't care what breed or species it is. As long as it can behave when in the room, we offer amenities for any pet,” he says. “It's nice to see more hotels doing what they think the guest actually wants…We really think of the pet as an extension of the guests' family.”

Most travel sites (TripAdvisor, Expedia and Travelocity) now include search criteria for pet-friendly hotels and other sites, such as GoPetFriendly.com, PetFriendlyHotels.net, and OfficialPetHotels.com are dedicated to the cause.

Pet-friendly hotel chains include: Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, La Quinta, Kimpton Hotels, Loews Hotels and Resorts, Best Western, Ace Hotel, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Hotel Indigo and Red Roof Inn.

Source: TribLIVE