June 14, 2011
Poor Sid Vicious! He's a mixed breed dog that needed an emergency visit to the vet for gastroenteritis. Here are the costs involved with a 3 day, 2 night stay in the intensive care unit.
|DATE ||ITEM ||COVERED CHARGES |
|4/2/2011 ||Emer Exam ||$72.44 |
|4/2/2011 ||ER Nova Stat Profile ||$24.66 |
|4/2/2011 ||Emer Services ||$15.41 |
|4/2/2011 ||Rads -Abdomen ||$109.94 |
|4/2/2011 ||Emer Services ||$41.10 |
|4/2/2011 ||Primary Care Giardia Snap Test ||$31.85 |
|4/2/2011 ||US/SA Abdomen ||$205.50 |
|4/2/2011 ||Emer Services Special Procedures ||$51.38 |
|4/2/2011 ||Parvo Test Kit ||$25.69 |
|4/2/2011 ||A/C Drugs and Supplies ||$38.63 |
|4/2/2011 ||Metronidazole x 4 ||$4.88 |
|4/2/2011 ||Maropitant Inj ||$23.78 |
|4/3/2011 ||ER Hosp Services ||$20.55 |
|4/2/2011 ||ICU Hosp ||$72.70 |
|4/3/2011 ||Waste ||$5.65 |
|4/3/2011 ||Venipuncture-Proc/Supplies ||$11.30 |
|4/3/2011 ||IV Pump ||$6.17 |
|4/3/2011 ||Drugs and Supplies ||$13.10 |
|4/3/2011 ||US/SA Abdomen Recheck ||$165.43 |
|4/3/2011 ||Emer Services Special Procedures ||$51.38 |
|4/3/2011 ||Rads -Abdomen Recheck ||$89.39 |
|4/4/2011 ||ER Hosp ||$25.69 |
|4/4/2011 ||ER Hosp Services ||$20.55 |
|4/4/2011 ||ER Level 1 ||$30.00 |
|4/4/2011 ||Fluid Pump ||$6.17 |
|Total || ||$1,163.34 |
You can see the veterinarians had to rule out a variety of conditions using various diagnostic tests, some of which had to be repeated:
June 13, 2011
A large proportion of the Embrace Pet Insurance gastrointestinal claims are classed as colitis, which means inflammation of the large intestine (aka colon).
What does colitis look like?
- bloody or “slimy” diarrhea with mucus
- abdominal pain
- vomiting (especially in cats)
- weight loss (especially in cats)
- dehydration (especially if the diarrhea is very watery)
- lethargy (tiredness)
Colitis is the result of a condition, not the cause of it, so when veterinarians are faced with a case of colitis, she'll treat the cause as best she can, not just the symptoms.
For example, colitis caused by parasites such as whipworms is treated with parasiticides, whereas colitis caused by eating something a dog shouldn't such as garbage is treated with antibiotics and a bland diet.
June 05, 2011
Here's a guest post from Dr. Rex Riggs on the topic of dog chews - the ones sourced from animal body parts that aren't used for other purposes. Dr. Rex Riggs is the owner of Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Powell, Ohio. He is a veterinarian, and an Advisory Board member of Embrace Pet Insurance.
> Bully sticks, pig’s ears, cow hooves, marrow bones, rawhides and antlers. Sounds like a yummy smorgasbord for your dog, doesn’t it? I bet many of you use these treats to satisfy your dog’s chewing and keeping them occupied; but should you? Have you ever given deep thought to these animal “pieces parts” that we give to our pets??
June 01, 2011
Yup, it's that time again to talk about tummy rumbles, digestive mishaps, and even a bit of diet advice.
As a cat mom, I always think of that awful gagging sound a cat makes when she coughs up furballs oh-so-politely on your best cushion or worse. And there's that regurgitated recently-eaten mouse presented at the foot of your bed for your admiration...