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By hayfieldani21276560, Dec 3 2018 08:58PM

Logan, my son's year old cat, has a bad habit of playing near the upstairs bannister. While I didn't hear the thump, one evening I saw that she was limping on three paws with her right front paw held in the air, and when it wasn't better in the morning, I figured she had taken a fall. After a physical exam and an x-ray, it was pretty obvious that while cats do often land on their feet, that's not to say that they land unharmed!

The surgery was planned for an hour but ended up taking three! The after x-ray shows the story pretty well -- the wire was put into the loose process, reattached to the ulna, and wired into position so that it would give a chance for the bone to heal and the muscle regain its attachment.

Note the bit of bone floating around right by her elbow. That should have stayed attached to her ulna, but somehow the shock of her fall broke that bit off. The triceps muscle (used to pull the arm back) attaches to the ulna along a bony process, but probably as she braced herself to land, the process broke off and the triceps tendon had nothing to pull on. We discussed options for Logan, and since she is just a year old, it made sense to try a repair on her arm so that she could get as much out of life as would be possible. With that, the decision was to schedule her for repair surgery.

By hayfieldani21276560, Sep 20 2017 04:55PM

Summer is nearing an end and that means changes in our routine are happening as we prepare for a new school year and the pending winter season. Here are some things to keep in mind during the upcoming season to keep your pet healthy, happy and safe.

1) Your pet may have become used to having you around more while school was on break and summer vacations were happening. If your routine means leaving your pet home alone more often, remember to ease them back into a routine of stimulating activities they can do on their own.

2) The days are slowly getting shorter, so if you are out with your dog at night, or have an outdoor cat, find them a reflective collar to wear to ensure they are visible in the dark. And remember to make yourself visible when out at night as well.

3) As colder weather approaches, rodents seek shelter from the temperatures, which means more rodenticides are used. This is highly toxic to pets and could be fatal if ingested. Use extreme caution when using these products around your home and make sure they are not in reach of your pets.

4) Believe it or not, ticks are still lurking. Piles of leaves and other piles of garden scraps are places ticks like to hang out to survive during the winter. In order to help protect your pet, get rid of excess garden waste where ticks can live, and continue to apply a flea/tick preventative to your pet year-round.

5) The ground will start to get damper, which means mushrooms will begin blooming. Most mushrooms are completely safe, but a small group are very toxic to pets and humans. If you believe your pet may have eaten a toxic mushroom, contact the Animal Poison Control Center or your full service veterinarian immediately.

6) You are probably anxious to pull out your fall décor! Remember to keep items out of pet’s reach if they could be dangerous to your pet.

By hayfieldani21276560, Mar 6 2017 03:39PM

Chirpy's Story...

Chirpy is wonderful hen found by the Animal Welfare League as a stray chick wandering on Mount Vernon Avenue. Chirpy was adopted and grew up to be a beautiful hen living off Franconia Road with two dogs, four other chickens, and two guinea fowl.

Unfortunately, when Chirpy was about one year old, she developed a large lump on the bottom of her foot, which caused her to badly limp. Fortunately for her, Dr. Hinn and his wonderful assistant Hilary made a house call to examine Chirpy. Dr. Hinn diagnosed Chirpy's problem as a bacterial infection known as "bumblefoot." After leaving to do some research on appropriate treatment protocols (and to pick up tools), Dr. Hinn and Hilary made another house call. This time, they operated on Chirpy, relieving the pressure on her foot, and cleaning out the site of the infection. Dr. Hinn and Hilary then bandaged Chirpy back up, and gave her owners clear instructions (and equipment) to enable them to change the dressing. Within days, Chirpy made a complete recovery. We know that we speak for her when we say, "Thank goodness for Dr. Hinn and Hilary, and for their willingness to make house calls to treat a problem rarely seen in Alexandria!"

By hayfieldani21276560, May 20 2015 02:09PM

It's been about a month since the grand opening of our new website, and we figure now is as good of a time as any of formerly welcome you all and thank you for visiting! We are hard at work on making sure our website is informative and comprehensive, and welcome any feedback on how we can best improve our site!

In the future, it is our goal to use this blog to keep you informed on any topics of interest relevant to your pet's veterinary care. In the meantime, from all of us here at Hayfield Animal Hospital, we hope you and your pets have a wonderful day!

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