East Padden Animal Hospital Blog

Tails from Elijah


I wanted to tell you about this puppy, Mocha, who visited us quite often, almost every day for four weeks, for splinting of her broken toe. I really thought Mocha just wanted to see me, since I am so incredibly irresistible, but our wonderful staff assured me her visits were in fact because of the broken toe. Every doctor at East Padden Animal Hospital had the pleasure of working with her and hearing the creative ways she would remove her cone and bandage. Not even cayenne pepper, lick guard (she licked that up like peanut butter, YUM!), or any of the many other ways her creative family tried to keep her off it worked. This puppy is one of the most special bandage chewers we have ever seen. Thankfully, her owners kept with her, and the fracture is starting to heal. Every day, I see many owners with pets that resist bandages and e-collars, but a healed puppy or kitty is always worth the healing time, even if it’s over four weeks long!

Whew! That story took it out of me. I must now go and visit Amy in her office for a kitty snack.

Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe on Halloween


Halloween is a fun, spooky time for us and our kids, but it shouldn’t be spooky for our pets, too! Many things associated with Halloween put our pets’ health at risk. Here are a few important safety tips to follow to make sure your pets are safe and happy on this eerie holiday.

  • Chocolate and xylitol—a sweetener often found in peanut butter and chewing gum—are extremely toxic to pets. Chocolate can cause upset stomachs, heart arrhythmia, kidney failure and seizures, and xylitol can cause hypoglycemia, seizures and even liver failure and death if large amounts are consumed. It is important to tuck all candy away so it stays out of your pets’ reach. Make sure your children know not to feed candy to pets, too.
  • Keep pets away from the front door, especially pets with social anxiety or pets that are territorial. Trick-or-treaters will be knocking and ringing the doorbell all night, which can make any pet anxious, so keeping pets in a secure place will lower their anxiety. Plus, you’ll be opening and closing the door frequently, so keeping them away from the door limits their ability to attempt an escape.
  • Black cats are often pestered on and around Halloween because of superstitions. If you have a black cat that spends part of his time outside, consider letting him be an indoor-only cat for the week around Halloween. It will ensure that he stays safe.

Need more assistance preparing for Halloween with your furry friends? Contact East Padden Animal Hospital!

Medipaw Products for Patient Recovery


East Padden Animal Hospital is proud to announce we have started carrying Medipaw products for cats and dogs. This line of wearable rehabilitation equipment comes in boot and suit forms, helping your pet recover more quickly from surgical incisions or dermatological conditions by comfortably preventing your cat or dog from licking, scratching or biting the affected area.

We highly recommend Medipaw products for patient recovery. In addition to speeding up recovery time, these products help reduce the probability of infection and other serious complications. Medipaw products are worn over bandages, splints and casts, adding an extra protective layer and making your pet unable to interrupt the healing process.

If your cat or dog is scheduled for an upcoming veterinary procedure, please ask your veterinarian if Medipaw can enhance their recovery.