Ear Polyps in Pets: What Pet Owners Need to Hear

OVRS_iStock_000017177169_LargeMost times an ear infection is a pretty easy problem to solve. Sometimes, though, we will run into an infection that won’t clear or that keeps on coming back. In this instance, it is likely that there is something going on that is predisposing that ear to have problems.

One of the more common diagnoses in complicated ear infections in pets are ear polyps. Find out what you need to know about ear polyps in pets and how they affect your animal. Continue…

Giving Back: Volunteering and Donating to Animal Shelters & Nonprofits

woman working in animal shelterAfter the holidays, when we are reminded of all of the wonderful things we have to be grateful for in our lives, we are often compelled to add “helping others” or volunteering to our list of new year’s resolutions.

Maybe this is true for you and your family, and you are currently looking for great missions to assist in the coming year?

For those of us who adore and care for pets, animal charities, shelters, and rescues seem to be the right choice for our philanthropic efforts. Whether you choose to give your time in the form of hands-on work or are gifting a favorite cause with a monthly donation, by donating to animal shelters you help the animal nonprofits that rely on the generosity of friends like you. Continue…

Portosystemic Shunts and Your Pet

OVRS_iStock_000015910808_MediumPortosystemic shunts (PSS), or liver shunts, are an abnormality in a pet’s blood flow through the liver. The liver normally filters toxins and impurities from the bloodstream. In a pet with a PSS, though, an extra blood vessel allows the blood to skip circulation through the liver. This prevents proper cleansing of potentially harmful substances from the body.

As you can imagine, a PSS can result in some pretty serious consequences. At Oakland Veterinary Referral Services, we are able to accurately diagnose and treat liver shunts medically as well as surgically. Continue…

All Ears: Veterinary Otoscopy

iStock_000015015776_LargeLooking at your pet’s ears is a standard part of a routine wellness exam and can be a valuable diagnostic and treatment modality. Most people have had their own ears examined at some point with a device called an “otoscope,” a hand-held tool that allows visualization of the ear canal and ear drum. The process isn’t much different for pets.

However, when there is an escalation in your pet’s condition, or a standard otoscope evaluation isn’t giving the results needed, your vet may refer you to us for video otoscopy. This is cutting-edge technology that allows us to practice the very best medicine at OVRS. Continue…