Understanding Laryngeal Paralysis in Dogs

Laryngeal paralysis in dogs is a serious medical condition that affects the upper airway and obstructs breathing. This condition occurs mostly in dogs and is progressive, sometimes leading to death if not treated. 

If your pet is diagnosed with the condition, it can be understandably concerning, but we are here to help. The team at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services is here to give you an overview of what laryngeal paralysis in dogs is, what to expect, and its treatment. 


Kitty Condo from a Box and Other Cheap Cat Toys

Who doesn’t like to get things for free or on the cheap? Not us! And what fun-loving cat doesn’t love to play in an empty cardboard box–the ultimate cheap cat toy? Not many. The cardboard box is the quintessential kitty playhouse that doesn’t require money or extra toys that clutter up the house. Once your cat finishes with them, you just place the box in recycling.

Recently, Oakland Veterinary Referral Services came across a very cool idea. Amazon (the king of all cardboard box pile-ups) decided to put their necessary needs to good use for our cat companions. They created a box that can be converted into a cat condo. If you are one who has far too many Amazon boxes stuck in storage, then this creative way to make a kitty condo from a cardboard box will pique your interest.


PostOp Pup: How Long Does It Take for a Dog to Recover from Surgery?

Dog recovering from surgery

After you get the news that your pet requires surgery, it is understandable to be worried. What is the risk and how long will it take for your dog to recover from surgery? Recovery time varies, depending on the type of surgery and your dog’s needs during rehabilitation

Your friends at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services want to explore with you ways in which you can help your dog successfully recover. We also explain the process and typical dog surgery recovery times for healing. 


Raising Awareness About Cancer in Dogs

When your dog is diagnosed with cancer, it is understandable to feel helpless and devastated. You may wonder what to do next and how you can best support your pet. 

There are several types of cancers that affect dogs, and some of them are very similar to forms of human cancer. The team at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services is here to explain cancer in dogs and what you can do to see the signs.


Eyelid Reconstructive Surgery: Majinbou and His New Eyelids

Majinbou is a shelter cat that suffered greatly from abnormal eyelids. His remarkable story includes a special eyelid reconstructive surgery that would greatly improve his quality of life. 

When 1.5-year-old Majinbou arrived at the Wisconsin shelter this year, it was clear that his eyelids were causing him multiple medical problems. He was going to need special help to correct the issue–the kind of help not normally available to a shelter cat or one in his location. 

Majinbou’s case came to the attention of Dr. Jen Zimmer, an Ophthalmologist at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services. His eyelid agenesis, a congenital problem that occurs in cats (rare in dogs), would require a specialist like Dr. Zimmer to perform eyelid reconstructive surgery in order to correct the issue. Learn more about Majinbou’s journey with Dr. Zimmer to better vision and health.