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Road trip with your furry friend?

By: Dr. Carrie Wright cwright

I remember the first time I took my dogs to the dog beaches in California  – I thought being a vet would have prepared me for the unanticipated trials that arose from being with my girls for 24 hours Traveling with your peta day in a non local area.  But I wasn’t prepared, and now I have some advice for you!

Traveling with your pet can be a terrific experience, but only if you plan ahead.  Make sure vaccines are current (and this means young animals should have at least 3 sets ending around 16 weeks of age), and always bring a copy of your vaccination certificate with you.  Rabies is a nationwide concern and many state borders require proof of vaccination before allowing access to their state.  As well as the certificate, a copy of your pet’s medical records is recommended, especially if they have a history of illness or chronic disease.  I think it’s a great idea to locate a veterinarian along the way or at your final destination just in case you need home_again_320some help.  It is helpful to have a permanent ID implant such as a microchip – collars and leashes with ID can easily be removed or lost… It usually costs around $45 and will significantly increase your pet’s chance of recovery.  Some companies such as Home Again aid in that recovery (with signs and notifications to the surrounding animal groups/hospitals) or even medical bills if your pet is injured while lost.

Many diseases are geographic, so please check to see if you need preventative medications or additional vaccinations prior to travel (i.e. – Heartworm disease, Lyme disease, Leptospirosis).  Fleas and ticks can be a nuisance to both you and your pets, and can cause serious disease as well, so talk to us about prevention treatment options.

If this is your pet’s first trip, you should make sure they are able to travel for long distances.  Try a shorter trip and see how Romeo-is-Planningit goes.  Would sedation have been nice? An anti anxiety medication? Motion sickness drugs?  Sedation can be a great option for long trips, but do you want the potential 12 hour effect?  Always bring towels for cleaning up those nasty side effects of motion sickness (or puppy pads work well to line your seats).  Keep in mind that tired dogs are usually calmer in the car, so make sure your friend gets plenty of exercise prior to loading into the car. And cats, well…you might call us and we can have a chat.

Keep those pets buckled! Or at least contained – no one wants a 70 lb dog climbing over their shoulder while driving down the freeway at 75mph… Kennels, pet barriers, and seatbelts/harnesses have been created to prevent unwanted risks. PJ-BB519_DOGCAR_D_20110628165953 Again, practice with these PRIOR to your trip.

Be sure to stop for rest breaks! You should ideally stop every 3-4 hours along the road to offer water and a potty break.  Stay clear of heavily soiled areas – although vaccines prevent diseases like parvo and distemper, it would be no fun to pick up a gastrointestinal parasite on vacation.

Many motels/hotels accept pets for a small deposit, but be sure to call ahead to make your reservations.  When you do have to leave your pet in your room, make sure they are either in a crate or kennel, and stand outside the door to make Hotel-La-Jolla-San-Diego-Hotels-Pet-Friendly-Hotelsure they don’t bark or howl – although pet friendly, there are limitations! And not that you haven’t heard this one before – do not leave your pet in the car –temperatures can rise too quickly with very serious consequences.

Have fun with your pet, and be sure to call us if you have any questions!

Poor Piper Was Stuck Up a Tree

Piper’s Terrible Tree Experience

By: Dr. Carrie Wright



As a veterinarian, I would only recommend treatments for your pet that I would for mine own.  Recently my own cat Piper escaped into the big bad world and ended up getting stuck in a tree after being chased.  She has a long beautiful tail that was yanked hard by her pursuer, causing what’s called a “tether” lesion.  Fortunately for us, some neighbors were able to dislodge her from the tree but she was unable to walk. 100_0166

After extensive x-rays and a consultation with a specialist in town, we determined that she most likely had a spinal lesion – which may or may not be permanent.  We were considering a CT Scan and spinal surgery (approx $6-8K), yet the specialist thought we could give her a little time and supportive care before engaging in such a costly and in depth procedure.  We decided on a trial course of anti-inflammatories and laser therapy.  Laser therapy? Yes, at Baring, we have a Companion Laser which is a therapeutic laser which uses light waves to decrease inflammation and stimulate healing. And now I have personal confirmation that it works.  Theory is always a great thing, but then there is the proof of your own pet.  Because I had the option to do the treatments on her myself, I started with laser therapy daily in an attempt to decrease her pain. The laser helps stimulate release of endorphins (the feel good hormones) and decreases many other inflammatory hormones like prostaglandins.  Over the next 3 days, she was slowly able to stand.


Next was bearing weight for a few minutes, and then walking, and then running and finally back to playing. The entire treament plan took about 2 weeks, and I have to say, even understanding the medical reasons for these results, I was shocked at how quickly it really worked.  To this day, she has never once looked back – you would never know that she had faced possible permanent paralysis in her hind end unless you look very closely at how she flicks her tail when she is playing with my other pets.  Then you would notice what we call  “scorpion” tail where she flips the whole thing up and over her back.  And we think THAT just gives her more character! I am a believer, and so is Piper!



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The 2 legged boys in my house have been talking about you and it sounds like you grant many wishes and dreams! I am hoping to ask for just a few things, so here it goes… First and foremost, I am hoping you can replace my tail.  Yep, that’s right – I suffered a horrible accident before my parents rescued me – and it caused many injuries including a broken tail.  My mom, the vet, was forced to amputate it.  Not sure where it went, but I was hoping with some magic, you could help me out.  To go along with that tail, I really need some glucoasmine – it helps with both my arthritis and my bladder problems.  I think 51qSkdmy9QL._SY300_it’s called Dasuquin – you know, the capsules that my parents can open up and sprinkle over my food.  It really helps, and doesn’t even taste bad! (My mom has given me some horrible tasting medicine in the past).  And if you have room in that red sack of presents of yours, I really like those catnip mice – it makes me just a little crazy, but it makes everyone laugh too!
Thanks so much Santa – I promise to be a good boy!

Dr. Carrie Wright

Dr. Wright graduated in 1999 from Colorado State University and has recently relocated to Reno from Las Vegas to enjoy the many outdoor activities and better weather! In the hospital setting, she loves dentistry, surgery, and internal medicine. She shares her non work life with husband, two small boys who keep her running, two dogs, a cat, and a bird – hopefully another cat soon (but don’t tell her husband!) Plus, she enjoys hiking, biking, camping, yoga, and scrapbooking. She will be seeing patients Wednesday thru Friday.