Monthly Archives: August 2008

Pet Pages


We have spotted some local celebrities in the Frederick News Post. Kingsbrook patients (clockwise): Moose Murray, Macy Murray, Freya Mathias, Bouree Little-Gratz, T.C. (Too Cute) Little-Gratz and Lucy Zoberbier were featured on the Sunday Pet Pages.

If you would like to see your four-legged friend’s picture in the Frederick News-Post e-mail your pictures to ezych@newspost.com. We hope to see you soon!

Cuterebra

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A Cuterebra is an opportunistic parasite found under the skin of small mammals. This parasite is the larval stage of the Cuterebra fly, who uses animal hosts to complete its life cycle.

The adult files are large and do not feed on or bite animals. Eggs are deposited around animal burrows and on plants, rocks and other objects. The eggs stick on the animal host as the host passes by, and then the eggs hatch in response to the body heat of the animal. The hatched larvae enter the body through the mouth or nose during grooming, or less commonly, through an open wound in the animal.

The larvae then migrate to specific areas on the body under the skin. The larvae make a small hole in the skin to breathe. This is when the parasite is usually discovered; a noticeable lump in the skin with a small hole. The tip of the larve will often be visible deep in the hole. Roughly 30 days later, the parasite exits the animal host, pupates on the ground, and becomes an adult fly.

It is very important to NOT squeeze the skin in hopes of getting the larva out. This can cause the larva to break apart, and cause the host animal to have a chronic infection or perhaps an anaphylactic reaction.

If you suspect your pet has a Cuterebra parasite, please contact your veterinarian as soon as possible for proper removal and treatment of any secondary infections.

Long Commute


Tom and Marilyn Burke have been bringing their dog Sasha to Kingsbrook Animal Hospital since 2002. When the family moved to Florida, they could not find a veterinarian they liked as much as Dr Cardella. Several times a year, the family makes the 1782 mile round trip to Kingsbrook Animal Hospital to have Dr Cardella examine Sasha and keep up to date on his veterinary care. Thank you Tom and Marilyn for trusting Sasha’s care to us.

P.S. Sasha had his DNA tested by the Wisdom Panel to determine his breed. Can you guess his mix???

Answer: Bichon Frise, Maltese and Wirehaired Terrier

Hello from Oliver


My name is Oliver and I am an irresistibly handsome 12-week old black Lab puppy.

I have been a member of Dr. Kim’s family for nearly 2 weeks already. Dr. Kim found me on the web page of Lab Rescue of Potomac, and she and her husband came to meet me one Friday. It was love at first sight. They welcomed me into their home 2 days later. They were a little apprehensive about having a boy puppy at first; they were so used to having a girl puppy and were not sure what to expect. I reassured them that I would be just as lovable and affectionate as a girl puppy. Truthfully, just between you and me, I think I am more affectionate than a girl puppy.

Things have been great so far. Well, I still have a few accidents here and there, but considering that I am a very young pup, I think I am doing fabulously. Mommy and Daddy spoil me with their love everyday and I LOOOVE being spoiled. Woof! Mommy has already enrolled me in Ms. Laurie Luck’s puppy class.

I come to work with mommy and my Kingsbrook aunties simply adore me. I love saying hello to other doggies and their two-legged friends. So come by when you are in the area and say hello.

-Oliver

Scrotal Ablation


Abe got a new lease on life. He is a Golden Retriever that was adopted from the Frederick County Animal Control Center by one of our good clents. FCAC regulations state that any animal that is adopted must be spayed or neutered before the new owner takes them home. Abe had been neutered at another facility and did well. He went home with his new family and was adjusting to his new life.

Abe is a very active dog and unfortunately, it was very hard for the owners to keep him quiet after his surgery. His scrotal tissue became very swollen, bruised and painful. He was so swollen that it looked as if he had never been neutered. He presented to Kingsbrook Animal Hospital for a scrotal ablation. Abe was given pain medication, anesthetized and Dr Cook removed the damaged scrotal tissue. After his recovery from anesthesia, Abe went home and is currently doing well.

Turtle Limb Amputation

Ella the box turtle was presented to our hospital by Last Chance Wildlife Rescue. She had a traumatic amputation of her left rear leg. Part of the leg had been bitten or torn off and the skin had healed over the wound. When the original injury occured, bacteria invaded the wound. During healing, the skin covered over the wound trapping the bacteria. The bacteria multiplied and Ella’s immune system went into overdrive sending white blood cells to the infected site. Since the resulting purulent discharge had nowhere to drain, an abscess formed.

Dr Davis administered pain medication to Ella, sedated her, placed an improvised endotrachael tube down her throat and anesthetized her for surgery. He opened the skin, removed the infected bone and tissue, copiously flushed out the surgery site to remove the bacteria and sutured the incision closed.

Ella is doing well after her surgery. She will be rehabilitated by the volunteers at the Last Chance Wildlife Rescue and when she is strong enough, return to the wild.

Drooling Doggie


Dr. Kostinas is an equine veterinarian in the Frederick area and she has a dog named Sirus. Sirus accompanies her mom on many of her farm calls and she sometimes finds herself getting into trouble. Thursday was one of those days.

Sirus was on a farm with her mom and was running and playing in the field as usual. When Dr Kostinas was ready to leave she called Sirus and noticed bloody drool coming from her mouth. Sirus would not permit her mom to look into her mouth so she rushed her to Kingsbrook Animal Hospital.

When she arrived, Ranee looked her over to see what was wrong. Her mom was afraid that Sirus had been kicked in the face by a horse, so Ranee was very gentle so as not to hurt Sirus. Ranee lifted her lips and examined her teeth looking for any fractures. Not finding anything, she examined the inside of her mouth and discovered the problem. Sirus had a stick lodged in the roof of her mouth between her upper premolars. Ranee grabbed a hemostat and within seconds, the stick was removed. Ranee checked for further damage and found none. The drooling ceased and Sirus and Dr Kostinas were relieved.

Sirus is back to normal and ready to assist on her next farm call.

Welcome Little Ones


We would like to introduce the future generation of Veterinary Medicine. Logan Grey and Alice Ruth Levitt were born on June 8th. They are doing well. As for their mom, Stacey, she is very happy but tired. Stacey will be returning to work part-time in September. Congratulations Stacey and Isreal on two beautiful bundles of joy.