Sunrise Veterinary Clinic

Meet Sunrise Vet Pet - Cooper

Comox's East Coast Import  

Introducing April's Sunrise Vet Pet of the Month - Cooper! We asked his family a few questions about him. Here's what the Gresko's had to say! 

1) Cooper is from Nova Scotia - how did he make it to beautiful BC? 
We were posted from Comox, BC to Greenwood, Nova Scotia in Aug 2008 and I started searching for Labradoodle breeders on the East Coast. We found Labradoodle By Design right in Nova Scotia and went to visit her. She had a wide variety of sizes and in Sep 2009 we chose Cooper, a small/medium Chocolate Australian Labradoodle from her. We were then posted back to Comox BC in 2011 and made the drive back across the country with our Cooper!

2) It seems like Cooper is a very important part of your family! Tell us more about the impact he's had on your lives. 
In the fall of 2013 we went through a very difficult family situation. I have only one son and Cooper was extremely sensitive to our emotions and helped both me and my son cope with the changes. He began going into my son's bed to help him fall asleep at night and always made him feel better when nothing else would help. He has also helped us both with health issues and won't leave our side if we are ill. I was released from my 30+ year military career due to medical reasons and he has been instrumental in my recovery. He is unbelievably intuitive with anyone he comes in contact with and will "talk" to you to get your attention. We can't imagine being without him. 

Cooper also LOVES to sing with us! I joined the Women's Military Wives Choir Comox in the fall of 2016 and have to practice frequently (because I'm not that good) and he signs along with me. 

3) How has Cooper's experience been with Sunrise Veterinary Clinic? 
Sunrise Veterinary Clinic has been so helpful with Cooper! Back in April 2012, Cooper began vomiting and couldn't keep anything down for about 24 hours. I brought him in and x-rays were done. On the x-rays you could see that he had a blockage in his intestines and he required immediate surgery. His cecum was totally impacted with some sticks and it was removed. A biopsy of his intestines was also done and we found he had a rare form of Eosinophilic colitis and couldn't eat any animal proteins without getting very sick. He was put on a Hypoallergenic food and is fine unless he somehow gets a hold of some animal protein (he can be sneaky sometimes!).

Thanks to Cooper and the wonderful Gresko family for being such a valued part of our Sunrise family! 

Do YOU want to be the next Sunrise Vet Pet of the Month? Stay tuned to our social media for our casting calls. 

Itchy Scratchy Cats and Dogs

Skin problems are one of the most common reasons why people bring in their cats and dogs to see us.  It's easy to imagine that our itchy cats and dogs have a decreased quality of life and can even feel quite miserable due to their discomfort, so we aim to diagnose and establish a treatment plan as quickly (and cost-effectively) as possible. The underlying causes of your pet's itchiness can vary widely, and should be properly diagnosed by a veterinarian.

Some signs you might notice in your itchy pet include: 

  • Ear infections
  • Redness of the skin
  • Wounds associated with scratching (“hot spots”)
  • Secondary infections
  • Hair loss
  • Gastrointestinal signs such as vomiting and diarrhea (associated with adverse food reactions)

What are the most common causes of skin problems?

Flea allergies, atopic (environmental allergies), adverse food reactions, and skin infections are common culprits.

If your pet seems to be continuously itching and scratching, bring them in for their Itchy Scratchy exam. We can help you uncover the cause, and find them some relief!

This month only, we're offering 20% off our Itchy Scratchy pet exams. Call us today. (250) 339-6555

Ditch the itch and the prednisone!

The magic itch pill Apoquel has arrived in Canada. If your pet suffers from chronic environmental allergies, we can now add this tool to help rid the itch and accompanying red skin, paws, and ears. 

Even better? We may be able to throw away the prednisone and frustration. It works at the level of the allergy immune system and stops the release of inflammation and itch chemicals produced by the body. Pets who have recurring issues, flare-ups during pollen season or year round dust mite allergies can really benefit from this new medicine.

Call us to make an appointment to switch medicines.