Brookside Animal Hospital celebrates 20 GREAT years!!

Brookside Animal Hospital is celebrating its 20th year in business.  The staff threw a surprise party  for Dr. Reed Hughes, Friday, April 29th to commemorate the hospital’s anniversary.  
It was a success and Dr. Hughes was very surprised.

Many, many thanks to Kristi and Ashley for hosting the party and all of the hard work you put into making  it such a success.  Without you this would not have been possible - we have the best staff in the world!

Special thanks to Gail Hughes for all of your contributions.  You were there to assist with everything and anything.

Thank you to Lexi Hughes and Michael Kimble for putting together the video presentation.

Thanks to the Don Ryan and his staff at Ryan’s Tavern for helping to make it a surprise and special evening for Dr. Hughes.

And last, but definitely not least…..A HUGE thank you to all of the friends, family and amazing clients who support Brookside Animal Hospital  by choosing us for all your veterinary needs.  
You have made the last 20 years a pleasure, and we thank you from the bottom of our heart!  

Please go to our FaceBook page for more photos.  

Spring is near! Is your pet showing signs of allergies?

Spring is fast approaching, if not already here. 

This is exciting for most of us as we anticipate warmer weather, birds singing, flowers blooming….but, it may not be such a happy time for your pet.  Many pet owners will observe their fur babies itching, licking, and biting their skin – sometimes creating angry sores or worse. 

Pet allergies are one of the most frequent reasons for a trip to our hospital during this time of year.

What causes the itching?

Most likely, if your pet is itching and irritated, it is due to Atopy, the most common form of allergy in dogs and cats. 

AND….most of the time plant pollen is to blame for triggering Atopy, which is why we see a lot of animals suffering now.

There are different pollens for different seasons. 

Sometime before April, trees begin to release their pollen in Southern Ohio. Then, when summer rolls around, we see grass pollen and in the fall weed pollen takes over.  This is important to know, because the time of year can definitely help Dr. Hughes determine what type of allergen is affecting your pet.

What to look for?

If you notice excessive itching, hair loss, biting, sores, and sometimes even ear infections, your pet may be experiencing the misery of Atopic Dermatitis.  You may notice them rubbing their ears, face, or abdomen against carpet or furniture or their paws.

Their skin may become reddened and infected and develop sores from the constant irritation.  They can also have watery eyes and even develop an odor. 

What to do?

  • Dr. Hughes suggests treating the symptoms as early as possible to avoid costs and misery for your animal, especially if you know your pet is prone to allergies.

  • Sometimes using antihistamines such as Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) can help with the symptoms, but the proper dosage can be tricky, and should be determined by a Veterinarian.

  • Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids work very well for treatment of allergies and are beneficial to your pet’s skin, coat and nails.

  •  Steroids are usually a “quick-fix” method, but can be harmful and cause long-term side effects.

Relax and be ahead of the season!!  It is much easier to begin treating your pets at the initial onset of atopy.  The seasonal pollens penetrate the skin and unfortunately there isn’t a medication that can block all of it, but treating the allergy early can alleviate some of the symptoms and provide your pet some relief and enjoy the beautiful springtime weather, too!

Keep in mind that many of the medications will take a few weeks to begin working, so you may not see immediate results.  This is another good reason to start treating your pets early if they have allergies.