Pictured are Dr. Donna Manderino with “Pepper” and a student at The Valley School.
On July 11, Dr. Manderino and veterinary technician Erin Kirby with her dog Pepper visited The Valley School in Park Ridge. They visited with several classrooms of children, ranging in ages from 18 months to 12 years old. They talked about dog safety such as how to approach and pet a dog when you meet one. They also discussed what to do if you see a stray dog. All the students got to take turns petting Pepper, a 5 year old Pit Bull Terrier who LOVES children of all ages. All the children also got to listen to Pepper’s heartbeat with a stethoscope, which they really enjoyed. Pepper was a rescue dog from Halfway Hounds, a group based in Park Ridge as well. She originally came from an inner city shelter and was reported to have a special bond with children while living in the shelter. She had a special volunteer who loved her dearly and they would visit a local ice cream shop every day after school time and visit with the children. Pepper helps teach children not only about pet safety, but about how wonderful pit bulls can be with children.
11 am to 3 pm
94 Berthoud Street, Park Ridge, NJ 07656
Many animal rescue organizations will be present.
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Sadie is a 3 year old Cocker Spaniel. She is currently owned by Halfway Hounds, a dog rescue organization. Park Ridge Animal Hospital is the veterinary hospital for all of Halfway Hound’s dogs. Sadie was rescued from a situation where she did not receive any attention or medical care. When she came to us, she was very badly matted and in need of medical care.
Sadie before her grooming
Upon examination and palpation of her abdomen, we could feel she had bladder stones- a lot of them! She also had a few other issues and an underlying bladder infection which caused the stones. We recently performed surgery to remove her bladder stones, as well as spay her and clean her teeth. As you can see, she had a lot of stones in her bladder. Typically, bladder stones are caused by an infection or diet. Symptoms of bladder stones include frequent urination, urinary accidents in the house, blood in the urine or straining to urinate. Prevention depends on the type of stone. Struvite stones, the type Sadie has, are managed by monitoring her urine for infections as well as diet. Calcium Oxalate stones, another common type, are harder to control, and sometimes require medication and special diets. Sometimes, in spite of all preventative actions, these stones recur.
Happily for Sadie, she is currently in a foster-to-adopt home with a wonderful family who loves her already!
Sadie during her stay at PRAH
Sadie’s x-ray showing her bladder with over 100 stones of various sizes and shapes
Sadie’s x-ray showing her bladder after surgery.
This shows the 104 bladder stones of various shapes and sizes that were removed from Sadie.