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March 2017 Pets of the Month


Norman is a six-month-old wide-open Goldendoodle puppy. He has lived a normal healthy puppy life doing puppy things. Unfortunately, one of these things was eating one of his owner’s socks. Because Norman’s owner saw him swallow the sock, he called us right away and was instructed to bring him right in. Socks are considered foreign bodies just like a rag, towel or stuffed animal. Because there is no sharp point or jagged edged; we were not concerned about internal puncture with this type item. Intestinal obstruction is our biggest concern as this can become a surgical emergency and is life-threatening. In large dogs, the size of the item is important as they can frequently pass them in the stool. In a puppy, we rarely just monitor the foreign body, as obstruction is more likely. With a soft item such as a sock, attempting to get Norman to vomit it up made sense.  While hydrogen peroxide works about 50% of the time, we were able to give him an injection that works approximately 95% of the time. Sure enough, within five minutes of Norman’s arrival he produced the sock. Within 30 minutes he and his owner were leaving the clinic, though his owner declined to take the sock back home with him! Because Norman shows us that not all bad decisions (like eating a dirty sock) turn out bad he is our canine Pet of the Month!


Grace is a sweet, young kitty that spent the first part of her life outdoors.  She was somewhat of a feral kitty until recently.  She was being fed outdoors and had not had any prior veterinary care.  Grace stopped eating well and had a distended abdomen (enlarged belly). She had had a couple litters of kittens previously but this time was different. She seemed lethargic and there was a fluid/discharge coming from her back end. On exam, Grace was found to be pregnant, but it was not a normal pregnancy. The fetuses were not alive and she had infection in her uterus. Something had happened during her pregnancy that caused her to abort but the fetuses remained in her uterus and became what is called mummified. This caused a great infection in Grace and would have been life-threatening without emergency surgery. She was so sick; she could not survive surgery without a blood transfusion first. Our clinic kitty, Opie, was happy to help save a life and made a blood donation. Grace’s surgery went well and she made a full recovery.  She is now enjoying the pampered life of being an indoor kitty and getting lots of love and attention. Grace’s story highlights the importance of spaying and neutering, as well as the medical advancements available in veterinary medicine to save lives. We are proud to share her story as our feline Pet of the Month.

Clinic Hours:

Monday  7:00 am to 7:00 pm

(Closed every Mon. 12pm-2pm for CE training)

Tuesday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Sunday Closed


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Pet Resort Hours:

Monday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
(Closed every Mon. 12pm-2pm for CE training)
Tuesday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Sunday Closed

After hours lodging check out Sat & Sun    

        4:30-5pm excluding holidays

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Animal Hospital Of Statesville
181 Mocksville Hwy
Statesville NC 28625

Telephone: 704.872.3625

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