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Veterinarian dumps dead patients into the woods

June 12th, 2012

Veterinary news is not always the most exciting to pet parents…we’ve heard our pets are fat time and again, pharmaceutical companies will always be restructuring, and the other day some vet was arrested for illegally dumping his dead patients bodies into the woods…huh?

Andrew Manesis, DVM

That’s right, Andrew Manesis, DVM, of the Bronx in New York City, was arrested May 25 for allegedly dumping 35 pet carcasses in the woods along the Hutchinson River Parkway. They were discovered when transporation employees were mowing and mulching.

It seems all the pets died or natural causes or were euthanized and animal cruelty (in the strickest sense of the word) is not suspected, but I think the pet parents of the deceased might beg to differ.

It seems the pet parents paid Dr. Manesis for a company to pick up their pets and perform group cremation but detectives found no such indication that the veterinarian had any tranactions with any group cremation group for the last six months.

Handling deceased pets with care and respect after their grieving owners leave the hospital is something I hope veterinarians and their staff take very seriously. I can’t believe this vet loaded them up in garbage bags and pulled off the side of the road and dumped them. How dispicable.

While he has been charged with four misdemeanors, this seems a gross misfit of punishment for the deed. I can’t help but wonder, why would a veterinarian do this? Financial problems? Lack of compassion? Brain tumor?

Dr. Laci

Spay and Neuter Clinic Under Political Attack

July 23rd, 2011
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While the phrase “spay and neuter your pets” is not new to anyone’s ears, there are still between 4-5 million animals that are euthanized each year across America. That number is down drastically from previous decades, when over 20 million dogs and cats were killed in U.S. Shelters. While countless people help spread this message, it really boils down to pet owners taking their pets to the vet to have the surgeries performed, and having the money to pay the bill.

While it shouldn’t be about politics, sometimes it is. Remind Alabama’s State Board it’s about the animals, and please take a moment to sign the petition and stay up to date HERE.

Low cost spay and neuter clinics have made a world of difference to our nation’s dog and cat overpopulation problem. Many vet hospitals charge an arm and a leg to spay and neuter a pet, and many of us rely on these clinics, especially in today’s economic condition. This is a good thing for people and the pets, right?

Surprisingly enough (and disappointingly) the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners is actively trying to shut down local spay/neuter clinics. Their claim? The spay/neuter clinic is in violation of Alabama code because it isn’t owned by a veterinarian. Read the rest of this entry »

World Vets Japan Disaster Relief

March 17th, 2011

vets, sick petsOne of our favorite charities is in need of YOUR support. The first team of people from World Vets has arrived in Japan and have met up with Animal Friends Niigata . World Vets has been monitoring the situation in Japan with regards to the impact of the earthquake and tsunami that has recently hit the island nation. They are currently working to coordinate relief efforts for the animal victims affected by these unfortunate disasters. In addition, they have made contact with US Army veterinary associates stationed in Japan as well as Japan based animal charities and World Vets veterinary volunteers who remain on standby.

Your donations will help provide vet supplies and vet teams where they need help the most.
Also, if anyone in Japan or with connections to someone in Japan has a large space available (warehouse, modular building, large enclosures, etc.) where animals could be sheltered during this crisis, please either comment below or on the facebook page of World Vets, whichever is the easiest. We will make sure their CEO Dr. Cathy King gets the message.

They are working with several local resuce groups in Japan, and there is a need for additional space for animals that are being rescued (in the areas of Hikone, Shiga, and Niigata). Read the rest of this entry »

Pet Adoption Success Stories

March 14th, 2011

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It was February 2006 when Baxter, a loveable and highly intelligent Golden Retriever was discovered by a member of a Search Dog Foundation in California. He was adopted and soon began training. He earned his canine search and rescue certification in 2007, and for years now Baxter and his handler Gary Durian have been traveling across the world to provide relief to those when disaster strikes.

Today, with Japan being under a national state of emergency, canines, firefighters, and paramedics are on their way. Baxter and his canine handler are one of many canine and human teams that arrived this past weekend in Japan to look for survivors buried underneath the rubble and debris as a result of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that ravaged the country last Friday. Officials estimate over 1,000 people may have lost their lives.

While your adopted pooch certainly doesn’t have to be a search and rescue star to be the hero of your life, it is important to remember that shelter and rescue pets have the full potential of pets from breeders, or worse, mills. Read the rest of this entry »

Paws on Pads: iPad Proves Popular with Pets

January 10th, 2011

It’s been less than one year since Apple announced the arrival of the upcoming arrival of the iPad, and yet it seems like it’s been in our lives forever.

What is on your pet’s wishlist:  Apple products or the more traditional edible pet-treat variety?

Dr. Jed joined team Apple about six years ago when he purchased a MacBook with the points he had earned on his business card for opening costs of his hospital. This past November, again those points paid off as the iPad entered our lives.

online vet, ask a vet, my cat is sick, is my cat sick, my dog is sick, online vet advice, vet questionsApple products are taking over the world with their addictive crack-like properties. But wait! It appears that more than humans are susceptible to this addiction.

An iPad game for cats? That’s hardly the half of it. There are currently over 940 cat-related applications available for the iPad, which is ironic since the tablet doesn’t even come with a mouse. From butterfly games, to angry birds (a favorite of Dr. Jed’s), to string games, even a musical piano.

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2010 Animal News in Review

December 31st, 2010

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11.  More than 200 million gallons of oil flowed into the Gulf of Mexico.  The unwitting victims were the thousands of animals living in the region, including wildlife, fish, and even pets.

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10. Sea world trainer dies in killer whale attack

9. More money is given to animal charities than child charities in the USA. ???

8.  Mia is euthanized and returns to life. On the positive side of this horrific and inexcusable incident, lazy vets get a beat down. Read the rest of this entry »

Diet Pills for Dogs?

December 27th, 2010

ask a vet, dog obesity, is my dog overweight, dog nutritionMost of us now consider pets part of the family and have accepted pets in dresses, winter booties, and many pet owners even home cook our pets’ diets, but has the latest drug from Pfizer crossed the line?

Slentrol is a diet pill for dogs that is now available for the bargain price of a couple bucks a day. It works by a couple ways: 1) reducing the amount of fat that the body can digest, and 2) affecting the cells in the dog’s small intestines to make the dog feel full before they normally would.

As a vet, I fully understand that the pet obesity epidemic is real and on the rise, and that there are sometimes medical causes of obesity that require intervention with a pill of some form, but in those instances, there are actual medical problems that result in obesity, not a too large dog measuring cup or days of endless inactivity spend curled up in front of the fire.

As humans, it takes self-restraint and will-power to lose weight.  Perhaps this pill’s entrance to the veterinary market is proof that it takes self-restraint to make your dog or cat lose weight as well.

I try to be very open-minded regarding new medications and new forms of therapy, of both western and eastern origin, but this “Slentrol” is really rubbing me the wrong way. I’ve yet to prescribe it for a patient, and none of my veterinarian friends have either.

I understand at least  on some level, human diet pills. When I was a freshman in college and eating cookie dough for breakfast and midnight snacks caught up with me, I purchased some Chinese herbal dieter’s tea. Wow, what a mistake! But the point? I was susceptible to wanting an easy solution.

Easy fix?  Yes, please! Read the rest of this entry »

Dogs on Airplanes: A Hazard for the Airline Passengers or the Dog?

December 7th, 2010

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As you may have seen on the news, a 12 pound Manchester terrier recently bit two people on an airplane en route from Newark to Phoenix. Though the bites were not serious, the pilot landed the plane in Pittsburgh as a precaution.

Granted, I have no idea how extensive the wounds were, but in my opinion, this pilot likely landed the plane to calm the passengers, not because the dog was posing an actual threat.

Fear-biting is believed to be the number one cause of dog bites sustained by people. People that are unfamiliar or uneducated in dog behaviour language will continue to be bitten everywhere they act on ignorance—the dog park, doggie day care, dog shows, or yes, even a plane.

Why, you say? I have been on planes where passengers became severly ill, more so than a dog bite—such as when Dr. Jed herniated a disc in his spine on our
L-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-N-G flight to SE Asia sitting in tiny seats engineered for the shorter Asian flying population (no joke).

Want further reason that the airline was not actually concerned about the safety of their passengers and was merely looking to diffuse the situation? The woman and her dog were indeed asked to not board the plane again when it re-embarked for it’s original destination.

The catch?  The woman and her viscious dog were allowed to board another plane shortly after.

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Is this the future of air travel? I think not.

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Winners Announced For Blogathon 2010

November 23rd, 2010

Congratulations to the following Blogathon readers.  All non-judged entries were chosen via excel’s random number generator.  Here are the winners:

Holiday Gift Toy Basket (a red version of these toys):  Sarah B

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Squeak Ball, Rope Toy, and Plush Lamb Squeaky Toy:  Melinda Smith

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A signed copy of A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron: Stacy Palos, Jana Rade

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12 Month Subscription to Fido Friendly Magazine Courtesy of Carol Bryant of Fido Friendly: Tom C,  Shawn Finch, DVM,  Clare Seat

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Thanksgiving Holiday Dog Toy Platter:  Sheila F

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Break-Fast Dog Food Bowl to Slow Eating: Kate Smith

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Duck Squeaky With Massage Shampoo Brush: Karen Gonyea

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AND… The Grand Prize Goes To: Erika Lindgren

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Congratulations Everybody.  And, this was for a fantastic cause.  Through BlogPaws 2010, Dr. Laci and Dr. Jed were able to raise $484.53!   This money will be transferred to National Mill Dog Rescue!  Thanks to the following donors:

Sarah Bendorf
Carol Bryant
Jenny Stephens
Kathleen Broderick
Betty Nash
Sarah Bendorf
Rebecca Thompson
Pamela King
Brock Weatherup
Jeanie Hammond
LeAnne Vaughn
Joel Heflin
Impact studios
Karen Heck
Edie Jarolim
Judith K Nelson
Ericka Jennings

Thanks again for your donations and support!

Dr. Laci and Dr. Jed

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Euthanasias Gone Wrong: Just Mistakes or an Indicator of a Nationwide Illness?

November 20th, 2010

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Hero dog survives war but not U.S. shelter system

You  remember Mia’s story–the Rottweiler who survived euthanasia and was later adopted by another family who is financially capable of seeking medical treatment for her ailments? Happy ending to a shocking mistake, from a real lack-of-class-act veterinarian.

A mere month later, we mourn the loss of Target. Target was a true hero and saved the lives of American soldiers by preventing a suicide bomber access to a large room where soldiers were. She, along with a couple other stray dogs, had befriended the American soldiers serving in Afghanistan, and after their act of courage and loyalty proving to be man’s best friend, Target was brought over to the U.S. and adopted by Sergeant Terry Young, one of the soldiers Target helped save.

Target quickly earned a special place in the heart of Young’s family, as well as melted the hearts of many Americans after her appearance on Oprah. Her glory though, was short-lived.

Mass breeding only leads to mass murder. America is all too quick and eager to bring pets into this world, and all too quick to end their lives.

Target escaped from her owners last Friday. Her owners contacted local news channels to alert the public that she was missing. Friday night, Sgt. Young found Target’s picture on the local shelter’s website. He paid the fee via computer to adopt her, and mistakenly assumed the shelter was closed for the weekend.

Monday morning he went to rescue Target from the shelter, only to learn that she had been killed. Mistakenly. Read the rest of this entry »