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Ways to Winterize your Pets

December 3rd, 2012

winterize your dogA Fresh Look at a Boring List

It seems each year that the same seasonal pet articles appear. The trouble is, the audience that reads them is the audience that least needs to. In the past I have written them here for this blog, and I continue to write them for different publications at their request, but I have to wonder: who the hell benefits from these lists?

Perhaps someone benefits from the knowledge they provide but I am not sold. Here I present to you a few of my favorite and most obvious things to know about how to endure the bitter cold winter (despite the fact that I am a St. Pete Fl Vet), should you live somewhere that actually still gets a bitter cold winter. If you are experiencing an unseasonably warm season, feel free to skip straight to number one—you need to read it more than anyone.

5.Winter gear for dogs

Personally I find dog clothes a bit embarrassing, but as long as they are on your dog and not mine, I’m all for it. Still, it goes without saying, if you don’t enjoy walking with snow stuck between your toes for 15 minutes, your dog won’t either. Ice is cold and it hurts, and tiny dogs with little body fat or insulating fur will need a winter coat.

4. Antifreeze is anti-life!

Changing the coolant in your car should really be done in an auto shop as it needs to be done via pressured reverse flush. Then there is the whole fact that it is illegal in every state to dump the antifreeze down a drain, on the ground, or send it to the dump in your trash. Still, if you are someone that changes his or her own antifreeze, take note: this colorful liquid is not a superfood smoothie. Antifreeze is incredibly toxic and causes kidney failure in a very short time. Keep away from pets as they do like the smell and taste of it!

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Unacceptable!

3. Apparently some people still keep their pets outside. They probably don’t call them pets actually. Still, if you keep “animals” outside, they need fresh liquid water, NOT THE FROZEN KIND, at all times. They also need a shelter of some sorts. Animals get frost bite! And it hurts! Yes, animals feel pain! Despite some old school folks’ opinions (some vets are amongst that group, shameful and humiliating to the profession, I know), it is decidedly so that pets (animals included) feel pain. I’m pretty sure if you don’t know this, you probably don’t care, and you will definitely never read this article. Animals can live happily and safely outdoors, but If you know people that aren’t aware that winter weather brings additional precautions, educate them! If they are resistant and responsible for a pet’s suffering or neglect, report their ass.

2. Indoor pets (distinctly different from those ordinary outside “animals”) may gain a little weight in the winter if their exercise level decreases.

Really? I never stopped to think that less exercise when the weather is cold and I’m too lazy and wimpy to take my dog on as long or frequent of outdoor walks means that Fido and myself are more likely to plump up a bit. Fascinating stuff! I wonder if I can secure any federal funding for a study to back this up.

1. For the last item, I will offer something useful which many pet parents seem to be unaware of. Don’t assume that cooler weather eliminates the threat of diseases like heartworm, which are spread by infected mosquitoes, or other diseases spread by ticks and fleas. These pets have been known to survive well into the winter months, thanks to indoor havens and protected microclimates existing within larger, cooler climate zones. For this reason, I strongly recommend year-round heartworm protection for dogs (cats are debatable and I see both sides of the argument) and year-round flea/tick prevention for both.

This post is not intended to offend anyone, but is simply a means for me to express my frustration with the repetition of content in the veterinary writing world, especially seasonal topics. Though I will undoubtedly continue to write them once my snarky attitude passes (I’ve got to pay the bills somehow after all), I find it a bit dull to say the least. Pet parents are smarter than this.

If you do have any unique ideas that you think are important or useful to help other pet parents prepare for winter with their pets, do please share. There has to be something new to learn out there!

Just for fun – Online Vet Dr. Laci

April 4th, 2012

Bird dog

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This breeder really crossed the line--or several



Happy Wednesday!

Dr. Laci

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How to toilet train your cat, part 2

February 29th, 2012
The Online Vets‘ quest towards a litter-free existence, continued from part 1

toilet train a cat, online vetAfter several days on step 2, which is a solid red bowl that fits inside fake white toilet frame, meaning no access or view of the sparkling toilet water below, we were pretty confident. We have the smartest kittens in the world, after all. I mean Rigby does tricks, she sits, she fetches, and sweet little Mackenzie, well, she just never could do anything wrong and the fact that she somehow convinced Rigby to listen to her without so much as a hiss is proof of her intelligence. Such a sweetie pie.

Anyways, we had the veterinarians’ meeting of the minds conversation where we discuss their future as if we deciding which school to send actual human children to, and we decided our girls are ready for the next step.

Step 3 is the orange bowl, and in the middle of the orange insert, there is a rather large hole. As you go through the steps, you essentially trick the cat into just peeing in the toilet while perched on the rim of the toilet seat. You slowly take away the litter tray and hope they are so used to the toilet, that they accept it and you say cianarra to cat litter–and more importantly, changing it–forever.

And we decided it was time to move onto step 3. Our brilliant kitten minds could handle it! Read the rest of this entry »

Puppy Love

April 6th, 2011

Hump day is hard enough, right?  Here’s a video to get you smiling through the rest of the week.

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Household Substances Can Be Dangerous Not Only to Your Pet, But Also to Your Relationship

March 23rd, 2011
The entertaining chronicles of life as a veterinarian

It was several years ago but I remember that night well.  It was 3 AM on a Saturday morning when I was handed a chart for a three-year-old snorting Bulldog name Bennie that was having problems eating and holding down his chow. The confident rascal was known to eat garbage and the owners, a young bickering couple, reported that he had been left unattended the night before and had made a mess of the apartment.Cute dog chewing slipper

The x-ray showed something large in his stomach displacing food that in all probability was not going to pass. I showed the couple the x-rays and recommended removal through the use of an endoscopic camera. They couldn’t afford that so I told them that there was a small chance that if I made him vomit, I mean, really vomit, that the object may come out the way it came in. They agreed, so I administered the drug and waited.

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Kittens & Toilets: Can they really coexist to make the perfect pet?

January 17th, 2011

Ask a vet: Online vets review their first hand trials and tribulations with the litter kwitter

toilet training cats, vet storiesThis is not a product review, a recommendation or endorsement, and I have been in no contacted by or in contact with Litter Kwitter.  This is just intended to distract you from your life, desk job, boring partner, etc. for a few moments and share with you the comical adventures of two vets doing their damnedest to toilet train their precious and perfect kittens.

Several months ago while Dr. Jed and I were browsing the aisles of PetSmart, a curious item caught our eye. The Litter Kwitter.

We had watched the episode of Shark Tank where the woman presented her toilet litter contraption to the panel of investors and we had taken note. We had even heard from a few clients that had trained their cats (yes cats, not even young impressionable kittens) to successfully use the toilet!

Note to those considering this feat at home: cleaning this litter box is messier than your typical one. I don’t know why, I think it has something to do with how shallow it is, but it is messy, and there is lots of daily wiping and scrubbing. Not for those with a weak stomach.

Dr. Jed and I looked at each other, back at the colorful box, and in our shopping cart it went.

The instructions say that you can start toilet training them as early as 3 months, as they may be big enough to squat on a toilet at this point, but we didn’t want to traumatize the poor little tykes with an accidental dunk in the old porcelain throne if their kitten coordination and balance still left something to be desired. 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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The Dog who ate a glass ornament

December 24th, 2010
ask a vet, at home pet remedy, vet 24/7I love “eves.” I like birthday eves, anniversary eves, New Years Eve, and my favorite is Christmas Even. In honor of Christmas Eve, I want to share a cute pet story to remind everyone to keep their pets safe so we can all enjoy a safe and happy holiday season.

It was several years ago and it was Christmas Eve. I was working at the hospital when a frantic pet owner brought in Charlie, her rather portly golden retriever.

Luckily, his pet parent had given us a call on her way into the hospital, and in doing so, had given me some time to do a bit of veterinary research for something I had never seen (it was my first Christmas as a veterinarian after all).

Charlie had eaten a glass tree ornament.

There are many times the diagnostic tests that a vet recommends are so confusing that the pet owner needs a background in medicine to understand it’s purpose.  This was not one of those times.

The solution?

The super-fancy and medical treatment for having eaten a broken Christmas ornament?

ask a vet, dog health problems, 24/7 vetCotton balls covered in peanut butter.

Feeding Charlie lots of cotton balls covered in peanut butter. As many as he would willingly eat. His nonselective palate this time was both a blessing and a curse, as Charlie would eat most anything, from cotton balls to glass ornaments. Read the rest of this entry »

The Twelve Days of Christmas… with a Puppy

December 8th, 2010

should i buy a puppy for christmas, ask a vet, preparing for a puppy, how to pick a puppyGuestpost By: Jenny Stephens
North Penn Puppy Mill Watch

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On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a little puppy underneath the tree.

ask a vet, my puppy is vomiting, how to tell if my puppy is sickwhat should i feed my dog, ask a vetOn the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, the cost of two cans of quality dog food a day or a $25.00 weekly food bill for the next 15 years.

ask a vet how to train a dog, dog walking problemsshould i take my dog to the vet, ask a vet online, sick dog symptomsOn the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, three walks a day or an average of two hours out of every day for the next decade and a half.

how to tell if my dog is sick, ask a vet, talk to a vet On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, four paws that need regular nail trims at $15 a pop for the next 15+ years. Read the rest of this entry »

A look at some of the other photo contest entries!

December 6th, 2010

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