Posts Tagged ‘Winter holidays’

What to get your vet for the holidays? An online vet review!

December 19th, 2011

online vet reviews, ask a vet, what to give your vet for christmasPerhaps it has never crossed your mind to get your vet something for the holidays, but there are a number of pet parents that do shower our clinics with tokens of appreciation. (Thanks guys!  You are in the minority and are appreciated!)

It is almost always in the form of desserts. Cookies, brownies, homemade candy…our lunch room overfloweth with endless calories that most of us really don’t need.

Instead, this year if you would like to share the holiday spirit with your vet and their staff, I would encourage you to give something of lasting value that also happens to be free—a positive online vet review.

It’s no secret that angry people are far more likely to go the trouble of ranting online with negative reviews than satisfied customers.  It is no different in the veterinary world.

As a veterinarian, I have received many handwritten cards, letters, and thank you notes from clients over the years; I cherrish and keep every single one. They warm my heart and remind me of why I am in the veterinary profession, which all the thankless irresponsible pet parents our there do a pretty damn good job of sometimes making me forget.

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Fun pet videos

January 28th, 2011

Just for fun, and in honor of the snow wall that keeps hitting us, Dr. Laci and I went sledding yesterday.  It somehow makes the four hours we spent shoveling seem less painful–well, actually we are quite sore, but you know what I mean.

Our guys were not nearly as amused by the sleds as this brave doggy!

Would you take your dogs sledding, or would you be worried about injury? If you have taken them, did they seem to like it?

-Dr. Jed

The Top Ten Pet Owner Mistakes to consider for New Year’s Resolutions

January 1st, 2011

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10. Purchasing a pet out of spontaneity. Think the puppy in the window is adorable and irresistible? How much work can they really be? Think again. Learn where your puppy came from, and be educate yourself about what you are committing to when you bring your pet into your home.

9. Skimping on obedience training. I am a veterinarian and not a trainer and am not about to begin recommending a training program for you, but it is absolutely crucial that your pet is trained. Think the biting puppy is cute and harmless now? Wait until the 65 lb dog bites your child or a stranger in the face.

dog mass, bump on dog, find a vet, good veterinarian8. Not getting a second vet opinion. Your vet wants to watch that mass on your dog’s belly or listen as the persistent cough progresses into pneumonia? All vets aren’t created equally, and some just plain don’t listen. Find one that does. Read signs that you have a good veterinarian and things not to do at the vet.

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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 »

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 »

Jasmine Needs Your Help

December 21st, 2010

dog health problems, dog skin problems, dog health illness symptomsYou may remember her from her guest post “Leak under the Kitchen Sink.” Jana Rade is one of the most dedicated pet owners I have encountered, and now she and her family are in need of our help.

Today’s blog will be dedicated to helping Jasmine. Jasmine has had a difficult road as a dog, suffering from one medical mystery to the next. Lucky for Jasmine, she was blessed with truly loving and committed pet parents that didn’t stop when veterinarian after veterinarian dismissed their list of abnormal dog health symptoms.

Though it has taken many surgeries, and avenues of treatment, both traditional and eastern, Jasmine has pulled through each battle triumphantly. Now though they are faced with the horrible reality of being having no more financial funds and the decision is upon them that no pet owner ever wants to face: how far can we go for treatment?

For Jana and her husband Jerry, it really is a matter of can and not should. Jasmine is merely troubled by a skin infection this time, a fairly common dog illness, and they do want to continue treatment, but are simply tapped out. Please read their story here, and consider contributing. Every dollar helps.

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Our Portly Pets: Obesity Epidemic Reaches Pets

December 20th, 2010

ask a vet, what should my dog eat to lose weight, fat dogAs the holidays are upon us, many of us will find ourselves packing on some extra padding around our midsections as we go back for seconds, thirds, and midnight snacks. Before sharing these multiple meals with your beloved four-legged kiddos, think about this number: about half of the U.S.A.’s dogs and cats are overweight.

The obesity epidemic, especially in America, does not just affect over-fed owners, but now more than ever effects our pets.  The reasons, however,  are the same.

Increased food intake

Unhealthy food choices

Convenient fast food.

As if this weren’t enough to pop the button on our pants, we demand more escalators and moving walkways, thereby become less physically active bordering on lazy.

ask a vet, ask a vet online, is my dog overweight, dog health problemsFollowing hand in hand with our rear ends resting more on the couch, it is likely that your pooch is resting idly as well, either on the sofa with you or at your feet. Our pets suffer the same negative consequences of obesity as people are.

Among the list of diseases that can result from obesity, not just in people, but yes in Fido as well?
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Do you know how to winterize your pets?

December 16th, 2010

How to Keep your Pet Safe & Healthy this Cool Season of the Year

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1. Proper shelter and bedding. For the outdoor pets, make sure that they have adequate shelter, such as a dog house with appropriate bedding to shield the cold. Proper bedding is help support pets with arthritis. For the indoor pooches, while many dogs enjoy sleeping on cool tile in the summer, make sure your pet has a comfortable place to sleep this winter—if they aren’t taking up half your bed, that is.

2. If you decide to bring your pets into the garage, make sure they don’t have access to dangerous substances. Anti-freeze and rodenticide poisonings all increase during the winter as pet owners allow their pets into garages without realizing the dangers their pets are exposed to.

cat health issues, what is toxic to dogs, how to winterize your pets3. Bang the car hood! Cats are known to climb into car engines to stay warm. I have unfortunately lost more than one feline patient brought in to the ER after the car engine was started. Please bang on the hood, honk the horn, AND locate your feline before you crank the ignition.

4. On a lighter note, be sure to make sure your petite and less furry pets are appropriately clothed. While certain breeds of dogs are fully equipped with their coats to blaze a winter blizzard, our petite chihuahuas are certainly not.

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Suited for the cold vs. suited for a cozy dog bed by the fire

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Pet Presents: Giving in it’s many different forms

December 15th, 2010
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Dogs in Diamonds: What's wrong with this picture?

As the holidays are right upon us, I have been nothing short of shocked at the ritzy and expensive gifts that are on the market for our four-legged family members.

Louis Vuitton pet carriers for $2100, doggy diamond collars for $378,000 and home pet spas for over $1200?

Actually this last one may have some hydrotherapy benefits depending on it’s features that could potentially save owners of dogs with limb injuries some money over the course of a lifetime.

I am honestly surprised a market for these extravagant gifts exists, but then again, I don’t have jewelry or Louis Vuitton on my Christmas wish list.

I guess the point of giving your pooch $3000 cologne is your pet will honestly love it. Of course, they would honestly love a new boomerang squeaky toy just as much, but it is without doubt that pets are much more gracious and appreciative at receiving gifts than we are as people.

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With pets, there is no baggage, no ulterior motives, and no fear of misinterpretation. Which is why we love our pets so much!

Unconditional love.

While we did spend some money on our pets this Christmas, I think their real joy will be some extra lap time and love, or for the dogs, a trip to the park off leash when we get our first big snow.

If you haven’t purchased a gift for your pets, consider giving something else entirely. Read the rest of this entry »