Speaking of pets

Pet Festival

Pet Festival

“Having a party, dancing on the ceiling” was playing on the radio the other morning and it is still running through my head as I try to write. Having a Festival (apologies to Sam Cooke) We're havin' a festival Celebratin’ the wildlife. Rehabbed by Guardian At the Med...

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OVMA

OVMA

“Where did you go on vacation last week? I tried to get in and you were out.” “Vacation? I haven’t been on vacation in about 18 months. Oh, last week I attended a conference to get my continuing education.” Actually, most conferences are a lot of work....

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World Rabies Day Award!

World Rabies Day Award!

We won!! “Did you see The Big Fix won the World Rabies Day Award?” I hadn’t seen it. I had meant to check. I knew the award was being announced on Nov 3rd or One Health Day, but I had worked, then ran to The Greenup Holiday Market before it closed at two....

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Animal Care

Don’t Eat That

Don’t Eat That

Derby came in during the time of ice and no power for many, including my house. This 16-month-old doodle wasn’t feeling well. Derby was not eating well, but the first thing I noticed was that she was walking hunched over. This is often a sign of belly pain. COVID has...

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Circle of Life

Circle of Life

COVID 19 has probably changed the rest of our lives. Everyone who is alive now will change in some way. While I am quick to point out the ways these changes have not been ideal (just ask my best friend), not everything that is COVID 19 related has been bad. I must...

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How to Spend More at the Vet

How to Spend More at the Vet

I’m getting a late start to my article writing this Saturday afternoon because we had an emergency come in after we closed. While some of us finished up the end of the day procedures, four staff members and I stayed and worked with the emergency patient for almost two...

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Animal Diseases

Kick Cancer’s Butt

Kick Cancer’s Butt

Shhh! Don’t tell. We are having cake Tuesday. It seemed appropriate since we are celebrating. We even designed and ordered shirts: green shirts with a wiggly dog butt. The celebration is a tad bittersweet, but it is a celebration regardless. Kick Cancer’s Butt We put...

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Coprophagia

Coprophagia

My yellow lab, Whiskey, eats poop. Technically is it known as coprophagia, the consuming of fecal matter. And it is a frequent complaint of dog owners. It can cause gastrointestinal (GI) upset, intestinal parasitic infection, transmission of infectious disease and...

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Miracles

Miracles

We first saw Rusty in mid August. The 27 pound, red male fiest mix was about nine years old and had been vomiting blood since April. He now had a bloody mucoid stool. The owners had not been ignoring the problem and various things had been tried at another vet, but...

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Cats are not little dogs

FIP Plan

FIP Plan

I first met Lola on the kitten plan. She was a Norwegian Forest cat and had come from a cattery in Wisconsin. This was my first experience with a Norwegian Forest cat. Known as the Skogkatt in its native Norway, they are large, semi-long-haired cats with a rugged...

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Cat Friendly

Cat Friendly

I have been working with a new software to create new exam room videos. While I think the animation adds something to it, this is the text of one that I have been working on for the last few weeks. Cats are amazing creatures and they make wonderful pets, but there are...

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Ember Update

Ember Update

Remember Ember? Seems she has a fan club. Ember was the cat that was in the house fire and wasn’t found for a couple of days afterward. She has been through a lot. There was more than a week in the oxygen cage. The heat and smoke damaged her lungs and they didn’t work...

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Creepy Crawly Parasites

Heartworms

Heartworms

The recent rains have produced swarms of mosquitos. Getting the pups out of the truck, I paused and slapped my arm. Three mosquitoes died from the single slap with two that had fresh blood. As I removed them from my arm, I thought it would be a banner year for...

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Parvo

Parvo

It is parvo season. One of the local rescues has had a few pups at the vet and it is fall. ‘Tis the season. Parvo is a very common disease year-round, but spring and fall seem to be even worse. Puppies are most commonly hit, but that is only because dogs get it the...

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Ticks

Ticks

After doing a bit of yard work, I am reminded that while ticks are not my favorite animal, they certainly are amazing. Like many animals, ticks start as an egg. The tick that hatches from the egg is a larva and only has six legs. Counting legs is one of the ways to...

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Wildlife and exotics

Isopods

Isopods

I’m blaming it on Michelle from the Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners, but the truth is, I really don’t need help getting new pets or into something new. At least my newest pets are reasonably inexpensive and fairly low maintenance. I have several new groups of...

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Common Loons-not common here

Common Loons-not common here

When I left the office yesterday, I looked down and saw bird poop on my shoe. I thought it's not every day that you get pooped on by a loon. Technically she bit me too. Loons are not common in our area. When I texted a friend to help me with it, he ignored my first...

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Mr. Focus

Mr. Focus

I had tears this week. Not that I don’t care about all of the ones that we lose, but I have protective mechanisms set up to protect me until it is nighttime. Then it is too late for tears. Mr. Focus got through those protections. Most of my Facebook friends have seen...

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Vet Life and It’s not just a vet life

Pet article; Power out

Pet article; Power out

The power went off about 1:30 am Wednesday night/Thursday morning.. I heard a pop and immediately woke up to the world being too quiet. I leaned over and turned the switch on the light. The room remained dark. Since it was the middle of the night, I snuggled with new...

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Power’s out. It’s cold.

Power’s out. It’s cold.

Wednesday night’s ice storm took out our electric along with many others. When the power was lost, we lost lights, internet and heat. Pretty much everything is electric at our house.  Electric heat, stove, refrigerators, freezer, everything. We live far enough out...

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Training

Training

 January 31st is the last day that it is legal to capture a bird for falconry in Kentucky.  Mike and I had decided that it would be cool to have birds that could hunt together.  Jim, my red tail hawk had recently finished her rehabilitation and had been successfully...

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Out and About

Guardian Animal Medical Center 5K

Guardian Animal Medical Center 5K

I think everyone is starting to go a little stir crazy! Things are starting to open up, but it is clear that the world is not the way that it was. Our two teams have reintegrated, but social distancing, masks and curbside will be in our future for a while. To be...

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Blue Green Algae

Blue Green Algae

I am camping this weekend. Although camping with a kitchen, bathroom and air conditioning does seem like cheating, I am old enough to have earned it. It has been a busy week! Major medical cases, intensive care cases, taxes, employees headed to college, new employees...

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Found Dog

Found Dog

I was talking to my best friend when I pulled in the driveway and saw ears and a tail. It was dark and the front of the truck blocked the body, but I was pretty sure, but not positive, it was a medium to large dog. We are a bit off the road and away from...

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Howlidays

Let the New Year Begin

Let the New Year Begin

 I gave myself a gift for the holidays and took a month off writing.  My best friend said I couldn’t write about all the stresses of COVID again for a while and I needed a break, but the text came in from my editor at 1:02am last night that he didn’t have a 1/5...

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New Year’s 2021

New Year’s 2021

New Years is a big holiday for me! Not New Year’s Eve, that seems too much gluttony, excess and lateness for my age, but the start of a new year. A time to reflect on where we have been and where we and especially I am going. The whole staff will get together next...

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Cat’s Night Before Christmas

Cat’s Night Before Christmas

A Cat’s Night Before Christmas (apologies to Clement Clarke Moore) Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, wait did I hear a mouse? Among the stockings by the chimney did he dare, I mean, really? St Nicholas soon should...

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