Ember

Ember

I have a new roommate. She purrs. Actually, she has been here for almost two weeks and it is the first time that she has been in my office. The first week she spent in an oxygen cage while it was touch and go. Perhaps I should start at the beginning. I was...

Holiday Letter

Holiday Letter

Yappy Howl-I-daze!December 2019 Wow! Guardian Animal is finishing another record year! We work harder and harder to keep your pets healthy and happy. Of course, there will be emergencies and days, but we are striving to make it work. Our first two chemo patients are...

Holiday Visits

Holiday Visits

This holiday season when you go home to visit your family, don’t forget to check on the animals. Older family members may not physically or mentally be able to care for their pets. Younger family members may not be stepping up to take responsibility for the care of...

Farkle

Farkle

I first met Farkle two months ago. Farkle was in for her annuals: her vaccines and tests that we recommend every year. Farkle’s heartworm, Lyme, Ehrlicia, Anaplasmosis and stool sample were negative. The owners noticed that the skin was turning black and Farkle was...

Cystotomy

Cystotomy

Recently, we have done three cystotomies. A cystotomy is a surgery where the bladder is opened up and explored or examined. In these cases, the urinary bladder was opened to remove stones. All three were female dogs. In two dogs, I could feel the stones grating on...

Valid Client Patient Relationship Required

Valid Client Patient Relationship Required

Apologies to Dr. Seuss. I am a vet. Vet I am. I am a vet. Veterinarian-I-Am. That's Doctor-I-Am! That's Doctor-I-Am! I do not like that Doc-I-Am! Write me a health certificate, Doctor, please. Only I can’t come in for an exam. Do you like orange scrubs or stripes? I...

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...

Buddy

Buddy

I don’t think there was a dry eye in the hospital. It was Thursday on a week that had been long by Tuesday. Many of us had issues at home that were stressful at best. All of us try hard to leave home at home and work at work. We couldn’t continue if we didn’t. But...

Vaccines

Vaccines

I had a shingles vaccination Saturday. My shingles vaccine reaction started that afternoon. A vaccine is a weak or small part of the disease that trains the immune system. The idea is that it prepares the body to fight the disease without the disease symptoms. I do...

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...