Speaking of pets

2018 AVMA Conference

2018 AVMA Conference

I woke up in Denver this week. Actually, I woke up Sunday morning at 6:18 a.m. to a series of texts from a client asking when I would be in the office that day. Even when I mentioned that it was six AM where I was, there were a couple more texts. Normally,...

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Animal Care

Torn Cruciate

Torn Cruciate

In the middle of Friday afternoon appointments, I met Bo. Bo was a small mixed breed feist sort of dog who was a little over seven years of age. The appointment said “right back leg limping and won't put much weight on it. He won’t let owner get near it.” Sure enough...

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Vomiting

Vomiting

At the end of a long hard week, I think the theme of the week was vomiting dogs. While there are plenty of highlights to a busy week (Ember is healed enough to be off pain meds; Hava’s ears are much better; Cora’s misplaced testicle was found and removed; Sadie was...

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Sequences for the win

Sequences for the win

Sometimes things happen that rarely would have if it wasn’t for sequences. Willow was an example of a series of sequences. Willow’s sequences started with her dad deciding he wanted to work with animals instead of humans. Rusty started an accredited veterinary...

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Animal Diseases

Respiratory Syndrom in Dogs

Respiratory Syndrom in Dogs

On my way in Friday, my phone rang. Morning phone calls are never good. “Doctor, where are you?” “Seven minutes.” Steph doesn’t care where I am. She wants me there. I can tell. “What’s up?” “Roxie is here, and she is in respiratory distress. We have her on...

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What You Need To Know About Cushing’s Disease

What You Need To Know About Cushing’s Disease

They say things come in threes and such was the case last week. Hydi, Molly, and Dixie were all in for Cushing’s tests. Cushing’s is a disease where too much cortisol is produced by the adrenal gland. Cortisol is a natural steroid produced by the adrenal...

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Cats are not little dogs

How to Teach Your Cat to Use a Litter Box

How to Teach Your Cat to Use a Litter Box

Setting up your litter box One of the most common reasons that cats fail to use a litter box is because it is set up all wrong. Placement is one of the most important aspects of successful litter box usage, so it is crucial to get it right. Each household...

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Creepy Crawly Parasites

What You Need To Know About Parvo

What You Need To Know About Parvo

It started Monday morning at 8:00 a.m. with two black lab/Weimaraner puppies, Tucker and Tank. They were coming from the ER, where they had been diagnosed with parvovirus. Parvovirus is a very common, highly contagious viral disease that is very resistant...

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Gut Feelings

Gut Feelings

I had a feeling standing in the room. I was looking at a young terrier type dog. The owner was a young, very smart elementary school student. She disliked the poster on parvovirus in my room. I calmly explained that all owners didn’t understand like she...

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Wildlife and exotics

Wildlife Rehab

Wildlife Rehab

A busy Saturday morning when I was interrupted with a sealed greeting card. I could see through the envelope that it isn’t hate mail. Even though those are rare, most vets are hurt deeply and remember the few that they get. I know I do. Veterinarians are often accused...

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Ground Hog

Ground Hog

There were a few bleary eyes as Albert headed to a new home today. He came from a not-great situation as a little kit already imprinted. He couldn't be released, and we became quite attached. We got permission to keep him on an educational permit, but Covid has cut...

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Falconry Training

Falconry Training

I have a desk falcon. She is slight, less than a quarter pound, but she certainly has a mind of her own. Falconry is commonly done with locally caught birds or captive raised birds. Most (almost 80%) of the young hawks and falcons die their first year. Being caught as...

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Vet Life and It’s not just a vet life

Technology

Technology

COVID 19 has certainly changed our world. Things that we used to take for granted are now different. Simple things, like moving animals through the hospital or communicating with clients are now more difficult. But through all of this, I have had the knowledge that...

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Stress Relief

Stress Relief

Sometimes it feels like it still should be May. Sometimes it feels like it should be 2021 or maybe 2022. Even practiced introverts like me are starting to feel the stress of social distancing, uncomfortable masks and this parking lot thing we have called curbside...

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Special Patients

Special Patients

It had been a rough week! In addition to the COVID inefficiencies and the rising temperatures of the weather and clients, I had to put two of my favorite patients to sleep. While I love all animals, I don’t think there is any question that Labrador Retrievers are near...

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Out and About

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Howlidays

Christmas Presents

Christmas Presents

It is Christmas time! It is also the season of Hanukkah, Kwanza, Pancha Ganapati, Saturnalia, Bodhi Day and others according to Wikipedia. And while none of these should be known as the time of spending, it is fun to have an excuse to buy things for those we love....

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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...

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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...

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