To my non-single clients, especially the young-and-in-love

I’ve been in relationships before that are just like yours. You met, fell in love, and eventually moved in together. Obviously the next step is to get a cat or a dog to add some more love to the home. You will get a bunny and you will name him George and you will love him and pat him and squeeze him. Love, love, love. Continue reading

Rescues need a remedy

dog-187817A study came out last year from the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science listing the most common reasons that people give for surrendering their dogs to shelters.

They list behavior (specifically, biting) at number 10. There is an argument to be made that the percentage of animals relinquished for behavior issues is much higher than this. Continue reading

They didn’t call, they didn’t write…

7 Ways to Minimize Lab Result Anxiety

Today I watched an interesting episode of The People’s Court. (Yes, I admit I watch it; I’ve even been known to PVR it. Don’t judge.) In this installment an owner was suing a veterinary clinic for failing to advise her that her dog had a serious illness. Usually these cases end up being a clear case of miscommunication, or unrealistic expectations on the part of the pet owner, but this one was a bit different. Continue reading

BINGO!

Print one out for every member of your staff and have a contest. Bingo dabbers not required! We would take about a year to have a blackout here, I think – the hardest to get would be flowers and foxtails. And probably birds, since I don’t see many pet birds. We might have to go for a single lines or an X or something to start. Have fun!
Vet clinic bingo

Windows to the soul

Seen in a recent medical record from another clinic:Cat eye

“Unable to perform meaningful ophthalmic exam. Dog feels that the bright light is the tunnel to heaven, and emphatically doesn’t want to go there yet. Will not allow this to happen even with a muzzle on, not a battle we are going to win. Slightly more sanguine about allowing my gaze (without illumination) to rest on her eyes briefly, at least long enough to ascertain a lack of redness and clear corneas. The deeper mysteries of the eyes will have to remain unexplored.”

More on pet food

I wanted to share this HuffPo article today. It is an insightful look at the pet food industry and pet food marketing.

Looking For The Safest, Healthiest Pet Food? Good Luck With That.

There are some stats in it that you should note – particularly the rate of contamination of both raw and commercially processed foods with organisms like Listeria and Salmonella. We are all familiar with Salmonella, but Listeria is more frightening. It causes meningitis in infants (it’s the reason obstetricians recommend pregnant women avoid soft cheeses) and has a very high fatality rate. Scary bug.

I was heartened to see this article in the section where it belongs – politics.

Who’s protecting you from the quacks?

photo credit: shot_1303867480190 via photopin (license)

photo credit: via photopin (license)

I recently read an article by a human oncologist, wherein she made a profound statement that nicely encapsulated my feelings about the inherent conflict surrounding public protection and the practice of alternative medicine. She said that “…a doctor can face reprimand for inadvertent error but an alternative practitioner can get away with intentional harm.” Continue reading