Due to life, I took an unexpected break from the blog. I needed some time off due to my outside life becoming hectic. But I never stopped thinking about this and knew that I would eventually pick it back up. What have we been up to? Well In November Qwerty and I competed in our … Continue reading And we’re back!
I have been meaning to train Qwerty to a muzzle for a long time. He has never bit any one. He doesn't even growl, unless he is mad at the cats for trying to steal his food. He isn't reactive. I am not sure he has a mean bone in his body. Why on Earth … Continue reading Don’t fear the muzzle
According to the Association for Pet Obesity prevention in 2017 approximately 60% of cats and 56% of dogs were overweight or obese. These numbers are staggering. Working in a Vet Clinic in the heart of winter we commonly hear "Oh, Fluffy has put on weight because it's cold and snowy outside" The truth is those … Continue reading Obesity
I don't talk about this to many people because it's a topic that is a little taboo, but it's a very common problem for any animal that eats. Qwerty has had an issue with chronic diarrhea/loose stool. It's been an on and off problem for about a year now. Diarrhea is an extremely frustrating problem … Continue reading The ins and outs of Diarrhea
It's that time of year again, the snow has fallen, it's getting darker earlier, and the houses are brightly decorated. It is also the season of pet euthanasia. In my experiences I have always noticed a spike of them around the holidays, I have never been for certain why this seems to the the case, … Continue reading How to know when “it’s time”
Qwerty has a cut, I am on the phone with his daycare and my heart sinks. It's behind his shoulder, in a place that will be very hard to heal. Wonderful, he is a young, active GSP and now I am going to have to keep him QUIET? He needed stitches, somehow he got himself … Continue reading It’s just a flesh wound!
The short answer? Yes. In my humble opinion the physical exam is one of the most important parts of the vet visit. Why, you ask? All the doctor is doing is petting my pet, maybe lifting their lip? What can the physical exam really do? We cannot communicate directly with our patients, we needs their owner's … Continue reading Do I really need that Exam?
Periodontal disease or dental disease is one of the most common health issues in our pets today. Many people know about "dog breath", but did you know there is actually something that can be done about it? Halitosis or bad breath is one of the first symptoms of dental disease and it can be controlled … Continue reading At home dental care
September is Suicide Awareness month. It's never an easy topic, but I think people need to talk about it and try to help one another out. Veterinary Medicine has a very high suicide rate matching rates for medical doctors, and police officers and other rescue/disaster workers. Long, irregular hours, high debt to income ratio, and … Continue reading Veterinary Suicide