I can't tell you how many times the issue of euthanasia comes up when I tell people what I do for a living. Most of the time they say something like “I couldn't do that-I couldn't bear to put an animal to sleep. That must be the hardest part of your job.” How do vets feel about it? Before I go any further, let me introduce myself for those of you that don't know me.
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I laughed so hard when I got this email from one of my site subscribers. It's a funny story called “Pet Diaries”. It is supposed to be a diary entry from a dog and cat living on the same house. Let me share a little bit of the cat's diary so you can get a flavor…The cat writes the following in his diary: Day 483 of my captivity.
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Our question this week was: Doctor - have you ever seen the video of the cat that keeps flushing the toilet? It is very funny. I saw it once but can't find it. I wanted to show it to my sister. Thanks - Abby - Charleston, WVA Answer Hi Abby- thanks for your email. I have seen that video and you are right - it is very funny.
Welcome to the months of fall 2014 into winter and 2015, combined with spring, and summer-four seasons that promise change and bonding for humans and their dog(s). As this year heads into autumn full of holidays and novelty it may be both exciting and challenging for you and your dog. Enter the last three week pesky Mercury Retrograde period in October 2014 (a time when communication is delayed or misunderstandings happen).
Hunting for those eggs is great fun and helps include the dogs in family celebrations. If you already have Easter egg hunts for your children, you may want to also do one for the family dog. However, since chocolate can make dogs sick (and can even be toxic) two Easter egg hunts need to be set up: one for the kids with candy, and one for the dogs with dog treats.
Pets can give us a tremendous amount of love, affection and devotion. Doesn't everyone deserve that? This is an interesting and controversial topic. And, I have to admit, it is a difficult question to answer. The Pet Place editors have asked me to give this question some thought, and after thinking long and hard I'm ready to speak my mind.
Close to eight years ago, life dealt Leana Beasley an unfair hand. She was in Panama where her husband was serving in the U.S. Army, when she suffered a brain injury after she slipped and tumbled down a long flight of stairs in their apartment. For the next four years she suffered terrifying seizures - sometimes a series of them several times a week.
This year the AKC celebrates its 131st anniversary and for the 24th year in a row, the Labrador retriever is once again America's favorite purebred dog, according to registration numbers tallied by the American Kennel Club. The AKC released the figures and, as in past years, the Labrador far outstrips the other dogs in the top 10.
What vaccines does your cat really need? This is a question commonly asked by cat lovers everywhere. Cat lovers want to do the right thing, protect their cat but at the same time minimize risk of problems to their cat and avoid unnecessary expenses. In this article, I'd like to address this question.
I'll admit it right now - this is a slightly goofy topic, but real. Before I go any further, let me introduce myself for those of you that don't know me. I'm the Irreverent Veterinarian. I speak my mind and give you my honest opinion. I won't sweet-talk you or sugarcoat the truth. I tell it like it is - to you, the drug companies, the pet product manufacturers, professional breeders and pet owners.
Dachshunds - Dachshunds are interesting little dogs that have a lot of personality. They are loyal dogs with a nice long lifespan. The breed is not particularly active but enjoys walks and play time. Although they can be somewhat stubborn, they are reasonable family dogs. Generally, they are gentle dogs and not extremely aggressive.
I recently saw a client that gave all their own shots to their dog and puppies. One of the puppies came down with a disease that is generally prevented by vaccination - called Parvovirus. This brought the issues of pet owners giving their own shots to my attention. The Irreverent Vet speaks out about his true thoughts.
The avian flu, also known as the bird flu or the H5N1 virus, has become an increasingly prevalent topic in the news. The question pet owners ask is “Can their dog or cat become infected with the bird flu”. The bird flu most recently made news April 2015 when over 5 million laying hens in Iowa had to be destroyed after tests confirmed an outbreak of avian influenza.
All businesses get complaints. Complaints to veterinarians are no exception. After being in the veterinary profession for years, I've seen clients complain about a number of things. Their wait was too long, the receptionist was “rude”, the shot hurt their dog more than last time, their bill was too high, their 20 year old cat had treatment and died anyway.
Our customer service department gets a lot of email from dog lovers about every type of question you can imagine about dogs. Recently, they forwarded some emails they thought were suited to me, the Irreverent Veterinarian. They knew that I would speak the truth regardless if pet owners or other veterinarians liked it or not.
The avian flu, also known as the bird flu, has become an increasingly prevalent topic in the news over the last few years. The bird flu most recently made news in April 2015 when over 5 million laying hens in Iowa had to be destroyed after tests confirmed an outbreak of avian influenza. A strain of the influenza virus, also known as H5N1, usually infects poultry or wild birds and has spread to more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Your Dog, the Owner's Manual , Dr. Marty Becker's book on owning a dog, is perhaps the most comprehensive, practical, and needed piece of writing on the subject ever! From the foreword by Dr. Nicholas Dodman, acclaimed author in his own right, to Dr. Becker's friendly writing style, this is not just a good read; it is a manual that should be in every dog lover's home.
1. Cats should have a litter before they are spayed. This is not true. Cats that have a litter before they are spayed are not better for it in any way. In fact, spayed cats are healthier and have eliminated the risk for life-threatening uterine infections. 2. Street cats are always healthier than purebred cats.
Even the most well-meaning of pet owners make mistakes. I see it all the time. They may be doing something to TRY to help their pet but actually do harm. Even if they think they are understand their dog or another animal properly it can go totally wrong. Many of the mistakes pet owners make is due to a lack of experience in that particular situation or problem.
A while back there was a front page article in USA Today with this headline: “Letting pets sleep next to you can make you ill, experts say.” Headlines do make people look and read. Yes that is true. And this was one of those headlines. There are two issues I'd like to address about this article: 1. Was it irresponsible of the press to run this type of headline and to report this information?