Prescott, AZ Daily Courier: When Willie was abandoned by his family, he landed on the streets of Phoenix and was caught by animal control officers. They took him to Circle L Dog Rescue Ranch in Prescott Valley. So far, it’s sounding like his day couldn’t have been worse, right? Little did he know it was […]
Jeff Kahler: Fleas become resistant to typical treatments
This resistance is passed on generation to generation among the fleas rendering the product less and less effective. This may indeed be happening with Frontline. It is for this reason that I have stopped recommending Frontline for flea prevention in my …
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Advice on caring for your canine friends
For prevention, flea and tick collars are helpful, but nothing beats a systemic topical treatment applied to Shep's neck, topline and base of the tail. Some owners are disenchanted by topical treatments because the fleas don't immediately roll over …
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In the depth of my despair when Apollo was dying, the medical resident at the specialty hospital made a comment I will never forget.
He was dying of a blood clot, a sequelae of hyperthyroidism and heart disease. I was in shambles, having come home from the gym to find him immobile on the couch, and rushed in straightaway, sweaty and spandex-y. I scribbled his medical history as quickly as I could, which the resident pored over with her intern as I sat in the room planning to say goodbye. I knew at that point it was coming, I was just waiting for confirmation of the diagnosis.
I had checked ‘yes’ to allergies, in the interest of being thorough.
“What allergies?” the resident asked.
“Food allergies,” I said. “Chicken.”
She paused, and shared a knowing glance with the intern. “And how do you know this?”
I blinked. “I’m sorry?”
“How do you know he has food allergies? Did you just assume, or did you actually test him?”
“I….I did an elimination diet, 10 weeks…not the full 12…. but it was obvious by that point,” I stammered, though what I really wanted to say is “WHAT THE HECK (ok maybe another word) DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH THE PROBLEM AT HAND?? WHO CARES HOW HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH AN UNRELATED MANAGED CHRONIC CONDITION A DECADE AGO??”
But you know, I just sat there because what are you going to do.
Now, I understand that a teaching hospital is going to teach, but from the patient perspective I suppose I would appreciate the teaching being limited to the issue at hand instead of using an emergency cardiac event to make a point on dermatology. I don’t know if it was that, or the way she asked the question as if she were sure I was going to give the wrong answer, that rubbed me the wrong way. I also had to tell her not once but twice that I didn’t want to hospitalize him on the off chance his clot might dissolve enough to give us another month at home. We didn’t hit it off.
Fortunately I didn’t see her after that and was turned over to the lovely cardiologist who looked and talked like Oberyn Martell and understood when I said, “Please confirm my suspicion so I can give him a peaceful goodbye at home”, but it really reminded me, from the other side of the table, how hard it is to be a patient advocate for our pets. I knew what I was doing and I still had to push a little. It was a lonely experience.
It’s even worse in human medicine, as this ER physician who was hit by a car will attest to. Without someone who knows what’s going on to oversee the process and keep the focus on the overall wellbeing of the patient, things fall through the cracks. Flustered and underinformed family members get confused. Specialists focus on this problem or that problem and not the patient. How can we do better?
In human medicine, many hospitals now have designated patient advocates who serve as an invaluable liaison between a family and a healthcare provider. In veterinary medicine, it’s not something I’ve ever heard of, so we’re stuck with ourselves, the vet clinic, or the internet to help us make sense of complicated issues, to understand why the vet wants to do this or that and to empower clients to make informed decisions, including “No.” It’s not the ideal system, clearly.
I wonder if people would benefit from a neutral third party patient advocate group in veterinary medicine. I think things are only going to get more complicated from here on out, and as both a patient and a vet I think that sort of thing could only help. Food for thought.
Have you ever felt confused and not sure how to proceed with your pet? Would it have been helpful to have a pet care advocate to serve as a liaison?
Bonnie Odem Harlan, Founder of Prevent Pet Suffocation, brings awareness to pet parents in Memory of her Beloved Furry Angel, BLUE.
Dogs are dying daily, and it CAN happen to your beloved pet… to any of our pets!!!!
Be sure to cut the top and bottom of the bag off completely before throwing it away, and be certain snack bags are never left anywhere your pet may have access to one… not even an unaccessible location! Hide them up above in a closed cabinet or pantry, out of sight and smell.
When a dog puts their head into the bag and begins to breath, a vacuum seal is created preventing them from removing the bag.
I just received notice of the fourth doggie this week — rather, the fourth owner whom has come forward and brought the unfortunate news to Prevent Pet Suffocation’s attention, sharing their dog has died as the result of suffocating in a Frito Lays bag or similar snack bag. Last week a dog suffocated with their head stuck in a plastic animal cracker container. The numbers are increasing rapidly, and, most likely, there have been many other unreported deaths.
Visit Prevent Pet Suffocation’s Facebook page and read the stories… so extremely sad! More importantly, please go to their web site and sign the petition to have warning notices printed on the bags!!!
The original article appeared on MADMIKESAMERICA… after reading Bonnie’s heartbreaking experience, I’ve been following Prevent Pet Suffocation and helping spread awareness by sharing her story about Blue, as well as the horrific posts from many devastated pet parents, in an attempt to save other beloved pets’ lives.
Helping to keep beloved furry babies healthy and safe… and pet parents informed!
I’ve Got the ‘Scoop’!, LLC, in Palmyra
Question by : My pet cat wont stop scratching everything!?
I have a very young cat, maybe 9, 10 months old that is a very affectionate playful cat, however she will not stop scratching up the sides of chairs, ive tried spraying her with water, clipping her nails, put lemon essence on the chairs, ive starting smacking her butt when every she starts scratching it but her thinks its a game and attacks back… help!!
Answer by chicka
does she have a scratching post?
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Feisty wedding photographer Hannah McDermott has dealt with her share of difficult brides. But none can compare to the ultimate Bridezilla she’s dealing with now. Still, she’s trying desperately to impress Bella Neeley, Galveston Island’s most sought-after wedding planner, so she can take the top spot in Bella’s list of recommended photographers–a spot currently occupied by her arch-rival, Drew Kincaid. What she doesn’t count on, however, is falling head over heels for the competition.
With her contagious humor and cast of quirky characters, Janice Thompson gives readers more of the bridal business drama they want in a brand-new series all about those long-suffering people who make beautiful weddings happen. Readers are desperately waiting for more of Bella and this new series brings her back in a big way, while introducing new characters fans will love. Fans will laugh out loud as they experience this breezy and entertaining novel from a great storyteller.
What better way to show him—and his sweetheart—what he’s missing in the brand new Bobbie Jones than taking up with the town’s local bad boy—who’s also reputed to be a serial killer. Nick Angel is devilishly handsome and sexy as all get-out. In a word, perfect.
It’s all going exactly according to plan…until a real murder rocks the little town of Cottonmouth. Of course, Nick didn’t do it…did he?
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Anbefalt soundtrack til denne teksten er Mighty Mite March av Ted Mesang, en friskus av en trudelutt, som fører deg i hoppende steg rett over heien. – Du skal ha lapp, vet du! Jeg var ikke forberedt. Jeg var en lykkelig vandrer i uskyldsrene St …
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Le voile ne cache pas l'immonde
Le concept de l'étranger qui mange le pain des français. Absolument tout le reste de la politique du FN est fonction de ce qui est dit au journal de 20H. Ils s'offusquent ou insistent sur ceci ou celà sans vision autre que la politique de la carotte et …
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[Dossier] La série Batman : The Brave and The Bold
Il y en a peut-être à ce stade qui se disent : 'Ça me fait mal de voir les gamins de DC Planet courir derrière cette série tout simplement parce que finalement, ils connaissaient pas celle des années 90′ ou plus simplement 'Quoi ? Ils osent faire un …
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Have you checked out this awesome storage for Lego’s?? I am drooling over this right now!!
I have so many Lego’s for the child care children that I would probably need two of these but these are just what I need and the colors are perfect for the Lego’s.