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Archive for August, 2010

     Last week, I considered blogging about disaster preparedness during storm season.  I decided not to because I thought it might be a bit of a downer, and, anyway, there weren’t any big storms on the horizon.  That changed over the weekend.  No one has suggested so far that we’ll get much more than a glancing blow from Earl, but it does make one consider what to do in the event of a more direct hit.

     To help you consider all angles of your evacuation or shelter plan, the American Veterinary Medical Association has compiled a booklet called “Saving the Whole Family (Disaster Preparedness Series.)”  When the AVMA says “whole family,” they mean pets, too.  Many folks discover the hard way that storm shelters set up for people will not accept pets.  Also, pets come with a laundry list of supplies needed to keep them in good health during evacuation.

     The booklet, which provides pre-evacuation and post-crisis advice, is available at our office for $2.  As a benefit, $1.50 of the purchase price will be donated to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation Animal Disaster Relief and Response Fund.  The Fund will be used to cover costs associated with medical treatment for animals, animal care, medical teams and supplies in storm-damaged areas.

     While the booklet is chock-full of good advice, you must still do some research of your own.  Do you know which animal shelters in town are willing or able to take in pets during a hurricane?  Is your pet guaranteed a spot at the shelter?  What supplies and documentation will be required?  There is no time like the present to learn about your options – don’t wait until the trees start bending.

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     Each month, we welcome new patients and say “good-bye” to others.

Welcome:

  • Gangster Kitty
  • Miley
  • Harley
  • Sonny
  • Lilly
  • Gideon
  • PT
  • Trouble
  • Yogi
  • Nikita
  • Roxie
  • Lizzie
  • Abbie
  • Magic
  • Bella
  • Oliver
  • Calvin
  • Goldie
  • Sisko
  • Baby
  • Little Man
  • Valkyrie
  • Ricky
  • Jeffe

In Memoriam:

  • Taffy
  • Milo
  • Ginger

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What is the simplest thing you can do to help maintain your pet’s oral health?  The old answer used to involve feeding Milkbones to dogs, but what about our cats?  The new answer is this:  add one teaspoon of Oxyfresh Pet Oral Hygiene Solution per quart of pet’s drinking water.  Oxyfresh has no taste, odor or color to discourage your pet from drinking its water.

Oxyfresh goes to work in your pet’s mouth, cleaning food debris off teeth after a meal.  It can eliminate foul breath odors, and it reduces plaque and tartar buildup to defend against periodontal disease

     The benefits are most notable when starting with a clean mouth, as in puppies or kittens or after a professional teeth cleaning.  However, any time is a good time to take action in preventing or slowing oral disease in your pet. 

     Ask for Oxyfresh Pet Oral Hygiene Solution during your next visit to our clinic.

Buddy models for Oxyfresh

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Schedule Update

     Our office will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 6th.

     We will also be out of the office on Saturday, September 11th.

     Please make a note of both dates as we will be unable to provide services or medication refills on either day.

     For emergency services, contact the Tidewater Animal Emergency and Referral Center (evening) at 499-5463 or the Greenbrier Veterinary Emergency Center (daytime) at 366-9000.

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Schedule Update

     Just a reminder, Dr. Miele’s next day off is Thursday, August 26th.  The clinic will be open limited hours for patient information and retail sales.  We are unable to fill prescriptions in the doctor’s absence. 

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What’s In a Name?

     I once heard a great piece of advice:  when choosing a name for your child, first yell the name about ten times in a row at the top of your lungs.  That is how you’ll be addressing your child for many years, so it had better have a nice ring to it.  The same likely holds true for pets, although I have to believe that not every pet owner has first considered what he or she will sound like when shouting at a wayward cat or dog.  Why do I bring this up?  Because VPI Pet Insurance has released the Top 50 Wackiest Pet Names of 2010.  Here is a small sampling:

Dogs

  • Pickle Von Corndog
  • Badonkadonk
  • Flopsy Squeakerton
  • Lady Chuckles of West Oak
  • Hunkapapa Honk

Cats

  • Admiral Pancake
  • Optimus Pants
  • Chenoa Azure Marshmellow-Puff
  • Aziza Star Rocket
  • Foofoo Tinkerbelle

     I like to think that last one is owned by a big hairy biker dude who often has to call Foofoo Tinkerbelle to come in for her din-din.  You can read the rest of the list here.  Disney movie fans will recognize number 34 on the cat list, Cosmic Creepers, as the cat belonging to Eglentine Price in “Bedknobs and Broomsticks.” 

     Be sure to read the list carefully.  If your pet’s name does not begin to approach the absurdity of Ninjastar Dangerrock or Eskimo Ebony Heather Feather, you’ll just have to resort to calling to it in a loud whisper, the better to save yourself the embarrassment of having a pet with a purrfectly reasonable moniker.   ~~  Jen

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Pet Blessings

        

St. Francis ministers to the animals

      If you’ve been to our clinic, you may have noticed the picture (above) of St. Francis.  Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals and the environment, according to the Catholic faith.  Many churches around the U.S. emulate St. Francis’s love for animals by organizing pet blessings in October.  Two such churches in our area are Christ the King Catholic Church in Norfolk and Trinity Episcopal Church in Portsmouth. 

     Now, I realize it’s a bit early yet to announce the local pet blessing events, but as I was searching for a “happy” topic (as promised), I thought how nice it would be to have a special little blessing at the ready for our pets in the privacy of our homes.  And then I raised my eyes heavenward and caught sight of St. Francis hovering in the air above my desk.  [In all fairness – and so you don’t call the men in white coats on me – St. Francis is actually in a frame, which is hanging by a chain looped around a nail.] 

     I’m willing to bet St. Francis was most at peace when ministering to the animals.  Oddly enough, he did not win the title of patron saint of veterinarians – that honor instead goes to St. Blaise.  By now, all the non-Catholics reading this have no idea who I’m talking about and would rather I get on with the business of blessings.  So here it is… 

     I discovered a website called AnimalChaplains.com (http://animalchaplains.com/BlessingsforAnimalsandCaregivers.html) and I hope they won’t mind my borrowing three of my favorite prayers found on their site and attributed to others. 

Franciscan Pet Blessing
Blessed are you, Lord God, Maker of all living creatures. You inspired St. Francis to call all animals his brothers and sisters.
We ask You to bless this animal. By the power of Your love, enable it to live according to Your plan. Amen.

Dear Father, hear and bless Thy beasts and singing birds; and guard with tenderness small things that have no words.  – Author Unknown 

A Blessing for Animals 
Blessed are You, Lord God, for all living creatures You have made. 
You keep them in Your care and not one of them is lost without You knowing. 
They glorify You, each in its own way, and speak to us of Your beauty and love. 
Bless them and keep them from harm. They unquestionably accept their place in the rhythm of Your creation. 
May we respect them and cherish them for they are Your gift to us; through them may we come to know You better and praise You, their Creator. 
Blessed be the love and joy that they bring to us.
Amen. 
~ From www.MyCherishedPet.com 

     Whenever I am especially worried about one of our patients or my pet, I pray for its recovery.  Naturally, we rely on modern medicine as well, but prayer just feels good.  Do you have a favorite blessing or prayer for your pets that you’d like to share?  Please tell us about it.  ~~  Jen

 

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