Hello again. Did you have a wonderful St. Valentine’s Day? Easter? What kind of lovely gifts were given to you? The traditional flowers and chocolates? A teddy bear with a heart? A lovely dinner out, with some dancing or just a romantic time? Hidden colored eggs and colored aluminum foil wrapped milk chocolate?
Well, whatever it was, I hope it reached your expectations. Now we have the next holiday to contend with and to be honest, I probably should have printed these warning months ago, but holidays have a way of continually coming up, so do not despair.
Let’s talk flowers. They are beautiful. They smell good. They come from the heart. But many of them may be toxic to your pet. Did you get some of those beautiful white lilies? Or maybe a Dieffenbachia (aka “Dumb Cane” and other named plants)? You can bring flowers into the house to make your personal space beautiful, but make sure that you don’t make it ugly for your pet. Check with your local grower or florist before bring something in that could be dangerous. (more…)
Hello again everyone. Gosh, I think that you all are going to believe I have a vendetta against the internet, but in reality I do not. I actually love the internet. What a great source of information, gossip, innuendo and misinformation! Wow! And, you can watch your favorite movies and TV Shows. The problems I have with the internet are the opinions that are taken as gospel, and the damage that is then done which is so very hard to undo.
I am talking about all the boards and blogs that have information on your pet’s well-being, and when you get right down to it, there is no information there at all. As a matter of fact, information that is put up on the internet, usually by persons of unknown education, is the bane to my veterinary practice.
I want to state categorically that I DO NOT know everything. But, I do have over 18 years of school, and 24 years of practical knowledge to back up my opinions. So, when I read the marketing hype that gets owners to buy into whatever snake oil is being peddled, it really makes my job/profession difficult at best. (more…)
Hi everyone. Welcome back to my weekly blog. This week I am touching on a subject that affects most small animal hospitals in your neighborhood. Now, of course I am going to be biased to a point on this subject, but I also want you, as a client to realize what affect you have on your local veterinary hospital.
Okay, the advent of the internet has been great! Believe me when I say, I spend probably way too much time on it. In one sense it probably promotes ADHD, but that is another line of thought. Not what I want to talk about today. So everyone knows that you can do a great job of comparison shopping online. You go to your local store, find something and then search on the World Wide Web to find the best price possible for that item you so liked.
Great! You just scored big time and saved a bunch of money. And, to top it off, you don’t even have to drive and get it, then send it right to you! How cool is that? Well, for some of the giant brink and mortar companies, I really don’t think it hurts them because they do it too. But for the small mom and pop shop, it is the death knell of their livelihood. (more…)
Hey all. Well, we are on a roll with another week gone by already. Can you believe that January is already more than half over? Neither can I. Before I know it, another year will have passed. So, without further ado, onward and forward…
Okay, while perusing the latest items in the world of animal and people health, I have been reminded multiple times while reading about tick borne illnesses. So I would like to touch on a few items regarding ticks in general. First off, we are in the middle, nay the high point, of tick season in Marin County. In general, we see the increase in tick activity start around the first cold weather (just after Halloween, which is appropriate for these blood sucking parasites to become more alive) and continues to around the end of May, when it is warmer, hotter and drier. But ticks are also year round around here, just slower in activity. With these creatures, we also find that our pets and us (you and me) become exposed to some of the nasty diseases that they carry. (more…)
Wow, has the month moved quickly again! I cannot believe that the holidays are behind us and it is onward toward a new year. It seems like just yesterday that I was able to see my birthday/Christmas present to fruition. I was invited to go to the Rose Bowl Football Game in Pasadena and watch the Cardinal of Stanford beat the Wolverines of Wisconsin for the 99th Tournament of Roses. It is the second time in my life that I have been to the Rose Bowl Game and the last one ended in a win too for the then Stanford Indians against the Ohio State Buckeyes back in 1972. It was a grand time and really a lot of fun! Not sure how many of you watched the game, but it really did come down to the last 2 minutes of play time. (more…)
Welcome to my blog! I am finally getting this up, along with my site, so that you have something more to do here then just look at the pretty pictures. I am sorry it has taken so long to do, but I have determined that I am the master at procrastination, but mostly for a couple of reasons:
1) I want to get it right and
2) There are so many interesting topics out there and I read them all. Well, not all of them because there are many I miss until recently and then you find out it is, like 5 years old. Where have I been? (more…)