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THE REAL STORY ABOUT CANINE INFLUENZA

One day a few weeks ago, my animal hospital was suddenly swamped with calls from worried pet owners about reports they had been hearing regarding outbreaks of canine influenza in larger cities in Ohio. Before I even had time to check into these reports, I was getting texts from a sales rep asking if I […]


A Couple of Soldiers’ Stories

Last month, I attended the Purdue University Fall Veterinary Conference. I try to go to this every year for a few reasons. First, it gets me away from the scarlet and gray colors that permeate every possible thing in the state of Ohio. I love getting to see the black and gold of Purdue University. […]


Football Season

For the most part, I love this time of year. As summer turns to fall, it is football season again! There is really no way to miss the start of football season in this football-crazed state. While approximately 89.2% of pet owners coming into my clinic are either wearing some sort of Ohio State apparel […]


THE HOPE AMONG HEARTACHE

This prison dog program has been going on at Allen Correctional Institution (ACI) for many years. The fortunate dogs that enter the program are picked from shelters and each are assigned to an inmate. Inmates can only be in this program if they meet certain criteria. It is a reward for good behavior, but can […]


MAYBE I DO KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT

Over three years ago I wrote an article titled “The Real Problem with Corn for Dogs”. I wrote the article out of frustration regarding the current trend of some pet foods declaring that grain-free foods were without question the best foods to feed pets if you truly wanted the best for them. They proudly declared […]


NEW TOOLS TO STOP THE ITCH

After many years of having dogs, I finally have a dog with allergy problems. Our eight-year old Labrador, Bea, started showing signs of seasonal allergies last year. Before that she had occasionally had a hot spot flair up, but last year she had a stretch of a couple months of itching that needed treated. During […]


THROUGH MY EYES

I really don’t like to see them sad. Lately, they just seem to be upset whenever they are around me. I can tell they still really love me, but their hugs last longer and they often have tears in their eyes when they talk to me and tell me how much they love me. I […]


PATIENCE FOR THIS PATIENT

An “Amber Alert” had been issued for Jeseppi. Jeseppi’s owners had adopted him as a three-week old kitten while they were in New Mexico. He had been found so covered with fleas and ticks that he had to be completely shaved to get himself cleared of these parasites that can kill such a young kitten. […]


Gertie McGoogle

I’VE TRIED EVERYTHING! My technician, Jen, came into my office to let me know my next patient was here. She told me Gertie McGoogle was here with her Chihuahua, Mad Dog, and she was beside herself. Fleas had taken over her house and she had no idea where they could have possibly come from. She […]


FOREVER THANKFUL

A couple days before Veteran’s Day, I was working a shift at the local veterinary emergency clinic. It had been a fairly quiet night. The most serious case I had seen was a dog that had been hit by a car and came in with some bleeding from the nose, but amazingly no other injuries […]


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