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People in Maryvale, Arizona were being terrorized by roaming packs of Chihuahuas and there was no room for them at the local shelters. The story, being too bizarre/funny to remain local, spread across the country. It probably wouldn’t have gotten much play if they had been roaming packs of Rottweilers or Pit Bulls, but Chihuahuas… The story probably got more exaggerated every time it was reprinted. The publicity got the attention of shelters in the…
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We love you to death

Veterinary medicine, the happiest field on earth, land of puppy butts and kitty snuggles and Pet Doctor Barbies in hotpants, or so they told me when I was 10.

Or perhaps it is the land of crushing student debt, clients frustrated that they are priced out of affordable care, and the unending mental strain of not being able to make every client happy and whole at the price they want you to provide it for.

Maybe it’s somewhere in between, but to be honest it seems to me like it’s leaning a little more towards the latter than the former. It wasn’t always this way, and yes, there are plenty of vets who still tell you they couldn’t imagine doing anything else, but for many, they can. And do. I was shocked to see how many of my colleagues- good, smart, compassionate veterinarians- have left the field. It happens a LOT.


Kitty snuggles may not solve all the world’s ills, but it does help a whole lot.

Burnout rates are high, depression is rampant, and though the world was shocked to learn veterinarians have the highest suicide rates of medical professionals, no actual vets seemed too shocked by the news. The truth is, this is a tough, tough field, and the toll it takes is financial, physical, and mental, each and every day. We are expected by society and each other to buck up and put your own needs on the backburner, day after day after day, and it. wears. you. down.Justine Lee has a great article on the topic: one in four vets have considered suicide.

Last week, a colleague followed through, and our field is all the less for her loss.

It might surprise you to know that while our field tiptoes around the concept of compassion fatigue, it’s not regularly acknowledged as an almost inevitable part of what we do. Those who feel the strain are often left to feel guilty and disappointed in themselves for feeling that way. When the timing is wrong, when the wrong case hits at the same time as a broken water main or someone delivering a court summons, it can be very easy to forget that there is a way through that mess.

Animal lovers are deeply sensitive by nature, and I think both animal care providers and clients may be prone to those intensities of emotion that can veer into unhealthy places. I’ve dedicated my work the last year or so to acknowledging we need to do a better job supporting the emotional needs of our clients, but the truth is we need to so the same for our own.

I sincerely hope our field is able to provide better support for our own in terms of learning to cope with the unique stressors of this career, that those support groups that exist within the veterinary community are not kind of shoved in the corner to be sought out in desperation but held up as a standard for healthy venting and encouraging each other to live well and live outside the clinic.

I bring this up for several reasons, namely because I was very saddened by Dr. Koshi’s death and the circumstances surrounding it. I want my colleagues, especially those of you who are young and still learning how to do this vet thing and do it well, to understand that we all know how hard it can be. The internet has not made this easier. We need to be able to rely on each other and on the profession as a whole.

If any of you are struggling, please reach out, to your friends, to a hotline, to me, I don’t care who you reach out to but just stick your hand out and wave and we will take it. I am happy to hear multiple veterinarians including Dr. Lee, Dr. Myers, and others at NAVC met up to discuss what we can do to be more organized in our support of each other and stop being ashamed of admitting sometimes, this field is HARD.

And for you non-vets, because I know many of you are amazing clients, I want to thank you for being the kind of people who make going to work worthwhile. You are the reason we continue to pull our lab coats on every day.

RIP Dr. Koshi, and know that we will acknowledge and remember the wonderful work you did in this world.

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Tickets are on Sale for South Jersey’s 1st Pet Symposium – “Integrative Care and Responsible Pet Parenting”

South Jersey’s First Pet Symposium – “Integrative Care & Responsible Pet Parenting”


Saturday, April 5th, 2014,  at the Palmyra Community Center, 30 W. Broad Street, Palmyra, NJ 08065
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Everyone shall enjoy a day of live, hands-on demonstrations and lectures, in small groups, and have an opportunity to speak with some of the most respected veterinarians in NJ!!

See Symposium Details for interactive links to read about each veterinarian and pet professional speaking, purchase tickets, and get directions.

There will be free food and drinks, attendees will receive a free giveaway bag with pet products, great prize giveaways, and much more!

100% of the money raised shall be donated to the selected 501(c) 3, Non-Profit, NO-KILL Animal Charities below… to help them continue making miracles happen!!!

Animal Adoption Center
All They Need Is Love Animal Rescue
Lynn’s Animal Rescue
Randalls Rescue
Paw It 4ward Foundation Rescue

Some Exhibitors will be: 

Pet Valu Cinnaminson 
Certified Pet Therapy Dogs /Canine Good Citizens – Bright and Beautiful Furry Angels 
Villa La Paws Resort & Spa
Pet Loss and Grief Counseling: Debra Bjorling, Hamilton Pet Meadow 

An assortment of lovely raffle items are being donated… so be sure to get your tickets!!!

Parking is free, and the Community Center is just 1 block from the Palmyra RiverLINE Train Station.

Thank you to our extremely generous sponsorHousePaws Mobile Veterinary Service for making this informative community outreach day dedicated to animal lovers possible!!!

Additional huge thanks to our talented event photographer, Valerie Bruder Photography, who will be donating her time and excellence to photograph the event, and Networks Plus for their ongoing technical assistance, and Cinnaminson Pet Valu for their incredible sponsorship and giveaway products!!!

If you have any questions, please call me @ (856) 906-7111.  I’ll be happy to assist you!

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Looking forward to seeing everyone there!!!



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Before It Got Cold Again

 The other day was gorgeous! I was actually out in just a sweatshirt.  I had to leave my jacket on the ground because I was dying of heat stroke!

We went to the beach – although I couldn’t tell what was sand and what was ice. And neither could the dogs. :)  Lacey had a blast and I aimed my camera at her for the most part as I haven’t seemed to have taken many photos of her lately!  Coulee and Amy have been stealing the show.

Not surprisingly we were out there all by ourselves. :)

It’s now back in the -1,000′s but at least we had a few days of “decent” weather.

On a complete subject change….  I’ve been trying to get a photo like the one below for a while. It makes me think of all those dogs that people just dump in the country and then drive away from. I’m not really sure what they expect their dogs to do… live of the land? find a friendly farmer? starve and die out of sight?  Anyway,  I have always imagined a sad dog walking down an empty road with the car driving off, dust billowing up behind it.  There is no dust, but it’s probably as close as I’m ever going to get!  

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Boneheads of the Week: The Teens Who Manhandled a Dog and Posted the Video on Facebook

We already had one Bonehead of the Week – a man who poured hot sauce on a puppy – but we had to bring you couple of more: Two teens are now in custody after posting a video to Facebook showing the brutal treatment of a Pit Bull puppy.

Facebook user Coats Keshawn posted the video on Tuesday, according to the New York Daily News. His account is now shut down. The video shows a teen picking up and body-slamming a Pit Bull puppy twice, and then jumping on the puppy and punching the dog in the face multiple times before dragging him toward a house. The teen appears to be acting out wrestling moves in an effort to be funny; both teens — the one beating up the dog and the one filming — can be heard laughing throughout the video. 

The dog is meek and scared and confused; he does not fight back, except for one tentative nip at the beginning of the abuse. He is clearly a pet, being treated horribly as a lark, a joke. With the boys displaying such a casual attitude toward abusing a dog, one wonders how long this sort of treatment has been going on. They think abuse is funny.

After Coats Keshawn posted the video, the reaction was immediate, and the video went viral as thousands of people shared the video — and their outrage, posting comments like “What’s wrong with you?”

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Missouri's Humane Society got wind of the video and immediately launched an investigation. 

"Plain and simple, that's animal abuse," said Mike Perkins, director of the Missouri Humane Society's abuse task force. "We're following up as many leads as we can. ... Once we were able to piece together some of that information we contacted county police and had our investigators meet them."

St. Louis County Officer Brian Schellman, a spokesman for the department, said police began getting calls from outraged people around 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch

“Apparently, this was a Facebook post that spread far and wide pretty quickly,” Schellman said. “We’ve gotten about 50 calls from people nationwide.”

The suspects in the video were quickly identified and were soon taken into custody. Perkins says he wants them punished to the maximum extent of the law, and he says he is encouraging prosecutors and the police department to file every charge applicable. 

The teens have been charged with animal abuse and are being held at the St. Louis County Juvenile Justice Center. The case is being handled by the St. Louis County Family Court.

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Fox 2 caught up with the mother of one of the teens who was headed to go see her son at a juvenile facility. 

“I’m shocked about what happened, because I didn’t think my son could do something like that, no way,” she stated.

Fortunately, the dog seems to be fine. Animal control officers say the dog is doing well and may eventually be put up for adoption. A staff member reached on Thursday afternoon told the St. Louis Post Dispatch that “the dog is safe and there’s an open investigation.”

The video was removed from YouTube, but if you want, you can still watch it here. Caution: The footage is graphic.

Via the St. Louis Post Dispatch and Fox 2 

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Let’s Play Headline BINGO: This Story Involves a Dog, a Blind Woman, and a Nudist Colony

In most neighborhoods, you’ll get in significantly more trouble for walking with no clothes on than for simply taking the dog out for a stroll. That’s true even where I live, and I reside in freaking Berkeley. Around here, you can get away with almost anything so long as you sort your recycling correctly.

But for Sharon Fowler, the situation is the exact opposite. She rents a condominium in a nudist colony, and while she’s quite free to take a walk in the buff, the management of Paradise Lakes Resort (NSFW link) wants her black Lab, Laura, gone, on the grounds that she exceeds the 25-pound limit for pets.

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But Laura isn't just a pet. She's a service animal who helps Fowler get around every day. A condition called Churg-Strauss Syndrome, which causes blood vessels to inflame and cut off circulation to organs, has blinded her, and she is in the process of going deaf. Since she was diagnosed four years ago, she has undergone 13 operations; she takes 15 medications daily.

"Laura is literally Sharon's lifeline to the outside world," her husband, Craig, says. "It keeps her from being restricted, and able to function. As long as Sharon is with Laura, I have no worries. I know she is in more than capable paws."

The Paradise Lakes Condominium Association doesn't see it that way. In August 2012, it sent a letter to the Fowlers' landlord, telling him not to rent to the couple because of the dog. If he did, the association said, he would be fined $ 50 per day.

When the Fowlers moved into the community, they were required to complete an application and undergo a background check, during which they they disclosed Laura's weight (about 70 pounds), and Sharon's need for her. But since then, the management has demanded more documentation about Sharon's medical condition. Shortly after the letter was sent to her landlord, Sharon Fowler went into the office to deal with an unrelated matter. The manager, she says, began questioning her about her condition and why she needed Laura.

"I was in tears and becoming hysterical," she told the Tampa Tribune. "It was intimidation. He was drilling me and drilling me over and over again."

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The Fowlers are now embroiled in a lawsuit with Paradise Lakes, seeking $ 15,000 and to be allowed to stay in their condominium.

"She wants injunctive relief to make sure she doesn't get harassed anymore," the Fowler's attorney, Jessica Thorson, said. "[S]he's also seeking damages for her mental anguish and her humiliation for just being harassed this whole time, and under the Fair Housing Act, she can seek that."

Paradise Lakes has not made any statements to the press while the litigation is going on.

"People need to know you don't treat people like this," Sharon Fowler said. "Paradise Lakes needs to know, I may be sick, I may be legally blind, but I'm not going to back down. They're not going to bully me."

Via Tampa Bay Times and Tampa Tribune


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Older Dogs Health Problems

Older dogs health problems can start occurring as soon as a dog is eight to ten years old, depending upon the breed of the animal. The most common health issues in older dogs include arthritis, heart disease, dental problems, and diabetes.

Arthritis is one of the most common medical conditions that affects older dogs. About one in every five pet dogs will develop some form of arthritis during its lifetime. And like arthritis in humans, arthritis in dogs cannot be cured. The good news is that arthritis in dogs is not inevitably hopeless. There are effective treatments on the market today that can help ease your dog’s symptoms, allowing your pet to live a longer, active life.

There are several causes for arthritis in dogs. The condition can be genetic, as is the case with hip dysplasia, and it can also develop as the result of an infection or an immune disorder that affects the dog’s joints.

Symptoms of arthritis in dogs include: weight gain not caused by excessive overeating, sleeping much more than usual, a decreased interest in playing or going on walks, favoring one leg more than the others, hesitancy climbing or going down stairs, acting less alert, having a lot of difficulty standing, and appearing to suffer from pain in the joints.

If the arthritis is not severe and advanced to the point that your dog cannot walk at all without the aid of braces or a wheelchair, the best thing you can do for your pet is to put it on a daily regimen of Winston’s Joint System, an all-natural formula developed by a Naturopathic Doctor to heal his own dog. For over 20 years this proven formula has been bringing relief from pain and stiffness to all breeds and ages of dogs.

Older dogs are very susceptible to the development of heart disease, including heart attacks, strokes, and congestive heart failure. Serious heart problems occur more frequently in overweight dogs. An older dog’s diet needs to be low in carbohydrates and fats, and it needs a moderate exercise program so it will be less likely to develop a heart condition.

After a dog reaches the age of 3 or 4 it will often develop dental problems. This happens when a dog doesn’t receive proper dental hygiene during its younger years. Adding kibble to a dog’s canned food diet will help keep its teeth and gums healthy. The slight tooth abrasion offered by dry dog food cannot be achieved when a dog eats a diet consisting solely of soft or wet food.

Plaque deposits on a dog’s teeth can easily turn into tartar which can’t be removed by simple brushing. Tartar buildup is the beginning of gum and periodontal disease. A dog with periodontal disease is susceptible to other internal health problems because bacteria can easily enter the dog’s system through its receding gums. Some dog chew treats have abrasive surfaces that help remove plaque deposits and keep a dog’s teeth healthy.

Some older dogs’ health problems include a lack of control over their bladder and they will urinate in the house. In addition to being caused by aging, urinating (or defecating) in the house may also be an indication of a urinary infection or some other medical condition like colitis, hormonal imbalance, kidney problems or diabetes.

Older dogs are more susceptible to developing diabetes, especially a dog that is obese. Diabetes is caused by an increased level of glucose in the blood that the body is unable to properly assimilate. A dog may need insulin shots or other prescription medicine to manage the diabetes.

Older dogs can also have hearing or vision problems just as older humans often do. If you are responsible for an older dog you need to be aware of the serious problems that can affect a dog’s health simply because it has grown old.

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