Around Easter, many pet stores stock up on hot items including live chicks and rabbits. These animals are often given to young children as presents. After Easter the number of relinquished rabbits and chicks overwhelms many shelters. The current proposed bill will result in extremely young and delicate chicks, ducks and bunnies being sold as Easter gifts. These fragile beings will also be dyed further inflicting unnecessary distress in these animals. The dyed appearance will cause…Continue
Added by Mitsie Vargas DVM on March 31, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments
October is celebrated as Adopt A Dog/Adopt a Shelter Dog Month across the US. This observance helps shine a light on the needs of the millions of dogs in shelters and rescues across the country who need homes.
Although accurate numbers are hard to determine, it is estimated that about 4 million pets are euthanized each year. What makes this more tragic is that an estimated 17 million people will bring a new pet into their home during this year.
Added by Mitsie Vargas DVM on September 29, 2012 at 10:53pm — No Comments
Dogs are a fantastic addition to any family but like all youngsters they need training. If you do not train your puppy now it will take a serious amount of help from a training school to get him to be obedient later on. Puppies just like babies learn mostly…Continue
Added by Woman to Woman Magazine on August 6, 2012 at 12:46pm — No Comments
Polk Government Television has sided with pet lovers and animal welfare by committing to a monthly educational show about pets called Pet Connection. I am honored to be a partner in this venture and be able to live my passion of educating the public about…Continue
Added by Mitsie Vargas DVM on February 12, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments
The sad state of the economy is affecting all of us thus changing the way we spend our money. I've seen many pet owners try to save money by buying less expensive dog food, trying internet pharmacies and skimping on monthly preventatives and grooming services. I am…Continue
Added by Mitsie Vargas DVM on November 11, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments
October is a busy month full of activities that cater to dog owners. The great weather and the hint of the Holidays converge to create several great events in which our Hospital is proudly participating.
The first event that I fully endorse is…Continue
Added by Mitsie Vargas DVM on October 12, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments
Biscuit is a sweet looking pug that suffered through a string of health issues that resulted in her being abandoned. She was very weak on her hind legs, extremely thin, pale and lethargic. She was not able to play or exercise for more than a minute or she would faint. She was acting depressed and unlike the happy go lucky attitude of her breed. The worst issue was the urinary incontinence which made it very unappealing to have as a…Continue
Behavior issues are seldom simply due to one issue. Genetics, environment and early experiences all play a role. In addition any medical conditions or even medications can contribute to behavior changes. Therefore, your veterinarian is the BEST person…Continue
Added by Mitsie Vargas DVM on August 6, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Veterinarians have long told pet lovers about the importance of good dental care. However, danger is lurking. Conscientious pet owners are being misled by aggressive marketing of a ‘fad’ option, “Non-Anesthesia Pet Dentistry” (NAPD).
This trend, using unlicensed and unsupervised individuals, advocates non-anesthetic techniques that may actually be harmful to…Continue
Lasers are now being used to help heal wounds or provide pain relief for arthritic pets!
Photobiomodulation is the fancy word that describes how a laser is used to stimulate cells in an animal’s body. Unlike a surgical laser that uses a high energy output, lasers used to heal and relieve pain use a…Continue
Added by Mitsie Vargas DVM on March 7, 2011 at 8:29pm — No Comments
In a recent Fox 13 news story they sounded an alarm for all the pet owners that sleep with their pets. They cited an article on the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal where the authors call out a concern about allowing your pets to sleep with you. Citing more than 100 zoonotic diseases that can be passed by…
I just treated a case where a dog ingested a whole bag of hersheys kisses, aluminum foil and all! The dog as big and after inducing vomit we recover all the offending kisses but it brought to mind all the other cases where dogs and cats have eaten strange things like plastic flowers,dvd covers,earrings and coins.
Why do our pets eat these weird things in…
Added by Mitsie Vargas DVM on February 16, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments
Tammy gets credit for this funny!
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE PETS,
THIS IS A TRUE STORY.…Continue
Added by Kim Cleghorn on August 16, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments