Sweet Senior Dog in Need of Home

 Hi! My name is Skipper. I am a 13 year old neutered Jack Russel Terrier. My owner was a wonderful mother to me, but she is not able to take care of me anymore. Like any senior pup, my health isn’t what it used to be. I am blind and my hearing isn’t very good. I do not get along with other dogs, but my best friend is mom’s cat. I love to cuddle and sleep– when I’m not going for walks and playing with mom’s grandkids! I am allergic to beef, but I am very happy eating Iams Chicken and Rice, especially because my mom puts real boiled chicken and rice in it to make it taste even better! I am looking for an older person who can go for walks and love me.

If you think that we would be a good match, please call my friends at Midland Animal Clinic at (989) 631-0220 and ask for Amanda.

Love,
Skipper

 

Sweet Senior Dog in Need of Home

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Thinking Warm Thoughts

I thought this was a nice Friday post (and I just love this blog!) My dog, Derby, is the same way at home, even refusing to let me sleep until she is tucked in, securely, under the covers.

Dog bed

Here is Derby snoozing on her bed.

Dog sleeping in sunlight

Aaaaannnd laying in the sunshine. =)Do any of you have pets at home like this??

-Amanda

Marking Our Territory

It’s no secret that Eko is obsessed with our fire place.  If I make a move for the wood pile Eko’s tail starts wagging as he hops on the couch to snag prime fireside position.

Rhodesian Ridgeback,pet adventure

When the fire is roaring, Eko’s usual likes/wants become insignificant.  He loves walks, but Eko will moan and groan if I try to take him on one while the fire is going

Like dog treats, fires at my apartment are for special occasions.  If it was up to Eko, every minute of every day would be considered a special occasion, but alas, that is not the case.  However, Eko has discovered a modern convenience that is almost as good as a fire.  A few months ago I bought a space heater for our little corner of the room.  As it turns out I also unknowingly purchased the new love of Eko’s life.

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Preparing for Spring!

Nothing makes me happier than being able to announce that spring is on it’s way! We are heading for mud puddles, fog delays, and (dare I say it) driving with the windows down. Soon our clothes will be covered in hair from our pets shedding their winter coats, and spring cleaning will be jump started by muddy footprints across the kitchen floor. However, being prepared for spring is going to take a little more than a FURminator Deshedding Tool, and some floor cleaner. There are some health issues that can become more prevalent as we move into warmer weather that you should be aware of.

FLEAS and TICKS– Is there anything more irritating or hard to get rid of than these pests?! “Fleas rarely jump from one pet to another, as is often thought. Instead cats and dogs pick them up from infested environments. This could be your garden, the local park, a friend’s house – any place where an animal that has fleas, such as a rabbit, hedgehog, fox or another cat or dog, may be found. Infested animals leave flea eggs behind wherever they go. New fleas hatch from these infested environments once they sense the warmth,carbon dioxide and vibration an animal such as your pet creates, and jump onto them.” (uk.frontline.com) The FDA has a lot of helpful information on fleas and ticks that I would recommend reading up on to become more familiar.

HEARTWORMS– Our clients are so good about coming in for their yearly heartworm check, but many are only purchasing prevention for the summer months. We highly recommend treating for heartworm year round. The Heartworm Society has some great information to help you understand what heartworms are and why prevention is a better option than treatment.

INTESTINAL PARASITES– These are what we test for when we have you bring in a stool sample. Not your favorite pastime, I’m sure, but it is important. Some symptoms of internal parasites include vomiting and diarrhea, lack of appeite, skin and coat problems, lack of energy, pot bellied appearance, itchiness in the rectal area, and anemia. Even more alarming is the fact that some internal parasites, such as roundworms and hookworms are transferrable to humans! Here is a list of common parasites for you to peruse.

LEPTOSPOROSIS– Leptosporosis is a bacterial infection that dogs most commonly contract from muddy, marshy areas heavy with wildlife. Dogs will typically come into contact with the leptospira bacteria in infected water, soil, or mud, while swimming, passing through, or drinking contaminated water, or from coming into contact with urine from an infected animal. You can find some handy information about Leptosporosis and the Lepto vaccine here.

BORDATELLA– Bordatella, more commonly known as “Kennel Cough” is very highly contagious among dogs. It is inflammation of the trachea and bronchi in the lungs. Symptoms include a dry, hacking cough (may sound like honking), retching, watery nasal discharge, and sever cases may experience lethargy, pneumonia and death. Unvaccinated puppies and dogs are most likely to experience severe symptoms. A breakdown of Kennel Cough can be found by clicking the link.

As you can see, there is a lot to be aware of in the coming months. MAC is here to answer any questions that you may have about your pet’s health. You can call us at (989) 631-0220 or visit our website, and we would be happy to schedule you an appointment for your pet’s wellness visit, or answer any questions you may have. We hope to put your mind at ease, and protect your furry friend so you can enjoy the beautiful weather that is to come!

-Amanda

Paper Lite

Anyone who has been in to MAC lately is sure to have noticed some changes.  We are in the process of changing from our paper files to “paper lite”.  We started the change on January 15th, 2013, and boy!  Is it ever a lot of work!  Our staff is learning areas of our computer system that had never been explored before, and doctors and techs are learning to adjust their appointment routine to accommodate all of the additional computer data inputting.  But most of you know all of this…

Therefore, the reason I am choosing this topic for todays post is I would just like to say THANK YOU.  Thank you to our wonderful clients for their patience as we ask for you to check that your contact information is up-to-date…again; as you get yet another reminder call, because there were several kinks in switching our phone system over to our new server; and as there has been a slightly longer wait time as we are learning just what information we are inputting, and where.  We are getting faster!

We really do appreciate you choosing to bring your animals to us, and we are trying to continue to offer you the best and most up to date services and care that we are able.  Please, if you have any comments or suggestions, hop on over to our website’s Testimonials page and let us know.  We love hearing from you!

-Amanda

California Fire Department Equips Oxygen Masks for Pets

I stumbled across this article today, and thought it was pretty amazing!

Ventura County Fire gets oxygen masks for pets.

I know that being a pet owner, I have done what I can to ensure my pets will be safe in the event of a housefire. I have posted the signs for the fire dept (This household is home to 1 dog.), I have planned in my mind how to get her out if it happens while I am home, but I have also resigned myself to the fact that my planning may not necessarily mean that my pets are out early enough that smoke inhalation or other factors will not be a problem. This is why I believe that what Ventura County Fire Department is so brilliant!

Relying on “blow by” methods from human oxygen masks is not an efficient means of getting a pet who has suffered from oxygen deprivation an adequate amount of oxygen. Supplying masks shaped to fit the muzzles of dogs and cats, like what we use here at MAC, is much more effective. I am aware that not all fire departments have the funding to do something like this, but what a great model to follow if the county has the means. I’m certain that any pet owner has worries and concerns about keeping their furry family member safe, same as I do. There are now pet owners in Camarillo, CA who can rest a little easier, knowing their pets will be taken care of. Bravo, Ventura County! Bravo!

-Amanda

Humane Society of Midland County offering half-off special for World Spay Day

Just wondering what you guys think of this article…

World Spay Day Tuesday: Humane Society of Midland County offering half-off special on adoptions.

I am happy that they are offering an incentive for people to to bring some of these animals home, although I hope it doesn’t encourage those who are unable to afford continuing care for the animals (food, vet care, etc.) to bite off more than they can chew. So to speak.

Bringing a shelter pet home is a wonderful experience. There is no animal more greatful than one who has lived in less than fortunate circumstances. However, I encourage you to please make sure that you are ready for the commitment that a pet will be for the next 10+ years.

And if you do adopt, CONGRATULATIONS! Bring them in to see us, or send us a picture! We would love to see the new addition to your family!

-Amanda

Yellow Dog Project

This morning before work, while eating a bagel and scanning through FaceBook, I saw this picture posted by my friend on my newsfeed.

TheYellowDogProject.com

I think this is BRILLIANT! What a wonderful way to make others aware of a dog that needs a little extra space!

I am the owner of a dog that could greatly benefit from this catching on. She was rescued from some very unfortunate circumstances and while very friendly with her furry housemates, and other dogs that she has gotten to know, she is very fearful of other dogs while on leash. Most likely because she knows she doesn’t have the means to escape. This project is a great way for the two of us to enjoy our walks without having to worry about dodging the advances of very friendly pups along the way.

Check out their page and spread the word! The more people in the know, the better!

-Amanda

Holiday Pet Safety Tips!

It’s that time of year again! Houses are dripping with yards of garland, shiny glass bulbs and strings of twinkling lights. While this is surely a winter wonderland for you, there are a few things to remember to keep the holidays merry for your pet.

Christmas Tree

Anchor your tree. Cats that like to climb an dogs that bound through the house may knock it over. The tree may fall on your pet, or scatter your ornaments that were once out of reach of your pet, providing a range of shiny new toys for them. If you have a live tree, guard the base to discourage pets from drinking the tree water. Stangnant water grows all kinds of bacteria, and your tree may have been coated with fertilizers and pesticides which could end up in the water. It’s safer all around for your pet to stay away. Also, try to refrain from decorating your tree with food, such as stringing popcorn and berries. Pet’s will be more inclined to pull down a tree that smells delicious. Fragile ornaments should be hung high on the tree, far away from swatting paws and wagging tails.

Tinsel and Garland

Cats especially like to play with this stringy, shiny stuff, however, if your cat eats it, it can cause intestinal upset and blockage. It may even result in surgery! The same goes for confetti from your New Year’s celebration. It’s best to keep it out of reach or closely monitor your cats.

Food

There is plenty of rich holiday food to go around, and no doubt your pet will be begging for table scraps, but please refrain from feeding an abundance of rich fatty foods to your furry friend. It could result in GI upset and diarrhea. Do not feed your pet chicken or turkey bones, as they can splinter and cause additional stomach issues. If you are having lots of company in the house, please remind them not to feed your pets from their plates, and no matter how crazy your party gets, never feed your pet any alcohol. Foods to avoid are: chocolate, alcohol, uncooked dough, fruits and nuts, wrappers and aluminum foil, and any medications. Also, keep an eye on your trash can! Even though you may not be offering your pet food, it is still available to them with a little ingenuity.

Plants

Pretty holiday pants can add a beautiful, festive flair to your home, but beware that many holiday plants including; holly, mistletoe and poinsettias are poisonous. Keep them safely out of reach of your pets.

Candles and Lights

Do not leave lighted candles unattended, and use appropriate candle holders on a stable surface so they are less likely to be knocked over. Holiday lights should also be closely monitored, and wires and batteries should be kept out of your pet’s reach.

Gifts

If you are giving your pets toys this holiday season, make sure they are safe and appropriate. Do not allow pets to play with your childrens toys as they may have parts that can break or be swallowed. Also, please DO NOT give a pet as a gift unless you are certain it is part of the family’s plan. Pets are not just a bit of holiday fun, they are a big commitment. Make sure the recipient is able to handle the responsibility that comes with being a pet owner.

Last, but not least, enjoy your pet this holiday season! There is nothing quite as cozy as seeing your dog curled up in front of the fireplace, or your cat batting around the opened wrapping paper. They love the season just as much as we do. Happy Holidays from us here at MAC.

Proud to be AAHA Accredited!

If you are a client here at Midland Animal Clinic, you’ve surely seen, or heard, that we are AAHA Accredited.  We have it proudly posted on our sign out front, in the lobby, on our website and on FaceBook; but what does that mean exactly?

AAHA stands for the American Animal Hospital Association.  They are an association of members who primarily treat companion animals.  AAHA created the Accreditation Program to help set at higher standard of care for companion animals, create a better working realationship between veterinary staff, and provide clinics with a way show their dedication to excellence with their clients and community.

Here at Midland Animal Clinic, we have been Accredited since 1966.  We undergo an intense evaluation process every three years in which we are evaluated on over 900 standards.  Some of the areas on which we are graded include: patient care, surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, pet health records, cleanliness, emergency services, dental and nursing care, diagnostic imaging, anesthesiology, and continuing education.

Of all of the small animal practices in the United States, only 15% are Accredited through AAHA.  We are very proud to be the only clinic in Midland County with this achievement!