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.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, pet blog

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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

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!

Veterinary Technicians Week!

Here at MAC, we know we couldn’t do the things we do without our technicians.  We are lucky to have on our staff five talented full time techs: Justina, Tiffany, Tara, Sarah and Courtney, and five Urgent Care techs: Sarah, Abby, Nicole, Jennifer and Amanda.

Our girls love what they do and it shows.  I asked a few of them to tell me why they enjoy working with animals.  Justina, who has been with MAC for 14 years says, “It’s rewarding to help with the care of people’s beloved pets.”  She would know, she has five beloved pets of her own! When asked what sticks out as something she really enjoys about her job, Amanda thinks that, “This is a job that pulls at your heartstrings a lot of days, but it’s always a great feeling to send a pet home in much better shape than they came in.” and adds, “and the puppies and kittens.  No one gets enough time with puppies and kittens.”  Our newest technician, Sarah, has been here three months now told me, “I’ve wanted to work with animals since I was very young.  Being a technician gives me the chance to help not only the pets, but the owners as well, through client education on how to give their pets the best care possible.  There is a great sense of accomplishment that stems from that.”  We are very happy to have her as a part of our team!

Dr. Moll says about our techs, “In some ways I get jealous of them and the work they do because it is so ‘hands-on’ with the pets.  Deep down that is why most vets go into vet medicine – so they can touch and work with the pets.  However, not all pets like being ‘touched’ and that is when I most appreciate the job the techs do.  Our Midland Animal Clinic techs do a great job keeping me on track and schedule.”  We certainly try!

Some of the responsibilities of a technician include: client education, preparing for the doctor’s next appointment, trimming nails, weighing pets, taking temperatures, drawing blood, running bloodwork, giving fluids and injections, taking x-rays, entering computer charges, setting up for surgery, assisting with surgery, cleaning instruments and repacking surgery packs, reading fecal and urine samples, monitoring hospitalized pets, giving medications, refilling prescriptions, calling clients, tracking inventory, cleaning rooms and treatment area, and documenting everything. They are busy, busy but still make it enjoyable as some of our clients can surely tell you they’ve heard lots of laughter coming from our treatment area.

That type of work ethic doesn’t go unnoticed.  Our Office Manager, Kelly, notes, “The care and compassion that they show is outstanding.  They are very dedicated to this job filled with hard work and long hours.  They, along with our front staff, are the heart of our business.”
So, if you’re in our clinic this week, make sure to thank a technician for all that they do.  It is certainly appreciated!