By Trudee DeWitt, RVT
The journey to becoming a veterinary doctor or registered technician is not an easy one. It takes years of study and continuous learning in an ever-evolving field. What many people don’t know is that there is a sub-set of credentialed individuals who go above and beyond in particular areas of study called Specialists. These are the individuals that your daytime practice may refer your pet to for necessary diagnostics, procedures and treatments for cases that need extra expertise or tools that are not typical to daytime practices. Let’s look at what they go through to achieve the title of “Specialist”.
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Both dogs and cats can go through some gastrointestinal issues. The hard part is finding what caused it. The first thing to ask yourself and your family is if anything has changed in the pet’s environment? Moving, going out of town, boarding, new cleaners, new carpet or furniture, or a change in food can all cause GI upset. You should also look around the house and outdoors to see if there is anything that may have been ingested that could be toxic, irritating to the intestines, or that could get lodged in their GI tract. Things to look for would be: medications, garbage, plants, bones and rawhides, toys (kids and pets), fabrics, and strings. Continue reading “Gastrointestinal Issues in Pets”
Why should I get pet insurance?
For animals that experience sudden illness or injury, it may mean the difference between life and death. Anyone who’s ever owned an animal can testify to the rising costs of healthcare, especially in emergency situations! If your pet were diagnosed with an expensive medical condition, could you afford the unexpected expense? Continue reading “Benefits of Pet Insurance”
By Autumn L., FPVC Technician
Microchipping has become a routine part of pet care. Since microchipping began, it has allowed the safe return of thousands of pets that have become lost. Not much larger than a grain of rice, each tiny chip contains unique information, ensuring that when a pet is found, it can be scanned, identified and reunited with its owner in less time.
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Family Pet Veterinary Center South Has your pet been scratching or licking more than usual? Have they had infections that keep coming back, even after treatment? Continue reading “Itchy pets and Allergies 101”
As pet owners, we often invest a lot of effort into doing what’s best for our “fur babies’’. With all of the options in the market today it can be very confusing to try and establish a safe and balanced diet for your pets. The human market is rampant with nutritional discrepancies; why would the pet nutrition market be any different? One of the biggest fallacies propagated is the RAW food diet. Continue reading “Raw Food Diets by Richelle”
By Trudee D., RVT
I recently had the pleasure of traveling with Dr. Jen and Mobie to Fort Collins, Colorado. There, I was welcomed by the experts at Fort Collins Veterinary Emergency and Rehabilitation Center (FCVER) to observe and assist with pain management and rehabilitation cases. I have dabbled in rehab, but I was able to learn so much more from the talented crew at FCVER. I cannot wait to institute some of their modalities to help Family Pet Veterinary Center become a leader in companion pet pain management and rehabilitation!
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