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Peanut Butter n Applesauce Dog Treats
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Turkey Cat Treats
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by Kathy Genuardi
Your breath slowly stills
Your eyes close ever softly
Your soul heaven bound
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The holidays are here… This year has flown by, yet sometimes it feels endless. In my world I couldn’t believe Halloween was coming and now Thanksgiving has passed in the blink of an eye. Is it age that makes it all fly by? Or does the loss of a loved pet and the addition of a new one speed up our “loss” of time? I like to think that the three weddings I attended this fall, with all the excitement and preparation, and the creation of my new four-legged family, has made this Fall a colorful whirlwind.
I hope this Winter newsletter brings a smile to your face and also imparts some valuable information. I’ve included not only a few stories, but some gift ideas that our own pets are begging Santa Claws for this year!
All of us at Rockledge Veterinary Clinic wish all the best to you and yours in the coming New Year.
Veterinary Technician appointments are patient visits handled by a certified veterinary technician or trained veterinary assistant, rather than a veterinarian. This allows for the veterinarian to attend to more serious procedures or visits. As Veterinary Technicians, we are medically trained to care for and treat our patients. Technicians can handle routine care just like nurse practitioners at a human hospital or walk-in clinic. For example, technicians can perform routine blood tests, administer certain vaccines, and give subcutaneous fluids. Maintenance care can also be provided during a technician visit such as nail trimming, ear cleanings, or anal gland expression. Client education is another important task our technicians can perform during a technician visit, such as discussing kidney disease, diabetes, subcutaneous fluid administration at home, or something as simple as how to properly clean the patient’s ears.
Our hospital offers technician visits for the convenience of our clients and patients. Scheduling a visit to see a technician when appropriate, rather than a veterinarian, can save a client time and money. With a scheduled technician visit, you can usually be brought into the exam room more quickly than a doctor visit, This helps to keep the patient’s stress level low as the patient is not waiting and becoming anxious with each excited pet that walks through the door. In some cases, technicians will ask to take the patient back to the treatment area to speed up the process of the visit if an examination room is not available. There are other technicians in the treatment area that are able to assist if needed.
A veterinary technician is another trained set of eyes and ears for the veterinarian. During a technician visit the owner can feel free to discuss any problems or concerns they have for their pets. The technician can then evaluate the patient, and inform the veterinarian of any serious problems the patient is experiencing. The face-to-face interaction that a client receives during a technician visit can help to ease the client’s concerns.
This is Good Luck Charlie. Charlie came to the shelter as a stray in a trap. During his exam, shelter staff noticed that Charlie’s breathing was labored and it was suspected that he had a possible diaphragmatic hernia. This can happen when an animal is hit by a car, or even kicked, causing a hole in the diaphragm, and subsequently the internal organs put pressure on the lungs. He was kept in the surgical suite for monitoring.
At the same time a similar looking cat named Nyla, also a stray that was brought to the shelter in a trap, was suffering from malnutrition and dehydration. A volunteer was asked to take Nyla into foster care until she was healthy enough for adoption. The volunteer took Charlie by mistake.
When ACCT veterinarian Dr. Hillary Herendeen noticed that Nyla was still at the shelter, she asked the volunteer who she took home. When it was realized that she had taken Charlie, Dr. Hillary explained that Charlie would need x-rays to confirm the diagnosis, and if it was a diaphragmatic hernia, it would not be able to be repaired at ACCT. Sadly, Charlie was declining at this point and running out of time and options.
The volunteer decided to have the x-rays done to at least confirm that it was a hernia and not something the shelter could treat. Dr. Francie L. Rubin, VMD, Founder of Rockledge Veterinary Clinic and Dr. Betty Marcucci, VMD saw Charlie the next day. Charlie was a perfect patient and showed nothing but affection for the entire staff at Rockledge Veterinary clinic. Sadly the x-rays confirmed the worst and all of Charlie’s organs were lodged in his chest cavity from the hernia.
At this point the difficult decision needed to be made whether to try to find a specialty surgeon to perform a very expensive surgery to save Charlie or to humanely euthanize him. Dr. Rubin and Dr. Marcucci began making phone calls; taking time out of their already busy day to find help. When they contacted surgical specialist Dr. Guy DeNardo, he immediately agreed to do the surgery the next day, his day off.
Charlie’s surgery was a success, however, his lungs were almost completely collapsed due to the pressure from the organs. His prognosis was still grim as we waited the 48 hours to see if the lungs would recover. Charlie remained in an oxygen tent struggling to breath.
Less than two days went by and Charlie started breathing comfortably. His lungs recovered to 100% and he began eating on his own.
At this time Charlie continues to thrive in his foster home while he waits for his forever family. He has gained five pounds, runs and plays with the other healthy foster cats and kittens, and continues to be extremely affectionate and loving towards everyone he meets.
As for Nyla…the volunteer took her as well and she recovered and has been adopted by a loving family.
UPDATE: On January 2, 2016 Charlie was adopted by a very sweet young woman and her mom…they absolutely love him!
On June 12th we said goodbye to my cat Christopher. As a lot of you know, he had a tough couple of years, losing all of his cat and dog siblings (and there were many), and a host of medical issues. At 19 cat years (92 human ones), who isn’t without their physical ailments though, right?
I found myself not only catless but with one pet, Carmen. Well that just wasn’t gonna work! So I thought and thought, although I began thinking about it even before Christopher’s passing. Do I go to a shelter, and call my myriad of rescue friends? Do I get a kitten (or two which would be ideal) or an adult? How do I pick? And Carmen, how would she be with a kitten? Honestly I did not have the energy for that introduction! Should there be just one, two, or more…? Nope couldn’t do it! Too many decisions to make. So I took the seemingly easy way out and took Layla home, a cat that needed a real home, as she was living at the clinic for well over a year due to some chronic health issues, and she just happened to know Carmen. Yay for Layla! But now what? I have to admit I wanted to take her home immediately, as my apartment felt really empty without a kitty in it.
Thinking about what was best for her, I waited until I was off for a long weekend to get everything ready. I cleaned up all the remnants of “other” cat hair, washed the toys and bedding, set up a new litter box and bowls, and sprinkled some catnip around just to make my place a little more welcoming. I did have some new toys that I had put aside for the newbie, and took a few of her toys from the clinic. The big day arrived and I was as nervous any new pet parent! You see it doesn’t matter how long or how many times you’ve done it, you’re always a tad nervous.
The big day arrived and …. What was I so worried about? She walked out of her carrier, sniffed and lurked and slinked for a day, and then seemed to say, “Hello I’m home!” She settled in. She has found her own spots on the bed, visits my mother’s apartment at night, carries her “baby”, waits for Carmen to eat with her, and sleeps right up against me. Now the next big hurdle…the Christmas tree!
Kathy’s favorite Dog Gift
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