The turkey is in the oven, the halls are decked and the gifts are wrapped, but do you know where the cat is? With all the excitement of the holidays, sometimes we can lose track of our four-legged family members, only to find the cats chewing on the décor or the dog eating through the kitchen garbage after a family feast. Follow the holiday pet safety tips from our Veterinarians below all season long.
Bones can cause quite a predicament for pet owners. On one hand, they can provide entertainment and fun. But they can also crack or break teeth, damage the enamel on teeth, splinter and break causing mouth injury and/or GI irritation, become a choking hazard, and as Rylee found out the hard way - even get stuck around a dog's mouth.
Have you ever wondered who the person is that starts your pet’s veterinary appointment? Have you looked at their credentials and wondered what LVT means? LVT stands for Licensed Veterinary Technician. Our five veterinary technicians at Schmitt’s Animal Hospital are a crucial part of your veterinary team and are responsible for so many things. Technicians share many similarities in skills and training to their nurse counterpart in human medicine. In fact, there’s been discussion about standardizing the title from LVT, RVT (registered vet tech), and CVT (certified vet tech) to Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN).
By Penny Martin
Halloween is one of the best holidays of the year for kids and adults alike. For our pets, however, it can be stressful. Whether you plan on taking the kids around the neighborhood or staying home and handing out candy, you need to consider how your dog will feel about all of the excitement. Here’s how to ensure your pup has a great night.
Tire them out
A tired dog is a good dog. With all of the excitement of Halloween, it’s easy to neglect daily dog walking. Don’t fall into this trap! Taking your dog on a long walk or giving them an hour of intense play will wear them out and most likely make them better-behaved. Halloween night is chaotic - don’t go into it with a dog full of pent-up energy.
October 14-20 is National Veterinary Technician Week and it's a great opportunity for all of us here at Schmitt's Animal Hospital to pause and appreciate our Licensed Veterinary Technicians! LVTs are an integral piece of keeping our animal hospital functioning and providing the best care possible for all of our patients. Our team of LVTs are some of the most compassionate, smart, and caring individuals and we are so lucky to have them! Thank you Sarah, Sara, Shelly, Kenzie, and Cali for all of your hard work everyday and everything you do for our patients and clients!
By Jessica Brody at ourbestfriends.pet
Photo credit by Unsplash
You love your dog, but you don’t love the mess that comes with fur, drool, and accidents, and spending a ton of money for professional cleaning isn't always an option. So, how can you make your home cleaner without breaking your budget? Here are some affordable tips for cleaning the most common messes that your dog may make.
This beautiful girl is named Tizie. Tizie is a one-year-old domestic shorthair that came to us earlier this summer for vomiting and not eating.
Sarah DeYoung, LVT, VTS (CP)
Sarah is our Head Technician at Schmitt's Animal Hospital and has earned her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Clinical Practice - Canine/Feline. Sarah and her family raise and train puppies for Paws with a Cause.
When I first told my husband that I wanted to raise a Paws with a Cause puppy, he said, "There's no way you'll be able to give it back." Well, almost 12 years and 4 foster puppies later I can say that it is possible. Paws with a Cause places custom trained assistance dogs in homes as service dogs, hearing dogs, seizure response dogs and for children with autism. When we picked up our first puppy, Sarge, I thought I knew a fair amount of puppy training because of my profession. I was wrong. During our first class outing to Costco I saw the older dogs and thought that there was no way I was going to be able to train our puppy to be that good! But he turned out great and went on to be a service dog in Louisiana.
We were lucky enough to enjoy some great weather for our summer staff party at Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park! Thank you to Dr. Jones for allowing the staff and their families to come together in such a fun environment and celebrate all of our hard work!
By Jessica Brody at ourbestfriends.pet
The benefits of pet ownership are well documented. Pets can make people happier, promote exercise, teach responsibility, and provide unconditional love. But if you have never owned a pet before, the prospect of bringing home a new companion may seem intimidating. It doesn’t have to be.
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