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  • Stress-Free Moving—Pet Style
    According to University Hospitals of Cleveland, OH, moving ranks in the Top 5 stressful events that we will face.  But moves can be stressful for our pets, too. If you feel anxious, your pet may mirror that emotion and become extra sensitive.  Some pets will absorb their caregivers' emotions: if you feel anxious, they may […]
  • The Whys and Wherefores of Cat Color Changes
    It’s a day like any other day, except that your once cream-colored cat has taken on a brownish tone. Don’t panic, just yet.   Skin and hair color is determined by melanocyte cells in the skin and hair follicles. Those cells produce melanin which in turn produces the color. Remember what you looked like last summer; […]
  • Today - February 20th is National Love Your Pet Day
    Break out the treats.  Head to the pet store.   Visit the local shelter.  Today is National Love Your Pet Day.   The purpose of this holiday is to encourage pet owners to spend some time with their pets and show them the love and affection they deserve.  Dogs, cats, turtles, lizards, fish; it doesn’t matter.  It’s […]

Tech Tips

Importance of a regular calibration on your portable x-ray machine

The importance of a regular calibration on your portable X-ray machine can not be over stated. Many problems can be detected early and easily fixed when the machine is on a regular calibration schedule. As [...]

Declaw Wrapping Tip

We all know how to bandage declaws, but in my experiences this little trick has cut down on post-op bleeding and makes the bandages easier to remove. Items you will need: 4 – 4×4 gauze [...]

Clipper and Blade Care

I have used several different types of clippers and blades in my Vet Tech years, but I have also been a dog and cat groomer for over 12 years. I have seen a lot of [...]

Label, Label, Label

One thing that was a pet peeve of mine is not labeling items. I’m a bit of an organizing freak when it comes to work. There are several reasons to use labels on multiple different [...]

How to Intubate by Yourself

We all know that something like this isn’t what we necessary want to do, but we also know that there are times when we’re shorthanded and need an extra hand or have to figure something [...]

Importance of Labeling Radiographs

Labeling radiographs is extremely important for several reasons. Tells you which leg you are looking at or which side of the abdomen you are looking at. This may seem like common sense to some of [...]