Percy is one of our three beloved mutts. He was on his last legs at the local shelter, so we adopted him with the full knowledge that he was very wild and active, and had already been returned three times to the shelter.
As a veterinarian, I felt well equipped to handle his various wounds, daily accidents, the sutures, the upset stomachs and the ear infections. But when he needed intensive surgical intervention, I did not want to operate on my own dog. In the last five years, pet insurance has covered his six broken teeth (which needed root canals), his bloat surgery, his liver biopsies, his ultrasounds and his corn-cob-eating and subsequent surgery.
Pet owners, pet insurance enthusiasts and veterinarians alike have been on pins and needles this quarter, and during our online voting period, waiting to find out who the summer 2012 My Vet’s the Best Winner is! Pets Best Insurance is elated to announce the My Vet’s the Best Summer 2012 winner is…
Dr. Tony Poutous of Pet Care Animal Clinic in Virginia Beach, VA!
Dr. Poutous received multiple nominations and more than 3,000 votes during the Pets Best Insurance online voting period. Our favorite nomination story came from Karen Calabro and her pets Dusty Too, Taylor Wigglesworth III, Zoe and Tucker.
In Karen’s nomination, she wrote that Dr. Poutous cares about all animals and always goes the extra mile for his clients and their pets.
During the nice summer weather, I let my cats outdoors under direct supervision, and it always befuddles me how oftentimes the first thing they’ll do is to start nibbling on grass. Why do cats eat grass? It’s the same question that clients often ask me, and I have to admit that it’s a question nobody, including us veterinarians, has a clear answer to. One thing is certain though- grazing is something that comes naturally to not just to domestic cats, but also to feral and wild cats. Let’s look at some of the possible reasons and explanations for this behavior.
1. Help With Kitty’s Digestion
Grass has very little nutritional value for cats. Grass is mainly fiber, and the cat’s stomach doesn’t have the enzyme needed to digest it. But grass can help a cat’s digestive process by inducing regurgitation of undigested matter. This can be important for outdoor cats that eat mice, birds, and other small animals. After the meat is digested, the bones, feathers and fur stay in the cat’s stomach. Eating grass makes the cat throw up, so the grass comes right back up along with the undigested animal parts. This is safer for the cat than having the undigested material try to pass through the intestines and cause irritation or possible blockage of the gastrointestinal tract.
Being a veterinarian can be one of the most gratifying careers in the world. We have the ability to heal companions, which for many, are part of the family. But being a veterinarian also has its share of challenges. It this blog, I’ll give you the inside scoop on what I think are the top 3 most difficult aspects of being a veterinarian.
Coming in at Number 3: Euthanasia
Often times, clientele comment on how euthanasia must be the hardest part of my job. While it can be very emotionally taxing, the truth is euthanasia is not the hardest part of my career. As a veterinarian, it is a double-edged sword. Euthanasia is often a wonderful service to be able to provide to a suffering animal, or one that has terminal disease and no longer has an acceptable quality of life. That being said, many times a veterinarian develops a personal relationship with not only the pet owners, but the animal as well. Sometimes it is very difficult to not break down and cry during a euthanasia. Sometimes it happens.
Does your dog love to perform and be in the spotlight? In light of the recently wrapped-up Olympic Games, Pets Best Insurance took a look at the Top 5 Dog Sports and to recognize the amazing talents of these furry competitors. Sports in the dog world can be stressful on both dog and handler, and can take months of preparation leading up to a competition. These active dogs are loved by their owners and spectators of their respective sports, and routinely capture our attention as they race, flip, leap, and yes, even surf.
1. Dog Surfing
Hanging ten isn’t just for beach bums any more when these hot doggers take to the water. The sport of dog surfing hasn’t been around very long, but the popularity of the sport has grown immensely! According to Discovery News, healthy dogs that naturally take to water have the potential for greatness on the board, and many of these cool canines belong to owners who love to surf as well. Dog Surfing is just one more way for pets and owners to have fun on the water.