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Vasectomies and Ovary-Sparing Spays in Dogs

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I am getting increasing numbers of people finding me and inquiring about vasectomies and ovary-sparing spays.  There are pros and cons to these procedures in place of traditional neuters and spays, and like most things, I think there should be different considerations for animals based on several factors such as age and breed.  So let’s look at some factors and sum up some options so you can make an educated decision.

First, I will say I do more vasectomies than ovary-sparing spays, which I will discuss next.  A vasectomy is done similar to that of a human male, where a piece of the spermatic cord is removed so that sperm made in the testicles cannot be transmitted to a female for reproduction.  It’s a much more delicate surgery than a neuter (in which you remove the entire testicles), and the surgery itself takes about twice a long as a traditional neuter.  Therefore, the dog is under anesthesia a bit longer, and the surgery generally costs more because of this.  There are 2 small incisions rather than one, and there tends to be less swelling and bruising (again because it’s a more delicate procedure). The recovery time is the same as a traditional neuter – about 7-10 days.

Why do people request vasectomies?  There is a lot of information out there right now and speculation that neutered animals can have increased joint problems and cancer.  It makes sense that dogs (like humans) need natural hormones to grow properly and stay healthy.  My perspective, reading the literature and also observing in my own animals and patients, is that EARLY neuter can impact proper growth of the long bones, setting the joints up for dysplasia and injuries, like elbow dysplasia and ACL tears.  In my experience, this tends to be mostly true in dogs neutered very young (prior to 4 months of age) and dogs who have poor nutrition.  In our practice, we recommend waiting to neuter male dogs until they are full grown (8 months for most small breeds, 1 year for medium to large breeds, and 18 months for giant breeds). I do a traditional neuter for 99% of my patients.  I will offer a vasectomy for people who need to make sure their male cannot breed prior to these timeframes.  It does not stop the testosterone production, so they still can have dominant-type male behaviors like picking fights and marking indoors, and they maintain a desire to breed, so they will still “tie-up” or mate a female in heat, they just cannot impregnate her. They also can sense a female in heat and run away from home looking for her.  The good news about a vasectomy is that you can always go back and do a traditional neuter later if your dog is exhibiting any of these less-than-desirable behaviors.  This is not the case, however, for a female who has had an ovary-sparing spay.

In an ovary-sparing spay, the uterus is removed, but the ovaries are left behind, which allows the female to keep her hormones for proper growth, but she cannot carry puppies.  She will still go into heat twice a year, but will not have vaginal bleeding or discharge.  Males will still sense her hormones and want to mate with her, and they can even “tie-up” with her, but she cannot become pregnant.  Unlike a vasectomy, this type of spay is no easier or harder than a traditional spay.  The procedure is very similar, but we leave the ovaries behind.  There are two reasons I do not recommend this procedure over a traditional spay. First is that you cannot go back later and remove the ovaries easily.  The ovaries are very tiny and located along the back next to the kidneys.  The only way we can get to them is by locating the uterus and using it to pull the ovaries up and out. If we keep the ovaries, once we let them back into the abdomen, there are ligaments that pull it back down along the back.  It becomes very difficult to find them later without a laparoscope.  If you can find a vet to do a laparoscopic spay (and I do know of one practice in particular), they may be able to locate them without much excess trauma to your female.  For most people, however, this brings on much more cost as well as a second round of surgery and anesthesia that, in my mind, does not provide much benefit.  The second and more prominent reason I do not recommend this procedure is that the risk of breast or mammary cancer in dogs goes up exponentially for each heat cycle she has, whether or not there is a uterus present.  Since a great majority of owners interested in this procedure are looking to prevent cancer, I cannot feel good about this option for them.  Your average dog goes into heat at around 8 months of age.  The standard recommendation is to spay at 6 months of age.  In our practice, we try to give them the benefit of 6-8 weeks of additional natural growth and try to get them in for their spay at 7 ½ – 8 months of age.  Alternatively, some pet owners (especially with large or giant breed dogs) will allow their females to go through one heat cycle only, thereby only minimally increasing the risk for mammary cancer, and allow them to be fully grown before spaying them at 1 year of age.  The heat cycle generally lasts 2 weeks, which is a little inconvenient for most pet owners, but worthwhile for those who are fully committed to allowing their dog’s growth plates to close before the spay. 

For me, I do not see an increased risk for joint disease or cancer in dogs who are neutered at 8-15 months.  For the dogs who come into our practice already spayed or neutered very young, I do recommend a nutritional hormone product to help with proper bone and joint development, and I have so far been happy with the results.  I have not yet seen any joint disease in those patients.  For those who are primarily worried about cancer, I believe you will make far greater impact focusing on minimizing chemicals and maximizing nutrition.  This is what we have observed in our practice.  And you don’t have to ask special for this type of care, this is what we recommend to all patients who see us.  It is our commitment every day to optimize the health of your pet and prevent diseases like cancer.  Please let us know if you have further questions regarding vasectomies and ovary-sparing spays, or if you think your puppy could use nutritional and/or hormone therapy to maximize health after an early spay or neuter. 

 

Dr. Nicole Sheehan

Your dog’s old, she’s got issues and that’s okay

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Your dog’s old, she’s got issues and that’s okay

 
Maybe you noticed your 16 year-old dog can’t see very well, if at all. She seems less eager to go on her walk, and now her appetite isn’t great. She lost her hearing a year or two ago and stares into space more and more often. You still think of her as the 5 year-old exuberant puppy who ran circles at the mere mention of a walk. She used to bounce up and down when you got home. She’s not that youngster anymore. We can help when there’s joint pain and if she gets a medical issue like hypothyroidism; we can even help slow down cancer when it hits, but we can’t roll back the clock. She’s getting old. And you know what? That’s okay. She’s entering a new phase of her life. Time to adjust our expectations of what she should be able to do and modify her activities to keep her interested and interacting with life.
Let’s put her age into perspective. A 16 year-old dog in human years is about 77.6. Based on statistics from 2018 for people, the average life expectancy in people is 81 years for women and 76 years for men. The most common health problems people experience at these ages are the same in dogs: cancer, arthritis, heart disease, and dementia. These sound scary serious, but it’s our job to help you identify when we have these things going on. We’ll help you navigate the medical side of things. We’ll do all we can to treat her and keep her happy.

 

 
A new phase…
Just because she isn’t greeting you at the door or running circles with her leash in her mouth to go outside with you doesn’t mean she doesn’t want to be with you. She still loves you. She may not be able to hear you enter or see you clearly, but she’s still excited to see you when she realizes you’re home. And those walks and hikes you used to love together? Her joints are a bit sore, her stamina isn’t what it used to be, and she can’t see very well when she goes outside. So, walks especially in new places might make her anxious. She’ll try to do it for you, if you ask. That’s her job. However, if she’s displaying nervousness or delay tactics like extra sniffing, extra urinating or lagging behind on a walk or hike, or if she’s lame the next day, then we probably need to take shorter excursions. If she is a small dog you can get a buggy for her to ride while you walk. It gets her out of the house to see the world which is immensely important to keep up her spirits. If she’s a big dog you might need to think about new outdoor activities to do with her closer to home.  Trouble with stairs and jumping? That cloudiness you see in her eyes makes the stairs hazy, and forget trying to see in the dark. She’s also got arthritis. One or two slips on stairs or slick flooring and she won’t want to do the stairs anymore; the hardwoods will scare her. To her, this means staying in bed all day sounds like best option. Don’t let her! Keep her moving. Let us help you control her arthritis pain. Consider some carpet runners to help her get a better grip on the hardwoods. A ramp to get outside, onto the bed or into the car might give her back some confidence.
 
Older dogs are the most wonderful. They also need us the most. 
 
Dr. Zoe Forward

So you want to be a veterinarian? Go for it. It’s worth it.

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So you want to be a veterinarian? Go for it. It’s worth it.

Puppies, kittens, bunnies, foals…calves. They’re adorable!! Do you love them? Do you have an inner drive to help animals? This might be the job for you. No bad day isn’t made better by holding a puppy. Maybe you’re into birds or iguanas or snakes. Great, because there’s a growing need for vets to help care for these pets. This is an incredible, wonderful job. 
 
Few things to think about before the 8 years of post-high school education:
 
1. You need to like puzzles.
I’m talking complicated puzzles that will involve merging biology, math, personal experience and common sense. Oh, my…it’s so exciting. It’s what keeps this job interesting, fresh and ever-changing. You’ve got to be willing to roll up your sleeves and jump in to figure out the mystery. There will be failures and setbacks, but that moment when we figure out the puzzle is what it’s all about. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2.  Gotta love people.The relationship between me as the veterinarian and the owner is special. It is our privilege to play a role in their companion’s life. I cannot even communicate how magical that is.  Being a veterinarian is not a road to avoid people. About 80% of my time is spent with the person attached to the animal. The owner is the most important part of the equation when dealing with a patient who cannot speak. That pet’s person understands him better than anyone else in the world. She’s the only one who can communicate what’s going on. As well, the person must make decisions in the best interest of their companion, and provide the treatments that come along with those decisions.  Don’t despair if you’re an introvert. I am too. Introverts make the best listeners. You can learn how to communicate within your comfort zone. Extroverts…you got this. 
 
3. There are gross moments.
The white wrinkle-free lab coat won’t stay clean like it does on TV. Anal sacs, abscesses, vomiting, diarrhea, maggots, urinary problems….there’s going to be stinky stuff coming at you that you did not imagine when you saw yourself hugging soft bunnies all day. And don’t forget the staff refrigerator where there’re leftovers from last week’s staff meeting and things in the back everyone is scared to touch.
 
4. You’re not in it for the money. But there is mobility and flexibility.
You’ll never get rich.  You might barely pay off your school loans in thirty years.But you will be able to have a job anywhere you want. Need to follow your significant other’s job? No problem.  Get burned out in fifteen years on private practice?  No problem. The DVM (or VMD) degree gives you flexibility to move into research, sales, government (CDC, APHIS/USDA, NIH), armed forces, or even teaching.  There’s no other degree that gives you that much job security and flexibility. Awesome!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bottom line. There’s no job like this one. If you have a passion for animals and love science then this might be the right path for you. 
We love what we do. It’s why we’re here.
 
 
Dr. Zoe Forward

Learn more about our exotics service

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At the Veterinary Hospital of Davidson we are proud to offer services to our non-traditional pets including small mammals (rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, hedgehogs, gerbils, chinchillas, rats, mice and sugar gliders) and reptiles. Dr. Marlowe and Dr. Forward spent extra time during their veterinary training to focus on exotic animal medicine and are excited to offer this service.

When you first adopt your exotic pet our veterinarian should perform a thorough exam to assess its health and to discuss husbandry requirements.  As well, annual physical exams are as crucial in non-traditional pets as they are in dogs and cats.  Small mammals and reptiles can become ill and rapidly decline in less than 24 hours. Therefore, if your pet seems sick it should receive prompt medical attention.

Here are some services we provide for exotic pets:

  • Twice yearly health examinations: Because the lifespan of some of our exotic patients are relatively short, we often recommend twice-yearly examinations.
  • Lab work screenings: Routine blood work checks help us assess the overall health of your pet. And, this is important in any sick exotic pet.
  • Surgical procedures: We offer spay, neuter, mass removal, laceration repair, limb amputation, enucleation (eye removal), and bladder stone removal as well as other procedures.
  • Ultrasonography: When needed, we can perform in-hospital ultrasounds to assess your pet’s internal organs.
  • Radiography: We can provide in hospital radiographs (x-rays) to assist in evaluating your pet.
  • Dental procedures: We recommend prophylactic teeth cleanings for ferrets as we do for cats and dogs. In addition, we provide dental care for rabbits and rodents. These pets have teeth that continuously erupt throughout life and may require routine incisor trimming and molar filing of any overgrown or sharp teeth in order to make sure they are able to eat and drink well.
  • Sick exams: It is very important to address any signs of illness including skin lesions, poor appetite, upper respiratory infection, diarrhea, reduced fecal output, weight loss, or lethargy.
  • Nutritional consults: Because the diet for exotic pets is very different from dogs and cats we will ensure that their diet is healthy and appropriate for their species.
  • Pain management: In addition to traditional medications we can provide therapeutic laser therapy and acupuncture as additional modalities to reduce inflammation and relieve pain in our exotics species.
  • Holistic and herbal care: In some cases there are alternative therapies that may be beneficial for the health of your exotic pet. We are always willing to evaluate if this may be appropriate.

 


        For the safety of our staff we do not see primates.

        Dr. Ryn Marlowe

Cats are Carnivores not Cornivores!

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cat and mouse

That’s right, cats are carnivores. They are not supposed to be eating corn. So why do many of our commercially made cat food products including treats have corn in them? It’s the same reason why high fructose corn syrup is in many processed human foods: corn is cheap. And as we all know by now, in order to make a dry kibble affordable and stick together in the processing cycle, carbohydrates in the form of corn or grain are added to the food. Cats on average should be eating 8-12% carbohydrates in their daily diet so following this rule of thumb, it is pretty simple to see why our domestic cats are severely obese and have diabetes. Just take a look at the ingredients in those treats you bought at the grocery store or that ‘holistic dry kibble’ you purchased at the health food store …. you may be shocked by what you are feeding your cat! That chicken treat likely contains meat by-product meal (you really don’t want to know what types of ‘food’ are considered a meat by-product meal) and corn! That dry kibble likely contains only 25-35% protein, significantly less protein than our cats should be eating every day.

Cats are not just carnivores like dogs, they are OBLIGATE carnivores. Their ancestral diets have made eating meat a requirement for survival and life. They have a shorter gastrointestinal tract compared to other mammals their size, they are unable to properly digest carbohydrates and metabolize some vitamins, and cats depend on protein for their energy source because their organs adapted throughout the life of a feline to eat small mammals via hunting. Cats used to live outdoors and be our “mousers”. They were our personal exterminators around the house and they would eat their kill.

Did you know that the heart of a mouse contains more taurine than any organ or meat from other animals? Taurine is an amino acid that is essential for life to our cats. So it makes sense that cats would feed on mice! We didn’t always know that cats needed taurine to live. In the 1980s, many cats started dying from heart disease due to lack of taurine in commercial diets. They also developed many other medical issues that could take months or years to develop from a taurine deficient diet. Therefore, commercial diets started adding this amino acid to their food. This is what makes home cooking food for your cat a little tricky. Heat destroys taurine so any meat that is cooked – whether it be in a processing center or in the crockpot in your kitchen – removes the taurine out of the food. What’s the solution? Feeding a balanced raw diet, freeze dried diet, or high quality canned food is the best way to give your cat a high protein diet with all the nutrients needed for a healthy life.

It is not just the lack of protein and addition of carbohydrates to kibble that makes it bad for cats. It is the also because it is DRY. Our domesticated cats are descendants of desert dwelling felids of Africa. Cats adapted to a dry environment by being able to highly concentrate their urine and ignore signs of mild dehydration. This becomes a huge concern when feeding cats a dry kibble because they just don’t drink enough water. I see feline patients on a very regular basis who have crystals in their urine, develop cystitis (inflammation of the bladder) or urinary tract infections, who have renal insufficiency or kidney failure, or are unable to urinate due to blockage of their lower urinary tract. Some of these issues are multi-factorial and stress or genetics can play a role, however, most commonly it is the food we are feeding our cats that make them sick. We force our cats into a constant state of dehydration by removing all the moisture out of their food. It’s just as concerning for me as a veterinarian when clients tell me their cat is always at the water bowl or drinks a lot of water. This means their cat either has a serious medical condition or is so dehydrated on a daily basis that he can not drink enough water to keep himself properly hydrated. I almost never see my cat drink water. He gets all of his water through his food and therefore, like his ancestors in Africa, does not need to drink often. On a side note, cats drink less water if the bowl is next to their food bowl. So separate their water and food bowls to entice your cat to drink more water.

This may sound dramatic, but I truly believe dry food is killing our cats! Not only are we giving our beloved cats a high carbohydrate diet that they are unable to digest properly, we are also causing strain on their kidneys and urinary tract by keeping them dehydrated.   Simply switching out your dry kibble to a high quality, grain free, canned food can keep your cats healthier for longer. A raw diet is an ideal choice for your cat but many of us have inadvertently fed our cats such a poor diet for so long, that the transition to raw food can be difficult. So make the transition to strictly canned first then you can try adding in a raw diet once your cat gets used to eating protein again. I know, it sounds ridiculous to make a statement that your obligate carnivore needs to get used to eating meat but sadly this is a fact for many domesticated cats. Don’t even use dry food as a treat! And never buy those dry treats you see at the grocery store – I can promise you they will not help with hairballs or tartar control. You can use real meat such as tuna or chicken for treats or there are some great freeze dried raw meat meals or treats to give your kitty for a snack.

I have had some feline patients who seemingly are addicted to dry food. They refuse to eat any canned food or real meat and have trained their owners very well to give them dry treats on command and to keep those food bowls filled to the top with dry kibble. These cats are almost always obese and often have medical issues related to their obesity, whether it be a severe condition like diabetes or a mild skin infection around their perineum from their inability to properly groom themselves. It can be difficult to transition these cats onto a better food but there are always options such as a semi-moist, high protein food that comes in a kibble shape. We are here to help if you are struggling with a food change and it is so important to keep trying – your cat’s life depends on it.

Are we Harming our Pets by Feeding Them?

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Are we harming our pets by feeding them?

We have all heard the old adage, “Food is Love”, and many of us show love to our pets through feeding them. We think we are purchasing the best food on the market. We go to the pet store, buy an expensive bag of food with terms like ‘all natural’, ‘1st ingredient is meat’, ‘driven by science’, and ‘grain free’ on the bags of food to make sure we are keeping Fido healthy by giving him the best! By now, we all understand there are some bad dog and cat foods out there but we buy the good ones!

The problem with this thinking is that realistically, all dry foods are heavily processed. Even the ones that we think are the best out there. Manufacturing pet food began in the 1950s and feeding out pets became convenient. The process of making a dry kibble that can sit on a shelf for many years without spoiling includes putting the food through two processing cycles at high heat. And don’t forget that we need to make this food affordable and need to get the food to stick together, so we bulk it up with carbohydrates. Although grain free diets contain significantly less carbs, dry dog and cat food in general have anywhere from 5-20% more carbohydrates than our pets should be eating. There have been many studies that link excess carbohydrates to inflammation in our bodies and our pet’s bodies. What is the easiest way to cut back on carbs? Cut back on dry food!

When a new patient comes into the hospital, one of the first questions asked are ‘What are you feeding your pet?’ and ‘What are their favorite foods to eat?’. Many people tell me that they would never feed their pet ‘people food’ because they don’t want Fido to beg at that table or they were always told by their veterinarian that feeding people food is bad for their pet. So when I tell my client that I would like them to cook for their dog, I often get a shocked look in return. But if we look at food in a rational way, why would we think that a heavily processed, carb heavy food that lacks moisture is better for Fido than a crockpot filled with beef, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, and veggies.

I get it though. We lead busy lives and who has time to cook for their pets every day? We barely have time to cook for ourselves and our children! Clients have told me that making crockpot meals for their dog is just not going to happen. Fortunately, there are other options out there that are convenient but also healthier than dry food. Some companies are now baking the kibble instead of putting it through the high heat cycles. Obviously canned food is a better choice because it is less processed, contains less carbohydrates and more moisture. Freeze dried diets are becoming more and more popular and are easy to feed by just adding water to the food. There are refrigerated pet foods that offer more real ingredients with ease of feeding and of course, we are big proponents of commercially made frozen raw diets that use organ meat as the source of protein which our pet’s are very much lacking in their diets.

We can’t always be perfect. Has my dog had some dry food in her life? Of course she has. But I try to feed her the best I can by giving her less processed food, more real food, more moisture in her food, and less carbohydrates. So simply cutting back on dry food and adding in canned, freeze dried, raw, or home cooked food can make a big difference in your pet’s health and happiness.

Our cats are a bit of a different story. My cat has never had dry food because the lack of moisture and protein in dry cat diets can cause significant harm to our feline friends. But I’ll talk about this issue in my next article.

-Dr. Uehlein

Calming Treats For Your Pet

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Does your dog have anxiety on car rides? Difficulty staying calm through thunderstorms or fireworks? Does he get stressed at the groomer or while boarding?  Is separation anxiety a problem when you leave the house?  Does your cat urinate in the house when you have guests over?  Is senility affecting your dog’s sleep cycle?  Is your cat having difficulty adjusting to the new baby in the house? Does your puppy need to stay calm after a surgical procedure?

If your pet’s anxiety is situation based, Vetri Science Composure treats can help keep them calm during these stressful times.  Many vets will tell you to give your dog Benadryl to keep him calm on a car ride but as many of you know, this tends to not be enough and you are looking for another option that won’t severely sedate your pet and doesn’t have side effects.  Or maybe your cat has to be sedated heavily when you have company over and you are not comfortable with that level of sedation or your dog’s senility is causing changes in his sleep/wake cycle and you do not want to use harsh medications to help your geriatric pet sleep through the night. Composure Treats are made of Thiamine, Tryptophan, Colostrum Calming Complex, and Theanine – all natural ingredients that can improve your pets quality of life without causing harmful side effects.  This product comes in a treat form or a liquid formula so you can choose the best option for ease of administration.  So come see us if you are looking for more options to help your pets anxiety.  And don’t forget, we also have a variety of plant based herbal anxiety remedies too!

Natural remedies for thunderstorm and firework phobia

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I have to share my personal journey with herbal remedies and thunderstorm/fireworks/noise anxiety with my dear boy, Bo.  Bo is a happy-go-lucky Lab with a heart of gold, but he has been developing significant noise phobia (mainly thunderstorms but also fireworks) over the past 5-6 years.  They used to not bother him, but over the past few years, his anxiety has been significant.  He paces, pants, keeps us up all night, and even runs away if he can find a way out of the yard.

I have tried many options for Bo, including various combinations of the following:  behavior modification, alprazolam (Xanax, anti-anxiety medicine), acepromazine (sedative), Composure and other calming herbs, Shen Calmer (Chinese herbal formula), Thundershirt, and loud music.  The best I could ever do was to take the edge off, but he was getting worse and worse over the years.

I see many complicated problems for animals, and I have many options for people and animals suffering from chronic recurrent conditions.  As many veterinarians know, sometimes we are so busy taking care of other people’s animals that sometimes we let problems go too long on our own pets.  Now that things have settled down a bit at the new hospital, I decided I really need to focus on Bo.  So July 3rd, right on the eve of one of the worst nights for dogs, I decided to try a new herbal formula.  Usually herbs can take some time to work, so I knew I was in for another tough 4th of July, but I had to try to get him going in the right direction.  On the evening of July 3rd, I gave the first dose of his new herbal medicine, called Er Yin Jian, in addition to another herbal formula I had used in the past, called Shen Calmer, in his dinner.  Well, that night we actually had a thunderstorm.  To the amazement of myself and my husband, HE WAS FINE!  I mean, FINE!  Slept right through it.  No pacing, no panting.  He acted like he couldn’t even hear it.  It was nothing short of a miracle.  We couldn’t believe it.

So the next day, he had both herbal medications again in his breakfast and dinner, and we waited to see how he would do with the fireworks.  At 10pm, in the midst of booms and bangs, we were totally amazed by his reaction:

Bo finally rests peacefully with right herbal combination during fireworks
Bo finally rests peacefully with right herbal combination during fireworks

Complete relaxation.  His eyes opened when he heard us snap a picture of him, but he had been sleeping the whole time.  My husband and I kept looking at each other asking, “Is this really happening?”.  Anybody who knows me knows that I LOVE HERBS.  They are amazing.  I have cured so many chronic conditions I never dreamed I could cure with herbs.  But I have just started to tap into the herb possibilities for behavior conditions, and so I had not yet seen something so amazing.  Sometimes I learn the most from my own pets, and I often see them as my guides to help me understand and help other people’s pets.  I cannot tell you how relieved I am to have found the solution for Bo.  As I write this on July 15th, only 12 days after starting Bo’s medicine, the thunder is rolling through another dramatic North Carolina storm, and this is Bo’s reaction:

Bo can finally rest through thunderstorms with correct Chinese herbal formulas
Bo can finally rest through thunderstorms with correct Chinese herbal formulas

Here is also a video of him just now.  There is thunder rolling in the background.

The good news is that herbs are absolutely amazing and often work better than pharmaceuticals.  The bad news it, they are not one-size-fits-all.  In Chinese medicine, we don’t pick herbs for symptoms, we pick them based on the imbalance of the animal that has created the symptom.  So I can’t say that Er Yin Jian will work this way for every animal with noise phobia.  We need to look at each animal individually and try to pick the right formula for them for the symptoms they are experiencing.   What I can tell you it that now I know for sure how well they can work for anxiety and behavior problems, and I am excited to help my other patients with this approach!  Thank you, Bo, for being my teacher.

Job Posting – Registered Veterinary Technician

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Our practice is growing!

We are looking for a Registered Veterinary Technician to join our small animal practice in Davidson.  The Veterinary Hospital of Davidson is an integrative practice, combining holistic and traditional medicine.  This is a full time position.  Hours will be Monday through Friday between the hours of 7am and 6pm, no evenings and weekends.

The ideal candidate will be detail oriented, possess a high degree of professionalism and the ability to work well in a fast paced environment.  Previous experience in a holistic medicine environement is excellent but not required.  We are looking to hire an individual that is career minded and possesses a strong work ethic.

Interested candidates should e-mail their resumes to davidsonvet@gmail.com

What’s Tucker eating? 8/18/13

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We had lot of little leftovers from the kids today, so it all went in the mix, including blueberries, strawberries, banana, gluten free raisin bread, and gluten free spinach tortillas with nitrite free turkey and cheddar cheese.  If it’s good enough for us, it’s good enough for the dogs too. I also included my favorite vegetable mix of carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower (good for all dogs), cottage cheese (great for hot and dry dogs, NOT great for dogs with excess moisture aka chronic hotspots or ear infections or dogs who feel greasy when you pet them), and Trader Joe’s canned chicken dog food (chicken, beef, and liver – good blend for most dogs).
Nutritional rating 9/10. Tucker’s rating 10/10. Bo’s rating 10/10. They loved it – even the berries.  They normally wouldn’t touch berries, but they will when they are in small amounts and mixed in with a bunch of other stuff they love.

Tucker and Bo's dinner

Tucker and Bo’s dinner

Delicious mix of wonderful ingredients for my aging boys.

Tada!  Delicious mix of ingredients for my aging boys