Blindness in Animals

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As a veterinarian, I have had the pleasure and privilege of vetting animals with many disabilities- the 3 legged labrador, the paraplegic dachshund, and numerous vision impaired dogs and cats. However, there is a difference when dealing with an animal who goes blind, versus one that

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Breed Specific Legislation

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Giving Blood

“Can Copper come in today? We are doing a blood drive” my technicians asks the client. We like it when Copper comes in to give blood. He is big, he has huge veins, and with only a few bribes of biscuits, Copper hardly needs to be held when we poke his jugular to

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Annie’s Story

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As I find myself trying on an outfit on our newly adopted 7 pound llasa cross, my husband makes a comment like “I guess you didn’t have Barbie’s when you were younger.” This is true, but I would never dress a dog except for warmth, only in this case it is for allergies. Annie

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Coal

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I have always had healthy dogs. I was always convinced that crosses rarely got sick, and that by adopting dogs, I would not have a problem. Well, Coal proved that theory wrong.

He was dropped off at my old clinic in 2011, and what appealed to me about this young lab X was that

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Resort Animals

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I love to travel.

I love nice bed and breakfasts, resorts and hotels.

I miss my animals when travelling.

So when I end up in a resort that has a program of spay/neuter release with notes like “all of our animals are treated routinely by a vet” or “we use rodent control

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Ticks, Fleas & Other Bibittes

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Just back from the North American Veterinary Conference. Whenever I tell people that I have been to a conference, they wink knowingly. What they don’t realize is that for veterinarians, these conferences must be attended.  It has become so sophisticated that they scan your badge

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Winter Walking

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I don’t think I have heard anyone ever say that we have had an easy winter. Many were excited with the lack of snow before Christmas- it boded well for an “easy” season. However, the extremes of hot and cold quickly changed everyone’s mind- give me snow ANY day over this continuous

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Feather trees

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A few years ago, I decided to do a Christmas tree fundraiser for Le Nichoir. I have a friend who had just moved to the Eastern Townships and had purchased a tree farm. Liking catchy phrases, I thought it would be fun to name the fundraising campaign “Feather Trees” in order to

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