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LVT Job position available

Licensed Veterinary Technician Job Description Job Description Summary: The primary purpose and function of the Veterinary Technician is to support the veterinarians, and other staff, in ensuring quality veterinary care, advocating for pets, educating clients and ensuring a safe and effective hospital environment. Qualifications, Experience, Education, and/or Training: • Veterinary Technician licensure and registration required

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Pet Cats and Toxoplasmosis-Risk for Pregnancy and Immunocompromised

Pet Cats & Toxoplasmosis – Risk For Pregnancy and the Immunocompromised • Concerns about toxoplasmosis revolve mainly around 2 groups: pregnant women and immunocompromised individuals. In other humans, Toxoplasma exposure typically results in seroconversion (the development of detectable antibodies in the blood that are directed against an infectious agent), with no disease. • Fetal infections

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RECALL

Nestle Purina PetCare Company Voluntarily Recalls a Limited Amount of Muse Wet Cat Food Natural Chicken Recipe in Gravy in Three-ounce Cans due to the Potential Presence of Rubber Pieces Out of an abundance of caution, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of Muse wet cat food Natural Chicken Recipe in

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Keeping Pets Cool

Keeping pets cool is not just kind; it’s crucial. • When the temperature rises, all pets are at risk for heat stroke. • Some pets are particularly susceptible. Brachycephalic breeds—those with a “pushed-in” appearance—are inefficient at panting. These breeds include Himalayan and Persian cats, Boston terriers, Boxers, Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Pekingese, Chinese shar peis,

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New Imported Distemper Strain in Dogs

New imported distemper strain in dogs • In early October of 2018, a 12-week old “Sheltie” arrived from Korea. Approximately 12 days later, the dog began showing a cough and lethargy with blood work indicating “anemia.” About 10 days later, the dog developed unilateral myoclonus with relapsing lethargy. In another week, the neurological signs had

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spay neuter questions

ONE OF THE MOST COMMON QUESTIONS TO VETERINARIANS • One of the most common questions veterinarians hear each week is, “When should I spay or neuter my dog or cat?” With so much conflicting advice from friends, breeders, and the Internet, it can be difficult to find an answer, which is why the best option

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rabbit neuter

Rabbit Neutering Neutering is also referred to as orchidectomy or castration. It is a surgical procedure in which the testes (and associated tissues) are removed in order to sterilize, or render infertile, a male animal. There are many behavioral and health benefits associated with neutering your rabbit. • The obvious benefit is the elimination of

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Cats Need to Knead

WHY CATS KNEAD The kneading behavior begins early in life, while kittens are nursing. As kittens knead their mother’s mammary glands, oxytocin is released, causing milk to flow. Animal experts believe other reasons cats knead might include: • To show affection • To mark territory: Cats have scent glands between their toes on their front

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Bird Care

Bird care • Cage o The cage must be big enough for your bird to stretch his/her wings (parrot-type birds) and fly (finch-type birds) o The cage must be made from nontoxic (nonpoisonous) material (e.g., Zinc, even powder-coated can flake) o The cage base must be hard so your bird can’t ruin it by chewing

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Taurine

Upstate Veterinary Specialties take on Diet-Associated Dilated Cardiomyopathy • Recent evidence has led the US FDA to announce that diets including legumes, lentils, peas and potatoes as main ingredients may be linked to the development of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs. • Typically, most of these diets are marketed as “grain-free”. • This has led

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Canine Vaccines

Vaccination is one of the easiest and most important ways to protect your dog’s health. Yet in this age of “overvaccination” scares and “Dr. Google,” some pet owners are hesitant to vaccinate their dogs—even when it’s in their best interest. Get a rabies vaccine for your dog—it’s the law. Rabies is a fatal—and preventable—disease that

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Pocket Pets

POCKET PETS The most popular pocket pets are guinea pigs, mice, rats, gerbils, and hamsters. Hedgehogs, chinchillas, and sugar gliders are also popular, though they require more specialized care and are illegal to own in some states, so check with your local government before attempting to bring one home. The bottom line for anyone thinking

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FOOD RECALL

Hill’s Pet Nutrition is voluntarily recalling select canned dog food products due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D. While vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, ingestion of elevated levels can lead to potential health issues depending on the level of vitamin D and the length of exposure, and dogs may exhibit symptoms

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Bird Care

Bird care • Cage o The cage must be big enough for your bird to stretch his/her wings (parrot-type birds) and fly (finch-type birds) o The cage must be made from nontoxic (nonpoisonous) material (e.g., Zinc, even powder-coated can flake) o The cage base must be hard so your bird can’t ruin it by chewing

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Care for Your Pet Rabbit

Did you know pet rabbits should be kept indoors to protect against predators, and that rabbits don’t like to be alone? Find out what other facts and responsibilities you should know to take good care of your pet rabbit. Supplies Needed • A solid-bottom cage. Don’t get a wood cage, because rabbits chew wood. Small

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Kitty and Pet Carriers

Kitties and Pet Carriers • Many cats don’t get the regular veterinary care they need, due to the amount of stress caused by trying to get them to the veterinary hospital. • Trips to the veterinarian should not be the only time your furry friend encounters his/her carrier. • You want your cat to associate

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Winter- Snow, Ice, and Rock Salt/Ice Melt

Winter – Snow, Ice, and Rock Salt/Ice Melt Regular Rock Salt/Ice Melt is sodium chloride, calcium chloride, potassium chloride, magnesium chloride and/or calcium carbonate and calcium magnesium acetate in various mixes. These salts when mixed with water, resulting from the melting snow/ice, are exothermic – they produce HEAT. Up to 170 degrees F! Enough to

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New Years Resolutions for your pet (pets)

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Pet(s) Goals aren’t just for humans! • Measure your pets’ food~~every time. o Many owners “eyeball” their pet’s daily intake and pour that into a bowl, usually resulting in overfeeding and weight gain. Use an 8-ounce measuring cup to ensure your pet isn’t taking in more calories than they need.

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Pet Emergencies

PET EMERGENCIES • It is essential to develop an emergency plan ahead of time, when your brain is not in fight or flight mode. • Have the contact information for the nearest emergency veterinary hospital. If that clinic is not open 24 hours a day, be sure to have the number for one that is.

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TO VACCINATE OR NOT TO VACCINATE

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate • Vaccines are an emotional issue, among pet owners. While the science of pet vaccines is always a work in progress, there are some undeniable facts. • Animal vaccines help to control disease, many of which can affect people. At the top of the list is rabies. • Another

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