Monday, August 11, 2014

Check the Chip Day August 15th






Hey!! Have you ever been lost and had to ask for directions? Well if we get lost.....we want to make sure that we get back to our home. We were  rescued and micro-chipped by AZGRC. If we get lost, the vet can scan us and find our owner. But wait...what if mom moves then what happens. Just like mom changes her address to get her mail, she also needs to notify the micro chip company that she has moved.  So lets make sure all of our friends can get back home. Here are some good ideas!  Next time you go to the vet, make sure you are scanned to see if the chip is there and working. 
August 15th is "Check the Chip Day". Here are some things your owner can do to make sure they can always find you if your lost. 

  • If your pet has a microchip, contact the microchip registry to verify that all of your contact information on file is current and accurate. 
  • If your pet has a microchip that has never been registered, get the paperwork squared away right away.
  • If your pet does not have a microchip, schedule an appointment with your vet or shelter to have one placed as soon as possible.
So...get your mom or dad to check your chip!! It is hot on the streets and you do not want to end up behind bars and lost!!


Friday, August 8, 2014

Canine Bladder Infections Part 1

Canine Bladder Infections: Part I by Nancy Kay, DVM

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If you’ve lived your life with dogs, chances are you’ve cared for one with a bladder infection. The normal urinary bladder is sterile, meaning devoid of bacteria. Infection occurs when bacteria find their way into the bladder and set up housekeeping. Bacterial cystitis (medical-speak for a bladder infection) is a super common diagnosis in the canine world. The term urinary tract infection (UTI) is often used synonymously with bacterial cystitis. Technically speaking, a UTI can mean infection anywhere within the urinary tract, and is not specific to the bladder.
Bacterial cystitis occurs most commonly in female dogs. This is attributed to the fact that compared to males, female dogs have a shorter urethra, the conduit through which urine flows from the bladder to the outside world. With only a short distance to travel in female dogs, bacteria have an easier time migrating from the skin surface up into the urinary bladder. There is no breed predisposition for bladder infections. However, small breed dogs are more susceptible to some of the underlying causes of infection described below.
Causes of infection
While not always easy or even possible to diagnose the cause of infection, there are several underlying issues that make it easier for bacteria to colonize and thrive within the urinary bladder. Anything that disrupts the normal architecture of the urinary tract or reproductive tract (the two are anatomically connected) predisposes to infection. Examples include:
  • Stones within the urinary tract
  • Tumors or polyps within the urinary or reproductive tracts
  • Foreign body within the urinary or reproductive tracts
  • Anatomical birth defects within the urinary or reproductive tracts
  • Prostate gland or testicular disease
  • Vaginal, vulvar, or uterine disease
Urine that is less concentrated (more dilute) than normal creates an environment that is bacteria-friendly. So, it‘s not unusual for bacterial cystitis to accompany diseases associated with increased thirst and increased urine volume, such as kidney failure, liver disease, some hormonal imbalances. Bladder infections occur commonly in dogs with diabetes mellitus, a hormonal imbalance that creates dilute urine. The sugar in the urine of diabetic dogs creates an ideal growth media in which bacterial organisms thrive.
Suppression of the immune system caused by disease or medication promotes bladder infections. Prednisone, a commonly prescribed anti-inflammatory medication, causes urine dilution along with immunosuppression. Not surprisingly, approximately one third of female dogs receiving prednisone develop spontaneous bladder infections.
Symptoms of infection
If ever you’ve experienced a bladder infection you know just how miserable the symptoms can be. Dogs vary a great deal in terms of how dramatically they show evidence of a bladder infection. Some exhibit every symptom in the book while others demonstrate none whatsoever. Additionally, symptoms can arise abruptly or gradually. Every dog reads the textbook a little bit differently!
Symptoms most commonly observed in association with canine bladder infections include:
  • Straining to urinate
  • Urination in inappropriate places
  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Blood within the urine
  • An unusual odor to the urine
  • Urine leakage
  • Increased thirst
  • Excessive licking at the penis or vulva
It is unusual for plain and simple bladder infections to cause lethargy, loss of appetite, or fever. Such “systemic” symptoms, in conjunction with documentation of bacteria within the urinary bladder, create suspicion for infection elsewhere within the urinary or reproductive tracts (kidneys, prostate gland, uterus).
It’s important to remember that dogs are creatures of habit, and any change in habit is a big red flag beckoning you to take notice. Filling the water bowl more than usual? Is your girl squatting more frequently than normal on her morning walks? Is she waking you up in the middle of the night to go outside to urinate? Has your well house-trained dog begun urinating in the house? All such symptoms are worthy of medical attention. For your dog’s sake, please don’t blame urinary issues on negative behavior before first ruling out an underlying medical issue.
Stay tuned for Canine Bladder Infections: Parts II and III. These articles will discuss diagnostic testing and treatment.
Has your dog ever had a bladder infection? If so, what symptoms did you observe?
If you would like to respond publicly, please visit http://www.speakingforspot.com/blog/?p=4472.
Sending best wishes to you and your four-legged family members,
Dr. Nancy Kay

Thursday, July 31, 2014

August Calendar Girl Franny


Rescued        August 2008
Franny, along with her daughter, Sonoma were strays picked up by the local animal shelter after they were found wandering the streets on a hot summer day.  Franny was about seven years old and Sonoma about two.  Both Goldens had no licenses, were not spayed, and both tested positive for Valley Fever.  Franny also had ear infections and a cut on her tail and leg.  After being in the shelter for several days and no one coming to claim them, the dogs faced an uncertain future.  Franny, the older of the two dogs most likely would have been on the euthanasia list. 
That’s when Arizona Golden Retriever Connection came to the rescue.  Soon Franny and Sonoma were safely in the home of legendary AZGRC fosters Kara and Bob, along with their canine “Healing Triangle” of Chelsea, Coco Chanel and Ben.  Exhausted and frightened, Franny and Sonoma received the medical attention they needed along with lots of love, patience and understanding.  
Like with other rescued pairs, AZGRC looked for a forever family that would want to keep the girls together: for awhile, it appeared that the right family had been found.  Young Sonoma was very happy to have children to play with, and enjoyed the company of her new canine sister, 10-year-old Latte.  However, Franny seemed to feel differently.   After a couple of months, Franny’s family was concerned that Franny was a “runner” and would get out and be hit by a car.  Unlike Sonoma, Franny was not fond of Latte.  Perhaps Franny knew there could be only one “mother Golden” in the family.  So, in her own way, Franny made it known that her search for a forever home was not over. 
Soon after Franny returned to Bob and Kara, their friend Cindy’s mother passed away suddenly.  When Cindy returned from her mother’s funeral, Bob and Kara picked up Cindy at the airport, along with Cindy’s Labrador Hey Joe.  Franny came along as well.  During the ride home, Franny stayed close to Cindy.  Somehow Franny recognized this was her forever mom and it didn’t take long for Cindy to know it as well. 
Five years later, Franny is a happy, healthy senior Golden.  She loves to visit her foster mom and dad, but is happiest when mom is by her side. For Cindy, “Franny has brought joy and love to my home. She played a vital role in guiding me during my deepest grief. Franny has become famous at my workplace on dog day, where people flock to my desk to give her attention and to shake paws.  Although her face is white now, she remains as playful as ever. She loves flopping on her back and rolling in the grass and lying on the top step of swimming pools to cool her belly. I can’t imagine life without my Franny.”
It is sometimes almost mystical how the “rescuers” are led by the “rescued” to their forever homes.  Perhaps it’s just a lucky coincidence and perhaps it’s something more that placed Franny and Sonoma with the families where they truly belonged.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Monsoons are here!







During the summer months, the dry heat sometimes turns to monsoons. These storms are dangerous to humans and our furry friends.
Many of our furry's have separation anxiety and problems with thunderstorms. Here are some great ideas from another Golden Rescue Group.

Please remember to ALWAYS talk with your vet before using these remedies. They may interact with other medications/treatments your pet is using. 

Melatonin – Available at most stores in the vitamin aisle. Give 3 milligrams which is usually one tablet on days a storm is forecasted.
Pheromones – A DAPS (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) collar looks like an old fashion flea collar, but gives off the pheromones a mother dog gives off to soothe her puppies. The collar lasts for a month and can be worn continuously. Use with plug in diffusers for extra support. www.entirelypets.com has them at a reasonable price.
Wrapping – Like swaddling a baby to soothe and calm. A couple of companies that make shirts just for dogs are http://www.thundershirt.com/ ( which is now available at PETCO)
and www.anxietywrap.com. Both offer a money back guarantee so you can’t go wrong.
Homeopathy – Aconitum Nappellus (Aconite) or Phosphorous PHUS 30C which is available in health food stores or online, is a natural compound used for fear of thunder or loud noises. Drop 3 to 5 pellets down the back of your dog’s throat (do not touch the pellets with your hand) every fifteen minutes until you start to see results. Then stop. You can resume giving the pellets if your dog starts to get agitated again. Practitioners of homeopathy point out that a remedy either will work or not, but it will not harm the dog or cause side effects.
Flower Essences – Rescue Remedy, Calming Essence or Five Flower Formula often help and certainly won’t hurt. If these combo essences don’t work, try Mimulus, which works for “fear of known things” and Rock Rose, which works for terror and panic.
If you’re home when a storm is approaching, administer a dose before and during the storm. If you see that your golden is still agitated or depressed after the storm, give the remedy again. If you try the Mimulus, for example, and notice a slight improvement, for the next storm try Mimulus again along with Rescue Remedy or Calming Essence. If you don’t see results with these two remedies, try Aspen or Star of Bethlehem.
Give one drop every five pounds of body weight; 20 lbs. and over – 4 drops for the first twenty pounds plus one drop for every additional ten pounds (example: 75 lb. Dog = 10 drops each dosage).
Put drops in your pets water all summer long or give drops in the mouth before or during a storm. I buy my flower essences from http://www.greenhopeessences.com
Safe Place – Create a safe place for your dog to go when it storms – a closet, a bathroom with no windows, a crate covered with a quilt. However, DO NOT close your dog in a crate or room as they may injure themselves trying to get out. When they are afraid they are not thinking clearly.
Music Therapy – Play harp music. Research shows it slows the heart rate, lowers blood pressure and decreases the level of stress hormones in the blood. Apparently the vibrations are soothing as even deaf dogs can benefit. You should play for at least 20 minutes, but not continuously.
Nutraceuticals -are products isolated or purified from foods that is demonstrated to have a physiological benefit or provide protection against chronic disease. Two FDA approved ones for dogs are Anxitane (L-theanine) and Zylkene (casein) available from most vets, but cheaper if purchased on Amazon.
Pharmacological Medications – if all else fails talk with your vet. There are drugs that can help dogs with severe fear. Clomipramine (Clomicalm) has been approved by the FDA to treat separation anxiety in dogs and may help. This is closely related to amitriptyline, a drug that has had beneficial results on thunder-phobic dogs. Both drugs work to correct the balance of the level of chemicals called neurotransmitters in the brain. Unfortunately, some drugs do have side effects and to get the fullest benefit, thunder-phobic dogs must take anti-anxiety medications from the beginning of the stormy season and extending through the season’s Bear in mind that most drugs do not help a dog recover from his or her fear of the storm.


Please share what works best for your pets!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hot Spots and Allergies


Julee is sad, she is suffering from itchy feet! Here is some helpful information from a good internet source on hot spots and allergies. 

ALWAYS check with your vet to see what is best for your special friend. Just because it is on the internet, does not mean it will work for your furry family. 

What Are Hot Spots? Hot spots, also known as acute moist dermatitis, are red, moist, hot and irritated lesions that are typically found on a dog’s head, hip or chest area. Hot spots often grow at an alarming rate within a short period of time because dogs tend to lick, chew and scratch the affected areas, further irritating the skin. Hot spots can become quite painful.
Why Do Hot Spots Occur? 
Anything that irritates the skin and causes a dog to scratch or lick himself can start a hot spot. Hot spots can be caused by allergic reactions, insect, mite or flea bites, poor grooming, underlying ear or skin infections and constant licking and chewing prompted by stress or boredom.

When Is it Time to See the Vet? 
You should visit your vet for an exam as soon as you notice any abnormality in your pet’s skin, or if your pet begins to excessively scratch, lick and/or bite areas on his fur.
How Are Hot Spots Treated? 
First, your vet will attempt to determine the cause of hot spots. Whether it is a flea allergy, an anal gland infection or stress, the underlying issue needs to be taken care of. Treatment may also include the following:
  • Shaving of the hair surrounding the lesion, which allows air and medication to reach the wound
  • Cleansing the hot spot with a non-irritating solution
  • Antibiotics and painkillers
  • Medication to prevent and treat parasites
  • E-collar or other means to prevent self-trauma as the area heals
  • Balanced diet to help maintain healthy skin and coat
  • Dietary supplement containing essential fatty acids
  • Corticosteroids or antihistamines to control itching
  • Hypoallergenic diet for food allergies
How Can I Help Prevent Hot Spots? 
The following tips may aid in the prevention of hot spots:
  • Make sure your dog is groomed on a regular basis.
  • You may also want to keep your pet’s hair clipped short, especially during warmer months.
  • Follow a strict flea control program as recommended by your veterinarian.
  • Maintain as stress-free an environment for your pet as possible.
  • To keep boredom and stress at bay, make sure your dog gets adequate exercise and opportunities for play and interaction with his human family and, if he enjoys it, with other dogs.
How Can I Make My Dog Feel More Comfortable? 
Your veterinarian will best be able to prescribe the care and medications needed to make your dog more comfortable and allow the hot spots to heal. He or she may also recommend the use of an Elizabethan collar around your dog's neck to keep her from biting and licking the lesions. Such a collar should not be used as a sole means of treatment, since the skin lesions will continue to be painful if left untreated.

What Are Allergies?
Just like people, dogs can show allergic symptoms when their immune systems begin to recognize certain everyday substances—or allergens— as dangerous. Even though these allergens are common in most environments and harmless to most animals, a dog with allergies will have an extreme reaction to them. Allergens can be problematic when inhaled, ingested or contact a dog’s skin. As his body tries to rid itself of these substances, a variety of skin, digestive and respiratory symptoms may appear.
What Are the General Symptoms of Allergies in Dogs?
  • Itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin
  • Increased scratching
  • Itchy, runny eyes
  • Itchy back or base of tail (most commonly flea allergy)
  • Itchy ears and ear infections
  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Snoring caused by an inflamed throat
  • Paw chewing/swollen paws
  • Constant licking
Allergic dogs may also suffer from secondary bacterial or yeast skin infections, which may cause hair loss, scabs or crusts on the skin.

What Substances Can Dogs Be Allergic To?
A few common allergens include:
  • Tree, grass and weed pollens
  • Mold spores
  • Dust and house dust mites
  • Dander
  • Feathers
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Food ingredients (e.g. beef, chicken, pork, corn, wheat or soy)
  • Prescription drugs
  • Fleas and flea-control products (The bite of a single flea can trigger intense itchiness for two to three weeks!)
  • Perfumes
  • Cleaning products
  • Fabrics
  • Insecticidal shampoo
  • Rubber and plastic materials
Can Dogs Be Allergic to Food?
Yes, but it often takes some detective work to find out what substance is causing the allergic reaction. Dogs with a food allergy will commonly have itchy skin, breathing difficulties or gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea and vomiting, and an elimination diet will most probably be used to determine what food he is allergic to. If your dog is specifically allergic to chicken, for example, you should avoid feeding him any products containing chicken protein or fat.
Please note that food allergies may show up in dogs at any age.
What Should I Do If I Think My Dog Has Allergies?
Visit your veterinarian. After taking a complete history and conducting a physical examination, he or she may be able to determine the source of your dog’s allergic reaction. If not, your vet will most probably recommend skin or blood tests, or a special elimination diet, to find out what's causing the allergic reaction.
How Are Dog Allergies Diagnosed?
If your dog’s itchy, red or irritated skin persists beyond initial treatment by a veterinarian, allergy testing, most often performed by a veterinary dermatologist, is likely warranted. The diagnostic test of choice is an intradermal skin test similar to the one performed on humans.
The only way to diagnose a food allergy is to feed your dog a prescription or hydrolyzed protein diet exclusively for 12 weeks. The importance of not feeding your dog anything but the diet cannot be emphasized enough—that means no treats, table food or flavored medication. This diet will be free of potential allergy-causing ingredients and will ideally have ingredients your dog has never been exposed to. He’ll remain on the diet until his symptoms go away, at which time you’ll begin to reintroduce old foods to see which ones might be causing the allergic reaction.
Please note, many dogs diagnosed with a food allergy will require home-cooked meals—but this must be done in conjunction with your veterinarian, as it requires careful food balancing.
How Can Dog Allergies Be Treated?
The best way to treat allergies is to remove the offending allergens from the environment.
  • Prevention is the best treatment for allergies caused by fleas. Start a flea control program for all of your pets before the season starts. Remember, outdoor pets can carry fleas inside to indoor pets. See your veterinarian for advice about the best flea control products for your dog and the environment.
  • If dust is the problem, clean your pet's bedding once a week and vacuum at least twice weekly—this includes rugs, curtains and any other materials that gather dust.
  • Weekly bathing may help relieve itching and remove environmental allergens and pollens from your dog’s skin. Discuss with your vet what prescription shampoos are best, as frequent bathing with the wrong product can dry out skin.
  • If you suspect your dog has a food allergy, she’ll need to be put on an exclusive prescription or hydrolyzed protein diet. Once the allergy is determined, your vet will recommend specific foods or a home-cooked diet.
Are There Allergy Medications for Dogs?
Since certain substances cannot be removed from the environment, your vet may recommend medications to control the allergic reaction:
  • In the case of airborne allergens, your dog may benefit from allergy injections. These will help your pet develop resistance to the offending agent, instead of just masking the itch.
  • Antihistamines such as Benadryl can be used, but may only benefit a small percentage of dogs with allergies. Ask your vet first.
  • Fatty acid supplements might help relieve your dog’s itchy skin. There are also shampoos that may help prevent skin infection, which occurs commonly in dogs with allergies. Sprays containing oatmeal, aloe and other natural products are also available.
  • An immune modulating drug may also be helpful.
  • There are several flea-prevention products that can be applied monthly to your dog’s skin.
  • If the problem is severe, you may have to resort to cortisone to control the allergy. However these drugs are strong and should be used with caution and only under the guidance of your veterinarian.
http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/hot-spots





Sunday, July 20, 2014

BOWL-A-RAMA Saturday August 9, 2014

BOWL-A-RAMA
GOAL
$10,000
 
AMOUNT RAISED
$2,280
 
Make Your Donation Today
 
Please go to http://www.azgrc.org/  for more information!
and DONATE TODAY


DATE:
Saturday
August 9, 2014
TIME:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
LOCATION:
AMF Scottsdale Lanes
7300 E. Thomas Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome

Hi All, this is Welsie here. I am taking a break enjoying the cool mornings and thought I would share a few important words from Dr Nancy Kay. If you follow Facebook, you will remember I had a bulging eye and Arizona Golden Retriever Connection saved me and fixed my eye. Eye Care for Animals fixed my eye and now I have a great new home and family. Hope you enjoy the article. 





Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome (SARDS) by Nancy Kay, DVM

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Muffin- the inspiration for Muffin’s Halo
Over the years I’ve developed a top ten list of my most despised diseases. Those that make it to this list tend to be diseases that are untreatable, leaving me helpless to help my patient. Such is the case with Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome (aka, SARDS). In addition to being untreatable, the cause of SARDS is unknown. (Note to reader: the less that is known about a disease, the longer the name of that disease.)
What we do know about SARDS
SARDS is a disease of middle age, and approximately 60% of affected dogs are females. Any breed is susceptible, but Dachshunds, Miniature Schnauzers, Pugs, Brittany Spaniels, Malteses, Bichon Frises, and mixed-breed dogs are particularly predisposed.
SARDS affects the retinas which receive visual input and then transport this information to the brain via the optic nerve. In dogs with SARDS, the photoreceptors (rods and cones) and possibly the nerve fiber layer within the thin-layered retinas undergo degenerative changes. The end result is complete blindness. These changes are microscopic in nature- one cannot detect them by performing a basic eye exam. The diagnosis of SARDS is made based on the patient’s history, the presence of partial to complete blindness in both eyes, normal appearing retinas, and characteristic changes on an electroretinogram (ERG). The ERG is a test used to evaluate photoreceptor function and is performed by veterinarians who are specialists in ophthalmology.
It’s been theorized that SARDS is an autoimmune disease in which a misbehaving immune system attacks the body’s own normal cells. Dogs with SARDS who have received immunosuppressive therapy (the treatment of choice for autoimmune diseases) have not demonstrated any clear improvement in overall outcome compared to untreated dogs.
Symptoms
All dogs with SARDS develop complete and permanent blindness over a rapid course, typically days to weeks. Stumbling, difficulty navigating at night, and failure to track treats are the most commonly reported early symptoms of visual impairment.
During the weeks to months preceding their blindness, most SARDS-affected dogs also experience marked increases in appetite and/or thirst with subsequent weight gain and changes in urinary behavior. Testing for hormonal imbalances (diabetes mellitus, Cushing’s Disease) that classically cause these symptoms is commonly pursued and typically comes up empty. Savvy veterinarians consider the possibility of SARDS before loss of vision becomes apparent. In most cases, it is not until vision wanes that the diagnosis of SARDS becomes suspect.
Long-term outcomes for affected dogs and their human companions
When a dog develops SARDS, a significant period of adjustment is required for everyone involved. Imagine living with a newly blind dog who is begging for food, drinking incessantly, and urinating copious amounts (all that water has to go somewhere).
A study of long-term outcomes in dogs with SARDS surveyed 100 people living with SARDS-affected dogs. In addition to blindness, most of the dogs were reported to have increased thirst, urine output, and appetite along with weight gain. Increased appetite was the only one of these symptoms reported to increase over the course of one year following the SARDS diagnosis.
In this study, 22 of the 100 dogs received some sort of treatment (corticosteroids, nutritional supplements, melatonin, and/or doxycycline) for their blindness. None experienced improved vision in response to therapy.
Eighty-seven percent of the dogs were reported to have moderate to excellent navigation skills within their home environments, and 81% had moderate to excellent navigation skills within their yard environments. Of the people surveyed, 48% reported making special provisions for their dogs such as the use of baby gates, fencing, and ramps, carpeting pathways to important locations, and auditory clues or scents to signify certain locations.
Thirty-seven percent of respondents reported that the relationship with their dog actually improved after the SARDS diagnosis. The authors of the study theorized that the increased time and involvement necessary to care for a blind dog may have been responsible for enhancing the human-animal connection. Only 17% reported that the relationship with their dog worsened.
Seventy-six percent of respondents ranked the quality of their dog’s life to be moderate to excellent. Only nine dogs were reported to have a poor quality of life. Of the 100 people surveyed, 95 indicated that they would discourage euthanasia if advising others caring for dogs with SARDS.One must bear in mind that those who chose to euthanize when SARDS was diagnosed were not surveyed.
This study provides truly uplifting results. While adaptation to a dog’s loss of vision usually proceeds smoothly, when one factors in the other SARDS symptoms that accompany the blindness, the challenge to maintain quality of life for everyone involved increases significantly. Dogs and the people who love them can be amazingly adaptive creatures!
Muffin’s Halo
The photo accompanying this article is of Muffin, a Poodle with cataracts. The halo apparatus he is wearing was designed by his clever companion, Silvie as a means to allow Muffin to explore his environment without bumping his face into things. While I have no direct experience with Muffin’s Halo (I just learned of this product a couple of weeks ago), the concept is intriguing to me. My impression is that this device would significantly boost a blind dog’s confidence level, particularly one who is newly blind. If you have used this product, I would value your feedback.
Have you ever cared for a blind dog? How was the quality of your lives impacted?
If you would like to respond publicly, please visit http://www.speakingforspot.com/blog/?p=4457.
Sending you and your four-legged family members best wishes for abundant good health,
Dr. Nancy Kay
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Author of Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life
Author of Your Dog's Best Health: A Dozen Reasonable Things to Expect From Your Vet
Recipient, Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award
Recipient, American Animal Hospital Association Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award
Recipient, Dog Writers Association of America Award for Best Blog
Recipient, Eukanuba Canine Health Award
Recipient, AKC Club Publication Excellence Award
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