Presidential Pups

Presidential Pups

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Oct 21
Bo Obama at the White House

 I’ve always loved seeing photos of the Obama family’s dogs, Bo and Sunny. They even have their own page on the White House official website! Knowing that most of our Presidents have owned pets somehow humanizes the office of Commander in Chief. Recently, the New York Times featured an article about presidential pets. Various dog breeds have occupied the White House, from Labrador retrievers (Bill Clinton) to Beagles (Lyndon Johnson) to King Charles Cavalier Spaniels (Ronald Reagan). Several presidents (Clinton, Carter) have also been owned by Presidential felines.

What type of dog hasn’t lived in the White House? A mutt! Here’s hoping our newly elected President will embrace┬áthe idea of rescuing a mixed breed dog.

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They Really Ate It!

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Oct 17
Dog x-ray with a foreign body

SpoonEvery year, Veterinary Practice News publishes an article which showcases radiographs that veterinarians have submitted. These radiographs have a common theme: interesting, unusual and hard-to-believe foreign body ingestions from a variety of animal patients. Foreign bodies are a common finding in the veterinary profession. (It even happens to us “animal professionals”; I previously posted about my own dog’s unfortunate gastric adventure with a foreign object.)

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Internet Pet Meds Come with Hidden Costs

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Oct 05
Dog with pill bottles

pet-medicationsMost of us are cost-conscious. Most of us like to price shop, to ensure we are getting the best deal on a purchase. Most of us use the internet to compare prices for everything from televisions to shoes to diapers. When it comes to pet medications, however, the cheapest drugs found online may be counterfeit, expired or imported illegally.

 

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Easy Rider

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Oct 03
Cat in a carrier

I’ve previously written about ways to make your kitty’s trip to the veterinarian less stressful for everyone. Our feline friends sometimes┬ádo not receive the medical care they need and deserve, because it may be unpleasant for owners to try and wrangle Fluffy into her cat carrier.

There are many strategies that can be implemented to get Fluffy acclimated to her carrier. The American Association of Feline Practitioners (of which Dr. DiGiacomo is an enthusiastic member) has provided a simple list of ways to ensure Fluffy’s carrier is a comfortable, familiar place. It’s as simple as leaving the carrier out in the open, so Fluffy desensitizes to it, while providing high value treats and toys inside the crate. Allowing Fluffy to come and go, and investigate the carrier on her own terms is important to make the carrier a “happy place” for Fluffy (and not just a place where she is forcibly confined one time a year when she needs a visit to the veterinarian!) At Newtown Square Veterinary Hospital, we are happy to talk about a variety of strategies to make Fluffy’s visit to us less stress-filled and more fun-filled!

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