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BeeBee and the Lightening Bugs

Bee’s been having a rough time lately as she comes into full maturity. She thinks she should be in charge, but she can’t pull it off because of her multiple physical problems.

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The End of Civilization as We Know It: Bamboo Joins the Household

After several months thoughts of Whittington the cat become part of my memory mosaic with memories of the good times replacing the difficult ones at the end. Concurrently, the awareness that there was a cat-sized vacuum in this house increased and about a month ago I put out the word that I was looking for a new cat. My request was pretty specific. I wanted a short-haired mackerel tabby male with enough presence to tolerate dogs and kids. I also wanted a barn kitten or one from roots that would suggest good hunting potential because the basement of this

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Thanks

Thanks to the folks at Veterinary Technician Schools Online for naming my blog one of the top fifty blogs written by veterinarians. For those of you who are interested in a career in veterinary technology, this website explains online vet tech school options, degrees, programs, and salary, job, and career information. I think I’ll take the dogs out in the rain and then fix myself a cup of tea to celebrate.

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Beastly Business – Bonus Episode: The Making of Beastly Business

Another audio book comes to an end and I can’t help reminiscing about events that occurred during its recording. And once I start doing that, my thoughts automatically wander to what other audio projects might lay ahead…

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Reference Page Update

I finally got around to updating the references regarding the effects of spay and neuter and you can find these here. For those who don’t have access to some of these publications, you may be able to find at least abstracts of the articles by doing a search for the author’s name plus key words from the article’s title in Google Scholar or one of the other more academic search engines. Your local librarian or a college librarian also should be able to get copies for you.

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Re: Suturing the Alien

It was pointed out by my friend Dave the surgeon that I neglected to mention suturing the alien’s leg back on. That’s because he–Dave, not the alien–is a famous human surgeon and that’s what he would obviously do for a human in similar conditions. However, he (hopefully) doesn’t have to worry about other humans in the household trying to rip the leg off his patient and consuming the sutures in the process. Thread, string, yarn, Mylar tinsel and packaging, and ribbon all can create serious problems for dogs and cats if the animals swallow them, far worse than rubber

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Latest Animal Talk Naturally Show

The Animal Talk Naturally interview I did last week is available for your listening enjoyment here.

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The Alien is Back!!

After disappearing months ago, the yellow alien made a surprise appearance during my New Dog Dawning Seminar here last weekend. I had taken the big puffy dog bed from upstairs down to the living room and placed it on the floor beside the chair where I would be sitting. Rather than get into the gory details here, Ollie and Bee were NOT on their good behavior which we know can be marginally good at best. And benign neglect periodically lost out to the cute factor or, when it wore thin, the pain-in-the-butt one. Anyhow, somewhere along the line, we

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Catching Up With Whit

Last Tuesday Whit had his staples removed and I’m pleased to report that he did very well. In fact, his behavior was fantastic. For him, that is. As you recall, being anywhere outside his home turf appeals to Whit about as much as being put on a rack and tortured. When a diabolical poltergeist knocked his crate off the end of the exam table on which I was holding him and it hit with a crash that caused anyone of any species within earshot to jump, all he did was shoot out of my arms like a cannonball and

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Elevating Your Animal From a Problem to an Individual

Have you ever taken your pet to the veterinary clinic for some problem and gotten the feeling that your veterinarian just wasn’t listening to you? Or you got the impression that the vet had already made up his or her mind regarding the cause and proper treatment of the problem before getting what you considered a complete history or thoroughly examining your animal? At that time, you might have thought that the veterinarian simply didn’t care about your animal or you. But more often than not, these people really do care. It’s the way they’ve been trained that creates

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