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October 11 - 17 Is National Veterinary Technician Week!
It takes a special person to become a veterinary technician. Veterinary technicians have many job responsibilities. They are radiologists, educators, surgical assistants, nurses, nutritional consultants, laboratory technicians, dental hygienists, anesthesiologists, and grief counselors to name a few. They are dedicated individuals who give their all every day. Many times their work goes unnoticed – the comfort they provide a nervous pet, the long conversation with a concerned owner, the 15 hour day due to an emergency procedure.
At Adorable Pets Veterinary Center our technicians consistently go above and beyond their “ job description” to help us provide the best veterinary care to your pet. I am proud and honored to work with such dedicated individuals. We could not succeed without the dedication and compassion shown by Karen, Jen and Sue.
If you’d like to know why people have chosen this field – just read below!
I love my job but some days can be really hard. I find it important to stay focused on the good days and remember the fun stories. My funniest story to date is when we had to do surgery on a fellow staff members' dog. Many years ago I worked with an older teenage boy. He brought his dog to work that day because she was vomiting all night. The x-rays concluded that there was a very bizarre foreign object in the dog's stomach that clearly needed to be removed. It ended up being his girlfriend's under-wire bra. Apparently his parents had gone away over the weekend and he was home alone. To this day I still tease him in my best Ricky Riccardo voice; "Brian, you got some 'splainin' to do!"
RISKS OF EXCESS WEIGHT IN OUR PETS - 10/2015
Over 50 percent of America's pet population is overweight or obese.
Very simply put, if your pet is overweight it is taking in (eating) more calories than it needs. Set all excuses aside ... excessive weight in an otherwise healthy pet is a direct result of consuming unnecessary amounts of food.
To begin let us set the record straight on some common misconceptions regarding obesity. Healthy dogs and cats do not necessarily need to eat every day; the pet food industry has painted the picture for us of the "eager eater." The impression is that a happy, healthy pet will eat every meal with gusto. Please do not try to entice your pet to eat if it isn’t interested. If you provide a good quality food and a liberal amount of water, your pet will eat when it wants and do better than having to eat when you want.
Another common myth maintains that spaying or neutering causes obesity. This is absolutely false. Any pet, neutered or not, will gain weight if it is over fed relative to its energy requirements. The surgical procedure may slightly slow the pet’s metabolism, as will normal aging, and it will then burn calories off more slowly; therefore, it may require less food. Keep in mind the surgery doesn’t cause the weight gain, eating too much does and you have control over that.
Let us explore four typical settings veterinarians encounter when presented with a dog that is overweight. See if any of these sound familiar! The quotes are the usual responses pet owners give us when we politely suggest that "perhaps your pet would benefit by losing some weight.
Type I: THE NIBBLER: "But doctor, she hardly eats a thing."
This dog probably has food out for him/her all day and nibbles a little at a time. When dinner time comes and the pet picks at the leftovers, it will take the choicest morsels, leave the rest, and still appear not to have eaten very much. However over a 24-hour period "THE NIBBLER'S" total calorie intake is excessive and it gains weight.
Type II: THE BEGGAR: "But doctor, this rascal won’t keep quiet unless she gets her treats. And she won’t go to sleep at night until she gets her little dish of ice cream."
What has happened here is that the pet has discovered that the more noise and fussing it produces the more likely it is to be rewarded for this behavior. The owner finally "gives in" to keep the pet quiet and the pet sees the food as a reward. In effect the owner is training "The Beggar" by rewarding his/her behavior. It turns into a fun game but the dog’s health may suffer if obesity is the result.
Type III: THE GOOD DOG: "But doctor, she’s such a good dog we don’t want her to go hungry."
This dog became overweight because the owner’s signal of affection for their pet has focused on feeding. (Usually each family member secretly offers treats to the pet … and doesn't know the other family members are doing exactly the same thing!) It is an understandable trait but unfortunately for the dog it can be a case of too much of a good thing. The owners' method of showing affection should be directed more toward physical activity than feeding. Think "FETCH" not "FOOD"!
Type IV: THE GOURMET DOG: "But doctor, she just refuses to eat dog food." In this case the dog has trained the owners to feed her such things as chicken, liver, ice cream, cookies, etc.
Although most table scraps are just fine to feed (if you are unsure, just call us), this dog has been given a choice of what to eat and has chosen certain people food. If a child is given a choice she would probably choose cake and candy over vegetables.
Remember obesity can lead to a number of illnesses including:
Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes
High Blood Pressure
Heart and Respiratory Disease
Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injury
Many Forms of Cancer
Decreased life expectancy (up to 2.5 years)
If your pet is overweight it should be examined for heart, thyroid or other metabolic disorders. A detailed history should be taken with emphasis on frequency of exercise, amount and type of food being provided and other parameters relative to calorie requirements. If you are concerned about your pet’s weight, Dr. Bernie can help! Give us a call at 860-554-5588.