Sunday , 28 May 2017

All Creatures Great and Small (blog)

Dr. Amanda Glew: The Senator

The Senator  – by Dr. Amanda Glew  Around Thanksgiving last year, on an annual exam, a client of mine from 20 years told me that she was selling her dog facility, the VIP canine center. Louise had been operating her center since she built it, with an open concept of boarding. We had always spoken together, because I had done …

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Dr. Amanda Glew: What Comes Around…

What Comes Around – Dr. Amanda Glew It has been a year since my first mentor Dr. Floyd approached me on behalf of his wife, to use our clinic when needed while doing house calls. Dr. Floyd was an owner of the infamous Baker Animal Hospital for over 40 years, and that day ended up being a great opportunity for …

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Dr. Amanda Glew: Pet Insurance and Bogart’s Legacy

Pet Insurance and Bogart’s Legacy – by Dr. Amanda Glew  For many years, we have suggested that owners consider taking pet insurance.  My take on pet insurance is the following – you will likely claim on it, much more than we usually do on car or home insurance. Your animal is likely to have a major medical condition in his/her lifetime …

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Dr. Amanda Glew: House Calls with Benefits

House Calls with Benefits – by Dr. Amanda Glew  There are some advantages to doing house calls. You can set your own time, you need to give yourself ample time to provide for travel as well as delays, you get to visit people and their animals in their home environment. Most of these calls can be sad – often we are asked …

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Tinkerbelle, the Blind Cat – Dr. Amanda Glew

Tinkerbelle, the Blind Cat  – Dr. Amanda Glew  As a veterinarian, I have had the pleasure and privilege of vetting animals with many disabilities – the 3 legged labrador, the paraplegic daschund, and numerous vision impaired dogs and cats. However, there is a difference when dealing with an animal who goes blind, versus one who is born blind.  This is the …

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Dr. Amanda Glew: Breed Bans, Act Now

Breed Bans – by Dr. Amanda Glew “Can Copper come in today? We are doing a blood drive,” my technician asks the client. We like it when Copper comes in to give blood. He is big, he has huge veins, and with only a few bribes of biscuits, Copper hardly needs to be held when we poke his jugular to draw …

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Dr. Amanda Glew: Unsocial Media

Social or more likely, unsocial media. In our fast-paced digital world, we expect immediate answers, prompt attention, and personable client services.  In the veterinary field, add the component of anxiousness and worry, and our clients become venomous.  No longer will our clients come to us directly to lodge a complaint – they go to social media to do so.  Relatively …

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Dr. Amanda Glew: Allergic Annie

Allergic Annie – by Dr. Amanda Glew  As I find myself trying an outfit on our newly adopted 7 pound lhasa cross, my husband makes a comment like “I guess you didn’t have barbies when you were younger.” This is true, but I would never dress a dog (except for warmth), only in this case it is for allergies. Annie has …

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Dr. Amanda Glew: Coal

Coal – by Dr. Amanda Glew  I have always had healthy dogs. I was always convinced that crosses rarely got sick, and that by adopting dogs, I would not have a problem. Well, Coal proved that theory wrong. He was dropped off at my old clinic in 2011, and what appealed to me about this young labX was that he …

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Dr. Amanda Glew: Flip the Resort Feline

Flip the Resort Feline – Dr. Amanda Glew  I love to travel. I love nice bed and breakfasts, resorts and hotels. I miss my animals when travelling. So when I end up in a resort that has a program of spay/neuter release with notes like “all of our animals are treated routinely by a vet” or “we use rodent control with …

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