Kennel Cough

If you own a dog, you’ve probably witnessed them coughing. As with people there are many things that can causing coughing in dogs. However, when dogs are exposed to a lot of other dogs (daycare, boarding etc) simple respiratory infections are the most common culprit. The symptoms of this infection is usually a mild and [...]

Brushing My Pet’s Teeth

The Best Tool for the Job!!!  Brushing My Pet’s Teeth The GVH Team recommends using any of these tools: Traditional toothbrush with or without an angled head Brushes with multiple heads to simultaneously brush the inside, outside and top surfaces of the tooth Electric toothbrush Finger toothbrushes which fit on the tip of your finger Dental [...]

Pre-Surgical Bloodwork for Dental Procedures

Just as you would need to have blood work done before having a medical procedure, so does your pet. On admittance to the hospital for a dental procedure, a blood sample is drawn by the surgical veterinary technicians for pre-surgical blood work. Your veterinarian uses it to check for several things including liver and kidney functions, [...]

Ultrasound – The Learning Continues for Dr. Hanlon

Dr. Hanlon enrolled in an intensive ultrasound course that took him to Sound Eklin in Arlington, Texas for four weeks.  The course was an extensive study of both abdominal and cardiac ultrasound and included many tests and even homework!  Dr. Hanlon loves to learn new things so this was a very exciting and challenging course for [...]

To Leash or Not To Leash

I was recently walking my seven year old dog, Sadie Jane, in our neighborhood and out of the corner of my eye I saw a dog off leash running toward us. I quickly gripped up on Sadie's leash when I realized that the owner was chasing her dog and seemed to be panicked. I knew that [...]

Maya – Fun and Fit in the New Year

Last month I wrote about helping your pet live a fit and active life style in the New Year. Being the human caretaker to an obese, diabetic kitty, I understand the struggle of keeping your pet fit and active. As a veterinary technician for 20 years, I occasionally find myself not following my own words [...]

Confessions of an Ornithophobe (Fear of Birds)

I have always thought birds, particularly parrots, were beautiful and captivating. As a young child I remember going to the Philadelphia Zoo and hand feeding the colorful Lorikeets. Although the experience was memorable, having 6 Lorikeets biting at my arm is something I wish to forget! From that moment forward I was an ornithophobe - [...]

Adopt a Bird? Really?

If you are considering adding a pet to your family and are looking for an intelligent, loving, loyal and interactive pet, why not adopt a bird?  Pet Finder is a great resource to start your search for an adoptable pet bird.  There are a few local groups that can be accessed from this site. A Helping [...]

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