Kitten Feeding

Kitten Feeding

We recently saw three kittens that were rescued from under a barn. Mom wasn't around, so they had been struggling to find food, their mouths, and bodies covered with dirt. Our client had cleaned them up and brought them in for exams. Two were pretty feisty and started...

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Trust

Trust

Some of my extended family and friends have recently had a series of intense health issues. My experience in communicating with the medical teams has given me a renewed appreciation for the trust that you, our clients, have in our care of your pets. The medical system...

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Batter Up!

Batter Up!

The other day I was inspecting our house for wasps, ants, and other pets in anticipation of doing some exterior painting. I was particularly interested in the wood trim that we had wrapped with aluminum years ago. As I rounded one corner and looked up, there was a bat...

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VIDEO: Smokehole Canyon West Virginia

VIDEO: Smokehole Canyon West Virginia

This is not really a veterinary post, but Smokehole Canyon is one of the best family canoe trips I've done. My children and I and a couple other families run this river near Petersburg, WV every Memorial Day Weekend. From beautiful scenery to a great canoe-only...

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Proverbial Wisdom

Proverbial Wisdom

A client recently returned a survey card on the appearance of the clinic, courtesy, professionalism, and empathy of the staff, and value of services. We were pleased to see all outstanding scores, but her note "I appreciated the kindness of the staff and doctors....

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Second Chance

Second Chance

Remember "Chance" from my February 6, 2012, post? She has been making up for lost time (and food!). Here is Chance on presentation: Then after 6 days of supportive care at Towne: And now after a month of family life and good...

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Senior Blood Work

Senior Blood Work

Often the most successful visits are the least exciting--the surgery that heals well, the diabetic who is easily managed, the limping that turns out to be just a broken nail. Unfortunately, the opposite is true as well. It usually doesn't bode well when I have a "very...

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Take a Chance on Me

Take a Chance on Me

This is one of those stories that every animal lover hopes for: A 3.6-pound hypothermic cat with chiggers, neurologic signs, crusty eyes, skin sores, and jaundice was rescued by one of our very compassionate clients from certain death in the outdoors. Finally ill...

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Plant Awns

Plant Awns

Today a Golden Retriever presented with a rapidly growing mass under her jaw. It was not painful or inflamed, but when I took some fluid out of it with a needle, I saw very large numbers of bacteria and white blood cells. I suspected that this abscess could be due to...

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Along For The Journey

Along For The Journey

Yesterday a man arrived on Towne's front doorstep with two dogs, a bike, and what I assume were most of his worldly possessions. He was on his way from New York to Daytona Beach to stay with a friend and was walking the bike and the dogs when he couldn't hitch a ride....

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