Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Don't forget the dog while kids are back in school...

While many of us are sending the kiddos back to class, we forget about the time they spent playing and chasing the dog around all summer. Now, doggie is bored at home alone and could use some enrichment so they don't start chewing up the furniture.

You can check out our AHRDVM Pinterest board for dog and cat enrichment ideas...many of them are free!

Puzzles, go-nuts and stuffed Kong toys can be great ways to keep your pet busy during their time at home.

Studies show a puzzle or treat game can tire out a pet mentally with the same level of stimulation they'd get from running around the dog park! So if you don't have time to go on the same long walks you took over summer, try out some of the fun ideas to keep them entertained and enriched!

They enrich our lives so much...let's take the time to give back!

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Pleas Use Caution at Human Pharmacies! Your Pet's Health Could Depend on it

Most pharmacy schools do not have any courses on veterinary pharmacy so most of the graduating pharmacists know very little if anything about the differences in drug metabolism and dosing in non-human patients. A survey conducted by five state VMA’s (Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Iowa, and Southern California) regarding pet prescription errors [revealed] in 2014.

• ~1/3 of respondents knew of occasions when pharmacies changed drug or dosage without consulting the veterinarian
• Showed “an alarming trend in recurring problems by pharmacists unfamiliar with veterinary pharmacology & physiology”
• 24-38% of veterinarians had at least one incident involving a drug or dosage change without knowledge or authorization
• ~9% reported an adverse health reaction related to a drug or dosage change by a retail or online pharmacy
• Overall, comments indicated that veterinarians are happy to talk to pharmacists if they are unfamiliar with dosages in non-human species
• Several comments regarding pharmacists telling pet parents that the prescribed dose is too high and will hurt their pet
• Many reports of pharmacies changing flea/tick medications or dosages without calling

We have had one local pharmacist "recommend" a drug for a patient that was contraindicated for the pet's medical condition and other medications. (Aug 2015) Fortunately, the client knew better, and the patient was unharmed.

We have had another pharmacist tell a client the dose of the medication was too high. (July 2014). And fortunately in this case client did not change dose and the patient was unharmed.

Please, please if you have any concerns about recommendations from us or suggestions by a pharmacist - please consult with us first.

Animal Hospital of Rowlett Veterinary Clinic

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Skipper Vaughn - Pet Partner to Ms. Vaughn

One of our lovely clients sent us this sweet story for Skipper Vaughn, her beloved dog and pet partner.  

Full of love for life, I am a beautiful Poodle Boy age 10 Bonded to Master – Nanny Vaughn
Favorite vet 5 Star Sheppard - Dr. Wendi Carter
I enjoy Dr. Wendi giving me acupuncture therapy
Favorite Treat – Salmon Jerky
I play tug of war with my buddy Peanut and I love to lie In Nanny’s lap for massages.
Greatest Accomplishment – I cheated death in June with care from my Sheppard Dr. Wendi and my Master Nanny.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Check Your Chip

We will be hosting a check your chip event on Saturday, August 15 from 10-12 in our Rowlett lobby. This event is open to the public. We will be scanning pets for microchips and giving you the chip number so you can ensure your contact information registered to the chip is up to date.

Visit our Facebook page for more information. We will be raffling off a free microchip!!!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Pet Acoustics - Why The Music We Play for Pets is Different Than That for Our Clients

Have you ever wondered why the music playing in our lobby is different than the music in the exam rooms?

Wonder no more...

We have put a lot of thought into the experience that both you and your pet have at our clinic. Our lobby has fun music by decade to allow our clients to dance and sing at the check in counter (we love this by the way!). However, once you cross through the exam room threshold, we change our tune.

The exams rooms are softly playing special dog and cat music, called Pet Acoustics. This music is specially created based on tones, rhythms and pitches that are pleasing (scientifically) to dogs and cats.

You can find out more here:

Animal Hospital of Rowlett Veterinary Clinic

Location:Pet Acoustics