Being a Vet is Hard

by: Jennifer Oldfield

Doctors 2017I am writing this blog post in honour of the 7 fabulous vets I work with.  I have worked at ANVC for 14 years now and daily, their dedication to their profession amazes me.  I want people to consider all that goes in to a great veterinary team and dedicated, talented veterinarians.  It certainly isn’t all about the money – ask anyone who works in the field, you do this job for the love of animals, for your dedication to their health and well-being.

Let’s look at things from a general perspective – in order for a veterinary hospital to operate at its highest ability it needs a strong foundation.  First you need a location and equipment – state of the art to keep on top of all that changes in medicine.  You need supplies to deal with every situation, foods, medications, etc.    Second you need an amazing team – you need licensed registered veterinary technologists who are skilled and knowledgeable. You need customer service representatives who are friendly and talented when it comes to the people side, to ensure the human side of your patients are taken care of.  You need excellent kennel assistants with an eye for detail to keep everything clean and pristine, and you need a strong management team to lead and guide the crew.

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But before all of that, you need YEARS of education.  Vet school is 4 years, before that you need a minimum of 2 years pre-vet, most end up with a 4 year degree before moving on to vet school, 8 years of educational dedication…8 years of student debt.  Beyond the years of university there is required continuing education (both for veterinarians and for technologists) and there is often areas of strong interest and skill that veterinarians and techs wish to further develop, further gain knowledge in, further build their abilities.  Conferences, seminars, training, it all takes time and has a cost.

Now imagine if you will the view from the vet’s perspective.  You have patients that can’t talk, they can’t verbally tell you what is bothering them, where it hurts, how they feel.  Instead a veterinarian needs to be able to distinguish these things based on what the owners tell them and what clues (sometimes ever so subtle) they find during their physical exam.  Sometimes it is a small indicator, something undetected by the owner completely.  Sometimes it is knowing what to “feel” in the abdomen, in the neck, along the spine, the joints, etc.  Sometimes it is the movement, the subtle turn of a patient’s head as they come to the exact spot of discomfort.  Sometimes the problem is obvious and a solution and treatment plan easily created… sometimes it is not.  Now imagine the anguish a vet feels when they don’t have the answers, when they aren’t sure what is going on with their patient.  They spend countless hours consulting with the other veterinarians of their team, countless hours researching, seeking answers.  Imagine doing everything you can and having that not be enough…

Now imagine beyond even all that, imagine the highs and the lows associated with the joys and sorrows of veterinary medicine.  Many patients will have spent their entire lifetime at one clinic – there is the joy of meeting a puppy or kitten for the first time.  The joy of watching them grow.  Then, just like you are attached to your pet (they are family after all), the veterinarians too are attached to their patients, so as they age, or become sick, they feel the pain and anguish that comes with that.  Imagine having to do that final injection on a dear patient, consoling the family, feeling the hurt too and the heartache of losing someone dear then needing to compose yourself and move on to the next patient.  Imagine a day where there are 2 or 3 such situations for you.  Imagine the feelings of the entire team where an unfortunately all too common occurrence can be dealing with 5 such scenarios in a day.  Our hearts ache, we all feel the loss and sorrow, the hurt and the pain, but we don’t get the time to deal with that anguish and grief through our day, there are always more clients and more patients who need us.

Consider for a moment how important it is for you to find that right veterinary hospital for your pet and all that is important to you and consider how at ANVC we do all we can to be that team.  We work hard, we are dedicated, we take client feedback and work to change and adjust and implement different systems and policies to be the very best we can.  We put ourselves through AAHA inspections and follow the guidelines very closely to be the absolute best in our field.  Our mission statement is important to us – so important it is in giant letters on a wall in our clinic – our mission is to provide outstanding and compassionate care to our patients.  Our team dedicates every day to this and at the heart of it all – our veterinarians.

So consider them and all they go through and take a moment this holiday season to thank your vets and their team for their hard work, passion and dedication to this field.  A field that can be so rewarding and so heart-wrenching all in the same breath.

Christmas 2018



The Scary Scale

by: Jennifer Oldfield

As an adult when I think scary scale, I think of the number that comes up when I get on!  However to our pets, the scary scale is that horrible thing they have to get on when they come in to the vet.  So why is it the process of getting weighed can be such a challenge for some pets?


A person’s view of the weigh-in area.

In many veterinary hospitals the scale is in a spot where it is against a wall on at least one side.  In our clinic the scale has walls on 2 of the sides.  When we look at it from our perspective that doesn’t seem as though it should be an issue for a dog.  It isn’t right against the walls, it is still fairly open feeling.  There is also the small step up to get on to the scale, which again, doesn’t seem like much to us.  However we need to look at things from a different perspective, from a dog’s perspective.

The first part of the dog’s perspective we need to consider is the visit in general – whether it is the first time or the 100th time your dog has come in, there are many factors that affect how they feel about it;

  • There are the smells (many of which we can’t detect)
  • The potential noises
  • Other animals/people in the waiting area
  • Their experiences from previous visits (if this is a return visit)

Then as they come over to the scale they see;


Your pet’s view of the scale.

  • Walls, preventing their ability to escape
  • A raised surface, that looks much higher from their perspective and appears to be floating
  • When they touch the scale they will feel it go down slightly, which can be scary if they are movement sensitive
  • Plus, if you are uncertain of getting them on the scale they will sense that and feel, if you are concerned, they should be too

So, how can you resolve this and make the scale a quick and easy task at the vet?

The first thing is to take your time.  There is normally no need to rush this process.  If your dog likes treats, we have some available to use, by all means, do!  If they have other treats that are their favourites at home, bring them!  If your dog is too stressed to take a treat, then encourage them on the scale and praise them when they get anywhere near it.  Even if they only have one foot on, let them know “yes, good dog”, this is a step in the right direction.  (pun totally intended).  You can definitely touch them while they are on the scale (without applying any downward pressure).  So pet your pup under the chin, give them a few scratches, let them know they are doing a good job.  Have them stay on the scale for a little bit, give praise and/or cookies then let them off.

A couple things to try your very best NOT to do:

  • Don’t worry about getting them on the scale.  Remember, if you are worried, they will be too.  If they are worried about people in their space, our team member will back off to a point where she can read the weight without being close enough to make your dog concerned.  If they are concerned about getting on in general, let us help, and take your time.
  • Do your very best NOT to use their leash and collar to pull, drag, or lift them on to the scale.  All of these actions will likely make it more stressful and far less enjoyable for your pet.  Plus, dragging them over can get their toes caught under the scale, which will definitely not be fun for them and make them hate the process even more.
  • Don’t panic – if there is another pet in the waiting room that is making getting a weight difficult or if your pet is just too excited when they first come in, let us know.  We can get you into an exam room first and then either weigh them after the excitement has settled down, or at the end of your appointment.

We strongly encourage clients to bring their pet in just for the purpose of getting on the scale, getting a cookie or some love and leaving.  Every time you do this, the scale becomes a fun part of the process of visiting the vet.  This definitely works best with young dogs, however at any age you can work to teach your dog that the scale isn’t scary.  It is just another game in the game of life.

Electra practices getting on and off the scale whenever she comes to visit:


Nutrition Advocates

by: Brianna Redlich

You may have read the title of this post and wondered, what is a Nutrition Advocate?  In our clinic we have two Nutrition Advocates.  We are Registered Veterinary Technologists that have taken extra training in the field of Nutrition.

Lucas and Brianna

Lucas & Brianna

What can a Nutrition Advocate (NA) do for you?

Our NAs work in one of two ways;

  1. We work closely with our veterinarians to develop a plan tailored to a pet’s needs.  Either the veterinarian will decide on a diet or they will ask our advice. Once a diet has been selected, based on the pet’s needs we then calculate a feeding guide. Next we explain to the client why the diet was chosen, how to transition, how much to feed and how often. We also do a follow up call 2 to 3 weeks later to see how the pet is doing and to answer any questions the client might have.  We then recommend coming in for weigh-ins following a diet change to monitor the pet’s weight. This helps to ensure the pet is not gaining/losing on a maintenance diet or is losing at a safe rate on a weight loss diet.
  2. The other way we work is when a client comes in seeking information or help in

    Some many choices…which is right for your pet?

    changing to a different diet. When a client comes to us with concerns about their pet’s weight, diet, eating habits, etc we will work with the client to determine the best course of action for the pet. An example is a client is concerned their pet is overweight.  We have a look at the pet and evaluate the body condition score and the overall appearance.  We also ask questions for a nutrition history.  It is very important that the client is honest when answering questions about feeding amounts, number of treats and exercise. We are there to help, not judge.  Once a body condition score and history have been evaluated we will then come up with a few different options.  Some clients decide to try achieving weight loss using the pet’s current diet. We will develop a plan and explain that if they are not seeing results that a prescription diet may be needed.  We do regular weigh-ins to track the pet’s progress and make adjustments as needed. Once the pet is at an ideal weight we will continue to work with the client while switching to a maintenance diet.

Please keep in mind that there are some situations where the Nutrition Advocate will recommend an exam with one of the Veterinarians before proceeding with a diet plan. An example would be a pet that has bad allergies and irritated skin, that may need to be treated both medically and nutritionally.

Not sure if you need to make a diet change? Ask yourself these questions.

  • Is your pet’s coat dull, brittle or do they have flaky skin?
  • Is your pet gassy?
  • Is your pet over or under weight?
  • Is your pet having loose or small hard bowel movements?
  • Is your pet having multiple large bowel movements a day?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then you may want to book a consult with one of our Nutrition Advocates.

Further information:

Nutrition Consultations

It’s Not All Puppies & Kittens

by: Jennifer Oldfield

Upset nurse sitting on the floor

*Image taken from the resource link below

Approximately 1 week ago another veterinarian took her own life.  Suicide rates among veterinarians is approximately double that of dentists and doctors and is up to 6 times higher than the general population.  This is a scary statistic.

People often don’t realize the stress involved with being not only a vet, but anyone working within the veterinary profession.  Let’s start right from the front:

Our Client Service Reps are the front line of our clinic.  They field phone call after phone call, are the first greeting for our clients when they come in, they weigh patients, take them to the exam rooms, deal with bill payments, and then they are the final face when our clients leave.  This may not seem too tough – after all, they get to love up all the sweet animals that come in!  Although that is true, they also deal with clients who are stressed because their pet isn’t well, they field calls for the doctors, they help clients determine if the situation they are experiencing is an emergency… they have the tough job of having to turn clients away in the event that we aren’t able to provide them with the emergent care they are needing.   Our CSR’s deal with our clients not only in the most stressful times, but in the most heartbreaking as well – they have to ask what choices you want for the end of your pet’s life, they have to manage a delicate balance to get your consent, go over your options and accept your payment, all while trying to be quick and efficient, so as to not get in the way of your grieving.

For those of us who have been here a long time many of these patients we have known since they were just wee, when they first came into your life, they came into ours.  We all grieve with you, try hard not to show it too much – we need to continue on with the next client, the next patient… but our heart breaks too.

Next are our licensed veterinary technologists -these dedicated people are the right hand to the doctors.  They assist in patient care, they monitor your pet during surgery, they assist in every aspect of your pet’s care where more than the doctor’s hands are needed.  All the while in doing this, they are often working to soothe a pet that is distraught about what is happening, they work to find the best holds to ease the patients stress while also protecting themselves and the doctors, if needed.  They are highly trained to know the subtle signs when a patient isn’t dealing with anesthetic well, aren’t recovering well, require more pain medications.   They draw up medications, dispense them for patients, educate clients, they have a wealth of knowledge to share.   They too field calls, help to educate a client when a doctor isn’t available.   The techs’ love and compassion for animals and their well-being is their driving force.  As with everyone else in the clinic, they hurt and have heartbreak when all doesn’t go well and are frustrated too when a patient isn’t improving.

Finally we have the veterinarians -they have the hardest job of all -their patient’s can’t tell them what is wrong.  The patient can’t tell them what they ate, where it hurts, what they did.  Veterinarians rely on what information the owner can provide, they rely on their education, their experience, the physical exam, the use of diagnostics to determine what is happening.   We are fortunate that in our hospital our doctors work as a team so they can rely on each other to review cases, find a new perspective, do their absolute best for the patient.   Sometimes it is the ruling out of things that helps to determine what is actually going on, which can be frustrating to an owner, but know that they ALWAYS have the best interest of the patient in mind and at heart.  They don’t want to see your pet suffer any more than you do and they have the super tough job of working to get them back to health when they aren’t well.    The doctors also work with the client on top of caring for the patient, trying to help ease the owner’s stress and concern while determing the best course of action to take.  One of the hardest parts can be giving options available without influencing a decision, educating the client without putting their own personal take on what they would do.  Then there are those horrible moments when the harsh reality of an older pet or a really sick pet is that it is time…time to let them go, nothing more can be done.  This is awful news to have to deliver, it breaks our doctor’s hearts as much as it breaks yours.  And, when the final time does come, they are with you, with their patient, right to the end.  Feeling your grief, while trying to not show theirs.

Everyone in the clinic also has the added stress when a client has a sick pet and limited img_3664funds.  It breaks our hearts to know that we will be limited in what we can do for that patient.  As much as we would like to help everyone at no cost, the reality is, we don’t get government funding, if the clinic doesn’t get paid, noone that works here would get paid.  The doctors always do what they can, looking at all the options for what can be done with the funding the client has available.  We offer finance options to help aid the client so they can get the care their pet needs now.  Plus there are those stressful times when a client declines testing or declines treatment.   It pains all of us to know that the outcome likely will not be good, that the patient will suffer because of an untreated condition or the pain they are feeling, but in the end it is the owner’s decision to make, our doctors can only provide their findings and give their recommendations and gently encourage clients.

This profession, this field, can be stressful, it can be harsh, it can feel unrewarding.  When we are having a tough personal day, or have had a tough run in with a difficult cleint, or have a patient where it wasn’t a positive outcome for that appointment, we have to push that aside for the next client, the next patient, we aren’t allowed to have an “off” day.  We need to be our best for everyone and we always strive to make that true.  Your pet is just as important to us as the last patient and as the next patient will be.

On the flip side, there are most definitely very rewarding days, appointments, moments.  They are definitely snuggly puppies and kittens, loveable adult pets, interesting and exotic pets, enduring senior pets.   They are successful emergency surgeries, there is satisfaction in seeing a pet improve and become well again, there are clients who let us know our hard work does not go unnoticed.

There are good days and bad days in this field and remember that we too are people, that we care about your pet just as you do, and everything we all do is with the best interest of each patient in our minds and hearts.


Further informational resource:

Why Is The Suicide Rate for Veterinarians So High?

Have you downloaded it yet?

by: Jennifer Oldfield

In our current era mobile devices are everywhere!  Having a smartphone means we have almost everything at our fingertips – 24/7.  We can access our bank accounts, check our email and Facebook, take photos and even play our favourite games.   We find life is busy, always seemingly on the go, making it difficult, even with our smartphones, to have time to do small tasks like call to schedule appointments or call in prescription refills.

New Screen Shot3Here at Albert North we decided approximately 2 years ago that we wanted to be able to make it even easier for our clients to connect with us, and with that in mind we developed our Mobile App.   We wanted the app to be functional with helping clients to contact us, providing some basic medical information for those times when we can’t be reached, and to have special promotions just for our App users.  Today we have almost 1000 users and that number seems to be growing daily.

The question is, what does the App do for you?  What benefit can it provide?  Here are some of the key features:

Home screen
  • A quick link to call us or get directions (handy if you have referred someone to the clinic, recommend they download the App)
  • Location tab that will take you to our hours, directions, a general email link and a link to our website
  • Promotions tab – the promotions are specifically for our App users only and can be an additional savings on an in-clinic promo for all clients or a promotion only available to App users.  (For example in February during Dental Month dental products were on sale in-clinic for 20% off, with the App you receive 30% off)
  • A Coupon Tab – this provides you with a $5 off coupon to use the first time you download the App.  Future coupons/loyalty rewards are in the works
  • Book/Refill – request an appointment or prescription refill whenever you remember, regardless of the time of day
Under the More Tab
  • Email sign-up – receive email notifications about health concerns, happenings in clinic, changes to hours, etc.
  • Events – information on events like Dental Month, Photo Contests, etc.
  • Library – ever been camping and wished you knew what your dog needs for an antihistamine or if that plant or food item your pet just ate is toxic?  Our library provides you with immediate access to this information.  Plus if you say yes to having access to the app when offline, you won’t need to worry about being in an area where you aren’t connected
  • Media access – instant access to our Facebook page, Blog posts, YouTube channel
  • Photo Gallery and Submit Photos Tab – take a picture and send it to us to go in the Photo Gallery plus see other photos we have shared

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We are continually looking at more ways to make the App of benefit to you, so if you have an idea, please feel free to share with us.  You can do this from within the App under the Book/Refill tab – simply click on Contact Us!

Download our App:



The Importance of Diagnostics Part 3

In Part 1 of our series we discussed the importance of ultrasound; Part 2 was about x-rays; now in our final part of the series,we discuss the importance of lab tests.

by: Dr. Barb Eatock

20161114_125233If your pet is sick, your veterinarian may recommend performing lab tests to help determine the underlying cause of your pet’s symptoms.  These tests can provide a lot of important information to your veterinarian regarding the diagnosis and therefore the appropriate treatment.  Even if all the results come back in the normal range, this helps your veterinarian rule out several potential causes of the symptoms your pet is having and these results can then be used as a baseline to compare to future tests.

The most common laboratory tests for a veterinarian to recommend are bloodwork and a urine sample.  The veterinarian may recommend other tests such as an examination of a stool sample; depending on specific symptoms.  Bloodwork may include a complete bloodcount, chemistry or additional tests.  The complete blood can help determine whether your pet is anemic, has an inflammatory response and whether he or she has enough platelets to aid with blood clotting.  The chemistry shows whether your pet has liver, kidney, or pancreatic disease, checks protein and electrolyte (sodium, potassium, and chloride) levels, and checks blood sugar and calcium levels.  The blood count and chemistry can also be used to determine if patients are a good candidate for an anesthetic procedure.  Urine samples also provide important information such as infection, blood  (which may indicate bladder stones or other problems), sugar in the urine (which may indicate diabetes), and how concentrated the urine is (which can help determine whether the kidneys are functioning properly).


Additional tests which may be recommended depending on species, age and symprotms, include thyroid tests and tests for certain viruses such as parvo, feline leukemia, and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV).  Most tests can be performed in clinic with same day results; tests that need to be sent away will generally have results back within a few days.

img_3664Lab tests are a very important tool for your veterinarian.  They provide essential information to allow for a precise diagnosis, which allows your veterinarian to provide specific treatment, which can help save time, money, and prevent the needless suffering of your pet.



The Importance of Diagnostics: Part 1

Diagnostics are the tests doctors are able to perform, that allow them to find out what is going on with your pet when they aren’t well.   Sometimes a diagnositc may be performed that comes back normal, and although we understand this can be frustrating for our clients, this information is actually extremely useful for the veterinarian.    It helps eliminate possible diagnoses and helps them to determine what is more likely to be the problem.

In this series we will provide a bit of information on the diagnostics we are able to perform right here at Albert North Veterinary Clinic.


by: Dr. Jo-Ann Liebe*

Ultrasound is one  of the diagnostic tests we offer in clinic.  Ultrasound is best used for the evauation of soft tissues like internal organs, the heart, and sometimes masses, tendons, and muscles; in certain species.  Ultrasound does not do well with air or bone because the sound does not travel well through these media and the results are a poor signal.

Ultrasound can give important information about the prescence of fluid in the abdomen, masses (to help determine which organ may be affected and even to biopsy without full anesthetic or expensive and invasive surgery), pregnancy diagnosis and assessment of fetal viability and health, finding bladder stones (some of which are not visable on x-ray), and overall organ health.

Our clinic was the first in Regina to offer this valuable service and over the years we have continued to upgrade our equipment to continually improve image quality for the best evauation possible.

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Gizmo, a 14 year old domestic shorthair being ultrasounded to check his pancreatic health. His liver, stomach, kidneys, spleen, bladder and intestines were also evaluated

*Dr. Jo-Ann Liebe is highly trained in ultrasound evaluation and is one of only a small few in the Regina area who can perform a comprehensive diagnostic ultrasound.  We are pleased to work with other veterinarians to be able to provide this valuable service to their patients through a referral.



Not all KONG Toys are Created Equal

KONG toys are fantastic toys for your dog.  They are wonderful for retreiving and playing with, they are great for dogs that like to chew, and they are super fantastic to stuff for keeping dogs busy on days when it is harder to get out with them (like snowy or rainy days) or when life just gets in the way of a good round of exercise and play.  However did you know not all KONG toys are created equal?  There are an assortment of colours in the KONG family in which each are designed with a specific type or age of dog in mind.
kong pupTypes of KONGS
  • Pale pink or pale blue are for your puppy.
  • Purple ones are designed for your senior dog.

Both of these KONGS are a bit softer with more flex behind them, to
be gentle on young or aging mouths.

  • Red are the classic original KONG for the general chewer.  The are definitely tougher kongsthan the puppy or senior dog kongs but are designed with the average dog in mind.
  • Black are called extreme and are a tougher strength rubber designed for a more intense chewer.  These KONGS aren’t indestructible but definitely more heavy duty then the classic.
  • Blue KONGS are generally veterinary exclusive and are designed for most levels of chewer.
The Special Feature of the Blue KONG

IMG_2334 The puppy, senior, classic and extreme kongs if ingested will not show up on xray – HOWEVER the blue veterinary exclusive are designed specially to be radio-opaque, meaning that if ingested the pieces will be visible upon xray.  This is  wonderful news from our perspective and we now have a selection of all available sizes in clinic.  For more information on the benefits of the KONG, come on in, we would love to assist you!

Additional Sources:

KONG Toy User Guide

KONG Recipes

dog kong

taken from the KONG Company website


Dental Quiz Answers

During the month of February our technologist Meghan put together a Dental Quiz for our clients.  They could answer and turn in their quiz for a chance to win a dental care gift pack.  It wasn’t about getting the answers right or wrong, it was about getting our clients to actively think about dental care in their pets.  Often this is an area of animal health care that is over looked and yet can greatly affect the health, length, and quality of your pet’s life. pup teeth

Below are the questions with the answers and a brief blurb on each.

  1. What percentage of pets over the age of 3 have dental disease? 


By age 3 your pet has gone 1,095 days without brushing his teeth and even if your pet does chew his food and even if it is a dental specific diet it isn’t going to provide the same exact action as brushing with clean water and toothpaste (think of you eating a carrot).

  1. What is an early sign of dental disease that owners may overlook? 

Bad Breath

Bad breath is a sign that the mouth has a build up of bacteria in it.

       3. True or False: Dental disease causes pain.  


As bacteria builds up in the mouth and eventually plaque then tartar forms on the teeth and gums bleed and separate the decay moves under the gums.  All of this leads to the decay of teeth making the mouth very sore.  Until a dental surgery is performed and the teeth can be cleaned above and below the gums as well as removing any unhealthy teeth the pain will not go away.

  1. dental-brush-paste-kitWhich is the “gold standard” of home dental care? 

Brush daily

Although feeding a dental diet, offering dental chews and using an oral rinse are all helpful in dental care, the absolute best thing you can do for your pets oral health is to brush daily!

  1. Which can be brushed off? 


Plaque is the first build up of debris on the teeth.  Tartar is the mineralization of that debris and cannot be removed with regular brushing.

       6. How long does it take plaque to mineralize to tartar?

24 – 36 hrs   

This is the reason why brushing daily is the key to keeping teeth healthy.

        7. True or False: Hand scaling teeth on an awake patient is best.


Scaling teeth creates tiny microscopic grooves in the surface of the teeth.  Without polishing after scaling the grooves remain, leaving the perfect place for food and debris to continue to build up and eat away at the teeth.  Pets need to be under a general anesthetic so that scaling and cleaning of all the teeth can be done thoroughly and completely, then teeth can be polished to remove the tiny grooves created by scaling.Dent

        8. How often should a dental cleaning be performed on pets?    

Depends on the individual animal.

Some pets require regular annual cleaning, while others can go years before needing a cleaning.  Genetics plays a very large role in the health of teeth and even when the owner does everything right including brushing daily, a dental may need to be performed on a regular basis.

           9. Order the following stages of dental disease from best (0) to worst (4)DDD_dog_gum_disease

__0__ Clean, healthy teeth

__1__ Plaque accumulation

__2__ Gum inflammation (gingivitis)

__3__ Tartar build-up

__4__ Gum separation (periodontitis)

Plaque accumulation and gingivitis can occur almost simaltaneously, so if you couldn’t decide which of these two went first you are essentially correct either way.

         10. True or False: Dental disease can lead to heart and kidney disease.


The bacteria in the mouth that causes dental disease spreads throughout the body leading over time to heart and kidney disease.

The Results Are In…

So how did you do?  Did you learn something new?  We sure hope so!

Just like dental care is important for you, so is it for your pet.  The best you can do is work together with your veterinary team to determine what you can do to keep your pet’s oral health at its best, ultimately leading to a longer, healthier, happier life!

Jack Russell Terrier Snarling

Jack Russell Terrier Snarling — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Want more information on dental care and what is involved in a dental cleaning for your pet?  See the dental section of our website!


Weight Loss Success!


What?!? Did you say “Come put my nose print on the camera?”

Elliot is a typical energetic lovey lab who is certain everyone wants to see him, but he has one small…er….large problem: he is more than 20 lbs overweight!  Well at least that was his problem.  With the aid of Dr. Jo-Ann Liebe, Hill’s Metabolic diet and devoted owners, Elliot is now a svelte man at a nice lean weight a whole 24.5 lbs lighter!

His owner sent us this testimonial:

Elliot before

Elliot before his weight loss

“Thank you for sending those great pics (seen below) of Elliot after losing 20 pounds in about 6 months on the Metabolic diet and treats. He really enjoys the food (but then again Elliot is a lab and is not fussy and loves any and all food). My husband and I are very diligent about adhering to the amounts that Dr. Liebe has recommended.  I also make sure my husband adheres to the 6 treats per day as he was “over-treating before the metabolic diet started”! We could first see a difference within a month and could see his bulkier looking body of 107.9 lbs leaning out. Even though Elliot is a very tall lab this weight was not a healthy one. You could see he is much more comfortable at his new ideal weight being he has hip dysplasia from birth and now (he is almost 8 yrs old) has arthritis in his hips and knees. He has more energy and his mobility was much much improved even after losing the first 10 lbs. He appears to have less issues on getting up from a lying to sitting position and when he gets a treat he actually is jumping up on his back legs with front legs pawing high into the air. He resembles Black Beauty in those old shows!  It brought tears to our eyes as we haven’t seen him do that in a long time!  He is presently at his goal weight of 83.4 pounds and has a handsome hour glass figure. We are continuing with the Metabolic diet and Dr. Liebe has increased the amount per feed to 1 3/4 cup (two times daily) and we are having his weight checked regularly to make sure this ideal weight is maintained.

Elliot after - what a lovely lean body!

Elliot after – what a lovely lean body!

I have attached a pic taken before starting his diet at 107.9 lbs (seen above).

Thank you Dr Liebe, for recommending such an effective method of weight loss for our big boy, Elliot, and Elliot thanks you too as he’s much more comfortable.”

We are so happy for Elliot and his family on their success.  The lighter body means less stress on his joints making many things easier for him to do and over time it will keep him moving easier as he ages.

Getting a pet to loss weight can be tough, but we know that in the long run the devotion to feeding less at meals, giving less treats and increasing activity can be a great preventative method to certain health issues that arise as pets age helping to maintain mobility and even increase your pets life span.

Need help getting started?  Talk to one of our veterinarians or highly trained technicians who can help get you going on the path to a successful weight loss plan.  We will help you to maintain that plan and help you reach success every step of the way.  In the end your pet will thank you for it!