My apologies for the gap since our last info-rich post. As the clinic gets busier during the summer months, we’ve needed to adjust timing a bit. The good news is, this post has a boatload of great information for you. And we’ll be working very hard to post more frequently going forward – Yea!
Two of three cuties at their appointment
Most of us know our pets can have mild or severe food allergies. Your new kitten gets diarrhea every time you feed him a canned food with salmon in it, though that doesn’t happen with the same brand that contains only chicken. Or your Saint Bernard has the same problem every time you feed her a dry food or treat with corn in it.
And many of us know how we personally feel different when we eat different foods – eating a salad gives you more energy, while eating a salad calms your best friend down. But few of us know how to determine what foods may affect our pets in subtle or not-so-subtle ways.
Today Dr. Frank answers questions on Food Energetics, a fascinating topic he is passionate about. Continue reading →
An alternative exam can cover different things depending on your vet’s holistic specialties. In Dr. Frank’s practice an alternative exam is a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) exam.
In honor of talking about Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, today we have a photo Dr. Frank’s very sweet, soft and silky Chinese Crested dog, Punky.
Punky at the Clinic
Here is a little of what the American Kennel Club website says about Cresteds: “A fine-boned, elegant toy dog that craves human companionship, the Crested comes in two varieties. The Hairless has soft, silky hair on its head (crest), tail (plume) and feet (socks). Wherever the body is hairless the skin is soft and smooth. The Powderpuff is entirely covered with a double soft, straight coat. The two types often come from the same litter. Any color or combination of colors is allowed…
It is believed that Chinese mariners sailed with this breed… During the time of the Chinese plagues, hairless dogs were stowed aboard ships to hunt vermin. By the mid-nineteenth century, Cresteds began appearing in European art, and entries of the breed in American dog shows began in the late 1800s.”
In the photo, Punky is waiting for Dr. Frank on the couch in our reception area. On to Harmony’s alternative exam. Continue reading →