Lawn and Garden Care with Pets in Mind

Though chillier than normal, it’s that time of year again.  The time of year we in the Pacific Northwest start mowing, thatching, aerating and

Freestyle Demo at 2010 Open House

fertilizing our lawns.  We’re deciding what flowers and veggies to plant and we’re getting containers and garden plots ready for the seeds and starters we plan to put in as soon as weather permits. 

We all want to make sure our lawn and garden is safe for our pets and kids.

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Vaccinations – Part II – Dogs

Marty with his person in reception

A happy, healthy dog is joy personified.  As with cats, vaccinations are an important and occasionally controversial part of our dogs’ lives, as more and more vaccines are available to our vets.

When is the best time to vaccinate?  Which ones are most important?  What about stories we’ve heard about adverse reactions?  These are just a few of the many questions that come up.  And we find in all forms of media (the web, magazines, newspaper, TV) almost as many differing opinions to each of our questions, as we have questions.  

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Why Take my Dog to the Back?

We all feel just a bit nervous when we go to the doctor, don’t we?  Even when we know nothing is wrong and it’s just a routine check-up.  We may be a little impatient as we’re putting our coat on to leave for the doctor’s office. 

Cali and Jessie in exam room before their appointment

Or, we may be distracted and respond to the barista at the coffee drive-through more abruptly than we normally would on our way to the appointment.

Knowing this about people, most vets try very hard to keep the atmosphere in their clinics pleasant and relaxed to put the people and their pets at ease.  

Of course, some pets are by nature more relaxed than others while waiting for the doctor.  As you can see in the photo, Cali is very chill in the exam room waiting for Dr. Frank, taking the opportunity to catch a few ZZZsss.  Jesse on the other hand, is more alert and perhaps a little anxious about the appointment.  Which brings us to a question our clients have asked…  Continue reading

Dry food, Dog teeth, and Puppies

Bear, Beth, Ellie, Fiona, Lady, Rose, Tank and Zoe

Large or small, puppies are always too cute for words and these Belgian Malinois puppies are no exception to that rule as they wait in our exam room for Dr. Frank.   

Whether your pet grows into a large dog like these puppies or stays very small like our client’s Boston Terrier puppy below, doesn’t matter. 
Fiona in David’s arm

All dogs need healthy teeth and gums – puppy or adult, Tibetan Mastiff or Teacup Yorkie mix.  This week’s Q&A covers questions we are frequently asked by current and new clients, so we thought the answers might be useful to you.

Some ads imply that a crunchy dry food or kibble will help clean your pet’s teeth or at least help them stay clean.  Is that really true?  Will a dry food at least keep my pet’s teeth cleaner than a canned food?  If you’ve had those questions pop into your head when you see an ad or commercial about dog food, read on… Continue reading

What is an Alternative vet exam?

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 in 2010

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.”

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Cats, Acupuncture and Flowers

Gift from the Staff

Saturday, February 5th was our 2nd Anniversary.  Flowers arrived at the clinic Saturday morning – a gift to Dr. Frank and Kris from the staff.  The florist, Woodinville Florist, is one of our clients.  They did an exceptional job of making an arrangement to fit perfectly with our furnishings and atmosphere.

That evening Dr. Frank and Kris treated the staff to dinner in Edmonds at Girardi’s Osteria.  Excellent food and friendly service – a wonderful way to celebrate!!

Now, on to this week’s questions —

Q: Do cats stay still for acupuncture or do they need to be sedated?

Dr. Frank:  Typically cats do not need to be sedated for acupuncture.  This is partially because the needles are so thin (.02mm wide) that acupuncture is really not painful to the cat.  They might feel a slight prick when the needle is first inserted or they may have particularly sensitive areas, but after the needle is inserted there remains no lingering pain.

In contrast, acupuncture frequently will make a cat very relaxed, causing them to lay down during the treatment.  This is due to the increased flow of energy and circulation which warms and relaxes the body.

Q: What feline medical conditions might benefit from acupuncture treatments?

Dr. Frank:  Feline asthma or other respiratory issues; kidney and bladder diseases; lameness; digestive disorders.