Hi, I love you, yep

Yesterday, I went on a field trip with my daughter’s class as a chaperone. I was reminded, yet again, of why I became a veterinarian. The teacher is an angel on earth and I do not, for one second, think I could do what she does.

I watched one nine year old dissolve into an inconsolable heap of tears because she lost during a game of Red Rover. I watched another child, who was walking barefoot on the park grass, get called over by her mother and told to apply hand sanitizer to her feet at once. At least 3 boys came near to destroying some ancient archaeological artifact or another. It was chaos.

On the way home, my daughter showed me a poem she had written for school. Apparently part of the grading involved being critiqued by a classmate (blue). And my daughter, being MY daughter after all, had to have the last word.



And dangit, I want to cry but I also laughed my head off because I KNOW she wrote that response with the exact same eye-rolly sigh that I use. SO my kid, in so many ways.

Being a mother to humans is a confusing and often frightening endeavor that often leaves me feeling either inadequate, elated, or exhausted. It’s a sine curve with an amplitude of a million, which is why on Mothers Day so many of us buy a flower arrangement with the vague disquieting sense of guilt that “this doesn’t even begin to cover it.”

Being a pet mom is so much simpler, at least the way I do it. They eat, they go outside, we hang out, no one gets called by the principal. They are a stabilizing force in a world that’s always trying to destabilize you. I came home after that exhausting day, collapsed (barefoot) on the lawn, and let Brody console me with doggy kisses (with his probably gross tongue.) It’s a little more straightforward: Hi, I love you, yep. And for that, I am so grateful. I’m grateful for both experiences, actually; each so different and it makes me appreciate the other all the more.

They love us in their own special way.

They love us in their own special way.

May your highs be every higher and your lows, well, not so bad, and through it all a pet to call your own and make you glad.

-Old Irish Proverb I just made up

Up and Away, by the amazing Brittney Lee

May moms of all shapes, sizes and types have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

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Tariq Drabu Affair and Media Urges Government to Press for Increased Public Awareness Regarding Oral Health

(PRWEB) May 10, 2013

The Tariq Drabu Affair and Media department set up by Tariq Drabu leading Manchester GDC registered dentist and the owner of Langley Dental Practice in Middleton, Manchester has today called for NHS England to improve public awareness of oral and dental health and the link to systemic diseases. This recent call follows the news that a recent survey from a dental payment provider which showed wide areas of lack of knowledge and understanding when it came to the links between dental and systemic disease. A link to the survey can be seen here.

The survey indicated that while around seven out of 10 people recognise that poor oral health can have an impact on the rest of their body, many people are not so aware when it comes to what diseases it has potential links with. The survey of 5,000 British adults has shown that while a third of people polled know that poor oral health can be linked to cardiovascular disease and mouth cancer (59%), only a small number of British adults are aware that poor oral health can be linked to dementia1 (6%), pancreatic cancer2 (5%), and rheumatoid arthritis (5%). What was most worrying was the news that 22% of British adults would not change their current habits even if they knew that poor oral health was linked with more serious health conditions.

This call by Tariq Drabu Affair and Media department also follows the news that in Wales recent figures show that more than a third of Welsh people brush their teeth only once a day – or less. As part of another survey commissioned by a dental payment plan provider, figures revealed that 31% of people surveyed admitted to falling below the recommended twice-a-day routine, with 4% of those admitting to not brushing on a daily basis at all. The story can be seen here. These worrying figures came to light in spite of supposed widespread knowledge about the benefit of oral hygiene and wider awareness of the benefits of toothbrushing.

The Tariq Drabu Affair and Media department was set up at Langley Dental Practice to look at the latest aspects of regulation and developments related to dentistry. Commenting on the findings Tariq Drabu said “I am disappointed to note the results of these surveys. With so much more emphasis in the public domain about dental health and toothbrushing I would have thought that these figures would be better. The two major dental diseases which are tooth decay and gum disease are both preventable. We know that tooth decay is a preventable disease and it is a well known fact that getting fluoride in to contact with teeth will have a positive effect on dental health. The best ways of doing this is by Fluoridation of the public water supply. In terms of toothbrushing and oral health there needs to be an increase in public awareness through our local health services as part of a wider educational campaign. This needs to take place from early years onwards so that good habits are inside instilled into children from an early age.

However, the Tariq Drabu Affair and Media department sounded a note of caution, since the current major NHS reforms that are being implemented this month may well mean that regulatory matters surrounding items such as dental public health will be overlooked. Tariq Drabu said “with the dissolution of Primary Care Trusts responsible for local health provision these current major NHS reorganisations may lead to moves towards public water fluoridation and wide dental public health being missed and in some cases abandoned, leading to a deterioration in the dental health of the population, especially children.”

The Tariq Drabu Affair and Media department remain steadfast in advocating their support for for water fluoridation and increasing education as effective public health measures. Tariq Drabu said, “We have been practising here in North Manchester, which is an area of high social deprivation and poor dental health for over 15 years. In terms of levels of tooth decay, our locality figures are in the bottom 20 out of all 300 health trusts in the whole country. Figures from the Department of Health show that areas like ours have children’s tooth decay rates that are eight times worse than the best areas in the country. Therefore we need prompt and proactive public health measures such as water fluoridation in order to improve the dental health of the population, especially children. A comparable area like South Birmingham, which is in the bottom third for social deprivation but which has fluoride in the water, is in the top third of areas with the lowest levels of tooth decay. So, when we compare like for like we can see that fluoride does work.”

The Tariq Drabu Affair and Media department looked at the legislation enacted by the government since 2010 relating to public health regulation. Tariq Drabu went on to say “back in 2010 after the election the Coalition government in its flagship “Programme for Government” document said not only that it would introduce a new NHS dentistry contract but more importantly it talked about an additional focus on the oral health of schoolchildren. The new contract is making ground but the dental public health of children is falling by the wayside and the confusion surrounding fluoridation will only make matters worse.”

Tariq Drabu who was chairman of Bury and Rochdale Local Dental Committee between 2003 and 2006 urged on the government to take the lead and press ahead with a workable public health agenda that put water fluoridation and education at the top of dental public health especially for children.

Speaking in conclusion on behalf of the Tariq Drabu Affair and Media Department he concluded by saying “The government needs to take a strong lead to get fluoridation back on the agenda. The government needs to increase public awareness and education. The government talks a lot about reducing health inequalities. It needs to show that it is serious. It can show that it is serious by moving forward with a programme of education and water fluoridation.”

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Pet Sitting in Forbes Magazine

It’s always nice to have pet sitting get the attention of a highly respected magazine.  There was an interesting article on pet sitting recently posted on Forbes website.  It starts out with an interesting fact about how much people will spend on pet products and services  each year: $ 55 billion.  There are some general ideas on different occupations you could try if you like working with pets.  Aside from pet sitting, you could also offer services as a dog trainer or animal masseuse.  Some pet sitters may offer those services already, although an animal masseuse can require a good deal of training.  One problem with the information is that it says there are not any special skills required for cat sitting or dog walking.  While this may be technically true, it is highly recommended to have training in pet first aid.

You can read the article at Forbes.  You can also read about animal massages here.

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Pet Food Recall – Nature’s Variety

The Beacon Journal reported today that Nature’s Variety Pet Food has issued a recall for certain varieties of dog and cat food because of possible Salmonella contamination.

Affected Products:

Chicken Medallions – 3 Lb Package – Use by date: 11/10/10
Chicken Patties – 6 Lb Package – Use by date: 11/10/10
Chicken Chubs – 2 Lb Package – Use by date: 11/10/10

Details of the Recall:

“The Nebraska company issued the voluntary recall Thursday of its Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet for dogs and cats with a ”Best If Used By ” date of 11/10/10.

Included in the recall are 3 pound packages of chicken medallions (UPC# 7 69949 60130 2); 6 pound packages of chicken patties (UPC# 7 69949 60120 3); and 2 pound packages of chicken chubs (UPC# 7 69949 60121 0.

No human or pet illnesses have been reported in connection with the products, the company said on its Web site.

Consumers who have purchased the products should return the unopened product to the retailer for a full refund or replacement.

If the package has been opened, the company advises consumers to dispose of the raw food in a safe manner and bring the receipt or empty package in a sealed bag to the retailer for refund or replacement.

Consumers can also contact the company’s Customer Care line at 800-374-3142 for more information.”

Source Article: Beacon Journal

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Caring for Your Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Pet Dog

The soft coated wheaten terrier would be considered by most people to be “high maintenance”. This means that a lot of care should be given to it in order to maintain its stature. This statement also means that a lot of steps should be taken in order to care for the dog properly. So how do you care for your soft coated wheaten terrier pet dog?

Let us first talk about the coat. This is one of the most distinguishing characteristics of a soft coated wheaten terrier pet dog. In fact, when you take a look at the name, you will realize that the coat gives the dog its identity. Taking care of this essential part of the soft coated wheaten terrier dog can be quite a daunting task. This is especially true if you have just found out about the various standards that people use to judge the beauty of a soft coated wheaten terrier pet dog.

Frequent grooming is required to keep the coat shiny and to prevent matting. It also helps get rid of any accumulated dirt. You should comb or brush your soft coated wheaten terrier dog everyday to make sure that his coat remains silky and tangle-free. The coat also needs to be trimmed once in a while to preserve the “terrier look” and to allow a new coat to grow.

Besides the coat, you should also take care of the nails and teeth of your soft coated wheaten terrier pet dog. In case that you do not know what to do by yourself, you might want to hire some professional dog grooming services to do the job for you.

Another aspect you should concentrate on is the training. Remember to train your soft coated wheaten terrier dog as early as possible in order to ingrain in him the basics of proper behavior. There are several keywords that should come to your mind when training your soft coated wheaten terrier pet dog:

1) Consistency – be consistent with your teaching. Do not use different commands in order to get the same response as this will only serve to confuse your soft coated wheaten terrier pet dog. You should also be consistent in terms of reward and punishment. This will help your dog understand what you want to happen.

2) Tone – a soft coated wheaten terrier dog is actually pretty sensitive to the tones in the human voice. This means that the dog will be able to tell if you are feeling upset or if you are feeling impatient. You need to learn how to moderate your tone in order to avoid confusion with your soft coated wheaten terrier pet dog.

3) Timing –learn the proper timing of when to correct your soft coated wheaten terrier pet dog. The element you need during correction is surprise. You need to correct the soft coated wheaten terrier for a mistake right after or even before it performs the act. This way, you will be able to instill a sense of consequence into your soft coated wheaten terrier pet dog.

Caring and training for your soft coated wheaten terrier can be quite a bit of work. You will also have to contend with the energy inherent in every terrier breed. However, with patience, your efforts will be rewarded.
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Love Your Smile with Dr. Sujata Bhatia

Love Your Smile with Dr. Sujata Bhatia
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Sunday Sheepies

We are home and all is well. These last few days were very trying on all of us but I don’t want to think about them at the moment.  I will be writing the clinic in a few weeks once I’m totally calmed down about their utter lack of communication from the price, to the operation performed, to just general updates throughout the day, but frankly I don’t want to think about that at the moment.  I’d rather think about the fun we had on the weekend instead.

After a quick nap after our morning walk with Jetta, Cricket and Deirdre we headed out to a farm that Amanda is checking in on every few days for a few months.  It isn’t just any farm, it’s a sheep farm!  Lacey got to have some fun in the round pen with a couple of the woolie ones.

Amanda took the pictures – thanks Amanda!  I also have video but I haven’t downloaded it yet so that will have to wait until later.

Every good working dog worth their salt, warms up by stretching and making sure they are one with the sheep poop.

Brit was sorting the sheep so we could get some good ones. These lucky ones got to go back to the field.

The experts Brit and Leo.

Here we go.

Sassy from the start.

Hey Amanda!  Are you getting this?  Look at them running over there.  :)

When they weren’t moving there was a lot of this…

Which became this if they refused to move.  :)

Going in for a nibble.  :)

Her nemesis.  You can see him staring at her in most of the photos.  He wasn’t impressed with the little pipsqueak.

The “Wheeeeee” moments.

The final stand off.

She had lots of fun and had much more confidence than I thought she would.  Thanks again Amanda for letting us come out and pretend to herd and for taking all the great photos.  :)

After herding, we went to the beach!  Ummm…. Lacey was exhausted and kind of overwhelmed with the craziness so she just stood around after cooling off in the water, so there won’t be many photos of her, but there will be lots of her friends.  Stay tuned.  :)
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Be Kind to Animal People Week

May 5-11 is the American Humane Association’s Be Kind to Animals Week.


Hopefully, we’re kind to animals every week, but it’s good to have a reminder every now and then, and maybe a reason to go out of your way to do that thing you’ve been putting off. In last year’s post I listed 5 ways to go about this, such as the shelter drive-by (still love this idea! I’m due for another trip!)

But for today’s post, I would like to discuss something that’s been nagging at the back of my brain for a long time. It has to do with some pretty strong divides in the animal community.

On one side, the rescue community.

On the other, the breeder/fancy community.

The blame game can and does get nasty, sometimes. And that breaks my heart.

I’ve seen many posts- some from very well placed people in the dog community- arguing that until all dogs find homes, no dog should be allowed to breed. I disagree. It’s gotten so bad that many people I know are scared to admit on their blogs that they purchased their dog from a respected breeder because they don’t want to have people tell them how they’ve just killed a shelter dog.

I’ve also seen posts from some in the breeder community insinuating that the animal rescue community = animal rights activists who want to eventually eliminate all pet ownership. Ingrid Newkirk does not get to define what animal welfare means. Most animal rescue people I know are a lot like breeders I know- their lives revolve around the animals they love.

Why do we allow ourselves to be defined by the extremes? I think the vast majority of people fall somewhere squarely in the middle of these extremes, with many crossing over; people who have both rescues and purchased purebreds. There are good reasons for both and very different aims.

With rare exceptions, we want the same thing: finding pets a lifelong home with the right family who values them.

It’s unfortunate that the game-changing people doing innovative work in the no-kill movement are so often dismissed as people with their heads in the clouds by those who confuse the animal welfare movement with animal rights.

It’s also unfortunate that the people who work tirelessly to keep their breed healthy, who grill potential owners up one side and down the other to make sure this is the right home, take the blame for all the irresponsible backyard breeders and for-profit puppy mills as the cause of so many ills by those who refuse to differentiate the many ways one might purchase a pet.

We have so much to learn from each other based on our own experiences. Being open minded has put me at a table with AKC leadership at a dog show one day, and sitting with Mike Arms the next learning about the way effective marketing saves lives.

So this is what I ask of you this week, because it really will improve the lives of animals: Be Kind to Animal Lovers, no matter what kind of animal lover they are. I know you will probably never agree on whether someone is a pet parent or a pet owner. I get it. As a vet, I see posts from both groups complaining about how clueless we are. But even if you don’t agree on some things or most things, you may gain a new perspective.

When it comes to making animals’ lives better, we are all in this together.

I’d love for the comment section to be your list of people with a strong voice that you admire. Hopefully I can find some new people to learn from. :)

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Pet Health Essentials: Keeping your animal friends disease-free and healthy

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And having healthy pets doesn't just stop at watching for bugs. Susan Danchanko, who owns Pet Zone Inn in Southmont, said dental care for dogs is key. “You should always try to brush your dog's teeth on a regular basis, because poor dental health can
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The man stopped to help, and the German shepherd attacked again, its teeth finding the woman's neck. Rachael Honabarger, 35, would From 2000 to 2010, the Ohio Department of Health reports, 11 people succumbed to dog bites. The most-dangerous
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