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Monday, March 10, 2014

The vaccine clinics for 2014

The clinics in Golden are staying with the Golden Mill at 10th and Ford - go visit them for a nice down home experience shopping for your pets.
I've moved my clinics for Denver to American Canine Academy, this is a training and boarding facility across from the Denver Flea Mart.  They are on 88th Ave off of I-76 North, stay right when you exit (heed the no turn on red sign they ticket a lot there), and proceed toward the flea market entrance.   On the right you see a blue house, the ACA is the gate just beyond the house.  I'm in my trailer.

The Gilpin County fair, and other dates to be announced may add in during the summer.

I've standardized most of the weekends for clinics to the first weekend of each month.
The Friday/Saturday I'm at the ACA, USUALLY 2-6pm and 9-1am.  Call to be sure, the Apr will both be pm hours.
The GM is on the first Sunday/Monday, usually 2-6pm both days.  Again call for specifics.

Sometimes a holiday or oddness will happen, then the dates get switched.  Sorry, I try not to do this often but it does happen.

Apr 4-5 ACA 2-6, 2-5, pm both days
Apr 6-7 GM  2-6 both days

May 2-3 ACA 2-6, 9-1.
May 4-5 GM 2-6 both.

Jun 4-5   ACA 2-6, 9-1.
June 6-7   GM  2-6 both.

July 4-5  ACA  2-6, 9-1,
July 6-7  GM  2-6 both.

Aug 1-2  ACA  2-6, 9-1.
Aug 3-4  GM  2-6 both.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Cool thoughts to read and post

Eight gifts that don’t cost a cent 

But, you must really listen.  No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response.  Just listening. 

Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back, and handholds.  Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends. 

Clip cartoons.  Share articles and funny stories.  Your gift will say, “I love to laugh with you.” 

It can be a simple “Thanks for the help” note, or a full sonnet.  A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life. 

A simple and sincere, “You look great in red”, “You did a super job”, or “That was a wonderful meal” can make someone’s day. 

Every day, go out of your way to do something kind. 

There are times when we want nothing better than to left alone.  Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of time alone to others. 

The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone, really it’s not that hard to say “Hello” or “Thank you”. 

If someone does one of the above, be kind and accept the gift or gesture in the manner in which it was intended, a gift to be given and received.

The Difference Between someone who has failed and being a failure 

A failure is a person who has blundered but is not able to cash in on the experience.

A failure is not someone who has tried and failed: it is someone who has given up trying and resigned himself to failure; it is not a condition, but an attitude.
SYDNEY J. HARRIS (1917-1986) 

Failure is not failing down; it is remaining there when you have fallen. 

Great accomplishments are often attempted but only occasionally reached.  Those who reach them are usually those who missed many times before.  Failures are only temporary tests to prepare us for permanent triumphs. 

I’ve never met a person, I don’t care what his condition is, in whom I could not see possibilities.  I don’t care how much a man may consider himself a failure, I believe in him, for he can change the thing that is wrong in his life any time he is ready and prepared to do it.  Whenever he develops the desire, he can take away from his life the thing that is defeating it  The capacity for reformation and change lies within.
  PRESTON BRADLEY (1888-1983) 

No amount of falls will really undo us if we keep picking ourselves up each time. We shall of course be very muddy and tattered children by the time we reach home. . .  It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us; it is the very sign of his presence. 
C.S. LEWIS (1898-1963) 

Our Father in heaven . . . help us to see that it is betyter to fail in a cause that will ultimately succeed than to succeed in a cause that will ultimately fail. 
PETER MARSHALL  (1902-1949) 

The probability that we may fail in the struggle should not deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just. 

There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.

Whose job is it? 
This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done, and Everybody was asked to do it.  Everybody was sure Somebody would do it.  Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.  Somebody got any about that, because it was Everybody’s job.  Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.  It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

Vaccine clinic dates Aug-Nov 2013

Usually Sun 1-5 and Mon 2-6, but specific places are different.
The new Fri 1-6p and Sat 9a-1 pm at ACA (see below) may change times.
Later dates on this calendar may change, call if you need more.

Golden Mill is on 10th and Ford in the upper parking lot.  Usually the first weekend of each month.

Welcome the newest - American Canine Academy (ACA) - 88th and I-76, across from the Flea Market main entrance.  (A long term client found this site, thank you Pam.)  Till I get it scheduled in, will be odd in the month dates.  Then will go to Fri/Sat consistent.

Gilpin Rec is off Norton Rd (Golden Gate, highway 46, almost to 119) near the Gilpin justice center.  Will be here for the Gilpin County Fair, no other dates planned at this time.

Camp Bowwow is on hold.
Colorado Ranch Market is discontinued due to Denver P&Z, they say it's residential.

Jul 26 - Fri - American k9 Academy , 1-6pm, in their dirt parking lot

Aug 4-5  -    Golden Mill    (May be late for Sun dt Denver trip)

Aug 9-10 -   American k9 Academy

Aug 17-18 - Gilpin county Fair  (9-6 Sat, 9-4 Sun with lunch and breaks)

Sept 6-7 -     American k9 Academy

Sept 8-9 -    Golden Mill -  (May be late for Sun dt Denver trip)

Oct 4-5  -     American K9 Academy

Oct 6-7  -     Golden Mill

Nov 1-2  -    American K9 Academy

Nov 3-4  -    Golden Mill

Nov 22-23 - American K9 Academy

End of Colorado Ranch Market - now at American K9 Academy

Due to continuing zoning issues, I have moved north from CRM to 88th and I-76.  This site is across from the flea market main entrance.  I will be doing monthly clinics Fri and Sat at this new location.
  The American Canine Academy has a website for more info on their programs, grooming, and boarding.
I hope this turns out as a convenience to all my loyal customers.
Dr C

Monday, October 15, 2012

Household toxins - cats

I was reading an interesting article, here are some highlights.

NSAIDs top the lists, these are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like acetominopphen and aspirin.  Some anti-depressants seem to attract cats also.  The cat doesn't handle these drugs well, and all ingestions are considered toxic.  Treatment is aimed at removing the offending stubstance and diluting it in the blood with fluids.   Sometimes a specific anti-toxin is available (n-acetylcysteine for acetominophen), but charcoal may be the only thing available.  Kidney and liver damage and failure are the usual outcome, but many do well for years after if they are caught early enough and treated aggressively.

I already talked about plants and a link to APHIS, but lilies are on the worst plants ever list.  The flowers can drop petals and they are just as toxic as the leaves, stamen, etc.  True lilies are the culprits, while Peace, Peruvian, and Calla lilies cause less severe issues.  Assume all lilies are toxic and get rid of it or lock it away from touch and chew.  Again treatment is aimed at detoxifying and diluting, hospital stays are mandatory.

Bug toxicants (either for the yard and house or dogs) claim the next spot.  The usual detoxify and dilute are used here, but we add WASH IT OFF.  Most insecticides are on the surface (even the flea and tick stuff for dogs), so they can be decreased just by washing the cat with a safe detergent.  Getting the cat into your ER vet is still necessary for all the other treatments.

Surface chemicals - this includes anything you use to clean that the cat can touch (feet, hair), lick, spill, or inhale.  If they can get it into or on them, they can react to it.  Depending on the chemical (bleach, cleaners, perfumes, etc) the signs can be local (mouth burn) to systemic (vomiting, kidney failure) and will require the above detoxify and dilute again.  The best way to keep chemicals away from a cat is to keep the door closed when using them, letting them dry completely before allowing access, and keeping the SEALED bottles put away.

Everything else that cats can ingest, spill on themselves, or come in contact with may be a toxin or allergen.  The more odd it is, the more likely it will cause harm.  Even "safe" items for dogs and humans can intoxicate your cat.  A list is available at most vet sites (CSU, Cornell, MSU, AVDC, etc) of toxins and other interesting things cat owners should know.  I prefer the vet school sites because their stuff has been checked and rechecked.  The other more commercial sites have some misinformation in them that can lead to more problems.  Just google vet school owner info to find good links.

Thanks for reading, and keepp your kitties safe.

Interesting cat books, ramblings.

Okay, I admit I'm into books, and found a lot of great cat books over the years.  Recently, my kids have been into the Warrior's series, and I've snuck a read too.  The "cat who" series was and is great, and I still love  all the little stocking stuffer books I get.  However, on the serious side most books have been dry.  Recently I read cat Vs cat by Oan Johnson-Bennett, and it was interesting.  Also, naughty no more! by Marilyn Krieger.  One that was recommended, and I haven't read yet, is The veterinarian's guide to your cat's symptoms by Michael Garvey DVM.  Will have to find that oneand read it.

In the past Acupressure for cats and Tellington touch for pets were good reads that my cats enjoyed as well.  I suspect if they knew how to read they'd be dropping those under my feet as reminders all the time.

A series I've been trying to re-find is about telepathic cats and their companions.  One set was in space and the other on a planet.  Unfortunately, this hasn't been enough to find either set yet.

Recently attended a continuing education conference and received some recommendations, so will post those in the future if I find any worthwhile additions.

Out of area vaccine clinics

My normal vaccine clinics are in Golden and Denver, but I've had a few calls from small towns outside the Denver area.  If you are in a small town without a good source of small animal vaccination, I'm willing to bring my clinic for a few days to your town. 
If interested in this option, just give me a call.  Obviously, I'd need some contact numbers and names of people to find out how to legally do this in your town.
Thanks, Dr C