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Vet visits should be as Fear Free as possible!

Many pets are stressed when they come to the veterinary clinic and it is understandable why they might feel this way. For most pets, the veterinary clinic is a strange place with weird smells, new people and unfamiliar sounds. Fear, anxiety, and stress affects all pets differently, but minimizing these three factors during veterinary visits results in a better experience for pets and their owners as well as faster healing time in sick or injured patients.

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Update from Dr. Lisa's Ecuador Adventures

​It’s been a couple of months since my husband, John, and I returned from our trip to Ecuador, and I’m finally taking a bit of time to reflect on our trip.  After a long and incredibly bumpy (gotta love flying into high elevation locations) trip to get to our destination, we settled into a simple but incredibly cozy and comfortable hotel in Otavalo.  Our World Vets team was made up of about 15 people, including six veterinarians from the US and Canada, two licensed technicians, three veterinary students, and four assistants.  These people were each incredible—what an awesome way to meet new

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Traveling safely with your pet in the car

My husband Matt, our dog Anya and I love to go on hiking adventures together, and I like to make sure Anya is safe in the car when we travel to the trailhead.  When I first went out to purchase a car harness for her, I was overwhelmed by all the choices.  Fortunately, there is an awesome independent website that tests car harnesses, crates, and carriers for safety and effectiveness in the case of an accident.  It’s definitely worth checking them out – there are a lot of differences between different brands of harnesses and carriers and some are not effective at all in an accident.  Check ou

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Introducing a baby to the family pets!

As most of you know, my husband Brendan and I just recently had our second child, Charlotte.  Now, along with her four year old brother, Cooper, we’re a family of four.  Both of our dogs, Oscar and Hope, are great overall with kids but when we brought Cooper home we weren’t sure how happy they would feel about such a huge change in their day to day routines.  They are creatures of habit, and will let me know PROMPTLY at 5:30pm that it is dinner time (daylights savings time always throws them for a bit of a loop)!  It was very important to us that our dogs felt comfortable with this new pres

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Adverse reactions to oral flea and tick prevention in the news

You may have heard news stories in the past day or so about adverse reactions to oral flea and tick preventions for dogs and cats in the isoxazoline class of medications.  This class of medication includes the medications Bravecto, Credelio, Nexgard, and Simparica.  We routinely recommend using Nexgard and Simparica for our patients and continue to believe that the medications in this class of drugs are safe for the majority of pets so we wanted to go over a few things about these medications to hopefully address concerns you may have about using them.

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Adventures of Dr Lisa and John!

Last winter my husband, John, and I took an incredible trip to Hawaii (the Big Island and Kauai).  While on a hike through a beautiful canyon on the Big Island, we found an abandoned dog that was severely dehydrated and exhausted.  We carried him to the top of the canyon, and after searching (to no avail) for his owner, we took him to a local veterinarian to get some basic treatment, and found him a home.  We have stayed in contact with his wonderful new owner, and he is doing wonderfully!

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Advances in Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment

​Lyme disease is becoming increasingly common in our region and as many of you know it can be frustrating to treat in our dogs.  The toughest part for us and for many veterinarians is how best to treat a dog that tests positive for Lyme antibodies on our 4DX heartworm test but isn’t showing any clinical signs (symptoms).  Because Lyme antibodies can last for a long time, detecting antibodies doesn’t mean that there is actually disease that needs to be treated.  It’s not only a pain to give twice daily antibiotics to your dog for a month when they are not necessary, it is also a good way to

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