Age children should be before they own a reptile: 6.
Age children should be before they have primary care of a pet: 12.
Age children should be before the family owns a pet prone to aggression: 18.
Age I was married: 24.
Age I had my second child: 30.
Favorite dog name: Joey Cupcake.
Favorite cat name: Mr. Narwhal.
Favorite rabbit name: Junie B. Jones.
Suggestion for their new bunny’s name: Judy Moody.
Dogs or cats: both.
Being a vet or being a Mom: being a Mom.
Crabby owners or crabby pets: crabby pets.
Treating or preventing: preventing.
Dogs I have disliked: 0.
Cats I have disliked: 0.
Number of years I have been a vet: 8.75.
Number of years I have been a mom: 7, including gestation.
Number of crabby owners I have had to deal with lately: 1.
Number of crabby pets: 10 maybe? But if you have read “Will Benji be there?” you understand why it was not their fault!
Primary guideline for scheduling appointments: No crabby owners, crabby pets are just fine.
Coworkers who stand by that with me because it makes work very fun: 5 of 5.
Coworkers on my list of favorite people: 5.
Percent of pets who come in for prevention-related reasons: 90.
Percent of pets who come in for treatment of disease: 10.
Hamsters who have bitten me: 3.
Percent of hamsters who have considered biting to thank me for their great care: 98.
Pit bulls who have bitten me, or even tried: 0.
How these statistics, excluding the hamster bites, make me feel: happy.
Oldest dog I have known: 17. Breed: Poodle.
Average lifespan of an outdoor cat: 3 years.
Oldest cat I have known: 21.
Indoor or outdoor: Outdoor.
Average lifespan of a betta fish: 1 year.
Age of our betta: 3.
Secret of Fish’s youthful beauty: oxygen.
Most common cause of death in pocket pets and exotics: improper diet or housing.
Amount of Internet information on pet care that is accurate: 50%, I would guess. But I still maintain that it is a great place to start.
#1 cause of death in cats and dogs: euthanasia due to behavior issues.
#2: euthanasia due to overpopulation.
Most common signalment of a dog with cancer: senior patient who has had excellent care and grown old enough to develop cancer.
Most common issue owners who have pets with cancer deal with: guilt.
Percent of dogs and cats over 2 with dental disease: 80.
Frequency of dental cleaning recommended for average adult pet: once a year.
Average lifespan of guinea pigs: 5.
Age of Piggy: 3.
Most common vitamin deficiency in guinea pigs: C.
Animals that do not make vitamin C: Primates and guinea pigs.
Amount of vitamin C in Piggy’s daily supplement: 25 mg.
Number of guinea pig diets with adequate vitamin C: 0.
Number of guinea pig liquid supplements with adequate vitamin C: 0.
Diseases Piggy has had: 2.
Diseases related to vitamin C deficiency: 0.
Most common vitamin deficiency in birds: A. Most common vitamin deficiency in reptiles: D.
Favorite rodents for children: rats and guinea pigs.
Favorite rats from children’s literature: Nicodemus and Templeton.
Favorite mice from children’s literature: Mrs. Frisby, Herman the Great and Ralph.
Number of favorite dog breeds I have: 23.
Number of least favorite dog breeds I have: 2.
Number of breeds I have mixed feelings about: 4.
Favorite canine from children’s literature: Carl.
Other favorites: Ann and Dan.
Number of favorite cat breeds: 1.
Number of least favorite cat breeds: 0.
Favorite feline from children’s literature: Socks.
Tags: books, cancer, cats, dogs, grief, guinea pigs, hamsters, Herman the Great, lifespan, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nihm, numbers, Omaha, pet loss, pet names, pets, rabbits, Ralph and his Motorcycle, Socks, statistics, veterinarian, veterinary, Where the Red Fern Grows