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Happy May Day!
Actually we have had two cases of heartworm disease this spring, which is really discouraging. Another sobering fact – last year Banfield Pet Hospital diagnosed over 5000 cases of heartworm disease in dogs! I did not hear how many cases were treated or how the dogs did, but FIVE THOUSAND! Granted, there are 750 + Banfields across the country, but that is still so many for a disease that is 100% preventable. As a community of pet people, we can do so much better. The number will not be zero this year (It will be at least two) but I hope it is WAY lower than 5000!
This month’s topic…
Where does Proheart 6 fit into the world of heartworm preventative medication?
Proheart 6 is an injectable sustained release medication labeled for dogs only (not cats or ferrets). Its active ingredient is moxidectin, which, like the heartworm larvae killing component of all of the oral and topical preventatives available, is a macrocyclic lactone. Moxidectin is also found in Advantage Multi, a combination topical heartworm-flea preventative that is applied monthly. Proheart 6 is also labeled to treat hookworms.
Why is Proheart 6 only given every six months?
The moxidectin in Proheart 6 is in a sustained release formula, which means medication is constantly released over several months. It stays in the dog’s body at therapeutic levels for six months, after which it tapers off to levels that are both ineffective to kill heartworm larva and are also safe when combined with another full dose.
Will Proheart 6 save the world?
Pfizer recommends that veterinarians not give Proheart to dogs who are too thin, dogs who are ill, puppies under six months of age, and dogs who have not had Proheart before the age of seven. If they have had Proheart before the age of seven, they may then have it at any age. They also recommend that Proheart not be given to dogs who have allergic dermatitis. Generally, allergic dermatitis includes any allergies, food, inhalant, or contact allergies that manifest as itching or skin problems. Reactions to Proheart may occur.
Who should be on Proheart 6?
Every other dog, unless he or she has issues your veterinarian has deemed incompatable with injectable moxidectin, should be considered for Proheart 6. I really think this is a great tool in the fight against heartworm disease. Joy the Puppy had her first dose of Proheart 6 on February 1, 2011 and has done great.
Things to consider when deciding whether to use Proheart 6:
Great Heartworm Posts I Have Read This Month:
“Reading About Heartworm is One Thing, Watching a Dog Suffer is Another” – guest post by Pet Saver Ashley on Dawg Business by Jana Rade
“Don’t Let Heartworm Become Heartbreak” – guest post by Awesome Veterinarian Lorie A. Huston on Dawg Business by Jana Rade
…And maybe the best, and also the most discouraging, heartworm post I have read this month is on heartworm preventative resistance:
Heartworm Prevention for Dogs: New Concepts and Concerns – by Lorie A. Huston, DVM on her website, Pet Health Care Gazette
Yes, heartworm preventative resistance does indeed seem to be a reality in a very, very small portion of the dog population…*sigh* I was hoping it was not. But I trust Dr. Blagburn, one of the very best veterinary parasitologist in the world – I have always very much admired his work, and I trust Dr. Huston…It sure looks as if it is true. All the more reason to be neurotically vigilant about heartworm prevention…And because Proheart is so easy and convenient, you can be vigilant without being neurotic…if you want.
(Joy the Puppy is on injectable Proheart 6. Perhaps I will spend the few saved minutes reading her this post. Naw, I will give her a cookie!)
The self-assigned Read Every Single Book on the Veterinary Economics 25 Books List Project was so fun that I read the last two books really slowly because I did not want the project to end. Then I realized that between friends and family loaning, giving and suggesting books, books the authors of the books on the lists recommended, other books they have written and books I found in hunting down all twenty five books, I have an ENDLESS list of books to read this year! Yay!
I wanted to list as many as possible in one place. Dr. Burcham – I tried the GoodReads website, and I do not get it! If you help me, I will try again – ha! I think you may love reading as much as me!
Right now, the books I want to read are in a combination of on-my-shelf, on-my-nightstand, in-my-head, in-my-notebook, in-the-reference-section-of-the-books-I-have-read and in-cyberspace. Very unorganized and overwhelming. AND…when I am overwhelmed, I write a list!
So, you have seen the list of Books I Have Recently Read and Loved.
Here is the list of Books I Would Like to Read. Anytime I try to put What’s In My Head into a list, things can get a little crazy, which makes sense, considering the contents of my head. You’ve been warned. : )
What books would you add that you have read or would like to read? Thank you for all of your recommendations this past year and In The Future! This has been so fun!
The Thank You Economy by Gary Vee (Thank you Dave Nelson!)
Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin (Thanks Cara-I-Love!)
The Twenty Point Day by Bob Nelson
(not yet written, but I hope my Dad will write it – It is going to be AWESOME!)
The Five Tools of Team Leadership by Dr. Scott Christiansen
(not yet written but I hope Pastor Scott will write it-another awesome book-to-be!)
The Book by the person who writes Hyperbole and a Half (not yet written but it WILL be for sure! It says so in the blog! Coming out fall 2012)
What Clients Love by Harry Beckwith (Thanks Phil!)
The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino (Thanks Dad!)
Soar with your Strengths by Donald O. Clifton and Paula Nelson (Thanks Dad!)
Where Have All the Leaders Gone? By Lee Iacocca (Thanks Dad!)
Heaven is for Real by Pastor Todd Burpo (Thanks Karen!)
SuperFreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
The Future Books by Malcolm Gladwell
Every Book Published by “Twelve”
The Shadow of Her Smile by Mary Higgins Clark (Thanks Mom!)
The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem Van Loon (Thanks Brendan!)
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (the original edition)
Public Speaking and Influencing Men In Business by Dale Carnegie
Public Speaking for Success by Dale Carnegie
Lincoln the Unknown by Dale Carnegie
Five Minute Biographies by Dale Carnegie
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie
The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough
The Great Bridge by David McCullough
The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough
Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough
Brave Companions by David McCullough
John Adams by David McCullough
1776 by David McCullough (Thanks Cathy-Friend!)
In the Dark Streets Shineth: A 1941 Christmas Eve Story by David McCullough
The Greater Journey by David McCullough (comes out May 24, 2011)
The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
Made to Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Built to Last by Jim Collins
Teaching and Learning Communication Skills in Medicine by Dr. Suzanne Kurtz, Dr. Jonathan Silverman and Dr. Juliet Draper
1812 by David Nevin (Thanks Cathy-Friend!)
Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell (Thanks Bryan and Karen! :))
So Long, Insecurity by Beth Moore (Thanks Mom-Karen!)
Heaven by Lisa Miller (Thanks Roberta-Friend!)
Chicken Soup for the Soul – Power Moms
The Divine Life of Animals by Ptolemy Tompkins (Thanks Mom-Karen!)
The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs (Thanks Cara-I-Love!)
Don’t Shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor (Thanks Cara-I-Love!)
Son of Hamas by Mosab Hassan Yousef (Thanks Sara-I-Love!)
Social Media for Veterinary Professionals by Brenda Tassava – This one JUST came out! Woo! Can’t wait to read it! I heard that it is great!
May 2, 2011 Update: The author just offered to send me a copy of Social Media for Veterinary Professionals to review! Woo! Thank you Brenda! *standing by the mailbox*
The Dental Radiography book at work
The Five Minute Veterinary Something by Someone and Dr. Tilley – I will write it down and fix this entry! (I have always loved this book, but I have never read it from cover to cover)
The Hill’s Veterinary Nutrition Book
The rest of the Marvin, The Golf Caddy Dog series by Harold R. Mann (This was to be an entire Marvin series, but I am not entirely sure the rest of the series yet exists in Real Life – I hope so or that it will exist soon as it was a fun book!)
Your Dog, The Owner’s Manual by Dr. Marty Becker
Boundries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend (Thanks Kim!)
Crucial Conversations: Tools for talking when stakes are high and Crucial Confrontations by Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, and Switzler (Thanks Marnette!)
This may be a longer reading project than the previous one.
Also, I need more suggestions from you.
I have always loved to read. So has Russ. It has been fun to see this trait passed down to both of our daughters. Our oldest has been told at least once every school year that recess is not for reading, it is for playing.
Once at a party I picked up my friend’s JAVMA (Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association), and he said “Seriously? It’s Friday night!” I said something super cool along the lines of “Um, I hadn’t gotten my mail yet…I didn’t know this issue was out…I…um…” and then joined the party like a Normal Person. I love reading. : )
May 2, 2011 Update! The Awesome Editor Kristi Reimer of Veterinary Economics/dvm360 informed me that Tom McFerson has a SECOND 25 Book List coming out! I told her to remind the author that our ceilings are only eight feet high – ha! Bring it! As long as I have time to walk Noodle the Poodle and Joy the Puppy and garden too, I will obsessively read whatever you all suggest! (Oh, and I need time to raise children and do the whole save and preserve life thing… :))
In the July 2010 edition of Veterinary Economics, Tom McFerson wrote an AWESOME article called 25 Books for Your Summer Reading List. I have finished the list! Woo! What a fun project.
I decided to take the project one step further and review the books I loved. It is much easier to criticize a book than invest several months or years into actually writing one, so that is why I decided to only review the ones I loved and could give…
Here are links to the reviews of my favorites…
And some “update posts” about the project…
And some other books my daughter Abby and I reviewed during the year of the book-reading-and-reviewing kick…
And HERE is a super-cool book shelf graphic from Shelfari. I had seen it on friends’ websites, and NEEDED it for this post! How cool is this book shelf??
So now I need a new project!
I have been keeping track of the books YOU have recommended this year and plan on reading all of them! The ones you have recommended and I have read, I have loved. What other books would you recommend? I like almost everything!
Next Up on Riley and James…
Dr. Jonathan Silverman
Dr. Suzanne Kurtz
Dr. Juliet Draper
This has been the most helpful book I have read from the Veterinary Economics 25 Books List. It is an excellent communication book written for MD’s, though the authors have worked with veterinarians too, which I thought was cool.
It is a medical school textbook, and it took me FOREVER to read! SO worth it though. And I am pretty sure I drug my heels a bit in finishing it, because now that it is over, my project is over. *sniff* I am not ready for that! My next two posts will be a SUMMARY of the project and “Bunny Trails” that is, books I have decided to read during this reading project. So maybe it is not over…maybe it is the beginning of a whole new chapter of reading awesomeness…
Anyways, this book, Skills for Communicating with Patients, was SO good. It is directed towards medical doctors, but was not even a stretch to apply to my own veterinary practice. In fact, while I was reading the book, I found myself applying what I was learning and communicating even more clearly with clients. That is when reading really gets exciting, people!
I am an extreme introvert, so it is sometimes assumed that I suck at communicating, but I think my introversion is, in fact, an asset in my practice. Listening and empathy come naturally to me, and though I am awkward in all sorts of unfamiliar social situations,* I really, really enjoy and feel confident going over medical information with clients…so it feels good to read about and improve at something I already love to do.
The book goes way beyond the “active listening” I learned in college communications classes, and covers in great detail the entire medical interview, with wonderful examples and exhaustive research to support the authors’ recommendations.
I feel as though the more I can grasp of what is taught in this book, the better communicator I can become. Very important, of course, when the lives and well-being of pets are at stake, but important for us all in any situation. So even if you are in a non-medical career, you may very well enjoy this book!
The Cover: I love the cover of the second edition – very pretty…blue and yellow with a neat splotchy pattern.
I am already a fourth of the way through the book a second time, this time with a very bright yellow Sharpie highlighter. It really does feel like I am back in school! In a good way…
Bunny Trails: This book is one of a two volume set. I plan on obtaining and reading Teaching and Learning Communication Skills in Medicine as soon as possible. Not that I ever want to teach this stuff, at least not formally, but I feel as though I am missing “half the story,” as that book was often referenced in this one, and more importantly, after reading Skills for Communicating with Patients, I do not want to miss anything any of these three authors write!
More Bunny Trails: I heard a wild rumor that there were veterinary communication classes being taught in Colorado…I would very much like to find out what that is all about. Classes that are anything like this book sound very fun. I don’t think they are related, or taught by the authors, but I will find out, and then you can come with me!
*That is social awkwardness, not introversion, people! There are very cool introverts – I just do not happen to be one of them! Also, I always throw myself into new situations anyways, because it is always worth it, and I always end up having a great time. The first ten minutes can be a little rough! ;)
Everything You Need to Know about Caring for Your Cat
I LOVE this book! For all the wrong reasons…
The cover (by which, as you know, I judge a book) is GORGEOUS! The beautiful model is not Max the Cat, but he sure could be…
(Surprisingly, Max has never modeled professionally.)
I love the picture on the back of a cat licking his paw. And of course, I love the picture of Darlene and her beautiful Aimee Cat. Of all the many books I have read this year, this one has my very favorite cover! I am going to keep it out for that very reason.
It was written by Darlene Arden! I love her.
She mentioned me in the acknowledgements! Woo! I am in a book! Thank you Darlene!
And most of all, I love this book for all the right reasons…
It is an excellent cat resource – cat health, cat behavior, cat training (Yes! Of course!) and even cat breeds, of which I tend to be a rescue-oriented eye-rolling Max the Domestic Shorthair Orange Tabby-loving ignorer. Though, as you may have guessed, I have always secretly wanted a Sphinx.
(Even better than a Sphinx!)
I am now a reformed cat breed ignorer, and I very much loved the chapter on cat breeds and their origins and the awesomeness of each.
Throughout the book are wonderful insights into the value Darlene puts on rescue, welfare, and of course, cats themselves. Not surprising, knowing Darlene (and reading the title!) but I always love to hear from the heart of a cat lover.
I also loved learning about CAT AGILITY. That one I did not know, but I so want to start training Max now! He honestly would do quite well as he is super smart. I will let you know what I learn!
The veterinary and health information is exactly right. The pictures are super cute. The book is easy to read and will be easy to use as a quick resource. You NEED this book. You will love it, and you will learn about and appreciate your cat/cats/cats-to-be even more than you already do.
Bunny Trails: I plan on visiting all of the websites referenced in the book. Some I know, and some are new to me, but they all sound really great. Also, I am looking up the Nebraska Cat Agility Club…or maybe starting one.
Princess was the fifth of our five pets to pass away this past year. I feel as though she has had to wait in a long cosmic line to be mourned (not that she even knows or would care – I assume she is dancing in heaven, eating sunflower seeds and such) as I am still processing the passing of the other pets.
No one died young, and none of the deaths were related. We just had some pretty old pets (except Ebony Dog, who was only nine – I feel as though someone owes me five years of Ebony Dog time, which, of course, is not true. Still…) Four of the five pets who passed away were our rodents (Piggy, Princess, Fuzzy and Wuzzy), which, though they were all different ages (except Fuzzy and Wuzzy), were all very old as Small Fuzzies go.
That is all depressing background, to catch you up if you did not know and to explain my late memorial to Princess if you did know and were thinking “Hey! Do not forget the goofy gerbil!” Anyways, this is a HAPPY post, because she was a happy gerbil, and very silly. I do not want you to miss out on “knowing” her!
We adopted Princess Gerbil for our oldest daughter Amanda for Christmas 2007. I had always had friendly rodents as pets, so I scooped her right up to clean her home the first week we had her, without my usual veterinary guard up. (Pet rodents at home are usually relaxed and very sweet. Pet rodents at the veterinarian with a tummy ache or some other ailment can be super crabby and often blame me for their pain! So I am careful to avoid the bitey parts.) Anyways, I scooped Princess up and she chomped my hand hard!
When I came back from bandaging my hand (It was a pretty bad bite), I explained to her that she had hurt my feelings and I was only trying to clean her home. She explained (I mean, I figured out, over the next several weeks) that being in a new place is scary and she did not know me yet and she was startled. Also, she did not really like being held or pet.
Over the next several years, Princess and I developed a very close relationship – on her terms. I cleaned her home in a less scary way, made sure she had snacks and toys, and kept the distance that she was comfortable with. Just because I like snuggly pets does not mean Princess had to be one, and when I let her be herself, we became good friends.
When Princess was three years old, I taught her to ring a bell for a treat. It was very cute when she would notice me in the room, hit her mouse-shaped toy bell and come to the door for a bit of seed or cracker.
She was the star subject of a very silly twitter conversation started by @FixItFish about gerbils wearing pants when they dance. She was the star model for an article I wrote for Omaha.net, Long Live Your Pet. (I mentioned her dancing in the article as an expression of my appreciation for @FixItFish‘s silliness.)
For over three years, Princess was a constant, cute, fun member of our little living room rodent corner. She was the last to go. I still have not donated her home and mousie bell to Nebraska Humane Society or gotten rid of her treats. I am not quite ready to let her and the rodent corner go completely, but telling you about her helps.
Rest in Peace Princess Gerbil
2007 – 2011
We loved you just as you were with all your quirks and silliness, and we sure miss having you around.
I have some pretty major issues surrounding the story “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.” It is worse than “Rock-a-Bye Baby!” Saying that is a kids’ story is like saying The Grimms Brothers’ Fairy Tales are for kids. Who screens these things??
Recently, two seemingly unrelated and pretty routine (as far as my life goes) events occurred. One of my Very Favorite Kids asked me to read him a story in Sunday School. Later in the week, I did a pretty cool surgery.
Anyways, after my very small friend jumped off of my lap and ran to play with his Hot Wheels in the Super Cool Preschool Sunday School Room Fort, with a good thirty years before the horrors of the story we just shared really occur to him, I put my head down on the very small table and thought “Why? Why did she swallow a horse?” (She died, of course.)
So, to deal with the flood of childhood memories, I have come up with a happier version of the story. Also, it is true, and based on the aforementioned pretty cool surgery I did later in the week.
I know a young cat who swallowed a dime.
We removed it in time
When she swallowed that dime.
She’ll be fine.
Even in Real Life, foreign body* ingestion can be very dangerous and even fatal. Five possible outcomes to foreign body ingestion may occur:
(*foreign body = veterinary speak for “stuff that ought not be eaten” that may cause a blockage in the stomach or intestine. Toxins are another catagory of “stuff that ought not be eaten” and deserve their own post as they are also very dangerous.)
As with the old lady and the fly, I don’t know why Kitty swallowed the dime. It was more a Retriever Puppy sort of thing to do than a Cat thing to do. Cats tend to play with string and such and accidently swallow things that they are unable to spit out because of how their mouths and tongues work.
The dime became lodged in Kitty’s small intestine. Food was unable to pass and the dime caused considerable pain and vomiting. Without surgery, she would have died from lack of nutrition, or more likely, because the dime would have ulcerated through her intestinal wall, causing sepsis.
Such a cool surgery, but I hate foreign bodies because of the pain they cause and danger they pose. (No, not really because of the story. It is actually entertaining in a twisted sort of way.) Kitty is home and well. But how in the world does a person cat-proof an entire house, including making even spare change inaccessible, when cats can reach everything?? As complex as foreign body removal surgery and medication and aftercare can be…I think I had the easy end of that case.
Next up, an open and ongoing brainstorming list of every foreign body case we can collectively think of…Please add things your own pets have eaten and cases you have heard about or been involved with! I hope that if you have had to deal with this with your own pets, your stories have ended as well as Kitty’s did. And may you never (or never again) have to deal with a gastrointestinal foreign body with your own pet.
Stuff Pets Eat
fishing line attached to fishhooks
string attached to balloons
thread attached to needles
Australian palm fruit
stolen food scraps
fuzz from the bottom fabric under the couches
the plastic eyes from stuffed toys
bags of pet food with the bag
bags of pet treats with the bag
bright pink leotards
Polly Pocket shirts
Learn as much as you can about <rabbits> before you adopt one.
Whenever possible, rescue your new pet! You are saving two lives, that of your new pet, and the life of a pet who can use the resources that the rescue or shelter now has available.
I was going to go on and on about those three things, but you already know all of that! And if you do not, you will after hopping around today’s awesome blog hops! Instead, I will tell you about my favorite rescue organization, Nebraska Humane Society.
OK, I didn’t have as much to say about that as I thought, either. This is going to be a short post!
Happy Hopping! Happy Easter!
Thank you Carrie for hosting today’s Easter Rabbit Adoptathon! Visit Carrie’s awesome blog, All Things Dog to see some very cute bunnies up for adoption across the country as well as her own very cute bunny Robby. Her Help Page has great rabbit information too!
Today I am hopping with the Always Awesome Saturday Pet Blogger’s Hop and the New-to-Me Easter Rabbit Adoptathon. Feel free to join in both. Thank you for stopping by! And thank you Blog Hop Hosters!
I love this book.
Anesthesia is the most important thing we do as veterinary teams.
Those are some pretty strong statements. OK, not the first one. I love almost every book I read. I have no minimum standard. Everyone’s in! But I love this book on a whole deeper level than most.
Is anesthesia really the most important thing we do as veterinary teams? I mean, we do a lot of things! I asked my own team the other day, actually as we were all standing around a dog who was at the beginning of an anesthetic procedure. Around the dog… “Yeah.” “Yeah.” “Yeah.” “Yeah.” “Really, guys?” I said. “We do a lot of things.” They proceeded to tell me exactly why anesthesia is the most important thing we do much more articulately than I am about to do here, but I will try to share their wisdom…and my convictions…with you.
Anesthesia is the most important thing we do.
I realize that is a sweeping statement. I realize that between all the team members and all the pets and all the clients and all the diseases and injuries and preventative care measures, there are countless things we do, and it is unfair to say ONE thing is the most important. It is. Nothing else we do carries the same risks, even to healthy pets, as anesthesia does. It is a powerful thing. This book reflects that well.
The Cover: I would be remiss if I did not mention the cover of Anesthesia for the Pet Practitioner. It has a sleepy (not sedated, just sleepy) Golden Retriever at the top! What’s not to love? SO cute!! And the bottom half of the cover is a pretty blue with a bit of orange. Still getting used to the orange, but it is nice. So…
Five Stars on the Cover!
The rest of this review is at:
I was going to put it all in one place, but The Wagging Tail is a professional site geared towards veterinarians, and I did not want to leave out the silly parts of my review, you know, like how cute the cover is! Also, Banfield’s website was just updated, and it looks amazing. I haven’t clicked through all the pages, but what I have seen looks really neat.
So that is here, and more is there, but if you really want to know if the book is all that…don’t take my word for it! I think you will really like this one, vet teams. I saw that it on Amazon for twenty-two dollars new – crazy inexpensive for a veterinary text! I may buy a copy to have at home. I also just saw that it is available online for free! I am still not used to “turning pages” on the computer screen, but if you are not stuck in the last millinium and like things like Kindle and iBooks, you will like that cool feature!
And to all our other friends…Aren’t you glad we obsess about this stuff? Do you agree that anesthesia is the most important thing that veterinary teams do?