Archive for October, 2011

Vala’s Pumpkin Patch 2011

Monday, October 31st, 2011

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I Love This Season

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

I have been dealing with huge amounts of eustress, which, as you know, will knock me out just as well as distress.  Work is great.  I love the people.  Russ is good.  The girls are good.   The pets are…well, here are pictures from right this minute

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Joy, Noodle and Max are apparently dealing with astress, which is not actually a word.   My adrenal glands are tired.  I doubt theirs are.

I updated every single post on Life With Dogs, which was actually really fun.

Every Single Post on Life with Dogs

I met Dr. Ogilvie.

Our whole family took a super fun trip to Kansas City and I (finally! yay!) met Kristi Reimer and Jessica Zemler.

I met forty eight coworkers.

I met my new dog-in-law, Lucy.  Russ’ parents adopted her from Mom’s cousin Chris.  Which means she has come from a great home and landed in an equally great home.  Also, she is no longer my third cousin, but we are still related.  She is a one year old Maltese X Pekingese. She is super cute:

I started some new projects. (Don’t let me forget to tell you about them!)

And…I am staying up late into the night every night processing all of that. Perhaps my pets are not lazy.   Perhaps they are very, very wise.

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Switching Veterinary Hospitals

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Thank you for coming with me.

Thank you for telling your friends to come with us.

Thank you for trusting me with your pets.

This is going to be good guys.

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If You are Switching Your Pets from One Veterinary Hospital to Another, How to Make the Move as Easy as Possible…

Transferring Records:

  • Call your previous veterinary hospital and ask them to fax veterinary records of all pets to your new veterinary hospital.

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  • Call your new veterinary hospital and ask them to call your previous veterinary hospital and have veterinary records of all pets faxed over.

In most situations, both veterinary hospitals involved in a procedure like this will be eager to help you and be good at getting records transferred for you.  Potential issues…

  • Legally, you need to be the one to request the transfer, not your vet or your new hospital.  Uhg!  I REALLY wanted to do this for Ernie Dog, but even then, Mom and Dad had to call, just so he could get his next dose of Revolution (which he approves of by the way…)
  • If you call right when you need records (like during your first exam at the new hospital), either or both hospital staffs may be busy and may not be able to transfer records right away.  If you think of it, have them help you before you actually need vet care so records will be ready and waiting at the new hospital.
  • You do not NEED to have records transferred, but I would recommend it for two reasons…
  1. The new hospital will have a record of chronic issues and previous medical history and laboratory values.
  2. Exact dates of wellness examinations, vaccinations and laboratory test results will be on file, which helps as we plan your pets’ medical care from here forward.
  • If you need medication refills and such, the previous hospital may be able to fill prescriptions if your pet has been seen in the past year and refills are available.  You may need to transfer records to the new hospital and have prescriptions filled from there.  That is a generalization and probably confusing!  Here is the real solution:  If Ike/Ernie/Noodle needs meds, he can have whatever his little Poodle heart desires/needs and I will help you make sure he gets whatever that is!

I say, whatever Ernie wants, Ernie gets! :)

 

Wellness Plans

In the specific situation of transferring from Banfield to Gentle Doctor, your dogs or cats may have Wellness Plans that need to be cancelled.  You can call Banfield Pet Hospital of Papillion directly, or Banfield’s Wellness Plan Relations Team.  They will help you determine if it is less expensive to cancel the entire year that your pets are on and pay “full price” for what has been used, or let the plan continue until the end of the year and set it to not renew.

Helpful Numbers:

Banfield Pet Hospital of Papillion…………………………402-331-1108

Banfield’s Wellness Plan Relations Team………….1-888-649-2716

Gentle Doctor Animal Hospitals Main Number……..402-445-4400

I will be mostly at the 120th and Blondo location, but if you call, they can tell you where I am and when.  I will be available roughly three times as often as before and, as always, will be seeing dogs, cats, small mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.  Thank you Gentle Doctor team for adding exotics back onto the list of Pets We See.  At least one team member has very severe allergies to some exotic pets, so make sure you hug them and thank them for putting up with me and my bunny love!  Just not when you have your bunny with you…

Greeting card Dave (Secret Penguin) made for me long ago

Gentle Doctor Animal Hospitals Website

and just for fun…

Gentle Doctor Animal Hospitals Facebook Page

I love THIS conversation:

Me to super awesome doctor (eight times over) I am shadowing or super awesome support staff (fifty times over?  I dunno.  I’ve lost track of the Gentle Doctor super awesome staff numbers):  “May I go into this next room with you?”

Super Awesome Doctor/Tech/Team Member:  “Nope, go ahead.  They requested you specifically.”

You all are making this the best transition ever.  Thank you so much!


 

 


Happy Heartworm Free October!

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

If you give your pets their heartworm preventative medication on the first, it’s the first!  And, as a friend pointed out, if you do not…it is still the first. :)

Happy October!

GUEST POST!!!! By Russ

I am kind of spoiled.  Shawn (Dr. Finch) takes such amazing care of our pets and keeps really good track of what they need and when, including the heartworm stuff.  I can do the stuff like fill water and food dishes, open the door to let them out or in, play tug with Joy, give lots of pets.  I can do stuff like build scratching posts or steps up to the bed.

I cannot keep track of medicines.  I always have leftovers from prescriptions and can’t get the concept of “daily”  vitamins or taking pills as prescribed, and that is for me!  I am amazed at how my awesome vet and wife can keep track of our pet’s health needs.  I am glad that she does it.

But today, Shawn went to work.  Then we had a birthday party.  At a bowling alley/arcade/laser tag/noisy/crowded place.   Followed by a sleepover.  With cake, ice cream, candy and hyperactive 9 year old girls.   So, while we are both kind of drooling and not focusing our eyes from the party, I have more energy right now.

This is what the party feels like:

http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2011_01_01_archive.html *

So I am reminding you to do your heartworm preventative stuff now, then I am going to do ours.  I guess that what is important is that someone remembers to do it.   Shawn remembered and may need to help me figure it out, but I can do this…I think.

Today’s Checklist:

Noodle the Poodle – Wormshield tablet

Joy the Puppy – Wormshield tablet

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* Permission granted to repost images from Hyperbole and a Half with the website link included.  How cool is that??  Thank you so much!  We appreciate it ALOT.