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Doc Smith's Blog

Journaling about veterinary medicine, life in Cumberland Valley, pet care, and other topics.
General owner responsibilities for their pets such a neutering and spaying, vaccinations, rabies shots, and seasonal disease awareness.
Nov
27

What Would You Do?

Clients ask me all the time, “If this were your pet, what would you do?”

I appreciate your question, and yes I hear what you are asking of me. However, it is an unfair question and I sweat a little each time someone asks me. I do not want you to be offended in any way by my saying it makes me nervous because I truly am flattered that you have that much confidence in me to ask.

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Nov
20

Heavy Weight Champions

Pet Obesity is a problem. We know this.  The question is, why are our animals so stricken with obesity? I mean dogs can’t open the fridge and make a sandwich nor remove the top of the soda-pop can. If one ever shows that talent, I'm buying him!!!

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Nov
06

Avoid "The Look"

So, yesterday I was looking at a dog in my exam room when I made a horrible statement that got me in a lot of trouble. After I said it, I got “The Look.”

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Oct
31

Finding the Lost

I find it very interesting when reading The Bible that there are two famous parables related to the same subject: that of something that was of value that was lost and then found.

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Dec
08

Holy MAT-rimony.

I know that the holiday season is upon us, and with the cold snap coming on strong it's easy to forget about grooming issues. However, you can never let your guard down, especially on those "haired" breed dogs like Poodles and Cocker Spaniels. These guys, even in winter, need special grooming care. There is nothing wrong with having long hair, but the more length, the more care it needs. Damp, dirty, long, matted hair spells trouble for our canine companions. It's important that you maintain the hair or trim it to the appropriate length to avoid problems. 

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Dec
01

Turducken: A Grave Enemy To Your Pet

It's that time of year again where we enjoy family, snow and a host of banquets. Inevitably, there will be food that won't get eaten. We hate to see food go to waste so a grand idea pops in our head, "I'll bet the dogs will enjoy this left-over turkey!"

I know it's tempting, but you need to slow down and think for a minute. Is feeding that entire turkey carcass really good for your pet? The answer is no. 

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Aug
26

Happy National Dog's Day!

August 26th is designated "National Dog's Day" and so we honor man's best friend. Time Magazine today has a great little article on the history of man's relationship with dogs. According to the article, dogs have been domesticated for approximately 8,000 years and kept as pets as early as Roman times. Today, there are at least 78 million canine pets in the U.S. alone. That's a lot of love.

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Jun
23

Raising Baby Kittens Is Not For The Weak of Heart!

This is the season that we hear, find, and see many abandoned kittens for one reason of the other. Inevitably, the questions come flying about how to take care of babies.

If you are a softy, let someone else do it. We at Cumberland Valley Animal Hospital do not take stray kittens and try to hand raise them so I provide some Commandments here that you can know what you’re getting into and how to do it. So let’s dig in, shall we?

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Mar
01

Help me, Doc! I've been hit by a car!

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Spring has finally arrived with all of its glory. Cabin fever has set in, so here I come, you great outdoors. I feel the warmth deep in my bones. My joints ache less. I don’t want to wear my coat. The sunshine makes me wanna do something…anything.

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Feb
02

I have a cat that's on a diet...Please save me.

Yes, I have a fat cat. Alright, you caught me—he's obese.

Look, it's not all my fault. I only fed the guy once a day, as in every morning when I got the kids out of bed for school. Of course, My son Alyn fed him, too. Then Ken fed him. I have two daughters who fed him.

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Jan
22

Holy Microchip, Batman!

Hello Blog-o-sphere!

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Sep
24

Walking Your Dog

Dogs were meant to move. They were not born to be chained up in your backyard for weeks on end doing nothing but looking at the sky, laying in dirt, and eating that bowl of food you bring once a day. Seriously, does it take a rocket scientist to know this fact? My Grandpa Smith wasn’t exactly the greatest dog care-taker on the planet, but he knew this. In the off seasons from squirrel and rabbit hunting, he took the dogs out 2-3 times per week to just let them run until they couldn’t run anymore. Dogs are not backyard ornaments! Alright, I’m getting a little preachy here but I’m wanting to share with you the joy that comes from walking your dog.

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Sep
09

Fall Veterinary Care For Your Pets

Here we are at the end of summer. I am crying (literally). I love the summer with all its activities and the warm air on camping trips. My dogs love having the kids home too. The poor critters seem lost without the constant attention they were enjoying. Of course, Echo might not look back fondly on the dresses FaithLynn made her wear, but who knows?

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Sep
04

Love My Pet? Not Always When Selling My Home.

 Kellie Tinnin is a great, fun, humorous blogger who works in the real estate business in Albuquerque, NM. She LOVES her job, and brings a fresh perspective to helping people find homes. Her blog is amazing and has lots of insightful tips. By permission, she has allowed me to re-post her published blog. She gets 100% credit for all the the material below, so check her and her blog out.



By: Kellie Tinnin, Real Estate Agent, Albuquerque, NM www.kellietinnin.com    



I love my dog more than I love some people. However, when you are trying to sell your home, buyers are not always as accepting of your pet as you are.   How do you prepare your home for sale when you share you home with furry friends? I offer a few tips below: Professional cleaning. This includes your carpeting and air ducts. Buyers that are sensitive to pets will most likely smell them from a mile away. I’ve had buyers who wouldn’t consider a house because of carpeting and pet allergies. While it’s not always reasonable to tear out flooring, it is likely more feasible to have your house serviced by professionals before listing it for sale.  

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Jul
21

Unforgettable Patients: Phoebe Carter

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I want to introduce you to one of the best patients I ever had as a veterinarian at Cumberland Valley Animal Hospital.  This is Phoebe Carter, owned, loved, and cared for by a great lady, Sandy Carter.  Phoebe was born December 1, 1997. Let’s put that  date in perspective. I was 27 years old when Phoebe was born. Bill Clinton was the president of the United States and the twin towers were still standing. When Phoebe passed away last month, she was 20 years and 7 months old.

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Jun
23

The Valley Vet: Hot! Hot! Hot!

No, I’m not talking about swimsuits and movie stars. I’m talking about the weather. We went straight from winter to the dog days of summer. Here in the great Commonwealth of Kentucky, we have been dealing with high humidity, and smoldering afternoon heats. I mean, I’m not complaining because it is much better than the snow.

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Jun
02

The Valley Vet: Summer is Quickly Upon Us!

This is a great time of the year. Dogwoods are blooming, flowers are bearing their beautiful bounty, and everywhere we hear the humming of those stinging, biting, flying insects! Yes, I know you are thinking, why did you have to ruin such a beautiful thought of summer? Oh hush your whining! You could be under a foot of snow! (which, by the way, was only 3 1/2 months ago.) Besides, we've all had the unpleasant experience of being stung by something. Too many times I have had the personal honor of being the victim of a brutal dive-bombing attack by a hornet, wasp, bee, or even a horsefly.  Even my poor dogs have had to fend off the vile nature of this evil as it exists in the world around us!

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May
12

The Valley Vet: Mosquitoes

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It’s that time of year again. Time for the 100°F days and the warm comfortable nights. Time for tornadoes and budding flowers. Time for the sweet smell of spring and summer and the last dying memories of winter past. (Yah know, the back-to-back one-foot snows and a month out of school for the kids.) It’s also time for the arrival of Mosquitoes.

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Latest Blogs

17 November 2017
Veterinary Medicine
The Valley Vet

Veterinary Medicine provides vast opportunities to see many strange and wonderful things. This profession also provides daily possibilities to make you look like an idiot. These stories give rise to the romantic ideas and dreams that everyone believes life as a modern veterinarian must be. I can’t deny that I have seen my fair share of crazy over the last three decades, but it’s the routine stuff that will drive you mad.

17 November 2017
The Valley Vet
Pet Care

Clients ask me all the time, “If this were your pet, what would you do?”

I appreciate your question, and yes I hear what you are asking of me. However, it is an unfair question and I sweat a little each time someone asks me. I do not want you to be offended in any way by my saying it makes me nervous because I truly am flattered that you have that much confidence in me to ask.

02 November 2017
Pet Care

Pet Obesity is a problem. We know this.  The question is, why are our animals so stricken with obesity? I mean dogs can’t open the fridge and make a sandwich nor remove the top of the soda-pop can. If one ever shows that talent, I'm buying him!!!

02 November 2017
Family Life

I heard the first crack followed by a loud pop. My hands tightened around the tree branches hoping that would save me in the event that things decided to go south, literally. I clung to the snow-covered limb not moving a muscle. So far things seemed to be holding. I could see the ground some 60 to 70 foot below me all covered in snowy powder from the night before, and I knew it would be of little cushion if I fell out of this tree.

02 November 2017
Dogs
Pet Care

So, yesterday I was looking at a dog in my exam room when I made a horrible statement that got me in a lot of trouble. After I said it, I got “The Look.”

31 October 2017
Pet Care

I find it very interesting when reading The Bible that there are two famous parables related to the same subject: that of something that was of value that was lost and then found.

10 July 2017
Tough Cases

Every day at Cumberland Valley we are asked to deal with dermal tumors of some nature. Of course, as a rule of thumb, the sooner you identify and remove a potentially life-threatening lesion or mass, the better the outcome would be expected. Still, sometimes factors get in the way of early identification and we are presented with much larger growths that prove hard to remove.

05 April 2017
Tough Cases

I believe it was Lord Byron that penned the phrase, “Truth is stranger than fiction,” which of course I have been saying wrong all along as, “Life is stranger than fiction.” Whichever saying you hold nearest and dearest to your heart, I would enjoy reinforcing your philosophy with one of the craziest veterinary stories I have had the pleasure and awe in dealing with lately. This is the story of Cookie, or as we like to call him, Zombie Dog.

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