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Journaling about veterinary medicine, life in Cumberland Valley, pet care, and other topics.
Discussions of how animals behave and the peculiarities and what is normal vs. something to be alarmed about.
May
19

I Don't Know the Answer to your Question.

I Don't Know the Answer to your Question.

As a veterinarian, I get a lot of questions. When  I say a lot, I mean hundreds per day. Most of the questions I expect and have prepared answers. Some I have to study on for a bit. But some I just don’t know. Without a doubt I am the smartest person my wife knows, as I reminder her daily, but even my super powers are limited. In case you were wondering where my intellectual prowess stops, I’m about to tell you. Enjoy the abyss.

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Apr
26

Ten Things I Love About Dogs

Ten Things I Love About Dogs

I must confess. Even though I have three cats living in my home, I am much more a dog man than a cat man. As you readers probably know, I have three dogs at home. However, I look forward to many of my canine friends that come through my office as well. Some of them seem to like me, too (rarely). I know there are millions of top ten lists out there, but this is my list. In the comments below, add a few of your own.

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Mar
01

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

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.

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
26

Things Dogs Do That Make Me Scratch My Head!

Things Dogs Do That Make Me Scratch My Head!

As a veterinarian, I see my share of crazy dog behavior. (I'll get to the cats later). Most of the time, the behavior can be explained, but there are times when I am just lost. Maybe your dog is like mine and is a little weird, too. If so, tell me about it in the comments below. Today though, I'm going to point out the behaviors that just seem too much.

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Oct
02

My Dog Will NOT Quit Chewing Her Leg.

My Dog Will NOT Quit Chewing Her Leg.

It is very frustrating to say the least. Echo, my Jack Russell cross never chews it when I'm watching. No, it's when we are all asleep and you'll get up in the morning to find that she has licked all the hair and skin off of her leg.

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Sep
30

My Cat Was in Serious Trouble!

My Cat Was in Serious Trouble!

Jellicle Cat (named after something concerning the Broadway show CATS), or JC as I called her, was a good cat. She snuggled me at night, met me at the door when I got home from school, and chased the ball down the hall. It was just me and her. A girl that I had been a little sweet on, took advantage of the fact that I was pet-less at the time, and smooth talked me into taking her unwanted kitten.

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Sep
24

Walking Your Dog

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
15

Terror in Central Kentucky!

Terror in Central Kentucky!

I ran from the barn with every muscle screaming, "more oxygen," but there wasn't time to breathe. Speed was the only necessity. The ground exploded behind me from the impact of shotgun fire and I felt the dirt peppering my backside and legs. Unfortunately for me, it was too late. The toxic napalm-like gel covered me from head to toe and I felt my insides begin twist. My skin burned and my eyes swelled immediately.

But, I kept running with everything I had left.

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Sep
04

Love My Pet? Not Always When Selling My Home.

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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Sep
01

Conversations with Animals: Echo's Response

Conversations with Animals: Echo's Response

Dear Master (I know you like being called that, you egotistical narcissist),

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Aug
25

Reflections: An Open Letter To My Dog

Reflections: An Open Letter To My Dog

Dear Echo;

I love you, dog. Really, I do. It’s just so hard for me to express my love for you the way you want to receive love. See, your ways are not my ways, but it doesn't matter because I have the utmost respect for you. I totally understand you have certain things that you insist on having in your life that I simply find...well...not to my liking.

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Jun
23

The Valley Vet: Hot! Hot! Hot!

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
09

The Rabid Vet: The Day a Horse Pumped My Stomach!

The Rabid Vet: The Day a Horse Pumped My Stomach!

Warning! This is the most disgusting, intolerable, make-your-toes-curl tale you will ever hear. To make matters worse, it’s all true (Except for my embellishments.)

So, if you read on, do so on an empty stomach or run the risk of losing your entire gastric contents.

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May
26

The Rabid Vet: My First Visit to the Veterinarian!

The Rabid Vet: My First Visit to the Veterinarian!

Growing up in rural Kentucky was a sheltered life. I admit it. I was stunned by what there was out there in the world once I left home and headed for college. Lexington was full of buildings, people, traffic at all hours, and noise. It’s a story for another time, but it took me two years to get used to city life.

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Mar
02

The Valley Vet's Advice: Kittens

The Valley Vet's Advice: Kittens

Dawn is breaking, the coffee is percolating, and the alarm is screaming. A new, glorious day has arrived! As you pry open your eyes from the night’s dreams, you ponder the day, how much there is to do, and how many places you have to go. So with the force of sheer will, you sling away the covers only to feel the Goosebumps springing up on every square inch of exposed skin.

Turning down the thermostat to 50 seemed like a good idea because it’s cheaper to burn gold than gas these days, but I digress.

Stunned by the cold, you struggled to find the off button on the alarm clock and accidentally turn up the volume to the ‘jet plane’ setting. Now deaf and cold, you stumble to the hall. In this dream-like state you have missed something. Someone, or something has been stalking you. Yes, that little nudge in the back of your head you chose to ignore.  The the question creeps up through the fog of your mind, “Where is Tiger?”

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