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Doc Smith's Blog

Journaling about veterinary medicine, life in Cumberland Valley, pet care, and other topics.
Discussions of dogs and canine medicine.
Nov
06

Avoid "The Look"

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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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Aug
26

Happy National Dog's Day!

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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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
29

I’ve Never Seen a Dog So Happy.

I’ve Never Seen a Dog So Happy.

It’s not a secret that I am very involved with my scout Troop 0828. We have a lot of fun, and our adventures have even been featured blogs here on my site. However, every new hike or campout brings alive a new story that teaches me something I never expected.

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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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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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Sep
18

What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

We get a lot of neat pet names here at Cumberland Valley Animal Hospital. Some you simply never forget. With that in mind, I thought it might be interesting to go back in our vast database and see what the top ten names for Dogs and Cats are for our area.(Thank you Ally and Stephanie for your hard work!)

Can you guess?

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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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Aug
04

The Valley Vet: So WHY Would You SHOOT a Dog?

The Valley Vet: So WHY Would You SHOOT a Dog?

Over the past two decades as a veterinarian, I have seen many terrible things. Death, disease, and neglect are enemies of all creatures and humanity alike. However, when the pure insensitivity and evil of this world strikes a blow to the innocent, it leaves a scar on my heart. I am sad to say these scars never really heal—they just make you more numb and less hopeful for our world. So why would anyone shoot a dog?

Oh sure now, I can hear the voices screaming in my brain, “It’s just a dog." "It was mean." "It was suffering." "I did it a favor." "No one wanted that dog anyway.”

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Jul
21

Unforgettable Patients: Phoebe Carter

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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Jul
07

Reflections: A Dog was Hit by Lightning!

Reflections: A Dog was Hit by Lightning!

Back when I was young and had all my hair, I had recently moved from Fort Smith, Arkansas where I had just left a practice and started the process of buying Cumberland Valley Animal Hospital. During that time, I worked for Dr. Campbell Mercer, the former owner, for 6 months while we finished the transfer of ownership.

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May
12

The Valley Vet: Mosquitoes

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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Oct
31

Why Every Child Needs a Dog!

Why Every Child Needs a Dog!

Growing up in the hills of Kentucky provided one of the greatest gifts a boy could get: A Dog! Yes, my very first dog was Duke. This brute was a German Shepherd that would literally wrestle with me in the yard for hours upon hours. He never got tired, and he was always waiting for me when I got off the bus.

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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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