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Doc Smith's Blog

Journaling about veterinary medicine, life in Cumberland Valley, pet care, and other topics.
Discussion of cats and feline diseases
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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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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Sep
30

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
18

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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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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