Fear Free Means Happy Paws: The Magical Music Box Called Pet Tunes

When I became Fear Free Certified earlier this year, I searched for the best tools to bring on board with me. These would help promote the goal of stress and fear-free interactions for all of my special needs and medical needs clients. Although we have quite a few great items in our toolbox, the Pet Tunes Bluetooth Speaker (I like to call it my “magical music box”) is one of my favorites!

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ARCC: FIRST Pet Care Service with a Fear Free Certified Professional!

We are very excited to announce that ARCC Owner Alex Dundon is a Fear Free Certified Professional! This means that ARCC is the first professional pet care service (outside of veterinary clinics) in the country to have those credentials. We are excited to begin incorporating this wonderful initiative to our service, especially for our special needs and medical needs clients!

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10 Reasons Why Veterinary House Calls Are Awesome!

10.  You don’t have to go anywhere.

There was a time, so long ago, when the doctor would come to your house, treat your illness, then have a cup of coffee with your family.  Up until recently, the only doctors who made house calls anymore were farm vets.  Now you have me, Dr. D – I will come to your house, take care of your pets, and leave you happier and less stressed out.  You don’t even have to give me a cup of coffee.

9.  You don’t have to get in the car.

Can’t drive?  Physical limitation?  Giant stubborn dog who won’t get in the car?  Little dog who vomits every time you drive them somewhere?  Multiple children (or just one) to cart around with you?  It’s tough sometimes.  As Bob Marley says, don’t worry about a thing.  Dr. D will come to you. [Read more…]

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How to Give Your Pet Subcutaneous Fluids: Part 1 (The Set-Up)

This article is Part 1 of a 2-Part Series on how to help you give your pets subcutaneous fluids. Subcutaneous (or SQ) fluid treatments are most commonly recommended for pet’s with chronic renal disease (CRD) or kidney failure. As a Certified Veterinary Technician, I have worked with many families, teaching them out to perform these treatments at home to help them manage their pet’s disease. Although it sounds overwhelming, it can be very manageable with the right information, help, and practice.

How to Give Your Pet Subcutaneous Fluids- Part 1
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Your Special Needs Pet: Managing Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease we are all too familiar with. It’s so prevalent in people that most of us know at least one person who is dealing with this illness. What some people may not be aware of is that it’s also very common in animal medicine.

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What To Do When Your Dog Has a Grand Mal Seizure

I was lucky the first time my dog had a seizure.  I have a background in the therapeutic field and I knew exactly what was happening to him and I was able to keep my head about me to help him. It was still scary and unnerving, but it wasn’t the end of the world for him (or for me!)  Here are some tips on how to get your dog (and yourself) through his seizure: [Read more…]

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4 Tips on How To Give Your Pet a Subcutaneous Injection

A large part of being a certified vet tech is interacting with clients.  One of the most common appointments I am called in to help with is for newly diagnosed diabetic or kidney disease pets that would need a regular subcutaneous injection or fluids at home. Most of the time these parents are a little overwhelmed, trying to wrap their minds around such a new aspect of their pet’s at-home management. Each time I give the same tips and advice, and these parents usually (with practice) do perfectly fine at home. For those that don’t like or want to do the injection themselves, there are still a number of options (including an experienced pet sitter!) that they can work with to provide their pet with at-home treatments.

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A Whole New World of Pet Therapy with a Pawsitive Touch

My 9-yr-old cat, Blue, has chronic, painful hips. It started about 6 months ago when she stopped being able to jump up on the bed. She was a little more vocal when being picked up, and didn’t want to play with her housemates. We brought her in to see our vet, and after doing x-rays, found some rough aging changes in her hips that were pretty ‘ouchy’. We started supplements, pain medication, and cold-laser therapy, which helped a bit. She was definitely more comfortable, but hated the cold laser. And trust me, when your cat doesn’t like something (even though it helps), everyone knows about it. Then we found Dana. [Read more…]

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How Your Pup Can Save Lives By Being A Blood Donor!

If you’ve never had to face the horror of your dog needing a blood transfusion, you may never have given a second thought to canine blood banks and being a blood donor. They are relatively new programs, proof of the advances in veterinary medical care that can enable vets to keep your dog alive despite some pretty tough odds. [Read more…]

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Pet Friendly Senior Assisted Living Communities In North Denver

Research has proven over and over the importance of pets in people’s lives. Interacting with pets relaxes us, makes us feel connected, and even provides health benefits such as lowering blood pressure, lowering stress, and promoting mental health. As we age, we can still benefit from that companionship. Despite these positive benefits,  a dilemma is occurring—what happens to beloved pets when their owners move to assisted living communities? [Read more…]

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