Friday, February 24, 2012

A Letter from Dashiell Hammett the Beagle by Erin Selby

It is a dreaded moment for all pet owners - the moment when the doctor informs you that your pet has to wear an e-collar (aka the cone of shame).  Our pets aren't aware that it is for their own protection, and it is doubtful they would appreciate it even if they did understand. It is tough for us to witness: those soulful eyes pleading with you, begging you to remove the torture device. The whimpering and whining and the constant attempts at breaking free. Not to mention bumping into everything from the couch to the wall to your legs. There is no doubt about it, it is a challenge to cope with - for both the pet and the owner! Despite how hard it is for both parties, it is important to be vigilant and keep the cone on as long as it is necessary. The amount of time needed varies from pet to pet and depends on what the collar is being used for; which can be anything from licking and self-chewing to a healing incision site. A cone that comes off too soon can lead to infection and longer healing times.

Dashiell and his family experienced this frustration first hand after he was neutered last week and was sent home with the wretched cone of shame. Dr. DeLano, Dash's veterinarian, received a very special letter from the Beagle detailing his trauma:

Dear Dr. DeLano,

Just wanted you to know I did not like the cone.

My parents left me home in my crate with that cone thing on while they went out for a couple hours last night. 
To entertain me, they put on a movie, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.  When the bandit said, “Badges, we ain’t got no badges.  We don’t need no badges. I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges,” I got an idea! 

Cone, I don’t need no cone.  I don’t like no cone.  I ain’t gonna wear no stinking cone!  And as you can see by the cone and parts, I will no longer wear that cone thing.

Your friend and patient,

Dashiell Hammett Beagle
The aftermath:

All better and happy to be free:

I would like to give a special thank you to Dashiell's family for sharing!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Monday Pet Tip: Tartar Control Treats for Cats

Are you looking for some treats for your kitty that are healthy, good for their teeth, as well as tasty? The  Veterinary Oral Health Council recommends feline CET Chew treats. Theses treats have a clear coating that contains a special enzyme treatment that helps destroy plaque. The rest if the chew is simply freeze-dried catfish (stinky to us but delicious for our feline friends!).

Here are a few tips to help your cat enjoy CET Chews (in case they don't take to the treat initially):
  • Press the chew between your fingers before giving it to your cat (it releases the odor of the chew).
  • Break the chew into two pieces (some cats prefer a smaller chew).
  • Add 1 to 2 drops of water to the chew.
  • Add 1 to 2 drops of water to the chew and then heat the chew for just a FEW seconds in the microwave. 
Most cats will have no trouble eating the entire chew. Best of all these treats are available over the counter here at Bishop Ranch veterinary Center & Urgent Care - and in the month of February all dental products are 25% off!