Posts from September, 2013

Guthrie veterinary clinic discusses annual testing.

annual testingAnnual testing is an important part of your pet’s annual exam.  A Guthrie veterinary clinic discusses which test should be done annually and why.

This is the fourth part of a Guthrie vet wants to take you on a journey.   The history and physical exam have been performed and it is now time to take some blood.  Your pet can’t tell us how he feels so blood work helps the staff  of this Guthrie veterinary clinic determine if he is healthy on the inside. Continue…

Physical Exam Vs. Vaccines: Which Is More Important?

physical examThe physical exam is the most important part of your pet’s wellness visit states a Guthrie veterinarian.

This is the third part of a Guthrie vet wants to take you on a journey.  Now that all the questions have been asked it’s time for the meat and potatoes of the visit, the physical exam.  This is the real reason why you need to bring your pet annually to see a Guthrie veterinarian.  This is  my favorite part because this is what I have been trained to do.  Continue…

Guthrie vet wants to take you on a journey.

Journey

Personal journey of Guthrie vet takes her back to grassroots of veterinary medicine.

This past year I have been plagued with chronic migraines that have led me to many different doctor’s offices for diagnosis and treatment.  Not only has this journey taught me to be a more compassionate and caring person but it has also taught me the importance of communication between doctor and patient.  

While flipping through a veterinary magazine I came across some statistics that shocked me about my own clients.  In a recent pet owner survey,  only 57% of pet owners believe that their veterinarian communicates in a manner they understand.  Only 44% of pet owners agree that their veterinarian clearly explained why their pet should be seen again.  I’m almost embarrassed to say that many pet owners often leave appointments without even realizing a physical exam even took place.

This is a journey through a series of blogs that will walk you through the steps of vising a veterinarian for annual vaccines.  Why, preventative medicine?  Preventative medicine is the backbone to a healthy, longer living pet.   It allows a Guthrie vet to detect any hidden illnesses which could otherwise go untreated and have serious consequences.  In this series I will discuss 5 key steps that will lead you and your pet toward a healthy, happier lifestyle.                                                                                                               Vaccines

  • History                                            
  • Physical Exam                                                                   
  • Testing
  • Vaccines
  • Preventative medication

I’m looking forward to guiding you through this important part of veterinary medicine.  Check back next week for the next portion of the preventative medicine series where I will discuss why we ask all those annoying questions before the exam. 

BTW, if you haven’t been to see this Guthrie vet, call us to set up an appointment so we can be sure everything is A-OK!

I would love to hear from you, so please share your comments and questions.  If you have an Ask Dr. Anna question you’d like answered, please post them in the comments. Stay up to date on all the latest by subscribing to my blog.  Also “like” me on Facebook,

Dr. Anna was born and raised in Guthrie, Oklahoma. As a teenager, Dr. Anna found her beloved pet dead on the side of the road left to die without any help. That was the moment she decided to become a vet and vowed to help other people and their pets. After a few years of practicing in New Hampshire, Dr. Anna became homesick and decided to return to Guthrie to be with her parents and five other siblings. Family and friends are a major part of our lives which is why we treat our clients as family. Dr. Anna and her husband do not have children but our very proud pet parents and therefore, treat every four legged friend as part of the family.

photo credit:  Manoj Kengudelu

 

Guthrie veterinary hospital reveals the reasoning and importance of medical history.

Guthrie veterinary hospital medical records

‘His-story’ of your pets past and present medical information is of major importance  states a Guthrie veterinary hospital.

This is the second part of a Guthrie vet wants to take you on a journey.  Once you have arrived with your pet for an exam, an accurate weight is obtained and you are ready to enter the exam room.  Typically, a veterinary technician greets you and your pet to review your pet’s medical history. 

So, what’s up with the 20 questions?  It’s important for a Guthrie veterinary hospital to determine your pet’s overall health and well being.  Your veterinarian will need to evaluate what disease your pet is at risk to develop so that they can provide your pet with proper protection.   Your answers help this Guthrie veterinary hospital individualize your pet’s preventative plan specific for him.  These questions also help your veterinarian to determine if your pet has any hidden illnesses.  Here are some of the common questions asked and the reasoning behind them:

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  1. Does your pet go outside?  Animals that go outside are exposed to other animals that could transmit disease.  Internal and external parasites are also more common in animals that go outside.  This question helps us to determine which vaccines your dog and cat needs to receive.
  2. Is your pet groomed, boarded or in obedience class?  Dogs that are groomed or boarded are susceptible to kennel cough and need to be vaccinated. 
  3. Does you pet have any vomiting, diarrhea, coughing or sneezing?  These symptoms are a sign that your pet may be sick and should not be vaccinated and further testing would need to be performed to determine the cause.
  4. Is your pet on any medication?  All pets should be on monthly heartworm prevention if you live within the United States because heartworm disease has been identified in all 50 states.  Blood tests are also an important part of your pets annual physical exam and what testing needs to be done is determined by what medication your pet is taking.
  5. What brand of food do you feed and how much?  This information helps your veterinarian access your pets nutritional needs.
  6. Has your pet gained or lost weight?  Weight loss and gain can be symptoms of other metabolic diseases.
  7. Does your pet have any change in behavior or any behavioral issues.  This question may be skipped by many vets.  But this Guthrie veterinary hospital knows that is it important to address behavioral problems to help improve the human-animal bond.
  8. Any previous major medical problems or surgeries?  Certain conditions are chronic on-going conditions that need to be re-evaluated.  Chronic conditions left untreated can worsen and cause other issues.  If your pet has had a reaction to vaccines it is important to tell your veterinarian so they can determine if they should be given.

As you can see, knowing the answers to these questions helps your Guthrie veterinary hospital access your pets overall health and determine what needs to be done to keep your pet healthy.

Check back next week for the next portion of the preventative medicine series where I will discuss the importance of a full physical exam on every pet. 

I would love to hear from you, so please share your comments and questions.  If you have an Ask Dr. Anna question you’d like answered, please post them in the comments. Stay up to date on all the latest by subscribing to my blog.  Also “like” me on Facebook,

Dr. Anna was born and raised in Guthrie, Oklahoma. As a teenager, Dr. Anna found her beloved pet dead on the side of the road left to die without any help. That was the moment she decided to become a vet and vowed to help other people and their pets. After a few years of practicing in New Hampshire, Dr. Anna became homesick and decided to return to Guthrie to be with her parents and five other siblings. Family and friends are a major part of our lives which is why we treat our clients as family. Dr. Anna and her husband do not have children but our very proud pet parents and therefore, treat every four legged friend as part of the family.

photo credit:  Yann Ropars

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