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The Life of a Guthrie Pet Hospital Clinic Cat: Meet Silvie and Felicia

Guthrie Pet Hospital

If you are a regular at Guthrie Pet Hospital, then you have more than likely met our resident clinic cats, Silvie and Felicia. Both cats live full time at the clinic; it is their home. Occasionally someone will ask why they must live there, or why they don’t get to go home in the evenings, or isn’t it mean to make them live there. Rest assured, if they were not happy there, we would not make them stay! But the truth is, living at the clinic is an incredibly rich environment that provides them with both attention and stimulation that many cats who live in normal households do not.

Greeting the peasants at Guthrie Pet Hosptial:

Every single day, people stop by Guthrie Pet Hospital to say hello to the cats, showering them with pets and praises. They get chin scratches and head rubs and told how beautiful they look. The girls remain suitably aloof (except for Felicia, she still hasn’t mastered aloof) and will occasionally reward the petter with a slight head bop or a slow blink. Some days they get so much attention they leave the reception area and go upstairs to the office for some peace and quiet. Those are the days I must constantly reassure their fans that all is well, and to check back later to see if they are receiving guests. The cats also get their quiet time with the employees, snuggling under the desk while we work or watching the techs fiddle with the equipment in the back. Silvie has even been known to watch Stefani groom the occasional dog, but that doesn’t seem to hold her attention.

I’m watching my shows:

If you want to hold Silvie’s attention, you need an iPad. This cat loves to watch her shows! After her morning routine of medication and breakfast, Silvie will head up front to the reception desk and her bed and wait for the presentation to begin. Sometimes she watches the bird channel, which is just a camera capturing the action at a bird feeder, and other times she likes to watch cartoons, like the old Garfield cartoons. She thoroughly enjoys watching NatGeo shows, but I can only watch so many gazelles being taken down by lions before I must shut it off. She will watch for a good solid hour, then curl up for a nap.

How much is that kitty in the window?

Felicia doesn’t seem to be interested in the shows, but then she is quite a bit younger. Silvie is getting ready to turn 16, while Felicia is less than 4. Felicia came to us from a campground in western Oklahoma. Dr. Coffin found her at an RV Park with no owner in sight. She had at some point been through a spay and neuter program but had no microchip and had been at the campground alone for quite some time. We like to think of her as the clinic cat in training. Felicia spends her days in the front window, napping, chasing flies, and freaking people out when she suddenly wakes up, and they realize she is real. She gets to experience the world through 8-foot windows and constant foot traffic outside. It has been amazing to watch her learn from Silvie how to react and not react to other animals in her space. She will still get a little puffy or hissy, but only when she is confronted with younger kittens. It is almost like she has been with us just long enough to be confident, but not confident enough to be completely certain of her security. We hope that she comes to trust her place in the clinic, but without knowing her history and her experiences before coming to us we will have to continue to work with her and hope for the best. (She is quite comfortable with us; she wants to appear as a tough kid-she is still practicing that whole “aloof” thing!)

The daily grind:

Both cats can experience people and animals and music and light. Felicia is fascinated by rain, and Silvie loves to people watch. Both have their relationship with Dante, the bird. They are well-fed and have meticulous health care, which has become especially important with Silvie over the last few years. As you may have noticed, she has lost a bit of weight and slowed down a bit. She is being treated for a thyroid condition as well as her chronic upper respiratory issues, but she is doing well for an old gal.  Silvie occasionally has sleepovers at the B&B when out of town friends come to stay, but for the most part, is ready for her quiet time at the end of a busy day.

If you are out and about, stop by Guthrie Pet Hospital and say hello to the girls. If you come by in the morning, you can watch a few minutes of cat TV with Silvie, and if you stop in around 11 am you can catch Felicia with her morning workout routine of throwing toys all over the reception area and rug surfing. Silvie naps after lunch followed by a patrol of the clinic. Felicia hasn’t started making rounds with her yet, but probably will eventually. Finally, it’s dinner time before closing, which leads to an evening of people watching in the window. The girls seem pretty content and think it is sweet of you to worry about them, but they want you to know they are fine and living their best life with hundreds of friends, not to mention followers on Facebook! As Silvie says on her internet posts, “Take time for your furries, and you’ll always have a friend. Toodles!”

Dog Diary: What Mani Did This Summer

Dear Diary,

It’s me, Mani. I haven’t written in a while because this summer has been really busy. I turned nine this year. Mama Stef says that’s almost old but not quite actually, really old.

So anyway… I was supposed to have surgery in June to take some lumps off my leg, tummy, chest, neck, and chin. I had to go to work with Mama Stef at the pet hospital. She made me skip breakfast and wouldn’t even give me a sip of water! It made me sad. When I got there, they took some of my blood with a needle so they could make sure all of my organs were working. Guess what. They found out my kidneys are old and tired! Then, they checked my blood pressure and said it was too high. Dr. Coffin said I couldn’t have surgery yet.

Mama Stef got worried, but Dr. Coffin said I just have to eat special food to help my kidneys and take one pill every day to make my blood pressure settle down. Now, I get special food that none of the other dogs get to eat. That’s pretty cool. It’s made by a company called Royal Canin, and it’s called Hydrolyzed Protein Renal. It’s made just for dogs who have kidney problems and food allergies. It tastes REALLY good, so I don’t mind that I had to switch from my old food.

The medicine for my blood pressure works so well; I had to—I mean, I GOT to—go back and have my surgery. Dr. Coffin used a special kind of anesthesia to make it easier for my kidneys to handle it. I fell asleep, and when I woke up, my lumps were all gone, and I had stitches. Mama Stef is making me wear a silly blow-up donut collar so I can’t lick or chew at them. I’m not allowed to run or play rough with the other dogs until I get my stitches out in 2 weeks. I’m getting a lot of extra love and attention, so I don’t feel left out when the other dogs wrestle.

So, as I said—it’s been a really busy summer. I hope this fall is less exciting.

Meet the pack! Olivia

Meet the Pack

Meet Olivia!  As you can tell she is one of a kind and she is our only “lap” dog.

In the fall of 2011, someone brought this frightened, cute little dog into the clinic.  She was so scared and I just couldn’t stand leaving her at the clinic alone and afraid.  So I had the grand idea of taking her home to play with my pack for the weekend.  Meet the pack

She immediately fit right in.  In fact, she brought Jade out of her shell and taught her how to play and that’s all it took to become part of our pack.  Olivia loves attention and likes to sit on laps.  She is scared of everything.  Sometimes I think she is afraid of her own shadow!  She has an extreme noise and thunderstorm phobia.  But with medication and a Thundershirt we all survive.

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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 at Guthrie Pet Hospital as family.  Dr. Anna and her husband do not have children but are very proud pet parents and therefore, treat every four legged friend as part of the family.    

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Wordless Wednesday… A few words of wisdom from my pack to yours!

Dharma and Silvie sleeping

Get plenty of rest!

Olivia drinking water

Eat healthy and drink lots of water!

Bella with bouncy bouncy

Play often!

Jade Q-Tip

A Q-Tip a day keeps the doctor away!

Jade lotion

Lotion makes your skin soft!

Dharma stuck

If you get stuck, don’t give up.  Try again!

Scooter

And most of all, stay safe!

Staff Happy New Year

Looking forward to serving you and your fur babies for many years to come!

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Meet the pack! Sweet Bonana

Sweet Bonana

I’m Dr. Anna but to my fur babies and my friends,  I’m just mom and sweet bonana!  Siri and a few other choice friends are allowed to  call me Dr. Sugar Nuts Bitch.  Here are a few things about my personal life you may not know.

What’s your favorite non-animal related book?  The Stand and many other horror/thriller books.

What’s your favorite non-animal related movie? The conjuring

What’s your favorite non-animal related food? Desserts especially apple dumplings

Who’s your favorite actor? Chris Hemsworthclip_image002

What’s one thing you have to do every day? Wake up

What makes you feel fabulous? Helping others

What do you wish you were more skilled at? Marketing

What’s your favorite holiday? Christmas

Favorite meal? Beef tenderloin with mushroom gravy

What do you like to do in your free time? Read

What one word would people who know you use to describe you? Motivated/Driven

If your pets could talk, what one word would THEY use to describe you? Push over

What is one thing you’ve done that you’re most proud of? AAHA accreditation and Certified Cat Friendly Practice

How is your pet most like you? Naturally Grey hair.

What can your body do for you that makes you most proud? Diagnose and treat animals

If you could change one thing about your life what would it be? I would like to play a musical instrument.

Other than blogging, what are three things you do that bring you joy? Spending time with my dogs, my job and drinking with friends.

What’s one thing you could do to be more kind to yourself? Stop listening to the inner negative voices and just do it!

What drives you nuts about your pets? What melts your heart? Destroying things, Unconditional love and their cuteness.

If you didn’t have your current pets, what pets would you choose to have? More dogs (most likely bird dogs), Devon or Cornish Rex, Savannah cat

Meet the pack! Jade

Jade

Meet Jade AKA superstar Jadé and occasionally referred to by her country name Jadene.  She is the middle sister but does not get blamed for everything!

In fact, Jade is one of the most well behaved and chilled dogs that we have ever owned.  She is 7 years old and is a bit on the shy side.  Even as a puppy she was very calm and did not get into a lot of trouble.  Her only down fall is she is a chow hound and loves to counter surf. 

When she was a few months old, my then eldest dog, Guthrie, got into a fight with her and bit her on the head.  He latched on and would not let go.  Luckily I was home and finally broke up the fight.  Jade developed a scar over her right eye from that bite.  The hair in that area is white and spells the letter G.   (See picture)Jade with G

Guthrie has been gone for about five years now and even though it’s not one of my favorite memories of him, every time I see that scar I think of him.  I also believe that this may be why she is so shy.  She prefers to sit in her own chair by herself.  She does seek our attention but it has to be on her terms.  After Guthrie passed away, we adopted a little stray dog and it was so fun watching her come out of her shell and start to play.   Jade and Dharma, the youngest, love to play and hang outside together.

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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 at Guthrie Pet Hospital as family.  Dr. Anna and her husband do not have children but are very proud pet parents and therefore, treat every four legged friend as part of the family. 

Meet the pack! Bella

Bella

This is Bella AKA Bella the Beast.  She is the senior in the family and is the top dog in the pack.

Bella was nicknamed Bella the Beast by her grandma.  In her younger years she destroyed and ate a lot of things.  She has eaten numerous shoes, underwear, and a can opener just to mention a few things.  After she destroyed one shoe we let her keep it and she would carry it around everywhere.  She has us trained now, we put our shoes up off the floor.  Bella is now 11 year old and enjoys sleeping and playing in the back yard.  If the other kids get out of line or start playing to rough, she tries to get in the middle of it and break it up. 

Bella tp collage

She was diagnosed with discoid lupus when she was a few years old.  Discoid lupus is an auto- immune disease that primarily affects the skin around their nose, mouth and eyes.  It gets worse with sun exposure which was more of a problem when she was younger because she spent more time outside.    Bella has some arthritis in her left elbow now so we manage her pain with daily metacam and a joint supplement called Dasaquin. 

I would love to hear from you, so please share your comments and questions.  If you have an Ask Dr. Anna question you would 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 at Guthrie Pet Hospital as family.  Dr. Anna and her husband do not have children but are very proud pet parents and therefore, treat every four legged friend as part of the family. 

 

Meet the pack!

Dr Anna and the pack

Most of you know by now that I’m Dr. Anna but you don’t know my family.  This post is dedicated to my fur babies.  If you can’t tell already I love Weimaraners!  The grey ghost acquisition started in 1991, when my boyfriend and now husband and I decided we wanted a dog.  I don’t like ordinary and I wanted something a little different so I started paging through the AKC breed book.  When I got to the very end I spotted what I wanted.  I did some research on the breed and we got our first Weimaraner and named her Meg.  She was the smartest dog I have every owned.  I swear that dog knew exactly what we were saying to her.  If I could clone a dog, she would be the one.  Once my husband and I graduated from veterinary school we moved to New Hampshire and acquired another Weimaraner.  I was home sick so we named him Guthrie after my home town in Oklahoma.  A few years later, we moved back home and he became the mascot of our clinic, Guthrie Pet Hospital.

It’s my philosophy to never be without a dog, so we get a new one every three or four years and that’s how we ended up with our current crew.  Bella is on the floor to my right.  Olivia is the odd ball rescue dog on my lap.  Jade is laying down to my left and Dharma is our youngest.  Oh, and the one between my feet is Scooter.  He doesn’t really have any fur but I still consider him one of my fur babies.  He is a Sulcata tortoise.  I will be allowing each of the kids a chance to introduce themselves shortly so stay tuned!

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