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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!

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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 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 Importance Of Medical History.

Guthrie veterinary hospital medical records

Your pets past and present medical history 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.  Continue…

A Guthrie pet clinic reveals the secret to happiness.

Ms. Lucy
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An inspiring video by Shawn Achor said that success does not equal happiness because as humans we are always striving to succeed.  He believes that happiness is all about how we process the world around us in our mind (positive, negative and neutral thinking).  He said that there are five things that we can do to increase our happiness.  These five things help release dopamine into our bloodstream which helps us to feel happier.  According to a Guthrie pet clinic, pets are always happy because they are always doing these five things.

Gratitude:  Our pets are always grateful for everything we give them in life!  No matter how many times we give them the same food or throw the same toy they are just as happy the first time we fed or played with them as the last.

Journaling:  Ok, our pets aren’t able to actually write down words on a piece of paper.  However, journaling is a form of mental stimulation and pets, if allowed and given the proper tools, long for mental stimulation.  A Guthrie pet clinic recommends mental stimulation by using interactive toys, obedience training and learning tricks.  Animals are very intelligent.

Exercise:  If allowed and given access, pets will choose to live very active life styles.  Those that don’t are usually not happy and have behavior problems such as excessive barking, chewing, and digging.  Our Guthrie pet clinic motto is a tired dog is a good dog!

Meditation:  How many times do you catch your pet just laying peacefully?  Many are content for hours just being who they are and enjoying the environment that is around them.

Random acts of kindness:  We have all heard heroic animal rescue stories, but all pets show random acts of kindness daily by giving us kisses, laying their heads on our laps, staying right by our side when we are sick and unconditional love no matter how they are treated.

A Guthrie pet clinic agrees that we can all learn something from animals. Shawn Achor is on the right track!  If you are interested watch his video.

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.

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