Happy Halloween!

 

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Happy Halloween month to everyone! With that being said PLEASE make sure that you keep your beloved four legged family members safe. Statistics show that more animals go missing on this night more than any other! If you haven’s done so already, stop in the office and have your pet micro-chipped so that if they do go missing we have a way of getting them back to you! Also make sure they stay out of all the halloween candy! 🙂

Springtime Brings Fleas and Parasites!!

Just a reminder that with springtime and warmer weather comes fleas and parasites!! Especially with how inconsistent our weather has been over the last couple of months, you need to make sure that your beloved pets are protected because these pests will be pesky earlier than normal this year! If you find that you are running low or are completely out of your flea and heart worm medication come on up to the office and we can take care of that. 🙂

Otherwise enjoy the sunshine and warmer weather with your four-legged family members!

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Suzie the Toy Poodle

Today in the office we had the pleasure of meeting Suzie and her owner Mr. Troupe!

Suzie immediately jumped into our receptionist, Lauren’s, arms and gave her great big kisses!

She has given everyone a smile here in the office today!

Photo: Here is a closer look at just how adorable Suzie is!

Photo: Today we had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Troupe and his loving toy poodle, Suzie! Suzie was such a sweetheart!

Family Oriented Practice

Here at Interlachen Animal Hospital Doctor Andy truly does stress how he is your “Neighborhood Vet”

… and he truly does mean it.

Meet Roxy Kai and her loving owners. Mrs. Coffae brought in Roxy for a suture removal

and to go over some test results. But she also brought along her adorable kiddos as well! Last week we got to meet

her adorable kittens Sheldon and Penny- just like the characters from Big Bang Theory!

Kitten put through the wringer, survives wash cycle

6-month-old Natasha, a Siberian Forest cat, was the most pleasant-smelling pet the veterinarian had ever treated.

Daryl Humdy of Oakland, Calif., came home last month to a laundry catastrophe. His 6-month-old Siberian Forest cat, Natasha (pictured left), accidentally went through an entire wash cycle. The incident resulted in severe hypothermia and a trip to the emergency animal hospital, earning Natasha the title of “Most Unusual Claim of the Month” by Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI).

“My roommate was loading his laundry and left the lid to the washing machine open while he went to the next room to grab more clothes,” Humdy told VPI. “He came back, threw his clothes in and shut the lid to the washing machine without realizing that Natasha had jumped into it while he had been away.”

Natasha went through the full 35-minute wash cycle. Humdy arrived home just as his roommate was pulling out his clothes to find a soaked and visibly shaken kitten. Humdy immediately rushed Natasha to the emergency clinic.

“Natasha was shaking and crying. I knew she was frightened, and I was frightened for her,” Humdy says.

At the veterinary hospital, Natasha was treated for hypothermia and shock—fortunately she didn’t have any broken bones or other more serious injuries. The veterinarian said she was the most pleasant-smelling pet the team had ever treated. Natasha has since made a full recovery.

“Natasha’s ordeal shows the importance of pet-proofing your home for kittens and puppies,” says Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. “Like young children, young pets are naturally curious. In addition to familiarizing new pets with their surroundings, specific action should be taken by pet owners to prevent potentially harmful and even fatal events from occurring.”

Natasha’s incident was one of more than 80,000 claims VPI received in December and employees dubbed it the “most unusual.” Honorable mentions include a blue heeler dog that sustained blunt trauma after being chased down and kicked by a mule, a poodle that was hit by a bicycle and a St. Bernard that ingested a holiday ornament. All pets considered for the award made full recoveries.

As the most unusual claim submitted, Natasha will be in the running for the 2013 VPI Hambone Award. Other nominees include:

 

  • Chance the Labrador retriever who was butted by a goat
  • Ariel the Himalayan kitten who got trapped under a garage door
  • Annie the Yorkshire terrier who was stranded outdoors during one of the worst storms in North American history.

 

Doctor Andy Really Loves His Clients

Photo: Doctor Andy really does treat his patient's like they are his own. Here he is with Dexter Green this morning.

 

Sure any other vet can say they love their patients like its their own but Doctor Andy truly does. Here is Doctor Andy with our Accountant, Michelle Green’s, dachshund. Dexter was loving on Doctor Andy even after he underwent his annual wellness exam and vaccines. The pup even got a dental!!

“Pup-Cakes” Don’t let your Pup miss out on Holiday Treats!

Don’t let your pet miss out on the Holiday fun!

Try a Pup-Cake made just for your pup!

Peanut Butter & Carrot Pup-cakes

Make 20 mini cupcakes

Ingredients:

1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup shredded carrots
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup honey
1 egg

Frosting:
8 oz Low fat cream cheese plus 1 TBS honey
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
Shredded Carrots

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350Âş.

In a medium sized bowl, mix together the flour and baking soda. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well until combined. Put liners in a mini cupcake pan. Using a small cookie dough scoop, scoop a rounded teaspoon of batter into each cupcake cup. Bake for 12-15 minutes (until firm and beginning to brown).

Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Pipe frosting of choice onto cupcakes and top with shredded carrots.

Why Should I Spay or Neuter My Dog?

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There are numerous reasons you should spay or neuter your dog! Let’s talk about health reasons first…

Female dogs that are spayed CAN’T get uterine cancers, their risk of mammary (breast) cancer is reduced by 25% and they are less prone to urinary tract infections.1 As early as 6 months of age, female dogs begin a biannual “heat” cycle during which they attract every non-neutered male dog within 20 miles. She can also have hormonal or personality changes and leak bloody vaginal discharge throughout your house. And no, it’s not true; your dog won’t get fat because you spay her.

Male dogs that are neutered CAN’T get testicular cancer and they live 40% longer than their non-neutered counterparts. Non-neutered male dogs respond to the “call of the wild” and their desire to wander is fierce. In fact, 62% of dogs hit by a car are non-neutered! Finally, 66% of non-neutered males get prostate disease.1

Aside from the important medical reasons for spaying or neutering you are doing the right thing for the serious overpopulation problem in the United States. Over 12 million unwanted dogs and cats are euthanized each year and even more are abandoned.1

Please contact your veterinarian if you have additional questions; they are the best resource for information about the health and well-being of your best friend.

1. Data on file at IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. Westbrook, Maine USA.

Welcome to our new site!

Welcome to the new website for Interlachen Animal Hospital!  We’ll be posting articles, pictures, and coupons, so keep visiting.  Oh, and tell your friends.  We’re on Facebook and Twitter, too!

Dr. Andy Michaud is your neighborhood vet. I’ll treat your pets as if they were mine, and I’ll treat you like you live next door.

We’re a private practice, so you will always see the same doctor and wonderful staff.  We look forward to seeing you and your pet(s) soon!