Monthly Archives: April 2016

Veterinarian Blog | Winding Hill Veterinary Clinic: Lessons Learned From Hound to Child

By Terri Heck, on behalf of her work with Summit Search and Rescue

We all know dogs and kids can have a magnetic attraction. Our bloodhounds love kids of all ages and kids of all ages migrate to our bloodhounds. What an opportunity this has been to spread a message of safety throughout the community.

Whether the child we run into on the street
Or in a public park we get to greet
Perhaps a group at a school we meet
Time with kids and hounds is sweet!

Hounds and kids – a wonderful pairing.
Safety lessons are made for sharing.
Play safe, stay safe – always be caring.
This the bloodhound is declaring!

K9 Apache shares a lesson
K9 Apache shares a lesson
K9 Briggs with kids
K9 Briggs with kids
K9 Merit with preschoolers
K9 Merit with preschoolers

So often we are told a tale of a child who remembered a lesson of safety that may have made a difference at a moment where safety was important. This lesson was not remembered because of Mom, Dad, teachers or Jim or I, but in the words of a child “I have to be safe because Apache wants me to be”. So whenever a child migrates to your bloodhound or your bloodhound migrates to a child seize the opportunity. Remind the child to listen to Mom, Dad or whoever they are with and always be safe – spoken from the hound (with a little help from you!).

Team Summit Search and Rescue 
with middle school students
Team Summit Search and Rescue with middle school students

Veterinarian Blog | Winding Hill Veterinary Clinic: What Is Wellness?

Your pet’s yearly appointment for a check-up and vaccinations is to keep your pet well. In that visit, your veterinarian is checking for problems visible on a physical exam. We examine your pet’s eyes, ears, hair coat, and skin, listen to the heart and lungs, palpate the abdomen, assess the lymph nodes, and look at the mouth and teeth. Any abnormalities will be discussed and treatment or additional testing recommended.

9067These tests might include: bloodwork, urinalysis, stool samples, radiographs, or ultrasounds.

Vaccinations are another way we keep pets well. Recommendations are based on the pet’s age and lifestyle.

Other routine wellness tests in southeastern PA include: at least yearly fecal samples to decrease the risk of transmitting intestinal parasites, which can be zoonotic (a disease communicable from animal to man), with potential serious consequences in children. Dogs are screened for heartworm (transmitted by mosquitoes) and Lyme, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasma (all transmitted by ticks). Kittens are screened for feline leukemia and feline immunosuppressive virus.

As pets age, they are at risk for chronic illnesses such as kidney or liver disease, diabetes, thyroid disease, and cancer. These diseases may not be apparent to you in the early stages. “Wellness” bloodwork can detect problems earlier, and therefore the disease can be treated more effectively before the pet is noticeably ill, losing weight, etc. Wellness bloodwork can also be used as a baseline for future comparison.

If you have questions about why we make certain recommendations, please ask your veterinarian at your pet’s visit. A website that I often recommend to clients for additional information is: www.veterinarypartner.com. It is a good source for accurate information about a range of veterinary subjects.

Anne C Barnhart, VMD