General Practice

Responsibilities In Breeding Pets

Responsibilities In Breeding Pets

Mrs. Jones and I were in the examination room with Fluffy, her Golden Retriever. It was Fluffy’s second birthday, and Mrs. Jones asked me a very important question, “I’m thinking of breeding Fluffy now. What are my considerations?” The first and most important consideration is moral. We have an incredible pet overpopulation problem in this […]

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How Pet Euthanasia Is Performed

How Pet Euthanasia Is Performed

Pet euthanasia. What does it euthanasia mean? And how is it performed? We often use the euphemisms “put to sleep,” “put down” and “put out of his misery,” among others, but the term is actually very specific. It was first coined in the 1600s by the Greeks and means “an easy or happy death.” The […]

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Defining Small Animal Practice

Defining Small Animal Practice

Small animal practice is a term that has nothing to do with the size of dogs and cats we veterinarians will see as patients. In this case, “small” separates practices that serve dogs, cats, rabbits, mice, rats, ferrets, sugar gliders, guinea pigs and other pets from “large animal practice,” which primarily focuses on farm animals […]

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Disaster Preparedness For Your Pets

Disaster Preparedness For Your Pets

There are many things you can do to prepare for a disaster, and some of them are important even if a disaster never hits. As representatives of the Mississippi Animal Disaster Relief Fund (MADRF), the members are charged with deciding which disaster-affected Mississippians gets reimbursement for disaster-related expenses. All of the committee members are veterinarians. […]

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De-stinking Your Pet After A Skunk Encounter

De-stinking Your Pet After A Skunk Encounter

Skunks stink. And, the only thing worse than smelling a skunk is smelling your dog or cat sprayed by a skunk. We don’t see many skunks here in Long Beach, MS. Which is not to say they are not here, because we have plenty of wildlife right here in town.   Among them we smell […]

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Dropoff Veterinary Visits For Dogs And Cats

Dropoff Veterinary Visits For Dogs And Cats

Dropoff. To a veterinarian and his or her staff, a dropoff is a patient visit in which the pet is left at the clinic while the owner goes to work or runs errands. Dropped-off patients may spend as little as an hour or as long as all day at the doctor’s office. Dropoffs are great […]

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Eddie’s Annual Christmas Gift Helps Animals

Eddie’s Annual Christmas Gift Helps Animals

Back in 2008 a Christmas tradition was begun at Animal General Hospital. Eddie, my best friend from high school, sent a check for $200.00 with his annual Christmas card to Brenda and me. Since then I have used those funds, along with a matching amount, to help pets and pet owners in need. Yesterday I […]

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Fake Pet Pharmaceuticals Surface Again

Fake Pet Pharmaceuticals Surface Again

Numerous times we have discussed fake medications designed to separate you from your money. Some of these scams can also separate you from your pet by selling you medication that is either ineffective or just plain nonexistent. The result is pets who either become ill or fail to heal from illness because needed pharmaceutical ingredients were […]

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Pets Are Good For Children’s Health

Pets Are Good For Children’s Health

This week medical research confirmed something you and I already knew: pets are good for kids. Respiratory illness occurs less often and in milder forms in children who share their homes with one or more pets.  And that includes Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). While there has long been a belief that Chihuahuas are good for […]

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