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National Horse Day!

by Lori Hehn - December 13, 2016 at 10:37 AM


We hear a lot about dog and cat days, but horses have their own days too! December 13th is the National Day of the Horse.

I found a short post about this special day from the AzVMA website from last year to see what it's all about.  

According to the article, the idea behind this national day is that it "encourages a dialog about the importance of horses in our culture, the importance of humane treatment of both domestic and wild horses, and the physical and emotional benefits of owning horses."

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Four Reasons Vet Techs Leave the Veterinary Field

by Lori Hehn - December 8, 2016 at 2:22 PM


In this great article by Jade Velasquez, LVT, she lists some reasons that are contributing to this issue. Wages, under-utilization, compassion fatigue, and toxic environment are the four she discusses. We know that the vet tech field has a high turnover.

This is why continuing education, certification, stress reduction, and vet tech appreciation are cornerstones for job satisfaction. Trying to fend off negativity and creating a more positive work environment should be the job of all hospital members. Take a moment to read this article to learn more!

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What Diseases Do Dogs & Cats Share?

by Lori Hehn - December 6, 2016 at 6:49 AM

Cats and Dogs share many disease, although they may have different names or pathology in each species. This article discusses heartworm disease, obesity, arthritis, and dental disease. While dogs and cats can both get these diseases, they may show different symptoms. Check out the link to learn more!
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Cats of Aleppo: Airstrikes Hit Famous Cat Sanctuary

by Lori Hehn - November 29, 2016 at 3:13 PM

I have followed his account on Twitter, a kind-hearted man who cares for these abandoned cats in a small sanctuary in Aleppo.  You can see him at work in this YouTube video. 

I was saddened to read today that his sanctuary was hit by airstrikes, killing his dog Hope and some cats. He survived the bombings, but please keep this man and his good deeds in your prayers and thoughts. You can follow him on Facebook: or on Twitter:
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Can A Cat Survive A Rattlesnake Bite?

by Lori Hehn - November 22, 2016 at 9:00 AM

We hear about dogs and rattlesnake bites a lot, especially where I live in the state of Arizona. But, what about cats? Can they survive and is there a rattlesnake bite treatment?

Yes, they can survive, but timing may be everything! It acts mostly as a neurotoxin in cats, which can cause paralysis and mentation changes. They can also suffer from coagulation problems and vasculitis like dogs. Typically prognosis is not good, but if they receive treatment quickly (yes they can have antivenin) then they may have a better chance of survival. Check out this article link for more info!
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