Spring has sprung in Yuma. Sorry, it has been so long between postings. This Winter was very busy especially with us missing Dr. Perry after his retirement. We are still actively seeking the 5th doctor, but have not yet found just the right person.
In the meantime, we are still busy bees and appreciate your patience and understanding. Many clinics in town are still also struggling to find doctors and we are still finding ourselves dealing with many more emergencies throughout the day and overnight than usual. Although we leave openings in the schedule, we just never know what will happen, so thanks for understanding. Emergencies happen and we are happy to help.
Currently, we are seeing Parvo cases (as usual), orphaned birds... notably hummingbirds and owls... since the big wind storm, dog fights, heart failure, pets hit by cars, and gastrointestinal emergencies as our top ER cases. There are the usual problems such as ear infections, urinary tract infections, and orthopedic injuries, tumors, dental disease and the like for routine cases. Lately, there have been quite a few births defects such a polycystic kidney disease and multiple physical deformities. These often come from breeding dogs and cats without full information on the parents so if you are considering breeding your pet, a consultation with one of our doctors might be good. Additionally, we are welcoming many new puppies to our clinic family. See our Facebook page for some of our cuties. Remember we have free puppy play parties for our new puppy patients. Call Suzy, our behavior counselor for more information.
Speaking of behavior, we have for years been involved in trying to make our clinic "fear-free" for our patients by using treats and distractions as well as pheromones and play. There is now a movement in veterinary medicine toward this phenomenon. You may hear more in the future and we are sending several team members for more formal training on this. Dr. Haugo has already attended this and found it helpful. Please be sure to let us know if your pet can NOT receive treats, or better yet, bring your pet's favorite treats with you when you come so we can give them.
Have a great Spring and Happy St, Patrick's Day tomorrow.