Everyday Heroes: Celebrating Our Amazing Veterinary Technicians!

Veterinary Technicians are the backbone of compassionate veterinary care.

Theirs is the first face you see as you and your pet wait in the examination room. A smile and a word of comfort is first on the agenda as they handle your pet with ease and skill. They ask you the important questions that will help structure the background of your pet’s visit that day. In case you haven’t figured it out by now, we’re talking about veterinary technicians. October 14-20 is National Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week, and we couldn’t think of a better time to highlight the crucial role these staff members play in the health and wellness of your pet.

All About Veterinary Technicians

The job of a veterinary technician is to assist the veterinarian in technical matters, much like a nurse assists a physician. The typical duties that veterinary technicians are responsible for include:

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Our Best Pet Blogs:  2016 in Review

Ahhh, the New Year. Time to sit back and wax nostalgic over the previous year. It can be quite entertaining and even enlightening to take some time in order to reminisce with your family and friends about the high and low points of the year as it comes to a close.

Vaughn Road Veterinary Clinic wants to be a part of your sentimental fun. So, without further ado, here are our best pet blogs of 2016:

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Knowledge Is Power: Understanding Pet Allergies

Baby shepherd scratchingWe all have some experience with allergies. Whether we personally suffer from a seasonal or other allergy, or know someone who does, most of us are aware of the miserable symptoms that accompany an allergic reaction to pollen, mold, food, or other substance. The same is true for our four-legged friends when they struggle with allergies.

Allergies in pets often remain undiagnosed, and pets can continue to suffer needlessly as their symptoms go untreated and their exposure to the allergens continues. Learn how to tell if your pet has an allergy, and how to get him or her back on the road to health.

What Is An Allergy?

Allergies are an overreaction of the immune system to foreign particles. These particles, called allergens, can be almost anything; common pet allergens include: Continue…

Tackling Tough Questions: Why Dogs Hump Things

Happy red Spitz dog breed with a smileAh, the joys of loving a dog. When that dog starts mounting and humping your mother-in-law’s poodle (or leg), we tend to react with shock, embarrassment, amusement, and even anger. It’s bad enough to see your precious pooch humping another dog, but what about when your dog humps an inanimate object, or a leg?

It’s a behavior pattern we’ve all seen, but most of us know very little about. Whatever the reason, and whatever your reaction, it’s important for dog owners to understand why dogs hump things.

Why Dogs Hump Things

Contrary to how it appears, dog mounting isn’t always a sexual behavior. Mounting and humping is seen across the spectrum of dogs, from females to neutered males to puppies. The question of why dogs hump things is multi-faceted, and the answer may include any of the following reasons: Continue…