The Veterinary Technician: Caring for Your Pet

Naperville

Laura, Samantha, Tracy and Delaney

Did you realize that, besides your veterinarian, there is another important member of your pet’s health care team that does a lot of the behind-the-scenes work? Veterinary technicians are an integral part of your pet’s care, and they deserve to be recognized.

The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) has proclaimed the third week in October to be National Veterinary Technician Week, and we are proud to celebrate this week.

“Technicians are an integral part of the veterinary healthcare team, and celebrating National Veterinary Technician Week gives them the credit they deserve. It also provides an opportunity to teach the public about what veterinary technicians do on a daily basis,” said Sandy Sponaugle, NAVTA Communications Director.

This week helps us to recognize veterinary technicians for their contributions in pet healthcare.

What is a vet tech?

Veterinary technicians are highly trained and dedicated members of the veterinary team. Having completed a degree in veterinary technology as well as passing a national board examination and maintaining continuing education requirements, vet techs are also very educated.

What does a vet tech do?

We consider our veterinary technicians to be the backbone of our practice. They are a huge part of providing the best care possible to your pets. They are responsible for the care and nursing of sick or injured patients, performing laboratory testing, taking radiographs (X-rays), assisting with anesthesia, administering medications and therapies to patients, and performing dental cleanings. They are also hugely involved in the education of pet owners on various topics.

Needless to say, our veterinary technicians play a tremendous role in the day-to-day functioning of our veterinary practice. They are an essential part of keeping the hospital running smoothly and are very important in caring for the pets that enter our doors.

Thank you to our veterinary technicians insert names here. We don’t know what we would do without you!

 

For the Birds: What to Know About Bird Ownership

Eclectus parrot and Bassett Hound

Birds are beautiful creatures. Their colorful plumage and quirky personalities can captivate us in the blink of an eye and easily tempt even the staunchest of skeptics into pet ownership. But birds are more than beautiful. They are emotional, intelligent creatures with needs few consider before making the leap into bird ownership. Continue…

Home Dental Care for Your Pet

 

Annual exams and dental cleanings under anesthesia are vital for your pet’s oral health as well as their overall health.  But did you know that you can play an important role in warding off dental disease at home, too?  Here are a few suggestions for keeping those chompers pearly white a little longer and ward off the systemic effects of bad oral hygiene:

  • Brushing

At-home brushing is the most powerful tool in your arsenal!  Brushing at least every other day has been shown to significantly reduce plaque and tartar buildup.  Use a brush and paste specifically for pets and start slowly.  Most pets can be taught to tolerate tooth brushing if you are patient.  For more helpful information on how to introduce your pet to having its teeth brushed, please look at the handout provided on our website .  We are also happy to help you in person. Continue…

Holiday Plant Primer

 

Around the holidays, our homes are filled with all sorts of objects that aren’t there the rest of the year.  Many times this includes festive plants of all kinds.  These plants often end up in the mouths of curious pets, especially puppies and kittens.  Some may not cause any problems at all, but many cause side effects ranging from mild to severe.  Here is the low-down on a few of the more common holiday house guests:

Poinsettia

While the poinsettia plant is perhaps the most infamous holiday plant, its reputation is not entirely deserved.  Its extreme toxicity is largely an urban legend.  The plant is mildly toxic and irritating to the mucous membranes.  While it is unlikely to cause severe illness, it is probably best to keep this plant out of reach.

Mistletoe

The level of toxicity of mistletoe largely depends on the variety, but the berries of both the American and European variety cause stomach irritation at small doses. At larger doses, it can trigger much more serious problems (including low blood pressure, seizures, and disorientation).

Holly

Eating holly can result in severe stomach upset in dogs and cats.  Signs that your pet has eaten holly include smacking of lips, drooling, head shaking, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.

Lilies

Lilies are very popular around the holidays, but they are deadly for cats.  Ingestion causes severe stomach upset, heart arrhythmias, kidney failure, and death.

Christmas tree

Don’t discount the tree!  The oils and sap can be irritating to the mouth and stomach, which can lead to drooling and vomiting.

Grooming at Naperville Animal Hospital – Bow Wow Wow!!!

How to know who to trust with your pet’s grooming

Choosing somewhere to have your pet groomed can be difficult.  A plethora of grooming salons have popped up in recent years, and sometimes it can be almost impossible to tell which ones are good and not-so-good until you find out first hand.  Of course, we will tell you that our groomers are the best in the area, but we would rather you come to that conclusion on your own!  Here are some factors to consider when choosing a groomer for your pet:

  • Does the groomer personalize services?

For instance, certain pets may require special shampoos for itchy skin, have trouble with their ears, or need their coat trimmed a certain way.  Our groomers are willing to groom to your pet’s needs, not a one-size-fits-all template.

  • Does the groomer require proof of vaccination?

Requiring vaccinations protects your pet.  Be wary of any establishment that does not ask for this information.  We require all vaccines to be documented and current at the time of your appointment.

  • Does the groomer know you and your pet?

Many groomers turn and burn through many pets a day and don’t have time to get to know each client.  After a grooming session or two, your pet should be greeted by name!

  • Does your pet get treated like the prince/princess s/he is?

Likewise, when a groomer has many pets to groom in a day s/he is unable to take the time to pamper your pet.  Our groomers take pride in treating each individual pet to a spa day, taking time to allow even nervous pets to relax and enjoy themselves!

  • What kinds of hours do they keep?

Do you have to work around the groomer’s schedule or do they work with yours?  We are happy to work around your day care or boarding schedules.

  • Can they accommodate special requests?  Do they have a working knowledge of your needs?

If you have a show or performance pet, it may need to be groomed in a certain manner.  Does your groomer have an in-depth knowledge of your needs?  Thinking of changing up Fluffy’s look and going with a pink coat?  Can your groomer accomplish that?  Be sure to ask!

  • What happens if the pet needs medical attention?

Injuries and accidents can happen, particularly if you choose a groomer where care and experience are lacking.  In the unlikely event of a problem, Naperville Animal Hospital has veterinarians on staff that can immediately attend to your pet.  It is also convenient to have a veterinarian around so that any minor medical issues can be addressed during your pet’s grooming appointment.

NapervilleAnimal Hospital is proud to have an experienced, caring grooming staff to attend to your pets.  We hope that you trust us with your grooming needs.  Because a picture is worth a thousand words, here are just a few to help you see what a great job we do!

Naperville AH - Before Cat Grooming

Before Grooming

Naperville AH - After Cat Grooming

After Grooming – Meow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Naperville AH Grooming - Before

Before Grooming

Naperville AH - After Grooming

After Grooming – Bow Wow Wow!