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a day in the life of a veterinary technician

A Day in the Life of a Veterinary Technician

a day in the life of a veterinary technicianA veterinary technician is the first one in and the last one out. Veterinary technicians might be the hardest working employees you see when you arrive at your next appointment to visit your veterinarian. What exactly do they do, though? To help you better understand, they are the nurse of the animal world. Here are some of the primary duties that veterinary technicians accomplish on a daily basis.

Daily Tasks Of A Vet Technician

First and foremost, veterinary technicians clean. That hospital would be a mess without staffing a sufficient amount of vet techs. They are constantly trying to keep up with the endless amount of laundry that comes from taking care of all of their patients. At the same time, they need to sterilize the surgery rooms and make sure that the exam rooms are in top shape.

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Common Worms and Parasites: Identifying Worms and Symptoms

wormsparasitesThe threat of parasites and worms are a reality for your dog and cat. Affecting particular breeds and pets that have access to the outdoors, parasites and worms can cause small ailments like stomach upset, up to extreme cases of death. The most common type of parasites and worms that affect pet dogs and cats are hookworms, whipworms, roundworms, and tapeworms. The effects of worms are particularly pervasive, as they can lay dormant in your pet’s system for quite some time before physical symptoms manifest. If your pet is experiencing rapid and random weight loss, diarrhea that isn’t remedied via diet modification, anemia, scratching of the anal opening, unexplained vomiting, severe bad breath that can’t be cured by regular brushing, or severe coughing, then it is recommended that you take your pet to a veterinarian – it is a very real possibility that your pet is experiencing some sort of parasitic invasion.

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Vital Pet First Aid Tips To Help Keep Your Pet Healthy And Safe

first aid tipsWhen you own a pet, there are many things to keep in mind. You not only need to make sure their environment is safe for themselves, but also have a working knowledge of what pets should and shouldn’t eat, and keep their best interests at heart. In addition, it’s important to know some pet first aid tips, just in case.

Necessary First Aid Supplies
First aid kits are not only important for humans. If you own a pet, you should have a first aid kit prepared in care of emergencies as well.

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13 Common Pet Emergencies That Need Immediate Attention

pet emergenciesHaving a pet is a commitment. Most people misunderstand the most common pet emergencies, and don’t call for help until it’s too late. Understanding and keeping a list of the most common emergencies that require a veterinarian’s attention will help keep a pet healthy for a long time.

1. Severe Bleeding
This is the number one emergency because too many people believe an animal’s first aid can be done at home. If bleeding is severe or lasts more than five minutes, it must be checked by a vet. The fur could be hiding a bigger problem, or the animal might need stitches to heal without infection. The cut could be deeper than it appears, or there could be internal bleeding that needs surgery.

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Diagnostic Services

ultrasound01Mercy Animal Hospital is proud to provide diagnostic services for your pets. The use of diagnostic tools is very important in veterinary medicine because our patients cannot tell us if they are in pain or how they are feeling! We utilize a variety of tools and equipment in order to get a clearer picture of your pet’s overall health.

One of the important diagnostic services we provide is ultrasound. An ultrasound machine uses sound waves to create a picture of the interior of your pet’s body in a minimally invasive way. This is very similar to how some animals like bats and dolphins use echolocation to create a picture of their world. These sound waves are completely safe and create no harmful effects.

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Common Household Poisons and Toxins

householdtoxinsWithin our homes are dozens of substances and food products that, while safe for human use and consumption, are toxic or deadly for our pet companions. While many of these dangers are obvious and avoidable, there are some items we might not consider a danger — until a beloved pet is suffering and needs emergency care. The ASPCA reports over 150,000 calls per year to their poison control hotline.

Avocado
Infographics and articles abound warning pet owners of the dangers of avocados, but they fail to discuss how and why avocados pose a threat. For cats and dogs the avocado fruit itself is not harmful; the real danger is the possible ingestion of the large pit, a possible choking or intestinal obstruction hazard. For smaller animals such as birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, and certain farmyard animals such as cows, goats, and horses, the real danger is a compound called persin. Persin is extremely toxic to these animals causing respiratory distress, fluid around the lungs and heart, liver and kidney failure, and sudden death. Pet birds will also show an inability to perch if suffering from persin toxicity.

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5 Tips to Promote Fire Pet Safety in Your Home

firesafetyMany people who have pets understand that they quickly become part of the family. Unfortunately, many people don’t understand the importance of fire pet safety, in fact, it is mistakenly believed that pets will simply follow us out the door if there is danger. It is far more common for a pet to have a safe place within the home and go to that place when he or she is afraid. This means that, if there is a fire, an animal is more likely to stay in the house than to leave through an open door or window. Firefighters often find family pets in a burned home, frozen in their final moments. It’s important to make sure this does not happen to your pets.

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Heartworm 101 for Dogs and Cats

heartwormHeartworm disease is generally considered a condition that only affects dogs, but many other mammal species can suffer from it or act as carriers. Heartworms have been known to infect dogs, cats, ferrets, wolves, coyotes, sea lions, and there have even been reported cases of human infection as well. Severe lung disease, heart failure, and damage to other organs is caused by foot-long worms that colonize in the heart, lungs, and blood vessels of the affected animal.

In a natural host such as dogs, heartworms are able to fully mature into adults, mating and producing offspring. Some dogs have been found with several hundred fully grown worms in their bodies. The worms cause lasting damage and affect the dog’s health for years even after the parasites are removed.

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Adopt A Shelter Pet

There are millions of homeless pets out there that will never know the love and compassion of an owner. Adopt a shelter pet!
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Pet First Aid Tips

As a pet owner, it’s important to know some basic first aid in case your loved one is ever in need of aid.
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