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The Ups & Downs of Adopting a Dog

My family and I are Lab lovers from way back. “Jester,” our 2 1/2 year old Lab is our 5th retriever, if you count “Bozo,” the one my husband grew up with. I don’t know what it is about Labs, perhaps their sparkle, but I’ve heard people are attracted to the breed they most resemble — does that mean I shed a lot?

We’ve lost Jester’s predessors at ripe old ages, and this is the first time we’ve had only one dog in a very long time. Jester would like a buddy, so we’ve been trying to find just the right one that would fit into our menagerie of cats, dog, kids, busy life, etc. I feel very strongly about the positives of adopting (not purchasing) pets — there are so many that need forever homes. We thought we found just the right one — a gorgeous male with some chronic medical issues named “Kohla” who’s being cared for at Best Friends, a very large, very well-known shelter in southern Utah. But Best Friends is making it quite difficult — seems they think a veterinarian’s home might not be up to snuff, and they’re convinced they know best. I’m frustrated and heavy hearted after dealing with them for the past 2 weeks and getting no where. Hope others have better luck dealing with them, but I cannot recommend them.

Fortunately, we found another Lab in Eastern Washington on www.petfinder.com that might be available, and he sounds like quite the gentleman, so there’s hope. Hope we’ll find the right dog to adopt, hope there won’t be so many hoops to jump through, hope he’ll love us back and fit into our “gang.”  Wish me luck!

Here’s to dog slobber kisses and kitty scritches,

Dr. M

Thank you everyone! Congrats Freya & Jeanne

Thanks to our kind-hearted clients and the generosity of Elanco, we raised a tidy sum for the King County Humane Society this winter. Elanco, makers of Comfortis (a new oral monthly flea medication) donated an uber FUN gift basket of toys, grooming aids, and Comfortis for a raffle.  The competition was fierce, but Freya, a 2-year-old Catahoula, won the drawing. She’s got a nice smile, don’t you think?

Congratulations Freya & Jeanne

Ask About Our “Green Discount”

According to The Union of Concerned Scientists, recycling is great but to make any real difference in our impact on the environment, we need to focus on the BIG things, like the energy consumption associated with transportation and heating/cooling.  At Atlantic Veterinary Hospital, we’re looking at these two issues and making some changes.  To help make it a community effort, please take advantage of our “Green Discount” — walk, cycle, bus, or carpool to your vet appointment, and we’ll give you a 5% discount on outpatient services.  Please ask us for details!

Seattle Artist Helps Us Remember Beloved Pets

The death of a pet means losing a member of the family. Their memory lives on in our hearts, but it’s also nice to have a tangible remembrance — something we can see and touch or a place we can go to feel their spirit. Often, families choose a favorite location outdoors in the yard or garden. We just learned of a local Seattle artist helping families memorialize their deceased pets with beautiful, customized garden stones, perhaps to mark a favorite resting spot or where their pet’s ashes are buried.  Take a look at:  www.TattvasGardenArt.com

New Monthly Oral Medications Protect Pets & Families — It’s About More Than Just Fleas

The dog is lying between your feet. The cat is wrapped around your head. Pets share our homes, and often our beds, like regular members of the family.  They may be our first “children,” our only children, or the loving souls that fill the void after the two-legged children move out. Pemco’s right — we ARE a little different in Seattle.

We take our cats car camping on the Peninsula.  Our dogs carry their own vittles hiking with us in the Cascades. We arrange play dates at Genesee Park Off-Leash Area. They lie patiently at our feet while we dine al fresco in Columbia City. And our dogs know the drive-thru bank tellers in the cluster of banks on Rainier Avenue all have a supply of biscuits in the window.

The comfort, companionship, and affection they provide are priceless — but have you considered the things pets can harbor that may affect you and your family?

Besides being a yucky nuisance, parasites can cause or transmit serious diseases to your pets and you.  Effective parasite control goes far beyond just controlling fleas during summer and fall.  It also includes year-round prevention of internal parasites that can make pets and humans truly ill.  In our temperate Seattle climate, intestinal parasite eggs, an invisible threat, can live in the soil for 7-10 years. They can be transmitted year around to pets (or a barefoot child) walking through a contaminated area like a dog park, beach, hiking trail, or even your own backyard.  Pets can transmit parasites to us through incidental contact. How do you protect your pet from something you can’t see?

Recent advances in parasite control for pets have significantly improved the safety and convenience required to protect our pets from internal and external parasites. Fifteen years ago, flea control was transformed when products that really worked became available through veterinarians.  Since then, however, it’s become apparent that these products are frequently messy and might wash off. They sometimes cause localized contact dermatitis. To avoid accidental human contact, they should probably be applied to pets after younger family members go to bed.  Pets frequently hide when they see the package or smell the product.  And now we may be seeing flea resistance.

New, safer, FDA-approved oral medications given once a month have created a new standard in parasite control.  These medications come in flavored, chewable tablets that can be crumbled into a meal and given at any time of the day, mess-free.  They are completely waterproof, so swimming and bathing won’t affect them.  And most importantly, they control internal and external parasites, providing complete protection from most parasites that can affect your pet and your family.  But you won’t find them at Costco or PetsMart.

These new oral medications are prescription only and have gone through more rigorous testing than topical products.  Talk with us today to assess your pet’s risk factors and develop a comprehensive, year-round parasite control program that meets your needs too.

Welcome to Atlantic Veterinary Hospital!

Welcome.

That’s the feeling I got when I walked into the hospital October, 2009, after trying to find a place for more than a year to hang my shingle. The economy adversely affected my family too, and it was time to strike out on my own after being an associate veterinarian for 14 years.

It was a long journey to find Atlantic, with many potholes along the way. But the moment I walked in the place and met Dr. David Batteiger, its beloved owner for the past 26 years, I knew it was “the one.”

The staff welcomed me, the facility was clean and up-to-date, and it smelled good!  My soul did a mental “sigh” after all the other places I’d considered.

Dr. Batteiger and I developed an almost instant rapport – we’re both Midwesterners, raised on farms, outdoor lovers (although I only hunt berries), and graduates of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Stepping into Dr. Batteiger’s shoes in January when he retired, however, was a bit intimidating. I mean, have you seen his ratings on Google? Folks love him!  He’s been a family doctor to generations of pets and seen many, many clients through the ups and downs of keeping furry family members healthy.

He’s no-nonsense and cuts to the chase, but he’s also known for his big heart. He’s become a friend and mentor, and I’m going to miss him too.

If you’re already a client of Atlantic, please join me in sending him a message below. He doesn’t own a computer, but I’ll make sure he gets them.

If you’re new to Atlantic, I hope your soul gets that same mental “sigh” when you walk through our doors. The staff and I are working very hard to make that happen. Let us know how we’re doing.

Atlantic Veterinary Hospital in Seattle serves the following neighborhoods: Mt. Baker, Columbia City, Beacon Hill, Rainier Valley, Seward Park, Capitol Hill, Leschi, Central District, Madison Valley, International District, and Georgetown.