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Date: 3/6/2017 3:46 PM UTC

There are a lot of awareness campaigns going on everywhere.  So many of them are for issues that, unless you have been living like an ostrich, sticking your head in a hole in the ground, you should already know about.  Such is the case with Canine Parvovirus, on which I will focus in this blog.  If you already have or are considering, adopting a puppy (or an adult dog), you should know to do some research on what is required to raise a healthy, happy puppy and how it might affect your family and your activities.  I will advise you of a few things you should know.  You should know that your puppy WILL  wake you up at night to go to the bathroom.  Your puppy WILL need almost constant supervision.  Your puppy WILL need your love and affection.  Your puppy will NEED time with you to bond.  Your puppy WILL need to be trained properly.  Your puppy will NEED good quality food to be healthy.  Your puppy WILL NEED VACCINATIONS!  That's right - you will have to spend some time and money on your puppy (kinda like children, right?).  Plan your time and your finances so you are able to afford the proper care and vaccinations.  Parvo, in particular,  is something we stress in our client education, as it, at this time, seems to be more common than other diseases we vaccinate for. From the 1st time they bring their puppies in for their 1st examinations and vaccinations, we educate new furbaby parents on how puppies need a series of vaccinations to protect them from deadly parvo (as, of course, from other preventable diseases, as well).  Puppies NEED to stay on schedule with vaccinations in order to thwart this awful virus. Puppy owners at our hospital are advised that we give parvo and other appropriate vaccines at 6, 8, 10, 12 and 16 weeks of age.  Your puppy is NOT protected against parvo until 2 weeks AFTER your final parvo vaccine.  Skip the series of vaccines, and your puppy runs the risk of contracting parvo (as well as distemper, etc.).   ALL of our technicians go over the importance of completing the vaccination schedule with our new puppy/new pet owners.  There is NO reason for someone who comes to Animal Hospital of Statesville to NOT know about parvo.  It is a CHOICE not to do vaccines.  It is a CHOICE to not stick to the vaccine schedule.  If you cannot afford vaccinations, it is better that you wait to adopt when you are better off financially.  You are not "saving" a puppy if you cannot provide the care that it needs.  To think you are is to be fooling yourself.

To summarize:  Adopt a puppy when you are FINANCIALLY able, and when you are able to devote the TIME to the training and love that your pet requires.  Stop making excuses for why you don't finish vaccine series.  Do not listen to people who don't know what they are talking about when they say your pets do not need vaccinations.  Your pet might pay the price for your bad decisions.  I will also say this, while I am on my soapbox:  If you adopt a puppy from someone and they say they have all their vaccinations but they have no records of them to give you - DON"T BELIEVE THEM!  Maybe they have, maybe they haven't.  Maybe the vaccines were given on schedule, maybe they weren't.  If you don't have a HARD COPY from a vet, pretend like they have no vaccinations and start over!  Do you get the idea that we hear "They told me he had all his vaccinations!" ALL the time?  We do!  And then they get Parvo.   I'm sorry if this seems harsh, but every year, all year, we experience this problem.  Folks who make rash decisions about adopting a pet without considering the effect it will have on their time, money and families often cause their adopted pet to pay the harsh price of either their health or their life.  It is too easy to get reliable, ACCURATE information on pet care.  Your veterinarian can give you the guidance you need.  The time for the excuse of "I didn't know" should be over.  It takes initiative on the part of the future owner.  It takes caring.  If I am "preaching to the choir", please share this with people who NEED to know!


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Date: 2/8/2017 10:47 PM UTC

I'm sure "Why do I work here?" is a question lots of us ask ourselves.  About 10 years ago, I married and moved 1 1/2 hours away.  I didn't relish driving all the way from my home to work, so I decided to do a job search in my area.  After talking to a local veterinarian, who was actually very nice and eager to have a potential new staff member, I visited their hospital as an actual pet owner, and I just couldn't do it.  I just couldn't leave what I had already dedicated years of my life to.

Animal Hospital of Statesville has incredible people.  Yes, sometimes we have disagreements and frustrations, but we have become like family.  No, not LIKE family - an actual family.  Families are made up of all different kinds of people.  They are mixed and matched.  They aren't all the same, and they don't always agree on everything.  BUT, they have a common purpose - to create a well-functioning unit and support each other.  That's what this place has become.  A well-functioning unit.  Our doctors are respected by the staff members.  Staff members are respected by the doctors. We work as a team.  We have fun as a team.  Each person's strengths are recognized (as well as their weaknesses), and they are allowed to utilize those strengths to the fullest and we try to work on making weaknesses become stronger.

Perfect?  Well, truthfully, no.  However, I think it's about as close as I will come to a perfect workplace.  Animal Hospital of Statesville is a place we all have a stake in.  It takes all of us to make it work.  We ALL feel a responsibility to make this place the best it can be.  We all have pets that mean the world to us.  We KNOW from personal experience what we want from an animal hospital, and we work to make the Animal Hospital of Statesville THAT kind of place.  The place where WE want to take OUR pets.  A place where we have confidence in the doctors, the technicians, the kennel staff, our groomer, and the receptionists that keep everything together.  A failure on anyone's part is "tackled" by all of us, and problems are solved.  We are there for each other.  That's called teamwork.  Our team's name is FAMILY.ahs


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Date: 10/5/2016 6:56 PM UTC

I'll keep it short(er) today.  Avoid tragedy.  Get a #rabies vaccination for your pet!  Here are the requirements in Iredell County, taken directly from their website:  ( I would put a link, but that would mean an extra step in order to then read the requirements!)

Rabies Requirements By ordinance, Iredell County requires all cats, dogs and ferrets over 3 months of age to have a current rabies vaccination.

Obtaining a Vaccination Rabies vaccinations are available during normal Animal Shelter hours for $10 each. No appointment is necessary. Only 1-year vaccinations are administered.

On the 2nd Tuesday of each month, Iredell County Animal Services provides a rabies vaccination clinic from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Animal Shelter. Rabies vaccinations are available for $6. Your pet can receive a 3-year booster rabies vaccination at this clinic if you bring written proof that your pet has a current rabies vaccination.

Vaccination Reminders Remember it takes 28 days from your pet’s first rabies vaccination for your pet to build antibodies to the rabies virus. If your pet is exposed to a rabid animal during the first 28 days after the first rabies vaccination, your pet will be treated as an unvaccinated pet.

Rabies Exposures The following circumstances are possible rabies exposures:

  • Fights with a wild animal (raccoon, skunk, fox, opossum, etc.)
  • Fights with a stray animal (dog or cat)
  • Fights with an animal that may not be fully vaccinated against rabies
  • Plays with or is in contact with a bat or a dead wild animal
Boost After Bite In these cases, you must booster your pet’s current rabies vaccination within 5 days. If your pet is bitten by a suspected rabid animal and does not receive a rabies booster vaccination within 5 days, your pet will be treated as an unvaccinated pet.

Unvaccinated Pets If the wild or stray animal that bit your pet is confirmed to be rabid or is not available for testing, an unvaccinated pet must be confined for 6 months at a veterinarian’s office or face euthanasia.


If you cannot afford the money, or to take the time to go to the Shelter and get a rabies vaccination for $6, you CANNOT AFFORD TO HAVE A PET!

Just because your pet stays inside "all the time" (no potty time?), that doesn't mean you do not need to get them vaccinated for rabies.  Vaccination for rabies is REQUIRED BY LAW - for your safety (and the safety of those around you), and your pet's/pets' safety.

There is NO TEST to diagnose rabies that doesn't involve the death of the pet suspected of having it.  Period.


QUESTIONS?  Call the Iredell County Animal Shelter at 704-878-5424 , or your veterinarian.  Our number at the Animal Hospital of Statesville is 704-872-3625.




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Date: 7/22/2016 1:05 PM UTC

I’ve lived in many places throughout my life.  I’ve had pets the entire time.  Growing up in Pittsburgh, we went to the same vet for 12 years, until we moved to Texas.  Our vet in Pittsburgh was probably like most vets from the 1960s to the mid 1970s – bare bones, not very technologically advanced (if at all) – just the vet and his receptionist.  Of course, I was young – not even sure if they had veterinary technicians at that time.  All I know is we went regularly for exams and vaccinations, and our Westie, Andy, was on Filaribits – a daily heartworm preventative.  Flash back through various other veterinarians – a vet in Knoxville, Tennessee, a military veterinary facility at Camp Pendleton,CA, back to a great country vet in Bean Station, TN, on to another country vet in Alabama - he gave us all his heartworm prevention because no one else would use it!  All these veterinarians provided care - some better than others.  I really didn't think about what veterinary care COULD be. Finally, I moved to North Carolina, where I chose the Animal Hospital of Statesville.  This was a veterinarian who was recommended to me and gave my pet the care he needed.  I soon became employed at AHS, and as the years went by, and when Dr. Cooney became the owner, our standards continued to rise.  Our goal had been set to become the first AAHA accredited hospital in the area.  We achieved that goal in 2011.  I’m so proud to be a part of this achievement, and to share the benefits of it with our patients and clients.


Accreditation is NOT required for veterinary hospitals.  Hospitals CHOOSE to achieve accreditation.  As an AAHA accredited hospital, we are evaluated on a regular basis on around 900 standards of care.   Many people assume their animal hospital is accredited, and are surprised when it is not.  Only 12-15% of all veterinary hospitals in the US and Canada are AAHA accredited.   12-15 %!!!!  We’re proud that we hold ourselves to a higher standard.  We’re proud that we keep up with the latest in veterinary medicine and medical technologies.  We’re proud that a majority of our technicians are licensed veterinary technicians.  Client education is a priority for our techs and doctors.  We have a front-end staff that puts you and your pets first, greets you with a smile and keeps us running smoothly day after day.   Our dedicated doctors work together to provide the best care for your pets, keeping up with the latest treatments and technologies.  Our kennel techs care for your pets while you are on vacation, giving them the love and attention they deserve.  Accreditation is not given – it’s earned.  AND, it must continually be earned to keep the accreditation.  We work all year, every year, to retain our accreditation.


I’m proud to be on your pet’s “Care Team”!  I’m proud of how this hospital has grown – both in size and scope, but also in our compassion, outreach to the community and our support of one another.  Our staff is like family.  We squabble like family sometimes, but we talk it out and work it out.  We joke and tease each other like family.  We love each other like family.  We work together to solve problems and make sure we provide a superior quality of care to our patients and clients.  We hope that shows through in our service to you, our clients.  YOU are the reason we have been successful.  All our hard work means nothing if you are not with us - if you do not trust us with your pets’ care.  We appreciate you, because you CHOOSE to provide the best care for your furbabies and we celebrate you, too, on this AAHA-Accredited Hospital Day!


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Date: 7/13/2016 7:23 PM UTC

How many times do you hear these startling statistics on pet overpopulation?  According to the Humane Society, 2.7 million - that's MILLION - pets get euthanized every year.  That's 1 every 11 SECONDS!

How remote do you have to be to NOT know the effects spaying and neutering would have on those statistics?  One would think this is common knowledge.  YET, everyday, we come across dog and cat owners who will not spay or neuter their pets.  Some think it's inhumane to take away the joys of copulation.  Do they really think pets think the way humans do in that regard? Men don't want to neuter their dogs.  They project THEIR feelings onto their pets.  How does that make sense to anyone?

I know this might seem a little harsh, but I don't understand why anyone wouldn't opt to spay or neuter their pets.  Granted, some people (and I say SOME) are responsible breeders, who make SURE their puppies have good caring homes. In my experience, a good portion of breeders are neither particularly knowledgeable, nor do they care about anything but receiving compensation for the hard work of letting their dog breed with another dog.  They don't invest in vet care or even vaccinations for their pups, yet, they command high prices for their puppies.  In turn, people who purchase these pets often continue that lack of care, not vaccinating or deworming their pups, not giving them proper veterinary care, only to have them come down with parvo or becoming infested with intestinal parasites or external parasites.  Many of them expect puppies to come "pre-trained" and when they find they must put a little effort into raising their pet, and possibly a little hard-earned money, they relinquish them to the shelters.  The shelters are full of such cases - just ask those who work there.

It's time pet owners understand that it is their job to provide at least the basic services for their pets, and to be sure they are capable of doing so when they adopt a pet.  Have money for regular examinations and vaccinations throughout your pet's life.  Schedule (and keep) your pet's appointment to be surgically spayed or neutered.  Keep in your budget funds to care for their teeth as needed.  If this is not in your plan, you shouldn't be adopting another creature to care for.  Owning a pet is not a right.  It's a privilege.  It's an obligation.  Treat it as such.

This is World Spay Day, so I thought I would spout off a bit.  Don't mean to offend anyone - just want to give people another chance to realize what they SHOULD do, in case they have had their head in a hole somewhere and don't know about shelter death rates and spaying and neutering.  (This blog was posted today, by accident.  It was one I had written, but never published, and then when I tagged it, it ended up publishing!  It's not World Spay Day today, but it's still relevant, so I will leave it up!)



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Date: 6/15/2016 5:23 PM UTC

A stern little lecture here about fleas.  These days, if your pet has fleas, it's because you CHOOSE to have fleas.  There are LOTS of flea control products out there - some work, some don't.  If you happen to choose the one that doesn't work - don't use it anymore!  We have plenty of effective, safe, quality products for you to choose from.

Fleas spread disease.  Fleas suck blood from your pets.  Fleas multiply.  When they multiply, it's called an infestation.  Many of our pets sleep with us.  Sit on the couch with us.  Get in the car with us.  We all hate fleas, right?  Then why do people tolerate them?  I can't tell you why.  Wouldn't you be going crazy with all those itchy fleas on YOU?  If you are comfortable being itchy and infested, there is no reason to read on.  If you're not, please continue.

The lesson here is to check your pets.  Run a flea comb through their fur - especially on their backside at the base of their tail (and under a cat's chin).  Fleas like to hang out there.  If you see black sand-like "stuff" (flea poop), you have fleas.  Somewhere.  If you get a "wiggler", or a live flea - you definitely have a potentially serious flea issue.  If you have LOTS of wigglers, you have a BIG problem.  We can help you, but you have to DO it - on a REGULAR basis - not just every couple of months.   We have topicals and chewables - both are very effective and safe.  Fleas are NOT safe for you, your dog OR your family.  Oh - and fleas don't  hibernate in the cold weather.  Your pet (and your house) is nice and warm regardless of how cold it is outside.  So?  Protect your pet and your family from fleas year round!!!!!  Now that you have no good excuse to have fleas, do something about them.  TODAY!


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Date: 5/23/2016 9:19 PM UTC

So, you have adopted a pet.  You give him vaccinations, feed him, and even provide flea, tick and heartworm prevention.  You LOVE him!  Is that enough?  Do us a favor, and look at your pet's teeth.  Would YOU be comfortable if your teeth looked like your pet's teeth do?  If you say "I wouldn't be SEEN in public if my teeth looked like this!" then, think about how your mouth would FEEL, if your teeth looked like your pet's.  Covered in tartar, food stuck in between your teeth, bleeding gums, loose, broken, discolored teeth.  Would you be okay just eating baby food?  Probably not.  Curiously, many people ignore their pet's teeth and just feed them soft food "because they have bad teeth".  WHY do they have bad teeth?  Most likely, it is because they haven't been cared for in a long time.  Dentals are admittedly expensive.  We have to sedate your pet to clean his teeth - they don't hold their mouths open for us and say "Ah"!  It's cheaper for you and healthier for your pet to keep up with their dental care, rather than wait until it's a serious health issue.  At AHS, we examine your pet's teeth at every visit.  If we suggest your pet needs a dental cleaning, please seriously consider it.  You have made a promise to care for your pet.  That care doesn't stop at his teeth.  It's not just a cosmetic issue.  It's a health issue.  If you look at your pet's teeth and wouldn't want them as your own, come in for a quick evaluation.  Our veterinarians and technicians will evaluate your pet's teeth and give you a treatment plan that estimates the cost and extent of the treatment needed.  Once complete, your pet will be healthier, happier, more comfortable and a LOT more pleasant to be around - we promise!

Bad teeth

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Date: 4/19/2016 6:48 PM UTC

Please share this with all your non-believer friends!  Vaccines work!  The Distemper-Parvo vaccine, given at the appropriate intervals, prevents Parvovirus (and Distemper).   If you miss vaccines, giving the Parvovirus vaccine post exposure does not stop your pet from getting the disease.  There is no CURE for parvovirus, only supportive care.   If you adopt a puppy, be prepared to give him vaccines to prevent disease.  This does not mean give him the first set and then stop.  They must be given on an approved schedule to be effective.  We do not give distemper parvovirus vaccines without an examination!  We want to make sure your puppy or your adult pet is healthy before vaccinating.  It is good medicine to do so.  Parvovirus is extremely contagious.  You might never know where your pet picked it up from.  Could be on your shoes from walking around the grocery store.  Could be that unvaccinated puppy your puppy played with the other day.  It's insidious.  A dog exposed to parvo could have run through your yard.  That's all it can take sometimes.  You adopted a puppy to be part of your family.  Take the responsibility to vaccinate it and give it the care and protection it requires.  This is traditionally "parvo season".  Parvovirus doesn't JUST affect puppies!!!!  We've seen it in dogs 4 years of age!  It's a very ugly, painful, sad way to die.  Protect your pet NOW - BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!  I'm done ranting now.  Please, vaccinate.  Period.Kendra

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Date: 3/22/2016 3:36 PM UTC

No one likes bad times.  Emotional times.  Hard times.  But, have you every really noticed that the bad times often brings out the best in people?

Take, for instance, a couple who just had to put their dog to sleep.  They will go through something like that, and the first thing they think of?  To thank their veterinarian and the staff for helping them through it.  Such an unselfish thing to do - to take the time to write a heartfelt note when they have just lost a best friend.

There are also the cases where folks have been through a lot with their dog or cat - maybe a health crisis.  Again, the first thing they do is write a thank-you note, thanking us for helping their pet get better.  Some people bring us food.  Comfort food - cakes, cookies, donuts,pizza.  I guess it makes ALL of us happy!

I really admire their presence of mind to think of others before themselves.  It really shows what these people are made of.  We read those notes, and the authors of those notes have no idea how appreciated they are.  To think of us, when many of us would just be drowning in sorrow, or too busy to think of others.

To all those note writers - thank you from all of us at the Animal Hospital of Statesville.  We love you all, and your pets, too.  We love that you care enough to do the best for your furry friends.  And thanks for thinking of us when we certainly don't expect you to. Your notes are read by all.  Your notes of appreciation are one of the many reasons we love our work.



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Date: 5/25/2015 6:01 PM UTC

Just a short note of thanks to our clients!  We love our patients - sweet, cuddly puppies and kittens, dogs and cats.  But, in the veterinary business, we also have to deal with our human clients.  It's not always easy, and we have to put things into perspective and not (usually) take their occasional "aggression" personally.  Oftentimes, they are under stress, and aren't themselves when they tie into us.  However, there are those clients that brighten our day every time they come in, no matter WHAT the situation - dire or routine.  I got 2 hugs, first thing this morning, by 2 wonderful clients who hadn't seen me in awhile.  It's nice to think they think of us, the staff, and show their appreciation.  That really got my day off to a wonderful start! I'm SO thankful for the wonderful people who step in and out of our lives through their pet's vet visits.  They can make or break my day, and most of them MAKE my day!  Make someone's day today and every day!

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