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PAWS and REFLECT

Genetics vs the Carnivore Myth

One of the hot topics for argument about our pet food, is the one regarding whether dogs are either carnivores or omnivores. Until just a few short years ago there was little to no hard scientific evidence regarding the theory that our dogs are strict carnivores,...

Over-Wintering Habits of Insects

The onset of colder than normal weather always brings up the question of how the cold will affect insect populations in the upcoming year. Though the answer to this question seems simple it is actually complex. Basically insects can seek shelter from the cold and they...

Training your dog in a class setting

HI. My name is Cris Conery, and I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and I would like to tell you why I think training your dog is important. First let me remind everyone that January is national train your dog month! Training your dog, whether it is...

Pet Food Wording: The good, the bad and the ugly

Most states require compliance with AAFCO. Some of those states however, only require the minimum compliance of guaranteed analysis of minimum crude protein and crude fat and the maximum for crude fiber and moisture. Crude refers to the testing method not the quality...

Matt’s Farewell

I wanted to take the time to let everyone know that I will be moving on to a new adventure/chapter in my life. It will be hard to leave Memorial Animal Hospital and the Bed and Biscuit, but I have taken a job/career completely outside of the veterinary world. I will...

A Fond Farewell

written by: Mary S. veterinary assistant As a thirty-year veteran of Memorial Animal Hospital I have seen many changes. I was hired by Drs. Banks and Beutel, in 1986, before computers, before ultrasound, and before laser surgery were used. This was before radio and...

A Second Chance

written by: Jodi veterinary assistant Gypsy was found wandering the streets of Akron. She was very ill at the time of her capture by the local dog warden. The attending veterinarian at the shelter estimated her age at only 2 years old, but thought she would likely not...

AAFCO and Your Pet Food Label

written by: Laura veterinary assistant, Pet owners are concerned about what they are purchasing and labels serve to inform. It helps when making a purchase decision to be armed with information that is presented uniformly. If only AAFCO regulated the clothing...

INTRO TO THE MYTH BUSTING OF PET NUTRITION

written by: Laura, veterinary assistant INTRO TO THE MYTH BUSTING OF PET NUTRITION   We are beginning a series exchanging honest information for myths. Laura attended a seminar in the summer of 2014. One of the speakers’ topics was regarding raw diets.  This...

DIY Cat Shelves

Author: Odessa, veterinary assistant Cats prefer to stand high above us. They want to survey their territory and hide from predators by claiming the best spot in the house for a deadly ambush. For many, myself included, buying a cat tree or set of premade shelves that...

The Bed and Biscuit