Articles: veterinary technician

Importance of Dental Care in Pets

Dr. Ed Koronowsk, veterinary services manager at CEVA Animal Health suggests dental care is as important for dogs and cats as it is for people on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show  If you let the teeth go, the gums suffer and that’s painful but also as bacterial builds so does the animal.…

New Generic Protection Against Heartworm

Ceva Animal Health announced (as I reported here first) that they are launching MilbeGuard™ (milbemycin oxime) Flavored Tablets, the first FDA-approved generic heartworm preventive in the U.S. MilbeGuard is a monthly, beef-flavored tablet that prevents heartworm disease and treats and controls whipworms (in dogs only), hookworms and roundworms. While Heartworm disease is totally preventable, this…

Fear Free: A Paradigm Shift

Fear Free is now a BIG DEAL! I talk on my national radio show, Steve Dale’s Pet World, about the Fear Free initiative with its creator Dr. Marty Becker. And boy has this idea taken off! The idea was originally to minimize fear, anxiety and stress of veterinary visits. And while individual veterinary professionals and…
Debbie Martin talks with Steve Dale about Fear Free

Superstar Technician/Nurse Debbie Martin on Fear Free

Debbie Martin is five stars. The nearly all perfect reviews are for veterinary nurse Debbie Martin and her husband veterinary behaviorist Dr. Ken Martin’s book “Puppy Start Right.” Overwhelming positive reviews is unprecedented, albeit appropriate for this book. Debbie is one of very few veterinary nurses (or technicians) board certified in behavior. I talk with…

Speaking About Dogs and Cats Sold at Pet Stores in Vernon Hills

A chain pet store selling puppies was considering a move into the Chicago suburb of Vernon Hills but rebuffed (clearly the Trustees and the Mayor/President Roger Byrne have done their homework on this topic), and changed their course following push back. At least for now. A wave of cities across American and Canada and the…
Steve Dale and Dr. Marty Becker on Fear Free initiative on WGN radio

Fear Free Crusader Dr. Marty Becker with Steve Dale

Dr. Marty Becker pioneered the initiative to minimize fear, anxiety and stress in pets called Fear Free. Listen HERE to our conversation on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN radio.  Dr. Becker offers examples of what Fear Free is all about – pets in the veterinary exam room, most cats and likely more than half of…
Cat Friendly Practices with pet expert Steve Dale

Era of the Cat: Cat Friendly Practices

No one’s perfect. True and not so true. Cat Friendly Practices are as close as you can get to perfect. receiving a 99 percent satisfaction rate, according to the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) results of its 2017 Cat Friendly Practice (CFP) Survey. CFP is a collaboration of feline experts who provide guidelines to…

National Veterinary Technician Week

This week is National Veterinary Technician Week (though October 18). Most clients aren’t aware of all of what veterinary technicians do, and the expertise of certified veterinary technicians. Job tasks include everything from measuring anesthesia during surgeries, assisting in dentals, assisting the veterinarian to hold the patient for an examination, take blood pressure in cats,…
Julie Legred is new executive director Winn Feline Foundation

Julie Legred New Executive Director Winn Feline Foundation

Julie Legred, CVT is the new Executive Director of the Winn Feline Foundation. Legred has held leadership positions in veterinary medicine throughout her career. Most recently she served as the Executive Director of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, where she was instrumental in elevating the status of technicians and supported the current…
Dog flu continues in the US

Dog Flu Continues to be Relentless

The dog flu is unrelenting. Likely because there’s simply so much other news, from politics to hurricanes, you haven’t heard about it. But the dog flu (canine influenza virus) doesn’t care. Numbers only indicate a small part of the story. Most pet caretakers with coughing dogs do visit the veterinarian.  Knowing what other dogs in…

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