Animals in Hot Cars

After seeing this clip:

 

 

 

I wanted to share the information about what to do if you see an animal in a car during the summer:

Taken from http://barkpost.com/dogs-in-cars-2/

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Basics to know:

(Taken from http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/how-to-legally-help-dogs-in-hot-cars-this-summer/)

If you see an animal in distress, call 911.

Most states allow a public safety officer to break into the car and rescue an animal if its life is threatened. Calling 911 is the first step to saving that animal’s life.

Know your state laws.

More and more states are adopting “hot car” laws that prohibit leaving a companion animal unattended in a parked vehicle, with six enacted in just the last two years and two more pending.

Although 20 states have some form of “hot car” laws, the laws differ drastically from place to place:

  • Only two states—Wisconsin and Tennessee—have “good Samaritan” laws that allow any person to break a car window to save a pet.
  • In 16 states, only public officials such as law enforcement and humane officers can legally break into a car to rescue an animal (Arizona, California. Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Washington)
  • In New Jersey and West Virginia, no one has the authority to break into a vehicle to save an animal, not even law enforcement.
  • Legislation is pending in Florida and New York to give would give any concerned bystander the legal right to help an animal in distress. Pending legislation in Pennsylvania would make it illegal to confine a dog or cat in a vehicle in conditions that would jeopardize its health but only a police, public safety, or humane officer would have the legal right to rescue the animal.

Penalties for hot car deaths of companion animals are still limited. Most states limit penalties to misdemeanors or civil fines and infractions, even for repeat offenders. Maine and South Dakota’s laws don’t impose a penalty at all.

Let people know it’s not okay to leave their pet unattended in a car.

When an animal dies in a hot car, most of their humans say they left them “just for a minute.” If you see someone leave their pet in a parked car, tell them that even if it’s a pleasant day outside, the temperature inside the car can skyrocket fast. Cracking a window doesn’t eliminate the risk of heatstroke or death.


 

If your state allows you to break the window to rescue the animal here are some of the things you should do:

 

  • Checked to make sure the vehicle is actually locked
  • Have a reasonable belief, based upon the known circumstance, that entering into the vehicle is necessary because the vulnerable person or domestic animal is in imminent danger of suffering harm
  • Called 911 or law enforcement either before or immediately after breaking into the vehicle
  • Use only the necessary amount of force to break in.
  • Remain with the person, child or animal until first-responders arrive on the scene

 

I am happy to say that Florida just signed the bill back on March 2016 that will allow you to break into vehicles to rescue animals and people.

Taken from: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2016/03/its-now-legal-in-florida-to-break-into-hot-cars-to-help-vulnerable-people-pets.html

 

The new law is in direct response to a growing number of incidents where pets, children and others have died because they’ve been left in overheated cars, particularly under Florida’s steamy summer sun.

 


 

So please please if you are going to take your dog with you, make sure they can go into the store if not leave them home in the A/C. And if you see a dog in a car on hot day, call it in.

Remember you could be the one to save the dog’s life.

Thankful Thursday (Friday eve)

Happy Thursday!

Or as I like to call it Friday eve to make it sound so much nicer. 🙂

 

What am I thankful for?

 

I’m thankful for the friends I’ve made at the various pet blogging conferences – Blog Paws & BarkWorld- I’ve been to. It’s been 3 years since I went to my very first one which was Blog Paws and I was so nervous/scared/excited that it gave me anxiety.

I had all kinds of worries and had asked all kinds of questions to their newbie group.

That experience was a very positive one and it gave me the courage to go to BarkWorld later on that year.

I got to meet so many people, fellow bloggers who had been doing this for years, those who had just started, those who were in the pet industry and of course all the awesome pets.

 

So I wanted to say thank you.

 

Thank you for welcoming me into the pet blogging community, thank you for taking me under your wings when I didn’t know where to start and just thank you for being you.

 

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Blogging the Change for Animals

Author’s Note: I seem to be participating  in a lot more blogging challenges. This one is all about being the change for animals and I what I plan on doing.

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I plan on having some guest posts throughout the year to highlight several of the causes I’m passionate about such as but not limited to – the declawing of cats, debarking of dogs, tail docking and BSL.

I plan on having 3 online auctions to benefit Pet Guards Angels so they are able to get some much needed supplies for the cats and the office.

I plan on sending 2 rounds of kitty care packages to them which will include office supplies, blankets, and toys.

I feel like that’s not much and will probably donate to the local SPCA or see if I can help with a local TNR group.

If anyone is interested in doing a guest post on the subjects listed above or would like to donate items to the auction or kitty care packages please let me know.

Pet Guards Angels also has an Amazon wishlist if you would like to donate directly.

Pets Guards Angels’ Amazon wishlist

Thank you in advance!

I can’t believe I forgot to add my annual  “Wishes for Kitties” from August 27-29.  This will be the 4th year I’ve done this and what happens in this:

For every birthday wish I get via social media – the blog, either the blog Facebook or personal facebook I donate $1 to Pet Guards Angels.

I’ve donated $200 in the years past and would love to get some friends to help out and if anyone has ideas on how to get pet companies involved I would love it. !

Birthday Wishes for Kitties & Pitties

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Normally I do Birthday Wishes for Kitties and donate$1 for every birthday wish I get to Pet Guards Angels in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. But this year after hearing the incredible story of Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue from Tehachapi, CA who rescued Nacho – he was chained and bleeding when the rescue found him, they took him to the vet and he was bleeding from his nose, he got the vet care he needed, and is in foster care and doing well.

 

I wanted to do something to help this group save other dogs. So I decided to split the donations between Pet Guards Angels and Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue.

 

Between the 27th (today) and the 29th, for every birthday wish I get I will donate $1 up to $100 to each group. That’s a total of $200 coming out of my pocket to help cats & dogs.

 

How you can help:

Spread the word by sharing on Social Media. I want to give each rescue $100, so help me help them.

You can wish me happy birthday here, on the FB blog page, Twitter (@peaceluvnwhisker) or my personal FB Page. You can only do it once.

 

If you want to do more you can donate directly to their websites

Pet Guards Angels – the link is to the right and links to PayPal

Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue – this link goes directly to the donation page, you can donate once or monthly and once you fill out the form you will be taken to the donation page.

 

Thank you so much for helping me help kitties & pitties this year!

 

 

Bacon’s Show & Tell

 

My dear friend Bacon is hosting a show and tell today, I get to showoff childhood toys.

 

Let me start with the oldest, my teddy bear. I’ve had him since I was 2. Don’t worry he does have eyes, they are just buried under his worn down fur.

 

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Then there’s my handmade snake (pictured with my teddy bear) and the handmade turtle. I know I’ve had these a long time, not sure exactly how old they are. But my mom made them.

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Then there’s my orange elephant that made of a parachute type material.. I know he’s been around since I was little.

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And then there’s Pluto my pound puppy that I got from my dad’s friend when I was still a tater tot.

 

That’s it.. If you want more flashbacks, please visit my dear friend Bacon’s blog .. he’s a sweetie.

Book Review: The Lost Dogs

I’ve got a rather long list of books to read and this one I’ve been sitting on for months. I finally finished it. I have to admit it was one of the harder books to read, it brought me to tears towards the end.

 

My favorite quote from the book is this one:

“Every time a blogger or radio caller or anyone else wishes ill on Vick and laments how easy he got off, it not only makes that person look mean-spirited, but someone on the other end of the exchange thinks, ” That’s right, Vick did all those awful things and it didn’t really harm him.”
“It’s far better to consistently point out how much Vick lost: the $130 million contract with the Falcons; the endorsement deals; two of the prime years in his career; the nineteen months in a federal penitentiary; the missed birthdays and soccer games of his kids. Those points reinforce the message that participating in dog fighting is not worth the price paid.”

 

I personally don’t agree with the sentence, nor do I think he really is sorry for what he did. He’s sorry he got caught, he’s sorry he lost his contract, endorsements and has to give money and make statements against dog fighting. But (this is a huge but) it’s not about him. It’s about the 49 dogs that were pulled from the compound. It’s about those that got to know happiness, toys, treats & love, those that got to be fostered and taught manners and learn that humans are good and those that got to find forever homes. It’s also about those that didn’t make it, the one that had to be put down and the others who died before the raid. This is the story of how several agencies got together to decide the fate of these dogs, how much money, man hours, volunteer hours, patience and love was poured into these dogs.

This is also about how one case laid the groundwork for how other dogs from fighting rings are evaluated.

This book offers an extensive background on those involved in the case, starting with the investigators down to the volunteers of the shelters that were approved to take in the dogs to the foster families.

This book made me have a renewed respect for those who work with neglected and abused animals. It also renewed my faith in humanity.

It amazed me to read the stories of the foster families and how they struggled to connect with these dogs.

 

I highly recommend this book to an animal love, especially a dog lover.

Hurricane Tips for Pet Owners

June 1st was the official beginning of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. For all my readers living in the Southeastern U.S. this is a season we dread.

 

I wanted to share some hurricane tips for pet owners. For those who live in Florida, there is a great map from Florida Department of Emergency Management (DEM) so you can find out what Evacuation Level you live in. I live in B, so if there is a Catergory 2 or stronger, I have to get out.

 

Also there’s a tax free holiday that started on May 31 until June 8th on the following items:

The 2014 Sales Tax Holiday for Hurricane Supplies will run from May 31 through June 8. Here is the official pdf from the Florida Department of Emergency Management

• A portable self-powered light source selling for $20 or less
• A portable self-powered radio, two-way radio, or weather band radio selling for $50
or less
• A tarpaulin or other flexible waterproof sheeting selling for $50 or less
• A self-contained first-aid kit selling for $30 or less
• A ground anchor system or tie-down kit selling for $50 or less
• A gas or diesel fuel tank selling for $25 or less
• A package of AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt, or 9-volt batteries, excluding automobile
and boat batteries, selling for $30 or less
• A nonelectric food storage cooler selling for $30 or less
• A portable generator that is used to provide light or communications or preserve
food in the event of a power outage selling for $750 or less
• Reusable ice selling for $10 or less

 

 

 


 

Humane Society’s Tips

TO-DO LIST FOR PROTECTING YOUR PETS IN A DISASTER

  1.  Start getting ready now
  2. ID your pet
  3. Put together your disaster kit
  4. Find a safe place to stay ahead of time
  5.  If you evacuate, take your pet
  6. If you stay home, do it safely
  7. Keep taking care even after the disaster
  8. Be ready for everyday emergencies for when you can’t get to your pet
  9. Plans aren’t just for pets

Disaster plans aren’t only essential for the safety of pets. If you’re responsible for other kinds of animals during natural disasters, disaster plans for feral or outdoor cats, horses, andanimals on farms can be life-savers.


ASPCA’s Tips are as follows:

tep 1: Get a Rescue Alert Sticker

This easy-to-use sticker will let people know that pets are inside your home. Make sure it is visible to rescue workers, and that it includes 1) the types and number of pets in your household; 2) the name of your veterinarian; and 3) your veterinarian’s phone number. If you must evacuate with your pets, and if time allows, write “EVACUATED” across the stickers.

To get a free emergency pet alert sticker for your home, please fill out our online order form; please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. Your local pet supply store may also sell similar stickers.

Step 2: Arrange a Safe Haven 

Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND. Remember, if it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets. They may become trapped or escape and be exposed to numerous life-threatening hazards. Note that not all Red Cross disaster shelters accept pets, so it is imperative that you have determined where you will bring your pets ahead of time:

  • Contact your veterinarian for a list of preferred boarding kennels and facilities.
  • Ask your local animal shelter if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets.
  • Identify hotels or motels outside of your immediate area that accept pets.
  • Ask friends and relatives outside your immediate area if they would be willing to take in your pet.

Step 3: Emergency Supplies and Traveling Kits

Keep an Evac-Pack and supplies handy for your pets. Make sure that everyone in the family knows where it is. This kit should be clearly labeled and easy to carry. Items to consider keeping in or near your pack include:

  • Pet first-aid kit and guide book (ask your vet what to include, or visit the ASPCA Store to buy one online)
  • 3-7 days’ worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food (be sure to rotate every two months)
  • Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
  • Litter or paper toweling
  • Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
  • Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
  • Pet feeding dishes
  • Extra collar or harness as well as an extra leash
  • Photocopies of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires (Remember, food and medications need to be rotated out of your emergency kit—otherwise they may go bad or become useless.)
  • Bottled water, at least 7 days’ worth for each person and pet (store in a cool, dry place and replace every two months)
  • A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet
  • Flashlight
  • Blanket (for scooping up a fearful pet)
  • Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make “Lost” posters)
  • Especially for cats: Pillowcase or EvackSack, toys, scoopable litter
  • Especially for dogs: Extra leash, toys and chew toys, a week’s worth of cage liner.

You should also have an emergency kit for the human members of the family. Items to include: Batteries, duct tape, flashlight, radio, multi-tool, tarp, rope, permanent marker, spray paint, baby wipes, protective clothing and footwear, extra cash, rescue whistle, important phone numbers, extra medication and copies of medical and insurance information.

Step 4: Choose “Designated Caregivers”

This step will take considerable time and thought. When choosing a temporary caregiver, consider someone who lives close to your residence. He or she should be someone who is generally home during the day while you are at work or has easy access to your home. A set of keys should be given to this trusted individual. This may work well with neighbors who have pets of their own—you may even swap responsibilities, depending upon who has accessibility.

When selecting a permanent caregiver, you’ll need to consider other criteria. This is a person to whom you are entrusting the care of your pet in the event that something should happen to you. When selecting this “foster parent,” consider people who have met your pet and have successfully cared for animals in the past. Be sure to discuss your expectations at length with a permanent caregiver, so he or she understands the responsibility of caring for your pet.

Step 5: Evacuation Preparation

If you must evacuate your home in a crisis, plan for the worst-case scenario. If you think you may be gone for only a day, assume that you may not be allowed to return for several weeks. When recommendations for evacuation have been announced, follow the instructions of local and state officials. To minimize evacuation time, take these simple steps:

  • Store an emergency kit and leashes as close to an exit as possible.
  • Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification. Your pet’s ID tag should contain his name, telephone number, and any urgent medical needs. Be sure to write your pet’s name, your name and contact information on your pet’s carrier.
  • The ASPCA recommends microchipping your pet as a more permanent form of identification. A microchip is implanted in the animal’s shoulder area, and can be read by scanner at most animal shelters.
  • Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster. Pets can become disoriented and wander away from home during a crisis.
  • Consider your evacuation route and call ahead to make arrangements for boarding your pet outside of the danger zone at the first sign of disaster.

Step 6: Geographic and Climatic Considerations

Do you live in an area that is prone to certain natural catastrophes, such as tornadoes, earthquakes or floods? If so, you should plan accordingly.

  • Determine well in advance which rooms offer safe havens. These rooms should be clear of hazards such as windows, flying debris, etc.
  • Choose easy-to-clean areas such as utility rooms, bathrooms, and basements as safe zones.
  • Access to a supply of fresh water is particularly important. In areas that may lose electricity, fill up bathtubs and sinks ahead of time to ensure that you have access to water during a power outage or other crises.
  • In the event of flooding, go to the highest location in your home, or a room that has access to counters or high shelves where your animals can take shelter.

If emergency officials recommend that you stay in your home, it’s crucial that you keep your pets with you. Keep your Evac-Pack and supplies close at hand. Your pets may become stressed during the in-house confinement, so you may consider crating them for safety and comfort.

Special Considerations for Birds

  • Birds should be transported in a secure travel cage or carrier.
  • In cold weather, make certain you have a blanket over your pet’s cage. This may also help reduce the stress of traveling.
  • In warm weather, carry a spray bottle to periodically moisten your bird’s feathers.
  • Have recent photos available, and keep your bird’s leg bands on for identification.
  • If the carrier does not have a perch, line it with paper towels that you can change frequently.
  • Keep the carrier in as quiet an area as possible.
  • It is particularly imperative that birds eat on a daily basis, so purchase a timed feeder. If you need to leave your bird unexpectedly, the feeder will ensure his daily feeding schedule.
  • Items to keep on hand: Catch net, heavy towel, blanket or sheet to cover cage, cage liner.

Special Considerations for Reptiles

  • A snake may be transported in a pillowcase, but you should have permanent and secure housing for him when you reach a safe place.
  • Take a sturdy bowl that is large for your pet to soak in. It’s also a good idea to bring along a heating pad or other warming device, such as a hot water bottle.
  • Lizards can be transported like birds (see above).

Special Considerations for Small Animals

  • Small animals, such as hamsters, gerbils, mice and guinea pigs, should be transported in secure carriers with bedding materials, food and food bowls.
  • Items to keep on hand: Salt lick, extra water bottle, small hidebox or tube, a week’s worth of bedding.

Even more tips from the Vet School at Louisiana State University 

 

 

WHAT TO DO:

• Don’t leave your pet at home! While most evacuations last only a few days, there are times that you may not be able to return quickly. The safest place for your pet is with you.

• If you are going to a hotel, call ahead and make sure, in advance, that animals are welcome. Many hotels relax their policies during times of crisis, but don’t assume that this will be the case. For on-line information about pet-friendly hotels, check outwww.bringyourpet.comwww.petswelcome.com, or www.pets-allowed-hotels.com.

• If you are staying with friends or family, make sure that your pets are invited as well. If not, ask for recommendations of nearby veterinary hospitals or boarding kennels and make reservations in advance.

• Be sure that your pets are up-to-date on all vaccinations and bring proof of vaccinations with you. It is a good idea to ask your veterinarian now for a copy of your pet’s vaccination record. Keep this with your emergency kit.

• If your pet is on medication, bring at least a two week supply.

• Identification of your pet is crucial! The ideal form of identification is a microchip* or a tattoo. At minimum, your pet should have a tag with his name, your name, and your phone number on it. Pictures of your pet that capture identifying features are also a good idea.

*A microchip is a tiny permanent identification tag, placed under your pet’s skin by your veterinarian. By registering your name and address with the microchip company, your pet can be scanned and instantly identified at any animal facility.

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Enough pet food for one week
  • Food bowl
  • Water bowl
  • Bottled water
  • Leash
  • Collar
  • Proof of vaccinations
  • Rabies tag
  • Portable kennel
  • Litter box and litter for cats
  • Trash bags for stool disposal
  • Newspaper or towels for crate lining
  • Heartworm preventative
  • Flea and tick protection
  • All medications
  • For exotic pets, bring their entire habitat, including heat lamps and extension cords

Your pet’s kennel should be large enough for him to stand and turn around. Collapsible wire crates are best if your pets might be in a non-air conditioned environment for an extended period. Molded plastic airline-approved crates make for easier transport and are best for animals that don’t travel well in the car.

15 Things…

I’m back! Did you miss me? I missed you.. *hugs*

I asked fellow bloggers to give me ideas of what I can write about that would be different after returning from my week hiatus and this is what Miss Carol Bryant suggested the following: Five things that you wish were different in the pet industry, four things pet parents should do for a safer summer, three things to do with your dog on a rainy day, two pets who need adoption right now, one big “hey readers what do you want to know”. Immediately I was thinking about them and then noticed, I don’t have a dog.. so I changed dog to cat.. and I changed pet to animal…so here goes:

Five things that you wish were different in the pet industry animal industry

I would outlaw the following:

  • BSL
  • de-clawing
  • de-barking / devocalization
  • tail docking – My dear furry friend Miss Pixel Blue Eyes has her own campaign to end tail docking.

Then I would have a national database of animal offenders so no matter where they go, no shelter/rescue/breeder can adopt to them. I would like to have an international list.. but I figured I would start small. 🙂

 

Four things pet parents should do for a safer summer:

Make sure your pets have access to water at all times, especially if they are outside

Do not leave your pets in a car, it’s way too hot out there

Make sure your pets have a shady spot they can take shelter in if they get to hot

Here are more tips from prevention.com & the college of veterinary medicine from north carolina.

 

Three things to do with your cat on a rainy day:

First laser light.. they will love you for it..even my newest addition Trixie loves the laser light.. I let everyone play with it and “catch it” after a little while.

Second would be giving them a “spa day”, clipping nails, cleaning ears, ears and a good grooming session. Nothing relaxes my cats more than a good grooming session as it normally turns into cuddles and then someone falls asleep

Third take pictures, break out the real camera and start taking pictures. They don’t have to be good, but just see what angle your cat looks best at. Turn on an overhead light, try different settings on your camera such as Macros, Black & White, play with the filters.. just have some fun with it.

Two pets who need adoption right now:

As always.. I’m helping Pet Guards Angels in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.. so here are 2.. err 3 cats that need adoption.

Elizabeth

Meet Elizabeth

Elizabeth is quiet, very shy & unassuming. Although she is probably less than a year old, I suspect this petite girl has not felt safe in a long time & would appreciate a warm cozy home more than most. She has the most wonderful little purr ever & likes to snuggle on a warm lap. She would do best in a quiet home without other pets. Elizabeth will need to be able to move at her own pace settling into her new home.

Her profile page on Petfinder.com

 

Maggie

Meet Maggie

This delightful gal is one of the best lap warmers I’ve yet to meet. If she can’t be cuddling in your lap she’s content to lounge in front of a sunny window. Maggie asks for little but does insist she needs a home with no other pets. She’d do best in a quieter home without little kids as an adult home is all she’s ever known.
Come meet our girl & you will fall in love.

 

Maggie’s profile page on Petfinder.com

 

and just because I love Charlene (and she looks so much like Boo)..

Charlene

Meet Charlene

This sweet & salty character is a ton of personality packed into a very small package! Our Charlie is silly, energetic, playful & loves to climb.
When this sensitive girl loves, she loves with her whole heart but because she is slow to adapt to change she needs a home with someone that has lived happily with a quirky kitty.
Charlie does not care for other pets & would be best in an adult home.
* Note: Charlene is NOT a good candidate for a declaw surgery.

Her profile page on Petfinder.com

 

So.. what would like to know? Is there something you would like to see on the blog that you haven’t seen? Please let me know in the comments!

Taking a Break

Just wanted to let you know I’m still around… I’m just going to take a break the last week of May (25-31) and I’ll be back with more interviews.

Thank you so much for your likes, comments, shares and letting me interview and interact with you.

It has been a wonderful experience

 

Here are some pictures of the furfamily… first we have Trixie, the newest edition who came to us as a foster… as you can tell in the top photos she was rough looking, missing fur on her neck & butt, she didn’t want to explore and had a very bad wobbly head. After a few vet visits, love & patience, she is now rolling around on the enclosed patio, sleeping on the couch, getting cuddles from the hubby and being talkative.

 

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Next up is Boo who is the youngest.. who is still very much kitten, but is very affectionate when he wants to be.

 

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Then there’s Buggy, my baby boy. He’s a milk fiend.. he knows the sound of the bowl, the spoon and the cabinet and fridge.

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Buggy’s favorite place to lay is still my lap
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Buggy loves a good roll on the patio
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Buggy trying very hard to stay awake

and last but not least our very serious Mr. Bubby.. he just had some teeth removed on the 15th and he’s still learning to cope with his front canines.. but he is still a daddy’s boy

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Bubby being very serious
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Bubby waiting for his turn to go into the vet’s the day of his teeth removal

Our angel Miss Bitty… you left us too soon. We love & miss you.

 

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Caveat: Writing Vet Reviews Online

I’m breaking out of my “behind the scenes” mode for a moment to tell you a cautious tale of what happens when you leave an honest review of a vets

I left a Google review for one of the vets I used for my cats- Pasco Animal Hospital. This was my first vet experience in Pasco County where I had just moved after relocating from Tallahassee. So this was back in 2011 and they were the closest to where we lived at the time. Everyone got their vaccinations and was signed up for the “Free Vaccinations For Life” program that was offered so everything was going great.

Miss Bitty started developing cracked paws, so she went to see the vet, after getting a biopsy and no real diagnosis and the head vet admitted he was more of a dog vet than cat, I got a second opinion with another vet, Animal Care Center of Pasco.

Buggy started to have really bad breath, so I took him to Pasco Animal Hospital and was told  again but the head vet that he needed a full teeth extraction and the total would be $2,900 plus cleaning and x-rays for my other cat, Bubby  at the cost of $298 . I posted the bill online and was encouraged by many of my pet loving friends to get a second opinion because the review was too high and that all his teeth should not need to be taken out. So he went to Animal Care Center of Pasco as well with the paper that had the price of $2,900 to which the receptionists were shocked and made a copy for his file.

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Not only did he not need all his teeth pulled, the price was less than $1,000 and I got to take him home later that day.

So all this background information leads up to today, when I have finally checked my voicemails and received a call from Pasco Animal Hospital about my cats. Thinking something was wrong I called and the receptionist couldn’t find a note on the files, but said I would get a call back.

This afternoon I got a call back from the head vet to find out it wasn’t about my cats, but about the review I had left on Google. Mind you I left them a 4 of 5 star rating.

Here is the review. Click to biggify

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He explained that it was not him, but another vet under his practice that gave a “worst case” scenario of  the extraction for Buggy’s teeth. Which is total b.s. because I have the pictures and documents and it did not say estimate.

As for Miss Bitty he said that he recommended me to a specialist because that was what wanted, he wanted to continue treating her.

 

So I wanted to share that story to warn everyone that when you leave a review of a vet, please be prepared for a call back.

As for Pasco Animal Hospital, they won’t be seeing another dime from me, especially after he concluded the conversation with asking me to rewrite my review.

I left the review for others and if my honesty is a problem then that speaks volumes about the type of person he is as well as the type of business he runs.

 

I say never be afraid to reach out to the pet community when something seems off, post vet bills and estimates, ask questions, get second opinions. If the vet isn’t willing to hear you or answer these questions, get a second opinion. I felt bad at first for going to another vet, but now I am very glad I did. I got to enjoy Miss Bitty’s presence, Buggy got to keep some teeth and I get to ask questions and feel comfortable and confident with the care my cats are receiving.