Now that it's snowy & icy, consider the ice melt you're choosing.

We have several choices these days of pet friendly ice melt. The old rock salts of yesteryear are not our only options. Many ice melt products can be harmful to your pet’s feet, and digestion. Here at Smith Vet we use “Safe Pet Ice Melter”, which causes no harm to pet’s toes and tummy’s, and works quite well. Check out this article for more information & melt that ice safely!!

From Dogs Naturally: Finding Dog Friendly Ice Melters

Why are we an AAHA accredited hospital?

Did you know? Some states don't routinely inspect hospitals, only going in for an inspection when a complaint is filed by a pet owner. We don't think this is good enough, which is why we chose to go above and beyond and become accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. 

We choose to be evaluated regularly by AAHA because we hold ourselves to a higher standard! We always tell you we're AAHA accredited, but what does that really mean? Check out this video to learn more.

WHAT DOES BEING A VETERINARY TECHNICIAN MEAN TO YOU?

Post tech week thoughts….

As I reflect on National Veterinary Technician week, I am truly overwhelmed by the knowledge and compassion of my colleagues. “I could never do that job,” is something that I hear frequently when I describe my duties to people who do not work in the veterinary field, yet these incredible individuals at Smith Veterinary Hospital couldn’t imagine themselves doing anything else. Every technician at our hospital goes through a rigorous training program and is skilled in every aspect of the position. Each day we work as anesthesiologists, phlebotomists, pharmacists, surgical assistants, dental hygienists, x-ray technicians, record keepers, poop scoopers, and a calming touch to every patient.

When asked to describe their favorite part of the job, it is clear that each technician has their own area of special interest. “I love monitoring anesthesia,” Pearl gushes without hesitation. “Being responsible for my patient’s life during surgery is an incredible privilege.” Jenna explains that patient nursing care is her favorite part of the day-to-day operations. “I love working with my patient and helping them feel better,” she tells me with a smile. After chatting with most of the staff, the consensus was that our overall passion is being advocates for our patients. Ensuring that they are calm, comfortable and receive the utmost care are our reasons for coming to work each day. So, please know when your pet is in the hospital, it’s being cared for as if it were one of our very own.  

Midge, the little stolen kitty, who stole our hearts!

By now you’ve likely heard of Midge, the stolen Petco kitten. At barely 12 weeks of age, Midge has become a major news story in Santa Fe after being stolen then abandoned in a local Petco store. After being discovered, it was apparent that Midge was in distress and she was brought to us for help.

Upon arrival, Midge was immediately examined by our Dr. Jennifer Garcia. “She presented with neurologic signs; circling, dilated pupils and singed whiskers. Diagnostics were performed which revealed an elevated white blood cell count. This could indicate infection or inflammation but still does not tell us the underlying cause of her symptoms. Based on her physical exam and diagnostic findings, I recommended treating symptomatically with supportive care”, Dr. Jennifer Garcia reported. Midge was treated with oral activated charcoal to help absorb possibly ingested toxins, intravenous fluid therapy to flush her system and a long lasting antibiotic injection. “By midnight, 6 hours after starting treatment, we could already see improvement in her clinical signs. She was aware of her surroundings and acting more like a kitten, which wasn’t the case earlier.” Dr. Garcia was happy to release her back to her foster home.

According to Midge’s foster parent, she is doing very well. She has been reunited with her litter mates and is back to her playful self. Midge is a “Felines and Friends” rescue who was given a second chance through the non-profit, all volunteer-run organization. Smith Veterinary Hospital happily works closely with the group and treats many of their rescued cats.

Although the mystery of her whereabouts during that 24 hours period has not been solved, the staff at Smith Veterinary Hospital are relieved that Midge has made a full recovery.

Safety tips for pets during 4th of July celebrations!

Safety during July 4th celebrations:

  • Leave your pets at home when you go to parties, fireworks displays, parades and other gatherings. Loud fireworks, unfamiliar places and crowds can all be very frightening to pets, and there’s great risk of pets becoming spooked and running away.
  • Consider putting your pets in a safe, escape-proof room or crate during parties and fireworks.
  • Keep horses and livestock in safely fenced areas and as far from the excitement and noise as possible.
  • If you’re hosting guests, ask them to help keep an eye on your pets to make sure they don’t escape. Placing notes on exit doors and gates can help both you and your guests remain vigilant.
  • Keep your pets inside if you or your neighbors are setting off fireworks.
  • Keep sparklers, glow sticks, fireworks, charcoal and kabob skewersaway from curious pets.
  • Don’t let pets get near your barbecue grill while it is in use or still hot.
  • Avoid the urge to feed your pets table scraps or other foods intended for people. Be especially careful to keep them away from these common foods that are actually toxic.
  • Remember that too much sun and heat (and humidity!) can be dangerous to pets. Keep them inside when it’s extremely hot/humid; make sure they have access to shady spots and plenty of water when outdoors; don’t leave them outside for extended periods in hot weather; and know the signs that a pet may be overheating.
  • Never leave your pet in your car when it’s warm outside. Vehicle interiors heat up much faster than the air around them, and even a short time in a locked car can be dangerous to pets.
  • If you’re travelling out of town for the holiday, consider leaving your pets at home with a pet sitter or boarding them in a kennel. If you need to bring them with you, be sure you know how to keep them safe.
  • Follow safe food handling and hygiene practices to protect your family and guests.

After the celebrations:

  • Check your yard for fireworks debris before allowing pets outside to play or relax. Even if you didn’t set off fireworks yourself, debris can make its way into your yard, where curious animals may pick it up to play with or eat.
  • Check your pastures and remove debris to protect horses and livestock.
  • If you hosted guests, check both your yard and home for food scraps or other debris that might be dangerous to pets, such as food skewers.