How To Be A Good Vet Client

vetcaduceusxoJane has practical advice on how to How Not To Be A Dick At The Vet Hospital.  Both of Claire Lower’s parents are vets and she’s heard lots of stories about difficult owners.  Her father says, “Not all pet owners are crazy, but all crazy people have pets.”  Your pets will be better off if you’re not one of those crazy people!

Claire’s mom has also written a piece on her own blog on being a good vet client.  I was really struck by this piece of advice:

Be upfront with the doctor.  If you only have $250 to spend let them know.   The worst feeling is running blood tests and X-rays then finding out there is no more money to treat the pet.  I have a saying.. “X-rays are not therapeutic”

Don’t let your embarrassment hurt your pet.  Speak up and tell your vet what’s going on.  Your pets are counting on you!

Pet Food Recall: AquaMax, LabDiet & Mazuri


This is a big recall—over 110 varieties of food from AquaMax, LabDiet, & Mazurie.  Boo!  Many of the varieties included won’t affect you, unless you literally have a zoo.  But, buried in there are foods for fish, birds, guinea pigs, mice, reptiles, etc.  I don’t want to list just the foods I think might affect you, in case there is one for exotic pets that I’m not as familiar with.  So take a good look at the list!

The recall is due to elevated vitamin D levels which can harm or even kill animals and fish if fed for extended periods. Signs your pet has been effected are lack of interest in eating, weight loss and joint stiffness.

Please note this food was widely distributed.

  • U.S. nationwide
  • Bahamas
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chile
  • China
  • Curaçao
  • Guam
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Puerto Rico
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom

Animal Rescuer Wins Against IRS

Jan Van Dusen, who has fostered over 70 cats, went up against the IRS and won. Good news for animal rescue groups all over the U.S.  Van Dusen had deducted expenses she had incurred while fostering cats for an IRS- approved charity.  The ruling will make it easier for volunteers to help animal rescue groups.  Yea!

Check out the article to learn more and keep your receipts for next year’s taxes, if you’re fostering or providing some other service.