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Weight Loss Journey: A Fat Cat and an Overweight Canine

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

As spring approaches, we all start thinking of how to lose those winter pounds. It is no different for our pets. For the next 6 months we will be following two of our patients as they attempt to shed some pounds.

Our first pet belongs to one of our technicians, Anna Whaley. Esbe is a 6 year old DSH neutered male cat. He currently weighs in at 22.2 pounds. While Esbe was neglected and starved as a kitten, he has more than made up for it! When Anna shaved him this month,  she got a good look as to how much of that “fluff” was actually fat. For the last several years, Esbe (along with the rest of Anna’s cats) have been fed Science Diet C/D (due to urinary issues). Because she has a multiple cat household it was easiest to “free feed” (putting down bowls full of food and letting her cats eat as much as they want, whenever they want). In order to help Esbe lose weight she is going to switch him to Science Diet M/D – a low carb weight loss/diabetic food. She is also going to start to “meal feeding” her cats measured amounts twice daily.

Esbe - Day One

Esbe – Day One

Our second pet is a patient here at the clinic. Rhonin is a 5 year old neutered male Golden Retreiver that has packed on 30 pounds in the last 3 years . At 155 pounds he is about 45 pounds overweight and is feeling it in his joints. In order for his owners to help him lose weight they are going to change his food from a Lamb and Rice diet to a fish based diet that is low in calories. Rhonin also suffers from food allergies, so there are limited kinds of foods he can eat. Another way they are going to help him lose weight is to feed him two smaller meals per day instead of one big meal per day. As the weather improves they are also going to increase his exercise.

Rhonin - Day One

Rhonin – Day One

Please stay tuned for updated posts to see if they are able to meet their weight loss goals.

Thank-you to our GREAT Technicians!

Friday, October 21st, 2011

October 9th-15th is National Vet Tech week.  We want to take a moment to thank our wonderful technicians for all they do for our patients, clients, and for the clinic!

We are proud to have 7 technicians who have all graduated from an accredited veterinary technician program and are licensed in the State of Nebraska.  Our technicians are really the backbone of the clinic and provide individualized care to our patients and support to our doctors and other staff members.

Our technicians help manage the care of all hospitalized patients, monitor anesthesia and assist in surgery, work in our laboratory processing patient samples and bloodwork, clean and sterilize surgical instruments, assist our veterinarians in all areas of the clinic, help educate clients regarding the care of their pet, see appointments for blood draws, nail trims, laser therapy, etc…, fill medication requests, take radiographs, and assist at the front desk among many other miscellaneous jobs.  Most of our technicians have been trained in multiple areas of the clinic and help with inventory and managerial duties when needed.  Our technicians work every day of the year and have been known to walk through blizzards to make sure our patients receive the care and attention they need.

When not working their tails off, our technicians make sure that we take time out for a little fun by planning the clinic family picnic, Christmas party, and other fun nights out during the year.  They have been known to make gag gifts and play April Fool’s jokes on unsuspecting co-workers.

We thank our technicians for their loyalty and dedication to the clinic through the years. They have all committed to their chosen profession and show this through their passion for patient care and by striving to stay educated and current with medical information.  We could not do it without them!

Staff Training is Important

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Each year our staff members attend several veterinary conferences, seminars, and meetings.  In order for us to provide the best possible patient care, it is very important to stay current with changes happening in the veterinary industry.  Our 6 doctors and 7 licensed veterinary technicians also achieve their continuing education goals by participating in webinars and by reading current issues of veterinary journals and other veterinary specific publications.

When our doctors and technicians attend veterinary conferences they are taking refresher educational courses, learning new medical treatments, and new surgical techniques.  Veterinary conferences are usually 3-5 days long and provide our staff with the opportunity to talk with vendors about new products and to network with other veterinary colleagues.  When our staff members attend a conference, they get a chance to step outside of our clinic and to take a look at the big picture.  Each year Drs. Terry and Carol Pitts attend the North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando, Florida. Several doctors and technicians attend the Central Veterinary Conference in Kansas City each year. This year our doctors and technicians have also traveled to St. Louis, San Diego, and Reno for veterinary conferences in addition to local seminars in Lincoln and Omaha.

Each month our staff attends meetings within the clinic.  We hold staff meetings for full time and part time employees, doctors, and for technicians.  The management team meets each week and our doctors go on hospital rounds daily to discuss each hospitalized patient.  These meetings allow each group of employees to discuss important events going on in the clinic, to be trained on and implement new ideas, and to learn ways to improve our customer service and patient care.  Meetings are important in order for us to have good communication among all staff members.

Several times each year we invite guest speakers into the clinic.  Sometimes the speakers are from local non-profit organizations (The Cat House, Raptor Recovery) or pet-related businesses such as The Fit Canine.  This allows our staff members to become familiar with other pet related services in our area.  Other times we have representatives from various veterinary companies come speak to us about their products (always products that we use and carry within our practice).  In 2011 we have had Novartis (Interceptor/Sentinel), Bayer (Advantage Multi), and Merial (Heartgard, Frontline, Vaccines) talk to us about new research and changes in heartworm disease.  Other companies that come speak to us annually are Hill Pet Nutrition (Science Diet) and The Iams Company.

In addition to medical training, our management staff also takes continuing education courses.  Last year Dr. Carol Pitts, Carrie, Matt, and Mandilyn attended a management conference by AAHA in Denver, Colorado.  It was a fantastic opportunity to learn new ways of managing staff and inventory, and take refresher courses in employment law and medical records.  With four staff members attending the same conference, many ideas were discussed and implemented immediately upon returning from the conference.

Staff training is very important to us.  Our doctors and technicians are highly motivated to keep their skills and knowledge up to date with the most current trends in veterinary medicine.  We place high priority on staff communication and training.  This helps us provide excellent customer service and pet education to our clients.

Welcome to the Official Blog of Pitts Veterinary Hospital, P.C.!

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Dr. Pitts and the staff of Pitts Veterinary Hospital, P.C.  are pleased to announce their hospital blog. This fun and fact-filled blog is updated regularly and includes up-to-date information about your pet’s health care. Also included in the blog are fun, pet-related news stories that we want to share with you and photos and information about our hospital and staff members.

We invite you to check our blog often.

Thank you for visiting.

– Dr. Terry Pitts and the team at Pitts Veterinary Hospital, P.C.

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