Petersen Pet Hospital - January 2023

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January 2023

A NEW YEAR BRINGS … New Advancements!

At the start of a new year, I like to look back and reflect on the experiences my team and I had the following year. This allows me to see how far we’ve grown, analyze which methods and techniques work, and find areas of improvement. My team and I made incredible strides in 2022, and we want to keep that momentum going. Last year, we welcomed two people to our incredible team — Dr. Carol Carmo (veterinarian) and Sarah (practice manager). They are great additions to our work family, and I couldn’t be happier to have them join us. It’s been an honor to watch them grow and We’re Hiring! Do you love and care about animals? Have you always wanted to learn more about the veterinarian field and work alongside a supportive team? If you answered yes to both of these questions, email your cover letter and resume to Sarah at sdavidson@petersenpethospital. com! We’re always looking for people to join our team and help impact the lives of our furry friends. So, email Sarah today— we would love to hear from you!

provide the best care to our patients. We added a new ultrasound machine in early 2022 that has helped Dr. Emily immensely. She’s been able to get a more in-depth look at our furry friend’s internal health and catch any diseases or health conditions in advance. It’s been a great addition to our services, and we plan to improve our equipment in the new year. After some reflection, I’ve decided that 2023 will be the year of more advancements for Petersen Pet Hospital. This is the year of improvement for my team and me. Being a veterinarian is like being a lifetime learner — there are always new technologies, treatments, health conditions, and other updates you must learn. After researching, speaking to other professionals, and discussing specific topics with my team, I’m looking forward to incorporating multiple new advances into our system to help keep our furry friends happy and healthy. Here are some advancements we will provide you and your furry family members in 2023. We will be incorporating new technology in our office to help us detect cancers within the skin. We can detect if lumps are cancerous and remove them through surgery before the condition spreads through the rest of the body. We will also be getting new blood tests that can detect certain types of cancers and kidney issues within cats and dogs. Since we will be able to spot and sometimes remove

cancerous conditions from your pets, we will also be incorporating new cancer therapies and treatments that will be safer for your furry friends. Another advancement coming in this year was mentioned in December’s newsletter. If your cat is experiencing arthritis, we can use a new treatment called Solensia. This monthly shot will relieve a lot of their pain and allow them to jump on your bed and furniture, and get in and out of their litter box with ease. Other advancements include updating our X-ray machines and software so our X-rays will be clearer and help us spot health conditions more efficiently. In addition, we will be incorporating new and improved diets with better ingredients to provide the nutrients your pet needs every day. I’m looking forward to these advancements and how they will improve our workflow and help us continue to provide the best care to your furry friends. I want to thank all of you for trusting my team and me to care for your loved ones. We don’t take this responsibility lightly, and we will do anything in our power to ensure your pets live long, happy, and healthy lives.

Happy New Year, everyone!

–Dr. Brad Petersen


Hi, newsletter friends! It’s your pal Sam here, and I have some delicious and mouthwatering news for you today. My human, Dr. Petersen, has been doing some research and discovered how dog owners can improve the health of their canines by changing what we eat. Border Collie Corner Add Food Toppers to Your Pet’s Meals!

Dr. Green Helps Abandoned Dog Find a Family Helping Howard

He has discovered by easily adding something called Core Longevity Toppers (CLT) to my current dry and/ or can food that it can greatly improve my nutrition. CLTs are bite sized fresh vegetables and low-sugar fruits that can either be fed raw or gently cooked. These are items such as carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, green beans, asparagus, green bananas, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and apples, to name a few. CLTs can reduce inflammation, are antioxidants, and can improve my bacteria in my intestine. In addition to the toppers giving your furry friend the nutrients and vitamins they need, toppers can also add more protein to their diet and increase hydration (if you’re using wet toppers), and it can

Late on an afternoon in June, a few very good Samaritans brought in the sweetest, roughly 1-year-old bull terrier/ heeler mix. They had found him wandering around

their property and saw that he was covered in ticks. They immediately called in to get an appointment with Dr. Green and her team to remove the ticks and ensure he was taken care of. The team checked for a microchip, which he didn’t have. The next step was to examine him and remove the ticks that were causing him a lot of discomfort. Despite the severe tick infestation, he

seemed to be a healthy, happy dog. Considering the amount of ticks, and to keep him comfortable, Dr. Green and team medicated him to make him tired and began removing ticks, one by one. The ticks were everywhere, but mostly in his ears and around his face and neck. Ultimately, it took nearly 30 minutes for her team to remove all the ticks from his body. After the pup recovered from his sedation, Dr. Green vaccinated him for rabies and sent him home with an anti-inflammatory to help with the swelling and discomfort associated with removing so many ticks, as well as an antibiotic to help reduce his risk of secondary bacterial skin infections related to the tick bites. The kind people who found him ultimately decided that he was now a part of their family, so they made it official and named him Howard. Dr. Green and her team saw Howard back about one week later to recheck his skin and ears, give additional vaccines, test him for heartworms and various tick-borne diseases, microchip him and get him started on appropriate flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives. He still had some scabs from where the ticks had attached to his skin and had developed a mild ear infection, also likely from the severe tick infestation in his ears. Still, overall, he was doing fantastic and adjusting well to having a caring family to look out for him. He continues to thrive with his new family, free of ticks.

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even be used as a treat. Toppers can help your young canine grow and remain healthy, but they can help your senior pets, too. So, give toppers a try and watch your pup go crazy for it. I’ve been eating toppers for the last six months, and I can tell you that they are Sam-approved! For every meal, Dr. Petersen gives me four baby carrots, a handful of green beans, two strawberries, six to eight blueberries, and six small pieces of banana — it’s delicious. If you have a

Before Alarm Clocks, Knocker-Ups Helped People How These Early Morning Heroes Roused the Sleeping Until the 1940s, alarm clocks were a luxury few people in the English working class could afford. Unfortunately, some of these devices could be unreliable and caused people to miss appointments or oversleep. This ultimately gave birth to “knocker-ups,” the human alarm clocks people hired to wake them up. Being a knocker-up became popular during the Industrial Revolution, especially in cities where technical innovation boomed, and many citizens were due at factory jobs before the sun came up. In some towns, residents set slate boards against their outside walls to write their weekly work schedule; this way, any knocker-up would know when to wake them. These boards became so common that people referred to them as “knocky-up boards” or “wake-up slates.” Knocker-ups were paid a few pence each week to wake their clients before work, and each knocker-up generally had a route full of clients to wake at different times. The thing is, they didn’t just stand at the door and knock. Knocker-ups became famous for using poles to tap on clients’ second-story bedroom windows. Some even attached soft hammers or rattles to the ends of the rods to create a more startling sound when they tapped. Typically, this job was taken on by older men who were past their working age or women who needed income to support their families. Police officers also considered this a good side job to earn extra money. Many of them simply completed their morning patrol, then stopped by to wake clients living along their regular routes. However, the most famous knocker-up, and allegedly the last to exist, is Mrs. Molly Moore. Her mother was a knocker-up, and Molly continued her legacy after she passed. This mother-daughter duo became known for their unique knocking methods; instead of long poles, the two used a rubber tube as a make-shift pea shooter and pelted clients’ windows with dried peas.

picky eater, these toppers will have your furry friend licking their plate clean. All fruits and vegetables are organic and free from pesticides or herbicides. What’s not to love about these toppers?

If you decide to add toppers to your pet’s meal, be sure you’re adding the correct amount. It’s suggested that 10% of your dog’s food consists of these toppers. So, if you’re feeding your canine dry food, it should be 90% of their meal, and the rest should be the additional fruits and vegetables. Contact Dr. Petersen for more information about food toppers that can help you decide which is the perfect fit for your furry friend and the amount they should be given each day.

Thanks for reading your pal Sam’s Border Collie Corner! Until next time.

This vet-approved gravy for cats is easy to make with ingredients you can find at any local grocery store! Adding a gravy on top of your cat’s kibble is a great way to keep them hydrated. Save leftovers in the fridge.

INGREDIENTS • 4 tbsp plain, sugar- free beef or fish gelatin • 1 cup water, room temperature • 2 cups chicken stock DIRECTIONS 1.

(no salt or seasonings added)

Meat scraps (optional)

Carrot cuttings (optional)

In a glass bowl, combine gelatin and water. Let it sit for 5–10 minutes until the liquid becomes clear and gains volume. In a pot over medium heat, add chicken stock, meat, and carrots. Boil until carrots are soft. Make sure the carrot and meat pieces are small enough for the cat to eat safely! Incorporate the boiling stock into the gelatin, stirring well. You can do this by hand or use a blender. Let it sit until the gelatin starts thickening. Pour a small amount on top of dry kibble and serve!


Whatever the method, a knocker-up wouldn’t leave until their client came out the door and headed on their way to work.

While history may have long forgotten about these early-morning heroes, their reliability and commitment are what ultimately allowed thousands of employees to make it to work on time.





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2023 Is the Year of More Advancements!



Lost Puppy Helped and Adopted Border Collie Corner





Homemade Gravy for Cats

All About Knocker-Ups: England‘s Human Alarm Clocks


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NEW YEAR, NEW PERSPECTIVES New Year’s Traditions Around the World


2023 has arrived, so it’s time to plan for the year ahead and set some resolutions. On Dec. 31, as the clock struck midnight, you likely celebrated the New Year with fireworks, parties, noise makers, the ball drop, music, celebration hats, and confetti. But around the world, not everyone celebrates the same way. Check out some of these traditions others use to ring in the new year! Colombia Who doesn’t love to travel? In Colombia, many carry an empty suitcase or two around the neighborhood, hoping to bless the coming year with many chances to travel. Spain In Spain, you may catch some natives eating exactly 12 grapes, one for each clock strike once midnight arrives. Each one represents good luck for each month in the new year. In larger cities such as

Barcelona and Madrid, they gather to eat grapes together in the main squares.

In the Philippines, people use round shapes to represent coins that symbolize prosperity in the new year. Some even display round fruit, such as grapes, on their dining room table and, like people in Spain, will eat 12 at midnight.

Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Bolivia In these Central and South American countries, the new year is celebrated with lucky underwear! The most common colors are red, intended to welcome love in the upcoming year, and yellow, which is said to bring about prosperity.

Denmark To get rid of evil spirits, the people of Denmark will throw old plates and glasses against their friends’ and

Greece If you were to visit Greece on New Year’s Eve, you might see onions — thought to symbolize rebirth — hanging on the front doors of every home. On New Year’s Day, parents wake their children by gently tapping them on the head with the onions.

families’ front doors. Then to “leap” into the new year with good luck, they stand on chairs and jump off!

What New Year’s traditions do you have?

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