Petersen Pet Hospital - January 2021

Monthly Pets First

January 2021

LIGHTS, CAMERA … NO ACTION Do You Miss Seeing Movies as Much as I Do?

A happy New Year to everyone! Congratulations for making it through such a tough year. You’ve earned that spot you’re standing on in 2021, and we’re so thrilled to be standing alongside you, ready to help your pets stay happy and healthy. It was a busy year for us and things haven’t slowed down. It’s been wonderful to stay so busy, especially when we need a distraction from so many things still going on in the world. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say there are definitely a few things I’m eager to get back to in 2021 as things start working closer to normal. One of the things I’ve missed immensely during 2020 is something I’ve always loved, but now realize I’ve taken for granted: movies. I’ve always been a big movie- watcher; it’s one of my favorite pastimes. For me, there’s nothing like unwinding at the end of a long day with a trip to see the latest blockbuster in theaters. I’ve always been a huge fan of the biggest, loudest, and most theatrical spectacles you can get from a movie; “Indiana Jones,”“Star Wars,” and “The Lord of the Rings” are just a few of my favorite film series. Some of my best memories are from when each of “The Lord of the Rings”movies came out, and my dad and I always went to see them in the theater together on opening day. There’s nothing quite like seeing a movie on a giant screen in a big comfy chair, but as with many social activities, COVID-19 put a grinding halt on the theater business. Lucky for me, a few years back, I considered myself a big enough movie buff to build a home theater in my basement. It could never replace a real theater, but it does a pretty good job of immersing me in a mood and relaxing me. Here’s the problem, though: Not only did the pandemic close down movie theaters, but it stalled film productions, too. That means new movies were few and far between this year, so my home theater went more unused than it ever has. I have a few TV shows I watch here and there, and I enjoy college football and basketball, but my basement was built for movies — and I miss them terribly. So, I can’t wait for the day when productions roll their cameras again and theaters open their doors to wafting smells of fresh popcorn. I’ll be first in line when that time comes. As much as I’ve missed getting my movie-watching fix over the last year, there’s been a wonderful upside to stepping away from it for a while: all the extra time I now spend with my family. After a long day of working at the hospital, I find so

much joy in coming home to Sam greeting us at the door, hooking her onto her leash, and taking a much-needed stroll together. This time at home means we get to dote on our dog with more walking, more training, and more good old-fashioned playing, and I can tell she’s happier for it. It’s something I’ll definitely strive to keep up in the coming year, no matter how many new movies are released. So, if you have something you’ve been missing in 2020, by all means, look forward to its hopeful return in 2021. But in the meantime, make the most of it by filling that time with something else that makes you happy. That’s the best way to embrace this new year we’ve all worked so hard to get to.



A Game of Whodunit? The TeamTakes aWell-Deserved Break

Happy New Year, everyone!

2020 was a busy year for everyone at Petersen Pet Hospital. Being busy is great, but when you couple that with a pandemic, exhaustion can take hold. That’s why our wonderful team of supervisors — Jessika Grace, Bree Clark, and Sarah Brown — recently decided to make one of our weekly team meetings a little more lighthearted than usual. They created our very own veterinary medicine game of Clue!

If you’ve ever been to see a physical therapist or a chiropractor, you might be familiar with laser therapy treatments and how they can help you recover from medical procedures and aches and pains of all sorts. But did you know your pets can benefit from laser therapy, too? Petersen Pet Hospital offers therapy with a type of tool called a multiwave locked system laser. The science behind it is pretty cool: It’s an FDA-approved machine that emits wavelengths of light aimed onto a specific part of a pet’s body. These lightwaves can actually help speed up natural healing processes after things like surgery and can help decrease pain, inflammation, and edema. Our doctors have been using this laser therapy for years to help decrease inflammation around incisions of their surgery patients, and they also use it after teeth cleanings for cats and dogs to decrease painful gum inflammation, too. It’s a handy tool that makes us pets feel much better much faster!

Our Friday afternoon meeting started out like any other — until it was announced that a cat had gone missing from the clinic! Our staff had to complete a series of obstacles and challenges in order to gather clues that would lead them to discover which cat had been taken, what room it was sneaked into, and who did the sneaking.

Four stations were set up around the hospital: The first was an obstacle course of puppy and kitty “accidents” (made of plates of whipped cream on the floor) that had to be navigated blindfolded to reach the clue. The second was something we like to call “Guess what the doctor drew?” because veterinarians are known for drawing some wacky diagrams that they might understand but are hard for others to decipher. Once players passed that level, it was on to some tough veterinary trivia. The very last challenge was a

riddle scavenger hunt to search out various objects around the clinic.

In the end, the scenario at hand was successfully sleuthed out. We all gathered together for the big reveal: The cat had been taken from an appointment, was sneaked into the fish tank room, and the culprit was none other than Dr. McGinty!

Of course, the event was all in good fun, and no cats were harmed in the making of it, nor did Dr. McGinty actually do any sneaking around. But our team had such a wonderful time together taking a short break from the craziness we all felt last year. It was much needed, so thank you to Jessika, Bree, and Sarah for their collaboration, creativity, and plenty of laughter.

Carrot and Spinach Dog Treats Does your dog have a vet-mandated New Year’s resolution to lose some weight? If so, these grain-free, veggie-packed treats will be its favorite snack this month.

We all hope you and your pets find a way to take a break and have some fun this month, too!

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How to Find Your Flow in 2021 IS DEEP FOCUS THE SECRET TO SUCCESS?

Have you ever started working on an important project and looked up at the clock after what felt like minutes only to find that hours had passed? If you have, you’ve probably experienced “flow state,” aka the Holy Grail of concentration and achievement. What is a flow state? Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describes a flow state as a “focus that, once it becomes intense, leads to a sense of ecstasy, a sense of clarity: you know exactly what you want to do from one moment to the other; you get immediate feedback.”That sounds complex, but you can also think of flow as being “in the zone.” And it might be the key to achieving your New Year’s goals. That’s because a flow state almost always coincides with tackling a difficult task, and when you’re in a flow state, even the most challenging things feel relatively easy. Why are high achievers obsessed with flow? Flow state doesn’t only happen for people with desk jobs. You can get it while running, playing chess, dancing, or climbing a mountain, and it’s considered the Holy Grail because it has a host of benefits. According to the meditation app Headspace, those perks include heightened focus (goodbye, distractions!), a sense of clarity, feelings of happiness and pleasure, and the impression that all obstacles ahead of you have disappeared. That makes accomplishing your goals feel like less of a struggle. It’s no wonder high-achieving hobbyists, workers, and creatives crave the feeling! How can you get in a flow? Usually, a flow state isn’t planned — it just happens. In a BBC article, author Steven Kotler describes flow as “a happy accident.” But he also notes that we can make ourselves “more accident-prone.”To set yourself up for a flow state, find a quiet place to work and choose an activity that’s difficult but meaningful for you. Ideally, it should be something you’ve already put work into perfecting. If you’ve never tried painting before, you probably won’t find flow on your first attempt, but an experienced painter could achieve it while mastering a new technique. Some people claim that being in a flow state is a form of meditation and that learning how to meditate can help you reach it. To that end, apps like Headspace and Evenflow (for iPhones only) are great places to start! Before you know it, you’ll be finding the flow like a pro.

But it’s not just for use after a big procedure — laser therapy can be great for pets who suffer from chronic conditions like skin and ear infections, arthritis pain in their joints, or muscle pain after playing a little too hard. Some of these symptoms take just one quick treatment to help the healing, while other pets might benefit from a few rounds of treatment over the course of a couple weeks. But the best part is that each treatment averages only about three minutes, so you’ll be in and out and feeling better in no time. If you want to know more about laser therapy and how it can help your pets, give Petersen Pet Hospital a call. They can answer any questions you have and let you know what plan is right for your pets!


2/3 cup pumpkin purée

1/4 cup xylitol-free peanut butter

2 eggs

3 cups almond flour

2 carrots, peeled and shredded

1 cup baby spinach, chopped



Preheat oven to 350 F.

2. In a large bowl, combine pumpkin purée, peanut butter, and eggs. With an electric mixer, beat until smooth. 3. One cup at a time, stir in the almond flour. 4. Stir in the carrots and spinach. 5. When the dough is fully mixed, roll it into a ball. Then, using your hands, split ball into marble-sized pieces and create square, round, or heart-shaped treats. 6. Bake treats on a parchment-lined baking sheet for 25 minutes. 7. Let the treats cool and give your pup a taste!



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Inside This Issue


Missing Movies but Making Other Memories



A Veterinary Game of Clue




Could Your Pet Benefit From Laser Therapy?

Carrot and Spinach Dog Treats



How to Find Your Flow in 2021


The First Dog to Win a Nobel Peace Prize





The First Dog to Win a Nobel Peace Prize

Foxtrot’s HeroicsWith theWorld Food Programme

Just this past October, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to what can only be one described as one the world’s goodest boys — a dog named Foxtrot, known also to his Instagram followers (of which there are nearly 7,000) as humanitarian_pup. While Foxtrot wasn’t responsible for improvements to auction theory (like Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson, who won the Nobel Prize for economics) or for a standout career in writing poetry (like Louise Glück, who won the Nobel Prize for literature), this incredible canine shared the Nobel Peace Prize with the World Food Programme (WFP) for their work in combating world hunger. As the organization’s official mascot, Foxtrot shared in the win with the thousands of other WFP workers worldwide. Foxtrot lives in Bangladesh (one of the most densely populated countries in the world) at aWFP outpost that works to supply one of the world’s largest refugee camps. According to an NPR article that spotlighted Foxtrot and the efforts made by his WFP humans, they worked not only to get food to refugees but also to flatten hillsides to make room for shelters for Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar. Foxtrot himself became part of the effort to combat world hunger during a WFP beach cleanup in his home country. Workers found him as a 4-week-old pup, and after failing to locate his owners, took him in as one of their own. For the

past two years, Foxtrot has helped however he can to further the WFP’s efforts to end hunger in Bangladesh. This usually includes accompanying his humans while they work, wearing an adorable custom-made WFP cape, and taking to Instagram to raise awareness about how anyone can join in the WFP’s mission.

After learning that he and his humans had won the Nobel Peace Prize, Foxtrot didn’t waste the opportunity to share his excitement with his followers. “Woweee,” the pup said. “I … think it would be even more amazing if we didn’t need any peace prizes because peace was the status quo in our world.” If Foxtrot and his humans keep up the good work that won them the Nobel Peace Prize, it seems like that status quo could be within reach.

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