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Spring Book Club

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Five animal-related novels for your reading pleasure.

1. Timbuktu: A Novel by Paul Auster
In Timbuktu Paul Auster tackles homelessness in America using a dog as his pointofview character.

2. Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
Set in the circus world circa 1932, a veterinary student is put in charge of caring for a circus menagerie. Read it before the movie comes out!

3. Walking in Circles Before Lying Down: A Novel by Merrill Markoe
It’s one thing to talk to your pets, but what do you do when they start talking back? This clever novel holds the answer to that question.

4. The Sophisticated Cat by Daniel Halpern & Joyce Carol Oates
A gathering of stories, poems, and miscellaneous writings about cats.

5. The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst
A professor becomes obsessed with teaching his dog to speak so he can find out the truth about his wife’s death.

What IPH Is Thankful For

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Thanksgiving is a day we set aside each year to consider the many good things in our lives and give thanks for what we have. Here are a few things that the staff at Irving Pet Hospital are thankful for this year.

“I’m thankful for Alley Cat (the hospital cat that was left in our alley a year ago, who lives upstairs) because since I spend so much time at work in a given day, I get joy being around her on lunch breaks because she reminds me of my two feline girls at home.” Liz, Front Desk

“I’m glad and thankful to have the opportunity to be part of this team at IPH because their belief and practice is to provide outstanding, personalized, progressive care for our patients by continuing to grow as a team. They are all compassionate individuals dedicated to exceptional client service. I’m also very thankful for having the opportunity of working with your pets.” Belinda, Technician

“I am thankful for having such a caring staff. Each and every member show dedication to their patients and clients every day. I am luck to work with such a great set of people.” Dr. Fong, Medical Director and Veterinarian

“I am thankful for being able to share this humbling holiday with my fellow IPH team members!” Angela, Technician

“I’m thankful to have such an amazing staff that can run the hospital in my absence. Miss you guys!!!” Jessica, Hospital Manager

“I’m thankful for the techs letting me taking the day off. I’m thankful for Jake, Ally, Milo and The Beast.” Laurie, Technician

“I’m thankful that my dog has not had any accidents at home while I’m at work.” Megan, Front Desk

“I am thankful for being surrounded by caring and supportive co-workers. For our clients who let us share in their joy of owning a pet by bringing them to IPH.” Lourdes, Front Desk

We wish a safe and happy Thanksgiving to all!

Halloween Pet Tips

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

It’s almost Halloween, and for pet owners, this means it’s time to take some extra precautions to keep our furry friends safe and healthy. Here are a few tips so that a happy Halloween can be had by all:

1. Keep the candy bowl well out of reach from your pets. Chocolate contains theobromine, which is toxic to dogs. Candy wrappers are also a hazard, since a pet swallowing them could cause choking or intestinal obstruction. Be sure to explain to everyone in your house (including kids) how dangerous human treats can be to pets. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian immediately.

2. Consider keeping both dogs and cats indoors during Halloween celebrations. They could be frightened or agitated by the revelry and there have been reports of poisoning, pet theft, and taunting.

3. Find a secure place in your home for pets to remain while giving out candy to trick-or-treaters. They may accidentally get loose with the front door constantly opening and closing, and too many strangers can cause undue stress.

4. Be careful to keep your decorations away from pets. A lit pumpkin can be easily knocked over, and wire and cords can cause many problems if chewed.

5. Please don’t put your pet in a costume unless you know he or she will tolerate it. If you do decide to dress up, make sure the costume is safe to wear. There should be no easily chewed-off piece that could cause a choking hazard, and it should not restrict movement, breathing, or hearing. If a pet seems too stressed, consider a festive bandanna instead.

6. Always make sure your pet has proper identification for their own safety. Consider microchipping your pet in case he or she gets loose or lost.

7. If your pet is particularly high-strung, consult your veterinarian about methods for keeping him or her calm.

8. Beware of candy and wrappers on the sidewalks after Halloween night. Watch your dog carefully on walks for what they might pick up.

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