Thursday, 03 February 2011 10:23 National Pet Dental Health Month – A Dedicated Veterinary Dentist
Written by Ava

February is National Pet Dental Health Month. For most of us, paw-lovers, our pets’ dental health may at times be overlooked. Some may only go to the veterinarian only when complications are experienced by our beloved cats and dogs. Our pets’ oral health is an important thing that we should look into as any infection on our pets’ gums and mouth may lead to more serious issues with their internal organs.

Dr. Patrick Roberts is a veterinarian who specializes on dentistry. As a veterinary dentist, Dr. Roberts has saved hundreds of canines and felines with his expertise and experience. Just in time for the month’s activity, we will get to know more about Dr. Roberts, his job, and oral health maintenance for our pets.

How does a veterinary dentist, like you, starts his day?

I start my day with brushing my teeth. I am a dentist and I say to it that I do what I preach! Kidding aside, I usually get in the clinic at 10AM. The first 30 minutes will be a quick full rounds on the clinic. If there are pets confined, I see to it that they get their daily reward treats. The next 30 minutes will be used to review appointments, reminders and to do’s before going ahead with the consultation and usual vet stuff.

About the “daily reward treats” that you mention, tell me about it.

The daily reward treats are given to confined pets to give their day a boost. It is a type of biscuit that can be eaten by most animals and is full of vitamins and minerals. It is also a way to connect with the pets – especially those who are aloof to strangers.

Why is February chosen as the National Pet Dental Health Month? Any reason for it?

It really has less to do with the month but that of the rationale behind the event. The main purpose is to choose a specific month as a reminder to pet-owners of the importance of oral health care for the pets. Oftentimes, we do not really look into our dogs and cats oral situation and maintenance. We assume that they “auto-clean” their teeth. They don’t. This is why we should learn how to teach our pets to be cooperative with regular tooth brushing.

You mean to say that my dog needs to be tooth-brushed, too? I have no problem with my pet ever since.

Yes, there is a thing such as brushing a dog’s teeth. Absence of any problems noted does not necessarily mean that the dog has a good oral health. You should regularly go to the vet to ensure that your pet’s oral and overall health is good.

Tuesday, 29 June 2010 08:55 The Suburban Housecat
Written by Fin

Hello, dearest readers of Paw-talk. My name is Fin, although I’m known by many names – Finny, Finny de Floof, and Speed Bump, to name a few. I’m a grannycat, a senior citizen if you will. I’m an only pet, which means I have no one I have to share my litter box with. I live with my two human parents in the suburbs of Las Vegas Nevada.

I can’t jump on the counters and the dining table like a kitten anymore, but getting older has its perks too. I haven’t just gotten older, I’ve also grown wiser. I’ve discovered the secret of life and I want to share it with all of you. Why don’t we curl up on the e-couch together and I’ll tell you everything.

Thursday, 17 June 2010 10:48 Bug Geek
Written by Ava

The Geek in Question is really just a bug aficionado and an insect blogger.  Her blog, Fall to Climb, is all about her adventures and misadventures with her fuzzy little friends. (I say hers because I"m not so sure everyone reading this would feel the same!) The Geek, or TGIQ for short, decided to pursue an academic career in entomology (study of bugs) after realizing that working in the public sector for various federal agencies is not for her.  She is now a doctoral student. 

TGIQ loves the insect species, but don't get her near a spider.  They're not her type (she'll explain why later.) 

Other bugs are, though.  Let's hear why from The Geek herself.  Read how she waxes poetic on anthropod populations, below.

Why do you call yourself The Geek in Question? And do you think people who love bugs should be considered geeky??
TGIQ is a tongue-in-cheek pseudonym I adopted when I created the newest version of my blog, Fall to Climb.  I consider myself a geek; I don't feel there are truly any negative associations with the term.  I think geeks come in all flavours...I just happen to be a bug geek; there are music geeks and tech geeks and fashion geeks.  Being a geek just means you're passionate about something.   TGIQ is a silly name, and I think it's a good reflection of me; I like to laugh and don't take myself very seriously.

Wednesday, 26 May 2010 14:14 The Alaskan Zoo Volunteer
Written by Ava

Twelve years ago, Ruth Fitzpatrick walked through the Alaskan Zoon everyday to get some exercise after a bad back injury.  Little did she know that those easy walks would one day turn into a most favorite job. 
Today, Ruth gives tours, holds classes for children, and does outreach programs.  But above all, she gets to share her excitement for the animals of Alaska!

Ruth is a passionate traveler, hiker, and reader and little by little, is becoming quite the animal helper and rescuer too!  We heard all about Ruth through her great site: Blog of a Zoo Volunteeer and finally had the chance to speak to her about all that she does. 

Monday, 26 April 2010 15:32 Reminder: Free Feral Cat Spay Day
Written by Ava

Tomorrow marks the annual Free Feral Cat Spay Day brought to you by Alley Cat Rescue.

Over 100 vets across the US are participating in the organization's new campaign.  Other organizations involved include the South African Veterinary Association and the University of Pretoria's Faculty of Veterinary Science.  They will be holding their own project to inspire more of these types of programs as well as the humane care of feral cats.  

FFCSD goes international!

Participating vets are offering spay/neuter services of feral cats to the public.  Not all vet clinics are willing to work with feral cats and volunteer rescuers find it difficult to find vets.  But Alley Cat Rescue knows how important it is to have the vet community assisting feral cat caretakers.   The organization calls it...fighting homelessness!

This day was created to encourage more vets to get involved in sterilizing feral cats and heighten awareness about homeless cats and the importance of spay/neuter.  

Wednesday, 14 April 2010 08:47 Companion Keeper
Written by Ava

Kate Natrass Atema  is a companion in her own right.  As the Companion Animals Program Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) she's a best friend both to cats and dogs and to the people that benefit from the many community projects around the world which she coordinates. in order to help cats and dogs. 

More so, she's a teacher, who teaches her students, peers, and animal lovers how to do the same.  Still, what's one Companion Animals director with an organization behind her to see her through.  The International Fund for Animal Welfare was originally founded merely to stop Canada's baby seal hunt but now has grown worldwide to help animals (like companion animals) in 15 countries.

We had the chance to talk to Kate about her role at IFAW and how animals around the world are benefitting from IFAW treatment.

What do you do in your role as Companion Animals Program Director?

My job is to ensure that we are doing the best work for as many dogs and cats around the world as possible. 


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