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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws gets real on mental health amongst veterinary professionals

You may have seen something different on Facebook lately.  A profile picture with a frame that says NOMV.  You may or may not have this attached message:  “Dear Friends: If you are linked to a person on social media who works in veterinary medicine, you may have noticed them changing

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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws: Tips for visiting your veterinary clinic

How many of us like waiting around in our doctor’s office?  Not many, I can imagine…  Now what about the length of time you spend in the veterinary clinic? Honestly, I have always found veterinary clinics to be more personable than most human doctor offices or hospitals, so maybe your

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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws: Bringing a puppy into a house with a cat

This week, I’m answering another question submitted by a reader, this time about adding new companions to the family. Hi Dr. Llera, My husband and I have two children, and they have been asking for a dog for quite some time. We wanted to make sure it was the right

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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws: Pet adoptions and the holidays

The holidays are just around the corner and you know what that means… time with your family, holiday traditions, awesome food, and crazy shopping madness. Still looking for that perfect gift? Why not do a good deed and give two gifts? Pet adoption is a popular idea at this time

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Kingtonist’s Wizard of Paws: Reader question regarding flea treatment

In this post, I’ll be addressing a question I received from a reader. Hi. I’m curious about the drops for fleas. Is there anywhere I could get this without paying an exam fee just to get them? If not, then I’m curious why. Because my cats are going to be

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Marijuana and your pets

Marijuana is now legal for you to use. For years, people have been lighting up and living in constant fear their stash would be discovered or worse, eaten by their pets. Behind all the new legalization is the potential medical benefits for people, but what about pets? No, I’m not

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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws: Safety tips for Thanksgiving weekend

And so it begins… the festive holiday season! Awesome food, cooler weather, changing of leaves, and family gatherings. In all the bustle of the season, your pets can often get put off during the hectic happenings, and you want to make sure they stay safe. Food – just say no!

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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws: Be Kind to your Vet Staff

Author’s note: I’ve been wanting to write about this for some time, I just wasn’t sure the best way to get the message across. However, with the recent news of local paramedics being attacked, it’s time to share this information from a veterinary perspective, as our profession is no stranger

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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws: Back to school… It’s not just for kids

It’s that time of year – back to school! While the kids are heading back and you may be relieved, your pets may be getting more amped up about the time they’ll be alone now that summer is over. Yes, we’re talking about separation anxiety. When you think about it,

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Not your grandpappy’s vet – Catching up on the years between ‘Old Yeller’ and ‘Marley & Me’

By Dr. Ryan Llera I’m not your grandpappy’s vet. We’re also not living in the age of the infamous Disney movie ‘Old Yeller’… No spoiler alert here, but the movie doesn’t end happily for the kid or his dog. We’re in a different time than we were 40 years ago…

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