Thursday, January 28, 2016

Behind the Scenes at SAH

Hello! Murphy, the movie star here!

Yup, that’s right, I’m in a movie! Ok well, maybe not the type of movie ya’ll are thinking of… it is actually a video tour of SAH! Oh man did I have fun! My girls at the office have been putting this video together. We thought it would be a great idea for our clients to see the whole hospital and know where their pets are being cared for. Personally, I love it here. The layout and all just works! Everything is nice and clean and open, you can be involved in everything that is going on. Since I am so passionate about SAH, they let me help with the tour! We all know I don’t work for free so, I was compensated with some cookies! You will see me flying through all the areas of the clinic hunting wild treats.

We started with our welcoming reception area where everyone, human and pet, is greeted with a smile (and a head butt from me)! While waiting, pets can snack on a few treats and their humans can sip on a warm cup of coffee or tea. Kids even have an area to play doctor and read. I then zip through an exam room to the treatment area.

The treatment area is where most of the magic happens! Pets get their vaccines, blood drawn, nails trimmed and prepped for surgery. We have comfy mats everyone can sit on while being treated and a large cookie jar of course! This is also where the kennels are located so the technicians are able to monitor patients throughout the day.
Adjacent to the treatment area we have our radiology suite and surgery suite. The radiology suite is equipped with a digital x-ray processor so films can be viewed and shared with pet parents in the matter of seconds! Our modern surgery suite consists of sophisticated equipment to help monitor and keep all of our patients safe!
I then round the corner at warp speed and enter the pharmacy and laboratory area. This is where medications are stored and in house laboratory tests are performed. Our pharmacy stocks most of the medications needed by our patients, allowing the convenience of having prescriptions filled and in hand when you leave the office. The laboratory is equipped with microscopes, centrifuges, in house microbiology capability and other equipment needed for routine tests. 

My favorite place to hang is of course the reception area! I love greeting all humans and pets as they walk in the door. I’m even very helpful at check out when processing credit cards! We all work very hard to make SAH feel like a second home and that every room is clean, organized and welcoming so everyone feels comfortable and safe!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and look for the upcoming video!

Until next time,

            -Murphy Cat

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Murphy's Story

Hello my followers!
            Today, I thought I would take some time to share my story with you. Some of you might like to know the Murphy behind the blogs. My life is definitely not dull! It has taken me several years to mold into the fine man I am today!
            Well, it all started in June, 2009. My previous parents were moving away and could not take me with them. Bummer, I know! SAH was already my second home, Dr. Ellis has been seeing me since I was a wee kitten. I was hoping SAH would adopt me but, I’m not your typical cat and I came with some baggage!
            Does everyone remember the scars on my face? Well, I had a condition where I would self-traumatize. So basically, I would scratch and beat myself up to the point that I would create large wounds. Silly, right?! I couldn’t tell you why I did this; it was a mystery for all of us. Luckily, SAH loved me even though I was an odd one so, I became part of the SAH family! Little did I know this was a huge turning point in my life, everything was about to change.
            At first, we were hoping my behavior was due to an environmental allergy. Ya’know, pollen, dust mites, something along those lines. Wrong-o! No improvement with environment change. I continued to traumatize my face with my dagger claws so they tried to put these silly things called Soft Pawz on me! Nice try humans! Well that didn’t last long, no way was I going to keep those plastic caps over my nails so, I just pulled them off with my teeth! Have I mentioned I can be a pain in the caboose?!
            Next, they changed my diet to a hypoallergenic form in case a food allergy was the issue. I was treated monthly with a flea preventative to make sure fleas were not adding to the problem. They even treated my sores with the therapeutic laser to help decrease swelling and promote healing. I was treated like a king!  My wounds started to heal and I was feeling a little better, but not 100%. We started to think that maybe stress was the main reason for my odd behavior. Now don’t get me wrong, I was very happy and loved my new home but something was off.
            So, anxiety medication it was! This actually helped a lot! I calmed down, became more relaxed and the traumatizing slowly decreased. I was on the road to recovery! Wahoo! Then my ladies at the office and clients started to notice I was not around as much. No more greeting them at the door as they came in, no more helping with check out, I vanished. When I did decide to be social, I was actually really rude! It didn’t take long for me to get annoyed so I would just swat with my claws and yell at clients to leave me alone! Yikes, that is not how a kitty is supposed to act! I was always tired and just slept my days away. Dr. Ellis decided it was time to wean me off of my medication, change my diet to the Young Again diet and get me to lose some weight. (See blog #2 for more details about my diet and weight loss!)
            I feel AMAZING! I have lost weight, I have so much energy, and I’m incredibly happy and social. Clients don’t even recognize me anymore! Every time the door opens, I am ready and waiting for a nice head butt or a butt scratch! I don’t even swat at people any more… well I do sometimes!
            So, that’s me! I hope this helps you get to know me a little better and understand my ways. Thanks to the love and support from the SAH family I am the healthiest I’ve ever been. Here’s to many more years of supervising the front desk and getting to know all of our clients!

Until next time,
              -Murphy Cat

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Don't Lose Your Pets!

Do you remember what #2 was on my Top 10 Tips for a Purrfect New Year!? Well, if you all have been reading along, you would remember that it was Update Pet ID Information. So today, I will give you some ways to make that happen!

What if your pet was lost? Are you prepared? Will people be able to contact you and reunite you with your fur baby?! Let me tell you, if I ever decided to go on a stroll outside and got lost, I would hope the tags I wore would let people know where my home is! How does one make sure their babies get home you ask? Have a microchip implanted and have your pet wear a Pawdentify ID Tag! Yup, it’s that simple!

First, I shall tell you about the Pawdentify ID Tags by Links-It. This is a great new product offered here at SAH. I’m usually hanging out next to the colorful display at the front desk! This light weight, durable tag contains the contact information for the two most important humans in your pets’ life, you and your veterinarian. This makes it easier and quicker to be reunited with your fur baby! These tags are easy to read, come in fun colors and don’t make that annoying jingle sound like other metal tags do. Pawdentify ID Tags are made of a high tech polymer so, noise free! Check them out at the office.

Secondly we have microchips. No, No, this doesn’t hurt, I promise! A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. This gets implanted in your pets’ skin in the shoulder area. Once they have this, every veterinary clinic and animal shelter will be able to scan for the chip and know the pet belongs to someone. Your information is safe, don’t worry. The finder of your pet will contact the microchip company, then the microchip company would contact you to let you know the where abouts of your baby! Simple as that!

Now your pet is covered! Of course you can call and chat with my girls at the office for more information. Click Here to check out the Pawdentify website!

Until next time,
Murphy Cat

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Murphy's 10 Steps to a Purrfect 2016! Part Two

Back again! As promised, here are the remaining Top 5 Steps to that Purrfect New Year!

#5. Groom Your Pet Daily. Not only is this a great way to bond but, it will also keep your pets skin nice and healthy. Brushing will remove excess fur and distribute natural oils to help keep their coat nice and shiny!
#4. Good Oral Hygiene. Yup, pets should brush their teeth too! Just like people, animals can get tartar and plaque buildup which can lead to dental disease. Daily tooth brushing can help keep these issues at bay. Even using oral health treats is a great idea!

#3. Teach an Old Dog a New Trick. No matter the age, animals love to learn. Try teaching your fur baby a new trick or two. This will help keep their brain active!
#2. Update Pet ID Information. Did you recently move? Get a new phone number? Now is the time to update your pets ID tag! Or, if you don’t have one yet, get one! Check out Pawdentify Tags by Links-It, these new tags are great. Check them out at the office too!

And last but not least! Drum roll please!

#1. Consider Fostering. Thinking about adding a furry family member into the mix? Not sure what would be the proper fit? Foster! This is a great way to help out your local animal shelter. You may even fall in love and have a new addition to the family!

So there ya’ have it! 10 tips to a Purrfect New Year! Now believe me, there are several more ways to have a wonderful year but, this is a good place to start! I think I’m going to get my girlfriends at the office to tackle some of these tips to help my new year be a great one! Wish me luck!

Until next time,
             -Murphy Cat