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Happy Vet Tech Week!!

Cartoon rainbow and red heart with text Thank you. National Vet Tech Week annual event.

This week is a special time to thank and show appreciation to our awesome vet techs, assistants, receptionists, and kennel techs. We need each and every one of them to make it through the day. What do they do exactly? They are nurses, anesthesiologists, emotional support, bloodwork technicians, clean-up crew, and so much more! They deserve ALL of our respect and love!

Meet our Superhero Support Staff

Debbie

Debbie has been with the Mannford Animal Clinic since 1979.  She is our head receptionist andFullSizeRender.jpg.jpeg practice manager, making sure our practice runs smoothly!

Debbie and her husband have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and shopping! Debbie’s animal companions include Abby the Yorkie and Daisy the (tiny) Yorkie.

Esther

Esther has been with the Mannford Animal Clinic for 11 years! She is our head laboratory technician and inventory specialist.FullSizeRender.jpg

Esther and her husband have 3 daughters who are very active in sports and other activities. Esther’s family likes to go camping and they enjoy the traveling that goes along with having a competitive gymnast in the family! Esther has a rescued pit bull, Shera (a.k.a. Nurse Shera), who is a frequent visitor at the clinic.

Robin

Robin has been working with her father-in-law, Dr. Lasarsky, since January 2009. She is Robin.pngone of our technicians as well as our weekend receptionist.

Robin and her husband have 2 children. They love family road trips, especially to national parks. Aside from hiking and exploring, they also enjoy sitting down together for family dinners.  They have 2 cats, Ella and Vicious, and 2 dogs, Mr. Iba and Pistol Pete (can you tell they love the Pokes?).

Christian

Christian has been with the Mannford Animal Clinic since July 2014. Christian is a certifiedIMG_4215 veterinary assistant, and maintains our surgical suite, as well as ensuring the comfort of our hospitalized patients.

Christian and her husband have 2 young sons. Their family enjoys outdoor activities and spending quality time together. Christian has 4 dogs, Mary Jane, Patches, June, and Vienna (a chi-weenie!), and one cat, Trini.

Sydney

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Sydney has been our kennel technician for 4 years going on 5! She is active in FFA and enjoys raising show pigs and working with cattle. She plans to attend veterinary school in the future!

She has 3 dogs, Buddy, Shadow, and Diesel, and 2 cats, Tigger and Bonnie. She also has chickens and a pig!

 

Erika

Erika is our newest kennel technician! She is fromimage0-1 Kellyville and is very active in softball and basketball! She is very bright and is keeping her options open for her future! 

She has two dogs, Shera and Pip. Shera is one of our original clinic dogs while Pip is one of our new additions!  

Candra

image0(1)Candra is our rock star vet-tech student. She is married with 3 kids: Jack, Sam, Elly. Candra also has 4 dogs: Finn (one of our recent rescue surgeries), Mango, Odie, and Mr. Bojangles with 1 kitty can, Stormy. She is in her second of three years of tech school and doing a fantastic job!

In her spare time, Candra loves the outdoors, spending time with her family, and is a voracious bookworm!

FYI

Do’s & Don’t’s of Doggy Treats: Over-indulging

We all know our doggy bffs LOVE their treats, and we love giving them a little indulgence every once and awhile! But we have to be responsible with our choices. The wrong kinds of snack OR the right kinds of snacks in the wrong quantities can be harmful to our doggie.

We all know about human obesity. Unfortunately, as human obesity grows more common, so does pet obesity. It is very common to see obese pets with complications in today’s Veterinary world. Here are some examples of how our food love language may not be helping this problem.

Treats are a great way to bring a little joy to your pet’s day, but only in the appropriate quantities. Your dog will be just as excited about a PIECE of a hotdog as the whole thing! So keep this in mind as your pamper your favorite pooch!

Questions? Concerns?Please don’t hesitate to give us a call or message us below!

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It is World Rabies Day!

Today is World Rabies Day! It is a day in recognition and awareness of this deadly disease. Vaccines are available for pets as most human rabies cases come from dogs.

In Mannford city limits, rabies vaccinations are legally required for all dogs and cats. Why? Because rabies is fatal to you and them. Help us protect our pets and raise awareness of this vital vaccine!

Questions? Need to make an appointment? Give us a call at (918)865-4733 or message us below!

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Well, I have never seen ticks on my dog…

We all know that tick diseases are not only potentially deadly, but are extremely common in Oklahoma. Everybody has gone outside on the Fourth of July and come back with ticks. And “seed ticks” (which are really just juvenile ticks) count! But, how often do you really, actually look for them? They can be as small as a poppy seed!

If you walk outside in any form of grass, ticks are just waiting to hop on. GROSS! But we very commonly hear that owners do not give flea and tick prevention because they have never seen ticks on their pets. Which is a valid point. But not all ticks are those huge, engorged, quarter-sized ticks. If you see those you are in big trouble! We are also concerned with the typical-sized tick. The one before it is fed. How small are those? The CDC posted a picture answering that exact question!

So let me ask you now, have you ever really, actually looked for ticks on your pet? Because they are reeeeallly small. Roughly the size of a poppy seed. And have you looked between the toes? In the mouth? Under the tail? Probably not. How do we fix it? Tick prevention to the rescue! Our favorite for of tick prevention is Simparica Trio! It prevents ticks, fleas, AND heartworms, all in one pill! Call us or send us a message to find out more!

Questions? Want to learn more about tick prevention? Give us a call at (918)865-4733 or send us a message!

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Pet Heatstroke: What does it look like?

Heatstroke is a serious, often fatal, condition in which a dog or cat’s core body temperature is way higher than it should be. It most commonly occurs in the summer on days with high humidity. Unfortunately, this condition is not common knowledge and can have a very rapid onset. Puppies, smooshed-face animals, and older pets are among those most commonly affected.

The most common symptoms of heatstroke are excessive panting, weakness, a cherry-red tongue, diarrhea, and vomiting. Now, panting is a normal, healthy part of dogs keeping cool. Excessive panting, i.e. we physically cannot get enough air, especially with a bright, red tongue, are cause for concern. Now, in cats, ANY panting is a cause for concern! If you see these symptoms in your pet, it is time to take action!

You think your pet has heatstroke, it is time to see a veterinarian. Heatstroke can cause the body to go into shock very, very quickly. This is life-threatening and requires medical attention. What can you do to help or prevent it? Animals need breaks from the heat just like we do. Having a cool place in the shade or indoors, especially with cool water, can help tremendously. Kiddie pools full of hose water work great for this.

Small drinks of cool, not cold, water help a lot too. Guzzling water can upset the stomach and cause vomiting, but small sips helps keep heatstroke at bay. Again, if you think your animal has heatstroke they need to see a veterinarian! Not only can they check their internal temperature, but they can also give cool fluids in the vein and perform other life-saving procedures!

Questions? Concerns? Feel free to shoot us a message below!