The Brave Space Certificate Program will help fortify veterinary practices by supporting inclusion and encouraging open workplace dialogue.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recently announced the launch of the Brave Space Certificate Program, a new initiative formed in collaboration with Pride Veterinary Medical Community (Pride VMC), to promote inclusivity and open conversations about important topics such as sexual harassment and race.
"The Brave Space program was created to provide learners the opportunity to expand their knowledge, engage in self-awareness, building processes, and ultimately come out as a more intentionally committed ally for promoting safe, inclusive environments for every member of the profession,” says Douglas Kratt, DVM, AVMA president, in an association release.
The program offers a self-paced and interactive curriculum that is instructed by field experts and consists of 3 educational categories and 7 modules:
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
"A workplace that offers a safe, welcoming environment is one in which everyone—from team members to patients and clients, to the community which a practice serves—is seen and valued," says Jen Brandt, PhD, AVMA's director of well-being and diversity initiatives. "By recognizing and understanding the diversity within these groups, our differences can be our greatest strength and an asset to your practice."
For breeds or individuals at risk of developing GDV, a veterinarian may recommend a preventive gastropexy. Gastropexy is a procedure in which a portion of the stomach is sutured to the abdominal wall, to prevent it from twisting. The surgery can be performed at the same time as spay/neuter and can be conducted laparoscopically (which utilizes a tiny camera and leaves smaller incisions) to minimize associated risks.
The procedure prevents nearly 100% of GDV’s from occurring; however, a few pets do still develop GDV later in life, for a variety of reasons.
What is gastric dilatation-volvulus?
Gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) is the distension (dilatation) and twisting (volvulus) of the stomach. It is also commonly referred to as gastric torsion or bloat.
This disease progresses rapidly and is life-threatening.
GDV begins when a dog’s stomach fills with excessive amounts of gas, food, and fluid and then twists, closing off its entry and exit points.
After the torsion (volvulus) has occurred, the stomach may continue to grow in size as specific physiologic mechanisms allow even more gas and fluid to accumulate. The subsequent increase in pressure and size of the stomach can have cascading and potentially fatal consequences, including:
There are many proposed cause(s) of GDV, but we do not fully understand every possible cause.
Some causes relate to anatomical features that make it more difficult for gas to escape the stomach or features that allow the stomach to move more freely than it usually would. For example, dogs with large, deep chest cavities are more likely to develop GDV.
Dogs who are naturally nervous or fearful are also at increased risk.
What are the signs of gastric dilatation-volvulus?
The typical signs of gastric dilatation-volvulus include:
The most common predisposing factor is a deep chest.
Older dogs, underweight dogs, large-breed dogs, deep-chested dogs, and dogs with a family history of the disease are at highest risk for GDV.
GDV or Bloat, is a life threatening emergency. If you see any of the signs above, seek medical care immediately. Time is of the essence. Help prevent GDV from occurring with a gastropexy procedure for your pet. We are happy to answer any questions you may have (210) 651 - 0100.
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The team here at Friendship Pet Hospital and Wellness Center in Schertz, Texas tried out a DIY Fall Dog Treat recipe. These treats are a fun and safe way to include your pets in your holiday traditions. This recipe was taste tested and approved by the our employee pets - Caldwell, Yuske and Pistol Pete. When choosing your ingredients, be sure to select all natural peanut butter without xylitol, which can be toxic to pets.
Stay safe and enjoy the holidays!
Your Veterinarian Team in Schertz, Texas
As we enter the cooler months in our community, it’s important to stay current on heartworm prevention. Here in Schertz, Texas we experience a few short months of mosquito relief. It can be tempting during this time to cut back on or stop giving your pet’s prevention. Unfortunately, skipping doses now can undo the work you have done all year keeping your pet protected.
Missed doses now puts your pet at risk in two ways. While we do enjoy time in the winter with less mosquitoes, the number of mosquitoes in Schertz is never zero. Mosquitoes come and go as quickly as our Texas weather changes. Remember, it only takes 1 bite to infect your pet.
Additionally, monthly prevention really works more like heartworm treatment than prevention. The medication that we prescribe your pet works to kill any baby heartworms that have recently infected your pet. Skipping doses allows the heartworms to grow too large for the medication to be effective.
At Friendship Pet Hospital and Wellness Center, our veterinarians recommend two choices in heartworm prevention for pets living in Schertz and San Antonio. We offer a monthly chewable or, to make things easier, a single injection that protects your pet for 12 months! For our feline friends, there is also a topical option available.
If you have questions about your pet’s protection, simply give us a call. We can talk you through your pet’s last heartworm test and any prevention we have prescribed. If you’re new to us or new to heartworm prevention - no worries! It’s quick and easy to find out if your pet already has heartworms and to get your pet started on prevention.
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This handsome boy is here for a very important visit - his presurgical appointment before his neuter surgery. This is an important visit because it allows our team to review your pet's medical history, current health and genetic risks. With this information, we can create a surgical plan unique to your pet.
Dobermans are genetically predisposed to a condition called von Willebrand disease. This disease compromises the natural blood clotting ability of the pet, which can be dangerous during surgery. Today, we are sending out a small blood sample to the lab to test for this condition. If he is affected, we can take special precautions to keep him safe through his surgery.
You can more about this condition here https://dogtime.com/dog-health/59753-von-willebrand-disease-dogs-symptoms-causes-treatments.
Lola loves her acupuncture visits! Lola first came to us 2 weeks ago when she suddenly stopped using her rear legs. Oh no! Thankfully, her family brought her in right away. Dr. Stephens started her on a treatment plan that included radiographs, pain medications, steroids and acupuncture. She was here today for her 4th acupuncture visit. We were excited to see that she no longer needed her wagon, she walked right in! For more information on pain and mobility care (traditional and non traditional) call us to schedule a consult with Dr. Stephens (210) 651 - 0100.
Does your dog constantly lick, scratch, rub, and bite the same areas over and over again? These could be signs of atopic or allergic dermatitis, which are chronic skin conditions associated with allergies. These conditions are very similar to eczema and can cause your dog’s skin to become red and inflamed. It’s important to seek medical treatment to determine the underlying cause, so your furry friend can get relief that lasts.
Just like people, dogs can be allergic to common substances in the environment, such as grass and tree pollen, mold, and dust mites. Dogs may also be allergic to fleas, carpets, insecticides, and even ingredients in shampoos. These allergens trigger itch, and depending on what is causing the allergy, your dog may suffer seasonally—or all year round.
To get relief from allergic itch, your dog may scratch, lick, chew, or bite, which unfortunately can make things worse and even lead to skin infection or a rash. If you notice your dog is itchy, it is important to make an appointment with your veterinarian and get it checked out.
Take the survey below to being evaluating your pet. If you pet is diagnosed with allergies, cytopoint may be a medication we recommend. You can learn more about cytopoint here https://www.cytopoint4dogs.com/about-cytopoint.aspx
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Heat stroke or exhaustion can happen quickly and sometimes when we aren't expecting it. Heat stress can occur on overcast days as well as sunny days, especially when the humidity is a factor. Watch your pet closely during all outdoor activities over the next few months. Heat stroke is an emergency situation. If you start seeing the signs and symptoms of heat stress, it is important to get your pet to a cooler area, call your veterinarian, or head straight to an urgent care clinic. Check out this article from preventative vet to learn some fun ways to keep your pet cool in the summer https://www.preventivevet.com/dogs/how-to-keep-your-dog-cool.
We’ve all been there – tapping our foot waiting in the dark or the rain for our dog to do their business. Don’t they know we’ve got things to do and people to see?
Teaching your dog to go to the bathroom on cue can be helpful in saving you time, as well as helping you potty train your pup. It’s easy as a puppy to get distracted by the sights and sounds outside and forget the purpose of the outing in the first place; sometimes they need a little reminder. Let's put it on cue!
Read more at https://www.preventivevet.com/dogs/potty-training-problems-for-puppies-and-how-to-prevent-accidents
Puppy care can feel a little overwhelming. Don’t worry, they need the most early on and their wellness needs will start to taper off as they reach adulthood. It is important to remember that your puppy is not fully protected until they have completed the series recommended by your veterinarian. Until they are fully vaccinated, puppies should not walk in public areas, visit other dogs, dog parks, pet stores etc. We know it can be hard, but limiting their exposure until your veterinary team gives you the green light will help keep your puppy safe and healthy.
Why do puppies need so many vaccines? Check out this blurb from our friends at Preventative Vet. You can follow the link to learn even more.
Why are "puppy shots" a series? Why is the timing important?Every puppy is different. A puppy who was one in a litter of 3 puppies may have been able to suckle more colostrum (the antibody-rich “first milk”) from Mom, than a puppy that was one in a litter of 13.
Although if the Mom of the litter of 3 wasn’t well vaccinated herself, or she didn’t produce good milk or do a good job of nursing her pups, then it may not necessarily be the case.
Similarly, some puppies are born with deficiencies in their immune system, or their immune system may develop more slowly because of dietary or other factors. So we never 100% know a pup’s starting immune status, how well they are initially protected by “maternal immunity,” or how well their immune system will respond to the vaccines we're administering.
So to provide the best level of protection to the greatest number of puppies in the greatest number of situations, the “puppy shots” are administered as a series of "initial shots" and "booster shots" over the course of the first several months of their life. This gives their maternal immunity (which is protective but can interfere with a puppy's vaccinations) time to wane while their own immune system is fully developing in response to and conjunction with their "shots."
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