It's National Veterinary Technician Week!

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In 1993, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians Launched National Veterinary Technician Week in the third full week in October. The purpose is to raise public awareness about the important work of veterinary technicians and to allow clients as well as other clinic staff the opportunity to show their appreciation. 

While most people realize that vet techs assist veterinarians in caring for sick and injured pets, they typically don’t know the full extent of their jobs. At Buffalo Trace Veterinary Service, we couldn’t provide your pets with such excellent care without the assistance of Arien, Mandy, Shirley and Geneva, our dedicated veterinary technicians. 

Life is Never Dull for a Veterinary Technician

If there’s one thing a veterinary technician can say about his or her career, it’s that no two days are ever the same. One day everything can go smoothly with typical appointments and the next could bring several emergencies and planned surgeries. Below are just some of the duties our vet techs perform each day:
  • Ask pet owners questions to learn more about the animal’s health history and record this information in the patient chart for the doctor
  • Provide immediate first aid to injured pets
  • Collect urine, blood, tissue, and other necessary samples to prepare for laboratory testing
  • Restrain animals during procedures if necessary and help to keep them calm by petting them and talking to them
  • Take and develop X-rays  
  • Administer vaccines and medications
  •  Administer anesthesia and perform other duties to prepare animals for surgery
  •  Trim nails, brush coats, and perform other basic grooming tasks
Qualifications Needed to Work as a Veterinary Technician

While technical skills are certainly important for this job, it also requires someone with a strong sense of compassion, good problem-solving skills, detail orientation, and the ability to present information to clients in a clear, straightforward way. 

Pets who visit us are usually sick or injured, which makes their human family understandably stressed and upset. Since the veterinary technician is one of the first staff members our clients encounter, the ability to express empathy and patience is critical. The standard educational credential for entry-level work as a veterinary technician is a degree or certificate from a technical college.
Feel Free to Express Your Thanks

We encourage you to get into the spirit of Veterinary Technician’s Week by letting Arien, Mandy, Shirley, or Geneva know that you appreciate their work. Of course, you don’t have to reserve your thanks for the week of October 15 to October 21. A kind word is welcome any time of year. We also want to let you know that we appreciate you being our client and trusting us with the care of your beloved furry family members.

Halloween Doesn't Have to Be Scary for Your Pet

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Halloween can be a stressful holiday for pets. They have no way of understanding why kids dress in costumes or why the doorbell doesn’t seem to stop ringing. The weeks leading up to the holiday can make them feel anxious as well with the decorations, goodies, and other things they’re not supposed to touch. Fortunately, you can do several things to make the season more enjoyable for your dog or cat. 

Never Share Halloween Treats with Pets

It can be hard to resist sharing a piece of candy with your pet when he looks up at you with sad eyes. You might think it’s harmless, but even a small amount of a treat meant for people can be toxic for your pet. He could suffer immediate gastrointestinal distress, which could include symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting. An increased heart rate, rapid rate of breathing, and even seizures can also happen.

Dogs and cats don’t always know what’s good for them and often watch carefully for someone to drop a treat on the floor. Your pet may feel so tempted that she breaks into a candy bag and ingests wrappers or sticks along with the treats. It can quickly turn into a life-threatening situation if something becomes stuck in your pet’s throat and blocks her airways. To avoid these problems, don’t give in when your pet begs and keep all seasonal treats out of her reach. If you want to share something with her, order species-appropriate treats from our online store instead. 

Costumes: Yea or Nay?

Few things are as adorable as a pet in a Halloween costume. There’s nothing wrong with having a little fun as long as you’re careful. Be certain that the costume doesn’t cover your pet’s eyes or prevent breathing in any way. Also, supervise him closely to ensure that he doesn’t chew off parts of the costume and potentially choke on it.

Keep Your Pet Away from Lit Pumpkins

A carved, lit jack-o-lantern is a beautiful site on Halloween night. If you choose to place a burning candle inside a pumpkin, make sure that your pet doesn’t go anywhere near it. A dog could knock it to the ground with an enthusiastic tail wag and a curious cat could burn herself sniffing what she thinks is a strange object. An artificial candle that you can turn on and off might be a better idea. 

Keep Your Pets Indoors

The commotion at the front door could cause even the most docile pet to act aggressively or escape out the door to get away from it. Before Halloween arrives, select an area of the house well away from the door for your pet to hang out until after the trick-or-treating ends. The same is true if you decide to host a party. Another good reason to keep your pets inside is that someone could steal them or play a cruel prank. Black cats are especially in danger.

Seek Immediate Help for a Sick or Injured Pet

Some dogs and cats are very determined and can still get into trouble despite your best efforts. If your pet becomes sick or injured on Halloween, you can contact Buffalo Trace Veterinary Services until 5 p.m. at 859-879-3582. After hours, you can call MedVet Lexington at 859-276-2505 or Bluegrass Veterinary Specialists at 859-268-7604. The Pet Poison Helpline is also available 24 hours a day at 855-764-7661.

Dog Flu Vaccination

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Flu Vaccine Drive 4

We are participating in a Flu Vaccine Drive June 19-24.  Please make an appointment today to help protext your best friend!


The Importance of Oral Healthcare for Dogs and Cats

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It's an alarming statistic: By the time they have reached their third birthday, nearly three in four cats have some degree of gum disease. This threatens the stability of their teeth and can be the gateway to several other serious health problems as well. Many people who otherwise take excellent care of their dog or cat often don’t understand the importance of caring for their teeth and gums as well.

Regular oral health check-ups and cleaning at home can have a significant impact on your pet’s quality of life. During National Pet Dental Health Month, we urge you to consider the importance of oral healthcare for your pet.

How to Prevent Gum Disease in Dogs and Cats
The foundation of excellent oral health starts with eating nutritious food. Before you buy pet food, be sure that it has an adequate amount of meat, vegetables, protein, animal fat, and moisture. Avoid buying food for your dog or cat that has a lot of artificial fillers, starches, or grains. The first provides no nutritional value while dogs and cats don’t require starches or grains due to being natural carnivores. Additionally, limit treats and avoid feeding your pet any human food.

Some dog owners give them a dental chew every day and avoid brushing their teeth. While dental chews can reduce plaque and tartar, you shouldn’t use them as a substitute for brushing. If you didn’t start a daily oral care routine when you first got your pet, it’s not too late. Your dog or cat can learn to accept toothbrushing when you’re consistent about it and offer a lot of praise for cooperation.

Make sure that you select a toothbrush made for your pet’s species and mouth size before you brush his teeth for the first time. Click here to see a video on how to brush a dog’s teeth and here for how to brush a cat’s teeth.

When to Call the Veterinarian
Many people complain that their dog or cat has bad breath without realizing this could indicate a serious oral health issue. Excess drooling, bleeding gums, staining on the teeth, and reluctance to eat are other common symptoms that you should have investigated right away.

Buffalo Trace Veterinary Service offers regular exams and cleaning in addition to diagnosis and treatment of gum disease and other oral health concerns. In honor of National Pet Dental Health Month, we’re offering 10 percent off any dental service in February and March. Please contact us to schedule your pet’s appointment today.

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It's Almost Boarding Season, is Your Dog Protected from Kennel Cough?

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Thanksgiving arrives in just a few short weeks and along with it the busiest travel days of the entire year. People take advantage of the long four-day weekend to visit friends and relatives who live longer distances away. It’s also a busy time in the veterinary industry because many pet owners can’t take their animals with on the trip. Perhaps you are busy now searching for boarding accommodations for your pet. Before you make a reservation, make sure that your dog has had a Bordetella vaccine in the last six months.

What is Bordetella Disease?

Bordetella, also known as kennel cough, is a highly contagious respiratory infection in dogs. The cough of an affected dog sounds similar to a honk. Your dog may also gag while coughing up phlegm that appears white and foamy. This tends to happen more often after exercise of when a dog gets excited and pulls against her collar. Additional symptoms may include nasal discharge and fever. Most dogs with kennel cough don’t show significant changes in their energy level or eating patterns.

How is Bordetella Spread?

Kennel cough spreads quickly when large groups of dogs are together at a boarding facility, dog park, groomer, or doggy daycare. It typically spreads through airborne exposure from a single infected dog. Your dog could even pick up kennel cough by sharing a water dish or simply greeting another dog who has it. For this reason, boarding facilities insist that you show current proof of Bordetella vaccination before leaving your dog. The vaccination is even more important at this busy time of year.

How Often Should Dogs Get a Bordetella Vaccine?

Once a dog has acquired Bordetella, the cough can linger for weeks. Some dogs also go on to develop pneumonia. As with all canine illnesses, preventing kennel cough is much easier than treating it. At Buffalo Trace Veterinary Services, we recommend a preventive shot every six months. While some veterinarians only give the shot annually, we feel that a bi-annual dose provides your dog with uninterrupted protection regardless of where he finds himself. We encourage you to schedule an appointment for the Bordetella vaccine as much in advance of the Thanksgiving travel season as possible. This allows you to enjoy your holiday without worrying about the possibility of your dog getting sick.


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Buffalo Trace Cat Spay & Neuter Clinic

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On Thursday, September 3, Buffalo Trace Veterinary Service is offering a Cat Spay & Neuter Clinic. You may drop your cat off between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. and pick him or her up later in the day. There are many benefits to spaying or neutering your cat besides helping to control overpopulation. Spaying a female cat stops heat cycles that attract roaming male cats to your home. It also reduces the risk of mammary gland, uterine, and ovarian cancer. For male cats, neutering eliminates spraying, marking, and aggressive behavior as well as reduces the risk of testicular and prostate cancer.

Cost and Availability

The cost of the surgery is $50 for female cats and $30 for male cats. If a female cat is already pregnant, an additional $25 fee applies. We require proof of a current rabies vaccination before performing a spaying or neutering procedure. If your cat is not current with his or her rabies vaccine, we can provide it for $7. Please sign up today for the Spay and Neuter Clinic as space is limited.


Buffalo Trace Fall Vaccination Clinic

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Have you been too busy to schedule an appointment for your dog or cat's vaccinations? If so, you're in luck. Buffalo Trace Veterinary Service is hosting a Fall Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, September 26 and Saturday, October 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary, so gather up your pets and come see us.

Which Vaccines Can You Get and How Much Do They Cost?

Buffalo Trace Veterinary Service is offering the following vaccines at our two walk-in clinics:

  • 1-year rabies $5.00
  • 3-year rabies $10.00
  • DA2PP $10.00
  • FVRCP $10.00
  • Leukemia $15.00

In addition to the above vaccines, we are also offering heartworm tests for $20.00, microchip implants for $30.00, and 10 percent off all flea and tick medication on September 26 and October 3 only. We encourage you to take advantage of these special prices and the convenience of a walk-in clinic to ensure your pet's long-term health. Our staff looks forward to seeing you soon.


Travel and Safety for Your Pet

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Summer and road trips go hand-in-hand for many families, including those who own a dog. When it comes to traveling with pets, advanced planning can mean the difference between fond memories and a ruined trip. If you know you’ll be hitting the road with your dog in tow, allow for as much time as possible to plan the logistics. This starts with a call or visit to Buffalo Trace Veterinary Clinic to make sure your pet’s vaccinations are current. It’s also a good idea to schedule a check-up if your dog hasn’t had one in the last year.

To avoid coming home without your dog, make sure that she has a collar and tags as well as a microchip with updated contact information. Dogs like routine and may try to escape an unfamiliar environment. Without identification, it’s unlikely you will find your pet so far from home.

Packing a Bag for the Dog

While you’re packing a suitcase for yourself or your children, don’t forget to pack a separate bag for the dog. Even if you’re trying to pack light, keep in mind it’s better to have the things you need with you than having to try to buy them in an unfamiliar area. At a minimum, your dog’s travel bag should include:

● Food and water bowls

● His regular brand of dog food

● Flea and tick repellant

● Any medications he takes

● Pooper scooper and disposable bags

● Brush, shampoo, and his own towels

● Dog leash

● His favorite toys

● Dog treats

● Canine insect repellant and sunscreen

Staying Safe on the Road

Having a passenger hold the dog on his or her lap can compromise safety for the driver. It’s best for everyone, the dog included, to place him in a crate or seatbelt. You know your dog’s personality best and what he can tolerate. When you make stops, one person should remain in the car with the dog at all times. This is especially important on days with a high heat and humidity index. An unsupervised dog in a hot car is just a tragedy waiting to happen.

Rest Stops and Breaks

Your dog needs the opportunity to relieve herself at least once every four hours. She also needs to exercise to make up for long periods of inactivity in the car. If you’re unable to locate dog parks on your route, you can stop at a highway rest stop. Just make sure that you follow good etiquette by keeping your dog on a leash and cleaning up after her. When you can’t let her go off-leash, look for a groomed trail to walk her on before resuming your road trip.

Pet-Friendly Accommodations

If you’re staying in a hotel or another public location, make sure it accepts dogs first. You can check the website Dog Friendly just to make sure before leaving on vacation. Once you have checked in, plan to keep your dog with you or board him if you’re attending a people-only event. A dog left alone in a strange hotel room is likely to bark and cause a disturbance to other guests. You could be asked to leave if enough people complain. Fortunately, you can avoid this by following a few common-sense guidelines and remaining courteous of others at all times.


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