Thursday, June 22, 2017

National Pet Preparedness Month

June is National Pet Preparedness Month! 
This is the perfect time to get your pets ready in case a disaster hits.
Unfortunately, many pets get separated from their families during disasters, which is why it is essential to plan for them when preparing for emergency situations.

Follow these pet preparedness tips from
  • Include your pets in your emergency plans
  • Build a separate emergency kit for your pets
  • Make sure to keep digital records and/or pictures to identify your pet after a disaster in case you become separated
  • Create a list of places that accept pets if an emergency happens

When preparing your emergency plan:
  • ID your pet. Make sure your pet's tags are up-to-date and securely fastened to your pet's collar. If possible, attach the address and/or phone number of your evacuation site. If your pet gets lost, his tag is his ticket home. Also consider microchipping your pets.
  • Make sure to have a current photo of your pet for identification purposes.
  • Make an emergency kit. You can find a full item list here.
  • Identify shelters. For public health reasons, many emergency shelters cannot accept pets. Find out which motels and hotels in the area you plan to evacuate to allow pets well in advance of needing them. There are also a number of guides that list hotels/motels that permit pets and could serve as a starting point. Include your local animal shelter's number in your list of emergency numbers.
  • Make sure you have a secure pet carrier, leash or harness for your pet so that if he panics, he can't escape.

During the disaster:
  • Bring your pets inside immediately.
  • Have newspapers on hand for sanitary purposes. Feed animals moist or canned food so they will need less water to drink.
  • Animals have instincts about severe weather changes and will often isolate themselves if they are afraid. Bringing them inside early can stop them from running away. Never leave a pet outside or tied up during a storm.
  • Separate dogs and cats. Even if your dogs and cats normally get along, the anxiety of an emergency situation can cause pets to act irrationally. Keep small pets away from cats and dogs.
  • In an emergency, you may have to take your birds with you. Talk with your veterinarian or local pet store about special food dispensers that regulate the amount of food a bird is given. Make sure that the bird is caged and the cage is covered by a thin cloth or sheet to provide security and filtered light. 
  • If you evacuate your home, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND! Pets most likely cannot survive on their own and if by some remote chance they do, you may not be able to find them when you return.
  • If you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets; consider loved ones or friends outside of your immediate area who would be willing to host you and your pets in an emergency.
  • Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can't care for your animals yourself. Develop a buddy system with neighbors, friends, and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer.

Caring for your pet after the disaster:
  • If you leave town after a disaster, take your pets with you. Pets are unlikely to survive on their own.
  • In the first few days after the disaster, leash your pets when they go outside. Always maintain close contact. Familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and your pet may become confused and lost. Also, snakes and other dangerous animals may be brought into the area with flood areas. Downed power lines are a hazard.
  • The behavior of your pets may change after an emergency. Normally quiet and friendly pets may become aggressive or defensive. Watch animals closely. Leash dogs and place them in a fenced yard with access to shelter and water. 

Tips for Large Animals.

If you have large animals such as horses, cattle, sheep, goats or pigs on your property, be sure to prepare before a disaster.
  • Ensure all animals have some form of identification.
  • Evacuate animals whenever possible. Map out primary and secondary routes in advance.
  • Make available vehicles and trailers needed for transporting and supporting each type of animal. Also make available experienced handlers and drivers. Note: It is best to allow animals a chance to become accustomed to vehicular travel so they are less frightened and easier to move.
  • Ensure destinations have food, water, veterinary care, and handling equipment.
  • If evacuation is not possible, animal owners must decide whether to move large animals to shelter or turn them outside.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Taconic Rt. 202 24 Hr. Veterinary Hospital In-House Service

Yesterday, our sales manager Rich performed an in-house service at the Taconic Rt. 202 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital to help with their recently purchased Richard Wolf Scope and accessories. 

While he was there, he was able to watch Dr. Berk and Dr. Carbone use the equipment to perform a biopsy via rhinoscopy in a cat with a possible tumor.

They very graciously allowed us to share the pictures.

Want more information on our in-house services?
Contact us today!

Monday, June 5, 2017

RL Savitt Precision Instruments

Before creating Endoscopy Support Services in 1989, our founder Robert Savitt created RL Savitt Precision Instruments.

He recently shared with us some prototypes of his first business card and order form, along with pictures of different demos and wet labs from the mid-80's.

Check them out!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

What a Tough Week Taught Me About Life With Pets-

By Heather Lucas

"Today was mentally taxing. It was the kind of day where you realize that you've been working for eleven hours and you've only had a granola bar. When your head finally hits the pillow, you're so tired the room is spinning but you can't shut your brain off. My alarm will buzz in five hours, but I'm hoping that pounding out some musings will settle my mind a bit.

We diagnosed some awesome patients with awful disease processes this week and it sucked. A patient I've been seeing since my first week at my current clinic crashed after perfect routine bloodwork three weeks ago. Another started having violent cluster seizures after a lifetime of good control. Another with well-controlled kidney disease developed acute-on-chronic kidney failure. Another with aggressive bone disease sustained a pathologic fracture. And still another developed respiratory distress secondary to severe tracheal collapse. We ended up euthanizing some of them.

Whenever humane end of life comes up, I think about my experience with one of my dogs. I didn't realize how much I'd still miss her months later and I hate it when my clients begin that journey with their own pets, but every time I discuss euthanasia I silently thank her for the perspective she gave me. She allows me to identify with clients who are struggling with The Decision; I can tell them how my husband and I made The Decision and chose the timing. I think some people prefer to let their pets go while they still have some happiness left, and others prefer to wait until they've exhausted every last bit of happiness together. I was surprised to find out that we are the first type - the opposite of what I thought we'd be.

As usual, my dogs greeted me with wagging tails when I walked through the door this evening. They each received two pats on the neck and then I tried to ignore them while they followed me around. My husband caught on and asked me why I was avoiding them. After thinking for a moment, I realized that I was trying to distance myself physically and emotionally. Days like this cause me to imagine that I'm in my clients' shoes and my own pets are suffering from the heartbreaking things I've seen. I guess my subconscious thought that if I start building a wall between us, it won't hurt so much when we have to make The Decision again.

I told my husband this and he stared at me before he responded. "Do you want them to just be passengers in our live? What's the point of that?" Well, shoot. He's right. They deserve walks, car rides, spontaneous treats, new squeaky toys to rip open, and the kind of scratches that make them lean into your hand. We should be making the kind of memories that tear your heart open when they're gone but later make you laugh and help you patch it together again.

The author's dog Emma

A veterinary oncologist I greatly admire says that pets don't live as long as us because it's easier for us to understand life without them, than for them to understand life without us. We build bonds with them knowing that our hearts will eventually be broken. I think about this every time we take in a new pet, but I choose to welcome them with shiny tags and open arms anyways. Days like this remind me that we need to live life enjoying what's in front of us like our pets do, not thinking about what's to come."

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About The Author
"Heather Lucas, DVM, is a small animal general practitioner from the Midwest currently living in Southern Arizona. She shares her home with her husband, three dogs, and an assortment of pocket pets. Learning countless new things every day and building relationships with clients top the list of her favorite things about the veterinary profession."

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Animal Shelter Writes Badass Adoption Memo For ‘Utter Bastard Of A Cat’

By Rebecca Shapiro

"This is Mr. Biggles, and according to the adoption agency wanting to find him a home, he is a terror.

Pet adoption agency Cats of Melbourne, located in Melbourne, Australia, posted a darkly hilarious memo about Mr. Biggles (also known as Lord Bigglesworth) on its website this week, practically daring a future owner to take him in.

Founder and group coordinator Gina Brett wrote the ad, describing the shiny black cat as "an utter utter utter bastard" who throws tantrums and does not like to be thwarted.

"Mr. Biggles is a despot and dictator, he will let you know when he is not happy, which is often, because things are often just not up to his high standards," the memo reads. "Mr. Biggles likes his cuddles on his terms, and will sit in your lap when he decides it's time. If the stroking is not up to his standards, he will nip you."

The agency says this particular feline is not for the fainthearted, but he would be perfect for the right owner. While the cat was practically described as the spawn of Satan, Brett insists Mr. Biggles possesses a "secret soft side."

"He loves sleeping on the end of the humans bed, and in his cat bed (and he snores just a little bit, it's so cute)," the memo adds. "And he loves to be out in the backyard stalking the chickens and supervising the gardening."

Mr. Biggles is just over two years old, adheres to a "stupidly healthy" diet and is being fostered by Brett in Melbourne. He has a pretty nice life as it is, but needs a permanent home.

"Mr. Biggles is currently sunning himself in my backyard and eyeballing the chickens with a view to murder," Brett told HuffPost. "This morning he played with the dog (and didn't draw blood, I'm impressed) and savaged my brother who tried to cuddle him (I warned him but he didn't listen)."

While Mr. Biggles' profile is the most shared one Brett has posted since founding the agency in October of last year, the dictatorial feline with a heart of gold has not yet been adopted.

"He's had a lot of responses since I put his profile up on Sunday but sadly no human slaves have offered themselves up as sacrifices as yet," Brett added.

To learn more about Lord Bigglesworth and more cats up for adoption, head over to Cat People of Melbourne's website."

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Fuzzy Friday - Hairless Cat Who Was Born Sick Works At A Vet Clinic Now

By Caitlin Jill Anders

"Raisin is a one-and-half-year-old Sphynx cat who was born to a breeder in Gainesville, Florida. She was born with congenital eye issues, and because of that, was surrendered to Helping Hands Pet Rescue when she was just a kitten.

When Raisin was brought to the rescue, she had a bad eye ulcer, something she is predisposed to due to her eye issues, and staffers were afraid the sweet little kitten was going to lose her eye. To make sure she got the best care possible, a local vet student who volunteered with the group became her foster mom, and monitored her closely as she received treatment for her eye.

Thanks to the vet student's dedication, Raisin was able to keep her eye and escaped the whole ordeal with minimal scarring, but the rescue knew that she still might face more ulcers and other issues with her eyes in the future. She needed a special kind of person to care for her full time - and before long, she found the perfect mom to take her on.

Raisin now lives with her new mom, Ruth Heffernan, who is a vet tech at the Animal Medical Clinic of Gulf Gate in Sarasota, Florida. Not only is Heffernan the perfect person to make sure Raisin is healthy and happy, but thanks to her, Raisin also has the perfect job - working with her mom at the clinic, every single day.

"She has become their clinic mascot and people love to come and meet her," Heffernan told The Dodo.

Raisin loves going to work with her mom every day, and she takes her job very seriously. She loves assisting the staff with their day-to-day tasks, walking around and overseeing the clinic in general, and of course, meeting all of the patients who come through to be treated.

"Raisin loves the clinic because she loves meeting the patients," Heffernan said. "She LOVES dogs. The bigger the breed, the better. She enjoys going into the exam room to meet clients and patients, and we always check and make sure the animal is good with cats and other pets. We let her walk around the clinic when we are in between appointments, and she has her own exam room to relax in, with lots of boxes and cozy bedding."

Raisin is an incredibly fearless, friendly little cat, and she loves comforting all the pets who come in and making their trip to the vet a little easier.

Raisin definitely has her favorite patients, like a blind pit bull who comes in frequently, but she loves meeting anyone and everyone, and especially loves being there when pets wake up from various procedures.

"She loves to be back in our prep/surgery area, and loves to be there when pets are waking up from surgery." Heffernan said. "She enjoys cuddling with them as they wake up."

Raisin started out life as an unwanted cat who was deemed too different, and now she's found the perfect home, where she can help and inspire people every single day.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Product Highlight - iCap Image Capture & Reporting System

Have you heard about our
 iCap Image Capture 
& Reporting System?

With iCap, you can capture images and video directly onto your computer hard drive or a network location from any external video source!

You can also record full-motion video clips of your procedures. The clips can then be used to be sent to colleagues for analysis, or in an educational environment, such as a classroom or lab.

The system catalogs the images by an identity for later review, reporting, e-mailing or printing. An image export feature allows you to place images directly into report templates. The iCap System also gives you the ability to annotate your images with text, lines or shapes!

Because the software is Windows-based, it offers the user the ability to easily network multiple capture stations together with a server to create an image archival network. The images and reports are standard image files and documents that can easily be shared via e-mail, FTP, and easily linked to most electronic record keeping systems and contact management programs.

Designed to work with or without a touchscreen monitor, the iCap system can be used across a variety of settings. It utilizes an icon, push-button style interface, making the system as easy to use as an ATM, with most actions being completed with just one or two clicks!

iCap Version 5 - User Requirements
  • Camera or device that provides an IEEE-1394 or USB. compatible digital format for recording.
  • A video digitizer that will convert analog video to digital.
  • Microsoft Windows 7, 8, or 10.
  • DirectX 9.x drivers.
  • CD-ROM drive for software installation (download also available)
  • 500MB of free hard drive space.
  • A dedicated color video graphics card is recommended for best results.
  • Computer display/monitor.

Want to learn more about the iCap Image Capture & Reporting System?

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Product Highlight- LED Portable Light Source Air Pump

Have you heard about our new 
LED Portable Light Source with 
integrated Air pump?

At just 2.5 pounds, this compact, lightweight, 
and easily transportable device is perfect for
 those tight on space or on the go!

Now there's need to change bulbs anymore!

This portable light source uses the latest LED technology, providing a durable, longer lasting bright light for less power.

The light source is compatible with
 Olympus brand fiberscopes and
 is powered by an external desktop power supply.

Want to learn more about the 
LED Portable Light Source?

Check out our online store
 or contact us!

**This product is for use in veterinary
 medicine ONLY - it is not rated by FDA**

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Vet Retraction Grasper

Are you looking for something for
 those deep down gastro retrievals?

Check out our Vet Retraction Grasper!

This grasper is perfect for retrieving items in large breed animals.

With a 5mm outer shaft and a working length of 85cm,
 you'll have no problem retrieving items.

The grasper features a ratcheted, scissor-style handle and a rotatable shaft for easier maneuverability.

It also comes with a padded, wooden carrying case!

Want to learn more about our Vet Retraction Grasper?

Visit our online store or
contact us today!

*This item is for use in veterinary ONLY*