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*


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

National Pet Day!

It's National Pet Day!

Meet some of our team's furry friends!


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Dan's bunny Libby and guinea pig Max

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Dan's cat Abby

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Dan's dogs Madison and Charlie 

Jimmy's dog Scout

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Tim's dog Finn

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Tim's cats Milkshakes and Shocker

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Maria's dogs Francesca and Rocky

Maria's guinea pigs Huey and Daisy

Anthony with Ricky

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Jim's dog Oscar

Tell us about your furry friends!





Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Product Highlight- ClearScope Smartphone Adapter

Have you heard about our
ClearScope Smartphone
Endoscopy Adapter?


"ClearScope is an endoscope video solution that connects any standard endoscope to the smartphone you already own. This innovative mobile medical technology creates a truly portable and cost effective alternative to the traditional video tower.

ClearScope makes it easy for medical professionals to securely capture, manage, and share HD quality video of endoscopic procedures.

No one can argue that access to video provides a valuable tool for diagnosing patients, teaching residents, and remotely consulting with other physicians. But traditional video capture equipment is expensive, not easy accessible, and can quickly become out-dated. While mobile technology offers a portable, and cost-effective alternative for endoscopy video capture, security of health information is a major concern. Until now."


The ClearScope Smartphone Endoscope Adapter is the only universal platform on the market that:

  • Is FDA, Health Canada and EU listed.
  • Can be used with virtually any smartphone, including the iPhone 6 Plus and Android Galaxy Note.
  • Connects to any standard Flexible or Rigid Endoscope.
  • Has full HD recording of endoscopy video.
  • Has an 8x optical magnification.
  • Set up in seconds and is easy to use.
  • Can share HD images via e-mail or SMS.
  • Stream to a laptop or TV monitor.
  • Integrates with the MODICA mobile camera app plus cloud storage service for secure image capture, management, and sharing.

The ClearScope features:

  • A cost effective, portable alternative to traditional video towers, which makes it possible to record ALL endoscopy procedures preformed.
  • It's small enough to carry in a lab coat pocket.
  • Easily consult and collaborate with colleagues by sending images for review by e-mail or SMS.
  • Use as a visual teaching aid by sharing videos with residents.
  • Image quality rivals those recorded on a video tower, and continues to improve with each new release of the owners smartphone.

Use your ClearScope Smartphone Adapter with the companion MODICA app and cloud backup for secure image capture, management, and sharing. The MODICA app is the first mobile medical photography solution.

MODICA is an intuitive, user-friendly iOS medical camera app that helps facilitate the secure and compliant capture, management, and sharing of clinical images.



The MODICA app features:

  • Encryption and password protection that locks images into a separate camera roll to ensure medical photos and videos NEVER mix with personal ones.
  • To ensure the best possible image quality, the app includes enhanced medical camera settings like:
    • Brightness and flash control
    • Zoom
    • Focus
    • White balance
  • Automatically offloads images from the mobile device to a HIPAA compliant cloud service, freeing up valuable data storage from the smartphone and reducing the risk of a lost or stolen smartphone.
  • The ability to text or e-mail images to colleagues, residents, and even patients for teaching and consulting purposes.


Check out this video to learn more!

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Want to learn even more?

Visit our Online Store or 
Contact Us for more information!

You can also learn more at the

Enter Discount Code CS499 to get the
 ClearScope at the special price of $499.99!


Monday, March 20, 2017

These Cops Are So Proud Their Newest K9s Are Rescue Pit Bulls

By Stephen Messenger
TheDodo.com

"A pair of formally homeless dogs have been given a fresh start at a new life of service and new homes - all thanks to those who recognized their great potential in spite of negative stereotypes.


This week, North Carolina's Clay County Sheriff's Office announced, proudly, that two new narcotic detection dogs had joined the team. Their names are Phantom and Sarah - and both are pit bulls, rescued from shelters and trained to be key members of the force.

"What will be the most shocking to some will not be that Clay County Sheriff's has the new K-9 Deputies, but rather their breed," the department wrote online, adding: "even though pit bulls get a bad rap in the media, they aren't all bad dogs and can do great things for the communities they serve."


Prior to graduating from a training course with their new human deputy partners, Phantom and Sarah were just two of countless pit bulls languishing in shelters, unloved. Fortunately, each had an organization step in to give them purpose and a home to call their own.

Phantom was pulled from a Texas shelter by UniversalK9, a group that rescues and trains shelter pups for use in law enforcement. Sarah came from a shelter in New York, and got her second chance thanks to the Animal Farm Foundation.

Not only did this save Phantom and Sarah from their uncertain futures, according to the sheriff's office, it saved taxpayers money:

"The two foundations have taken on the mission to show that Departments do not need to spend $15-$20,000 for a purebred German shepherd or Belgian Malinois to search and find illegal drugs, at the same time giving dogs destined for a life in a shelter or euthanasia a second chance at life serving Law Enforcement Officers and Departments around the country."


For Brad Croft, operations director for UniversalK9, seeing Phantom and Sarah put their sad pasts behind them to embark on their new career makes it all worthwhile.

"As always it makes me feel proud to be able to help find productive jobs for these dogs and at the same time provides them with a new home," Croft told The Dodo. "I visit shelters often and pit bulls fill them. The more I am able to place these dogs the more I can save. It's really a win, win, win for the dogs, law enforcement and tax payers."'

Click here for the original article.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Little Dog Is Welcomed As Monastery's Cutest New Friar

By Stephen Messenger


"In Catholic tradition, St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals - so perhaps it's only fitting that one of the newest followers to join his order is quite literally a dog.


The Franciscan monastery of Cochabamba, Bolivia, recently announced that a furry pup, named Carmelo, had joined their sacred fold, where he quickly distinguished himself as its cutest member.

In honor of his new position, the dog even earned a more formal title: Friar Bigaton (that's Spanish for "mustache").

He also got a tiny Franciscan habit to wear around his new home.


Prior to being adopted, Friar Bigoton lived as a stray. But now as the monastery's resident pet, things couldn't be better.

"Hi life is all about playing and running," fellow friar Jorge Fernandez told The Dodo. "Here, all of the brothers love him very much. He is a creature of God."



Apparently, running and playing aren't the dog's only duties.

"[Here's] Brother Carmelo preaching to the fish," wrote Franciscan Kasper Maruisz Kapron, who first posted these adorable photos online.


Most importantly, though, Friar Bigoton's biggest role is in helping other pups like him.

Carmelo's adoption was made possible by a local animal rescue group, Proyecto Narices Frias (Cold Nose Project), which hopes his story will serve as an inspiration for more monasteries to open their doors to needy pets.


"If only all the churches of our country adopt a dog and care for him like Friar Bigoton," the group wrote in a post on Facebook, "we are sure that the parishioners would follow his example."'

Click here for the original article from The Dodo.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Awkward Laser Photo Helps Lost Ferret Find His Way Home

By Stephen Messenger
TheDodo.com

"Frankie the ferret was brought to safety this week by Texas' Leander Police Department after being found wandering alone in a local park. Back at the station, the ferret quickly won over all the officers with his charming personality, but unfortunately, despite their best efforts, they were unable to find Frankie's rightful owner.

As is customary in such cases, officials wanted to alert the public on social media. Rather than just post a boring image of Frankie, however, they decided to get creative - with an intentionally awkward, '90's-style photo portrait, complete with a bodacious neon laser background so typical of the era.

The clever tribute isn't just adorable; it proved effective.


Less than a day after the photoshopped picture of Frankie (held by police chief Greg Minton) was shared to Facebook, the lucky ferret was back home where he belongs. Turns out, enough people had shared the funny photo online that his worry-stricken family eventually caught wind of it as well.

"His owner saw the post on social media," a spokesperson for the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter told The Dodo. "She came by, had photos and was able to identify a chipped tooth the ferret had!"


The extra effort to help Frankie be found clearly paid off.

"We are lucky to have a Chief that has a good sense of humor," assistant chief (and unofficial photographer) Jeff Hayes told The Dodo. "All the posts we do to return animals have a little humor mixed in, as it helps generate interest and spread the word."

Now that's some good police work!"

Click here for the original article.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Rescue Dogs Will Take Over For Ball Boys At Tennis Tournament

By Stephen Messenger

"When the job is chasing down tennis balls, really who better to hire than a dog?


For the second year in a row, organizers of the Brazil Tennis Open will be welcoming in a group of eager canines to serve as "ball boys" during next week's tournament. But rather than merely serve as mid-match entertainment for animal-loving spectators, their participation throughout the games is about so much more. All the pups involved have been rescued from abandonment - and now they're looking for new homes


"No matter their origin or age, when they are loved and fed properly [rescued dogs] can be wonderful companions. [They can] play, learn new things and accomplish great deeds," organizer Madalena Spinazzola said in a release. "They are dogs that have had difficulties in life, yes. But what we want to show is not the stories suffered in the past, rather to prove that, regardless of what they've experienced, they can be great companions today and in the future!"

Here's footage from last year's Brazil Tennis Open showing the dogs in action.


Best of all, the exposure has helped change the lives of these pups for the better.

Last time around, every dog who participated was ultimately adopted into a forever home - and with any luck, this year will be no different."


Click here for the original article.



Friday, February 24, 2017

Can You Feel Pride When Your Clients are Sad?

By Emily Williams, DVM


"I had to tell an owner that his best friend was dying last week. He brought his 11 year old dog to see me for coughing after exercise. Prior to going into the room, I reviewed his history and noted a murmur was diagnosed over a year ago. I walked into that room with congestive heart failure on the top of my list. I was greeted by a happy Aussie and a bright eyed owner.

While I listened to the heart, I immediately knew this was not a cardiac issue. The murmur was no louder than it was when it first was diagnosed and lungs sounded clear. I knew this had to be a respiratory problem and to be honest, I thought it was a URI. Something didn't add up, so I suggested chest x-rays. The owner authorized the images and as I held down the pedal to take the x-ray, I said out loud, "Please don't break my heart." The image came up on the screen and the chest was full of metastatic cancer.

I remember feeling an instance of pride. Pride for trusting my instinct. And pride because for the first time in my four years being out of veterinary school, I felt "experienced." Experienced enough to recognize the unlikeliness that this was a cardiac issue and most likely a respiratory condition. And further experience to be concerned that this was more than an upper respiratory infection.

But the short instance of pride was quickly replaced by shame. I thought to myself, how can I feel pride when I see an x-ray full of cancer? How did I almost talk myself into thinking this was a URI and almost let the owner not take the radiograph? Why do I deserve to feel "good" when this man is filled with so much sadness and grief?

This case shows my internal struggle with black and white thinking and perfectionism. this is a classic example of just how destructive these though processes are to my sense of self and confidence. Instead of recognizing in the moment that I could in fact feel pride and sadness at the same time, I quickly went to the emotion that made the most sense. Cancer is "bad" so I must feel an emotion that is "bad." Pride is not a "bad" emotion, so shame seems more appropriate.

I am not suggesting that I would have paraded around the owner with a giant smile on my face saying, "See, this is exactly why I wanted to take an x-ray! Aren't I just amazing for recognizing that your dog didn't have a URI. Instead he is dying!" That insanely invalidating and insensitive approach would be the same as sitting alone in my shame.


Empathizing with the owner's grief was extremely important and necessary at that time. I truly did feel sadness and my heart did break when I saw the tears in his eyes. At the same time, I recognized that for my own sense of self and sanity, I had to come back to the emotion of pride. So I came home that evening and I wrote. I went through the thought process to see why I pushed the pride far away. And as I outlined above it was because that feeling didn't seem appropriate.

A similar situation to the case above and one that I think most veterinarians can relate to is when we have a puppy exam following a euthanasia. The dichotomy of these appointment types leads to even more conflicting thoughts. At one moment we are asked to humanely end life, while owners see their family member take their last breath. While the next moment we are laughing in a room, getting puppy kisses. And exactly how many of us stop in between those two appointments and take a breath and recognize our grief? We may not have the time right then and there to reflect but we MUST come back to that emotion or eventually the feelings we avoid will destroy us.

I attribute the high suicide rate in our field because most of us avoid feeling or more appropriately we choose what to feel and ignore other uncomfortable feelings. Avoiding the feelings doesn't erase them. We owe it to ourselves to learn to live in the grey area; to experience two conflicting emotions at the same time and to be okay with the discomfort of the dichotomy.

So I look back on that day I diagnosed metastatic lung cancer in that sweet dog, and I think "Good job Emily for taking radiographs and finding the answer to why he was coughing. The diagnosis sucks! With that simple diagnostic though that YOU recommended, the family can enjoy the last few weeks of his life to the fullest." Now I can comfortably say during the moment I felt both sadness AND pride. That is the power of AND: it does not minimize one emotion in order to validate another. Instead it allows both opposing emotions to be true."

Click here for the original article.

About the Author


"Dr. Emily Williams is a small animal veterinarian in Denver, Colorado. She enjoys writing, crafting, and watching TV curled up on the couch. Her current aspiration is to master mindfulness to that she can fully be present and accepting in everything she does in and out of the veterinary field."


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Guy Makes Incredible Nametags Revealing Shelter Cats’ Secret Opinions

By Hilary Hanson
The Huffington Post

"Face it: It can be a little difficult to tell what a cat is thinking.

But thanks to comedian Jeff Wysaski, better known by his online persona Obvious Plant, you don't have to - at least when it comes to the kitties up for adoption at the Sante D'Or Adoption Center in Los Angeles.

Wysaski made name tags for numerous cats, explaining their quirky "likes" and "dislikes" - with "likes" including cuddling and staring out the window and "dislikes" including "90's garage rock," "Badminton" and "the warlock's curse that transformed her into a cat."

Wysaski wrote on Facebook that he "stealthily left" the labels at the shelter, but clarified that "All these cats are real and need a home!"

While the shelter was appreciative of the gesture, staff members did have one minor quibble.

"Thanks for the shout out," Sante D'Or wrote in a Facebook comment under Wysaski's post. "Please stop by and see the cats in person. We'd love to chat. However, Obi is a huge fan of improv comedy..."

You can purrrrsue the name-tags below, and learn more about the cats up for adoption here."



















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