From an early age, we’re taught regular habits to maintain healthy teeth and gums. What you might not know as a pet owner is the big role dental hygiene also plays in your cat or dog’s overall health. Although February is National Pet Dental Health Month, at CHFA and BVAC we stress the importance of caring for your pet’s teeth all year long.
Taking a cat for a car ride is, for some owners, a necessary evil. For cats the trip can be stressful to the point of traumatizing; it’s not exactly a picnic for the owner either. Unlike dogs, cats like familiarity and staying in the same territory. They’re also more likely to associate the sights and sounds of a car ride with an unpleasant past experience in a vehicle. According to Dr. Justine Rasche of Cascade Hospital for Animals and Breton Village Animal Clinic, “Cats feel stressed when their routine changes because they no longer feel safe and confident in their surroundings.”
The end of the year is a hectic time no matter who you are! Scrambling for last minute gifts, decorating the house, putting on a memorable holiday feast for guests—all holiday stressors we humans face. But what about our cats and dogs? Remember, if your household is experiencing lots of holiday-related changes, so are your pets! Dr. Bianca Buffa of Cascade Hospital for Animals and Breton Village Animal Clinic shares some common dangers that might land your pet in one of our clinics for the holiday…and how to avoid them.
The first time you hear your dog “reverse sneeze,” you might be a little alarmed. It’s hard to describe the sound to someone who isn’t familiar, but many who have witnessed it say it’s an aptly-named condition: it sounds like the dog is sneezing inward.
After 44 years in the veterinary field, Dr. Richard Siegle is looking toward retirement. To his clients, the process has already been set in motion, but as an owner of the clinics, he has a lot of work ahead of him to make sure there’s a smooth transition to the next generation of management. As he put it himself: “It’s not as if I’m walking out the door anytime soon.”
Keeping a large veterinary staff across two clinics running smoothly takes effort and patience...and it’s no one-person job! For many years, Dr. Steve McBride has been Medical Director of Cascade Hospital for Animals and Breton Village Animal Clinic, overseeing the clinics’ overall medical function. It’s his job to evaluate the options when it comes to, for example, purchasing surgical equipment or establishing a vaccine protocol. He establishes standards that guide how our staff practices veterinary medicine.
For CHFA client Mary Anne, when a sudden emergency threatened the life of her five-and-a-half-year-old Bernedoodle Rocky, it was all a matter of good timing and making the right call.
There’s no question that over the past 17 months the way we’ve provided our services has seen some changes. In addition to the evolving curbside service and masking protocols we experienced since March of 2020, making appointments has also been a little different from normal. While our team has been able to successfully weather the challenges brought on by these unprecedented times and still provide the same high level of care we always have, it’s difficult to deny the facts. Our hospital has been experiencing what veterinarians all over the country have been experiencing: a record-breaking level of business compounded by a lack of staff and other pressures related to the pandemic. As Dr. Siegle said in a recent interview with Fox 17 news, “It’s been relentless!”
At times, the heat of a West Michigan summer day can be overwhelming—and when it’s too much for us, it’s important to remember that it’s also too much for our dogs! Dr. Becky Schaffer shared some insights and advice for getting the most out of summer while keeping your dog safe and comfortable.
Cascade Hospital for Animals and Breton Village Animal Clinic are pleased to announce that Clayton Siegle, DVM, joined our staff on July 12. As the grandson of CHFA’s founder and the son of one of its current owners, Clayton is proud to carry on the family legacy, but the decision to go into the veterinary field was entirely his own.