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Kingsbrook Animal Hospital’s Top 5 Things To Remember When Traveling With Your Pet

There’s no place like home for the holidays! Traveling with your pets can be a very exciting adventure…especially during the winter months. When traveling with pets during this holiday season there are even more things to consider too!
Here are the TOP 5 TRAVEL TIPS for winter-wanderings with your four-legged family:

Having a first aid kit on hand with some basic supplies is a great idea while traveling.

1. PET EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
Anything can happen; especially when having to stop for frequent potty breaks. Having a small first aid kit for your pet that includes things like clean water, a bowl, extra leash, baby wipes to clean off paws, Neosporen-type ointment, gauze squares, paper towels, and tweezers can be helpful in the event of a small accident. Also the addresses and phone numbers for emergency
animal hospitals along your route in the case of a big accident can be very helpful, or at the very least, put your mind at ease.
2. DOCUMENTATION
Making sure you have a current Rabies Certificate and up to date vaccine certificate is very
helpful when crossing state lines; depending on where you are traveling to, an Interstate Health
Certificate or an International Health Certificate may be needed. Certain pet-friendly hotels will
want documents like the Rabies Certificate as well to make sure they are allowing vaccinated
fur-guests into the rooms. Plus in the event that a stop at a vets office is necessary during your
trip, you can present them with Fido’s vaccine history.
3. CRATE OR SEAT BELT

KAH CSR Kelly’s sweet Wyatt loves to ride in the car! Use a seatbelt or tether to keep pets safely anchored in the backseat.

Having your pet sit on your lap or ride ‘shotgun’ with you may seem like a good idea, but slippery conditions can be unpredictable due to the weather changing so quickly during this time of year. Having your pet secure in the car is the best option for their safety (and yours)! A kennel, carrier or pet-specific seat belt is a great way to make sure that they don’t go flying in the event of a car accident or sudden stop.
4. ‘BUSY’ PRODUCTS
Providing toys, chews or treats is a great way to make sure your furry family member is occupied during long trips. Making things like a Kong Pupsicle is a great way to keep Rover busy for a while! (soak their kibble in water, smush it into a Kong toy then freeze- VOILA!). You may want to avoid things like stuffed animals that can be destroyed and ingested since you’ll be driving and unable to keep a continuous eye on them.
5. THE ‘USUAL’
Having your pets everyday items are a must for traveling with them. Food and
water bowls, daily medications, food, collar/harness, leash and ID tags are an
absolute must. Having extra bowls, leashes and collars are a really good idea to
have ‘just-in-case’. Absorbent towels and plastic bags are a staple item during the
winter time- nothings worse than a wet dog and 8 more hours to drive!

Kingsbrook Animal Hospital in Frederick, MD, Celebrates National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

November 6th through 12th is National Animal Shelter Appreciation week!  KAH has a great partnership with Frederick County Animal Control (FCAC), which runs a wonderful animal shelter. Many of our most loving and grateful patients here at KAH are rescues from FCAC. However, there are still lots of animals at FCAC waiting patiently for a new family- many of them are senior pets.

FCAC is located at 1832 Rosemont Avenue in Frederick. You can also visit their website at: https://frederickcountymd.gov/15/Animal-Control.  FCAC not only helps care for animals in need of homes, but also helps to educate the public about laws involving animals and issues in our area that may affect our pets. FCAC offers many great resources for pet owners including a library on animal behavior, assistance finding lost or missing pets, a pet food bank for pet owners who cannot afford food for their furry family members, and even quarterly rabies/microchip clinics.

KAH's 2016 Vet Academy students at FCAC

KAH’s 2016 Vet Academy students at FCAC

In early October, Kingsbrook Animal Hospital’s Vet Academy met at FCAC to discuss adopting pets, the importance of spaying/neutering, and shelter medicine. At FCAC, KAH’s Vet Academy students learned that shelter medicine concentrates on keeping animals in shelters healthy and happy by preventing and controlling infectious diseases such as kennel cough. Our Vet Academy students were also given a behind-the-scenes tour of the shelter. Afterwards, they took a few moments to express their appreciation for all of the hard work that everyone at FCAC puts in each day!

To honor National Animal Shelter Appreciation week, the staff of Kingsbrook Animal Hospital donated $500.00 of pet food to Frederick County Animal Control. This contribution will help ensure that all of FCAC’s “guests” have plenty to eat while they’re waiting for their new forever families. The funds for the donation came from KAH’s Kylie and Cricket Memorial Fund, a nonprofit fundraising organization that helps Kingsbrook Animal Hospital give back to the community. You can check out the Kylie & Cricket blog page at http://kylieandcricketmemorialfund.blogspot.com/.

KAH employees Tiki and Julie showcasing our $500 food donation!

KAH employees Tiki and Julie showcasing our $500 food donation!

To learn more about Frederick County Animal Control, or to make a contribution, refer to the FCAC website at https://frederickcountymd.gov/15/Animal-Control.  Another great organization KAH has worked with in the past is the Animal Welfare League of Frederick: Click here to visit their website!

Fall In Love With Kingsbrook Animal Hospital: Meet Our Client Service Representatives!

Here at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital in Frederick, MD, we have a wonderful team of Client Service Representatives! Our CSRs take on so many tasks for us every day, from scheduling appointments to creating social media posts, from giving directions to impromptu pet photography.  We’re really proud of all of the work our CSRs do, so we’d love to take the opportunity to introduce each of our current Client Service Reps during the first week of our Fall in Love With KAH event.

 

Tiffany with patient Maia

 

Tiffany K— Tiffany has been working at KAH since May of 2015. One of her favorite things about Kingsbrook Animal Hospital is that the doctors at KAH really enjoy their work, and that every single staff member is focused on providing great client care.

 

 

Kelly with an adorable boxer puppy

Kelly with an adorable boxer puppy

Kelly— Kelly’s favorite aspect of KAH is her coworkers; “They’re not just fellow employees, they’re friends and even like a second family,” she says. Kelly has been with Kingsbrook since January of 2007.

 

 

 

Elizabeth with Schooner

Elizabeth with patient Schooner

Elizabeth—Elizabeth is one of our newer team members, having started employment with us in April of 2016. Elizabeth loves KAH because of the chance to interact with the clients we’ve built a good relationship with already, and the chance to see the joy on the face of new pet parents when they bring their puppy/kitten/baby bunny in for the first visit.

 

 

Justin with Kingsbrook's own Mo!

Justin with Kingsbrook’s own Mo!

 

Justin—Also a new addition to the KAH team, Justin says the best thing about working at KAH is “The constant opportunities for learning, from the other staff members and even from our awesome clients.” Justin has been part of the team since July 2016.

 

 

 

Maureen with patient Dixie Rae

Maureen with patient Dixie Rae

 

Maureen—Maureen has worked at Kingsbrook since June 2014. Being able to work with people who really love animals, and the fact that KAH is invested in learning and sharing knowledge, are Maureen’s favorite things about working at our hospital.

 

 

Kirsten with patient Newman

Kirsten with patient Newman

Kirsten—Kirsten just joined the Kingsbrook team in September 2016! So far, her favorite thing about the hospital is the Comfort room. “I’ve been at a dozen different vet clinics, and I haven’t seen anything like it before. It’s really nice that we have a setting that isn’t just an exam room.”

 

 

We hope you enjoyed meeting part of our team! Stay tuned for new introductions each week. Next week, we’ll introduce KAH’s wonderful Veterinary Assistants!

 

Laser Therapy at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital

Veterinary medicine is a field that’s constantly changing and evolving; there are new medicines and treatments available for our pets almost every day. Here at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital in Frederick, one advance that we were quick to embrace was a therapy laser.

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Veterinary Assistants Rush and Abby perform laser therapy on Penelope’s surgical incision

Laser therapy uses specific wavelengths of light to treat pain. The therapy laser has a handpiece that directs the light and focuses it on the area that’s being treated. Laser therapy can be used for almost any kind of pain—a veterinarian may prescribe laser therapy for chronic joint pain (such as arthritis or hip dysplasia), for post-surgical pain (like a cruciate repair), or for wound care. It can even be used on gum tissue after oral surgery, or to treat pain associated with ear infections! New uses for laser therapy are being discovered all the time.

 

One of the best things about laser therapy is that it’s a non-invasive, easy way to treat our furry friends. Treatments are usually very quick (anywhere from 3-5 minutes total) and can be accompanied by lots of petting and treats. It can be used in conjunction with many medications and is painless as well as stress-free. At Kingsbrook Animal Hospital, therapy is usually started with three treatments the first week, two treatments the second week, and one last treatment in week three before the veterinarian assesses how the laser therapy is helping.

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Veterinary Assistant Heather takes a moment to pose with Priscilla before starting treatment

Only a few veterinarians in Frederick have a therapy laser, but the number is growing. Is laser therapy right for your animal companion? Ask your veterinarian, at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital, to find out more about this great new option for treating pain in pets!

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Veterinary Technician Sam cuddles Gideon during his laser therapy!

Crafting with KAH: Make your own doggie ‘Potty Bell’ in Frederick, MD

Kingsbrook Animal Hospital’s DIY “Potty Bell” for dogs!

Even if you don’t live in Frederick, MD- this is a great idea to help with training your dog!

Materials needed:

Ribbon

Bells

‘D’ ring (or key ring)

Scissors

Lighter

Hot glue gun

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Step 1. Tie a loop around your doorknob and “measure” how big the loop needs to be and how long.

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Step 2. Cut the ribbon a little longer than the desired length (this gives you room to tie on the bells later).

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Step 3. Singe the end of your ribbon with a lighter to prevent fraying.
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Step 4. Slide the bells onto the D-ring or Key ring.

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Step 5. Tie the end of the ribbon (opposite side of doorknob loop) onto the D-ring or Key-ring.

 

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Step 6. Tie a bow onto the unfinished knots, cut and singe ends.

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Step 7. Re-enforce the bow by placing a small amount of hot glue under the bow’s knot.

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Step 8. Tie a bow to loop around door knob.

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Step 9: Hang on your door and introduce to your pup!

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*For tips on how to teach your dog to use the ‘Potty Bell,’ call us at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital 301-631-6900.

Remember- we love to see your final projects! Share your pictures with your favorite veterinarian- Kingsbrook Animal Hospital!

 

Crafting with KAH: Make a Paw Print Picture Frame in Frederick, MD

                Kingsbrook Animal Hospital’s DYI Paw print picture frame for dogs or cats!

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Wooden frame

Paint brush

2 different colors of paint

paint pen

dog

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Step 1…

Paint the wooden frame with one of your chosen colors & wait for the the first coat to dry. Repeat if necessary.

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Paint your dogs paw pads ( I decided to do this outside )

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Stop! selfie time!

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Place your dogs paw print on the frame itself.

Hint- lift your dog’s paw slowly so not to smear the paw print.

(Remember to wash the paint from your dog’s paw once this step is complete.)

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Use the paint pen to write your dog’s name on the frame above the paw print.

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Place a picture of your of dog in your frame & enjoy!

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Kingsbrook Animal Hospital approved Dog Biscuit Recipe!

Homemade Dog Biscuits


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2 tablespoons plain applesauce

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 egg

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup rolled oats

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.


Mix applesauce, peanut butter, and egg together. Once combined, add flour, baking powder and oats.

IMG_7764Place dough onto a flour-dusted workspace and using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Using a cookie cutter, cut out treats and place on a baking sheet.

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Bake for 15-20 minutes until edges are golden brown.

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Remove from oven. Cool on pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.


Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

RVTs Samantha and Lainey with a fresh batch!

RVTs Samantha and Lainey with a fresh batch!

Click HERE to see the Kingsbrook crew using this recipe!


Crafting with KAH: Build your own cat hideout in Frederick, MD

Kingsbrook Animal Hospital’s DIY Cat Hideout!

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Indoor cats benefit greatly from enrichment items, especially cat hideouts! It gives them an acceptable area to stretch their claws and provides a hiding spot for napping and/or playing. Kingsbrook RVT, Julie, has 2 cats and here is a picture of one of their well used cat hideouts. As you can see, it was time for a replacement and an upgrade! Here is step by step how Julie and her Dad built a new, bigger and even more cat-friendly cat hide out!

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First- gather materials!

(Most of the materials can be found at any local Frederick hardware store.)

-Concrete tube form, 3/4 pine board, 2×4, screws, carpet, hemp rope, contact cement, recycled satellite dish
(Having a Dad or friend with some tools will make this project much easier!)

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Using concrete tube form, trace the arch for internal perches onto the 3/4 pine board. Cut out with a scroll saw.

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Stagger your perches inside the concrete tube form. Secure them with drywall screws.

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Measure and cut out scrap carpet. Attach with contact cement. **This part is very smelly!  Allow to dry for several days to help the smell to dissipate.IMG_7401

Measure and cut out opening in the satellite dish. Attach the dish to the concrete form tube with drywall screws.
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Cut out cat doors with a scroll saw.
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Measure and cut carpet scraps to fit around the concrete tube form.

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Using liquid nails in a caulking gun, glue the hemp rope around the cylinder.

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After glue is dry and oder has dissipated, present the cat hide out to your buddies!

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Tip: There is no wrong way to build a cat hide out! Have fun with it 🙂

And remember to send pictures of your finished project to your favorite veterinarian- Kingsbrook Animal Hospital!

Badger the Whippet and his Fight for Life

We all know blood donation saves lives. Three of my dogs have been donors for the Blue Ridge Veterinary Blood Bank for several years. Even though they love it for the peanut butter and snuggles, I have seen blood donation first hand and what it can do.

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Badger, too sick to stand, at the hospital waiting for his blood transfusion.

His name is Badger. A cute 2 year old whippet who one day was not acting like his normal bubbly self. He became more and more lethargic and we noticed his gums were pale. After a visit with his veterinarian, we soon learned that Badger had Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia or IMHA. IMHA is a disease where the immune system attacks the red blood cells causing anemia. One way to assess the amount of red blood cells in the body is to run a blood test called a PCV or packed cell volume. A healthy dog will have a PCV between 35-55%. Although, he was immediately put on medications, Badger’s PCV fell to 13%. His only chance to survive was a blood transfusion. I remember the day we took him to the hospital to receive his transfusion. He was barely able to walk and his gums were white. He was so depressed. It was difficult to see him so sick.

Two days later, we were able to pick him up from the veterinary hospital. What a difference the blood transfusion had made! He was brighter and even able to trot out of the veterinary office much more like his usual self. Like most dogs with IMHA, we do not know why he developed the disease. With oral medications he is now able to live a normal life.

Badger on the day he went to his forever home!

Badger on the day he went to his forever home!

A few months after his blood transfusion, Badger found his forever home. He currently lives with 2 other whippets and is a normal healthy happy dog… all thanks to a canine blood donor.

When my dogs donate blood every 6-8 weeks, I think of Badger- a sweet little whippet who was given a second chance at life.

-Julie Fulghum, RVT at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital

Click HERE for more information on how your dog can be a life saver to dogs like Badger.

 

 

 

Badger today!-

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Badger relaxing with his family.

 

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Cuddling with his new brother.

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Merry Christmas Badger!

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Badger the whippet.