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What to do when you find an injured bird or mammal


Here at SeaPort Vet, it’s not unusual for clients or passers-by to bring in injured wildlife. We are able to save or place many of those animals with local rehabilitators. It’s a team effort helping with these critters, so knowing how to help is important.

Recommendations regarding the handling of injured wildlife vary depending on where you live. Good guidelines for residents of Massachusetts can be found on the Wildlife Rehabilitators’ Association of Massachusetts website at http://www.wraminc.org/index.html.

For birds, the guidelines are based on whether or not the bird is injured, and if it already has feathers. For mammals, the guidelines focus on the presence of injuries and the ability to identify the animal’s den.

Please remember that you can easily be injured by wild animals, so never put yourself in harms way. Birds can do a lot of damage with their beaks and feet, and mammals can bite or scratch. Many species of mammals can carry rabies which is fatal to humans, so always consider contacting the appropriate resources before intervening directly.

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raycahill

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December 29th, 2012

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An Important Tip When Reading Pet Food Labels


With all the pet foods on the market, it can be difficult to know which one to feed your critters. There are brand, flavor and ingredient considerations, but then there’s your pet’s response to what you’re feeding. Ultimately, pets respond differently to different commercial diets, and some actually do best on more basic pet foods.

One important detail to look for on any pet food label is the AAFCO statement. The Association of American Feed Control Officials is a non-profit organization that sets the quality and safety standards, and establishes standard ingredient definitions and minimal nutritional requirements for animal feed and pet food in the U.S. When a manufacturer makes a pet food, it usually follows the AAFCO ingredient list and therefore can put the following claim on the bag or can: “…formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Food Nutrient Profiles.”

However, diets that have this claim were not fed to animals prior to being marketed, so their safety and efficacy were not established prior to hitting the store shelves. This can be disconcerting, so manufacturers that go through the effort of actually conducting feeding trials prior to selling a product to the public allows them to make a more substantial AAFCO claim on their label that documents that the food is truly complete and balanced: “Animal feeding tests using AAFCO procedures substantiate that [name of diet] provides complete and balanced nutrition...”

This doesn’t mean that foods lacking the AAFCO feeding trial claims are unsafe foods. But it does show the manufacturer’s level of commitment to the product, and that’s certainly something to make note of.

Let us know if you have questions about your pet’s food, and learn more at www.aafco.org.

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raycahill

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May 29th, 2012

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Our secret weapon against rising pharmacy costs . . .


If you’ve been to our hospital, you’ve undoubtedly met Erin. She’s been a vet tech for well over a decade, and she hates this picture, not to mention the fact that I’m blogging about her! (That’s her sweet dog Nakoma next to her.)

That notwithstanding, Erin has been charged with the task of keeping our inventory up to date and at an affordable price for our clients. She makes it look easy, but when I see how much research she routinely does to make sure we’re getting the best prices on our pharmacy items, I’m repeatedly impressed.

For example, just yesterday, Erin let me know that she found a compounding pharmacy that will formulate special eye medications that we commonly use for half the price we were routinely paying. I then had the pleasure of adjusting down the price on those items. After all, who doesn’t want to save nine bucks on a tube of eye ointment?!

Erin and the rest of us will continue to look for ways to keep trips to our hospital less expensive than they have to be. And in this world of ever increasing medication prices, every bit helps.

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raycahill

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April 5th, 2012

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