Happy TWO YEAR Anniversary to Seaside!

Today I got a notification telling me that it has been TWO YEARS since my post that I made on the official “soft launch” day of Seaside Home Veterinary Care, and I couldn’t believe it. How have two years passed already? This was just a little tiny idea in my head what feels like just yesterday! Now here we are, two years in, and THIS IS STILL A THING! It is amazing!

Here is the exact notification!

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And I have all of the wonderful clients, my family, and some incredible friends and mentors along the way to thank for helping me make it a reality. I am humbled, and excited, and just generally mind-blown by every single bit of it!

I just want to post a few images of the early days starting this adventure TWO YEARS AGO to commemorate and celebrate where we began, and what we have become!

And of course, it’s time for a GIVEAWAY as well, as promised! Check out Facebook and Instagram for details on that!

 In the beginning we had the idea to do pictures of pets in front of their doors, highlighting the home aspect of our services! We did a lot of these, if you look back at our early instagram!! However, it got too fun to do other cool things on Instagram so we've very much broken that mould now! The first one was with me and some of my pets (Toby the pug is my mom's dog, but the other babes are mine)!   Check out our Instagram @seasidehomeveterinarycare to see more of these style of pics!

In the beginning we had the idea to do pictures of pets in front of their doors, highlighting the home aspect of our services! We did a lot of these, if you look back at our early instagram!! However, it got too fun to do other cool things on Instagram so we've very much broken that mould now! The first one was with me and some of my pets (Toby the pug is my mom's dog, but the other babes are mine)! 

Check out our Instagram @seasidehomeveterinarycare to see more of these style of pics!

Fun fact! The actual concept for the logo was 100% thought up by Dr. Will Bell (my wonderful husband), but I basically YouTubed tutorials on Adobe Illustrator to design it myself and created my own logo!

Above there is an image of a photo we took of Mary (it has showed up a lot in our social media so it may be familiar!) to try to bring Will's concept to life, and also some images of my tumultuous journey with Adobe Illustrator to get to the final product on the far right!

 This is me being super excited when my phone case for the business phone with my logo arrived!!! Things were getting really real!

This is me being super excited when my phone case for the business phone with my logo arrived!!! Things were getting really real!

 This was the vehicle I had when we started the business, and I thought it was going to be so perfect with some tweaking! I was VERY wrong!! Haha We no longer have this truck which we affectionately referred to as "Franny the Frontier", but we either use our Subaru Forester or our Mazda 5, and with much bigger signage so that people can spot us more easily!  

This was the vehicle I had when we started the business, and I thought it was going to be so perfect with some tweaking! I was VERY wrong!! Haha We no longer have this truck which we affectionately referred to as "Franny the Frontier", but we either use our Subaru Forester or our Mazda 5, and with much bigger signage so that people can spot us more easily!  

 All set up at the SPCA Dog Jog down at Rockwood Park ready to spread the word about my new business! Was a GORGEOUS day and was a very exciting event for me to be a part of, since I LOVE THE SPCA!!! :)

All set up at the SPCA Dog Jog down at Rockwood Park ready to spread the word about my new business! Was a GORGEOUS day and was a very exciting event for me to be a part of, since I LOVE THE SPCA!!! :)

 Finally, here is me two years ago with my INSPIRATION to make this happen! I wanted to have more control over my life and my schedule so that I could enjoy my job, while also making lots of time for my number one priority - my family!

Finally, here is me two years ago with my INSPIRATION to make this happen! I wanted to have more control over my life and my schedule so that I could enjoy my job, while also making lots of time for my number one priority - my family!

Thank you thank you thank you to every single one of you for making these two years the best yet. Here's to many many more!!

Katie

Vaccinations: Core vs. Lifestyle

Hello Readers! 

Coming into warmer weather, we have a lot more people inquiring about vaccines: new pet owners, pet owners looking to get their babies up to date, and pet owners inquiring about vaccines that they do not yet know much about! 

I wanted to give a little rundown for you all of the different types of vaccines offered, and which are "core" vaccines, vs. "lifestyle" vaccines. 

Please leave a comment here, on our facebook page, or send us a message with any questions or comments you may have! 

Happy summer! 

Megan

 

Dogs: Core Vaccines

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First I will go into the "core" vaccines, which are Rabies and DA2PPV (often referred to as "Distemper" or "Distemper Parvo". These are the two core vaccines for dogs. Core vaccines are vaccinations which every dog should have, barring any health issues related to either vaccination. It is a provincial bylaw for dogs to be vaccinated for Rabies, and in order to licence your dog in Saint John, they are required to be up to date on their Distemper/Parvo, unless they have a written note from a veterinarian.  

Rabies:

This is a fatal viral disease that can infect all warm-blooded animals, including cats, dogs and humans. It affects the central nervous system, and often first reveals itself through significant changes in an animal's behaviour, including sudden restlessness, aggression and fear.

Recommended for ALL DOGS.

DA2PPV (Distemper, Adenovirus type 1 and 2, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus):

  • Distemper: Canine distemper is a systemic, very contagious, potentially fatal viral disease. It causes fever, runny nose, cough, and vomiting, progressing to twitching muscles or seizures. Can be carried by wild animals such as foxes, skunks, and racoons.
  • Adenovirus 1 & 2: Canine Adenovirus Type 1 (CAV-1) is responsible for the development of canine hepatitis, a contagious, potentially fatal disease that affects the liver and other body organs; CAV-2 causes canine infectious laryngotracheitis. Young dogs, less than one year of age, are particularly susceptible. Symptoms of CAV-1 infection include fever, anorexia, lethargy, “hepatitis blue eye”, vomiting, diarrhea and possibly neurological disorders.
  • Canine Parainfluenza: causes contagious respiratory disease and is involved in opportunistic canine infections. Together with several other viruses and bacteria, CPiV is one component of infectious canine tracheobronchitis, also known as “kennel cough”. The main clinical sign is a dry, hacking cough.

  • Parvovirus: Parvoviral enteritis is an acute, potentially fatal disease of the immune system and gastrointestinal tract primarily, but the virus can cause further multisystemic disease. Although dogs of all ages are susceptible, puppies are more at risk. Symptoms include vomiting, bloody diarrhea, fever and dehydration. Since these symptoms can indicate other diseases as well, the veterinarian will confirm a diagnosis of parvoviral infection by doing a thorough work-up including diagnostic blood work.

    DA2PPV is recommended for ALL DOGS

Dogs: Lifestyle Vaccines

 He may have drank a little bit of this water haha ! 

He may have drank a little bit of this water haha ! 

Now we will go a little bit into the "lifestyle" vaccines, meaning vaccinations that are more applicable to dogs with certain lifestyles! More and more these are getting closer to needing to be considered "core" due to the prevalence of these pathogens, and the very active and outdoorsy lifestyles many of our furry family members are leading!

Bordetella: also known as “kennel cough”. Most commonly caused by Bordetella bronchiseptica. This vaccination can be very important for puppies, especially if they are going to be interacting with other dogs. It is good for older dogs who have had/shown symptoms of Kennel Cough, or dogs who are commonly being kennelled, or visiting dog parks. 

Lyme disease: also known as Borreliosis, is caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, and is transmitted by the black-legged tick (deer tick). The disease can affect both animals and humans. Symptoms include fever, which may become chronic, along with other signs such as loss of appetite, lethargy and swollen lymph nodes. Abnormal neurological, cardiac, kidney, and reproductive symptoms can also occur. This vaccination would be a good idea for dogs who are commonly in long grass, wooded areas, or anywhere they may pick up ticks. If deer are plentiful in your area, we highly recommend having your dog on a veterinary grade flea and tick medication, and having them up to date on their lyme disease vaccination for safety. 

Leptospirosis: a contagious bacterial infection caused by organisms that can survive in stagnant surface water for extended periods. Animals and humans can become infected by ingesting contaminated feed or water. Symptoms include weakness, anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, lethargy and mild conjunctivitis in the early stage. Later stages of the disease are characterized by laboured breathing, increased thirst and urination, back pain, reluctance to move andA commonly encountered bacterial pathogen in the disease complex that often leads to clinical signs of respiratory disease in dogs. Jaundice, kidney and liver failure are the often fatal consequences of this disease. This vaccine is for your puddle-drinking dogs. Lepto is easy to prevent but very hard and extensive to treat. It is much easier to have your pup protected, then it is to treat them if they get it! 

Cats: Core Vaccines: 

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First we will again go into the "core" vaccines, which are Rabies and FVRCP (often referred to as "Distemper" or "Distemper Parvo". Core vaccines are vaccinations which every cat should have, barring any health issues related to either vaccination. It is a provincial bylaw for companion animals to be vaccinated for Rabies. FVRCP is highly recommended due to how susceptible cats are to upper respiratory diseases. 

Rabies: This is a fatal viral disease that can infect all warm-blooded animals, including cats, dogs and humans. It affects the central nervous system, and often first reveals itself through significant changes in an animal's behaviour, including sudden restlessness, aggression and fear. Spread by the bite of wild animals.

Recommended for ALL CATS.

FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis- Calicivirus- Panleukopenia):

  • Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis: a syndrome characterized by sneezing, runny nose, irritated eyes, and coughing.

  • Feline Calicivirus: infection typically presents with a runny nose and moderate sneezing, but the presence of other viruses and bacteria can increase its severity. Painful oral lesions are also a common symptom seen with calicivirus infection. This very contagious, dangerous disease primarily affects the gastrointestinal system, causing fever, loss of appetite, dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea, hypothermia, and, even death.

  • Feline Panleukopenia: caused by parvovirus, affects cats and kittens, though mortality is higher in younger cats. Cats become infected when they ingest the contaminated feces of an infected cat, either directly or indirectly.

Recommended for ALL CATS (even indoor cats)

Cats: Lifestyle Vaccine

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FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus): This virus is one of the most important causes of illness and death among cats, and is especially dangerous to young cats. It can cause cancer (lymphoma and leukemia) in infected cats, and contributes to other infectious diseases by suppressing the immune system and infecting the bone marrow. This vaccine is recommended for any cats that go outside, or may come in contact with outdoor cats, as it is spread through bodily fluids, including saliva. In our area, we are seeing quite an increase in this disease. It is highly recommended to have any cats who go outdoor to be vaccinated for this! 

There you have it folks! A little rundown on vaccination, which will hopefully answer any questions you may have :) But if you have any more questions, never hesitate to send us a message or give us a call!  

 He loves the outdoors <3 

He loves the outdoors <3 

Happy Grand Manan-Iversary! <3

Happy Victoria Day! I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday :) We are just popping in to announce the WINNERS of our Grand Manan-iversary giveaway, and also to share some words and photos about our Grand Manan love! So here are the winners, and read on for a bit of nostalgia from us!

From Instagram: @lobsterbrat (Candice Green)

From Facebook: Tiffany Ingalls

 CONGRATULATIONS!!! We will reach out to you, but in case we don't find you, please contact us to give us your contact information so that we can add you to the system and put your credit on file for whenever you want to use it! It does not expire, and you are welcome to gift it to someone if you want to at some point :)

Thank you all SO MUCH for joining in our celebrations and following us along on this journey to improving the availability of veterinary care!

Now on to some reminiscing:

I cannot believe it has been one year since we made the wonderful decision to start hitting the water once per month to go to one of my absolute favourite places – Grand Manan, NB. It has been a whirlwind, and we cannot say enough about how much we love going there. Not only do we love the place, but we love the people (and the pets of course!)

Numerous times while on the island we have been offered meals, snacks, warm drinks, cold drinks, (alcoholic drinks  haha), and even a place to lay our head if we were spending the night! But beyond all of that, we just always receive such a warm welcome into everyone’s homes.  And most importantly, we never stop appreciating you entrusting us with the care of your furry family members.

I just want to share with you some photos from some of our trips to Grand Manan over the last year. There are many many more photos, and many MANY more memories as well. Thank you all so much for your patronage. We hope we will be serving you for years to come <3

Katie, Will, and Megan - The Seaside Team

Heading on Over <3

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 Megan was, in fact, with me on this trip but didn't last too long outside, as the open water does make her a bit queasy - but she loves Grand Manan so much that she quite cheerfully endures it!

Megan was, in fact, with me on this trip but didn't last too long outside, as the open water does make her a bit queasy - but she loves Grand Manan so much that she quite cheerfully endures it!

 Checking out the other boat during the "two ferries" part of the season!

Checking out the other boat during the "two ferries" part of the season!

 One of our monthly Grand Manan reminder announcements!

One of our monthly Grand Manan reminder announcements!

Some of our beautiful patients <3

Just a few more of our favourite shots <3

 Sometimes we come to Grand Manan even when we aren't working :)

Sometimes we come to Grand Manan even when we aren't working :)

 Mary loves herself a good Whistle Road sunset!

Mary loves herself a good Whistle Road sunset!

 Heres to many many (many) more trips to Grand Manan for both work and fun (often at the same time!)

Heres to many many (many) more trips to Grand Manan for both work and fun (often at the same time!)

Why Continuing Education is Important!

Hey Guys! 

Just over a week ago I had the pleasure of attending the Atlantic Provinces Veterinary Conference, in Halifax!

 

It is always such an amazing experience, no matter where you go, to meet like minded people. We refer to these conferences as “continuing education” and today I want to talk to you a little bit about it, and why it is important, particularly in a field like veterinary medicine!

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Any medical field is always rapidly changing. There are always new techniques, and there is always new information. You’ve all heard it before: you never stop learning! The main goal of continuing education is to help everyone advance. It is important to continue to learn in order to become more effective, efficient, and connected.

 

At these conferences, veterinarians have a first hand opportunity to learn about new surgeries, treatments, technologies, and products that have entered the market. They also get to talk with many of their colleagues, and to pass on knowledge they acquire to other vets to help them become the best doctors they can be. Continuing education allows one space for everyone to get together, catch up, and share things they’ve learned. Guest speakers are usually specialists in their fields, and have so much to offer!

 

The conferences are not just for veterinarians, however! Technician lectures at conferences like the APVC often focus on techniques, diagnostics, and procedures technicians routinely perform. Having a strong team that can communicate well, and are all as advanced in their fields as possible, makes for a very happy workplace.

 

I attend APVC as a “tech,” so that I can attend lectures that may be beneficial to my career and my current position with Seaside Home Veterinary Care. Officially, I am an assistant, (shhh, don’t tell) and most of the lectures geared towards my credentials are focused on "front end” (i.e.: reception) staff, and practice management! This year I chose some lectures that were very fun and informative technician lectures (911, The 5 Most Common Emergencies, Otitis (Ear Infections) - Never Ending War Problems), but the most important ones I attended were about making connections with our clients, and how we can help the business become more cat friendly!

 

Starting with the communication information: the front end staff at a stationary clinic put up with a lot. They have stressed owners, stressed animals, and stressed vets and techs. In this profession it is IMPERATIVE that we never let an upset in OUR day, have any sort of effect on our client’s days! We all have basic communication skills, but we can always improve on how we form relationships with people. We care about our clients so much, and ensuring that at the end of the day they are happy with the service we provide for their pet is so so important. Some of the most important things I’ve picked up in communication lectures are based on knowing it is okay to say “I’m sorry.” Owning up to your mistakes is such an easy way to repair a relationship with someone. Honesty is the best policy, and there is never any shame in a good ole I’m sorry, as long as you mean it. And in the same vein: honesty is important. If clients have questions about their pets, their medications, their bills, we want them to know that they can always come to us! There are no dumb questions, and we will always be transparent with you.

 

Now onto the kitties!

 Some of my favourite lecturers added lions to jazz things up ;) Obviously I was hooked.&nbsp;

Some of my favourite lecturers added lions to jazz things up ;) Obviously I was hooked. 

 

Being a house call service, we see a lot of pets who can’t get out of the house for one reason or another. A little over half of our patients are cats, so we see quite a few kitties! There is a HUGE stigma surrounding cats, which I talked a little bit about in a previous blog post. (Things You Don’t Want to Ask Your Vet). Our goal is to help alleviate this stigma, and show the world that it is unfair to make a judgement based on an animal in the scariest times of their life! You all know I am a cat person, and love my boys more than anything in the world. But when it comes to doing Bensen’s anal glands... forget about it. Cats tend to be more independent than dogs, so we see a lot more reaction from them than the typical dog. The thing about animals we seem to struggle to remember is that they have no idea what is going on. Their reactions are based on pure emotion with no understanding of the situation they are in! Imagine if your doctor came in, grabbed you, weighed you without your permission, then jabbed you with a needle! It’s scary! Understanding that their reaction is based on how they are feeling is the key to eliminating the stigma surrounding cats. 

 

Every time I attend any sort of continuing education, I come back feeling full to the gills with knowledge and hoping I can help make some person or animal’s visit a little easier. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your lives a little easier, we’re always eager to learn 😍

 &nbsp;Enjoying my breaks on the Halifax Waterfront!&nbsp;

 Enjoying my breaks on the Halifax Waterfront!