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Am I Smarter Than an Eel?

Am I Smarter than an Eel?

By Dr. Anndrea Hatcher

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Apparently not.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Last month I wrote about setting up a 90 gallon salt water aquarium. I put live rock and live sand in the tank and let things percolate for a couple of weeks while I learned basic salt water tank maintenance. Once a week, using a salt…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on March 16, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Saltwater aquariums can be a challenge, but worth it

Getting my Toes Wet

By Dr. Anndrea Hatcher

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

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For years I’ve wanted to try my hand at a saltwater aquarium. But student loans, babies, and a slanting 200 year old floor prevented me from attempting this challenge until now. My new veterinary clinic has a level concrete slab floor, ideal for a heavy aquarium. I’m at work so much anyway,…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on February 17, 2012 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Does my Dog Need Prozac?

Does my Dog Need Prozac®?

By Dr. Anndrea Hatcher

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

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Does this sound familiar? You come home from a long day at work and open the door into a blizzard. You blink and realize that the inside of your home is actually blanketed with upholstery stuffing. Your Rat Terrier, VelcroBoy, leaps up from the remains of your couch and greats you…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on January 24, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Your Dog isn't Winking at You Because he Likes You

By Dr. Anndrea Hatcher

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

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….. although if he manages to wolf whistle, you might have to wonder. Sorry, but eye disease just lens itself to low brow humor. As a pupil in veterinary school, I thought ophthalmology had such interesting sounding terminology, but I’ll try to stay focused on the topic at hand. (You just have to keep a sense of vitreous…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on December 21, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

What you need to know about sled dogs

By Dr. Anndrea Hatcher

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

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In 1925, 20 men and 150 sled dogs raced across the Alaskan territory over five and a half days to deliver life-saving antitoxin to the town of Nome that was suffering from a diphtheria epidemic. This was just prior to the advent of reliable aircraft and snowmobiles, making sled dogs the major method of transportation and…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on November 21, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Thinking Outside of the Litter Box Part 3

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In Part 1 of this article, I talked about the medical conditions that can cause cats to urinate outside of the litter box. In Part 2, I talked about preventative measures cat owners can take to help prevent the behavioral issues that can cause cats to urinate outside of the litter box. What can you do if you’ve got a cat who is urinating outside of the litter box, your veterinarian has…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on October 25, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Thinking Outside of the Litter Box Part 2

Thinking Outside of the Litter Box

Part 2





By Dr. Anndrea Hatcher

Olive Branch Park Veterinary Clinic

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Last month, in the first part of this article, I talked about the medical problems that can cause cats to urinate outside of the litter box. If your veterinarian has already eliminated a medical cause as the problem, what is left is…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on October 25, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Thinking Outside of the Litter Box: Part 1

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One of the most frequent reasons given when owners relinquish cats to animal shelters or ask that a non-elderly cat be put to sleep is that the cat is “peeing all over the house.” This is…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on August 26, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Ferreting out Information on Ferrets

Ferreting out Information on Ferrets



By Dr. Anndrea Hatcher

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

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The word “ferret” comes from the Latin word “furittus” which meant “little thief.” With its masked face and propensity to steal small things, it is easy to see how this cute, curious pet got its name.



Ferrets are domesticated animals and make good…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on July 26, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Bringing the Exotic Savannah to Indiana

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Internet search engines appear to think that hybrid cats should be powered by electricity instead of cat chow.

However, hybrid animals are created by breeding animals of different…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on May 25, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Pet Rabbit Doesn't Have to be a Hare-raising Experience

Pet Rabbit doesn’t have to be a Hare-raising Experience



By Dr. Anndrea Kapke

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Spring and Easter bring to mind flowers, eggs, chicks, and bunnies. If you are considering making the Easter Bunny a permanent house guest, here is some information to help you negotiate the briar patch of rabbit care.

Rabbits will live from 5 to 12 years. Adult rabbits range in…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on April 27, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Can You Hear that Smell?

Can You Hear that Smell?



By Dr. Anndrea Kapke

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Think Fido is willfully ignoring you as you stand shivering in the pouring rain calling his name, imploring him to finish his business so you can both go inside where it is nice and warm and dry?

Maybe he actually can’t hear you.

Have you looked in his ears lately?

Pets don’t always let us know when…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on February 22, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

What if you never brushed your teeth?

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Imagine if you never brushed your teeth your whole life? Yuck. Dogs and cats don’t. And considering some of the things they eat? Double yuck.



But, you point…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on January 21, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Slow and Steady Wins the Race



By Dr. Anndrea Kapke

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A distressed tortoise crawled into a police station.

“Officer! I was just robbed by a violent gang of snails!”

“OK, calm down,” said the officer, “and tell me everything that happened.”

“I’ll try, “said the tortoise, “but it all happened so fast!”

Strictly speaking, tortoises are land turtles…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on November 27, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Neither Pigs, Nor From Guinea

Neither Pigs, Nor From Guinea

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The time honored tradition of the classroom pet is remembered fondly by many of us. A classroom pet is an opportunity for children who don’t have a pet at home to interact with an animal and learn about the responsibility required to care for one. But any elementary school teacher can tell you that a pet in classroom…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on November 9, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Linebackers and Ligaments

Linebackers and Ligaments



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You may have heard of the common football player’s injury of “blowing your knee out.” It is also called an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture. This injury happens to dogs and cats too, but it is called a cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) rupture in animals.

Lou is a one year old Bulldog whose breed physique…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on November 9, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

A Hug to Die For

A Hug to Die For

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A boa constrictor is a cold blooded killer: a nonpoisonous carnivorous snake. Snakes are reptiles which can’t control their body temperature by creating heat themselves like we mammals do. They rely upon their environment for their body temperature. This must be taken into consideration when caring for one as a pet.

As the name…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on August 22, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

A Heart Full of Spaghetti

A Heart Full of Spaghetti



By Dr. Anndrea Kapke

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In veterinary school, I had a pathology professor who told us never to describe disease processes using food terms. But I can’t help it; heartworm disease doesn’t look like anything other than a heart full of spaghetti. I hope you weren’t planning to have pasta tonight.

Heartworm disease most commonly affects dogs.…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on July 31, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Betta: The Alpha Male Fish

Betta: The Alpha Male Fish



By Dr. Anndrea Kapke

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

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I’ve always thought of Betta Vases as being a kind of Feng Shui method of bringing life into a small office. You have probably seen them: clear vases topped with a plant, containing a brightly colored fish with flowing fan-like fins. I’m great with animals: with plants, not…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on June 20, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs

By Dr. Anndrea Kapke

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

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The renowned psychologist, Sigmund Freud, drew attention to the Hedgehog’s Dilemma. A group of hedgehogs wanted to crowd together for warmth, but they kept inadvertently poking each other with their prickly quills. Freud compared this to the perils of human interaction: that despite good…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on May 22, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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