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Feline Leukemia:Deep Cover Spy

Feline Leukemia: Deep Cover Spy

By Dr. Anndrea Kapke

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

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Feline Leukemia is a viral disease of cats. It isn’t contagious to dogs or humans.

If a cat is exposed to the Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV), he has three options.

1. If he’s lucky, he will clear the virus and be fine.

2. He will stay sick and have the virus in his…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on April 17, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Diabetes for Dummies

Diabetes for Dummies



By Dr. Anndrea Kapke

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

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I’m a fan of series like The Complete Idiots Guide to Brain Surgery or Rocket Science for Dummies. Diabetes is a complicated disease that can not only afflict humans, but dogs and cats too. I learned about diabetes from our furry friends’ point of view in veterinary school, and…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on March 22, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Do You Look Like Your Pet?



Do You Look Like Your Pet?

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on February 21, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

The Ewoks of the Dog World

The Ewoks of the Dog World



By Dr. Anndrea Kapke

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

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Yorkshire Terriers are those little dogs that look like Star Wars Ewoks that you see peeking out of ladies’ purses. Yorkies have long, straight, glossy hair coats that are described as blue and tan (grey or black and tan for us non-dog-show types.) The Yorkshire Terrier breed…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on January 25, 2010 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Turn Off That Garden Hose!

Turn Off That Garden Hose!



By Dr. Anndrea Kapke

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

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Despite the way we may treat them, dogs are not little people in fur coats. For example, their reproductive systems are different than ours. Our veterinary clinic frequently fields phone calls from panicked owners of intact female dogs they find literally stuck to a…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on January 1, 2010 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

A New Leash on Life

A New Leash on Life



Published in the Southside Times 9/2009

By Dr. Anndrea Kapke

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

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Our first retired racing Greyhound was named Cat-su-fast. We called her Fast. When we moved into our first house, one of our neighbors came to our backyard fence and introduced himself. He asked if our dog was a retired racing…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on November 29, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

An Insider's Guide to How to Shop for a Veterinarian

An Insider’s Guide to How to Shop for a Veterinarian

Published in Southside Times 11/19/09



By Dr. Anndrea Kapke

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

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This should probably start out with a well enunciated rapid fire voice-over stating, “I am a veterinarian and owner of a local veterinary clinic so anything I say should be taken with a grain of flea…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on November 29, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

So You Want to be a Veterinarian When You Grow Up?

So You Want to be a Veterinarian When You Grow Up?

Published in Southside Times 7/30/2009



By Dr. Anndrea Kapke

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

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You love animals, so you want to be a veterinarian. How do you start achieving that goal? The first thing you should do is shadow or volunteer at a veterinary clinic to learn what it is really like to be a…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on November 29, 2009 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Dorkie, Anyone?

Dorkie, Anyone?

Published in Southside Times 5/28/2009



By Dr. Anndrea Kapke

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

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What do you get when you breed a Dachshund and a Yorkie? A Dorkie.

Traditionally, domestic dogs were divided into two catagories; pure breeds or mixed breeds. But a recent trend has created a new subdivision within the…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on November 29, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

All In a Day's Work

All in a Day’s Work



By Dr. Anndrea Kapke

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

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It didn’t take me long after graduation from veterinary school to learn that there was a lot to every day work as a general practice veterinarian that they didn’t teach me in the ivory tower of academia. My classmates and I graduated fully competent to diagnose and treat…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on November 29, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Did My Kid Get Pinworms From My Dog?

Did My Kid Get Pinworms From My Dog?



By Dr. Anndrea Kapke

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

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Nope.

That isn’t to say that your dog may not be carrying something else that could infect your child, but pinworms aren’t one of them. Pinworms are human parasites. They don’t infect dogs and cats. So if your child gets pinworms, he or she got them…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on November 29, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Why Should I Vaccinate my Indoor Cat Against Rabies?

Why Should I Vaccinate my Indoor Cat Against Rabies?

Published in The Southside Times 3/12/09



By Dr. Anndrea Kapke

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

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Two reasons. 1. It’s state law and 2. bats.

Indiana law (345 IAC 1-5-2) states “All dogs, cats and ferrets three (3) months of age and older must be vaccinated against rabies.” Why do…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on October 2, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Bald, smelly, mutated-she'll fit right in

Bald, Smelly, Mutated-She’ll Fit Right In

Published in The Southside Times 2/5/09



By Dr. Anndrea Kapke

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

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Our kids have the luck of having two veterinarians for parents. They share our household with an ever evolving, unique, zoo of pets. We feel like the Kapke Home for Inbred Pure Bred Pets. The diseases…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on October 2, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

You Want What Kind of Shot?



You Want What Kind of Shot?

Published in Southside Times 1/09



By Dr. Anndrea Kapke

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

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“I want one of them bordello shots.”

I was two years out of veterinary school and getting pretty used to the whole veterinary thing, but was still green enough to have to ask a veterinary assistant what the…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on October 2, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Let Slip the Dogs of War

By Dr. Anndrea Kapke

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

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Have you ever seen a huge dog the size of a small pony? Some of the more common giant dog breeds are Mastiffs, Great Danes, Saint Bernards, Newfoundlands and Irish Wolfhounds. All these breeds are tall, but Mastiffs and Newfoundlands tend to lead in the sheer mass category.

Mastiffs are an ancient…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on September 27, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Sweet But Deadly

Sweet But Deadly



By Dr. Anndrea Kapke

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

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The Cox family came home one day to find their family dog, Copper, had collapsed. Copper was a five year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

“He was limp when we took him to the vet,” Derek Cox said. He, his wife Renee and their seventeen year old triplets Kevin,…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on September 27, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

The Difference Between Life and Death-Pet Insurance

The Difference Between Life and Death

By Dr. Anndrea Kapke

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

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Humans have a bewildering array of types of insurance available. Health insurance, life insurance, car insurance, home owners insurance….but do you have pet insurance? Pet insurance is a relatively new phenomenon which arose from the strengthening of the human-animal…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on September 27, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Both Sides of the Fence

Both Sides of the Fence



By Dr. Anndrea Kapke

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

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It seems to me that most people are on one side of the fence or the other when it comes to canine reproduction. Either you are a dog breeder and want it to occur or you are one of the rest of us and don’t. Since the majority of us fall into the category of…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on September 20, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Any Questions?

Any Questions?



By Dr. Anndrea Kapke

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

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Veterinary medicine can be a risky profession. On a daily basis, veterinarians face snarling Rottweilers, spitting Siamese cats, and cows that kick. You’d think veterinarians would be a pretty brave bunch, wouldn’t you? But one thing that makes veterinarians shake in their…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on September 20, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Towel Dogs

Towel Dogs



By Dr. Anndrea Kapke

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

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Drop a brown towel on the floor and you’ve got a Shar-pei. Shar-peis are the dogs whose wrinkles have wrinkles. Shar-pei puppies are irresistibly cute. They seem to have been born with the adult amount of skin. They actually do grow into that extra skin somewhat.…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on September 20, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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