Clare Ahalt Photography provided Jefferson Veterinary Hospital with some beautiful pet portraits for the new animal hospital! Our veterinarian, Dr. Ahalt, and a few friends helped to install them over this weekend! We hope that you enjoy these portraits as much as we do - we think that it makes the veterinary hospital look a little less clinical and more warm and welcoming for our clients and patients!
The pet of the week this week is Jefferson Veterinary Hospital veterinarian, Dr. Ahalt's dog, Chug! Chug is a samoyed, which is a high energy breed, intelligent breed of dog and a member of the spitz family. Samoyeds were bred to pull sleds, but had to have a good temperament and were often considered extended members of the family. Samoyeds are famous not only for their beautiful full white coats of fur, but the sammy smile, a natural expression that looks like the dog is sat happily smiling.
As this is a high energy breed, they require a lot of exercise, and their intelligence means that they also need to have things to stay occupied. As with most breeds, a bored samoyed is a destructive samoyed, and they will entertain themselves by chewing up whatever might be nearby. Negative aspects of the breed include a penchant for landscaping, which verges on borderline excavation. Their coat requires constant maintenance and "blows" out twice yearly, leaving enough fur behind to easily make two more dogs. This undercoat can be spun into yarn, but Mrs. Dr. A puts some of it outside and the birds find it and use it to line their nests. They are good alert dogs and will bark when someone comes onto what they perceive to be their territory, which isn't so good if you live in a house with a sidewalk that is used in front.
Overall, samoyeds are a loving breed, and Mrs. Dr. A is very taken by them.
The veterinary technicians and receptionists at Jefferson Veterinary Hospital have some great helpers. We have been having fun with this image of Malinda and her dog over on the Veterinary Hospital's Facebook page.
Here are a few of our favorite captions:
Renee: I'll keep an eye out for the doc....you go ahead and change that word "neuter" to "cuddles & treats!"
Martha: No, no, not the kibble! Order the Beggin' Strips! I'd do it myself but I don't have thumbs!
Christa: If you could get those TPS reports to me that would be just great.
Donna: No no no, you add 6 and carry the 1.
Dana: "Your total today comes to six dog treats. No, don't give them to Malinda, I'll take them."
Robert: "What time is Susie's appointment? I don't want to miss her this time like I did the last!"
For the last few months we’ve had a friendly smile missing from our front desk as Jefferson Veterinary Hospital and this has been noticed by clients and been sorely missed by our veterinarians, veterinary technicians, assistants and receptionists alike.
We have been slow to notify people of the reason and for that we are sorry. Our receptionist Barb was diagnosed with a form of breast cancer late last fall. Shortly after, her treatment plan when into action and unfortunately it has taken a toll on her ability to work.
She is currently entering the middle stages of her treatment and we are all hoping that, by year’s end, she will be recovering and looking to return to her former antics for our clients and staff.
In support of Barb, our veterinarian Dr. Kalf, and other fighters in the struggle against breast cancer, the staff of Jefferson Veterinary Hospital will be participating in the Bros and Bras 5k run/walk on Saturday, April 23 in beautiful Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. Both Brunswick Grooming Spa and Jefferson Veterinary Hospital will be closed while all of our veterinarians, techs, assistants and receptionists show their support for breast cancer research.
Please join us in wish Barb good luck in the next stage of her treatment. We miss her very much and cannot wait for her laugh to ring through our office once more.
For more information about donating or if you are also interested in joining the Bros and Bras 5k check out their website here.
We know that Barb sometimes checks Jefferson Veterinary Hospital's website and would love to hear any words of support from you either below or on the veterinary Facebook page,!
This beautiful Australian Shepherd came to see our veterinarians today in Jefferson, MD for a puppy well check. These checks form an important part of your new best friends health care and allows us to get to know each other! Our veterinarians review our recommended vaccination schedule, discuss training recommendations and, most importantly, listen to any concerns and answer any questions that you, our client, may have.
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