Posts tagged with "veterinary"

How Much Space Do I Need For An/Another Animal?

Lot’s of people want animals in their lives,  but don’t always get them because they are not sure if they have enough room in their condo, small home, or small acreage for the animals they would like to have.  Here in this live video clip we talk about just this very subject.

Additionally, I answered a viewer question about how to keep a puppy quiet in a crate at night, and as usual, I attempt to demonstrate brushing my cat’s teeth, and encouraging you to give it a try!

I hope you enjoy this replay of today’s LIVE broadcast https://youtu.be/_rJldiCllpc and the continuation https://youtu.be/rOxMZfrqzfc!

If this information is helpful to you, please like and share, Dr. Q on Facebook, and subscribe to my YouTube channel.

On that note, I’m DrQ, here to help YOU, and your animals live younger, longer! Have a great weekend everyone!

How to Properly Move Pet Fish

So your fish keeping friend is moving and has offered to give you all their fish, lucky you!  But how to properly get those beautiful new finds safely from their pond or tank to yours.  Even if this is not exactly the case, there may come a time when you need to move fish, such as because they are newly purchased,  going to a show, or are going for a visit to the vets office. Therefore it is good to do a review of proper fish handling and transport.Seahorse Hippocampus kuda

First of all, fish that have been in a pond or tank for many years are often not kept in the most optimal conditions.  They have often long outgrown the appropriate size for their environment.  Overcrowding equates to poor water quality and a depressed immune system.  Although they may appear perfectly healthy now due to the fish’s incredible ability to acclimate to most any gradual changes, the stress of moving is often all that it takes to push the fish over the edge and allow them to suffer from all manner of illnesses and parasites.  Even fish that are  transferred from presumptively “disease free” sources can potentially be carriers of disease.  Some conditions can be difficult to detect in carrier fish, and some pathogens may go undetected if they have not produced clinical signs in any of the fish.  Do not believe it when the store says the fish have already been quarantined! Brutus the koi fish

To minimize spreading of these potential diseases to your pond; first, acquire the services of a knowledgeable fish veterinarian.  If possible have the fish’s health and environment evaluated before the move.  This can be scheduled while the isolation or quarantine tank(s) are establishing since of course, you do NOT want to move the new fish directly into your pond on the first day.  During those times when it is not possible to have the fish evaluated BEFORE the move, then plan to have them examined within the first week or two in your quarantine facility to minimize the potential spread of pathogens into your pond.

Ideally, fish should be fasted for about three days before being moved.   Some report fasting for up to a week, but this tends to add to the stress of the fish and is not recommended.  Fasting the fish will help minimize waste during transport which will maintain water quality, which becomes more significant with the farther distance traveled.  Caution must be used to minimize stressing the fish during capture and restraint.  Latex or similar gloves should be worn when handling the fish to protect their delicate skin and to protect you from potential pathogens.  No jewelry should be worn.  Fish should be gently guided head first into catch bowls in the water; fish should NOT be lifted out of the water with nets if at all possible.  Any nets used should be of the type which will minimize damage to the sensitive skin of the fish.  Nets are primarily used just to guide the movement of the fish.  The fish should be lifted out of the water in either a catch bowl or a fish sock (fine mesh bag), which is then picked up on both ends and from there the fish is moved into what it will travel in. Goldie

The safest way to transport fish is in a plastic bag with just enough water to cover the fish, and the rest of the bag filled up with pure oxygen.  Fish of any considerable size should be placed in two bags as their dorsal fins, as well as hooks near the anal fins, have been known to cut plastic bags.  The plastic bag(s) should then be placed in cardboard boxes and padded with newspaper to minimize their rolling around.  For trips of less than 30 minutes fish can be transported in buckets, plastic-lined regular or Styrofoam coolers with about 1 liter of water for every centimeter of fish if supplemental oxygen is not provided.  Any container fish are transported in must be covered to protect the fish from injury by jumping out.  Noniodized salt can be added to the water, but must be carefully measured to equal one teaspoonful per gallon. Do NOT add salt if going for a visit to the vet, as this might make it more problematic to locate parasites on the fish when they get examined.

Once at the new locale, plastic bags should be floated in the quarantine tank for around 30 minutes to acclimate to the new water temperature before the fish are released.  If fish are being moved into a freshwater quarantine tank, it should have a separate fully cycled filter sponge or another type of nitrification system, and consider adding non-iodized or sea salt added,  to a level of 0.3%. Salt reduces the osmoregulatory effort of the fish, which is how much nutrition it needs to breathe and digest food.  This level of salinity should be maintained throughout the quarantine period of at least two but preferably 4-6 weeks.  While in quarantine the water should be checked daily to ensure ammonia (should be 0), nitrate, nitrate, and Ph levels.  Use partial water changes to maintain good water quality, and be prepared for a Ph crash.Killer the fish

Other treatments that can be done during the quarantine period are to feed the fish medicated food. It is important to ensure the new fish are eating well, tempt them to eat with food and treats specific for their species.  Random treatment with antiparasitic agents is NOT recommended unless the tests performed by your veterinarian confirm and warrant such treatment.   Monitor all the fish every day to ensure they are eating and swimming well without scale/skin lesions or frayed fins.  Use separate nets and equipment for the quarantined fish to prevent cross contamination, and at the end of the quarantine period thoroughly disinfect all such equipment with diluted chlorhexidine or other net safe solution.

At the end of the quarantine period, release the new fish in the pond or tank to join the current residents, and enjoy the freedom of knowing you have done everything possible to ensure the best possible outcome for your new additions!

If the fish are not going into quarantine, but just being transported to visit the vets office, be sure to bring with you another container with the water the fish is acclimated to, so that there is fresh water for the fish to travel back home in.  For smaller fish, I usually recommend transporting the fish in a plastic bag, and then having at least the same amount of water in another plastic bag just in case of bag breaks, a bucket spills, or whatever the case may be.  You can never be too careful about when transporting fish. I also prefer them to come to my office in a cooler, as this minimizes temperature fluctuates no matter what the weather outside,  which helps keep stress to a minimum.

In summary, with a little preparation, it is easy to safely transport your pet fish for whatever purposes you might need. I am here for you to do housecalls in and around Denver, Colorado for your fresh, salt, and pond water fish. You can even book me on line here http://www.drkoi.com. Best wishes for you and your fishes!

Behavior and Training Class May 28th 2016 – Hope to See You!

What the Heck? Positive Punishment?

A More Practical Approach to Understanding the Science of Animal Behavior.

CE – 4 Hours Credit

Saturday, May 28thth, 2016  —  10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Jena Questen, DVM, CertAqV

Dr. Jena Questen of East West Vet, a veterinary practice providing balanced holistic and traditional care for dogs, cats, horses, llamas, and Koi fish, is a practitioner with a special interest in the science of animal behavior and training.

Location: Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology

Cost: $175.00, checks should be made out to Bel-Rea Institute

This class is for everyone! Guardians, technicians, animal trainers and would be trainers! If you LOVE interacting with animals, this class is for YOU!

No prerequisites although a basic understanding of behavior learning theory is helpful.

DrQ’s specialty in fish medicine has given her unique insight into the world of the training elite, marine mammal trainers. Learning more about the concepts of positive reinforcement, and how behavior impacts so many areas of an animal’s life, has ignited in her a passion to share the link to behavior and health to all animal lovers. She teaches and utilizes her knowledge and experience through free courses she offers via her animal rescue organization the Resqranch. This course is for anyone working with animals, including students, trainers, or just interested animal lovers. This course is an introduction to the science and terminology with the recent advances in our understanding of animal behavior and learning. However, the primary purpose is to give the student practical, hands-on applications for how to utilize this information in their day to day dealings with animals and their people.  This course is designed to help demystify training terminology, gives an easy to follow formula on how to train any animal, how to do almost anything, as well as practical tips and advice to keep people happy and safe with many kinds of animals in different situations.

Teaching at Purdue University.

Teaching at Purdue University.

Upon completion of this session, the student will have a good understanding of the meaning of positive and negative reinforcement, along with positive and negative punishment, and operant conditioning. Students will get an introduction to the concepts of LIMA, and marker training, and why it should be considered in any training program.  Students will also learn to appreciate the concept of how behavior is VITAL for good, long term health. What are the 7 most important areas of behavior, as related to maintaining health for multiple species of animals. Students will learn simplified, practical approaches to apply the science based concepts of behavior and training in everyday scenarios. There will be plenty of opportunity for case examples, questions, and an opportunity for hands on demonstrations with the horses on site.  

Complete the following and submit with payment (check or cash only) to Jennifer Hillgrove at Bel-Rea Institute, 1681 S. Dayton St. Denver, CO  80247.  Payment is non-refundable after Tuesday, May 19th,  2016, unless the class is cancelled.

LAST DAY to sign up for this CE is Thursday, May 19th 2016 at 12:00 noon.

Intrigued? Then sign up today, don’t delay! Looking forward to seeing you all there, it’s going to be a blast! 🙂

 

Merry Christmas and Fabulous 2016 to You!

DrQ and the crew (that means Sushi dog, too), wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season!
Thanks so much for your continued valuable trust in me, and my sincerity at striving to provide the best care and advice that I can for you and your furred and finned family members.

2015 has been a busy year with many transitions for the veterinary practice. Much preparation has been made for a blossoming 2016 so that we can serve you even better.

The first half of the year found Dr. Questen preparing for and traveling to business conferences and speaking engagements, including to San Diego and Boston.  As well as beginning development of her new on-line university,  www.stealmoreyears.com. She was also honored to be asked to assist with admin on the very popular Facebook group Positive Pet Advice.  If you have not checked it out, I encourage you to do so. It is a wonderful community of animal lovers and dog trainers, who support each other and share their love of animals.  The group has grown to over 3,000 members in just one year! Which is a testament to the fact it is one of the few places on the internet you can go to get good advice, quickly, and feel supported and cared about in the process.

The summer was preoccupied with focusing on the racehorse rescue and charity venture the Prince of Flame Fund, which offered free classes for children and adults on all things horses, using the rescued animals in our care.  We made lot’s of new friends who are looking forward to resuming class in the spring, and feel honored we were able to spread the message of positive animal training!

The last quarter of the year found us moving to a new location, and acquiring two additional personnel to assist in making improvements to the website and operations of the veterinary practice. Soon you will be able to book your appointments on line to make reaching DrQ and scheduling appointments so much easier for you!

For 2016 we hope to be able to provide service better than ever, as well as reach and assist an unprecedented number of guardians who are seeking real answers for their animal’s health and behavior related questions.

Please take a moment in the new year to check out our project at www.stealmoreyears.com, and forward the link to your animal loving friends all around the world.  I have been hinting about it for a few months now, and much love and attention has gone into preparing something that will bring TONS lot of value to YOU, the discriminating animal guardian, in on-line classes that will have you looking forward to each new lesson.  In it I will be revealing ALL of the top, most important things which, in my experience, add up to the most cost effective way to help your animals all out-live their life expectancy and happily thrive into advanced age!  Most of if not all of the proceeds will go right back into the Prince of Flame Fund, so that we can continue to provide free education to the public on how to keep ourselves and our animals,  healthy and safe with each other.  Watch for the FREE webinar, my 7 Secrets to Outwitting Your Pets Lifespan, in early January. Thank you for being the best friends and clients this girl could ever ask for!

This is DrQ, wishing you, a safe, healthy, and happy holiday! Ponies first morning at the Chalet

Easy, Delicious, & Nutritious Pet Food Recipes

These days more and more people are considering cooking for their pets.  Many have concerns over the quality of ingredients, contaminants and GMO’s, or worse  yet, toxins leading to pet food recalls. As my free gift to you, Dog Food Recipe Bulgar Green Lentil Carrot Potatoe Celeryhere follows my easy recipe template that will guide you to cooking hundreds of recipe’s for dog and cat food! When you love your pet like family, if you care about what goes on your families plate, chances are, you care about what goes in your pet’s dish.  Most of my best clients cook for their pets, at least some, if not all of the time. It is easy to do, and easy to feel good about. It is often a lot cheaper too when you consider the high price needed for all that packaging, marketing, shipping, and distribution of your commercial pet food.

As always, discuss the recipe’s you want to cook and feed to your animal,  with your vet, before doing so. This should be a quick, easy, relatively painless conversation at your next yearly or semi-annual visit.  If your vet is discouraging, perhaps it is only because they are unaware of the health benefits. A good veterinarian will be open to the discussion,  willing to learn more, and address all your legitimate concerns. For example, here is a link to a study discussing adding fresh food to your dog’s diet, and it’s affects on cancer http://tiny.cc/ivkc7x.  This should come as no surprise to those of us that realize how much good nutrition is essential for good health.  Once you have your vet’s blessing  to try adding home cooked foods (generally not more than 25-50% at first, or additional supplements are needed such as egg shell calcium) to your pet’s nutritionally complete diet, then it is time to get creative, and have fun!

Keep in mind that all of these recipe’s can be equally fed to anything that will eat it; cats, dogs, people, and bearded dragons included.  It is pretty hilarious when the kids ask for a second helping of dog food!

The real simple base for any meal is:

1/3 veggies+

1/3 grain (rice, bulgar, millet, quinoa, etc.) +

1/3 legumes (red or green lentils, garbanzo beans, black beans, butter beans, etc. ) = nutritious and delicious!

Possible combinations include green lentils, bulgar, and sweet potatoes,   or black beans, rice, and carrots, and finally  millet, red lentils, and butternut squash.  The possibilities are limited only by your imagination and your pet’s pallet! The health benefits include absorbing all the bioflavonoid antioxidants (the bright colors in vegetables) as nature intended, before it was processed, put in a bag, and shipped in a truck. The diet includes lots of fiber which is excellent for digestive health recalling that 80% of the immune system is in the intestinal lining (if introduced slowly as directed should cause minimal gaseous discharge), and without having to be a chemist, or a nutritionist, you will be most likely providing a complete protein, and well as nearly all the essential amino acids any animal needs.  You can add additional protein if you so desire (or not, and not worry about overdoing it), multiple types of fresh, preferably organic veggies known to be safe for pets, fresh milled golden flax seeds, or just about anything else that sounds healthy and nutritious, for you.

Here is today’s recipe:

In a sauce pan, saute 1/2 cup chopped celery in a small amount water until translucent with one pinch of salt. Optional, add 1 TB Organic Olive Oil.Add 1 cup diced yellow unpeeled potatoes, 1 cup chopped organic unpeeled carrots, 1 cup rinsed bulgar wheat, 1 cup rinsed green lentils,  4-5 cups water, and simmer until root vegetables pierce easily with a fork. Done.  Serve warm spooned over commercial kibble, or serve in a dish sprinkled with nutritional yeast for extra vitamins, texture, and flavor. It’s as simple as that!

Quick, easy, delicious, cheap, and healthy. Your animals will love you even more for it! Use this guide to create your own homemade recipe ideas, and share  with us here or on Facebook or Instagram.  For specific questions about types of veggies to choose, what grains to choose for different conditions, or other questions you might have about cooking up your own pet food, please join us at http://www.stealmoreyears.com starting in January, where one of our 7 Secrets to Outwitting Your Pet’s Lifespan lessons will focus on diet and nutrition.

Looking forward to to seeing what you have ‘cooked’ up! I’m DrQ, here to help you, take control of the health of your beloved animals!

 

 

Wish people had to have a license to get a pet? Now they can!

As a real animal lover, have you ever found yourself wishing people had to have a license, or pass some sort of exam, in order to adopt and care for an animal? I know I sure have, it is frustrating sometimes to see what other people do.  Here we spend all this time and effort, getting to learn all about our breed before we choose one, the food, the care, their needs…we pride ourselves on being educated caregivers, and if you are reading this, you probably know exactly what I mean!

But what if there WAS just such a license? Or a certificate? Or a simple, yet comprehensive program, where an animal lover could learn all the basics of caring for animals, that was just as quick, and probably easier, than getting a drivers license? What if you could learn, or get a refresher, on EVERYTHING you need to know that is ESSENTIAL for the health, safety, and happiness, of  dogs and cats, all in a NUTSHELL?

HAVE YOU thought about going back to go to school,  to pursue your passion and follow such lengthy pursuits as becoming a certified dog trainer, or veterinary technician,  but spending upwards of $20,000 on an education, is just not doable right now?

ARE YOU an animal loving person who might be  thinking about a career with animals, and would love to have a good, quick, comprehensive overview to supplement your  current knowledge, and to help you to decide if a career with animals is for YOU?

WHAT IF if there was a program that was perfect for the person who ALREADY obtained a degree or certificate,  or has years of experience, and just wants a comprehensive refresher and  to make sure they are up on the latest information? And wants an easy program to direct their clients to?

FINALLY, do you  just really love the animal(s) in your care, and ever wonder if there could be more things you could be doing in your daily routine to increase the chances that YOUR animal will happily, long outlive it’s expected lifespan? Could this be you?

Well now, here it is! Introducing www.StealMoreYears.com, a virtual university offering, eight, once weekly programs, running back to back, and all your long. The first seven weeks will cover DrQ’s 7 Secrets: Life Hacks to Longevity, with one week for wrap-up and personal Q & A with the doctor. This segment will include my simple 3 Step Guide,  which you can use to solve ANY behavior problems, with ANY animal! At the end of this 8 weeks, you will be eligible to take a short exam on the topics covered in the program. A passing score on the exam gets you a DrQ Certificate of Completion for Level 1 competence in understanding the health and behavior of dogs and cats.  Later courses will include horses, fish, and train-the-trainer programs.

Imagine the implications! Adopters and breeders could require potential buyers to take the course to help ensure they know everything they need to know, and set that pet up for a long, healthy, successful life with their new family! Volunteers in animal shelters, dog trainers, and veterinary technicians will have more tools in their tool box when helping people choose, and care for,  a pet. Parents, enroll your kids! You will have more tools in YOUR toolbelt, too,  and you can help others do the same!

Pass on your knowledge and expertise, and help even more people and animals! Take even better care of your animal’s, they will love you even more for it! Strengthen the bond between you and the animals that love you,  even more than what you share now! Dare to imagine it!

I personally guarantee you WILL learn something about animals, and behavior, that you have never heard before! No matter how many years you have been doing this, or had animals! I know, because I am just like you, eager to learn and read and devour every bit of information I can about animals, and NO ONE ELSE is teaching what I am bursting to share with you!

Each weekly session is cram-packed with the best information, and will take no more than 20-60 minutes of your time.

Image getting your very own LICENSE To LOVE Animals, straight from the expert, DrQ, in only about 20 minutes once a week for 8 weeks. We think you will be so pleased, and excited, about all you learn during that time, that you will want to continue to be a part of the Q community, and advance on to other types of animals, and more advanced levels of mastery.

Let’s start at the beginning. The first LIVE WEBINAR will be Wednesday January 6th. All LIVE webinars will be FREE of charge for the month of January. The webinars will be weekly, every Wednesday at 10 am MST. Replays,  handouts, worksheets, training materials, and access to the private Facebook group License to Love  will then be available indefinitely to members of the StealMoreYears.com  on line community. Right now the price is set at $9 registration fee, and $19/month to access the training’s on line,  plus all the bonus material, and access to the private Facebook group License to Love,  for those who cannot make it to the live class at that time, and/or want the opportunity to watch the replay at their leisure, and have access to the bonus material and the support group. 

HOWEVER I ASSURE YOU THIS PRICE WILL GO UP!

If you are receiving this, it is because you are on a unique email or Facebook list giving you a unique ‘sneak peak’, and special pricing.

The closer we get to the launch week, the higher the price will be. Most on line courses with this caliber of professional education sell for $450 up front and $60 a month. Lock in your price and SIGN UP TODAY!

If you sign up today, and prepay for the next 2 months, you will not be charged for January and February, your monthly billing resumes in March, however, you will have full access to the site once it becomes available, AND, you will be locking in the lowest possible rate for learning of this quality.

Do it as a favor for yourself, or give it as a gift to someone you know, however, don’t let this chance to lock in this low rate pass you buy. Makes a great Holiday gift for the animal lover in your life!

Stay tuned as we finish ‘building’ the detail of our virtual university. We look forward to having you join our new, unique community of educated, empowered, champions for the animals! Much love to you all!

Take the first step to getting StealMoreYears-Product-Image your very own Licence to Love, the animals, and join us at Steal More Years!, TODAY!

 

 

“Whole-istic” Horse Health and Behavior

Please join us for “Whole-istic” Horse Handling:

An Alternative Approach to Health and Behavior!

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

9 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – CE – 4 Hours Credit

Presented By Jena Questen, DVM, a holistic veterinarian and Animal Life Coach with over 20 years of veterinary experience

Trust.

Trust.

This class will consist of 3 hours lecture on horse safety and behavior, a half hour break, then one-hour lab to demonstrate principles.  Barn time to be followed by another hour of lecture on conventional and holistic health care with plenty of built in time for questions and answers.

All experience levels are welcome.  This class is specifically geared towards those new to horses, those who have been hurt or intimidated by horses, or equine professionals who want to learn more about recent advances in animal training and how the horse learns.   There is also an introduction to basic husbandry of the animal, including holistic health care and acupressure exam; also how the diagnostic acupressure exam, when done correctly, resolves 80% of all training problems on the ground!

Upon completion of the course, participants will have a good understanding of how animal behavior affects health and healing, common disease processes which are effectively treated through alternative medicine, and an introduction to the use of acupuncture, herbs, and homeopathy.  How to minimize injury to oneself and to the horse while delivering good quality health care.  Also, an introduction to equine behavior and training in order to facilitate more desirable behaviors and a deeper bond between horse and human.  Participants will learn why there is no such thing as good or bad behavior, and will begin to utilize the science of operant and classical conditioning to teach almost any animal (not just horses) to do almost anything!

Location:    Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology

Cost:  $175.00, checks should be made out to Bel-Rea Institute

 

Complete the following and submit with payment (check or cash only) to Jennifer Hillgrove at Bel-Rea Institute, 1681 S. Dayton St. Denver, CO  80247.  Payment is non-refundable after Tuesday, November 17, 2015.

LAST DAY to sign up for this CE is Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 12:00 noon.

 

Registration form for Continuing Education course:

“Whole-istic” Horse Handling

4 CE Credits,  $175.00

Saturday, November 21, 2015 – 9 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Jena Questen, DVM

 

NAME:________________________________________________________

ADDRESS:_________________________________________________________________

CITY:______________________________________

STATE/ZIP:___________________

 

PHONE:___________________________________

EMAIL:_______________________________________________

 

Please check one of the following:

_____ Current Bel-Rea student

_____ Bel-Rea graduate/CACVT member

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Your CE certificate of completion will be mailed 30 days after the CE.

Your Positive Dog Business: Getting more!”

Thank you for taking good care of me!

Thank you for taking good care of me!

No matter if you own a positive (boarding, training, rescue, etc.) dog business, work for one, or dream of owning one in the future, join us for a chat time interview on the Facebook Group Positive Pet Advise on March 8th, 2015, 2 pm MST, with DrQ, Life Coach for People with Pets. Learn the perfect way to describe your business, and how to partner with your local vet, pet stores, and others, to help promote and grow your business.  This is for people who put their clients and their pets first,  realizing that the way to success, is through serving our clients with professionalism, compassion, and in the most authentic way possible, while striving to never stop learning.

DrQ to be a speaker at the 7th International Symposium on Aquatic Animal Health!

Brutus the koi fishAquatic veterinarians, researchers, and fish health experts from around the world are preparing the 7th International Symposium on Aquatic Animal Health (ISAAH-7) in Portland, Oregon (August 31 – September 4, 2014).  The ISAAH is a much anticipated gathering of international fish health professionals, occurring every 4 years. 

The 2014 ISAAH promises to combine intellectual stimulation among international fish health professionals.

 It is an honor and privilege to be invited to share knowledge at such a meeting of fish health minds!  If you are in the area at the time, let’s connect! – DrQ