Veterinary clinics help Tsunami People and Pets

Robert, one of our policyholders who came back from a work posting abroad, asked me last year if we could spread the word to help find expired suture material for a charity he co-founded called the Tsunami Animal-People Alliance.

Right away, we've reached out to the clinics we work with and they have donated many many yards of suture material that they would otherwise have thrown away.

Here's what Robert had to say about this organization:

Tsunami Animal-People Alliance at work in Sri Lanka The Tsunami Animal-People Alliance spays and neuters dogs in the devastated tsunami zone of Sri Lanka. Our purpose is to assist the animals and people of Sri Lanka in long term recovery from the Great Tsunami. Even though the tsunami has long been off the front page, recovery will still take years. Our team of ten well-trained Sri Lankans (including three vets, vet techs, and animal handlers) sterilizes about 500 animals per month from our tented field clinic (like a M*A*S*H unit) that moves from village to village in the tsunami zone. We seek to improve the welfare of the animals through humane population control, and to improve the welfare of the people through reducing the risk of rabies (presently about 100 human rabies deaths per year in Sri Lanka) and reduce the incidence of dog bites, which also reduces the potential for animal cruelty by those fearing rabies.

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Ask Laura: the impact of toe amputation surgery

Stock.xchng.706020_big_foot I received the following question from Regina as a comment to another post on toe amputations and I asked Dr Riggs, one of our advising veterinarians:

Regina's question:
I have a 8 year old Boxer mix that has a bad foot infection from being poisoned. She will be loosing the two middle toes on her left hind and some dead tissue with it. Will she be able to run and play normally again?

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Laura Bennett FSA CFA is the new Chair of NAPHIA's Board of Directors

Naphia NAPHIA is the North American Pet Health Insurance Association and at our recent meeting in Las Vegas, I was voted in as Chairman of the NAPHIA Board (Chairman, Chair, Chairperson - it's all the same to me.)

I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead NAPHIA's development at this stage of the organization's maturation - there's a lot to do!

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Blogpaws 2010 - 1st Pet Blogger Conference

Blogpaws A few years ago, I went to the Blogher conference in Chicago and had a great time, learning all sorts of blogging tips and tricks. But  I really missed meeting other pet bloggers - the place seemed to be filled with fun mommy bloggers instead. Nothing wrong with that but not related to my blog.

That's why I'm so excited to be attending Blogpaws 2010, the first pet blogger conference (mommy bloggers of a different kind?) Will you join me there?

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Perineal Urethrostomy, incontinence and bladder atony

IMG_3098 Wendy posted the following question as a comment on my blog post about  perineal urethrostomy, which I thought was worthy of a blog post all of its own.

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