Author Archives: Jim Johnson

Pain Relievers for your Pet

Jim Johnson   June 13, 2012   Comments Off on Pain Relievers for your Pet

Q) Can I give my pet Tylenol or Ibuprofen? A) No. Unfortunately, because of metabolic differences between humans, dogs, and cats, most over-the-counter pain relievers are not only harmful, but can even be fatal to pets. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is almost always fatal in cats without aggressive and expensive treatments. Tylenol can also cause liver failure in dogs. Ibuprofen can cause… Read more »

Veterinary Pharmacy Archaeology

Jim Johnson   June 11, 2012   Comments Off on Veterinary Pharmacy Archaeology

We were digging around in the attic one day – remember, our building is over 60 years old – and came across these items. (You probably can’t read the labels in this image; click it for a full-size version.) I always get a chuckle out of these, especially the jar on the left, labeled “Universal Antidote.” I’ve asked my reps… Read more »

Can I get worms from my pet?

Jim Johnson   June 10, 2012   Comments Off on Can I get worms from my pet?

Q) Can I get worms from my pet? A) Unfortunately, the answer is “yes”. There are two diseases that can result from worms transmitted from your pet. The first, visceral larval migrans, results from oral ingestion of a microscopic worm egg, and can be especially serious in children. The second, cutaneous larval migrans, is caused by migration of a worm… Read more »

Our Veterinary Dental Suite

Jim Johnson   June 10, 2012   Comments Off on Our Veterinary Dental Suite

This is old news; but I want to add some background material to the blog before I release it into the wild… so to speak. We’re really proud of our dental suite. When we purchased the clinic, the practice did a lot of, ah, “minimal” dentals. Dr. Johnson wanted to raise the standard of care in this area, so the… Read more »

Technology in the Veterinary Hospital

Jim Johnson   June 8, 2012   Comments Off on Technology in the Veterinary Hospital

I’ve been wanting to write about the technology here at Animal Health for some time, mostly because I’m a technologist, and that’s been a big part of my job here. But the thing is, at AHA (or almost any other veterinary clinic), we’re not about the technology. What we’re about is taking care of pets, and the technology is just… Read more »