From the President
by Christi Belew, DVM
Ah, the dog days of summer are upon us here in Kansas City. Actually, it’s more like monsoon season! For those of us in practice this becomes a really busy time. Long days of itchy dogs, abscessed cats and flea-covered fur balls come pouring in the door. For some of you, the crazy cicadas may have resulted in a heavier case load. This year saw a record breaking number of them emerge; both the 13 year and 17 year cicadas made an appearance to carry out their mating rituals. Who knew those noisy little things could cause such GI upset?! (For a recent video clip, see http://www.kmbc.com/news/dogs-getting-sick-from-eating-cicadas/33775380.) While it’s easy and tempting to stay late to cram in a few more appointments, I hope all of you are taking some time to enjoy the warm weather, spend quality time with your family and friends and not overwork yourselves. I know I mention this in every letter, but I feel we need constant reminders in our lives to stop and smell the roses (and hopefully prevent compassion fatigue and burnout).
Ready to Respond
By: Jen Nigro
Dr. Robin Michael intended to spend part of her Memorial Day shopping for flowers. Instead, she found herself responding to a deadly pet store fire. Pet World, located at 23rd and Louisiana in Lawrence, KS, was closed on May 25 when an electrical fire broke out in the store’s back room. Dr. Michael saw the smoke as she approached the intersection. “I pulled into the parking lot across the street and that’s when I could see that it was coming from Pet World,” she recalls. “I jumped out of the car and ran over. A couple of the fire trucks and ambulances were just arriving.” Dr. Michael immediately checked in with one of the police officers on the scene. “I told them I was a veterinarian and I would be alerting the other veterinarians in town so we could be ready once they were able to get animals out of the building.”
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