Household Hazards for Cats

They’re lurking quietly: in your kitchen; in your garden; in your medicine cabinet; on your nightstand. Substances potentially hazardous to your cat are everywhere. Medications. Human medications are a very common cause of toxicity in cats. Cats have a unique metabolism, and some drugs that people tolerate well can be harmful or even fatal to cats.  Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)…

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How I Spent My Winter 2019 Pt. 12 – Winter Days in Amsterdam: The Trip Comes to an End

Ah, home sweet second home.  I arrived in Amsterdam, to spend the last few days of this long winter trip. The weather forecast for the second Amsterdam leg of the trip did not look promising.  As is typical in Amsterdam, it was rain, rain, and more rain.  I would have liked sunny weather, but I didn’t really care.  In my…

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How I Spent My Winter 2019 Pt.9 – Chiang Mai (WVS, Thailand)

Friday, I arrived at the WVS Centre rested and ready.  The surgery suite was already abuzz.  A local cat rescue group was notified in advance about the week being focused on cats, and they contacted other rescue groups as well, supplying us with many cats in need of sterilization.   Some were owned by people that couldn’t afford this surgery otherwise. …

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How I Spent My Winter 2019 Pt. 8 – Chiang Mai (The Worldwide Veterinary Service, Thailand)

The next morning, after a great breakfast, Ian took me to the Centre, where I finally met Dr. Miglio.   He gave me a tour of the facility, including the clinic, the shelter, and the surgery area.   The clinic was pretty modern, with state of the art x-ray equipment. Most of the animals in the clinic are brought there for obvious,…

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Quick Book Review: "Ethics in the Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things that Matter" by Peter Singer

Quick Book Review: “Ethics in the Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things that Matter” by Peter Singer

Most veterinarians know Peter Singer from his books In Defense of Animals, and Animal Liberation.  His interests, however, go beyond animal welfare, and he has written many books and essays on ethics, poverty, and morality.  This book is a collection of essays that cover a broad range of topics, from vegetarianism and veganism to cloning, climate change, euthanasia, and religion. …

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How I Spent My Winter 2019 Pt.5 – Bangkok (Medical emergency in Thailand? I recommend Bumrungrad)

The third and final day of the Bangkok leg of my trip was to be devoted to the massive Chatuchak Market.   I had visited it with Mark several years before, and the experience stayed in our heads for years.  It was a total shopper’s paradise.  The market is absolutely enormous. It is divided into sections (I’m not sure how many;…

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How I Spent My Winter 2019 Pt.4 – Bangkok (the next day…)

For Day 2, the itinerary was lighter:  A visit to another temple (Wat Suthat), and then a local park, and then finish the day strolling through Bangkok’s extensive Chinatown. First, I chowed down at the hotel’s excellent buffet.  I took a tuk-tuk to Wat Suthat, just north of Chinatown.   Wat Suthat is one of the city’s most beautiful and biggest temples.  …

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