Thursday, April 7, 2011

Dr. Plotnick's Visit to Katten Kabinet in Amsterdam

 
Holland.  The name conjures up windmills, tulips, and wooden shoes.

With laid-back friendly people, scores of museums, a multitude of restaurants serving top-notch international cuisine, “coffee shops” that feature marijuana on the menu, gay marriage, and legalized prostitution,  Amsterdam is undoubtedly Europe’s most progressive, hippest city.  Its beautiful canals have earned it the moniker “The Venice of the North”.  As my cat hospital was preparing to close for Memorial Day, I seized the opportunity to stretch a three-day weekend into a five-day mini-vacation to visit this captivating Northern European capital.

For the regular culture-vultures, no trip to Amsterdam is complete without a visit to the van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank House, and the Rijksmuseum.  For those hooked on cat-culture ( like yours truly), you cannot visit Amsterdam without popping into Katten Kabinet, the only art museum in the world devoted solely to artwork depicting cats.

Monday, April 4, 2011

First Aid and Your Kitten: What to Do in an Emergency

 
Most kittens endure kittenhood relatively unscathed. A few, however, deplete several of their nine lives in the course of growing up. Knowing the principles of first aid can be invaluable in seeing that your kitten survives that turbulent first year of life.

First aid is an interim measure before veterinary care becomes available. The objective of first aid is to prevent the condition from worsening, alleviate pain and suffering, and help the recovery process. Getting veterinary help remains the highest priority. SEE ALSO: First Aid and Your Cat: What to Do in an Emergency.  April is "Pet First-Aid Awareness Month".  Owners that are aware of proper life saving techniques and how they apply to our pets are better equipped to handle emergencies as they arise.

Friday, April 1, 2011

First Aid and Your Cat: What to Do in an Emergency


Bryan Day, a student at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service, was studying for midterm exams on his couch, notes in his lap, papers scattered nearby. Ethan, his lazy orange tabby, was curled next to him, head pressed against Bryan’s thigh, body stretched out over Bryan’s textbooks and papers. Before long, Bryan and Ethan, both seemingly bored to tears, succumbed to simultaneous naps.

A short time later, Bryan was awakened by some unexpected jostling of his leg. Bryan looked down in horror. Ethan was in the midst of a seizure!

If you came home from work and found your cat having convulsions, paralyzed, or bleeding, would you know what to do?  April is "Pet First-Aid Awareness Month". The American Animal Hospital Association, (AAHA) states that 1-out-of-4 pets would survive an accident or illness if pet owners were familiar with and capable of providing first aid when necessary. Owners that are aware of proper life saving techniques and how they apply to our pets are better equipped to handle emergencies as they arise.

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