LazyTales Blog

Lauren Stringer

Tick Removal and Prevention

My grandparents’ dog Foxy came in contact with all sorts of strange Louisiana country bugs during her daily exploration of their enormous backyard. These strange bugs often included ticks: parasites which can live in any wooded area. When Foxy ran through the tall grass, a waiting tick could attach to her skin and feed on her blood. Once it became attached to her, it could possibly stay there for days unless it was removed.

Because Foxy’s lifestyle made her prone to getting ticks, my grandparents made sure to check her skin each day. They closely inspected her body, face, and even …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

Kennel Cough

About a day after we picked Magic up from boarding, he began to sound more and more like a goose than a dog. He seemed like he felt like his normal self aside from the coughing and runny nose, but something was clearly not normal because he honked and hacked all night long. We had heard about how dogs in boarding can easily catch “kennel cough”, so we took him to the veterinarian to make sure.

Magic’s vet explained that “kennel cough” is the broad umbrella term used to describe illnesses which cause coughing symptoms after a dog has spent time …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

Giving Human Medications to Pets?

Daisy isn’t much bigger than the bunnies who eat dinner in the backyard every night, but her size doesn’t stop her from trying to chase them. One evening when Dad opened the back door to let her outside, she flew across the yard toward the tiny fuzzy athlete who could’ve heard her coming from a mile away. The bunny paused in the middle of his grass meal and lazily trotted toward the other side of the yard. Daisy lagged behind him despite her desperation to keep up, her little legs almost spinning in circles like a cartoon character. During the …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

Removing and Preventing Cat Mats

My cat Midnight has always kept her shiny black coat carefully groomed, without a single hair out of place. If someone strokes her fur in the wrong direction, she immediately sets to work making each hair look perfect again. But as she has climbed into her double-digits of age, she has an increasingly difficult time grooming her hard to reach areas. As her grooming has become less thorough and frequent, her shedding hairs and dirty fur easily become tangled and create stubborn little knots of fur called mats.

Not only do mats look odd, but they also can be painful and …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

Independence Day Pet Safety

On the 4th of July, my dog Magic spent all his energy trying to bark louder than the explosive booming and banging his sensitive hearing was forced to endure all night. Every year, he worked himself up into such a frenzy about what he surely believed to be the end of the world that he spent all of the 5th of July passed out in bed.

To make Independence Day less stressful, my family developed a yearly routine to help keep Magic safe. Once the sun began to go down, we moved his bed, food, and toys to Mom’s bedroom where …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

Independence Day, 2017

In observance of Independence Day, LazyPaw Animal Hospitals will be closed Tuesday, July 4th, 2017. If an emergency or urgent problem occurs while we are closed, contact North Texas Emergency Pet Clinic (NTEP) or Frisco Emergency Pet Care (FEPC).

North Texas Emergency Pet Clinic can be reached by calling 972-323-1310. Their address is 1712 West Frankford Rd Suite 108 Carrollton, Texas 75007.

Frisco Emergency Pet Care can be reached by calling 469-287-6767. Their address is 10150 Legacy Drive #500 Frisco, Texas 75033

We will resume normal business hours on Wednesday, July 5th.

My dog Daisy wishes everyone a Happy Independence Day!

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Lauren Stringer

Melanie and Shelby’s Continuing Education at A&M’s Vet Tech Conference

This past weekend, LazyPaw Animal Hospitals’s Melanie Lopez, CVA and Shelby Aton, CVA attended Texas A&M’s 23rd Annual Vet Tech Conference. Throughout Saturday and Sunday, they participated in several continuing education lectures and labs to achieve a more extensive knowledge of recent advancements in veterinary medicine.

The 23rd Annual Vet Tech Conference lectures covered several areas of equine and small animal treatment including: lab work techniques, anesthesia, oncology, canine distemper, equine lameness, hemodialysis, different types of emergencies, critical care, hospice care, dental care, and modern therapies. Subjects also included ways to strengthen the clinic team and client communications. This varied schedule …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

Rabies Vaccination is Necessary

Dad filtered through the tall stack of mail sitting on the counter and passed me a postcard with Daisy’s name on it. “Looks like we need to schedule Daisy for a wellness visit” he observed aloud. “She’s due for her rabies vaccine”. We had recently heard an unsettling story about an aggressive dog biting our neighbor’s dog while they were at the dog park, so we promptly called the vet and scheduled Daisy’s appointment.

This type of freak accident can happen to any dog, even if their family does their best to keep them away from unknown dogs. To protect Daisy …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

Low Calorie Dog Treats

The smellier the treat, the faster Magic came running. His favorites were shaped like miniature t-bone steaks and stunk up the whole kitchen. Every time he heard the bag crinkle, he suddenly appeared before me out of thin air, sitting on his hind legs like a bunny and staring me down with perseverance in his eyes. This ritual was all very cute and fun until one day I noticed the calorie count on the back of the bag. My jaw dropped in shock– there was no way there could possibly be that many calories in one little treat!

My family worked …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

Giving a Cat a Pill

After much yowling and hissing with nothing to show for it but a soggy pill and two angry yellow eyes glaring at me from under the bed, I felt both frustrated and guilty for becoming such a kitty bully. I was so scarred by this fiasco that I would have invented any way possible to avoid pill time with Midnight. I tried to hide it in a spoonful of tuna and squished it between two of her favorite treats— but each of these methods only worked for two days before she solved the mystery. Midnight developed a sixth sense for …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

Scooting and Anal Glands

My dog Magic loved carpet. With carpet, the possibilities were endless: it provided a convenient way to scratch an itch, a doormat to wipe his feet on after running through a mud puddle, his own giant napkin after dinner time, and the ideal terrain for scooting. Despite our attempts to train Magic and separate him from his carpet infatuation, eventually his black hair seemed to melt into every fiber of it no matter how many times we vacuumed. My family became so fed up with his unsanitary carpet habits that we ripped up all the carpet and replaced it with …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

Going Outside the Litter Box

Seventeen years of sharing my life with my cat Midnight has perfectly synced our schedules. Every day we wake up, eat, watch TV, and go to sleep together. If I hit “snooze” too many times, she perches at the foot of my bed and yowls until I wake up. When it’s time for her thyroid medication, she meets me next to the cabinet where her pills are kept. On days I return home later than she expects, I find her waiting under her potted tree with a glare that says I’ve been worried SICK.

Not only is Midnight skilled at memorizing …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

Spaying and Neutering Provides Numerous Benefits

On a cold autumn evening in 1999, my cat Midnight was born homeless under somebody’s front porch. As black-cat superstition foretells, the odds were stacked against her from day one—Midnight was also born the tiniest in her family. Fortunately for Midnight, her early struggles gave her a spicy attitude and a scrappy will to survive. Rather than sleeping under a porch, Midnight now claims all of the human beds in my house as her own.

When it became time for her spay surgery shortly after her adoption, my worrisome five-year-old self imagined dozens of worst-case scenarios. I harassed my parents with …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

Choosing the Right Leash

Carey and Tana the malamute strolled along the shore and listened to the crashing waves. Tana relaxed as the cool breeze blew through his thick grey fur… But then he spotted a future friend prancing toward him. Before thinking twice, Tana sprinted toward his new playmate kicking clouds of sand behind him, completely unaware of his power against his leash.

In his eagerness to socialize, Tana ripped his retractable leash out of the handle Carey was white-knuckling. Carey watched in horror for a moment as the little leash flapped in the wind behind Tana. She dropped the useless hunk of plastic …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

Feline Coronavirus and FIP

“Coronavirus?” I took the thick red folder out of my Aunt Susan’s outstretched arm, her brand new kitten Paige on my heels, chasing the long string of yarn that Susan had tied to my belt loop. Susan had adopted Paige only the day before and the animal shelter had sent home a plethora of information about feline coronavirus.

“I’ve never heard of feline coronavirus before”, I remarked as I flipped through the stack of papers, full of words I couldn’t understand or pronounce. “I hadn’t either”. Susan agreed. “But before I signed the adoption papers, even though I had already decided …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

Seasonal Allergies in Dogs

On the first hot day of the year, Daisy can always be found lounging on the backyard bench. She is so reluctant to leave the toasty cushions that somebody usually has to go out there and make her come inside before she gets overheated. When she finally does come in, she is always so itchy that she would probably gnaw her paw right off if we let her.

Just like all the human members of my family, Daisy has received the Stringer Curse of agonizing seasonal allergies. While grass seems to be Daisy’s worst trigger, dust and pollen are also common …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

Annual Lepto Vaccination

Foxy spent her life visiting the horses next door, racing the neighbor’s dogs through the brush, and harassing squirrels who lived in the towering pine trees behind my grandparents’ house. After jumping through leaf piles my cousins and I worked so hard to rake, she would plop down to take a long nap in the sun. She seemed to belong more to Mother Nature than she did to my grandparents, but she always came home for supper.

Love for the outdoors increased Foxy’s risk of exposure to leptospirosis, so my grandparents always made sure she received the yearly vaccine. Without the …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

Fatty Foods and Pancreatitis

The butter had vanished. But it couldn’t have gone too far, Becca had only left the kitchen for a second. She searched among the assortment of ingredients she had set on the counter in preparation for baking cookies. As she checked under the table, she heard a smacking sound coming from the living room…

Hera the mastiff was laying on top of her massive ottoman in the perfect likeness of a queen who had just polished off an exquisite feast. Becca tried to interrupt her, but both sticks of butter were history. She immediately thought about pancreatitis, which occurs when the …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

Gastrointestinal Upset in Dogs

Magic trotted along the sidewalk as far ahead of me as his leash would allow. He paused, sniffed the grass, and turned around in a little circle. I pulled the plastic clean-up bag out of my pocket in response to this ritual. Once I approached him, his obvious diarrhea told me something was very wrong with his digestion. But Magic didn’t seem too bothered by this gastrointestinal issue. He continued to hold his flag-like tail high as he pranced by the dogs barking at him from behind their fences for the rest of his walk.

Minor gastrointestinal issues were not newsworthy …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

Never Leave a Dog in a Hot Car

The morning forecast had predicted a high of 103 degrees and I could almost see the steam coming off the parking lot from my lunch table by the window. The sun reflected off my Jeep’s windshield which was probably already reaching an oven-like temperature. I thought about my middle school classmate’s science project when he baked cookies on the dashboard of his mom’s car on a summer day like this one.

In the middle of my meal, I noticed a black car parked on the opposite side of the window with a little terrier sitting in the front seat. The 12:00 …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

The Wellness Visit is Worth the War

When the time for Midnight’s annual wellness visit rolls around, she treats the entire day like a living nightmare. Once I take the cat crate out of the closet, she immediately darts under the bed and hisses her declaration of war. After I fish her out and attempt to lower her into the crate, she grips all four sides as if her life depends on it. The moment she is placed on the scale, she screeches until the whole city feels her fury. Throughout the drive home, her angry eyes glare at me from behind her own personal prison with …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

Feline Chronic Renal Disease and SubQ Fluids: Part II

Finn, a fourteen-year-old cat with chronic renal disease, began subcutaneous fluid treatment to help his body deal with toxins that his kidneys were no longer able to process normally. Subcutaneous, also called subQ for short, means just beneath the skin. SubQ fluid is received through a needle connected to a fluid line (a long, flexible tube) and fluid bag.

In the beginning, Finn’s family were reluctant to begin the treatment and Finn was also understandably stressed by this unusual activity. When it was time for him to receive his fluids, he hid in the very back corner of his mom’s closet …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

Feline Chronic Renal Disease and SubQ Fluids: Part I

I stared at the YouTube video on my phone of a cute pig eating a cookie, attempting to distract myself from the heavy dread I felt. I tuned out the irritated meows coming from Midnight’s carrier and tried to believe her blood work results were going to be fine. Even after two years of surprisingly well maintained kidney levels, I knew chronic renal disease is irreversible and worried our days of great blood work could be over.

Once Dr. Bilhartz returned to our exam room with the results, he told me Midnight’s blood work indicated that it was time to consider …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

Frisco Animal Services and Tomorrow’s Local Election

The impact of Frisco’s rapid growth on citizens and public safety departments remains at the forefront of many conversations regarding tomorrow’s local election. Candidates for mayor Bob Allen and Jeff Cheney have expressed their intentions to effectively handle this rapid growth and support public safety departments. Bob Allen has stated “Public safety must remain our number one priority”. Jeff Cheney maintains a focus on “quality over quantity” in response to growth and has also expressed public safety to be his “Priority #1”.

Fully supporting public safety should include supporting Frisco’s Animal Services division, a division of the Frisco Police Department. In …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

Early Stages of Feline Chronic Renal Disease

Midnight is only five years younger than I am, so her veterinarian had already warned me about the prevalence of chronic renal disease among senior cats. But while Midnight’s diagnosis was not shocking, that didn’t make the news any easier to hear. Because she had not yet shown any of the symptoms I was watching out for, I hadn’t expected her to develop a kidney problem yet.

Chronic renal disease occurs when a cat’s kidneys become unable to function normally over time. Like Midnight, cats who are in the early stages sometimes don’t show obvious symptoms and the signs only appear …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

Declawing a Destructive Cat?

As my cousin Karen filled out the stack of adoption forms, her new kitten Rose fussed and pushed the sides of the cardboard take-home box so hard Karen feared she would escape. Karen remembered the shelter volunteer’s straightforward warning: “This one’s a terror”. But when they first met, Rose’s baby meow and big adorable eyes made her look like a perfect angel— until she was placed in the box for the trip home. But Karen still insisted on making her part of the family, so the volunteer explained that she should prepare herself to patiently work through some undesirable behaviors. …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

Xylitol Poisoning

My best friend Liz and her Shepherd mix Luna have been a package deal since the day Liz found her at a local rescue. Where Liz goes, Luna enthusiastically follows. But nobody ever minds, because watching Luna hop from person to person and squeeze all one-hundred pounds of herself onto someone’s crushed lap makes every party, movie night, and dinner a hilarious event. While Luna is a charismatic personality to have around, she also knows to do what she is told— for the most part. Every once in a while, Luna falls victim to her guilty pleasure of thievery. If …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

The Inescapable E-Collar

Our newly adopted stray Mella was obviously not a member of the feral cat colony which occupied our neighborhood. The feral cats would do anything to avoid humans as much as possible, even if that meant using storm drains as a travel system and only venturing out for food late at night. But Mella purposefully sought human contact— shortly after we found her we learned that most of our neighbors already knew her and had fed her dinner on several occasions. But even though she loved to be near people, she was still more like a bobcat than she was …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

Treating and Preventing Fleas

Focus on the textbook I reminded myself for the hundredth time. But before I was able to delve back into my study guide, I heard it again: cling cling cling cling cling— the jingling sound Magic’s collar made while he desperately scratched an intense itch. Once he repeated this very loud and exhausting routine, I slammed my book shut in frustration and abandoned my homework pile to find him.

Upon entering the living room where Magic’s favorite bed was kept, I found he had tied himself into a dog pretzel, vigorously gnawing a spot above his tail. I parted his fur …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

Lilies are Toxic to Cats

Lilies were once one of my favorite flowers, but I have now banned them from my house after learning they place my cat Midnight’s health at risk. Midnight and I are very lucky that she never nibbled the cut lilies I used to keep on the coffee table, because even a small snack could have threatened her life.

While it is still unknown what exactly causes lilies to be so toxic to cats, it is certain that eating any part of the plant such as the leaves, flowers, pollen, or vase water will cause kidney failure and death if untreated. Fortunately …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

Car Rides with Pets

My dog Magic’s nails dug into my leg as he hopped up and down to get a better look at the smiling Golden Retriever hanging her head out the car window in the left lane. “Stop. Stop. Stop. Stop!” I chanted while I desperately clutched the wheel with two fingers and nudged him toward the passenger seat. But he was already back in my lap and perched on his hind legs— for some reason beyond human understanding the view from the other window was unsatisfactory. “I’m still not rolling the window down,” I reminded him. “You don’t want to get …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

Introducing New Pets

It only took Magic a couple days after his adoption to prove that he got along great with humans. He was gentle with children who wanted to pet him, automatically trusted anyone with a house key, and loved to swing in the hammock with my friends. Trying to predict how he would behave around my cat Midnight was a different story. But as a small scruffy mutt who was already missing most of his teeth, he certainly didn’t look like a cat killer.

My family kept Magic and Midnight separated at first by confining them to different areas of the house. …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

Adopting a cat with Feline Leukemia Virus

At 1:00 in the morning, the movie I had been watching was suddenly interrupted by a very loud baby crying outside my window. Upon hurriedly opening my front door, I realized the sound was not not made by a baby, but by the emaciated, desperate, stray cat springing out of the bushes and screaming for dinner.

I first locked Midnight, my own cat, safely away in my bedroom to protect her from this unknown cat’s possible sickness or aggression. I then brought my new acquaintance into the kitchen for some food and water. While my first thought was to give her …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

Adopting a Heartworm Positive Dog

As Mom and I looked inside each kennel at our local animal shelter, the decision before us became increasingly difficult— every dog needed love just as much as the last one. In the small dog area, we spotted a little scruffy mutt. His hair was so long and matted he looked like a black and white mop, but beneath his rat’s nest his bright blue eye and deep brown eye sparkled when he saw us. We sat with him in a little room with a bench, and he sprung onto my lap so everyone could have the opportunity to pet …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

The E-Collar Helps Minor Problems

As my dog Magic aged, he became less like the carefree spirit we had adopted and instead grew quite irritable. In his younger years he was cheerful rather than crotchety, but as his fur began to gray and his fuse shortened, he seemed more like an old man character one would see in a movie shouting, “You kids get off my property!” His short fuse also applied to his occasional minor health problems as he easily became consumed by small discomforts.

One morning after a walk I found Magic laying in his bed and licking his paw so intensely he hardly …Read More

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Lauren Stringer

Ear Infection Treatment for Dogs

Around my house, the exclamation “Magic stinks!” was not uncommon. Every dog has an unpleasant habit or two, but Magic’s most beloved hobbies were really gross. In his eyes, the cat’s litter box was an all you can eat buffet, a rotten dead squirrel was a rare treasure, and a smelly running shoe was the perfect air freshener. Anytime he disappeared somewhere in the house or backyard for a suspiciously long time, he always returned with a big smile and an unbearable stench.

But one day, this stench was different– but it definitely still made my nose burn. And not only …Read More

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Dr. Julaine Hunter

Shelby Passed Her CVA Level II

Shelby Passed!! She is now a Certified Veterinary Assistant Level II

At LazyPaw Animal Hospitals we take every opportunity to celebrate each other’s accomplishments.

Birthdays, anniversaries, new baby arrivals or academic achievements are all fair game.  We are pleased to announce that our very own Shelby Aton is now a Level II Certified Veterinary Assistant!!!  In our hospital a veterinary assistant is an extension of the veterinary medical team and responsible for assisting both doctors and technicians with patient care and diagnostic procedures.

What is the CVA?:

There are three levels of veterinary assistant certifications in Texas. Each requires the completion of a range of skills …Read More

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Dr. Julaine Hunter

Dog Sprayed by Skunk

Texas is a great place for your dog to be sprayed buy a skunk, being the biggest state in the Union, it only makes sense that we would have five distinct skunk species, way more than any other state! Given this fact, if you or your pets are prone to stray from the beaten path, or if you are lucky enough to reside in or near greenbelt areas, it is more than likely that at some point you will run into a skunk.  Skunks are active primarily in the night hours and can adapt well to urban areas like the …Read More

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Dr. Julaine Hunter

Girl Scout Animal Helper Badge

As part of our ongoing commitment to service to our local community, LazyPaw Animal Hospitals was thrilled to host members of Girl Scout Troop 36 and assist them in attaining their Girl Scout Animal Helper Badge.  The purpose of this badge is to aid scouts in learning about the numerous ways in which animals assist their human companions and how to aid animals in furtherance of their beneficial work. The badge requires Girl Scouts to explore past and present connections between animals and human beings in how they aid in keeping people safe, in helping individuals with physical and emotional disabilities, …Read More

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Aimee Lenz

Canine Allergies in Texas

Dog Allergies in Texas. Atopic dermatitis. Allergic skin disease. Atopy. They all mean the same thing. Your pet is allergic to something, and it’s usually something outside. While our allergies involve itchy eyes and watery noses, our pet’s allergies typically result in itchy skin which can get pretty uncomfortable considering the skin is the largest organ in the body. The most common places our pets are going to scratch will be their ears, abdomen, and feet – potentially because all three are easily accessible with the mouth to chew or the feet to scratch.

Diagnosing and managing allergies can be extremely …Read More

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Dr. Julaine Hunter

Fowler Middle School 2016 Career Day

The Fowler Falcons honored our clinic by inviting me and KatyDid back for our sixth annual career day visit this past November!  A fantastic, Frisco Independent School District Middle School, Fowler’s career counselors like presenters to get down to the nitty gritty of their jobs by sharing as much detail about them as possible and by honestly sharing with students how we earned the positions we currently hold. The students also appreciate learning what skills and interests help us to do our jobs better, and more importantly, what we do typically in a day, what our responsibilities are and how …Read More

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Dr. Julaine Hunter

Wester Middle School 2016 Career Day

This year KatyDid and I had to good fortune to be invited back to Frisco Independent School District’s Wester Middle School for the 6th year in a row to participate in their annual career day program.   Wester’s career day goals are to encourage students to begin thinking about their futures beyond school from local professionals who can be for them positive role models in various occupations.  In addition, often this brief introduction to a vocation can provide students with a positive connection between what to some may feel like mundane school routines and expectations for what they can do later …Read More

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Dr. Julaine Hunter

Paws and Give Thanks 2016

For the past three years the student members of USITT, United States Institute of Theatre Technology, have worked hard to support local animal care facilities.  Mr. Shurr, faculty member and Director of the Theater Department of Reedy High School is spear-heading their efforts again this year.

 

Collin County Animal Services will be the recipient of USITT’s annual Paws And Give Thanks collection of non-monetary donations.  Kroger has been kind enough to permit use of their facility, and we at LazyPaw Animal Hospitals are happy to support their efforts and store these items until transport to Collin County Animal Services. Most shelters do not have it …Read More

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Dr. Julaine Hunter

2016 Santa Pet Picts

This year’s third annual pet picts with Santa was a rousing success. Not only were numerous, generous donations collected from our clients for the benefit of Frisco Family Services’ Food Pantry, but we hosted over 77 families in a little under three hours! What does this tell us?!! Well, at our after event review we concluded  that next year’s event will need to be even bigger and better.

Though our LVT Carey’s and Lead Client Coordinator Becca’s innovative and dazzling Winter Wonderland creation was well received, it quickly became apparent that Santa still held center stage and was in the highest demand. …Read More

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Brent Bilhartz

Pet Pictures with Santa 2016

Join us at LazyPaw Animal Hospitals for our 6th Annual Pet Pictures with Santa this Saturday, December 3rd!

We will take photos from 2:00-5:00.

We will also provide a Winter Wonderland scene option for anyone who might be shy around the Big Guy. All LazyPaw patients, their families, and the general public are welcome!

In addition to holiday photos, we will also collect donations of non-perishable and canned goods for Frisco Family Services.

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Brent Bilhartz

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

With its full sized body and its short little legs, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is an easy breed to recognize. Originally bred for herding sheep these stocky, solid and athletic dogs are incredible fast and determined pets.

There are actually two different breeds of Corgis, the Pembroke and the Cardigan. Interestingly enough the two are very similar in appearance with one distinctive feature. The Pembroke is a breed that can be born without a tail while the Cardigan has a relatively long tail.

Besides being minus a tail the Corgi is a low to the ground dog that has a wide, flat …Read More

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Brent Bilhartz

A Hairless Breed: The Chinese Crested

Originally brought into the United States as a sort of a novelty breed, the Chinese Crested has really come into its own as a wonderful companion pet and unique breed of dog. There are actually two forms of the Chinese Crested, one with a silky, coat, known as the Powder Puff, and one that is hairless over the body. Most litters will have both hairless and Powder Puff puppies born at the same time. Both make excellent pets although there are some definite differences in the care required for the hairless variety.

The first misconception to clear up is that the …Read More

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Brent Bilhartz

The Lovable Lhasa Apso

Another of the toy sized long haired companion dogs, the Lhasa Apso has become a very popular companion dog all over the world. Sometimes mistaken for a Shih Tzu, these dogs are really very distinctive in both appearance and personality.

When the coat of the Lhasa Apso is left long, it is really amazing and beautiful when properly cared for and groomed daily. For ease of care many owners choose to clip the coat short, which gives a more sporty and puppyish look to the dog. However, no matter how the coat is clipped the beautiful hair on the tail curling …Read More

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Brent Bilhartz

The Bouvier des Flandres

Besides just having a very unusual name, the Bouvier des Flandres is really a very unusual breed of dog. More commonly known by the shortened moniker of the Bouvier, this breed originated in what are now the countries of  France and Belgium.

Unlike some breeds, the exact ancestors of the modern Bouvier des Flandres are a subject of hot debate with dog breeders. There is no doubt, however, the origins of the dog was as a herding and working dog, not as a dog for the show ring. As such there were no real efforts to create a unique breed, but …Read More

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Brent Bilhartz

Do animals have a sense of humor?

Do animals have a sense of humor?

Scientists trying to develop a better antidepressant pharmaceutical have made an accidental discovery—that animals have a funny bone. In the course of researching a pill to make life a little sunnier for people feeling blue, researchers found out that rats really do laugh when tickled, and that this outward expression correlates with inner feelings of happiness.

 

Multiple studies have shown that animals including monkeys, dogs, and other animals laugh as well. Neural paths for laughter are deep in the brain in both humans and animals, which many accept as proof that laughing was integral …Read More

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