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Cathy Barnette

Cathy Barnette is a practicing small animal veterinarian, freelance writer, and contributor to XPrep Learning Solutions. She is passionate about both veterinary medicine and education, working to provide helpful information to veterinary teams and the general public. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in nature with her family and leading a Girl Scout troop.

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4 Dog Breeding Questions a Vet Should Ask Clients

Posted by Cathy Barnette on March 18, 2019 at 9:00 AM

As a vet, you are likely to encounter a number of clients who want to breed their dogs. There are a variety of possible motivations behind breeding: financial gain, wanting a puppy similar to their own adult dog, the desire to provide an educational experience for their children, and many others.

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Topics: Client Situations, Veterinary Clients, Client Communications, Spay / Neuter, Breeding

Over 100 Veterinary Hospital Employees Exposed to Plague by Pet Dog

Posted by Cathy Barnette on March 15, 2019 at 8:11 PM

In December 2017, a young dog was treated by its veterinarian for fever and respiratory signs that developed four days after sniffing a dead prairie dog. When the dog failed to respond to antibiotics and began coughing up blood, it was taken to the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital for additional diagnostics and treatment.

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Topics: Plaque, prairie dog

What is the Best Age to Spay or Neuter Canine Patients?

Posted by Cathy Barnette on March 11, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Spay/neuter timing is a controversial topic… and one that you will encounter on a regular basis in small animal practice. While pets have traditionally been spayed or neutered at 4-6 months of age, recent studies have led both the veterinary community and the general public to question that wisdom.
It is important for you to understand the issues involved in the spay/neuter timing debate, so that you can educate your clients and help them provide the best possible care for their pets. 
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Topics: Spay / Neuter

Veterinary Anesthesia-Free Dentistry: What's the Big Deal?

Posted by Cathy Barnette on February 18, 2019 at 9:00 AM

In your veterinary career, you will probably see many pets in need of dental care. Some clients will follow your recommendations, while others may forego complete dental care in favor of anesthesia-free dentistry.

Your job is to educate clients on the differences between these two options, in the hopes that they will make the best decisions for their pets.

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Topics: Dental Care, Dental Disease

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