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The Fourth of July is no fun for many pets, and few know more about that than a veterinarian. Although I “play one on TV” for
Good Morning America and
The Dr. Oz Show, I’m still a practicing veterinarian with more than three decades of experience. And I’ve spent many a Fourth of July taking emergency calls. Here are a few I remember:
This is in addition to cuts on foot pads (they bleed like crazy), heat prostration (overweight, out-of-shape dogs taken on long summer hikes), foxtails and cheat grass inside ears and feet, hit by cars, dog fights … the list goes on and on.
I’m not working this Fourth, but the veterinarian in me (not to mention the never-off-duty attitude of my dog-trainer daughter, Mikkel) will be working overtime to keep our pets safe and relaxed. Here’s our line-up of Fourth Phobias:
I’ve traveled to more than 70 countries in my lifetime; my wife, Teresa, to more than 60; our 26-year-old daughter Mikkel more than 50; and our 22-year-old son Lex more than 40. And we can tell you this for sure: We do live in the greatest country on earth.
As always, we will be thanking God for being born here and letting us raise our families here. Because of high-tech veterinary care, advanced nutrition, great preventive health care products and owners who consider them part of the family … our pets are blessed to live here too.
Happy Fourth of July!
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