Author: Dr. Ryan Llera (page 1 of 29)

Sedation is Not a Bad Word

Sedation in Pets

Veterinary medicine has a few words or phrases that nobody wants to hear…”maggots”, “hit by car”, and “quiet”, to name a few.  However, “sedation” is not one of them.  As a pet owner, you undoubtedly can be concerned about your pet being sick and needing to undergo sedation or anesthesia because those are often emergency situation.  Most younger pets undergoing anesthesia for a spay or neuter will do quite well and potentially may be less of a concern for pet owners.  Older pets can often do fine under anesthesia or sedation as well as long we monitor closely and take proper precautions. Continue reading

Wide World of Dog Sports

dog sports

Photo by Lindy Martin Photography

You and your dog have a unique bond, perhaps one only you share.  Long gone however are the days of just simple walks and feeding being the only way to bond with your canine companion.  Now there is so much more to do than 40 years ago when “man’s best friend” simply relied on having a place to call home and a family to love them.  Yes, dog sports!  It’s time to unleash the inner athlete in your dog, bond with them in ways you never imagined, and help them live happier, healthier lives.

Agility

No doubt you’ve seen or heard of agility in some form; there’s countless videos on the internet including chicken agility.  For dogs, agility is a fun interactive sport for a dog and their handler.  Agility can help your dog out by staying fit to help keep that excess weight off and you can even participate in the winter as there are often indoor classes or trials in many areas.  Additionally, it helps your dog learn to focus their attention on what they’re being told the next obstacle is.  Different obstacles or games can teach your dog patience, how to take commands from a distance, and coordination.  Your dog can start training before they reach adulthood with the only restriction on the jumping as a Continue reading

A Promise to Patients

My New Promise to Patients

I graduated from veterinary school in 2006.  Wow – that wasn’t that long ago, or was it?  It’s only been 12 years but since then veterinary medicine has changed.  Medically, we have made more advances to provide better top-notch care.  However, socially and perception-wise, veterinary medicine has been tarnished due to the evolution of the internet and social media.  It has driven a number of my colleagues out of the profession, into a depressive state, or in the worst cases – suicide.  I’m doing fine and am constantly evolving to provide the best care that I can.  As a result, this is my promise to patients: Continue reading

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