Wednesday, December 18, 2013

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday: Steve Dale & Partners for Healthy Pets

Sometimes little doggies like me get lucky and meet some really important people who have made a big impact in other dogs' and cats' lives. I was fortunate to have had an opportunity to meet some of those people through an invitation from Blogpaws. Laura Colar was very gracious and made me feel welcome providing detailed information on what was to happen at the Partners for Healthy Pets event in Chicago. I even got to meet a very special  fellow blogger - Dolly the Doxie with whom I had plenty of opportunity to share some sniffs and a water bowl (sending Dolly a great big WOOF!). 
Dr. Tracey Hlede  &  Mr. Steve Dale  - can you tell I am star struck!?
Steve Dale, a well known Chicago pet expert, certified behaviour consultant, journalist, radio host, guest speaker, writer, my hero and someone who has truly made a difference in the dog and cat communities -- was the special speaker at the event.  Steve discussed the initiative to reduce preventable diseases in cats and dogs by encouraging owners to bring their pets to the vet for wellness exams. Veterinarians have noticed that pet owners have been waiting to take their dogs and cats to the vet until they see a change in behaviour or it is too late. Sadly, people waiting until the problems get worse or after they have exhausted asking friends, neighbors or doing internet research before seeing their veterinarians could make a difference between quality and length of life for an animal. 
Dr. Hlede explains the importance for wellness exams
I also met Dr. Tracey Hlede from the local Ridge Animal Clinic. Dr. Hlede performed a thorough exam on her chihuahua Sadie.  She explained why it was important to have thorough check ups and what veterinarians are looking for when performing these comprehensive wellness exams.
Dr. Tracey Hlede demonstrates a wellness exam on her chihuahua Sadie.
The Partners for Healthy Pets committee of healthcare professionals from the American Veterinary Medical Foundation. They look to help communicate, bring notice to and encourage regular vet visits and yearly wellness checkups. By bringing in your dog and cat for yearly wellness checks, you give your veterinarian opportunity to find any questionable issues or ailments and catch them early. As you now most of us doggies and kitties can't talk -- but we speak through our actions. The last time I was ill, I kept walking away to be by myself in another room and  stopped eating. My momma took me to the vet as soon as possible and we learned I had a little bit of stomach trouble. Thankfully, nothing serious. During the event,  we heard from another wonderful lady whose cat began to 'go' on her bed -- and this was a sign for her to take her cat to the vet. She learned her cat was quite ill and she was able to get him proper treatment.  Sadly, sometimes animals do not give any visible clues that they are ill, the more reason why you should bring your pets in for yearly wellness check ups. 


To learn more about Partners for Healthy Pets or for questions about what an annual checkup entails, needs veterinary referrals or would like to sign up to receive reminders for those yearly visits -- check out:

Mr. Steve Dale meets Sadie the Chihuahua (she's a cutie!)
Mr. Mike Grossman  he was first to greet me when I arrived!  Here I am giving him my card.
Mr. Steve Dale  invites audience participation. 

I even met a cute whippet girl named Rosie, who gave me a little kiss.  
Her momma is Crystal Alperin of the blog Parenting Without a Parachute.

35 comments:

  1. Oh what fun PB! We read about this organization at Dolly's too.

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    1. Yes, We learned so much - it was quite informative!

      WOOF!

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  2. Fantastic! Looks like you has a great time :)

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    1. We learned quite a bit - Dr. Hlede showed us what to look for from my Doctor when she does an exam.

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  4. Thanks for the shout out! It was a great event and purpose! Love Dolly

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    1. Loved Meeting you in pawrson Miss Dolly!

      WOOF!

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  5. Looks like you had a great time and made new friends.
    Roy & Shefali

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  6. Great article and photos. Looks like you had quite the day! And you are so, so right about being tuned in to behavior changes in pets, as it could be a sign of health problems.

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    1. Yes, if people take time to just observing those behaviours and more importantly, getting their doggies/kitties checked out yearly, they can avoid future heartaches.

      WOOF

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  7. Great opportunities and great photos!

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  8. You look like a celebrity yourselve in those photos.:-)

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    1. Doing my best to play the part with the people... WOOF!
      Hi-Five!

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  9. Wonderful pictures. It sounds like it was a fun and informative event. :)

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    1. Absolutely informative. A lot of interesting viewpoints too!

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  10. That looks like a great meeting with lots of great info.
    Thanks so much for coming by our blog and good to meet you. We are dog people too. Take care.

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    1. Awesome - I love kitties. We had a tabby named Hobie who passed at one week shy of twenty two. He was a great friend.

      WOOF!

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  11. We agree it looked like a fun and interesting event. We are pleased you had a good time. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. We did have a nice time... we learned so much about dog care and the current statistics in wellness checks.

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  12. What a lovely opportunity. Great post.

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    1. Gracias Vanessa - glad to share with you!

      WOOF!

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  13. That is such a cool and fun event!!!

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    1. I wish you had been there - lots of info on kitties too!

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  14. Looks like a great event. glad you got to go and that you shared with us. Preventive care is important for our loved furry children. Sharing on G+

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    1. Absolutely - thank you kindly for sharing. They had much information on kitty care too. They said people are less likely to take cats to the vet than they are dogs. Unfair! It is harder to see when cats are ill - which is why wellness checks are important.

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  15. You are a real celebrity Piranha! That sounds like a great event and it is always good to have a better insight into your pet's health. One question - how did Dip get there :)
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

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    1. Dip has a chihuahua teleportation device. Only chihuahuas know how to use the device so we cannot divulge further details.

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  16. What a great event you went to buddy, and who would have guessed you'd get a new girlfriend in the process, well, I guess I should have guessed with your charm! :)

    I hope you're having a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy :)

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