An (Un)Exhaustive List of What I Know About Dogs

Routine preventative care is so much more boring than the excitement of emergency care or the challenge of treating serious disease. Boring is my favorite thing ever.

Routine preventative care is so much more boring than the excitement of emergency care or the challenge of treating serious disease.  Boring is my favorite thing ever.

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Feeding your dogs well will enhance and extend their lives more than almost any other thing I can imagine.

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Most of the toxins that are bad for us are the same ones that are bad for our dogs, but there are some weird ones that you would not automatically know, like onions and naproxen and the xylitol in sugar-free gum.

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Dogs will not always stop playing when they are tired.  They will not always come out of the heat or the cold.  They do not know how to safely cross the street or balance in the back of a pickup truck.  They need us to protect them.

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Most dogs should not be bred, or even intact.

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Vaccines protect our dogs from horrible, sometimes fatal, diseases.  They should be neither under- nor overused.  Each dog’s vaccination schedule should be tailored to his or her individual situation.

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Every dog and every puppy is amazing and unique and beautiful.

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The only serious downside to dogs is that their life spans are so much shorter than ours.

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Preventative dental care, including regular dental cleaning under anesthesia as needed, will spare your dog all sorts of pain.

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Many of the signs that we tend to attribute to aging are actually specific, treatable conditions.

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Puppy mills are the scourge of the dog world.

I’d like to offer a warm welcome to Dr. Finch and thank her for joining us – I’ve been a long time fan, and our readers will enjoy regular features and a planned future Q&A. You’ll find a blurb about her in the author info box below, but I’ve asked her to offer an intro snippet to help you get to know her better. -NB

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I’m a vet…I like dogs…
I am married to Russ.  We have two awesome daughters.  We have two dogs and a cat, Noodle the Poodle, a 12 year old neutered male Miniature Poodle, Joy the Puppy, a 2 year old spayed female Lab-something, Max the Cat, a 15 year old neutered male…cat (domestic shorthair), all rescues.  We recently lost our very sweet Ebony Dog, another spayed female Lab-something, at nine years old to cancer.  We have had three Miniature Poodles before Noodle, all just as silly, and one Corgi-something, also very cute and very silly.
I grew up in Omaha Nebraska.  My first dogs were two awesome Basset Hounds named Mandy and Kipper.  My parents had them since before I was born and moved them to Panama and back to America with my Dad’s Navy career.  It is Mom and Dad’s influence that made me a dog lover!  They now have Ernie Dog, who is the smallest dog I know (four pounds).  Both of my brothers are dog lovers too and have four dogs between them.  Two of those dogs are the biggest dogs I know, Riley and James, after whom my veterinary website is named.
I decided to be a small animal vet when I was in third grade.  I finished my undergraduate degree in pre-veterinary medicine at University of Nebraska at Lincoln.  I went to Veterinary School at Iowa State University.  I have been a veterinarian since 1998.  We lived in Littleton Colorado for five years and have been back in Omaha for the past seven years where most of our family lives.
I am a member of AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) and The Nebraska Academy of Veterinary Medicine, and I am a big supporter of Nebraska Humane Society, which rescues and rehomes dogs, cats, horses and exotic pets.
I write for CareFRESH (small pet bedding company), (local website), my own website, Riley and James, and now here (woo!)  When I am not actively parenting, vetting or writing, I like to read, garden and walk the dogs.
Update September 22, 2011  I work for Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital in Omaha Nebraska.

21 thoughts on “An (Un)Exhaustive List of What I Know About Dogs

  1. Hi Doc, I’m curious.. Would you kinow if “The Nebraska Humane Society” is connected to or receives any funding from =-> HSUS “The Humane society of The United States”??

    1. HI Peter! Nebraska Humane Society is not connected to the Humane Society of The United States and doesn’t receive funding from them. Much of their funding is from private donations, and some is from contract work (like pet licensing) with the City of Omaha and surrounding areas. I do not know much about the $$$ side of their organization, but it is SUCH a great group of people!

  2. Dr. Finch, you are awesome! Our Jacy (Lhasa) loves you like family! and so do we and we think you are the best ever! Your readers on this site will love you and your writing!

      1. Hi SSB Pack –

        As long as we are introducing Finches, I’m the SIL (traditionally sister in law, but Dr. Finch and I go by Sister I Love). My “zoo” thinks Dr. Finch is the best ever, from my fraidy-Malinios (he’s terrified of Noodle the Poodle and anything else small and fast) to my 3 month old rats. Dr. Finch is one of the best vet-bloggers you will find – she’s funny, charming and well informed. If she doesn’t have the answers, she will work until she does. Enjoy!


  3. A warm welcome to you Dr. Finch. I look forward to your planned feature articles.

    and…….Thanks to Life with Dogs for asking Dr. Finch to contribute to an already awesome (and admittedly addictive) website. What a Great Idea!

  4. Shawn is my awesome niece. She is the best Veterinarian EVER, only second to being the best niece ever! I cherish our relationship. Her compassion for animals is second to none! Her balance of career and family is incredibly stable. We are all so, so very proud of her accomplishments in life.

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