Dr. Barnes attended the University of Maryland, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science in 1978. As our most well-seasoned veterinarian, in 1982, she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee, Alabama, where she graduated as a Dean’s List member with High Honors. In 1996, Dr. Barnes completed an alternative track residency program with credentials approved in Emergency Critical Care.
Dr. Barnes is a past President of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society as well as the District of Columbia Academy of Veterinary Medicine. She is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association and past President of the Northern Virginia Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Barnes is a Veterinary Instructor and Consultant for Region Three of the United States Police Canine Association. She lives her life-long passion in emergency critical care medicine and surgery and enjoys teaching and facilitating this discipline to all interested.
Her special interests include sonography, advanced imaging and emergent surgical techniques. She insists upon comprehensive pain management and is an advocate for her patients and their families.
Dr. Barnes lives with her husband, also a veterinarian, and they have five furry children, all of whom are rescued pets: two American Staffordshire Terriers named "Aspen" and "Opie," and three cats, "Dexter," "Thor" and "Charlie." As a previous marathon runner, Dr. Barnes is also PADI-certified (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and enjoys scuba and the outdoors whenever possible.
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Any physical changes or new findings on your pet should be evaluated by your veterinarian to best know if there should be any worry or cause for concern. Performing a daily body massage and pet inspection can be bonding and revealing for all – this is suggested morning and evening. Consistency in this evaluation with inspection from nose to tail and head to toes twice daily if possible by one or two members of the family is best.
Questions to be asked when a lump is discovered should better classify the nature of the lump and include:
-Fresh water & non-metal bowl for dispensing
-Treats for your pooch (AND you)
-Sunscreen (Animal friendly, if needed)
-Toys (Frisbee, Tennis Balls)
-Pets collar with current identification
-Veterinarian’s phone number
Now that you’re packed and ready to go, here are some tips on how to keep your time outdoors safe for both you and your pet. Dehydration, heat stroke and sunburn are the most commonly seen illnesses during hot weather. All three illnesses can easily be avoided by following a few simple steps.
Last week we looked at why some cats may be either urinating or defecating in places other than their litter box. This week, we’ll explore ways to prevent it.Methods for prevention of house-soiling
- Scooping the litter box daily
- Changing soiled litter daily
- Letting your cat decide which litter or box he/she likes by doing different trials
- Avoid negative conditioning; not only is it unlikely to work, but it can also be counterproductive by causing new problems
- Recognize negative scenarios that may upset your particular cat (children or other pet harassment) or stress
- Clean all soiled areas in the home appropriately and thoroughly to decrease attraction of soiled areas as established toilet places
- Provide sufficient number of litter boxes for the household; The AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) recommends 1 or more litter boxes than there are cats in the home
- Place the litter box/pan in area easily accessed by all cats
Part 1: Why this may be happeningWhile most cats are often sought for being a low maintenance pet, when inappropriate "toilet habits" occurs (i.e. anywhere but the litter pan) our once low maintenance, inexpensive pet can become one of the most expensive, frustrating and time consuming pet to care for.
What exactly is inappropriate toilet habits (better known as "elimination" in medical terms)? It is when our feline pet elects to change its toilet area to another part or parts of the home besides their litter pan, hence the other commonly used phrase of 'house soiling'. And this can occur suddenly even with litter box-trained cats. It's as if the litter box becomes an entirely new concept by our feline's vocabulary. And this could be urination or defecation or both depending on how much you are loved by your kitty (this is strictly sarcasm from a cat owner that has much experience in this topic).
Many of us grew up with either a dog or cat, and still many had a hamster or guinea pig as a pet as well. What is less known is that birds are the 3rd most common pet in American. And many of these are the hook-billed birds of the parrot species like Cockatoos, African Greys and Macaws, which can have large vocabularies as opposed to the non-parrot species that are smaller such as Canaries, Parakeets and Finches.
Special care and preparation is needed before selecting a Cockatoo or other type of parrot to come live in your home. Cockatoos, African Greys, and Macaws can be amazing companions. Their intelligence is often studied by scientists, perhaps in part because of their ability to mimic human speech and perform some moderately complex reasoning (such as distinguishing shapes, colors and textures.) Their range and vibrancy of colors can make them stand out in any household… which may be a good thing: these birds are considered some of the most intelligent of the avian species, and many health and behavioral problems developed by these birds result from lack of attention from their owners. They will pick off their own feathers out of boredom (a form of self-mutilation.)
A question we get quite often in our practice is about brushing your pet’s teeth and whether we feel it is necessary:
Imagine not brushing your teeth for a day, now a week, how about a whole month? The results would be pretty disgusting and unhealthy. Yet pet owners question the need for taking their pets to their vet for annual cleaning, despite not having a comprehensive plan to keep those canine or feline teeth free of tartar and bacteria. Pet food doesn’t contain a magic cleaner ingredient that protects their teeth, otherwise that magic ingredient would be put into human food as well and the toothpaste and toothbrush market would cease to exist. The truth is, most pet owners just neglect their pets’ teeth until often it’s time to have them pulled out. Often this also is the time where the vet discovers that not only do teeth have to be removed, but the pet has also developed a heart or kidney condition directly related to the rotten teeth.