Bear The Clinic Cat

Pictured below is Bear, one of the clinic cats at Alta Vista Veterinary Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.  This is a large hospital that is open from 7 am to 10 pm seven days a week.  I love working there because of the variety of animals we treat and the wonderful staff.  This clinic reminds me of my internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City – you never know what is going to come through the door.  

Bear looks a little grumpy in this picture for two reasons.  First, I interrupted his afternoon nap to get this picture.  Second, I made a New Year’s resolution for him.  I decided that Bear needed to go on a diet and get daily exercise.  For his part, Bear has decided he does not like my resolution.  I put Bear on a new diet of primarily canned cat food to reduce the amount of carbohydrates he consumes and hopefully, prevent pancreatitis and diabetes.  He also exercises every night for fifteen minutes.  The staff reports he is quite happy the days I don’t work.     


Published by kristennelsondvm

Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.

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