How to Care for Dogs

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dr. Candy Olson demonstrates how to care for dogs with at-home exams, giving oral medication, trimming toenails, applying eye and ear medications, cleaning ears, grooming tips, and much more.

    Candy Olson

    Dr. Candy Olson graduated from veterinary school in 1978, and has been working as a small animal veterinarian ever since. She started her own practice, Greenbriar Animal Hospital, in Fairfax, Virginia in 1993 with a goal to providing a very personal level of service, like an old fashioned family doctor’s office. The hospital has grown into a busy 2 doctor practice with a full time dog and cat groomer. The practice and Dr. Olson have received several awards for top quality service to her patients and their owners, but what she enjoys the most is fine tuning the day to day care of her patients, and helping their owners cope with medical and behavioral issues that pop up in today’s lifestyles. Dr. Olson is particularly interested in the care of geriatric pets and in pets with multiple medical and/or behavioral problems. She keeps her veterinary knowledge current by reading more than 8 veterinary journals every month, and by attending more than 80 hours of continuing education meetings each year (Virginia requires 15 hours per year). She also serves as a mentor for student veterinary technicians and high school students interested in veterinary medicine. Her hobbies include gardening, travel, and photography (photography is an extended family hobby). Some of her photos and some of her family’s photos are framed and on display at the animal hospital.

    Dr. Candy Olson: Hi! I am Dr. Candy Olson. I own the Greenbriar Animal Hospital and I've been a veterinarian for almost 30 years. I've owned this hospital here for about 15 years. It's a marvelous job, hadn't anything better. But we're making a video here with a whole bunch of tips on home care for your dog and one of the things that we wanted to cover is safety issues here because not all dogs are amendable to all of these things that we're going to show how to do. You want to be careful and make sure that your dog is okay with this and that there is not going to be any problems. Not even us pros can do all of these things with every dog.

    Things to watch out for are, is your dog trying to pull away and to get away, then step back a little bit and I think can we do this a little bit more slowly. Watch and see if you are doing something with the front half of the dog, watch their eyes so their pupils get kind of dilated that means they are scared and they may snap. If you push your dog to the point where it's growling or snapping at you, you've gone way too far; back off a little bit. Always be careful with this stuff and go slowly until you are sure that your dog is comfortable with it and you're comfortable with it and you'll be able to do it.

    This is Oriel she is going to be helping us with some of our dog care topics here and we have some supplies and noted that you need things for each little segment that we will be going over those as well. But what we're going to cover in the next little bit is how to do an at home exam for your dog, and when and why you would want to?

    So, we'll get to that.