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Dr. Hiss’ Story: Why I Love My Job

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“Why I Love My Job” from Dr. Hiss’s perspective:

I have been around animals my entire life, starting with growing up on a farm. I remember my 4th grade teacher had us write what we were going to do when we grew up. I wrote that I was going to be a veterinarian or a farmer. Animals have always been a source of interest and comfort for me.

When I graduated from veterinary school, I came to Kokomo and have been in the same practice for more than 36 years. I appreciate that I have known many of my clients since I started practice. I have fond memories of numerous animals, pets and livestock, over those years. I am blessed that I have a profession that I truly love. At an age where many are looking forward to walking away from their life’s work, I can’t imagine not practicing. I still love to learn how to be a better veterinarian each day.

The team we have at Pet Care Clinic is amazing. I am surrounded by happy people that enjoy what they do and are excellent at their jobs. Our recent accreditation by AAHA is a good example of what our team is capable of accomplishing. They inspire me to reach for goals that were merely dreams before. We work hard but still have an environment filled with joy and laughter.

Life in a veterinary practice is full of highs and lows. Seeing pets get well, new pets coming into clients’ families, and the joy of discussing entertaining things our pets do with our clients are really satisfying. On the other hand, discussions of quality of life decisions for a cherished pet are tough parts of the day.

I look forward to continuing to serve our clients and their companions.

– Dr. Hiss

Easter Hazards

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Easter Hazards

While you and your family prepare for Easter weekend, it is important to keep your furry family members in mind. Beautiful decorations, flower arrangements, the wonderful smells from the kitchen, and the goodies in Easter baskets can pose threats to our pets. Here are a few things to keep in mind while preparing for the holiday.


We’ve said it once, but we will say it again. Keep chocolate and other candies away from your pets! If ingested, chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, seizures, and other symptoms. The darker the chocolate, the worse it is for your pet. Any candy that contains an artificial sweetener (Xylitol) is also harmful to pets. Some symptoms of Xylitol poisoning are vomiting, weakness, lethargy, and seizures.


Whenever we feed our pets something that is not part of their normal diet, it can cause gastrointestinal upset. So what does that mean? It means that it may cause your pet to start vomiting or have diarrhea. There are foods that are worse for your pet than others. Some foods to keep out of reach are raisins, macadamia nuts, anything sweet, fatty meats, and meats with bones in them. Also, be sure to keep dough away from pets. If a pet ingests even a small amount of dough, it can rise in their stomach and cause issues. If your pet is on a prescription diet, it is important that you do not give them any other type of food. The doctor prescribed their special diet to aid in your pets overall health. Please, do not give them any table scraps.

Easter Grass

Plastic Easter grass is always a fun thing to put in Easter baskets and to decorate with. If your pet ingests Easter grass, it is important that you contact your veterinarian. Our pets cannot digest this, and it can cause a blockage. Signs to look out for are vomiting, diarrhea, decrease in appetite, lethargy, and stomach pain. If your pet cannot pass the Easter grass by themselves, it may require abdominal surgery.


There are plants and flowers that are extremely dangerous to our furry friends – some more than others. Lilies are especially toxic to cats. If any part of a Lily is ingested by a cat, it can result in kidney failure, vomiting, diarrhea, or even death. Some other symptoms include dehydration, lethargy, loss of appetite, and possibly seizures. The most dangerous types of Lilies are Easter Lilies, Tiger Lilies, Day Lilies, and Asiatic Lilies. Lily poisoning is not as common in dogs as in cats. However, if a large amount is ingested it may cause vomiting and diarrhea. So, if you decide to have a lily display this Easter, please make sure you put it in a spot that your cat & dog cannot get to.

We know it can be difficult to keep curious kitties and rowdy pups away from the things we discussed above. We just ask that you do your best to keep these hazards away from them so your entire family can enjoy the Easter holiday together. If your pet ingests anything that they aren’t supposed to, or starts exhibiting any strange symptoms, please call your veterinarian ASAP to see if medical attention is necessary.

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