Posts Categorized: Our Staff Blog

One Dog’s Journey

A dog by your side is a loyal companion and a best friend for life. As our military members come home, many return to face a new battle, a life with “invisible wounds.” Thanks to our recent partnership with Warriors’ Best Friend Foundation, dogs like Charlie are being trained and transformed into service dogs for veterans needing their… Read more »

Prevention & Treatment: Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

What is hip dysplasia in dogs, and what treatment options are available? How can you help prevent hip problems for your pet?  Dr. Jacqueline Morino of our Merriam Veterinary Care Center answers your questions! What exactly is hip dysplasia?  Morino: Hip dysplasia starts out as laxity, or looseness, within the hip joint.  Since it is a… Read more »

Community Effort: Reducing Feral Cat Populations

Feral cat populations overwhelm our urban neighborhoods. That’s why our HERO Team is constantly working to help reduce the number of feral cats through a program called Trap-Neuter-Return. “It’s a community problem,” HERO Program Director Lauren Hacker said. Through Trap-Neuter-Return, or TNR, feral cats are humanely trapped, safely spayed or neutered and returned to their… Read more »

Jinxx’s Story

Jinxx was found shortly after he was hit by a car. Animal Control rushed him to our Merriam Veterinary Care Center for a fractured jaw and other life-threatening injuries. Our team gave him the immediate care he needed.  Incredibly, less than a week later, he was reunited with his worried owner. We’re grateful Jinxx has… Read more »

Virtual Tour: Merriam Veterinary Care Center

Take a walk with us and see what our caring team at the Merriam Veterinary Care Center is up to! Bringing your furry family member in for care at our VCC will help homeless pets, too! Every dollar made goes right back to our shelter pets.  

Meet Our New Leadership!

Kelly Chamberlain: President, Chief Operating Officer  Nate Meador: President, Chief Development and Marketing Officer We are excited to announce our leadership partners at Great Plains SPCA!  The board has decided to implement two presidential roles with a defined focus to strategically grow the organization and serve the Greater Kansas City communities.  This partnership is between… Read more »

Understanding FIV in Cats

Ask-A-VCC Vet: What is FIV and how does it affect cats?   FIV stands for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, a condition that weakens a cat’s immune system.  “It attacks the white blood cells, making [cats] more susceptible to other infections,” Dr. Heath Brown of our Merriam Veterinary Care Center says.  He says it is most commonly… Read more »

The Importance of Annual Exams

Ask-A-VCC Vet: How critical is your pet’s wellness exam? “It’s easy for owners to miss subtle changes that can be more obvious to medical professionals that don’t see the pet every day,” Dr. Jennifer Ramsey of our Merriam Veterinary Care Center says.  A yearly exam helps ensure common issues like ear infections, dental disease and… Read more »

Easing Your Pet’s Anxiety During Storms

Does your pet need TLC during storms? How do you know if he/she needs extra help coping with anxiety? “Try to get them into a state where they can be calm, and then reinforce that positive behavior,” Dr. Jennifer McMeans of our Merriam Veterinary Care Center says. McMeans says rewarding calm behavior with a treat… Read more »

Protecting Your Pet During Flea and Tick Season

  Flea and tick season is here… Do you know which preventative is best for your pet? “Over-the-counters aren’t as effective because they are so widespread,” says Dr. Little, one of our Merriam Veterinary Care Center vets. She often sees patients who can’t find over-the-counter preventatives that work well.  A common misconception, is that prescribed… Read more »