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Antelope Valley Vet-Visit Questionnaire

Hey friends, found this on the ASPCA website and thought it may help when bringing your pet in for a visit. It’s always helpful when a pet owner comes in prepared to assist the veterinarian in giving the best possible care for their four legged family member!

Vet-Visit Questionnaire



Whether you’re visiting a new vet for the first time or bringing your dog for an annual checkup, it’s important to be prepared. The veterinarian will likely ask you a series of questions to determine your dog’s overall health and well-being. Think you know your dog’s medical history backwards and forwards? Well, it doesn’t hurt to brush up on the basics—download our helpful questionnaire of things your vet might ask you during your visit. And remember, if your vet doesn’t ask something that you have a concern about, don’t hesitate to bring it up.

1) How long have you had your dog? 
2) Where did you get your dog?

3) Has your dog been vaccinated? Against what diseases?

4) What brand of pet food do you feed your dog?

5) Is your dog’s appetite normal? How much does he eat?

6) How much water does your dog drink?

7) Is your dog urinating and defecating regularly? Does he ever have accidents inside?

8) Is your dog displaying any of the following symptoms:


9) Has your dog lost or gained weight recently?

10) Have you noticed any significant changes in your dog’s behavior?

11) Are you experiencing any behavior problems with your pet? (Chewing, jumping, barking, aggression, etc)

12) Have you traveled outside of the area with your dog?

13) Has your dog ever suffered a serious health issue? If so, what treatment did he receive?

From: Vet Confidential: An Insider’s Guide to Protecting Your Pet’s Health
By Louise Murray, DVM



February 24, 2011 Posted by | AV Best Veterinary, Lancaster Veterinary, Palmdale Veterinary, Quartz Hill Veterinary, Rosamond Veterinary | , , , , | Leave a comment


We’ve been hearing a lot lately about Social Security and Medicare entitlements. The real question is: how much do those of retirement age really need and to how much are they entitled?

To the many who have paid in for decades and have been promised a secure future, this is a dumb question; they deserve to get what they were promised. Of course, the plot thickens when they start to factor in the idea that by getting everything they were promised, their children and grandchildren may not have any hope for security, or for that matter, retirement. So where do we draw the line?

In my opinion, there has to be a little give and take. Perhaps we can advise our union representatives at AARP that protecting our security means more than just taking care of us, it means providing for future generations as well? I remember when I was going to college many years ago. My freshman year, I qualified for some social security funding because my father was retired. By the time I was a sophomore, social security had stopped providing this benefit to children of retirees. And you know what? I agreed with it, despite the extra burden it placed on me, because it seemed that social security should be directed at its main objective—providing secure retirment for people that paid into it. As a college student, I had plenty of years to pay back my loans and make up the difference, but retirees did not.

Nowadays, it often feels like no one wants to give up anything regardless of whom it affects. We may have taken this idea of entitlement too far. After all, we live in a capitalist society, not a socialist state. Thank God. And let’s face it, doing nothing is not an option.

The US budget in 2010 was $3.55T. Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid make up nearly 25% of that total. Even a small modification in this area means hundreds of billions of dollars in savings for the country on an annual basis. Added to the economic reality is the fact that most people reaping the benefits of Social Security today and tomorrow will, if things remain unchecked, receive in excess of their contributions plus interest. Was this the original intent of the program? Should it be? Doubtful.

I’m not pinning the blame for the current situation we’re in on those over 60; they can’t really help the fact that they were born during a Baby Boom and are living during a time when longevity is at its peak, although they have proven time and again that they can influence policy.  The real reason we’re in the situation we’re in is because politicians are more interested in getting re-elected than making the tough choices they are paid to make. In this case, they waited way too long to assess the problem and take action.

While it’s not easy, and no doubt many politicians who vote for changing the current system will NOT get re-elected, the truth is that the sooner the modifications are put in place, the less drastic they will have to be. For example, during the recent economic decline, many companies laid off good employees. Some made the cuts early on; others waited until they had no other choice. Those who made the decisions early laid off fewer people and cut benefits less. They are generally better positioned for the rebound since they retained more of their hard-to-replace talent. It’s the same with Social Security and Medicare. The sooner we address the problem, the less it will hurt in the long run.

Of course, this begs the question: are most people over the age of 65 in financial shape to weather a hiccup in their promised compensation? Certainly, the market crash two years ago left many reeling with uncertainty. For those that left their money invested, they are seeing it rebound, but that boding feeling of uncertainty lurks.

The good news for Baby Boomers is that, because they are the healthiest generation to date (they have stayed active and fit later in life and will most likely live longer than their parents), they can continue working long past traditional retirement ages. Many are opting to do this because they find it gives them purpose and a social outlet, among other things. My neighbor lady didn’t retire until she was 78 years old and would have continued still if it weren’t for knee replacements. Warren Buffet says he’ll work until he’s 100. One of the oldest siblings in America still works on Wall Street, even though he is 104.

Working later in life may look different. Hopefully, by this time, you are doing a job you feel passionate about and doing it on your terms—part-time, project work, only in a consultative or supervisory role. Or perhaps, in the case of people like film director and former mayor, Clint Eastwood, and comedian Rodney Dangerfield, this is the time of life when you are doing your best work ever and getting opportunities you never imagined earlier in your career.

Of course, we need to ensure that there are enough jobs for everyone of all ages in order to make this model work. Otherwise, the younger generations won’t be mad at us for stealing their retirement; they’ll be mad at us for stealing their livelihoods. That’s why it’s in everyone’s best interest to create a strong economy with maximized demand and lots of opportunities to work regardless of whether we’re building a family or just too positively old to retire.

What are your thoughts on retirement and Social Security? Are you relying on it for your future? How long do you plan on working? And what do you suggest the President should do about the entitlement programs? It’s time to weigh in on this weighty subject.

February 24, 2011 Posted by | baby boomer information, over 50 | , , , , | Leave a comment


No, I don’t mean your mother-in-law or your husband. I’m talking about that ubiquitous agony that torments your body after a stressful day at the office or a traumatic accident from the preceding decade.

It’s difficult to stay upbeat and energized when recurrent pains gnaw at us with their prickly talons.  In order to avoid becoming the nefarious ‘pain in the neck’ ourselves, it’s important to find ways to prevent and address our aches before they get the better of us.

This topic weighs heavy on me this week as I face my second long day of a neck ache that keeps threatening to become a full-blown headache. My lower back isn’t faring too well either. I can write both off to too many hours in front of my computer (as this is my busy season) or the 13-mile half-marathon I ran last week in less than three hours despite the fact that I had not trained as planned. Of course, my real concern right now is what I can do to reduce the swelling and misalignment to make myself feel right again.

Nothing makes us feel older than ongoing pain, and if you’ve ever seen someone who has lived with pain for an extended period of time, you can see how it ages them. So let’s nip these aches and pains in the bud so we can keep doing all the wonderful things that make us healthy agers who are positively old.

According to the American Pain Foundation, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is growing at a rate of 15% each year, with more than $24 billion spent on therapies outside conventional medicine. Alternative medicineemploys methods like acupuncture, chiropractic therapy, magnetic therapy and combinations thereof to fight pain.

Walking, swimming, and my personal favorite, yoga, are soothing exercises that can be done to prevent pain or help restore the body to a state of ease after the onset of painful joints or tight muscles.

Here are a couple of other ideas I have found online that I thought everyone might benefit from. I’d love to hear some of your surefire solutions as well.

Reducing Inflammation as a Means of Reducing Pain

Reducing Pain Through Hypnosis

Relieving Stress and Changing Perceptions to Minimize Pain

Stiff Joints Don’t Have to Slow You Down

Preventing Back Pain – Great Tips on the Best Positions in the Car, in Bed and At work!

Exercise for Pain Reduction

Laughter, a Prescription for Pain Reduction

The most important thing is to address your pain early before it becomes chronic and to get knowledgeable advice on curing the problem, not just minimizing the symptoms.

As for me, I’m going to go stretch out now, and then maybe take a hot shower followed by a nice ice pack. See you on the track next week!


February 24, 2011 Posted by | baby boomer information, Healthy Aging, over 50, reducing pain, Successful Aging | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Block Shop’s New Location is a whole new image of Bicycle retail.

After all these years in the industrial environment the Block Shop is finally moving!!!

The new location is 604 West Ave L  Lancaster, CA 93534 same phone number 661.729.2800 .

Located just 1/2 mile east of Costco (10th Street West and Ave L) – The Block Shop will set a whole new image of Bicycle retail.

The new location is just under 5000 square feet and is state of the art.

The Block Shop is introducing a world class pro style bicycle fitting room and offering BG Fit which is the fit system used by the first and second place finishers in the 2010 Tour de France.

The new building has a huge bicycle display area featuring over 300 bikes along with a brand new service center.

Inside we have 5 different departments featuring road, mountain, bmx, helmets & shoes, and scooters and skateboards along with a mall store apparel section.

A 100″ projection tv will entertain and enhance your shopping experience.

Come see us! Soft opening March 1st – Grand opening in the very near future!

February 24, 2011 Posted by | av best bike repair, av bicylce shop, av bikes, lancaster bmx, palmdale bmx | , , , , | Leave a comment

Future site of Kinetic Brewing Company on the BLVD

These photos show some work underway at 735 west lancaster Blvd. The future site of Kinetic Brewing Company (on Facebook ) The building was constructed in the late 1950’s and had Asbestos ceilings and floor tiles.




When renovating or remodeling older buildings, an Asbestos report is recommended if there is a possibility of disturbing hazardous materials. A report costs approximately $1,000. If no Asbestos is found, you are protected from any claims made in the future relating to any suspected contamination. If Asbestos is found, a remediation contractor will be required to remove all Asbestos in the path of construction. Once the Asbestos Abatement contractor is complete, they issue a clean bill of health for the structure and you are able to begin construction without endangering your workers from Asbestos contamination.

If you are not sure if Asbestos is present or not, call your Architect!

“We create the spaces where you live, work, and play.”
Myrle D. McLernon AIA, LEED AP
759 W. Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, CA 93534
P: 661.940.3668
F: 661.948.5870

February 24, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley architect, av best architect, av custom homes, lancaster architect, palmdale architect | , , , , | Leave a comment

52% off Facial, Hand Treatment and Pedicure in the Antelope Valley

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February 24, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley bargains, antelope valley coupons, antelope valley deals, antelope valley groupon, antelope valley pedicure | , , , , | Leave a comment

Lancaster Best Financial Service


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February 24, 2011 Posted by | av best insurance, lancaster commercial insurance, lancaster insurance, lancaster life insurance, lancaster personal insurance | , , , , | Leave a comment