Hawthorne Veterinary Clinic Newsletter - Summer 2021


Integrative Medicine • Acupuncture • Herbs • Nutrition
Our mission is to offer a more equitable and compassionate approach to veterinary medicine. We recognize that all living beings are complex and unique individuals and we all share the common threads of life.
Dear friends and clients,

Summer is finally upon us and we are transitioning back to seeing clients again inside the clinic. For the time being, we are continuing to require face masks for all individuals on our premises, regardless of COVID vaccine status.

Please check out our current COVID-19 policy here.

We are excited and grateful for the opportunity to welcome another Benson Highschool graduate this summer: Jacqueline Martinez De Jesus, who is dreaming of becoming a veterinarian one day. Please join us in welcoming her to our clinic!

As we have mentioned before, our lease is up for renewal at the end of October, and we are thinking about a possible move. We have started to search for a new location that could fit our needs better, but we are also considering staying at our current location and a clinic remodel.

After ten years being a practice owner and a solo practitioner for the past three, it's time for an extended break. Dr. Conny decided to take the month of September off and visit her homeland to recharge and to be with her family as they celebrate grandma's 100th birthday in her hometown Saalfeld.

The burn out many veterinary professionals experience is definitely real, and the COVID pandemic has highlighted that more than ever! We continue to strive making decisions utilizing a racial and economic equity lens, and this applies also to how we navigate Dr. Conny's need to take a month-long break and the different needs around that.

Since we are not able to get a relief vet to cover for Dr. Conny in September, the clinic will be open during that time M, T & Th, F from 9a-4p for medication refills and retail sales only. This will allow our employees to continue to earn a living and prepare for our next chapter. We will not be able to offer any medical appointments during this time. We are also currently not scheduling any appointments for October and beyond, since we don't know yet if we are going to move to a new location after Dr. Conny's return.

Thank you for understanding! We know uncertainty and change can be hard, but this is also an exciting time for us and we promise to keep you updated!

Have a great summer,

Dr. Conny Wagner & Jada, Erika, Lucia, Alexis, and Jacqueline

Delivering personal and compassionate veterinary care requires us to take care of our own needs first, and part of our ongoing equity work is to set aside enough time for self care, so we can recharge and spent time with family and friends. Hence, it's time for a break!

Temperatures are rising in the PNW!
Here are some tips and tricks on how to help your pet manage the heat!

We're all trying to stay hydrated and drink lots of water in this hot weather. It's just as important for our pets to drink plenty. How can we encourage them to keep cool and stay hydrated? Give these tempting treats – recommended by PDSA vets – a try on a hot summer day! Read more 

As the temperatures rise, it's important to remember your pets as even the healthiest of pets can suffer from dehydration, heatstroke and sunburn.

Plantain (Plantago major) was one of the plants that came to North America clinging to the shoes, clothes, animals and packs of European colonizers. The Anishinaabe called it White Man’s Footsteps because it seemed to appear everywhere white people went. But unlike other colonizer plants, it did not choke out the indigenous species. “Its strategy was to be useful,” Robin Wall Kimmerer writes in her book Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, “to fit into small places, to coexist with others around the dooryard, to heal wounds. Plantain is so prevalent, so well integrated, that we think of it as native.”

In this sense, plantain offers a lesson for all of us whose ancestors came to this land as colonizers, whose own roots are not indigenous to these lands, but naturalized. Lets  be more like plantain!

“Being naturalized to place means to live as if this is the land that feeds you, as if these are the streams from which you drink, that build your body and fill your spirit. To become naturalized is to know that your ancestors lie in this ground. Here you will give your gifts and meet your responsibilities. To become naturalized is to live as if your children’s future matters, to take care of the land as if our lives and the lives of all our relatives depend on it. Because they do.”

― Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

If you look around your garden or neighborhood, you will find that plantain is virtually everywhere! The leafs can be used topically as a poultice to treat skin wounds, rashes from poison ivy and insect bites, and internally for respiratory inflammation, mild gastroenteritis and diarrhea.

Plantain is also good in salads or can be added as a raw vegetable to your pet's home-cooked diet! 

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