What Made You Want to be a Veterinarian??

It never fails when I am making casual conversation with a new non-veterinary acquaintance, the conversation inevitably turns to the topic of our vocations and I end up being asked, “What made you decide to become a veterinarian?” Evidently, there are people in this world who somehow know from an early age just what they […]

All surgeries are not created equal !!

Frequently I get asked why it costs more for some common procedures at one clinic and less at another.  Often when someone asks this they are trying to decide whether to take a pet to a high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinic, or have the procedure done at the veterinarian that they normally use.  The answer to […]

The New Years Puppy

Dr. Bobby’s house was just across the lawn from the clinic.  During the winter months when the soil was soft and the grass was dormant you could make out a narrow foot path carved lightly in the earth by countless footsteps coming and going that gently curved  from the side entrance of the lobby to […]

Bonnie and Clyde

Ms. Taylor’s chin started to quiver and the corners of her mouth turned down slightly as the news I was sharing with her sunk in.  Tears welled up along her lower eyelids.  Before they spilled onto her cheek, she dabbed them away with a tissue and looked away.  Bonnie, her black lab nuzzled her hand […]

Baseball Sally

  “Look Dad!” Chuck exclaimed, pointing out the window of the car. It was a sunny Sunday afternoon and Chuck and his dad were on their way to the little league baseball fields near their home to take some batting and fielding practice before the season got underway.   Chuck’s dad, Dr. Carson, was a veterinarian […]

The Valentine’s Day Debacle

  For veterinarians in rural America, holidays evoke conflicting emotions.  We – like normal people – enjoy spending time visiting with family and friends.  We look forward to tables filled with more food than we can possibly eat and the occasion to have a cocktail or a glass of wine in the middle of what […]

Jasper’s Itch

In all of creation puppies rank near the top of the list in the category of cutest things ever!  Labrador Retriever puppies are especially endearing.  Their plump little bodies, soft fur, innocent expression, clumsy antics, and limitless desire for human affection make them absolutely irresistible!  Anyone who has ever tried to walk away from a […]

Communication is key!

On May 10, 1997 I walked across the stage at the commencement ceremony for the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine to accept my diploma from Dean Prasse.  I stepped off that stage a newly minted veterinarian and stepped into the heart of rural Georgia to begin my career in veterinary medicine. I was […]


What is it about being near the ocean that is so peaceful and so healing? Just watching the seemingly infinite expanse of water wash ashore in wave after wave drains the tension from my mind and body and fills me with positive energy. There is something magical in the cosmic alchemy of sun, wind, sand […]

Welcome to Foothills Veterinary Hospital blog!

Thank you for checking out our website! I am excited to be venturing into the arena of cyber communications with you!  I hope that this can become a convenient means for us to both disseminate useful information regarding your pet’s health and to connect with each of you on a more personal level by sharing […]