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South Bellmore Veterinary Group Review: Pointers in Finding a New Vet for your Pet


Moving to a different state and looking for a new vet for your pet friend? Then start a new-vet-shopping right before you start packing. Look for a clinic that will make you and your pet comfortable every time you visit the place. Read these simple pointers I prepared to help you make a confident decision to avoid fake vets in finding the right one:


  1. Ask some pet owners about their veterinarians. Recommendations from other pet owners can be a really useful way of finding the right vet.
  2. Once you successfully gather up a list of potential vets, check out their website to know more about the clinic and the services it offers. Search for any online reviews about the clinics too.
  3. If you have found the best vet you think you like, visit and look around there facility if it’s well-managed and comfortable enough to you and your pet companion. Assess if it’s safe, clean and convenient for your pet friend in case he will need an overnight stay.
  4. The vet clinic should comprise of a team with different specializations and skills in animal medicine. If not, make sure that they know someone they can refer in case you need one.
  5. Observe the staff and technicians if they treat the animals in the facility right. Do they seem knowledgeable in handling pets? Do they talk and actively interacts with animals they taking good care of?
  6. Consider the location of the clinic if it is easily accessible or not. There are some instances where the location isn’t one of the determining factors in choosing the right vet, but when emergencies happen, it is not wise to travel for an extra few miles just to bring your pet on your preferred vet. It is still best to have a vet nearby.


Nowadays, there are so many vet practices to choose from and it is really difficult to decide which one to pick. As for me, South Bellmore Veterinary Group provided all the traits I looked for when it comes to a vet I can depend on. They have been operating since 2003 in Bellmore, Long Island NY and composed of highly-skilled vets and staffs committed to providing the finest pet care available.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-11-24 21:44
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History - Elizabeth Kolbert


What I thought:

The Sixth Extinction
The Panamanian Golden Frogs are the focus of the chapter. However, the chapter is about the extinction of a large number of amphibians.
Just made me sad as reading about extinctions always does.

The Mastodon's Molars
Fascinating story about an anatomist drawing conclusions and connections from fossilized remains that others fail to do so! After all, "...who would have the temerity to peer down an elephant's throat?"
I have issues with the author telling us about things that have been "proven" wrong or right. There are no "proofs" in science!

The Original Penguin
The chapter is about how Charles Lyell, a geologist, was bent on proving that nature took a "uniformitarian" way.
Reminded me of Harry Turtledove's alternate history version, Audubon in Atlantis, from Atlantis and Other Places: Stories of Alternate History and the movie, Up.
The chapter also mentions Charles's tortoises had become extinct but there was no mention of the hybrids that were found with the extinct DNA mixed in as well. Found that weird. The discovery took place before this book was published.

The Luck of the Ammonites
This chapter is about the establishment of the (meteor) Impact theory in science.
Some of my favorite quotes were from this chapter:

Basically, if you were a triceratops in Alberta, you had about two minutes before you got vaporized

The uncoiled shells of species like Eubaculites carinatus indicated that the group had exhausted its practical possibilities and entered some sort of decadent, Lady Gaga-ish phase

Welcome to the Anthropocene
Among other things, this chapter deals with the theories behind minor (mass) extinctions, rats inheriting the world, and naming this age Anthropocene.
The inclusion of naked mole rats made it one of my favorite chapters.

The Sea Around Us
The chapter starts discussion on the acidification of the oceans.
Made me feel like if the global warming didn't get us, acidification definitely will!

Dropping Acid
The coral reefs are dying off at an alarming speed. An inscription about a patch that is being researched upon, DK-13, says it all, "DK-13: NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM.
The research station on One Tree Island has been home to many research teams. They all leave their mark on its walls:

The Forest and the Trees
Dr. Silman and his team has been researching the effect of elevation (and indirectly climate) on the vegetation.
The quote that stuck with me:
The sun was out, but it had recently rained, and clusters of black and red and blue butterflies hovered over the puddles. Occasionally, a truck rumbled by, loaded down with logs. The butterflies couldn't scatter fast enough, so the road was littered with severed wings.

Islands on Dry Land
Located in a Brazilian province, Reserve 1202 is a study of land fragmentation that has become a landmark of our anthropocentric world.
It amazed me how scientists come and leave the Reserve and research goes on even today.

The New Pangaea
Bat die-off has struck. It begins with a white spot on their little noses that is actually a fungus called Geomyces destructans. It was not a natural part of the area of the world that it struck upon.
This was the quote that stayed with me:
During any twenty-four-peropd, it is estimated that ten thousand different species are being moved around the world just in ballast water.

The Rhino Gets an Ultrasound
One of the handful Sumatran rhinos left is given an ultrasound after a failed attempt at artificial insemination.
The megafauna strategy used to be a winning one: grow to mammoth sizes (literally in some cases) to escape predation but trade off by reproducing once in a lifetime. Then humans came and the rules changed!

The Madness Gene
The Neanderthals were doing fine until they came into contact with modern humans.

The Thing With Feathers
The exceedingly rare Hawaiian crow features in this chapter. This one is called Kinohi and it has a tragicomic sex life.

I liked the way the author chose to end this book. Humans are agents of change and she chose to focus on that rather than making us out as the bad guys who only make species go extinct. We exist, therefore, we bring change. 


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review 2015-08-31 09:24
Flavia Gives Me A Case of Feels
As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust: A Flavia de Luce Novel - Alan Bradley


You know when you read a book and the story isn't too interesting. You are not too interested in who the killer will turn out to be either. But you still love the book because you are in love with the characters. You still keep reading because the author writes beautifully. And most of all, the author stays true to the character (or what you think the character is like, anyway).




Yeah, that.


#Flavia #Flavia de Luce #Alan Bradley #Flavia de Luce Series

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review 2013-08-01 00:00
The Book Publishers Toolkit: 10 Practical Pointers for Independent and Self Publishers Vol. 1
The Book Publisher's Toolkit: 10 Practical Pointers for Independent and Self Publishers - Independent Book Publishers Association Some interesting things, but overall nothing that I hadn't already developed online, on several indie author's blogs, and in more details.
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review 2013-02-17 00:00
The Book Publishers Toolkit: 10 Practical Pointers for Independent and Self Publishers Vol. 1
The Book Publishers Toolkit: 10 Practical Pointers for Independent and Self Publishers Vol. 1 - IBPA Contributors Review to come. Honestly, I didn't learn much from this book than I already knew about self-publishing. Some insightful tips, but it wasn't really comprehensive. I've found more indepth accounts on blog posts and in other resources. I suppose for the person new to these dimensions, it would be helpful, but if you're a veteran writer or if you've done quite a bit of research in the topic already, it may be best to skip this.
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