Short Blog? What’s That?!

Short Blog? What’s that?


July 24, 2014


From the Desk of Dr. Voorheis


“What’s this Dr. Voorheis, a short blog?” I can only imagine some of you thinking that as you read this title. I bet you didn’t think I was capable of writing a short blog. I continue to be full of……..surprises. This one is more of me straying from the medical arena and into the personal and WBAH reporting arena.

For one thing, I’ve been writing and preparing a blog about every two weeks now. I was not able to keep up the once a week pace and I finally admitted it to myself …and now I admit it to all of you. Apparently, I am not Superman.  I wrote one last week, so shouldn’t the next one be due in another week? Yes it should. However… week I’ll be in Yosemite National Park finishing the John Muir Trail; a journey I began 36 years ago. Remember my blog about this back in April? I am quite excited with the thought of finishing it, so hopefully if everything goes well, I will be able to say I finished it. As of this writing, the only thing I am aware of that could prevent me from finishing the hike is permits. Usually I get a permit several months in advance and I tried every day for two weeks a few months back but was not able to get a permit. My game plan is to show up and get that permit for the Yosemite backcountry as a “walk up”. If that doesn’t work, I will shoot for a long weekend at the end of September. Wish me luck! 

Onward and upward! If you are wondering what to do this Saturday, July 26, take a short drive into La Habra Heights for some good old fashioned family fun. There is an all day event happening called “Dog Days of Summer” which is put on by the Pet Prescription Team and the City of La Habra Heights. The Pet Prescription Team, founded on the principle of “To Touch People’s Lives Through Pets”, is a volunteer organization dedicated to helping pet owners train their family pet to become therapy animals. The work they do is phenomenal and “yours truly” is honored to be the Grand Marshall of the event this year. I actually prefer “Grand Poo Bah” but I suppose Grand Marshall will have to do. This fun event is held at “The Park” 1885 Hacienda Road, La Habra Heights. The official flyer is offered below so take a look for all the details. I hope to see you all there.

 Two weeks from now, I will be writing a blog on obesity in our pets. Yup, this one is way overdue. I will write on the science of obesity. The hint of the topic is this; the actual science behind obesity has exploded in the past 15 years or so, there is much to write about. In addition, I am hereby reaching out to those of you who have had an obese pet and through team effort have had success in having your pets lose weight. For example, the diets you have used and the restrictions on those foods. Who is using Hill’s Metabolic Diet? Other means? More exercise? Please share your story with me by sending me a quick email at

 This doesn’t have to be long or fancy, just a few words on your experience with this topic. I’m really looking forward to your feedback! Who knows, some of you may be co-authors of that blog!

 And now what you have all patiently been waiting for since I first mentioned in January in my first blog….the new WBAH building. Below is an artist’s rendering of what the new Washington Blvd. Animal Hospital will look like. This was an idea that first started at a dinner meeting in July of 2012 between Dr. Throgmorton, our attorney and myself. Certainly, when this kernel of an idea started, I had no idea of the immensity of a project of this size, nor did I have any idea of how long the process could take. Slowly, the kernel took root as hundreds of questions were asked and answered. We have employed one of the country’s top architects specializing in veterinary hospitals. The plans were drawn, torn apart and redrawn again and again as we developed a hospital specific for our needs and the needs of the community WBAH serves. There have been multiple meetings with the planning department and more “studies” than I care to talk about. Traffic studies, soil studies, water drainage studies, etc. At this point, it is our hope to be under construction in the fall. Much more detail will be sent out as the construction timing is firmed up. The construction of a new building on our existing lot, while working in our current building will be challenging to say the least. We think we have come up with solutions for those challenges and more will be written about those solutions as we firm up a date for the start of construction. For now, I hope you all enjoy the artist rendering of the new building and I hope that you are all as excited as we are. This has been, is and will continue to be a true labor of love us and it is all for our clients and their critters. It causes sleepless nights and many headaches but at the end of the day, you all deserve to have it…..the best state of the art animal hospital in the area and we want to give it to you!


Until next time……


Dr. Voorheis







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