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Dear followers Mininos&Kaninos

The first weeks of January 2018 has already passed. I will continue writing 2017 a few more months, as I usually do every year,  when the number of the year changes.

Mental concentration filling in trips to England should be at 150% to not be wrong with the year or time or day of the month. If you are traveling with your animal, it is highly recommended to inform you of the necessary requirements to return to Spain from some countries or to enter the destination country. Especially third countries, those that do not belong to the EU (the none listed ones), they often need a title of antibodies of rabies. Not so much to enter the other country, but to re-enter Spain. Your veterinarian of trust will inform you. Other countries, such as England, are asking for veterinary control and for the veterinarian to certify the animal’s health on its European blue passport. If we do not, they will not let the animal pass to the other side, that is, in this case, to England. I recommend always double checking dates with the vet so there are no mistakes.

The truth is that the year has not started very positive for us. Two very special dogs went away, Sally crossed the rainbow bridge recently, and Peluso. Last year we also lost Oscar. He was very similar to Sally, an animal of love, a heart so big that he ate you with kisses and licks every time he saw you. His friend Brigitte moved earth and sky to help him.

He was born allergic. He began a few months of age to react to all kinds of stimuli, both food and environmental. We referred to specialists in dermatology and it seemed that for a few weeks he recovered and his hair grew. But it lasted little, and despite the medication, he returned to its previous state, did not respond to anything. With all the pain of heart his friend made a decision, the best she could take after years of struggle, veterinarians, specialists, skin scrapes, daily mediations, attacks of itching 24 hours, he scratched himself in sleep without ceasing. It was very hard for everyone, even for me. Oscar was so loving, there were only two options when you knew him: to love him or to love him.

Forus it´s very hard every time an animal has to leave us, it is hard for us not to be able to help more, it is hard for us to understand that the body no longer reacts to medicines, it is hard for us the day we have to put our last help. But for that we also became veterinarians, to help in these situations. We become angels and we feel cursed, we are spiritual guides, psychologists,  we perform mental support, in counselors and comforters, we embrace, we try to give strength, we try to extract the last energy that we have to give encouragement to those who are affected. We are not one, but several in this situation.

That’s why I like in these situations to plan a home visit, or put this last appointment at the end of the morning to have the peace of mind that is needed at this time.

Today is Friday, and of course, it has turned cloudy. During the week we had the best weather this week, almost summer. So springy that the almond tree thinks it´s time its flower already, and the caterpillars, the pine processionary, instead of waiting for February / March, it seems that it has started its march in some areas of Jávea (Montgó).

You can read the monographic post about the pine processionary at Minina & Kanina Center Veterinari.

The other day I was visited again by some German customers. In a year and a half  I had not seen them. I attended Felix that year for ocular ulcer (corneal wound). Felix is ​​a 14-year-old Jack Russell Terrier. This breed has a lot of eye problems, for example they suffer with more incidence than other breeds of dislocations and subluxations of the lens, in addition to spontaneous ulcers that are quite difficult to close.

Felix returned to Germany that year and still under eye treatment. He left with a therapeutic lens on. The veterinary recommendation was to look for an ophthalmologist in Germany in the area to finish the treatment.

The joy was great to see them here the other day, but bigger when they told me that the husband almost bought a plane ticket for him and for Felix, because they really wanted me to finish his treatment, that as here they did not feel at the German veterinarian and that everything was very different. And these comments make us feel very good, they are just words, but they caress us the soul.

It is not to throw me flowers 8as we say in spanish), although I could, because I don´t longer have grandparents, but I have to say that dogs come pretty comfortable to my clinic. Today one of my clients suddenly went  of the lead , when parking the owner the car. David was nervous when he realized that Sam was running away. He thought: OMG! , Sam ran down the Street and came directly to the clinic.

Yesterday we had to take a patient out of the clinic, bribing him with sausages. They are things that make me very happy.

The truth is that with small things, made by small people, with small details and small gestures, the world could become very big.

In the end I’m glad to be where I am and to do what I do. Life had prepared this trajectory for me. It did not matter where I worked before studying veterinary medicine, I was always confronted with issues with the animals. Working in the real estate sector, I was worried about finding a rental house where they accepted animals, and when I worked as a ground crew at the airport in Valencia and I had to supervisie check in, I read the leaflets of the tranquilizers and translated them to the passengers. In these times, Lufthansa allowed you to be in cabin if the weight of the animal did not exceed 6 kilos (if I remember correctly). I made them all lose weight. The typical conversation by the WalkiTalkis was:

– “Iberia calling Lufthansa”

– “Nina speaks”

– “There are some passengers with a dog that exceeds 6 kilos in a lot”

– “Sure?”

– “Yes.  It weighs 9 ”

– “One moment and I check it, maybe it’s because of the lead”

I saw the faces of the passengers, pale, and their 10-year-old Teckel, with a beautiful body volume. As supervisor, I came to the weight of the Teckel. Fixed, it weighs 6 kilos. You can travel in the cabin. Everyone saw it, the scale marked 6 kilos. What did I do? In these situations one becomes a magician and the magic tricks are not counted, but it marked 6 kilos, and in the end that’s what counted. Happy passengers, Happy teckel.

Now that I am a veterinarian and veil for animal welfare, I also veil body weight within its limits. I say within limits, because there are  some. I do not care about weight, in fact I do not have a scale at home. I have my reference pants. So I really only care about the weight to medicate (I do not care if we talk about antibiotics or look for a spot on product for ticks and fleas). My dog ​​has her reference harness. If it suddenly squeezes more, then she has to  lose some weight. We appreciate a weight loss in general much earlier than an increase. I want to see the animal well, I want to see a pretty silhouette, something of waist. Being overweight does not help. Physically they are affected as we are by over weight. Speaking about joints: we will suffer more from the knee, but they will be supported in all the extremities also by the elbow. Carrying a higher weight means joint wear much earlier, without beginning to talk about metabolic and cardiac diseases to which they will be exposed.

For this reason I recommend regularly weighing the pet, either at home or at the clinic and if there are doubts about the weight, discuss it with your vet of trust.

I wish you all the best for this month of February and I hope you have some delicious walks.

Hairy greetings

Nina Minina & Kanina

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Dear followers Mininos&Kaninos


In other countries the hyenas laugh, here the seagulls laugh. This squeak, which seems like a laugh many times, is one of the most pleasant sounds in this area. Without beginning to talk about the sound of small waves on the beach. Generally in the summer, at least myself, I perceive the sounds differently. I don´t know if it’s the heat, the gentle breeze or something else, but the sounds are softer.

Today is a apocalypse day. It is raining cats and dogs, you can not even see the Montgó, the beautiful mountain that protects our town. Some say that in profile it looks like an elephant, and it is true. It also contains a magical cave at 375 meters high. It dates from 2000-3000 a.d.C and turns out to be a burial chamber. It contains cave paintings representing cattle. It should be declared a world heritage place.

I wish it was Saturday today and we did  not have to leave the house, but it’s Friday and the agenda is full.

And the rain passed and so did  the gray days,  and the sun has risen again, like so many other times. After the storm, calm always comes.

In this weeks there  is an avalanche of puppies, no calm at all. A joy for the house and I feel so happy spoiling them here with bits of wiener, giving them the prize when they bark and consenting almost everything, because here they are in absolute paradise, they are in their aunt’s house.  Here I spoil, at home they educate ; ). Maybe this are redirected action, since my mother does this with my daughter, for something she is the grandmother and I have to say that my daughter loves her with madness.

This March there is nothing new going on, we continue on the run of decompensation of the chronically ill, otitis, skin conditions, endocrine diseases (hormonal) etc … proud of having stablized some of them, regarding other´s we weren´t that lucky.

Today I want to talk about Mila, Shar Pei rescued by my friend Steph. She never wants to see me, there is no chance of making her love me.  Nothing works: saussages, nice words, stroking. She always had problems with the skin, but in the last monthss he was accentuating too much, so we decided to do a serology to see if he had been bitten by the damn mosquito of Leishmaniosis, with such bad luck that positive was a big one along with a proteinogram of the most decompensated.

We started treatment, but Mila had bad luck and her stomach twisted a few weeks later. No, I don´t think it was due to the treatment, or at least in my life as a vet I had much dogs in leishmaniose treatment, but none of them with stomach torsión after the treatment.  But who knows. She was taken to emergency to my Nexo colleagues . She is a strong little soul, she is harder than iron. I remember like it happened yesterday, it was a Saturday, 20:00, when Steph sent me a message (record the words of the message in your memory):

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Steph: “Nina, Mila is weird. Her belly seems wollen and she is trying to vomit without stopping, but nothing comes out. Do I have to worry?

Nina: “Right now you’re calling emergency. Victor i son duty. I warn them, too. It is a veterinary emergency that must be attended to as soon as possible “

Steph: “ok.”

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I did not know what was happening, but if I knew that this was a emergency, it should be attended as soon as possible by a veterinarian.

20 minutes later they were in Denia, and 20 minutes later the diagnosis was made: twisting of the stomach and spleen and without waiting time she was entering the surgery room.

Stomach torsion (with or without spleen) is life threatening. Many of the affected animals (mainly those of deep chest such as the Doberman) can evolve not favorably. We, the personas,  have a fairly fixed stomach inside the abdomen, but the dog has it much looser. If we imagine a balloon inflated with water and food (because it often happens after having eaten water / food and have done an exercise) we connect a tube to the right (which would represent the exit to the duodenum (small intestine) and one to the left ( that would represent the exit to the esophagus.) Now we take each tube with our hands and suspend the balloon in the air.If we would start jumping and  holding the balloon in this way, the moment may come when that balloon rotates around its own axis.

Within the tissues there are many blood vessels that carry blood to organs. If the tubes are turned, this blood flow will be compromised and will not reach the stomach tissue, nor the intestine. Therefore, this tissue is going to die shortly. We say that it it will necrose. We appreciate it inside the surgery for having a dark to black appearance.

The recovery depends a lot on the percentage of damaged tissue and also of the the animal’s capacity to re-heal these parts.

There are enough animals that despite passing a surgery will not survive.  The same night or some days later.

Important to keep in mind, this are and can be symptoms:

• Unsuccessful vomiting

• Swallow water / drink and vomit it right away

• Gut looks bloated

• It is a deep-seated dog in addition

It is always advisable to seek veterinary help immediately. If it turns out to be after a simple gastritis or a stomach dilatation which doesn´t need surgery (some in fact need, it depends) we can be more than happy.

Our recommendation for any dog ​​is:

  • not to eat food or a lot of water before going out to do intense and not so intense exercise. There is more chance of stomach twisting with a full stomach

Information and education is everything.

At home our education programm is running. I educate Lily (my daughter, 5yrs.) and Palma (our rescue dog, 2 yrs.), and Lily educates Palma and the cats Bikini and Lilo, although they do not pay much attention to her and Palma only if she gives her pieces of her tortilla (tipical spanish omlette) .

When we walk and I say to Palma: “Good girl, very good”, Lily says: “What about me?

I tell her that we are educating in this momento the dog and that she behaves excellent and I do not have to say all the time, she says: “Why do you love Palma more than me?”

Pacience….and there comes the time to educate myself to myself: “Ohhhhmmmmmmmmmm”.

Yesterday I went with my friend Anita, who is also my swing dance teacher, to Valencia. In our short trips we usually do a kind of “car-therapy” which subsitutes the “couch-therapy”, that’s what we call it. It´s always a big pleasure. One of the strong points of discussion was: ambition.

I realised that until now I had always related ambition more with work and the job,  but since yesterday I have changed my mind.

In fact, when I was 30 years old, I wanted to be a big name in the veterinary world, to become one of the best someday.

Now almost 20 years later I realized that maybe I was confused with the concept of “being one of the bests”. In the background it matters more that whatever you are what you are, be one of the good ones, and then you will be one of the great ones and the best ones. One of the privileged, who apart from charming their work have some free time to practice some of his favorite hobbies.

So I rediscovered yesterday the meaning of my “personal ambition”: to work and have free time to enjoy my way. It’s not that I have not done it in recent years, but not with as much joy as yesterday, because inside me, very hidden, I thought I did not have enough ambition the last years. And the reality is that I am full of ambition. What  a car therapy can produce is incredible.

Everyone chooses where to focus their ambition, I love my work, in fact I would not know what to do if it wouldn´t be the clinic, I love my day to day, talking with clients, putting vaccines, curing diarrhea, doing eye exams, among them recommend a typical rice restaurant or a nice cafe where they behave well with dogs, like my neighbors, the team of Cala Bandida. Sea view, great coffee and they bring your dog fresh water. You don´t even have to ask for it normally.

The other day I went to have a coffee before going to work, and when they brought me the coffee I saw, that  they had drawn the face of a dog with milk foam. Life is Beautiful.

I couldn´t not imagine a life without this little details. In the end everyone must find their balance, it is an art to find “your” personal balance, there will be days when that work better and other days  worse, the issue is to realize and try.

I think I’ve said it and several times. I am very proud of my clients, I think most of them are learning very well. My half-year notes, very secret and personal evaluations,  have given a good average balance. I would say an outstanding-remarkable.

Above all I have to congratulate the owners with new friends, puppies and not so puppies, who are more than attentive during the consultation, explaining doubts and questions and writing down important data. A very interactive and fun consultation that I love.

Just coming to an end I would like to repeat for those who have not read my previous posts: the pine carterpillar is on the road! Attention everyone!

More information about this caterpillar can be found in the monograph about the pine carterpillar on the page of Minina & Kanina Center Veterinari.

I wish you a month of March with lots of sun and good temperatures & coffee in the sun.

Saludos peludos

Nina Minina&Kanina

One of the main photo´s I posted is called: “ Heidi´s and Amy´s La marina Swing Club secrets”, Amy is my friend Maria and Heidi, that´s me.


Dear pet owners

our clinic will be closed due to holidays from the 6th of august up to the 22 of august 2016.  in this period our colegues from the Nexo clinic in Denia is there for you (965784038)

we will be back monday the 22nd with the batteries fully charged, sorry for the inconvenience and have a joyfull summer


We are proud to announce our colaboration with R.A.M.A (rescue animal marina alta) at their first aid course for animal which will hold  be the 14th of november 2015  in spanish and the 28 th of november 2015  in english.

for more information please contact directly RAMA:


for our emergeny service we work with Nexo Denia, dialing directly nexo number 96 578 40 38 (24 hour line)  or 607 704 725 or our cell phone number 609 563 088 you will contact a vet.


Dear pet owners

if you are planning a holiday trip to our zone (alicante coast) or you live here permenently, we have to inform you that you will be within an endemic zone.  This means that here we have some deseases that may be are not existing or in a low frecuency at your place.  Those are deseases like:

Leishmaniosis (transmitted by a mosquito, the Phlebotomo (female)

Ehrlichiosis y Rickettsiosis (transmitted by ticks)

Babesiosis (transmitted by ticks))

and finally Dirofilariosis (but which is more present in the South of Spain, transmitted by mosquito)

We recommend all pet owners to propose a high protection to their animals, which means:

1) antiparasitic collar (e.g Scalibour, Seresto)

2) monthly spot on for the skin (e.g Vectra3, protecting 4 weeks for mosquito)

3) treatment 4 times a year with Leishguard

4) prevention of Dirofilariosis (e.g monthly pill of Milbemax)

We have to mention, that no protection will be 100%, but can be high if we put the above mentioned treatment.   The best way to know if your animal is infected or not is in the winter months to realice a blood check to see the titre of those deseases (or in case of symptoms take it to the vet any month of the year)

Symptoms could be:

– skin wounds (over all no healing)

– exagerating nail grow (onicogriposis)

– feels tired in general, anemia (white mucosa)

– limping continuos or sometimes

– cough (over all in Dirofilaria)

– eye symptoms (uveitis, conjunctivitis, red eyes in general)


it has to be mentiones that over all the leishmaniosis can have  a 1000 faces and a lot of times be hidden beyond the symptoms that seem to have another cause then Leishmaniosis.

For more information please conact your vet of confidence, depending on the zone you are going to travel he will inform you about the best prevention to take.


It´s time for the “Procesionaria del Pino” (pine caterpillar). This animal lives in nests in the pine trees, you see them as white balons. The animal is covered with fine hairs which are highly alergenics. The nests are also made with those hairs.

At this time of the year the pine caterpillar comes down to earth and walks to places where it can go down the earth and then become a butterfly. Meanwhile they are walking one caterpillar behind another it is important to observe if we see them and avoid that our animal gets next to them.

If our animal sniffs or licks them a big dangerous alergic reaction will be in proces. If you think your animal had have a contact with them you should contact your vet inmediately. You will find signs as: salivation, thick tongue and other part of the face, up to respiratory problems.

In case of contact please call your vet inmediately.

We recomend to take your dog in Februar and March to places where no pine trees are, such as part of beaches or fields


Dear clients;

wednesdays in the morning we offer in the Nexo Clinica in Denia an opthalmological consulting.  If you live in Denia o near and your animal presents ocular problems, thos goes from constant ocular discharge, red eyes, poor vision night and/or day time or any other ocular abnormality, and you are interested coming to our consulting, don´t hessitate in contacting nexo Clinic Denia ( 96 578 49 38) for your appointment.

We do an complete ophthalmological exam (like in our clinic) which goes from examining the outside of the eye, exam with the biomicroscope and viewing the eye bakround, including eye pressure and diferent colored eye drops to see even the smallest corneal defects which are imposible to view without biomicroscope.

If you wish an appointment just call Nexo Denia and say it is for a ophthalmological exam with Nina.


Dear clients,

we are proud to offer you new services (further on may be there will be more) which are given by our colegues from Nexo Denia.  Those services are:

* Neurology


* Ecography (incl. cardiac ecography)

This services can be done here in the clinic or at Nexo Denia.  If you are interested please conact us.


Dear clients,

8th of November 2012 my daughter Lilybet Lola Sophie was born, she is a healthy baby and growing day by day.  I am now back in the clinic, maintaining our opnening hours from 10:00-14:30, saturdyas 10:00-13:00.

With the emergency cell phone you can reach me when the clinic is closed.

In case you can´t reach me I leave you the telephone number of my colegues of Nexo Denia 24 hour clinic (96 578 40 38), you can reach them 24 hours a day.  They also manage the emrgencies at night time from 20:00 until the next morning 09:00.  If you dial the emergency number from Minina&Kanina our cell phone conects directly with the emergency vets in Denia.

We have a lot of nw ideas in mind, we inform you further on on the web page

Best regards

Nina and the Minina&Kanina Team