Dr. O the Bulldog Says There are Many Benefits of Pets

Dr. O’s Words of Wisdom

This edition of our blog is the first in a series of articles focused on the wonderful relationships children have with their pets, aptly written of course by our own office mascot and therapy puppy, Dr. O. And who better to weigh in on benefits of pets, than our favorite pet!

Ask Dr. O

Hello, Mainstreet friends and Dr. O fans! Every day I am inundated with mail from my fans seeking my sage advice. Here is a sample of the most thought-provoking questions!

Dear Dr. O,
Are there dogs on other planets or are we alone? I have been howling at the moon and stars for a long time, but all I ever hear back is the wiener-dog across the street.  ~ Rex

Dear Rex, like my good friend and idol, Carl Sagan, once said, “The universe is a pretty big place. If it’s just us, seems like an awful waste of space.”

Dear Dr. O,
If a dog barks his head off in the forest and no human hears him, is he still a bad dog? ~ Fido

Dear Fido, barking dogs are never bad.

Dear Dr. O, 
I am trying to convince my parents to get me a dog. Do you have any tips to help my case? ~ Julie

Dear Julie, a wise dog once said: “Every kid needs a dog and every dog needs a kid”… I couldn’t agree more! In my opinion, dogs are much more than loyal friends and awesome sleeping buddies. Not only are there physical and mental health benefits of pets to children, but we can also teach children of all ages some valuable lessons about life, love, and acceptance.

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Pediatric Care

Relationship-Based Care

Relationship-Based Care at Mainstreet Pediatrics

Not Fake News!

In case you aren’t following the news (and for that, I can’t entirely blame you), CVS recently announced it was purchasing Aetna, a health insurer, for a monstrous $69 billion. The reasons for the merger are too complex to detail here, but one of the major outcomes of the merger is very concerning to me and should be to you too. CVS hopes to transition their MinuteClinics to full-service primary care clinics, essentially replacing the community-based providers you and your child see now and establishing a healthcare microsystem build on convenience rather than one relationship-based and founded in caring.

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Baby with Parents

Parents Rock!

I have always bragged, to anyone who would listen, that I have the BEST job in the world! Kids are SO great, aren’t they?! My only complaint has been that I can’t sit and play with them all day! This week I was reminded (because I’ve always known), that the main reason my job is so great, is because each one of the awesome kids I have the privilege to take care of, has an even “awesomer” parent (ok, I know that’s not a word, allow me some literary liberty here!). Keep reading

Telemedicine Video Conference

Telemedicine: Increasing Patient Satisfaction, Decreasing Healthcare Costs

Fun Fact: 37% of parents would choose a virtual care option for their child in the event of a minor illness. That percentage more than doubles for parents in rural areas with minimal access to pediatric specialty care. As I prepared to open Mainstreet Pediatrics, my dedication to provide unparalleled access to me and the Mainstreet team, and do everything possible to make sure our patients and their families were seen by the same provider all the time – whether healthy, sick, or injured – and avoid the long waits and high costs associated with urgent care and emergency room care unless absolutely necessary, drew me to the concept of telemedicine.  What is telemedicine you ask?! Keep reading

Medication Dosages to Reduce Pain and Fever

Helpful Tips

  • Give dose based on your child’s weight.
  • If you don’t know the weight, you may call us and we will tell you your child’s last weight measurement.
  • Do not give more medication than recommended.
  • If you have questions about dosing or any other concern, please call us.
  • Keep medicines out of the reach of children.
  • Always use a proper measuring device. Use the dosing device that comes with the medicine. Kitchen spoons are not accurate measures.

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Girl with Cold or Flu Sneezing

It’s Cold and Flu Season, What Can I Do?

Ah-choo! Yep, it’s that time of year again! The start of the school year and cooler temperatures mark the unofficial start of Cold and Flu Season! Boo! In fact, I just tested my youngest daughter for flu… came back positive for Influenza A. YUCK!!!

Although viruses cause both “colds” and “flu”, these two viruses are not created equal!  Keep reading

Child in Strep Throat Exam

Oh no! I think my child has strep throat!

What is strep throat and how do you know if your child might have it?

Fall and winter in Colorado are two seasons I look forward to the most! The beautiful leaves, crisp air, and scent of hot apple cider and pumpkin spice lattes are soon followed by awe-inspiring snow-capped peaks, ice-kissed windows, cozy sweaters, and the finest skiing in the world! Unfortunately, with the cooler weather comes a plethora of nasty germs, viruses, and bacteria, that wreak havoc on our kids. Viral illnesses are the main culprit.  Keep Reading