Fleas & Ticks

Almost everyone knows that fleas and ticks are a potential problem with dogs and cats. However, we still see many patients that have severe flea and tick infestations. Not everyone knows how to tell if your pet is infested or how easy it is to prevent infestations. To detect fleas,...


Reverse Sneezing (Pharyngeal Gag Reflex)

Reverse sneezing is a disconcerting event in which a dog makes unpleasant respiratory sounds that sound like it is dying -- or will die in the next few minutes. Reverse sneezing sounds similar to the honking noise made by a dog with a collapsing trachea, but reverse sneezing is a...


Rattlesnake Vaccine

Did you know that the rattlesnake vaccine reduces the likelihood of death, permanent injury or severe pain if your dog is bitten? The vaccine does not prevent or eliminate the toxicity of snake bites, but it can improve the outcome after a bite. Veterinary treatment is still necessary for vaccinated...


Canine Vaccination Information

Vaccinating your dog is an important procedure that in most cases will provide protection against an illness that may be life threatening. In past years, veterinarians have followed the vaccine manufacturer’s guidelines and recommended annual revaccination for diseases that were felt to be a threat to our patients. Recent studies...


Feline Vaccination Information

Vaccinating your cat is an important procedure that, in most cases, will provide protection against an illness that may be life threatening. In past years, veterinarians have followed the vaccine manufacturer’s guidelines and recommended annual revaccination for diseases that were felt to be a threat to our patients. Recent studies...


Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes. Although heartworms are very prevalent in our area of the country, there are still many people who are not familiar with this disease. To help explain how heartworms are spread, let’s take a dog that currently has heartworms. A mosquito bites this...


Why All Cats Should Be Tested for FIV and FELV

FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) and FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus) are both primary causes of illness and death in inside and outside cats. Up to 15% of sick cats are infected with one or both of the viruses. Both are contagious between cats, but not contagious to other species. FIV is...


Canine Spay FAQ

Surgical sterilization of the female dog, commonly referred to as spaying, is one of the most significant aspects of female dog care an owner can provide. The benefits to the dog FAR outweigh simply not having puppies, though as pet over-populations looms as a societal problem it is important to...


Canine Neuter FAQ

What are the Health Benefits to the Dog? There are several health benefits to neutering. One of the most important concerns the prostate gland, which under the influence of testosterone will gradually enlarge over the course of the dog’s life. In age, it is likely to become uncomfortable, possibly being...


Toxoplasmosis

Pregnant women should be aware of a disease called toxoplasmosis. When acquired during pregnancy, it can cause birth defects, spontaneous abortion, or stillbirth. Toxoplasmosis is relatively common and is caused by a single-celled parasite, Toxoplasma gondii. Most people who get toxoplasmosis have few symptoms or none at all. Others may...


Management of Arthritis

It is never easy to see a beloved pet and friend in pain. Medical treatment of arthritis has greatly improved in the last several years thanks to the introduction and approval of several new drugs and supplements. And while there is not yet a cure for this debilitating disease, there...


And Baby Makes One Too Many?

By Leesa Tenney, CVT The arrival of a baby is a wonderful and joyous occasion for a family, but there is one member of the household-the family pet-who might need some special attention and understanding to help it cope with the new addition. Most pets will need some extra attention...


Euthanasia

The decision regarding euthanasia of a beloved pet may be the most difficult decision anyone makes in their life; obviously, the consequences are irrevocable. Whatever the decision is, it should be one that you can always look back upon and know that the best decision was made and that you...


Orphan Puppy & Kitten Care

RATTLESNAKE VACCINE Keep the babies together as long as they are about the same age; this will help socialize them to their own species and will help in keeping them warm. Try to assemble the following equipment: The Nest Box 1. The nest box in which the babies live should...


Ten Tips for Preventing Pet Behavior Problems

1. Set rules immediately and stick to them. 2. Avoid situations that promote inappropriate behavior. 3. Observe the pet and provide what it needs to be cared for and attended to. 4. Supervise the new pet diligently through undivided individual attention and training. Restrict the pet's access to a limited...


Dental Care

Why must my pet undergo anesthesia for a dental cleaning? Can’t the groomer just scrape the tartar off of his teeth? Tartar is made of bacteria and when it is removed from the surface of the teeth we worry that small pieces could be inhaled by the patient causing a...


Understanding Your Pet's Blood Work

“CBC, chem seven, stat!" This may sound familiar If you watch such popular television dramas as ER, Chicago Hope, and Emergency Vets. But do you know what the terms mean? Blood tests help doctors determine causes of illness accurately, safely, and quickly and let us monitor the progress of medical...


Your Dog and Heart Disease

How Common is Heart Disease? Heart disease is frequently encountered in dogs. The function of the heart is to maintain an adequate flow of blood to the tissues and organs of the body. Acquired diseases affecting the heart valves or heart muscle can eventually cause the heart to fail and...


How to Pet Proof Your House

Pets are naturally inquisitive, which can often lead to serious injury. Here are some tips on how you can make your house safer. That's shocking -Many animals love to chew. Keep electrical wires out of reach, or use a pet-repellent spray. They'd die for some chocolate - Chocolate can be...