When I was eight years old, my parents adopted a puppy for me from our local humane society. Being an incredibly creative kid, I named her “Puppy.” She was a Boston Terrier/Beagle mix with a lot of attitude and even more energy. Within the first few weeks, she was with us, we decided that she […]
Some individuals are unwilling to vaccinate their pets because they don’t believe in pet vaccines. Vaccines are a vital part of keeping your pet healthy. Dr. Anna Coffin will dispel the most common myths and help educate you about the need for preventative healthcare. Read more: Top 5 myths for pet vaccines
Have you noticed your cat in the litter box more than normal during these holiday seasons? It’s a common complaint that we see at Guthrie Pet Hospital. Many people think that their cat has a urinary tract infection, but they actually have feline interstitial cystitis. This week, Dr. Anna Coffin will discuss feline cystitis and […]
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; the mice were all napping and watching TV, stuffed on the snacks that the cat left for free.
I’ve been practicing veterinary medicine for over twenty years and have experienced the entire spectrum of reactions from cat vet visits that you can imagine.
In all my years of experience with grooming, training, and rescuing dogs, I’ve learned that almost nothing causes as much stress for dogs and their owners as dog nail trimming. Dogs who are otherwise sweet and cuddly suddenly turn into snapping, screeching panic-monsters.
Many of you know our senior cat, Sylvie. Sylvie loves to play, she is curious about new objects and loves people, kids, dogs and even other cats. She reigns the entire clinic with her iron claw and melts the heart of anyone she meets. This year she turned 14, and a few months ago she […]
Trail hikes and sidewalk strolls have long been the exclusive domain of owners and dogs. Not anymore! There has been an increase in interest in cat owners taking their friends out for adventures lately, which has led to the creation of a group of Adventure Cat. These cats have been acclimated to harness, lead, and […]
I spend every day working with dogs. When I tell people this, they usually say something about how great it must be to get to snuggle and play with dogs for a living. While it is a great job to have, it’s also a hard job. It’s dirty, loud, and physically demanding. It can be […]
Joint supplements can help with your dog’s joints but only if they contain the proper ingredients at the correct strength. There is so much information available about joint supplements for dogs. It is important to educate yourself on ingredients that help your dog with joint health and mobility.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. The signs and treatment are very similar in dogs and cats, but this week Dr. Anna Coffin will concentrate on diabetes in cats. The major difference between dog and cat diabetes is that cat diabetes if treated properly and quickly; cats can go into remission. Read more: Diabetes In Cats: How To […]
All cats shed. All of them. Even the “hairless” variety, which has a barely-there downy fuzz. Shedding is part of a healthy coat in any cat. The hair grows to a certain length, dies, then falls out. Long haired cats shed longer hairs, which makes it seem like a LOT more hair, short-haired cats shed […]
A new movement is sweeping through veterinary medicine focusing on reducing pet anxiety and fear. It’s called the Fear Free Initiative, and veterinary professionals are trying to help pet parents recognize and treat fear, anxiety, and stress in their pets.
How to use a simple cue to elevate your dogs’ level of understanding and decision-making. The wrong answer can be a step toward the right answer. In this article, Stefani Fortney will show you how to use the no reward marker to get the right response from your dog. When I was a kid, I […]
Keeping your pet healthy is a veterinarian’s number one priority. The easiest way to keep your pet happy and healthy is an annual visit to the veterinarian. Do you have trouble affording your pet’s annual vaccinations, testing and preventative medication? If you do, then pet wellness plans can help you get the care your pet […]
September is Animal Pain Awareness Month, and unlike humans, our pets are not able to tell us when they are in pain. Signs of animal pain can often be subtle changes in behavior, especially in cats. Therefore, it is important for pet owners to be able to recognize signs of pain. Read more: Animal Pain: […]
Starting obedience training with our pets is a lot like teaching someone a new language. In the past, it was common for trainers to use physical correction, coercion, and punishment to force animals to perform behaviors. Recently, with the help of psychological research, we’ve learned that animals can be taught in a more efficient and […]
We’ve all had it happen. You turn on the tap to get a drink or brush your teeth, and suddenly you have a cat in the sink. They had absolutely no interest in even being in the same room with you until the water started to flow. Believe it or not, Tiger isn’t getting in […]
The first written record of Rabies occurred in the 23rd Century B.C. Even back then; they understood that fact that this disease was transmitted by the bite of an animal. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until the 19th Century that there was an accurate diagnosis, isolation of the virus and discovery of a Rabies vaccine and treatment […]
One of the top reasons for veterinary visits is skin disease caused by allergies. In the past, dog allergy treatment involved masking of the signs with steroids. Unfortunately, steroids cause some bad side effects, and in fact, long term use can lead to diabetes and other serious endocrine disorders. Now veterinarians have a new drug […]