Dogs of all ages can develop lumps and bumps. It is important to know when these should be examined by a veterinarian. According to Nationwide Pet Insurance, lumps and bumps on dogs were the third most common medical reason why pets visited their veterinarian in 2016.
For the past few weeks, I have been following the story of a feral cat in B.C. Canada. An organization called Tiny Kittens works to trap, neuter and release (TNR) feral cats in the British Columbia area and they recently caught a 6-year-old pregnant ginger female they named Evolene.
Because April is Heartworm Awareness Month, Dr. Anna Coffin will discuss a common scenario seen when diagnosing dogs with heartworms. Heartworm treatment can range from $500 to $1500 depending on the size of the dog. Because of the expense, some people are unable to afford treatment.
Heartworms are twelve-inch long worms that live in the heart of dogs.
This is a fact that we forget often. We speak to our dogs all the time. It’s a great thing about having a dog—they listen to us without passing judgement. The problem is that we talk so much that our spoken language can become meaningless to our dogs. They tune us out, then when we […]
“It’s cruel to keep kitty trapped inside. They need to go out and hunt!” “My cat goes crazy if I try and keep him inside. He totally destroys the house!” “My cat stays in my yard.” “My cat has his claws; he can defend himself.” These are just a few of the reasons we hear […]
Spring is just around the corner and with warmer weather arriving, fleas will start to reappear. Fleas are very prolific parasites, in fact, one flea can produce 50-100 eggs/day. Guthrie Pet Hospital recommends preventative measures to prevent infestations. This week Dr. Coffin will discuss health issues in cats caused by fleas.
This article is for all those aspiring veterinarians or for inquiring minds that want to know what it’s like to work at a veterinary clinic. Dr. Anna Coffin will reveal her daily schedule at Guthrie Pet Hospital. Every veterinary clinic will be a little different in their scheduling, but we all do the same things.
I see it often. A dog owner who was unaware of the laws about pets in their community takes to social media to voice their concerns and complaints about why their precious dog has gotten into trouble with local police, sheriff, or animal control. Most times, it’s hard for me to understand why a person […]
By Stacey Frazier Let me start by saying that ANY HUMAN BODY PART is a BAD IDEA for a cat toy! Wiggling your fingers or toes for kitty may start out cute but can end horribly, mostly for you. Not only is there the immediate concern of getting scratched or bitten but it tells the […]
Nobody wants to deal with a snapping, biting puppy even if they are just playing. Puppy biting occurs for two reasons. First, their vision is not fully developed, and they are trying to figure out the world around them. Second, they are teething between three and six months of age. Dr. Anna Coffin gives some […]
February is Dental Health Month and for a good reason. Dental disease is the most commonly diagnosed disease in veterinary medicine. Therefore, daily dental care for dogs is an important part of keeping your pet’s teeth clean. Read more: Dental care for dogs: Keeping teeth pearly white
Hello, human people! I am Mani the Perfect Pittie.
Is your kitty singing the blues? This time of year can be emotionally difficult for people. The upbeat, busy pace of the holidays has given way to the dreary, listless winter month of January. The temperatures have dropped, the hours of sunlight are reduced, and sometimes it is just hard to find a reason to get […]
The holiday season is about over – it is a busy time of year for festivities, family and of course, lots of eating! Did you know that if a ten-pound cat ate just one ounce of cheddar cheese from your appetizers, it would be the same as if a person ate three and a half […]
Twenty percent of all dogs are affected by arthritis. Arthritis is a progressive disease that worsens over time, so it is important to keep your pet as comfortable as possible and minimize pain so that they can function as normally as possible. Dr. Anna Coffin will discuss ways to help your dog with arthritis. Read […]
The holiday season is upon us. For us human-types, this time of year can be great. Presents, fancy meals, decorations, nostalgia, and family all come together to give us the warm fuzzies. For our pets, though, the holidays can be a time of major stress. So, as you prepare to celebrate with friends and family, […]
I have a senior dog. Her name is Spectre, and she’s a 10-year-old Boxer. She’s funny and sweet; sometimes she’s as playful as when she was in her prime. Most times, though, she likes to sleep and cuddle—which is absolutely fine. She’s earned her rest and her snuggles. There’s another side to my senior dog, […]
There was a time when if a cat reached the age of 10 we applauded its long life and figured it was done. But these days it is not uncommon to have senior cats live to be 15, 18, occasionally even 20 years old!
Pets age at a faster rate than humans. Because of this, senior pet care should include a complete physical examination twice yearly. In fact, the need for vaccinations becomes less important than the need for complete blood work to evaluate the function of your pet’s internal organs. Dr. Anna Coffin will discuss what is necessary […]