It’s very important to notify your veterinarian of any lumps or bumps that you find on your pet. Benign skin growths are common in dogs and cats but they should always be checked to make sure they are not cancerous.
A few weeks ago our Relay for Life team raised over $4000.00 for the American Cancer Society. Cancer is a common problem that we also see in pets, especially with them living longer. This week I will discuss the third most common cancer in cats, which is mammary cancer. Mammary tumors usually affect older female […]
A major portion of my job is devoted to keeping pets healthy with preventative medicine. Preventative medicine includes vaccinations, at least one yearly comprehensive physical exam, nutritional consultation, and intestinal parasites and heartworm medication. With the proper wellness plan your pet can live longer, avoid painful conditions and by detecting problems early your pet can […]
We have been seeing a lot of puppies and kittens this week so I thought I would talk about how to introduce a new cat into the household. There are a few things to consider before learning how to introduce cats in the same household. Before getting another cat it is important to ask yourself […]
Over one million dogs are infected with heartworms in the United States! The unfortunately thing about heartworm disease is that it is completely preventable and sadly more than half of clients leave the veterinary clinic without heartworm prevention. Heartworms can infect dogs, cats, ferrets and rarely humans.
Starting to get some “my dog was skunked” calls and thought I would give some info on skunks along with a recipe to help with the odor. There are six species of skunk that live in North American.
I know it’s time to talk about thunderstorm phobias because I woke up twice last week with a dog panting, shivering and scared to death on top of my head in the middle of the night due to thunderstorms. Thunderstorm phobias are one of the most common behavioral problems in dogs. Working and sporting breed […]
It looks like spring is finally here and so is allergy season. I’m seeing lots of itchy dogs and cats. Unlike our upper respiratory symptoms, pets become itchy when they have allergies. According to Veterinary Pet Insurance, allergies are one of the top ten claims that are filed.
This will be the last of my mini-series of pet foods. This week I will cover important and, unfortunately, common misconceptions about meat by-products. In a recent study of almost 900 consumers over 50% of the respondents incorrectly believed that meat by-products included internal organs, hooves, feces, and even road kill. When in fact, internal […]
For the next few weeks I have decided to write a mini-series about pet food diets. This week I will talk about the myths and misconceptions related to raw meat diets.
Signs of stress in cats are subtle and difficult to recognize. When their environmental needs are not being met then they experience stress. Stress increases their chance of developing certain diseases such as lower urinary tract disease and obesity. Obese cats are prone to diabetes and fatty liver syndrome. We also see an increase in […]
I can tell that spring is approaching, as we are starting to see abandoned puppies and kittens. In fact, I have three dachshund, terrier mixes at the clinic that are about 6 weeks old that need to be adopted. So this week I will review proper care for orphaned kittens.
As the end of National Dental Health Month draws to a near I want to discuss a controversial issue. Why do we need to anesthetize patients for dental cleanings? There is a group of individuals that exploit fears of anesthesia and are promoting anesthesia free dentistry. In actuality, performing a dental cleaning without anesthesia is […]
Did you know that dogs and cats can get cavities in their teeth? In dogs and cats we call it tooth resorption. This condition is very common in cats, and because of dental x-rays, is being identified more in dogs.
February is national pet dental health month, so flip your pet’s lip and look for swollen or red gums, discolored teeth and bad breath. All these are common symptoms of dental disease. Dental disease is the second most common disease in dogs and cats. Eighty percent of all pets over the age of three usually […]
Do you have a dog that licks everything or licks excessively? This behavior is called excessive licking of surfaces or ELS. Many dogs presented with excessive licking are diagnosed with an obsessive-compulsive disorder and are treated with antidepressants. However, studies have shown that many dogs with these symptoms have a gastrointestinal disorder and not a […]
The Logan County Economic Development Council wants to share good news about business growth and expansion in the region. They spotlight examples of their 26 active loan recipients expansion projects each month, including this one shared in their monthly newsletter. In March 2011 a level 5 tornado leveled facilities of Corey and Tasie Bertrand’s Crosstown […]
Hairballs, are they just a normal nuisance or a sign that something is wrong? Most cat owners believe that hair balls aren’t worthy of veterinary attention. However, frequent elimination of hairballs can be an indication of an underlying chronic skin or gastrointestinal disease.
Can you imagine constantly being dizzy and not knowing which way is up? This commonly happens to older dogs and cats and is known as vestibular disease. The symptoms of vestibular syndrome are similar to the symptoms of a stroke. However, a stroke is caused by a vascular accident (blood clot) in the brain and […]