Ask Dr. Anna: Protect your pet from the heat

The sizzling days of summer have arrived and it’s important to protect your pet from the heat.  Heat stroke is a life threatening condition that requires immediate veterinary care.  Normal body temperature for dogs and cats is between 100 and 102 degrees Fahrenheit and anything over 105 degrees is considered a medical emergency.

Ask Dr. Anna: The key to prevent barking

Barking is a natural instinct that dogs exhibit for many reasons.  Unfortunately, it also one of the most common complaints of dog owners and their neighbors.  Territorial protection, separation anxiety, anxiety, frustration and exposure to new or unusual sounds, sights or odors are the main reasons why dogs bark.  The question is how do you […]

Ask Dr. Anna: Pregnant women may be infected by cats

  Are you pregnant or know someone that is pregnant and has a cat in the household?  Then you need to read this article about Toxoplasmosis.  Pregnant women infected with the Toxoplasma organism are prone to having miscarriages or babies born with birth defects.  Toxoplasma is a parasite that can infect all species of warm blooded […]

Ask Dr. Anna: Flea control for your pet

Did you know that a single flea can bite your pet 400 times a day, drink more than its body weight in blood and produce hundreds of eggs each day?  Besides causing skin and allergy issues fleas can transmit tapeworms to your pet. When you see fleas on your pet, you are only seeing 5% […]

Ask Dr. Anna: Ticks can transmit diseases to dogs and people

Ticks can transmit diseases to dogs and people.  In fact, the CDC has reported that ticks in every U.S. state carry diseases and that the number of tick-borne diseases is increasing.  I can testify to that as we are seeing more dogs than ever with tick transmitted diseases.  At Guthrie Pet Hospital we have a […]

Ask Dr. Anna:

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 […]

Ask Dr. Anna: Preventative medicine with your pets

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 […]

Ask Dr. Anna: Introducing a new cat to the household

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 […]

Ask Dr. Anna: Heartworm disease is completely preventable

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.

Ask Dr. Anna: pets and allergies

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.

Ask Dr. Anna: common misconceptions about meat by-products

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 […]

Ask Dr. Anna: signs of stress in cats

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 […]

Ask Dr. Anna: proper care for orphaned kittens

  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.