Dog training tips: The power of positive reinforcement

Training your dog is one of the most important things you can do with and for your canine companion. Positive reinforcement training can help to build a strong relationship between you and your dog, decrease the stress in the owner/dog relationship, and increase the happiness you and your dog experience together. No one wants an […]

Dog days of summer wrapping up

With school officially underway and summer coming to an end, there was just one swimming party left for the Highland Park Municipal Pool. The furry, four-legged K9’s took their final dip of the year before the pool is drained this week.

Ask Dr. Anna: January is National Thyroid Awareness Month

For all columns with Dr. Anna visit her blog here. January is National Thyroid Awareness Month. Did you know that dogs and cats develop thyroid disease? Older cats commonly develop hyperthyroid disease which is due to an over active thyroid gland. Dogs commonly develop hypothyroid disease which is due to an under active thyroid gland.

Ask Dr. Anna: Hip dysplasia prominent in large dogs

For all columns with Dr. Anna visit her blog here. Hip dysplasia is abnormal growth of the hip that occurs during a puppy’s growing phase.  Hip dysplasia is a hereditary condition which is more prominent in large breed dogs, especially German Shepherds, Saint Bernards, Labradors Retrievers and Golden Retrievers.

Ask Dr. Anna: December 2nd is National Mutt Day

For all columns with Dr. Anna visit her blog here. The term mutt is a shortened version of muttonhead.   The definition of a muttonhead is a slow-witted, foolish or stupid person and based on the notion that sheep are stupid.    Muttonhead was first sheared, pun intended, in 1901 to Mutt.  In 1904 it was used as a term of […]

Ask Dr. Anna: November is National Pet Diabetes Month

For all columns with Dr. Anna visit her blog here. Many of you have heard the term diabetes and probably automatically associate the word with high blood sugar.  Diabetes mellitus is a disease of the pancreas that fails to regulate blood sugar.  Diabetes is a treatable condition in pets but requires dedication and commitment from the […]

Ask Dr. Anna: Don’t gamble with your dog’s health

For all columns with Dr. Anna visit her blog here. Every wonder what all those initials (DHLPP, FVRCP) meant at the veterinary clinic when you go to get your pet vaccinated? Well, it’s quite simple; each letter stands for a disease that is contained within the vaccine. This week I will talk about dog vaccines and next week I will […]

Ask Dr. Anna: Guthrie vets reveals … Vaccines!

For all columns with Dr. Anna visit her blog here. This is the fifth part of a Guthrie vet wants to take you on a journey.  You have finally arrived for what you actually came for.. the vaccines.  Hopefully, by now you have realized that every step in this process is just as important, if not […]