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.
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 […]
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 […]
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% […]
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 […]
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 […]