This week I would like to discuss a common problem that I see in senior pets. Unfortunately, I often see this problem when it is too late to correct. Your senior pet needs to maintain their lean muscle mass as it ages. Once your pet begins losing lean muscle mass, it is difficult to regain […]
In a perfect world, all cats would live pampered lives inside homes designed for their specific needs, with runs and tunnels and high spots in every room. The reality is that not all cats are indoor cats, and not all cats are suitable pets. That is the difference between a stray cat and a feral […]
Throughout centuries, dogs have become a huge part of human culture. Because of the huge role dogs play in our lives, advertisers and marketing executives put a lot of effort into exploiting our relationship with dogs. When you’re faced with ads selling dog supplies, it’s important to keep a few simple facts in mind.
Approximately, 1 out of ever 300 dogs and 1 out of ever 230 cats have diabetes in the United States. Unfortunately, pet diabetes is on the rise. Since November is Pet Diabetes Awareness Month, Dr. Anna Coffin will discuss what needs to happen after the diagnosis.
Anyone with cats knows that a change of season means its time to shave the couch. At least, that’s what it feels like with the amount of cat hair that settles in your house. No matter how often you vacuum, sweep, mop, dust, or run the leaf blower through your home it just seems to […]
It’s something we’ve all experienced, whether as the owner of a barking dog, the person being barked at, or the neighbor being thoroughly annoyed. There are some situations where we find it completely normal and even desirable for our dogs to bark. If an intruder is trying to break into my house, I want my […]
Last month my husband and I went on an RV trip to Natural Falls State Park. We invited friends along and decided there wasn’t enough room to take one of the dogs. About thirty minutes after getting set up a grey and white long hair cat come up to our campsite. She was very friendly […]
Do you understand the seriousness of Rabies? It’s 100 percent fatal! Now that’s serious. For animals, there is no treatment, but a simple vaccine can protect your pet. Fortunately, for humans, there is a treatment that can save lives if started in time. There are things that you can do to protect yourself, your family […]
Kids and dogs seem like a match made in heaven—but it’s important for kids to know how to stay safe around dogs. Kids tend to be noisy and move quickly, which can make dogs feel insecure or scared. Any dog can bite if they feel threatened. ANY DOG CAN BITE. To help your kids stay […]
What does To Kill A Mockingbird, Cujo, Their Eyes Were Watching God and Old Yeller all have in common? Besides being great fictional works of literature, they all contain a Rabies victim. September 28th is World Rabies Day which was designed to increase community awareness of Rabies and its prevention. This week Dr. Anna Coffin […]
Working at a pet hospital means seeing all sides of life: joyous births, clumsy youths, hale, and hearty adults, failing seniors, and eventually death. We sometimes care for patients from nearly the time they enter this world until the moment they leave it. We learn that certain symptoms mean it’s time to speak in gentle […]
An infected animal’s saliva transmits the Rabies virus typically from a bite wound. Other less common modes of transmission include scratches, aerosolized into the respiratory tract or during human transplanting of organs. Unfortunately, Rabies is fatal once symptoms begin to manifest. It is imperative to begin rabies treatment before symptoms appear.
Aging isn’t a disease, but unfortunately with age comes an increased chance of developing chronic health conditions. At Guthrie Pet Hospital, we consider dogs and cats senior after they reach ten years of age. Dr. Coffin will discuss why she recommends your senior pet have additional testing.
Here at Guthrie Pet Hospital, we offer Puppy Training 101–a group “manners” class for puppies and their owners. Our next class begins on Tuesday, August 28th (less than two weeks from now) and has spots available for enrollment! Here are some FAQs about the class. Read more: Puppy training 101 class now enrolling!
You shop for hours online for the perfect cat bed, but when it arrives, the cat seems to want to spend more time in the box it came in. You go to put shoes back in a shoe box only to find the cat is snoozing in it. You try and pack a box for […]
People are always curious how old their pet is in human years. Everyone has heard the basic rule of thumb that dogs age seven years for every human year. This theory has changed slightly over the past few years. The fact is dogs do age faster than humans, but the size of your dog also […]
No matter how young or old, every dog can benefit from learning some basic behaviors. Here at Guthrie Pet Hospital, they’re the first five skills that we teach in our puppy and beginners obedience classes. By mastering these five dog training fundamentals, you and your dog will be well on your way to a healthy, […]
We’ve all seen the pictures: dogs and cats with noses that look like a cartoon clown, jowls so swollen they look like tennis balls, pets that look like caricatures of themselves. But in truth, those swollen faces are no joke. Insect bites and stings can be dangerous if not fatal to pets, just like some […]
Seizures in dogs occur in approximately one percent of the dog population. It can be a frightening thing to witness and under certain situations can be dangerous to your dog. This week Dr. Coffin will discuss everything you need to know about seizures in dogs.
Almost seven weeks ago, I brought home a puppy named Gimli. He was tiny and adorable and I knew that I had to start his training, even though I only wanted to snuggle him and spoil him. Since he’ll be a bigger dog when he’s full-grown, it’s important for Gimli to start learning the skills […]