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 […]
Determining if your dog has a food allergy or environmental allergy is the first step to treating your pet’s allergy problem. Dog food allergies are easy to diagnose, but treatment can be a bit tricky. This week Dr. Coffin will walk you through everything you need to know about dog food allergies.
The dog flu, also known as Canine Influenza, reached the United States in 2004. It began as the H3N8 virus at a Greyhound race track in Florida. Since 2007, the virus has rapidly spread across the United States and mutated into the H3N2 virus. The dog flu has currently been detected in every continental state […]
“My cat is a superhero. He is a perfect weight; he never gets sick, he is immune to everything. Why on earth would he need vaccines or an annual cat health check? He never goes outside like the other cat. He is such a sweetheart he even snuggles with the dog.”
A microchip can be the saving grace in returning your lost pet. Permanent visible identification such as a collar with tags will return your pet home faster, however, these items can be lost. Dr. Anna Coffin will identify some common microchip myths and solve them for you this week.
Do you have a medical insurance provider for your pet? If no, why not? The cost of veterinary care often prohibits people from seeking veterinary care right away or declining appropriate care due to financial restraints. Dr. Anna Coffin hopes after reading this article you will purchase a pet insurance policy.
“Can we keep him?” We’ve all heard it (or said it) before. Somehow, we’ve been exposed to the cutest puppy who has ever lived. We went to an animal shelter or rescue. We saw a stray by the road. We met a new friend who happened to have a litter of ten puppies who needed homes. […]
Green leaves. The smell of freshly cut grass. The burst of color from lilies and daffodils and iris. Spring. It just makes you happy, doesn’t it? And well it should. Spring is a time of renewal and hope and new life. For the most part, at least. But it also can hold many dangers for […]
There are 850 different species of ticks around the world. Ninety of these species reside within the United States. A handful of these species transmit diseases to humans and our pets. Dr. Anna Coffin will share some interesting facts about ticks and how you can protect you and your pet from these pesky creatures.
Having a reliable come cue is extremely important. It’s the one command that can potentially save your dog’s life. The goal is to have your dog come directly to you each and every time you give the come cue.
Friday the 13th has long been considered a day of bad luck and ominous fortune. Walking under a ladder, breaking a mirror, having a black cat cross your path- these are all considered unlucky things, but especially so on Friday the 13th. This got me wondering about other animal superstitions involving animals, especially cats, and […]