Why do cats need dental exams?

Why Do Cats Need Dental Exams? FORL of the canine tooth in the cat.              Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions (FORL’s) account for 20-75% of all dental disease in cats over 4 years old.  Odontoclasts, which originate in the bone marrow, migrate and attach to the external surface of the tooth root…

Five Tips in Feeding Your Puppy

FIVE TIPS IN FEEDING YOUR PUPPY Feeding a puppy can be challenging with all the different foods available.  Here are five tips that are important when feeding a puppy: Tip one:  Feed puppy food.  I realize this sounds obvious, but puppy food is designed and formulated for the specific nutrients needs of a puppy.  I…

Toddlers & Dogs: Tips for Harmony

Toddlers and Dogs: Tips for Harmony Dogs and toddlers can be overly excited when interacting with each other.  This can result in pulled hair or tumbling children.  They can also be shy or afraid in uncertain interactions.  A misunderstanding can be dangerous. Both children and dogs need to be taught about appropriate behavior and both…

How to Prevent and Treat Ticks

Tick-Bourne Disease in Dogs and Cats       With summer upon us and lot’s of ticks around this year, discussing tick-bourne diseases seemed appropriate. We typically think of dogs getting ticks but cats can as well.  I am going to seperate dogs and cats in my discussion because they get different diseases but they also…

Rabies Vaccine – Why does my pet need that?

Rabies Vaccine – Why does my pet need that? These days, we rarely hear about a domestic animal with rabies virus, and when a human gets rabies, it makes the evening news!  However unseen, rabies virus is endemic to the continental United States, which results in many of our wildlife animal friends still affected.  …

The Scoop on Poop!

Why are we so preoccupied with checking your pet’s poop? Consider the following facts: Most pets are born with roundworms. Roundworms and hookworms carried by pets can infect people.  These infections have been known to cause eye disease leading to blindness in an eye in some people that are infected (primarily children). Hookworms can penetrate…

Wellness testing: What it is and why we do it

Wellness testing: What it is and why we do it As veterinarians, we are at a disadvantage relative to our human medical counterparts, in that our patients cannot always tell us how they feel or what is wrong with them.  Still, our goals are always to 1) relieve pain and suffering, 2) treat ill pets…

Fireworks Fun (and Safety)!

Fireworks Fun (and Safety)! In the midwest, summer is full of celebrations involving fireworks. We LOVE our fireworks! Unfortunately, most of our pets do not.  Some aren’t upset by the explosions, while others are so scared they may injure themselves.  We have seen pets that have jumped through plate glass windows from their fear of…

How to Prevent and Detect Heat Stroke in Pets

How to Prevent and Detect Heat Stroke in Pets  Summer is a time to have a great time with your pets outdoors.  There are countless activities we do with our four legged friends.  However, when the temperature rises, the risk for heat related illness increases as well.  Heat stroke occurs when your pet’s body can’t…

Skunked!

Skunked: How to get rid of that awful smell! It is the absolute dread of every dog owner – you let Fido out for his evening nature break and then you smell it!  SKUNKED!  Some dogs can get sprayed so badly it might not even be recognizable as skunk at first.  You may even think…