Does my dog have arthritis?

With the changing weather, you may soon start to notice that your older dog seems a little “stiff” in the joints.  Arthritis is a progressive degeneration of the joints often seen in older dogs. It may start with subtle signs, such as your dog is no longer willing to jump up on the furniture or…

I never knew Fido was painful!

Almost daily I find dogs on routine physical exam that show signs of chronic pain unbeknownst to their owners.  Arthritis and back pain are two very common causes of chronic pain in middle age to senior dogs, yet their pain is rarely recognized by their human caretakers.  Why is this? The reason is simple.  Pets…

Switching your Cat to a Healthier Diet

Cats can be addicts!! The dry food that we feed to our cats is high in fat and salt, and even the shapes can trigger the response of turning down other, healthier foods. Because of the tendency toward addiction on these dry foods, they can be very resistant to change. It is VERY important that…

Leptospirosis

Chances are, when you have been to our clinic for your dog’s annual wellness care, we have either recommended or administered a Leptospirosis vaccine to your furry friend.  But what exactly is Leptospirosis, how does it affect dogs, and how can we best prevent it?   Let’s start with the fact that Leptospirosis (or Lepto…

Did you know cats thrive on canned / moist food?

Diet is the foundation of  health. This blog lays out some often-ignored principles of feline nutrition and explains why cats have a better chance at optimal health if they are fed a quality canned food diet instead of dry kibble. Putting a little thought into what you feed your cat(s) can pay big dividends over…

Feline Upper Respiratory Tract Infections

Upper respiratory tract infections are common problems seen in cats. While there are many different types of infectious organisms that are the culprit, most of these infections are started by a virus. Both feline Herpes and feline Calicivirus can be involved, but Herpes is the more common of the two. Most to all cats are…

Scooting Dogs

Some call it the “butt scooting boogie,” but most would call it “gross.” Regardless of what you refer to it as, there are number of reasons your dog is scooting his or her butt across your favorite rug.  One of the most common reasons your dog may be scooting is because he or she is…

Traveling with your pet

Summer is here and travel season is upon us.  Having your pet accompany you on vacation may seem like a great idea to you, but be sure to consider your pet’s personality, too.  Some pets can be distressed traveling and may be much happier staying home or at a kennel.  If travel is right for…

Heat Stroke: How to Safely Enjoy the Sun with Your Pets

The summer heat is here! While that means lots of fun activities outdoors, be sure to be extra careful when including your canine companions. Dogs can quickly suffer from “heat stroke” or extremely high body temperatures. A dog’s normal temperature is between 99-103 degrees; heat stroke occurs when body temperatures are at or above 106…

Did you know one third of all dogs suffer from noise phobia?

Thunderstorms and Fireworks are here! Noise phobia Noise phobia is a common disorder in our pets, and is thought to affect one third of all dogs. Common signs of noise phobias can include; pacing, lip licking, panting, cowering, hiding, refusing to eat, trembling and shaking to name a few. Does your pet exhibit these signs?…