What to do if your pet has a tick:

Ticks are a relatively common parasite in our area.  At times, they are a VERY common cause of concern (or even panic!) amongst pet owners.  If you have found a tick on your pet, here are some “Do’s and Don’ts” of removing the tick. Do: Part the fur so you can see where the tick…

Cold Weather Tips for You & Your Pet

Cold Weather Tips for You & Your Pet  Helpful tips for keeping your pet safe during the cold weather Cold weather may worsen some medical conditions such as arthritis. Your pet should be examined by a veterinarian at least once a year, and it’s as good a time as any to get him/her checked out…

How to Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season

Happy Holidays from Companion Animal Hospital!  With the holidays fast approaching, we know what a busy time of year this can be.  By taking a few precautions, you can make sure that everyone in your family (including your furry friends) enjoys the holidays! Below are some ideas to help avoid timely and expensive emergency visits…

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…

Dental Care: The Root of Your Pet's Health

Dental Care: The Root of Your Pet’s Health             Who doesn’t love getting kisses from their better half?  No I don’t mean your partner, your dog of course!  It is all fun games until your dog has a mouth that could clear out a room while you are watching the Packers-Bears game with friends.  But…

What is a Zoonotic Disease??

While many diseases will only affect one species of animals, there are some that will cross from one to another.  A zoonotic disease can be transmitted from animals to people.  As we share our home with pets, as well live in a community with many domesticated and non-domesticated animals, it is good to be aware…

Happy Halloween! Let's Have a Fun and Safe Time!

In my home, Halloween marks the beginning of the high calorie festivities season.  Costume dreams and candy-fetching master plans are at the forefront of the minds of most children, including my own.  It is a fun day for people of all ages, but for our pets, it can be a far different experience.  With some…

10 Ways to Help an Arthritic Dog

When your dog is in pain, you want to help him feel better — fast. Luckily, there are quite a few things you can do to relieve the aches that are an everyday occurrence for dogs with arthritis: Take your dog in for regular checkups so that your veterinarian can monitor your pet’s arthritis and…

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…