The natural way to support your pet’s good health

The natural way to support your pet’s good health

With National Holistic Pet Day coming up on August 30th, you might wonder how you can take a more holistic approach to our pet’s overall health. Since my graduation from veterinary school in 1991, I have seen an explosion and epidemic of chronic disease development in dogs and cats. Most of these chronic diseases revolve around overactive immune responses resulting in autoimmune diseases wherein the pet’s body attacks its own tissues […]

How to win the war against fleas and ticks

How to win the war against fleas and ticks

During the height of the hot summer weather, along with increased time spent outside, there is increased risk of exposure to warm weather external parasites, including fleas and ticks. Since infestations may take weeks and months to control, it is always best to take a more preventative approach with these pets, rather than waiting for infestations to occur. Probably the most important thing an animal guardian may do is to […]

How to evaluate your potential new cat

How to evaluate your potential new cat

With the warm weather comes kitten season, a time when shelters everywhere are overflowing with kittens hoping to find a home. This is a great time to consider adopting one of the millions of homeless cats/kittens that exist in this country. If you’re considering adopting a new feline friend, how do you make sure he or she is healthy? When choosing a cat or kitten from a shelter, feline guardians […]

Preventing & Managing Heat Stroke in Pets

Preventing & Managing Heat Stroke in Pets

It’s no surprise that it’s getting warmer. And unfortunately, each summer thousands of pets die needlessly from exposure to heat. Heatstroke is a medical emergency that needs veterinary attention as quickly as possible. Tips to prevent heat exhaustion Never leave your pet in a hot car, even with the windows down Encourage your pets to drink plenty of water & offer ice cubes or chips. Pet drinking fountains are a […]

A Veterinarian’s View on Generic Pet Medications

A Veterinarian’s View on Generic Pet Medications

With the expanding world of expensive drugs and pharmaceuticals in both human and veterinary medicine, it’s always a welcome relief when a patent has expired because less expensive but chemically identical generic drugs come out. In human medicine, the standards for producing a generic drug are equal to that of a name brand, which is why when filling prescriptions a generic drug is usually filled if available. While in veterinary […]

Tail Docking and Ear Cropping

Tail Docking and Ear Cropping

In veterinary medicine there are many elective surgical procedures that are done that do not necessarily have documented health benefits or advantages. Some procedures are done because of breed standards and for cosmetic reasons, rather than directly benefiting the health of the individual animal. Two of the most common procedures still done for these reasons include ear cropping and tail docking of certain dog breeds. While many pets seem unaffected […]

Signs Your Pet May Have Joint Pain

Joint pain and/or inflammation are some of the most common signs seen in pets with musculoskeletal disease. Discomfort in the joints can have many causes ranging from traumatic injuries, infections including tick born diseases such as Lyme disease or Ehrlichiosis, or fungal infections. In young pets, congenital joint disease, including hip dysplasia also may be involved. In middle-aged and older pets, autoimmune and degenerative diseases of the joints are common, […]