How to evaluate your potential new cat

This is a great time to consider adopting a cat or kitten

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… [Read more]

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… [Read more]

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… [Read more]

Tail Docking and Ear Cropping

Tail docking and ear cropping are painful procedures

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… [Read more]

Signs Your Pet May Have Joint Pain

There can be many causes of painful joints in pets

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… [Read more]

Causes of Cloudy Eyes in Pets

There are many possible causes of cloudy eyes in pets

A concerning symptom seen in both dogs and cats is the appearance of cloudy eyes.  Dogs and cats suffer from many of the same eye diseases that people do, including viral/bacterial infections, corneal scratches/ulcers, foreign bodies in the eyes, glaucoma, cataracts, and various diseases of the middle and inner eyes and retinas. Many of these conditions… [Read more]

Causes And Treatments For Your Pet’s Dry Itchy Skin


One of the most common dermatological complaints seen in the veterinary clinic is the presentation of itchy pets with dry, flaky skin. There can be many causes of this common scenario, including inhalant/contact allergies to molds, grasses, trees, pollens, dust mites, etc.  Flea bite allergies and food allergies may also play a role in other itchy… [Read more]

Start Your New Puppy or Kitten on the Path to Good Health

Learn how to start your new puppy or kitten on the right foot

The most critical period in determining future health are the initial steps animal guardians take when adopting new puppies and/or kittens. The first important step is to have a full veterinary exam and evaluation, preferably by a progressive integrative veterinarian who is familiar with both traditional conventional veterinary medicine and complimentary holistic veterinary medicine.  It is critical… [Read more]

Diarrhea and Vomiting in Pets

Diarrhea and vomiting in pets can have many causes.

Diarrhea and vomiting in pets can have many causes. Especially in young pets, dietary indiscretion/food allergies and intestinal parasites, including roundworms, hookworms and whipworms may cause digestive upset. Particularly in young, stressed animals at pet stores or kennels, coccidia are also common intestinal parasites diagnosed. Foreign body ingestion is always a concern, especially in young and inquisitive… [Read more]

Does My Dog Need Heartworm Prevention in the Winter?

Wondering if your dog needs heartworm prevention in the winter?

One of the more common questions we receive in the veterinary clinic is whether dogs should be on year-round heartworm prevention, even in the winter and colder months. Over 20 years ago I was taught in veterinary school that the average ambient temperature had to be 65 degrees or higher for 30 days in a row… [Read more]