4 easy ways to prevent painful paws

4 easy ways to prevent painful paws

With the arrival of National Walk Your Dog Week, this is a great time to review with animal guardians some tips on caring the paws of their canine companions. Paw Hair The fur between your dog’s paw pads is an area that is often neglected. By trimming the paw hair regularly, this will avoid painful matting that can occur in the areas between the digits of the feet. Correct Toenail […]

What you need to know about rabies

What you need to know about rabies

With the approach of World Rabies day on Monday, September 28, this is an excellent time for animal guardians to become more aware about rabies, and to take steps to enhance control and prevention of this potentially deadly disease to both humans and companion animals. There are almost 60,000 human deaths worldwide each year, mostly in Africa and Asia; however, each year 40,000 people in the United States receive post exposure inoculations […]

How to safely treat tapeworms in your cat

How to safely treat tapeworms in your cat

One of the most common intestinal parasites seen in domestic cats is tapeworms. There are several types of tapeworm possible, but the most common tapeworm seen in cats, known as dipylidium, comes from a cat’s direct ingestion of the common flea, which is the intermediate host of tapeworms. Upon ingestion of adult fleas carrying these tapeworms, tapeworms develop and lodge in the small intestines of affected cats, with their hook-like mouth parts. […]

How to prevent urinary tract stones in pets

How to prevent urinary tract stones in pets

One of the most frustrating problems seen in the veterinary clinic is when pets develop urinary tract stones, especially of the bladder. Symptoms of bladder stones often include increased frequency and urgency to urinate, including potential inappropriate urination in the house, bloody urine, etc. Bladder stones may occur in pets of any age, and can have many possible causes. In younger animals, genetic factors and/or circulatory problems of the liver may lead […]

PetMeds®: Blood in Dog’s Urine

PetMeds®: Blood in Dog’s Urine

The presenting symptom of a pet urinating blood can have many potential causes. The most important question I ask pet owners with a dog having blood in its urine is to find out whether it is associated with urgency, straining, increased frequency, or difficulty urinating. In those cases, one of the more common causes is overgrowth of various bacteria in the urinary tract, which is usually best treated by a veterinary […]

Top causes for a smelly pet (and how to help!)

Top causes for a smelly pet (and how to help!)

A very common situation presented at the veterinary clinic is when an animal guardian is complaining about a “smelly pet.” When there is a change in odor noticed with our animal companions that is either unusual, strong or persistent, it is important to have a thorough veterinary exam and evaluation, as well as possibly some diagnostic testing to find out the source of the bad odor, as well as the […]

My pet isn’t sick, why should we go to the vet?

My pet isn’t sick, why should we go to the vet?

Many animal guardians have a preconceived notion that animals only need routine yearly vaccinations, going to the veterinarian only when pets are acutely ill and consequently often presenting as a crisis to the veterinary clinic. It is important, however, to understand that the word “doctor” literally means “teacher” in Latin. It is very important to maintain a relationship with a competent veterinarian who can help guide your pet’s preventative care […]