A veterinarian’s view on dog ear cropping and tail docking

A veterinarian’s view on dog ear cropping and tail docking

Some of the most controversial elective, optional surgical procedures done in veterinary medicine are the procedures of tail docking and ear cropping in certain breeds of dogs. While these are obviously not surgical procedures done for the health of the individual animal, such procedures are done only for breed standards, thereby allowing certain breeds (such as Boxers, Dobermans and Schnauzers for example), to be shown in the rings at dog shows. […]






Why your dog needs heartworm prevention all year long

Why your dog needs heartworm prevention all year long

One of the most common questions asked by animal guardians is whether monthly heartworm medication needs to be given year round, even in the colder winter months. While heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes, there have been increasingly warmer winter months in recent years which has led to the appearance of mosquitoes even in colder months. However, in order for mosquitoes to transmit the infectious larval stages of heartworms through a bite, […]






Know when you should be concerned about your cat’s runny eyes

Know when you should be concerned about your cat’s runny eyes

Large and luminous, the eyes are one of the most beautiful and distinctive features of the cat, but the eyes can sometimes be marred by a watery or “goopy” eye discharge, which can become chronic. There are many possible causes for the development of chronic eye discharge in cats. As with any changes in the eyes in our animal companions, any chronic change in appearance should be evaluated by a veterinarian […]






The five W’s of dogs that scoot

The five W’s of dogs that scoot

Most of us have experienced the surprising sight of a dog scooting his bum across the grass or carpet, and many a pooch has been reprimanded for doing it. But have you ever wondered exactly why he’s scooting? Could it be a medical problem, an itch he can’t scratch, or simply a weird and misunderstood habit? Let’s delve into the mystery behind the infamous scoot. Who? Who scoots? Almost all […]






A holiday hazard: how to help your pet’s stomach upset

A holiday hazard: how to help your pet’s stomach upset

With the Thanksgiving holiday come and gone, and the arrival of the Christmas holiday season, this is a time of year when we see lots of pets in the veterinary clinic with digestive upsets and varying amounts of diarrhea and vomiting. Probably the biggest reason for this is the feeding of inappropriate fatty and/or sweet table foods to pets and/or dietary indiscretion, where pets have access to inappropriate food items, […]






What you need to know about cloudy eyes in pets

What you need to know about cloudy eyes in pets

As pets age, it is not uncommon to see the development of cloudy appearing eyes. The most common cause of this in geriatric animals is a condition known as nuclear sclerosis. This is a mild aging degenerative change in the lens protein of pets, and will often appear as a cloudy appearance to the eyes, especially in direct light. Fortunately, most animals who develop nuclear sclerosis do not develop any significant visual […]






Why you need to ask your vet about pet drug interactions & side effects

Why you need to ask your vet about pet drug interactions & side effects

In the middle of a busy veterinary practice, many veterinarians may overlook an opportunity to discuss the possibilities of drug interactions and pet medication side effects. For example, many commonly prescribed nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) can sometimes cause digestive upset and/or liver/kidney problems in some sensitive pets. Corticosteroids like Prednisone can cause similar problems in some pets, as well as predispose pets to diabetes with prolonged use. While a topic […]