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 […]






The best way to transition your pet to a new food

The best way to transition your pet to a new food

Unlike common beliefs amongst veterinarians and animal guardians, it is actually best to feed our animal companions a variety of foods and protein sources during their lives. Actually, the incidence of developing food allergies and/or hypersensitivities is much higher when consuming the same protein source over a long period of time. Just as people thrive on a variety of foods, pets are truly healthier when eating a variety of foods. But what’s […]






What you need to know about cancer in pets

What you need to know about cancer in pets

One of the most devastating diagnoses an animal guardian can receive regarding an animal companion is a diagnosis of cancer. Unfortunately, cancer is being increasingly diagnosed in younger and younger animals. With the arrival of Pet Cancer Awareness Month in November, this is a good time for animal guardians to become familiar with possible clinical signs that a pet could have cancer. Especially as pets get older, it is important to physically […]






Halloween doesn’t have to be scary for your pets

Halloween doesn’t have to be scary for your pets

As Halloween approaches, there are certainly plenty of potential auditory and visual stimuli for nervous animal companions. Not only can holiday decorations and specters of frightening costumes be potential triggers in sensitive pets, but the repetitive ringing of door bells and the coming and going of Halloween trick or treaters can also be overwhelming to some animal companions. I find that decorating the homes early for Halloween many days to weeks […]






Getting to the bottom of your pet’s itchy ear problem

Getting to the bottom of your pet’s itchy ear problem

One of the most common reasons for veterinary exams for dogs and cats is for the presence of ear inflammation, otherwise known as otitis externa. Common symptoms of otitis externa include shaking of the head, itching of the ears, as well as the development of redness, swelling and/or odor and discharge of the ears. The condition may present on one or both sides, and may fluctuate between the left and right […]