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 […]






Is a breed-specific diet better for your dog?

Is a breed-specific diet better for your dog?

An emerging trend seen in the commercial pet food industry in recent years is the development of breed-specific dog foods for various life stages. As a more holistic oriented veterinarian who does believe in more individualized diets for our pets–based on their symptom history, constitutional susceptibility and age–I do feel strongly that this is one of the most misunderstood and overrated trends in the commercial pet food industry, a trend that […]






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 […]