Can Pets Get Cavities?

Can Pets Get Cavities?

As humans, we know it’s not too uncommon for people to develop cavities; however, what about pets? Although it is certainly less common in pets than in people, cavities can also develop in our pets. Cavities may appear as erosions in the enamel of the teeth that may lead to pain and discomfort and dental decay. While cavities may be diagnosed with a direct visual exam, it is often recommended […]






Understanding Bumps and Cysts on Pet’s Skin

Understanding Bumps and Cysts on Pet’s Skin

As pets start to age, various lumps, bumps and cysts can arise. Many times these can appear suddenly and can have various appearances from raised hairless overgrowths of tissue, to bumps felt under the skin. The most common benign bumps in pets include overgrowths of fatty tissue known as lipomas, and warts. Other common benign bumps include various types of cysts that can sometimes discharge pasty fluid on the skin […]






Respiratory Emergencies (Wheezing or Coughing) in Dogs

Respiratory Emergencies (Wheezing or Coughing) in Dogs

Many dogs can display respiratory symptoms ranging from: The common kennel cough Signs of increased yellow or green eye or nasal discharge Varying degrees or coughing or wheezing. The sound of the cough itself can vary. For coughs similar to the sound of a goose honking, this is most typical of either kennel cough or an anatomic or inflammatory problem of the airways. Examples of anatomic problems are often seen with […]






PetMeds: Managing Eye Discharge (Mucus) in Dogs and Cats

PetMeds: Managing Eye Discharge (Mucus) in Dogs and Cats

A common concern of many pet owners is the presence of discharge in their dog’s or cat’s eyes. While this symptom is quite common, most of the time it is not significant and does not require medical treatment. The most common cause of discharge (often referred to as “eye crust”) is airborne allergens which can cause weepy eyes as in people. Other times, frequent eye discharge can indicate a clogged […]






A veterinarian weighs in: the best pet food for weight loss

A veterinarian weighs in: the best pet food for weight loss

As with people, gaining unwanted weight and obesity is a severe health care epidemic in companion animals. There are multiple reasons for this growing epidemic: indiscriminate feeding practices by animal guardians, as well as too many extra treats and scraps from the table are all major factors in significant weight gain in our dogs and cats. Just like the situation with their parental human guardians, lack of exercise is also a […]






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, […]