What you need to know about Powassan virus and your pet

What you need to know about Powassan virus and your pet

The arrival of warmer weather is a welcome relief for most people, but there is a downside for pet parents: spring and summer also bring an increased risk of flea and tick-borne diseases in our dogs and cats. In certain areas of the U.S. such as the Great Lakes and Northeast, cases of Lyme disease are escalating at alarming rates in both humans and animals. Over the past 10 years a […]






Ask the Vet: The veterinarian’s secrets to keeping senior pets healthy

Ask the Vet: The veterinarian’s secrets to keeping senior pets healthy

Over the years animal guardians have relied on periodic reminder cards from the veterinarian to keep their pet up-to-date on vaccinations. It’s no secret many veterinarians relied on the “hook” of these reminder cards to also perform checkups on pets during their visit for shots. However, there continues to be increasing awareness of vaccinations remaining effective longer than initially anticipated, as well as the potentially harmful effects of over-vaccinating companion […]






How to recognize and prevent heatstroke in dogs

How to recognize and prevent heatstroke in dogs

It’s no surprise that it’s getting warmer. And unfortunately, each summer many pets die needlessly from exposure to heat. Heatstroke is a medical emergency that needs veterinary attention as quickly as possible. Signs of heat stroke include: Excessive panting Bright red gums and ear tips Seizuring and collapse (in extreme circumstances) Unfortunately, dogs and cats don’t sweat like people do. They typically pant, in order to dispel heat, making them much […]






[Ask the Vet] Reducing your pet’s anxiety when traveling

[Ask the Vet] Reducing your pet’s anxiety when traveling

Whether you’re planning a road trip with your family or headed to the vet’s office, there is nothing more disturbing to an animal guardian than dealing with a nervous pet when traveling. What I often recommend to clients is to take pets on short car trips for 10-15 minutes at a time so their pets can get used to trips away from home. Most pets with travel anxiety usually manifest […]






10 questions your veterinarian wants you to ask during a visit

10 questions your veterinarian wants you to ask during a visit

With our own medical care it’s often suggested to ask more questions when at the doctor’s office. Did you know the same advice applies to your pet’s veterinarian? By asking more questions during your pet’s next vet visit, you’re not only helping to maximize your pet’s health care, but you’re also ensuring you get the most out of each visit. To help tackle this topic, we asked holistic veterinarian Dr. […]






K9 Advantix: A simple way to protect your dog from fleas & ticks

K9 Advantix: A simple way to protect your dog from fleas & ticks

K9 Advantix II is among the most commonly used monthly topical medications used for controlling fleas, ticks and mosquitoes on dogs. As the weather continues to heat up and water activities increase, one of the additional benefits is that K9 Advantix II is still effective even after washing and bathing. In addition, K9 Advantix II not only quickly kills mature and immature fleas and ticks, but also repels these parasites from […]






My dog tested positive for Lyme disease

My dog tested positive for Lyme disease

May is National Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Lyme disease is an infectious disease transmitted by tick bite, most commonly the deer tick. Particularly during the warm months many pets can be bitten by ticks carrying this disease. Lyme disease is most commonly seen in the northeast and mid-sections of the United States, but has been documented in many other states as well. Lyme disease is most commonly seen in dogs, as […]