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 […]
Celebrate National Holistic Pet Day as holistic veterinarian Dr. Dym answers top pet health questions.
Ask yourself: When was the last time your cat saw a veterinarian? Cats seem so independent, it sometimes feels as though our little feline friends hardly need our assistance. In fact, while there are more cats than dogs in U.S. homes, dogs receive more regular veterinary care. When it comes to cats, pet parents often wait until they see signs that their cat is feeling under the weather before scheduling […]
As we enjoy the summer season, there are many health tips to keep in mind to keep your pet healthy and well during this wonderful time of year. Because pets and people spend increasing amounts of time outside, it is important to be aware of the risk of heat stroke as the temperature and humidity increase. Fresh, cold water should be available for any pets spending any significant time outside. Pet […]
A typical series of the questions I commonly get is, “Doc, how often does my pet need to go for a checkup?” This question is often then followed up by a pet owner stating their pet is mostly indoors or around the house and is not exposed to many other pets or diseases, and eats and acts totally normal. The answer to such questions will vary depending upon the individual […]
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 […]
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 […]