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 […]
November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. If you’re thinking about adopting a furry family member, consider a senior dog or cat. Find out why a senior pet could be the perfect choice!
One of the more common questions presented in the clinic is when should an animal guardian consider changing their pets’ diet to a specific senior formula. This is one of the most misunderstood areas of animal nutrition. As a holistically oriented veterinarian, the most important aspects to healthy feeding include a minimally-processed, preferably raw pet food diet if possible, that mimics what pets evolved to eat in the wild. If […]
As with people, pets are certainly living longer and healthier lives today. There are several things that animal guardians can do to help their pets live as long as possible. Certainly past middle age it is important to have proper veterinary physical exams at least twice yearly. Given the high incidence of periodontal disease in pets, and the link of periodontal disease with other organ health issues of the heart, […]
Many aging or senior animals, particularly large breed dogs, often suffer from degenerative spinal and/or joint disease, often limiting their mobility and agility, making it difficult for them to climb many stairs or jump up like they used to as younger dogs. While we have an emerging group of options in treating such pets, including nutritional supplements, nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and other pet pain medications, many of these […]