New Year’s Resolutions for Your Pets

 Happy New Year! I know many of us try to set some New Year’s resolutions. We vow to get in shape, go on a diet, eat better, read more books, watch less television. What about our pets? What if they made New Year’s resolutions? Here’s a few resolutions our dog and cat...

Holiday Hazards

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! At least, that what the song says. The holiday season is upon us. Gifts, decorations, lights, festivals, food, family gatherings. These are all wonderful things this time of year, but there are some holiday hazards that can...

What We Are Thankful For

 When I was growing up, we had a family tradition of going around the table and saying what we were thankful for. In that same spirit, I asked around the hospital to see what our staff is thankful for this time of year. Here are some of the things we are most thankful...

Halloween Hazards

 Clowns. They are creepy. They are scary. They are all the rage for Halloween spookiness. My dogs could care less. What scares them? Doorbells, unexpected visitors, fireworks. Let’s talk about some of the Halloween hazards you can avoid to make this a fun and safe...

What is Giardia?

 I had an interesting appointment recently. A new client came in with an adorable puppy, but the puppy had a history of soft stools progressing to diarrhea. “She was diagnosed with Ghirardelli,” the new owner told me. I am a sucker for dark chocolate Ghirardelli,...

Summer Hazards

 Hooray for Summer! Summer is my favorite time of year, but it comes with a few hazards to think about with our pets. I’ve compiled some of the most common dangers we see this time of year so you can keep your furry friends safe. 1. Heat Stress. Cats and dogs have...

Traveling with your Pets

 It’s time to start thinking about summer travel plans. Many people are taking trips this summer and I get quite a few questions about vacationing with pets this time of year. There are a few things to think about when globe trotting with Fluffy and Fido. 1. First,...

I Gotta Chew!

 I spend a lot of time writing articles about dental disease in cats and dogs. You might get tired of articles about teeth, but dental disease is the second most common disease we veterinarians see on a daily basis. (Second to obesity and people get really tired of me...

Pain in Pets

 No one wants to feel pain. It is estimated that 100 million Americans suffer from some form of chronic pain. I am not a fan of pain. In fact, I’m pretty wimpy about it. If I’m in pain, you’ll know it. But our pets are a different story. While some animals will...

What We Are Thankful For

 When I was growing up, we had a family tradition of going around the table and saying what we were thankful for. In that same spirit, I asked around the hospital to see what our staff is thankful for this time of year. Dr. Pope was fighting a losing battle between...

Halloween Hazards

 Halloween is right around the corner, and folks are already planning their spooky outings. They have names like Fear Fest, Fright Fest, and Halloween Horror Nights.  This is a fun time for us, but often not for our pets. Let’s talk about some of the Halloween hazards...

Summer Hazards

 Hooray for summer! Summer is my favorite time of year, but it comes with a few hazards to think about with our pets. I’ve compiled some of the most common dangers we see this time of year so you can keep your furry friends safe. 1. Heat Stress. Cats and dogs have...

What is Leptospirosis?

Leptospirosis is a bacteria found in the urine of infected wild animals. Dogs can be exposed to that infected urine by swimming or drinking from streams, creeks, and ponds. Dogs can also be infected if the bacteria enters broken skin or through the mucous membranes...

What Does It Take to Become a Veterinarian?

  Ask any group of small children what they want to be when they grow up and chances are, at least a few will say “veterinarian.” Everyone recognizes their local veterinarian who cares for dogs, cats, and maybe horses or birds, but few people realize what it takes to...

Fear Free October

October is right around the corner, and folks are already planning their spooky outings. They have names like Fear Fest, Fright Fest, and Halloween Horror Nights.  Unfortunately, some dogs and cats feel like going to the veterinarian is scarier than a Halloween venue....