Yearly Archives - 2019

Should I Take My Dog To The Vet?

Should I Take My Dog to the Vet? When It’s Time to Go to the Vet?

Americans love their pets like children. Nearly 38.4 percent of American households have dogs. These pet owners spend about an average of $126.19 on their pet friends each month. Besides your pet's annual exam, there are times your dog may be sick or acting strangely. If you are wondering "should I take my dog to the vet," read on to know when it's time. Not Eating This is a judgment call, but if your dog suddenly stops eating, this could be a [...]

What If Your Dog Eats Something Poisonous?

What If Your Dog Eats Something Poisonous

Dogs are funny creatures. Your dog may only eat one specific brand and flavor dog food but will then swallow an odd object he found on the floor. According to WebMD, the over-the-counter and prescription medications are most commonly ingested poisons. Even a small dose of human medication can be life-threatening for a dog. What if your do eats something poisonous? Certain foods are safe for humans but are poisonous to dogs. Sometimes, dogs swallow chemicals and other poisonous agents. If [...]

Pet Vaccines

Understanding Pet Vaccinations

The main thing you can do to protect your pet from disease is to ensure his or her vaccinations are up-to-date. Pet vaccinations are designed to stimulate the immune system and protect your dog from several potentially deadly contagious disease. Many pet owners do not realize that several contagious diseases are airborne, which means your pet could potentially be exposed to a disease anytime they go outside, or the window or the door is opened. Pets can also be exposed [...]

Why do dogs stop eating? Pictured: a puppy and kitten playing on a couch.

Why Do Dogs Stop Eating?

Whether your dog is a puppy or an older dog, it can be distressing when your dog stops eating. There are many reasons why dogs experience a lack of appetite. Determining the cause behind a loss of appetite is the first step toward determining the appropriate treatment. A loss of appetite can indicate an illness, which is why it is critical that you take your dog to the veterinarian anytime you notice a change in your dog’s eating habits. Dogs [...]

Dog Wellness Tips: a woman hugging her dog

Dog Wellness Tips

A healthy dog is a happy dog. Unfortunately, many dogs suffer a number of health issues that could have easily been prevented. Let’s take a look at the top six dog wellness tips to keep your dog healthy and happy. Routine Checkups Routine veterinarian checkups help keep your pet safe. During the first year of your dog’s life, he will need to visit the vet multiple times to receive all necessary vaccines. Annual checkups should be performed for dogs aged 1 [...]

Managing Pet Anxiety - Girl holding pet chihuahua

Managing Pet Anxiety

Pet owners can become concerned if their pet experiences anxiety; however, it is essential to realize that anxiety in dogs is a normal and healthy emotion. The symptoms of anxiety in dogs can vary from dog to dog. If your pet is experiencing disproportionate levels of anxiety, and it is not treated, your dog can develop an anxiety disorder along with behavioral problems. Dogs can experience anxiety for several reasons. The most common causes include: Aging Changes in routine (taking your dog [...]


Points to Remember for Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Points to Remember for Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatments and using it Intra-Articular Applications PRP Purpose: Growth factors are released from within and this promotes angiogenesis, cellular proliferation, and provides an extracellular matrix for cell rebuilding. Indications: OsteoArthritis (OA), Tendonitis, Ligament injuries, burns, open wounds, bone grafts, dental procedures. Administration of PRP May be performed every 2-3 weeks until desired effect (1-3 treatments). Re-administration every 9-12 months depending on the pet. A “Flare” pain response Occurs 24-72 hours post injection. The pain gets worse during this time [...]


Life Cycle: Fleas

Any pet owner who’s had trouble with fleas on their dog or cat knows how quickly an infestation of these pint-sized pests can spiral out of control. But how does it go from one flea to hundreds, even thousands, so quickly? Here’s a breakdown of the flea life cycle from egg to adult: 1. Egg Eggs are deposited on the pet and fall into the environment within a few hours. 2. Larva Larvae are maggot-like and approximately 0.5 cm long. They feed on blood [...]


Your New Pet: Information & Tips for a New Dog or Cat

What to feed your Pet As veterinarians, we are asked what is the best food to feed my pet and how much should I feed? The answer to this question is both easy and complicated.  First we must identify the goal of feeding your pet.  The goal is to feed a complete, balanced, digestible, palatable and safe diet.  This sounds easy to do but if you ever walked down the pet food section, you know that with all the choices available [...]