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June is “Adopt a Shelter Cat” Month

By Elise Hattingh, DVM The summer forecast at the ASPCA is cats, cats and more cats! Monday, June 1, kicks off Adopt a Shelter Cat Month and marks the height of kitten season, the time of year when felines breed.  This time of year, shelters across the country get a major influx of homeless

Understanding Seasonal Allergies in Dogs and Cats

When most people think of the term “pet allergy,” they immediately think of humans who are allergic to pet dander. But pets can also develop allergies – to common and not-so-common substances. We’ve written about the causes, symptoms and treatments of seasonal allergies in dogs and cats before, so now, we’ll explore in detail the

The Risks of Summer Heat Stroke for Your Pets

By Dr. Jaime Barta, DVM With summer fast approaching, we will soon be swimming in pools, having backyard picnics and enjoying outdoor sports. When we get too hot, we will be able to take a break and cool off inside in the air conditioning. We need to remember to also think about our furry little

Pet First Aid: The Heimlich Maneuver and Other Emergency Methods

  Many people don’t realize that first aid for pets is a real thing. There are pet first-aid kits, courses, and classes, just like there are for humans. And just like for humans, the goal is to treat any immediate medical emergencies and stabilize the patient long enough to get professional medical treatment. While it’s

Pet Poisoning: It CAN Happen to You!

By Eve Boggs, DVM If there’s one thing I can say about every single case of pet poisoning I’ve treated, it’s that the owners of the pet were responsible, caring, careful people that never imagined they’d ever need to seek treatment for poisoning. It's a pet owner’s worst nightmare: arriving home to an empty bag of

How to Socialize Your New Puppy Properly

Bringing a new puppy home is just like bringing in any new addition to the family. At first, they’re squirmy and helpless. Then,  before you know it, they become toddlers throwing tantrums and getting into everything (like scribbling on walls and sticking fingers into light sockets if they are two-legged, or chewing on wires and playing in the

Heart Murmurs: To Be Concerned Or Not?

by Dr. Jodi Reed Sometimes, when doing a thorough physical exam on a patient, we hear a heart murmur. Often, informing pet parents we are hearing a murmur elicits fear and concern, so I want to shed some light on the subject to help navigate through the good, the bad and the ugly regarding this

Salt on Paws: Protect Your Dog’s Feet from Winter Chemicals

Sir Walter Wally may not have seen his shadow this year, and it may seem as though winter is over but you never can tell for sure, and Old Man Winter may yet have some snow and ice up his sleeve. That means more grit, salt and chemicals on sidewalks and roads, which can be bad

When It’s Okay to Say “Goodbye”

By Dr. Elise Hattingh At some point every pet owner will ask themselves, “is it time to say goodbye?” Depending on the circumstances, this decision may be one of the most difficult that you will make for your pet.  There are no rules or charts that will make this decision any easier.  However, there are

Train Your Dog to Come on Call – Every Time!

January is both National Walk Your Dog month and Train Your Dog month, and if you’re giving your furbaby an appropriate amount of exercise, you may occasionally visit off-leash areas where he or she can run free and play with other dogs. In that case, one of the most important things you can teach is to respond reliably to a recall command. Whether danger