By Dr. Eve Boggs, DVM, CVA It's that time of year again when spring flowers start poking up through the still-cold ground, first buds on trees start blooming, and allergy sufferers start stocking up on antihistamines and decongestants. It's also the time of year when veterinarians prepare for every Zoe, Chloe and Buddy lining up to
With January being National Walk Your Pet Month, it’s important to consider your pet’s safety from parasites while you’re out walking year-round. Parasites are one of the primary health risks to dogs, particularly if you and your dog love to go rambling in wooded areas or paddling in rivers and lakes. Dogs can pick up
Giardia in cats is one of those nasty parasitic conditions every pet parent hopes they never have to deal with. In reality, it’s not too difficult for your cat to pick it up, particularly if he or she has free access to the outdoors. Giardia is a microscopic intestinal parasite that your cat gets from
Spaying and neutering of dogs and cats has multiple advantages, not just because it helps to keep the population down and relieve the crowding in animal shelters. It also prevents the development of pyometra, which is a uterine infection common in older, unspayed female dogs and cats. It’s a particularly serious condition in dogs, and
Colitis in dogs is a form of colon inflammation. It’s often a symptom of an underlying condition, so treatment is geared towards treating that condition rather than the colitis itself. In many cases, dogs with colitis develop chronic diarrhea. How do you recognize when your dog may have colitis versus a simple upset stomach?
Cats that suddenly refuse to use the litter box might be telling you something’s wrong. Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) is the name used to describe a number of urinary problems in cats. FLUTD includes everything from bloody urine to licking the urinary opening to straining to urinate. Here’s how to identify if your
According to the American Heartworm Society, virtually 100 percent of dogs and up to 90 percent of cats exposed to mosquitoes carrying the infective larvae will become heartworm positive. Fortunately, heartworm prevention can help you avoid having to deal with this.
The dangers for pets in the winter are probably well known: cold, ice, damage to the paws from walking on salty sidewalks… However, many pet owners don’t realize that spring brings along other dangers — and that just because they’re different doesn’t mean they’re any less serious. Spring is closer than you think! March brings