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8 Facts About Flea and Tick Prevention at Home

As the weather heats up, we become more aware of fleas and ticks. Most of us know how important it is to protect ourselves and our furry friends from these dastardly devils, but here are 8 facts about parasites you might not be aware of. Fact #1: Fleas and Ticks Spread Disease Fleas and ticks

Hairballs in Cats: Is It Normal or Is Something Wrong?

by Dr. Laura Gaylord As veterinarians we see a lot of cats throughout the year for routine wellness visits. A common discussion point during these visits is hairballs: What are they? Where does the hair go if there are no hair balls? When should I be worried? Of course these questions come up because pet parents want

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 and

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 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

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

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

Pets as Gifts – A Nice Idea Gone Wrong

By Dr. Eve Boggs, DVM The idea of giving a friend or loved one a cute puppy, kitty, or other pet may seem enticing. After all, there are loads of movies where a new furry friend comes to the family with a bow around her neck, wagging and happy to join the crew for a

Pet Medications – Important Information You Should Know!

By Dr. Jodi Reed, DVM While there are thousands of medications for humans to help cure whatever ails them, there are almost as many for our pets! It is important to understand that all medications can have side effects and interactions with other drugs, so it's critical that before giving your cat or dog any medication you

Managing Obesity in Pets

By Dr. Laura Gaylord, DVM. With approximately 52.7% of US dogs categorized as overweight or obese, and 57.9% of US cats, pet obesity is a problem across the nation. Remarkably, most pet owners don't seem to be aware of the problem, according to new research produced by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), 2014.   Most pet owners think their