Tips for Bringing a Pet to Stay With Friends and Family

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Thinkstock Staying with friends or family over the holidays? Make sure you ask the hosts if you can bring your pet. Don’t assume the answer is yes. For some folks, the holiday season is synonymous with travel. And if you’re a pet owner, holiday travel often involves a bit more planning than packing up some … Read more

6 Ways Your Smartphone Camera Can Improve Your Next Vet Visit

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Thinkstock Documenting your dog’s concerning problems with your smartphone camera can be a big help for your vet. About 10 years ago, clients started showing me pictures and videos oftheir pets.They’d whip out their smartphones for me to examine alongside the real thing on the exam table. At first I thought it was a gee-whiz … Read more

Another Reason to Banish Fleas and Ticks

Cat Scratching Behind Ear

Thinkstock Cats usually become infected with Bartonella through exposure to fleas. While you may not be familiar with Bartonella, you’ve probably heard of cat scratch disease, a human condition caused by one form of this bacteria. As the name suggests, people can get this disease from the scratch or bite of an infected cat. But … Read more

Blue-Green Algae Can Be Deadly for Dogs and Other Animals

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Thinkstock Before you take your dog to any body of water, check the local and state swimming advisories to see if there are any blue-green algae warnings. It should be the epitome of pure joy: a dog leaping off the dock and splashing into a lake on a sweltering summer day. But for some dog … Read more

5 Things I Didn’t Learn in Vet School

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Thinkstock Ninety percent of a small-animal veterinarian’s job is preventive care. Learning in veterinary school is a lot like trying to take a sip of water from an open fire hydrant. With the sheer volume of coursework, covering everything from biochemistry, dermatology and ophthalmology to dentistry and neurology — not to mention learning all the … Read more

Bulbs, Corms, Tubers and Rhizomes That Are Dangerous for Pets

Hyacinth plant

Thinkstock Ingesting the bulbs of flowers like hyacinths, daffodils, snowdrops and tulips can cause bloody vomiting and diarrhea. Springtime flowers are beautiful, but some are potentially dangerous to our pets. The “bulb” plants can be toxic. Botanically speaking, flower bulbs come in many forms: true bulbs, corms, tubers, tuberous roots and rhizomes. With some bulb … Read more

Renewal for Stiff and Achy Pets

Dog in Support Sling

Thinkstock Like physical therapy for humans, rehabilitation helps restore mobility and function for dogs and cats. Rusty just wasn’t herself any more. At 10 years of age, the once-active Sheltie lagged behind on walks. She was reluctant to jump onto the bed and couch. And she refused to sit, even when her favorite treat was … Read more

How to Keep Your Dog Cool, Comfortable and Safe this Summer

How to Keep Your Dog Cool, Comfortable and Safe this Summer

Q: What are top three reasons people bring their dogs to the vet for during the summer? Once the weather begins to warm up, dogs often develop skin disease. The change in weather fills the environment with pollens, fleas, and ticks which can create an array of problems with dogs’ skin. Pollens exacerbate pre-existing allergies … Read more