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Can My Pet Watch The Solar Eclipse Safely?

Posted 08.18.17 by Audrey Parker

For a few minutes on August 21, 2017, darkness will descend across the United States as a historic total solar eclipse. It is already predicted that this eclipse will be the most witnessed sky-watching event in human history. According to some biologists, humans may not be the only ones reacting to this event in the sky.  During an eclipse, the sky darkens...Read More

Why Can’t My Cat Pee?

Posted 07.13.17 by Audrey Parker

Urinary problems are one of the most common reasons for clients to bring their kitty into the vet. Usually I see the patient that is having litter box issues and urinating all over the house, straining to urinate, or having blood in urine. Some of these are medical problems such as cystitis (bladder inflammation), kidney disease, bladder stones or crystals,...Read More

Should Dogs Eat Grain Free Diets?

Posted 05.17.17 by Audrey Parker

American pet owners are increasingly concerned with their pet’s nutrition which is wonderful news for pets. However, owners in search of the “best” diet for their pet are increasingly met with misinformation and misconceptions about diets and pet nutrition. While there are many well-meaning people giving advice about pet nutrition, most are ill-equipped and under qualified to tackle such a complex...Read More

Everything You Need To Know About Deworming

Posted 05.04.17 by Audrey Parker

Many clients routinely have questions about deworming their pets. There are many parasites that can affect dogs and cats, and it can be difficult to discern when a dewormer is needed and the type. Intestinal parasites are typically contracted through consuming worm eggs from the soil in the environment, nursing from an infected mother, eating infected wildlife, or in utero...Read More

How To Avoid Pet Suffocation

Posted 04.27.17 by Audrey Parker

One potential danger to both dogs and cats that can be found in many homes is an open bag that contains food or used to contain food. It might be a potato chip bag, cereal liner bag, pet food or treat bag, bread bag, etc. When left within reach of your pet, it can be enticing to stick his or...Read More

Low cost Spay Neuter – It’s the right thing to do!

Posted 04.17.17 by Audrey Parker

  All of our locations are low cost spay and neuter sites.  Why?  Because it’s the right thing to do.  We are committed to helping spay and neuter pets and making this procedure accessible to as many pet owners as possible.   And we refuse to cut corners to do it. All spays are not created equal.  The public tends to...Read More

Low cost Heartworm Treatment – Yes we can!

Posted 03.09.17 by Audrey Parker

Heartworm infection in dogs is a given in our area without consistent heartworm preventive medication administration.  Each year we diagnose well over 100 cases of heartworms in dogs and a handful in cats too.  Although heartworm cases occur in cats, most cases are in dogs so we’ll confine our comments today to dogs.  Also, sadly there is no current treatment...Read More

Feline Arthritis

Posted 01.03.17 by Audrey Parker

Most people recognize arthritis in dogs. But what about your cat?  Degenerative joint disease (DJD) is a very common but under-diagnosed condition in cats.   Frequency among age groups was EQUAL from cats as early as 6 months to 16 years!  Signs worsen with age. Feline DJD is difficult to detect because of the cat’s ability to hide pain as a...Read More

Holiday Dangers For Pets

Posted 12.20.16 by Audrey Parker

While the Holidays are the “most wonderful time of the year” for people, they can be a dangerous and stressful time for our pets. Here are some ways to keep your four legged family members safe during the holidays. 1) AVOID Holiday Food Items That Could Cause Problems For Your Pet: A general rule of thumb is to avoid feeding...Read More

Diabetes and Pets

Posted 09.14.16 by Audrey Parker

Just like people, diabetes is a fairly common disease of dogs and cats. Blood sugar regulation is performed by the pancreas by producing insulin. Most diabetic cases are Type 1, or insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, in which the pet requires insulin therapy for control of blood sugar. Cats sometimes will have Type 2, or non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, in which diet and...Read More

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