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

Posted 04.17.17 by Katie Willis

  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 Katie Willis

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 Katie Willis

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 Katie Willis

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 Katie Willis

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

My Dog Ate What?!?

Posted 09.07.16 by Katie Willis

Dogs and cats can be very picky about their food, or sometimes they can consume things we would not even imagine would be edible. One of the most common appointments we have is the vomiting dog or cat. Oftentimes we may ask you if they are the type to “eat things” and by this we mean exactly that – will...Read More

What is a Hot Spot?

Posted 08.17.16 by Katie Willis

“The spot came up on my dog overnight, and now they won’t leave it alone!” This is usually how the conversation goes with panic-stricken clients that have just noticed the huge, bald sore that is red and oozing. After telling them it looks or sounds like they are describing  a hot spot, the next question is typically, “What is a...Read More

Is Anesthesia Safe?

Posted 08.11.16 by Katie Willis

  General anesthesia is used on a daily basis in most veterinary hospitals. A common conversation with clients is over concern regarding the safety of anesthesia for their pet. The good news is that modern anesthesia is very safe. Today we have access to much better drugs. This allows us to tailor the anesthetic plans to each patient’s individual needs. The risk...Read More

Feline Heartworm Disease

Posted 08.03.16 by Katie Willis

Cats can get heartworms, too!  The disease presents itself very differently from canine heartworm disease. The cat is NOT the typical host and most worms in cats do not survive the adult stage. The prevalence of heartworm disease in cats versus in dogs is much lower. Cats that do have adult worms normally only have 2-3, but many cats never end...Read More

How to acclimate your cat traveling in a cat carrier

Posted 07.21.16 by Katie Willis

  How to acclimate your cat to traveling in a cat carrier A common concern for feline owners is the stress associated with car rides and veterinary visits, which can often deter a client from bringing their cat in for check ups. Because early detection and intervention are paramount to successful treatment of chronic disease, regular veterinary check ups are...Read More

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