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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

Golden-Doodle Mania

Posted 11.08.16 by Katie Willis

Nearly 10 years ago, I met my first Golden-doodle patient and, having never seen one before, I can remember thinking to myself, “This Golden retriever is having a very interesting hair day!” Fast forward to the present and I typically see a “doodle” patient multiple times a day. Furthermore, my personal family has grown as well to include 3 Golden-doodles...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

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

Essential Oils and Animals

Posted 06.15.16 by Emily Lindsey

As I am delving into the world of essential oils for myself, I have found many people asking me about use in and on their dogs and cats.  First and foremost let me clarify I am NOT a holistic veterinarian (there are tests and lots of qualifications that go into becoming a true holistic veterinarian). I am just an interested...Read More

Beware of Grass Awns!

Posted 06.01.16 by Emily Lindsey

What are grass awns? One of the most common minor emergencies we see during the summer in the Mid-south are grass awn foreign bodies. These ‘seeds’ or grass awns can become lodged in pet ears, between toes, and under the skin. The most common presentation is a draining tract between the toes. However, grass awns can also cause much more serious...Read More

Canine Influenza

Posted 04.06.16 by Emily Lindsey

  Even though flu season is almost over for us humans (hooray!), canine influenza, or dog flu, season lasts all year.  The flu in dogs is a relatively new disease and the most recent strain (the H3N2 strain) has proven to be quite nasty and resilient.  Typically, we refer to outbreaks of disease as an epidemic.  With an epidemic, we...Read More

Are ‘Recheck’ Appointments Actually Needed?

Posted 03.31.16 by Emily Lindsey

Your dog’s ears are red and inflamed and he has been shaking his head and scratching at his ears. The doctor looks into the ears to find both ear canals are swollen with a dark wax inside. She gets a sample from the ear canals and performs cytology with a microscope diagnosing a mixed infection of bacteria and yeast. An ear...Read More

Herbal Supplements… All Hype or Worth A Try?

Posted 02.24.16 by Emily Lindsey

Alright, let’s get to the “root” of the matter of herbal supplements. There is a plethora of natural and herbal supplements available, both prescription and over the counter. Many ailments, particularly chronic diseases, have been shown to benefit from natural treatments. In veterinary medicine we look for alternative treatments for certain conditions, but they do need to be restricted to...Read More

Everyday Chemicals and Your Pet

Posted 12.16.15 by Emily Lindsey

  As more and more people strive for healthier lifestyles for themselves,  this is also spilling over into the lives of their pets!  From eating healthy, to exercise and environmental enrichment for pets, one very overlooked area are chemicals that your pets (and yourself!)  are exposed to in the home every day. A great study performed by the Environmental Working...Read More

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