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Category: Dog Owners

6 months or 6 years? Should you really spay or neuter your dog and when?

Posted 10.02.18 by Dr. Drew McWatters, DVM

Veterinarians have traditionally recommended ubiquitous spaying and neutering dogs and have recommended doing it at no later than 6 months of age. This recommendation came from a desire to decrease the stray pet population and decrease the incidence of reproductive disease while at the same time decreasing anesthetic risks associated with anesthesia of young puppies. However, several recent studies have...Read More

The Grain-Free Catastrophe

Posted 07.31.18 by Dr. Susanne Heartsill, DVM

Grain-free, holistic, natural…these are all terms that invoke a sense of comfort. Surely, if something is labeled holistic or natural, it must be better for us and our pets, right? Unfortunately, these are labels that have little meaning as they relate to pet diets. Although they are generally accepted by the pet food industry, there are currently no regulations or...Read More

Veterinarian: What’s In The Name?

Posted 07.20.18 by Dr. Kassie Newton, DVM

DVM. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Veterinarian. Vet. All of these terms describe any of the doctors that your pet may see. But what does it actually take to get this title? How much do we really know? We thought we would outline a few fun facts for those who have someone interested in becoming a vet or things you may...Read More

The Big, Bad, Bloat!

Posted 05.25.18 by Katie Willis

Bloat / Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV) Of all veterinary medical emergencies, nothing strikes fear in the heart of veterinarian like a good GDV emergency. One of the internal medicine clinicians in my veterinary school loved to dramatically rush into the third-year surgery on-call room at 4:30 pm and announce, “There’s a GDV on the way!” and run away laughing...Read More

So…My Dog Ate My Weed…

Posted 04.20.18 by Dr. Kassie Newton, DVM

As marijuana is becoming increasingly popular in use as it is legalized throughout the US, it is becoming a more prominent problem with our pets as well. This is something we are experiencing more and more in our profession, with some clinics treating 2-3 cases per week. The ASPCA poison control hotline said their reported cases have increased 200% in...Read More

A ‘Supermutt’ Reveals Her True Identity

Posted 01.25.18 by Dr. Jacqueline Courtney, VMD

Strudel, a rescue dog with unknown origins, took a DNA test that provides information on breed mix, health risks, and more.  If you have a mixed breed dog, chances are high that you have debated your pup’s lineage.  Maybe the adoption organization listed your dog as a Boxer/Labrador cross, but you’re convinced she has some herding dog mixed in somewhere....Read More

How Dedicated Ownership Impacts Patient Healing

Posted 10.03.17 by Katie Willis

Titan is 3 year old Chihuahua that presented to The Pet Hospitals- Midtown after being attacked by a large breed dog.  The dog was aggressive and before anyone could intervene, Titan was suffering severe trauma to his neck.  When Titan presented to our hospital, he was found to have scleral hemorrhage in both eyes (ruptured blood vessels) and severe trauma...Read More

So What Can My Dog Really Chew On?

Posted 09.28.17 by Katie Willis

I answer this questions on a daily basis with my clients. Appropriately directed chewing not only satisfies a dog’s desire to chew, but also serves as enrichment and can aid in the maintenance of good oral health. Though choosing what to allow your dog to chew on can be a daunting task. Every pet store is filled with dozens of...Read More

How To Train Your Dog To Enjoy Running With You

Posted 08.10.17 by Katie Willis

Running is a great form of exercise for us and our dogs. Dogs can make motivated enthusiastic running partners that also encourage you to get in shape and enjoy the outdoors. So how do you get started running with your dog? There are several factors to consider 1) overall health of your dog, 2) breed and age of your dog...Read More

Oh No, My Dog Has Diarrhea

Posted 08.03.17 by Katie Willis

He was fine yesterday, but now he’s running outside frequently and having very loose or watery stool.  Diarrhea…an all too common problem that many owners deal with in their dogs.  So what causes this and what can you do about it? The causes of diarrhea in our canine patients are vast.  Some are not concerning and may even resolve on...Read More

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