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Category: Dogs

Ruptured Cranial Cruciate in Dogs (Torn ACL)

Posted 05.27.19 by Bart E. Madison, DVM

A ruptured cranial cruciate ligament (CCL), also known as a torn ACL, is one of the most common causes of acute and chronic hind limb lameness we see in clinic practice. The CCL in dogs, much like humans, is one of the major ligaments that connect the upper leg bone (the femur) to the lower leg bone (the tibia). Often,...Read More

Can You Handle the Hair?

Posted 05.13.19 by Alison Bradshaw, DVM

Being a pet owner and veterinarian, the struggle is real with pet hair. It somehow makes its way into every imaginable nook and cranny and even somehow drifts into most of my food dishes. We have just grown accustomed to pet hair and cleaning, but clients ask me all the time what they can do to stop pet shedding. If...Read More

Don’t Be Socially Awkward

Posted 03.11.19 by Claudia G. Mangum, DVM

What exactly is socialization and why are we concerned about it? Socialization has been defined as a special learning process where an animal learns to interact with and tolerate members of its own species as well as members of other species. This is the process by which we learn to get along with each other. Lots of research has gone...Read More

The Poison in Your Pantry: Canine Chocolate Toxicity

Posted 02.13.19 by Emme Patterson, DVM

It can be a very scary moment when you stroll into your kitchen find any of these scenarios: Your dog feasting on the thoughtfully laid out bowl of individually wrapped heart-shaped dark chocolate candies that you placed on the counter in honor of Valentine’s Day.  The new tub of cocoa powder that you bought at the grocery store last week...Read More

Let’s Talk About Poop

Posted 01.23.19 by Pam Chandler, DVM

Pet owners frequently have questions regarding if their pets feces might be abnormal and or when to be concerned. What is considered normal / abnormal feces? If the consistency is where you are unable to pick it up in your hand then it is considered to be loose. Most pet’s feces are either light or dark brown in color. Black or red feces can signify...Read More

So My Pet is Fat – What’s Wrong With That?

Posted 01.16.19 by Kimberly Gaddis, DVM

One of the most common medical conditions we see in veterinary medicine is weight gain and obesity. And yes, this is a medical condition! Being overweight or obese can predispose our pets to endocrine, cardiopulmonary and musculoskeletal disease. Recent numbers show that around 35-40% of pets in the United States are overweight! This is a completely preventable and reversible disease,...Read More

Thunderstorms, Fireworks, and Anxiety Oh My!

Posted 12.31.18 by Raelyn Pirtle, DVM

Is your pet terrified of thunderstorms, fireworks, or loud noises in general? This is a very common issue that we see in pets. Even two of my own dogs become very scared during noise events. This is stressful not only for your pets, but can also affect your quality of life (and sleep!) as well. Sedatives are usually the cornerstone...Read More

CBD Oil in Pets

Posted 12.17.18 by Katie Wooden, DVM

Cannabis and CBD products are the latest trend in human medicine. More and more people are turning to cannabis as a natural treatment for their health issues due to it’s purported positive impact on inflammation and other ailments. CBD oil has recently become popular due to its  availability online, as well in many local pet stores, grocery stores, and pharmacies....Read More

Are You SURE You’re Ready For A Pet?

Posted 11.27.18 by Katie Morrill, DVM

The human-animal bond is a wondrous and powerful thing. Pets bring us joy, companionship, humor, and so much more. Just imagine how boring the internet would be without adorable kitten videos or hilarious  dog shaming posts? But there is a practical side to owning a pet. Cost Everything in life costs money, and pets are no exception! First time pet...Read More

6 Months or 6 Years: When and If to Spay or Neuter

Posted 10.02.18 by 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

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