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The Poison in Your Pantry: Canine Chocolate Toxicity

Posted 02.13.19 by Dr. 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

When Should I Start Cleaning My Pet’s Teeth?

Posted 02.01.19 by Dr. Katie Morrill, DVM

Many pet owners understand that their pets will eventually start needing dental cleanings, but when is the right age to start? There is no easy answer! It depends on each individual animal. As a general rule, larger breed dogs keep their teeth cleaner longer, and small breed dogs (I’m looking at you, Yorkies and Chihuahuas!) start needing cleanings at a...Read More

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

Posted 01.16.19 by Dr. 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

Are You SURE You’re Ready For A Pet?

Posted 11.27.18 by Dr. 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

Intervertebral Disc Disease: What is IVDD?

Posted 09.04.18 by Dr. Reagan Bugg, DVM

What is IVDD? Intervertebral disc disease is a common cause of spinal pain in the dog. Between each vertebrae is a intervertebral disc, which acts as a shock absorber. A normal disc is made from a hard, fibrous outside ring (annulus) and a soft gel like center (nucleus pulposus). There are two types of degenerative disc changes that can occur:...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 Dr. Christine Taylor, DVM

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

Why Your Dog Should Be Groomed By Professionals

Posted 02.27.18 by Katie Willis

Grooming, whether a hair cut and/or a bath, is essential for the health and comfort of your dog. Hair and skin that is soiled can sometimes become itchy and cause your pet to scratch. Many dogs have skin allergies and regular bathing and grooming can aide in helping to control this. Long haired dogs have hair that often will mat....Read More

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