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Category: Wellness

Euthanasia: How to say Goodbye

Posted 07.10.19 by Ellen Barry Buco, DVM

How do you know it’s time? Quality of life assessments are one of the hardest decisions a pet owner faces. Euthanasia offers a peaceful death that alleviates suffering and pain for animals. The hard part is determining if it is time to consider euthanasia. As a general rule when the bad days outnumber the good days it is time to...Read More

What Vaccines Are Actually Necessary For My Pets?

Posted 06.19.19 by Kimberly Gaddis, DVM

I have a new puppy or kitten! Now what? Depending on how you have acquired this new family member, it may or may not have received a vaccination or two. Vaccines are used to stimulate our pets’ immune systems to prepare them for exposure to potentially harmful diseases. Some vaccines are preventive and others can lessen severity of disease significantly....Read More

Finish Your Meds: Antibiotic Resistance in Pets

Posted 06.05.19 by Lee Ann Newman, DVM

So why is it such a big deal if I don’t give ALL of my pet’s doses of antibiotic? She’s so hard to give medication to! She spits it out and I find it on the floor later. It’s hard to remember to give it on time. It’s hard to get her to eat when it’s time for her medication....Read More

Does My Cat Really Need Heartworm Prevention?

Posted 04.23.19 by Hannah Weimer, DVM

The short answer to this question is yes, even if they live strictly indoors. Though cats are an atypical host for heartworms and bites from infected mosquitoes are less likely to result in a mature infection like we would see in dogs, (studies estimate about 10% of the incidence rate of canines) even immature infections involving 1-2 juvenile heartworms can...Read More

New Dangers Revealed from Tick Exposure

Posted 03.27.19 by Maddy Haddock, DVM

If you have been paying attention the past couple of years, you have probably noticed a disturbing trend in a health topic concerning both humans and animals. Tick-borne diseases are on the rise. Both the number of diseases transmitted as well as the geographic range of ticks have increased exponentially. We have known about diseases such as lyme, anaplasmosis, babesiosis,...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

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

Veterinarian: What’s In The Name?

Posted 07.20.18 by 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

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