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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

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

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

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

Pyometra: The Gross and Deadly Risk of Not Spaying

Posted 02.26.19 by Sarah Morris, DVM

One of the first things I like to do when I get to work in the morning is look at my schedule for the day. When I see that I have a sick patient coming in, I always try to do a little research on the patient so I can start formulating what I think might be wrong with the...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

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