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Summer has Ended…but Parvovirus Hasn’t!

Posted 11.05.19 by Raelyn Pirtle, DVM

If you’re a pet owner, chances are you’ve at least heard of parvovirus, or “parvo” for short. Parvo is a highly contagious virus that primarily affects puppies. The virus is usually spread by contact with infected feces; however, it can also be spread through indirect contact with infected surfaces such as our shoes, toys, and kennels. Part of the reason...Read More

Heartworm Prevention Year Round

Posted 10.08.19 by Lee Ann Newman, DVM

Summer has gone and chilly fall mornings are upon us, so we should soon have a reprieve from the heat, humidity and insects that pester us during the warm months. However, this does not mean that they totally go away, or that we can stop treating our pets for heartworms and fleas. Heartworms are spread through mosquito bites. Did you...Read More

Cherry Eye in Dogs and Cats: Diagnosis and Treatment

Posted 09.11.19 by Drew McWatters, DVM

Unlike humans (who only have two), dogs and cats have three eyelids. The third eyelid, technically called the nictitans or nictating membrane, arises from the inner corner of the eye and covers the eye diagonally. It serves to act as another layer of protection if the upper and lower lids are unable to blink and to produce up to 30%...Read More

Does My Dog Have Cataracts?

Posted 08.06.19 by Reagan Bugg, DVM

Does your senior dog have hazy or blue gray eyes? Have you ever wondered if your dog has cataracts or has trouble seeing? Frequently, my clients ask me if their dog has cataracts , or assume  they have them because of a blue gray haze to the lens of the eye. Today we will talk about differentiating a normal age...Read More

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

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