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Beating the Heat

Posted 06.13.17 by Katie Willis

Summer heat is here! In our part of the country, we enjoy long, hot days and lots of outdoor activities, and many of us include our four-legged family members. When bringing our pets along for summer fun, there are some precautions we need to take and some things to watch for to be sure our pets have as much fun...Read More

The Human-Animal Bond

Posted 06.01.17 by Katie Willis

A wise man once said, “until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains un-awakened.”  No truer words were ever spoken.  Veterinarians know first hand that people are happier and healthier in the presence of animals. Scientifically-documented benefits of the human-animal bond include decreased blood pressure, reduced anxiety, and enhanced feelings of well-being.  The benefits of therapy...Read More

Should Dogs Eat Grain Free Diets?

Posted 05.17.17 by Katie Willis

American pet owners are increasingly concerned with their pet’s nutrition which is wonderful news for pets. However, owners in search of the “best” diet for their pet are increasingly met with misinformation and misconceptions about diets and pet nutrition. While there are many well-meaning people giving advice about pet nutrition, most are ill-equipped and under qualified to tackle such a complex...Read More

Why is my dog obsessed with licking his paws?!

Posted 05.11.17 by Katie Willis

Chewing and licking paws is something we commonly see in veterinary medicine.  Although occasional paw licking can be a normal behavior for dogs, excessive licking and chewing should never be considered normal and is often a sign of something more serious going on with your pet.  There may be many different reasons why your pet is licking and chewing his...Read More

Everything You Need To Know About Deworming

Posted 05.04.17 by Katie Willis

Many clients routinely have questions about deworming their pets. There are many parasites that can affect dogs and cats, and it can be difficult to discern when a dewormer is needed and the type. Intestinal parasites are typically contracted through consuming worm eggs from the soil in the environment, nursing from an infected mother, eating infected wildlife, or in utero...Read More

How To Avoid Pet Suffocation

Posted 04.27.17 by Katie Willis

One potential danger to both dogs and cats that can be found in many homes is an open bag that contains food or used to contain food. It might be a potato chip bag, cereal liner bag, pet food or treat bag, bread bag, etc. When left within reach of your pet, it can be enticing to stick his or...Read More

Low cost Spay Neuter – It’s the right thing to do!

Posted 04.17.17 by Katie Willis

  All of our locations are low cost spay and neuter sites.  Why?  Because it’s the right thing to do.  We are committed to helping spay and neuter pets and making this procedure accessible to as many pet owners as possible.   And we refuse to cut corners to do it. All spays are not created equal.  The public tends to...Read More

My Dog Has A Heart Murmur, Now What?

Posted 03.23.17 by Katie Willis

Don’t panic! Heart murmurs are quite common in dogs, and many live a normal life span. Murmurs are diagnosed when your veterinarian listens to the heart during the physical exam. Breeds that are more likely to develop a murmur include Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, German Shepherds, Doberman Pinschers, Poodles, Cocker Spaniels, and Yorkshire Terriers. A murmur can be caused by...Read More

Low cost Heartworm Treatment – Yes we can!

Posted 03.09.17 by Katie Willis

Heartworm infection in dogs is a given in our area without consistent heartworm preventive medication administration.  Each year we diagnose well over 100 cases of heartworms in dogs and a handful in cats too.  Although heartworm cases occur in cats, most cases are in dogs so we’ll confine our comments today to dogs.  Also, sadly there is no current treatment...Read More

Feline Arthritis

Posted 01.03.17 by Katie Willis

Most people recognize arthritis in dogs. But what about your cat?  Degenerative joint disease (DJD) is a very common but under-diagnosed condition in cats.   Frequency among age groups was EQUAL from cats as early as 6 months to 16 years!  Signs worsen with age. Feline DJD is difficult to detect because of the cat’s ability to hide pain as a...Read More

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