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Glaucoma in Dogs and Cats. Picture of a small brown and white dog with a shopping cart and wearing glasses.

Glaucoma in Dogs and Cats

Although we always try to take the best care of our dogs, does that include eye exams too? Glaucoma is increased pressure within the eyes and affects animals in the same way as humans. The rise in pressure can damage the retina and the optic nerve. Unfortunately, the damage is permanent and irreversible, resulting in […]




Kenneling and Breakdown in House Training. Picture of a beagle dog in a kennel.

Kenneling and Breakdown in House Training

It seems unfair and potentially counterproductive to kennel house-trained dogs in situations where they are not given time on real grass. Pet owners have worked hard to train their dog to use the grass, not the cement, not the gravel drive, not the patio, etc. Some kennels let the dogs outside, but still keep them […]




What to Know About Bloat in Dogs. Picture of a large black great dane dog in a field.

What to Know About Bloat in Dogs

Certain dog breeds are at high risk for a deadly condition called gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) – commonly called bloat. Bloat can be a deadly emergency in dogs and occurs when a dog’s stomach becomes bloated with gas and twists. The bloated stomach presses against surrounding organs and large blood vessels. This can stop blood flow […]




What is Kennel Cough? Picture of a brown and white dog laying down with an ice pack on his head.

What is Kennel Cough?

When we have to board our dogs, we do not expect them to come home with any illness. But it does happen sometimes. It can happen with kennel cough, known as Bordetella Bronchiseptica.  Kennel cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease. It is commonly contracted at places such as boarding and daycare facilities, dog parks, […]




Minimally Invasive Spays. Picture of a young caucasian female holding and hugging her white dog, while standing beside a young caucasian female veterinarian.

Minimally Invasive Spays

Some of the best reasons to spay a dog are to reduce animal overpopulation, increase the chance of a longer and healthier life, and reduce the urge to roam. Altered animals have a lower risk of mammary gland and other tumors and cancers. [1] With the urge to roam lowered, there is less chance of […]




Remember Your Pets When Disaster Strikes. Picture of a small tan chihuahua sitting in a pink toy car with bags packed.

Remember Your Pets When Disaster Strikes

With all the natural disasters going on right now, such as wildfires and flooding, this is a good time to think about a disaster plan for pets. It’s smart to have a preparedness plan in general, but if there are pets in the household, there are additional things to consider. Doing so might save the […]




Remember Your Pets When Disaster Strikes. Picture of a small brown chihuahua in a toy pink car.

Remember Your Pets When Disaster Strikes

With all the natural disasters going on right now, such as wildfires and flooding, this is a good time to think about a disaster plan for pets. It’s smart to have a preparedness plan in general, but if there are pets in the household, there are additional things to consider. Doing so might save the […]




Cigarette Smoke and Pets. Picture of a black and white dog sniffing an ashtray full of cigarette butts.

Cigarette Smoke and Pets

We often hear about the dangers of smoking and what it can do to the human body. But, what about the damage it can do to a pet’s health? Secondhand smoke is that which is exhaled from smokers and thirdhand smoke is the smoke residue that gets on the skin. Like humans, animals can acquire […]




Roundworms in Dogs and Cats. Picture of a tan cat lying next to a tan and white dog, holding a small stuffed red heart.

Roundworms in Dogs and Cats

Roundworms are one of the most common intestinal parasites in dogs and cats. They infect the small intestine of animals, growing to be 5-7 inches long. Pets often show no signs of infection. The most common symptoms of roundworm in your pet are vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and decreased appetite. Heavily infected dogs and cats […]




Is It Aggression or Undiagnosed Pain? Picture of a brown dog with an ice pack on its head.

Is It Aggression or Undiagnosed Pain?

New or worsening aggressive behavior in older dogs may result from undiagnosed pain. In a study published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, researchers studied dogs whose owners complained of new or worsened aggressive behaviors. [1] In all cases, pain had been building for some time.  Dogs became aggressive when people tried to move their […]






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