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July 29, 2015

Intestinal parasites are very common in dogs and cats. Pets can become exposed to these parasites from the environment, through drinking their mother’s milk, and even from exposure that occurs in the uterus before they are even born! They can also become infected while...

April 4, 2015

So now that you have learned all about why heartworm disease is so bad for pets, let’s talk about some ways to prevent it. For all the difficulty in treating heartworm disease, it is one of the easiest infections to prevent. You can either put your pet in a space suit...

March 22, 2015

If you have a dog or cat, you’ve probably heard a lot about heartworm disease, as us veterinarians like to spend a lot of time talking about it. Heartworms, as you might imagine from the clever nomenclature, are worms that live in the blood vessels of the lungs and the...

January 7, 2015

The most common problem I see in dogs and cats is dental disease. This is not that surprising, really, as very few of my patients brush their teeth. If you didn’t brush your teeth for eight years, what do you think they would look like?

Usually, what I see on a phy...

December 21, 2014

This week one of my patients needed a cystocentesis (cyst-toe-cent-pieces with a silent P) performed. “Wow,” you might say, ”That sounds horrible: A cyst on a toe as big as a penny in pieces?”

Although, I like to use long scary doctor words, “cysto” means we are talking...

August 16, 2014

When people walk into my house and see my cat Jukie, the first thing they usually say is, “That is a BIG kitty.” Her response is to run to her food bowl. I tell people, “Jukie is very sensitive about her weight. We don’t discuss it.” But we should. Animal obesity is on...

January 12, 2013

Now, you might wish that you beloved pet whom you spoil with high-quality food and delicious treats should be smart enough tonot swallow anything and everything that he can fit into his mouth. Sadly, we find that is not always the case. Here’s a list of just some of th...

March 14, 2012

Imagine the worst smell you have ever experienced. Now imagine that it is coming from your best canine friend. Welcome to the world of anal glands! Anal glands are these little sacs that hang out right next to your dogs rectum, on the inside. The material they contain...

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